Because the COVID-19 pandemic started spreading far and broad earlier this 12 months, many reside conferences and occasions have been cancelled—and that was true within the crypto world, too. A few of the corporations 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. Based on Desiree Dickerson, VP of Enterprise Operations at Lightning Labs, the occasion got here to life when she related on a name with Simon Cowell, co-founder and CEO of Bitcoin funds platform ZEBEDEE, one of many corporations that deliberate to showcase its gaming tech at occasions earlier this 12 months. 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 principle month-to-month occasion is streamed on-line from the MintGox web site, which has a dashboard that points guests in direction of esports tournaments for varied crypto video games and different interactive actions. MintGox occasions have up to now featured video games equivalent 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 can pay satoshis to drop power-ups directly in the game, helping players they support or boosting the bounty on players they want to see fall,” Dickerson informed Decrypt. “MintGox is remarkable in that we’re tearing down the fourth wall between viewers and players. Now these groups can directly interact, which isn’t done anywhere else.”
Every fundamental occasion has featured a prize pool of 5 million satoshis, or 0.05 BTC (about $960), though there have been further prizes equivalent to socks from Mt. Socks and Bitcoin-centric taking part in card sport SHAmory.
MintGox #009 takes place this coming weekend, on November 29, with MintGox #010 on December 27 deliberate as a “flagship event,” stated Dickerson. She stated that the year-ending occasion can have a “much bigger prize pool” and different surprises, and that they’re on the hunt for added 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.
Based on Dickerson, participation and engagement have grown considerably because the first occasions earlier this 12 months. Whereas the primary MintGox occasion had about 100 gamers and viewers and 1,000 Lightning transactions in the course of the occasion, the most recent 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 quite a lot of common gamers competing between occasions and changing into Bitcoin gaming ‘influencers,’ she defined. “Not solely are we seeing an unbelievable quantity of engagement and demand, however there’s a very robust group forming round MintGox and the video games that we characteristic.”
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 is very much a community experiment and we are letting it evolve with demand. In 2021, we plan on hosting more frequent events, qualifiers for the main monthly events, and developing ways for people to play in between events,” Dickerson added. “The following 12 months also needs to be stuffed with new video games and greater prize swimming pools! We’re additionally wanting ahead to collaborating with influencers and streamers that may assist create publicity for these video games outdoors of the Bitcoin group.”