A new game will soon drop in the App Store. You are a cat – a cute cat, a cartoon cat – who flings items like fish, seashells, and golden stars into the sky. Your goal is to smash targets.
I tested the game, called THNDR Bay, while it was still in beta. In the spirit of games like Candy Crush, it’s a bit mindless yet oddly addictive, and it serves the usual purpose of putting off work.
But the game has a twist.
When you finish each level you win purple tickets, and these tickets automatically enroll you in a daily raffle that doles out free Bitcoin. The day after I first played my game, I opened THNDR Bay and learned that I had just won 20 Satoshi, or roughly $.01. Finally, at long last, I’m leveraging my journalism to get rich in crypto.
I might have only won a penny, but each month, 50,000 users are regularly playing other games from THNDR (the developer of THNDR Bay), such as Turbo 84 and Bitcoin Bounce, to “stack Sats.” Zebedee, another bitcoin gaming company, says 50,000 people have downloaded a mobile game called SaruTobi. These numbers are tiny compared to the 1.8 million daily users of Axie Infinity, but there are some in the space who see the rise of mobile bitcoin gaming – especially in a “normal” ecosystem like the App Store – as key to spurring global bitcoin adoption.
“Mobile games are the most frictionless way for people to onboard into bitcoin,” says Desiree Dickerson, the new CEO of THNDR. “Nothing feels safer than going to the App Store, or the Google Play store. Everything feels safe.” You don’t need to upload a picture of your passport. You don’t need 2-factor authentication. “That is the most beautiful experience for getting your first bitcoin,” says Dickerson. “You’re literally having fun and you’re earning bitcoin.”
Dickerson’s very presence at THNDR, in a way, is a massive vote of confidence in mobile gaming, and perhaps a signal for the future. She’s a good get. For years Dickerson served as VP of business operations at Lightning Labs, arguably the most consequential project in all of Bitcoin. She had a top role at a top company. She’s popular in the space and well-connected, and she could have landed any job.
Source: Yahoo Finance