Fortnite, arguably one of the most popular online games at the moment, is getting a Bitcoin edge to it via Bitcoin-enabled (BTC) games startup Satoshis Games which has developed Fortnite-like game with built-in Lightning Network micro transactions dubbed Lightnite.
Blockchain gaming, as well as the integration of cryptocurrencies for gaming payments and micro transactions, have been becoming ever more popular in recent times. Thus, it is unsurprising that the space has started leaning on the popular Fortnite battle Royale style.
In this version, however, the incentive to shoot and kill the other players and enemies will have a monetary attachment to it. As it was announced, all in-game interactions between players trigger a monetary reward or penalty for the user. Satoshis Games provides some examples:
“In simple words, players earn Bitcoin by shooting other players and lose Bitcoin when they get shot.”
Where it does differ from Fortnite is that there will also be in-game items that have a Bitcoin value which can be picked up and sold on; there is also the option to purchase weapons and other in-game necessities with fiat, or of course, Bitcoin.
It is through the reliance on the Lightning Network, which allows for micro, almost instantaneous, payments, that this game is able to update player balances instantly and in real-time when the player damages another player, gets damaged or picks up an item with Bitcoin value. The company also notes that players can exit the game and instantly withdraw their balance via Lightning Network.
Gaming has always been seen as one major avenue for users to become more familiar with Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies because the digital payments system has many use cases within this arena.
It is also for this reason that Satoshis Games will be rolling out their game with a Bitcoin-enabled, and Bitcoin-less version. It means there will instantly be a broader appeal to different audiences, but the enticement of experimenting with Bitcoin and the Lightning Network could help boost adoption – especially with a younger audience.
This of course is not only an instance where Bitcoin is being showcased for its potential in the aiming space, it is also giving a lot of credibility to the Lightning Network which is still very much growing into its role as an off-chain scaling option. Even so, this does prove that there is benefit in the Lightning Network, and potential for Bitcoin, within an emerging gaming space.