Minecraft, the popular sandbox game, has taken a new turn with the integration of Bitcoin technology. Through a partnership between Zebedee and Satlantis, players are now able to earn Bitcoin while playing Minecraft. Satlantis, a community-operated Minecraft server, has incorporated Zebedee’s gaming tech, which allows players to earn Bitcoin by completing in-game quests related to real-life BTC mining.
On the server, players can join in-game mining pools, collect ASICs (Bitcoin mining hardware), and increase their hash rate to win block rewards. This unique integration not only adds an exciting element to the game but also educates traditional gamers about the basics of Bitcoin. Players can withdraw their earnings to Zebedee’s app, where they can use their Bitcoin to purchase other games developed by the company or transfer them to exchanges that support Bitcoin’s layer-2 Lightning Network.
However, players shouldn’t expect to become Bitcoin millionaires through Minecraft. The server will distribute a total of 1 million satoshis per week, which is equivalent to one hundred millionth of a Bitcoin. While this may not amount to much in terms of monetary value, it serves as a starting point for the integration of Bitcoin into gaming platforms.
It’s important to note that this Bitcoin-friendly integration is unofficial and not affiliated with Minecraft’s developer, Mojang Studios. The studio has previously banned Minecraft NFT integrations and is not particularly supportive of Web3 initiatives. Time will tell how this integration fares against potential restrictions imposed by Mojang Studios.
In other news, the Blockchain Game Alliance (BGA) is making efforts to enhance diversity in the gaming industry. The BGA, a prominent organization promoting Web3 and blockchain gaming, recently voted for a gender-balanced board. The newly elected BGA board of 2023 consists of three men and three women from diverse backgrounds in the gaming industry. This move aims to foster inclusion and equality within the Web3 gaming space.
Meanwhile, Sega, known for its iconic franchises Sonic and Yakuza, has been exploring the possibilities of blockchain technology. While the company initially announced plans for NFTs as play-to-earn rewards, it faced backlash from fans who criticized the initiative as a money grab. Sega has now partnered with Line Next to bring its classic games to the Web3-friendly blockchain gaming platform, GAME DOSI. While Sega remains cautious about blockchain gaming, it recognizes the potential of Web3 projects and is gradually embracing this new landscape.
In the world of Web3 gaming startups, Xterio, a free-to-play-and-own game developer and publisher, has secured a $15 million investment from Binance Labs. Xterio focuses on creating games that allow players to earn and keep NFTs. With experienced executives from well-known gaming companies onboard, Xterio is developing various games, including “Age of Dino” and “Overworld.” The company also actively utilizes AI technology and is working on enhancing player immersion with realistic and dynamic emotional responses from game characters.
Lastly, a new addition to the Web3 gaming space is “Oath of Peak,” an action MMORPG that incorporates Chinese mythology. Offering a cute graphics style and familiar gameplay mechanics, the game allows players to choose from different character classes and engage in exciting quests. While the game includes Web3 elements such as NFT monsters and utility tokens, these features don’t overshadow the overall gameplay experience.
As the Web3 gaming landscape continues to evolve, it’s clear that major players in the industry are recognizing the potential of blockchain technology. While there may be skepticism and challenges to overcome, the integration of Web3 elements into traditional gaming platforms is a trend that is likely to persist.