A lot of game developers in the indie and single-A sector are usually desperate to get news out about their games. It's hard getting eyes on your product in an industry where everyone is competing for views. However, one developer decided to do something different by giving away a single Bitcoin to the first person who beats the game.
The game is MonteCrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma from developer Gem Rose Accent, and the game launches on February 20th for PC gamers via Steam. The 3D puzzle game is designed as an adventure game for multiple players. There are 24 different puzzles to solve, and the first person to solve all the puzzles will win a real life Bitcoin, as explained on the game's Steam store page.
The ramifications of this is quite significant because it means a lot of people will likely want to get their hands on an actual Bitcoin for either preservation or trading purposes. For those of you who don't know, Bitcoins are part of a crypto-currency acquired through digital mining. The crypto-currency is not easy to get your hands on, and it usually requires a beefy computational setup involving lots of GPUs, plenty of fans and an electric bill that will likely skyrocket. This has actually had the detrimental effect of causing consumer GPUs to jump astronomically in price due to the supply not being able to meet the demands of crypto-mining.
Obviously, a seemingly risk-free way of getting your hands on a Bitcoin without running up your electric bill or spending thousands on GPUs is playing a game like MonteCrypto and attempting to solve the 24 puzzles in order to earn yourself one free Bitcoin.
The trick is, there are other players also attempting to complete the game, and you can either help or hinder them due to the way the game's puzzle mechanics are setup. Maze-like structures and dead-ends are a common occurrence you'll encounter in MonteCrypto, and getting help in order to navigate your way through the various roadblocks and obstructions could set you on your way to earning a free Bitcoin. However, some people might form groups and purposefully attempt to dissuade others from using a certain path, or, perhaps some people will mislead supposed teammates just so that they themselves can gain the lead and win the prize.
It's a lot like the CBS show The Amazing Race but set in a digital world, and the prize's value is dependent on a wildly fluctuating crypto-market.
I can't say that this is something that really barks up my tree, but I can say that it's an interesting game with an interesting premise, and developers Gem Rose Accent could have a real tangible way of not only getting people to flock to its game but also to gain a better understanding of the whole crypto-currency marketplace. This is all despite the fact that Steam doesn't even take Bitcoin currency anymore as a payment method.
I can't say for certain if this will be a big hit but it's not a bad idea to cash in on the whole Bitcoin craze while it's still relevant. You can look for MonteCrypto to launch on Steam for PC starting February 20th.