- MintGox is a month-to-month on-line competitors collection primarily based round Bitcoin-centric video games.
- Gamers can earn BTC for successful competitions, together with different prizes.
- MintGox #009 takes place this coming weekend on November 29.
Because the COVID-19 pandemic started spreading far and large earlier this yr, many dwell conferences and occasions have been cancelled—and that was true within the crypto world, too. A number of the firms within the burgeoning crypto online game house had deliberate to make use of such occasions to showcase their video games and their aggressive potential, however have been compelled to pivot within the wake of cancelations.
With that, MintGox was born. In response to Desiree Dickerson, VP of Enterprise Operations at Lightning Labs, the occasion got here to life when she linked on a name with Simon Cowell, co-founder and CEO of Bitcoin funds platform ZEBEDEE, one of many firms that deliberate to showcase its gaming tech at occasions earlier this yr. They then looped in Christian Moss and Andre Neves of ZEBEDEE together with Jack Everitt of THNDR.GAMES, and began planning the primary of many MintGox occasions.
The primary month-to-month occasion is streamed on-line from the MintGox web site, which has a dashboard that factors guests in the direction of esports tournaments for numerous crypto video games and different interactive actions. MintGox occasions have to this point featured video games corresponding to Donnerlab’s first-person shooter Bitcoin Bounty Hunt, ZEBEDEE’s Mario Kart-esque Bitcoin Rally, Satoshi’s Video games’ battle royale shooter Litenite, and THNDR.GAME’s arcade-style Bitcoin Bounce.
“Viewers pays satoshis to drop power-ups straight within the recreation, serving to gamers they help or boosting the bounty on gamers they wish to see fall,” Dickerson instructed Decrypt. “MintGox is exceptional in that we’re tearing down the fourth wall between viewers and gamers. Now these teams can straight work together, which isn’t completed wherever else.”
Every primary occasion has featured a prize pool of 5 million satoshis, or 0.05 BTC (about $960), though there have been further prizes corresponding to socks from Mt. Socks and Bitcoin-centric enjoying card recreation SHAmory.
MintGox #009 takes place this coming weekend, on November 29, with MintGox #010 on December 27 deliberate as a “flagship occasion,” mentioned Dickerson. She mentioned that the year-ending occasion could have a “a lot larger prize pool” and different surprises, and that they’re on the hunt for extra companions and sponsors to assist carry MintGox #010 to life. They’ve beforehand built-in sponsors for in-game activations throughout occasions, together with a Bitrefill-branded station inside Bitcoin Rally.
In response to Dickerson, participation and engagement have grown considerably for the reason that first occasions earlier this yr. Whereas the primary MintGox occasion had about 100 gamers and viewers and 1,000 Lightning transactions through the occasion, the newest introduced in additional than 4,400 gamers and viewers and greater than 15,000 Lightning transactions.
“We’re additionally witnessing ongoing involvement between occasions, with loads of widespread gamers competing between occasions and turning into Bitcoin gaming ‘influencers,’ she defined. “Not solely are we seeing an unimaginable quantity of engagement and demand, however there’s a very sturdy neighborhood forming round MintGox and the video games that we function.”
MintGox was initially deliberate as a short-term initiative to fill the pandemic void, however has grown into one thing that the organizers plan to maintain supporting into 2021 to drive consciousness of Bitcoin-centric gaming.
“MintGox may be very a lot a neighborhood experiment and we’re letting it evolve with demand. In 2021, we plan on internet hosting extra frequent occasions, qualifiers for the principle month-to-month occasions, and creating methods for folks to play in between occasions,” Dickerson added. “The subsequent yr also needs to be stuffed with new video games and larger prize swimming pools! We’re additionally trying ahead to collaborating with influencers and streamers that may assist create publicity for these video games exterior of the Bitcoin neighborhood.”