TON, or The Open Network, is a decentralized Layer 1 blockchain originally designed by the founders of Telegram, Pavel and Nikolai Durov, in 2017. However, Telegram later discontinued its direct involvement with the project. Now, TON is managed by an open-source community of experienced developers, including winners of the Telegram blockchain contest. The network is known for its ultra-fast transactions, minimal fees, user-friendly applications, and environmentally friendly design. Animoca Brands, one of the biggest Web3 metaverse and gaming venture capitals, invested in TON. As the largest validator, Animoca notably backs TON's gaming sector through TON Play. This partnership and TON's integration with Telegram greatly expand its reach, potentially tapping into Telegram's 800 million user base, especially in Web3 and gaming projects.