Minecraft Gets the Bitcoin Treatment

There’s a reason Minecraft seems to have been around since the invention of computers. In addition to official free updates that provide additional content, the Minecraft ecosystem has a very active community that helps keep it up to date. Thanks to the game’s open-ended gameplay, there’s plenty of community-built content to enjoy.

Have you completed the standard content of the game? So why not relive the Industrial Revolution with custom mods? Or enter a competition to see who can build a structure first, competing against hundreds of others? There is a server that does this. Pokemon in Minecraft? Pixel Beast!

If you want to earn bitcoins in Minecraft? Well, you can even do that now.

Satlantis and Zebedee have teamed up to integrate Bitcoin into Minecraft.
Through a partnership between Zebedee and Satlantis, players can earn bitcoins in Minecraft. (Zebedea)

A community-run Minecraft server called “Satlantis” Fusion Zebedee’s gaming technology allows players to earn Bitcoin by completing in-game tasks inspired by real-life BTC mining. Players on the server can join in-game mining pools, collect ASICs (popular hardware tailored for Bitcoin mining) and increase hashrate to earn block rewards. What a cool way to educate traditional gamers on the basics of Bitcoin!

Players can withdraw earnings to Zebedee’s app, where they can spend them on other games made by the company, or transfer them to exchanges that support Bitcoin’s Layer 2 Lightning Network.

Don’t expect to buy a Lamborghini with the proceeds from building pixel marvels. The server will issue a total of 1 million Satoshi (equivalent to one hundred millionth of BTC) every week. That’s about $300 a week divided by God knows how many people. It’s not a huge number, but it’s the start of what could be a trend.

The Bitcoin-friendly integration is an unofficial one, and neither Satlantis nor Zebedee is affiliated with Minecraft developer Mojang Studios. The studio itself is quite unhappy with Web3, having previously banned Minecraft NFT integration. Time will tell how this integration fares against the ban.

Blockchain Gaming Alliance Steps Up Diversification

Diversity is a surprising new topic in the world of video games. Most major publishers aren’t even releasing diversity reports until 2021. Activision Blizzard in 2022 gave It will take five years to reach the 50% female and non-binary workforce targets.

Members of the Blockchain Gaming Alliance, an important organization promoting Web3 and blockchain gaming, voted to have a gender-balanced board of three men and three women. The newly elected BGA board of directors in 2023 will be composed of new faces.

Member of the Board of Directors of Blockchain Game Alliance 2023
Member of the Board of Directors of Blockchain Game Alliance 2023. (ball grid array)

They are Leah Callon-Butler, director of the consulting company Emfarsis; INTERVERSE Chief Marketing and Partner Yasmina Kazitani; Ready GG co-founder and chief operating officer, Christina Macedo; Hideaki Uehara, Squa, Squa Director of RE ENIX business development; Mariano Rubinstein, CEO of Sura Gaming and co -founder; Alex Kosloff, Altura business development director.

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As an avid gamer, I’ll be watching with interest to see if the composition of the new board contributes to advancement and innovation in the Web3 gaming space.

Sega doesn’t like P2E, but is developing blockchain games

The maker of the most popular franchises of all time, Sonic and Yakuza, has had an on-and-off relationship with blockchain technology. Sega announced plans to use NFTs as play-to-play (P2E) rewards last year. They later pulled off the gas after a backlash from fans, who saw the move as a money grab.

This year, Sega is also walking on both sides of the street.Sega Co-COO Shuji Utsumi is called Blockchain games are “boring,” and said the Japanese gaming giant will not use its biggest game in a blockchain gaming project.

However, Sega has announced a partnership with Line Next to bring its classic games to GAME DOSI, a Web3-friendly blockchain gaming platform.In light of this announcement, Inland Sea clarified Investing in Web3 projects is in line with the company’s strategy, but they don’t intend to be a Web3 company, but rather a “Web 2.5” company.

LINE NEXT signs MOU with SEGA to develop games for GAME DOSI
LINE NEXT cooperates with SEGA to license classic games and introduce them to Web3 gaming platform GAME DOSI. (Wire)

The mainstream gaming community is notoriously unenthusiastic about blockchain gaming, seeing it as a temporary trend driven by hype and speculation. Players are concerned about the cash grab and short lifespan of Web3 games, so it’s understandable that Sega wouldn’t want to put its big game in a space where it has little to no experience.

While some skepticism is justified, that doesn’t mean blockchain technology will never gain a foothold in the gaming industry. Multi-billion dollar tech companies recognize the possibilities that Web3 gaming brings, and the importance of getting to the ground floor.

Sega’s decision to test the waters with a smaller IP is a thoughtful and measured approach that honors its heritage while exploring uncharted territory for Web3 gaming.

Studio Secures $15M From Binance Labs To Develop Web3 Dinosaur Game

Binance Labs, Binance’s venture capital and incubator arm invest $15 million investment in Web3 gaming startup Xterio. The company positions itself as a “free-to-play and own” game developer and publisher, meaning games are free to play and players can earn and keep NFTs. Last August, it raised $40 million in funding from investors including FunPlus, XPLA, and the now-extinct FTX Ventures.

Xterio appears to have a lot of experience in gaming, with Web2 gaming industry veterans from companies like Ubisoft, Krafton, and NetEase among its founding executive team. The company has 11 titles in total, ranging from Age of Dinosaurs, a massively multiplayer online 4X (explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate) strategy game featuring dinosaurs, to Overworld, a cross-platform sandbox role-playing game with anime-style graphics.

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Xterio is developing an “AI Emotion Engine” designed to enhance player immersion by equipping game characters with realistic and dynamic emotional responses — The Matrix and the entire AI-controlled scene were way ahead of their time.

Xterio's Web3 Game World
Propaganda art around the world. (Xterio)

The company is very active in using AI, as they provide developers with an AI toolkit and are creating a digital companion game called AIpal that will enter beta later this year.

Hotspot——Peak Oath

The undeniable success of Yuan Shen, a Chinese MMORPG with lovely graphics and fast-paced action, was released on almost every platform except Casio Scientific Calculator, and its undeniable success sparked every possible trend for developers to introduce Chinese mythology to Western audiences.

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Propaganda poster for the oath of the pinnacle. (Peak Oath)

Oath of Peak, an action MMORPG with Web3 elements, seems to capture that desire. The game is available for free download on iOS and Android platforms, and it offers an epic world that’s easy to get acquainted with thanks to its lovely graphics.

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Similar to other massively multiplayer games, players can choose from five different classes with fully customizable avatars. The game offers melee, assassin, ranger, mage, and support characters–nothing groundbreaking.

With the recently added English language support, finding your way around this colorful island shouldn’t be hard. After doing some missions, I realized one cool thing about this game: it doesn’t force Web3 capabilities on the player. Sure, the game has NFT monsters and utility tokens that are redeemable for in-game currency, but it won’t become prominent until players invest time and effort in the game.

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If you’re in the market to check out some new games with familiar mechanics, Oath of Peak is worth a look, now available worldwide via the app store or its APK. It only takes 15 to 20 minutes to find out if this is right for you.

More from the Web3 gaming space:

— Eyeball Games, led by the team behind Miniclip 8 Ball Pool Announce In early 2024, they launched the blockchain-based mobile game Eyeball Pool on the Immutable platform.

— Polygon Labs President Ryan Wyatt is transitioning to an advisory role after just over a year with the company. Polygon Chief Legal Officer Marc Boiron will success Wyatt as the new CEO.

— Yuan Galaxy Paradise introduce A pre-alpha version of its Metaverse platform, powered by Unreal Engine 5.

— Major League Baseball became one of the first professional sports leagues to have a virtual world. Improbable, a metaverse technology company, Announce The new virtual space is called “MLB Virtual Ballpark”.

— immutable introduce OBS, its first Web3 racing game, is the newest addition to its lineup of games.

— Telescope Lab roll out A comprehensive artificial intelligence-driven solution tailored for Web3 games, providing game companies with the resources needed to build a powerful virtual economy.

— “Sweat Economy” is a “money-in-action” program, disclose Introducing Sweat Hero, an in-app game and NFT experience on their platform.


Erhan Kahraman

Erhan lives in Istanbul and started his career as a games journalist. He is now a freelance writer and content creator focusing on cutting-edge technology and video games. He enjoys playing Elden Ring, Street Fighter VI, and Persona 5.


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