Gamers that want to stack sats and earn bitcoin while playing games, can now use the desktop wallet from Zebedee. This way bitcoin-earning gamers no longer rely solely on the smartphone wallet by the same company. The browser-extension is available for Chrome and Firefox.
Zebedee is a company that combines gaming with bitcoin transactions. For example, gamers can play Counter-Strike GO and earn bitcoin every time they hit their opponent. The other way around works as well, as you will lose bitcoin when someone hits you. The Zebedee desktop wallet for Firefox and Chrome works aside from the iOS and Android wallets.
To make all this work, Zebedee uses special, private servers. These Infuse-servers require gamers to use their Bitcoin Lightning Wallet and make some bitcoin available. We’re talking about small portions of bitcoin here, also known as satoshis or sats. For example, every player jumps into a game paying 100 sats and leaves the game with a profit or a loss.
Zebedee is working hard on their bitcoin-powered product, and the desktop wallet is just one example. This Spring they added the ability to play Counter-Strike in teams, and split profits with teammates. Right now Infuse works only with Counter-Strike, but they want to embrace a whole bunch of other games. The most important criterium would be, that these games should offer the option for private servers.
In February Zebedee already released toolkits for developers. These would allow game developers to implement Bitcoin Lightning Network payments and monetize gameplay within their video games. The SDK allows developers to for example monetize points collected in games. This means that value and rewards will be digital, programmable, and they will have universal value.
What is the Lightning Network?
The Lightning Network is a second layer on top of the Bitcoin blockchain. In this case we are talking about the Bitcoin network, but technically the Lightning Network can run on top of any blockchain. It’s a payment protocol for fast transactions between participating nodes. Many developer believe the Lightning Network to be a solution for the scaling problems that Bitcoin is facing.
What the Lightning Network does, is creating a temporarily communication channel between two parties. Here these two parties can make as many transactions as they want. Only after closing the channel, the nodes can communicate the outcome of these transactions to the Bitcoin network. As a result a transaction on the Lightning Network only needs to cost a fraction of a cent.
For those who are not familiar with bitcoin. You can divide a bitcoin into smaller units, and the smallest possible amount is called satoshi, or sat. On the Lightning Network, a second layer solution on top of the Bitcoin blockchain, these sets can even be divided into millisats. Anyway, one satoshi equals 0.00000001 BTC.
Robert Hoogendoorn is a gamer and blockchain enthusiast. He got in touch with crypto in 2014, but the fire really lit in 2017. Professionally he’s a content optimization expert and worked for press agencies and video production companies, always with a focus on the video games & tech industry. He’s a content manager and creator at heart, working on Play to Earn Online Magazine. He’s also Head of Content for DappRadar.