A game called Montecrypto will launch today, February 20th, on Steam, the global PC game store. The game is a unique spin on the hype generated for Bitcoin. It will award its only winner, one Bitcoin. Now that is an interesting prospect to anyone who has been alive in the past few years. Bitcoin’s value, though very unstable, is astronomically high even for a cryptocurrency. At the time of writing, it is valued at $11,535 per bitcoin, it’s main competitor, Ethereum, is valued at just $945.
Montecrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma has been created by Gem Rose Accent, a group of developers who have chosen to keep their identity secret, mirroring the actions of Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonym for the creator of bitcoin, who chooses to hide their identity. The game will entail solving 24 puzzles, one would presume of increasing difficulty, as fast as possible. The only winner will be awarded one bitcoin. The developers have assured players that their personal computers will not be used to mine bitcoin like many scams online have tried to do.
The first game of its kind, Montecrypto capitalizes on an opportunity that, in retrospect, seems quite obvious. Massive single player and multiplayer games are built around collecting trophies and medals or unlocking achievements. Those achievements can give you points to unlock advanced features within the game. Why can’t one of those features be a Bitcoin? In a sense, players are working for digital currency aren’t they? Bitcoin is completely digital, and mining it involves massive computing power. To turn that endeavour into a game seems like a natural evolution.