Think of Bitcoin and most people think of a decentralized and secure store of value, or a peer-to-peer payment network, but thanks to the Lightning Network developers are now building games on Bitcoin.
Bitcoin Bounty Hunt is a first-person shooter that allows players to battle it out with others for bounties that can be exchanged for satoshis.
Bitcoin Bounty Hunt
As with most first-person shooter games, players on Bitcoin Bounty Hunt battle it out in an online arena.
Players search around the arena looking for bounties, known as Satoshi Cubes.
Of course life in the arena is dangerous as other armed players are also in there looking for the bounties.
If you come across another player you can expect a shootout to the death. It’s a harsh world on Bitcoin Bounty Hunt but the winner of the shootout will keep the riches of the other player.
The more loot you can muster, and the more bounties you can find, the more satoshis you will make.
The game makes use of the Lightning Network protocol, and because of Lightning’s speed and cost of transactions, it makes the game possible, because as a player finds a bounty or loots another player the transfer of Satoshis will be made immediately.
The Game’s Economy
There is a bitcoin–less mode in which players can just play for points, or a bitcoin mode, which a player will deposit some Bitcoin into his wallet, and from there on in will be winning or losing satoshis, depending on his level of success asa Bitcoin Bounty Hunter.
After a successful game, players can cash out to their wallet if they choose to.
To make the game’s economy more accessible, the game makers, Donnerlab, incorporated the Neutrino wallet, which accepts both traditional and Bitcoin and Lightning Network payments, thus making the financial transactions in and out of the game as seamless as possible.
To help the game’s economy, and help fund development, the game aims to monetize through selling in-game advertisements, and is also open to donations, which can be set to help with development or to fund in-game bounties.
The Lightning Network
The Lightning Network is a layer two scaling solution for blockchains like Bitcoin, and transactions on Lightning can be made in milliseconds and at a fraction of a penny.
The main use of the Lightning Network is to make Bitcoin an everyday payment mechanism, and it is slowly growing with more merchant adoption.
However, it’s also being utilized for game development and makes games like Bitcoin Bounty Hunt possible on Bitcoin. And as Lightning Network grows, it’s expected that many more games will start using the protocol to enable in-game BTC purchases and rewards.
Bitcoin, or satoshis rather, represented as in-game assets are just the beginning of gaming on the Bitcoin blockchain. Many doubters still believe this isn’t possible, or that Lightning Network isn’t working.
Well, it might not be running to its potential, but it’s early days and this is promising.
And if Bitcoin Bounty Hunt is possible now, what will be possible in five years’ time?
Bitcoin Bounty Hunt is a promising start to gaming on Bitcoin, and although it might not have the graphic design of Call of Duty, yet, Call of Duty doesn’t have the option of Bitcoin, yet.
Author: Tommy Limpitlaw