The .HIVE Cryptocurrency Gaming App Rewards Users With SmartCash Tokens
Evan Witmer, a resident of the Gold Coast neighborhood in Chicago, is one happy individual. Evan has been mining Bitcoin for a considerable period, buying champagne for every $100 made in this business. Surprisingly, he conducted his business without the knowledge of his roommate, Tony Dykstra. However, after he became addicted to the world of digital currencies and blockchain, Evan decide to let in his friend.
After twelve months of working together, the roommates have developed a simplistic game that takes after Pokémon Go, a popular app for Android smartphones. Known as .HIVE, the app rewards for frequently local haunts. The rewards are given in SmartCash, a decentralized cryptocurrency that is driven by its community. The app is scheduled to go live in mid-August at the Illinois Trinity Christian College, the alma mater of Evan and Tony. As of now, interested users can test out the app’s beta version on the cryptoweb website.
While still in high school, Witmer purchased a sizeable amount of Bitcoin. Back then, the value was around $1, and Evan used the money to buy stuff to prove the applicability of BTC. According to Dykstra, his roommate is an ardent fan of cryptocurrencies on blockchain technology. To demonstrate Evan’s extent of obsession, Tony revealed that he usually interrupts ‘normal’ pastime activities such as movie watching to check out on the latest developments in the crypto space. At times, Tony has to advise Evan to take a break.
As mentioned earlier, user-friendliness and low entry requirements are the most remarkable features of the .HIVE app. Essentially, players do not need prior experience in cryptocurrencies to play and earn SmartCash. By employing this simplified approach, Evan and Tony hope to educate the masses, especially the youth, about the concepts behind blockchain technology and virtual currencies through the game. Concerning this, Dykstra stated that the game’s similarity to Pokémon Go and the presence of cash rewards are likely to increase its popularity by a significant margin.
Lately, there has been a proliferation of games in the cryptocurrency sector, with the standout titles being EtherBots, CryptoKitties, CryptoCelebrities and CryptoCountries. While CryptoKitties is the king of this gaming genre, Tony believes that .HIVE offers a funnier and more functional alternative, albeit less aesthetics.
Notably, both Evan and Tony are in their early 20s, a factor that plays a huge role in their involvement in the crypto sector. Apparently, such an age is devoid of adult responsibilities, giving them ample time to focus on their project. Despite their young age, many partners have lined up to work with Evan and Tony. For instance, their former school has permitted them to test the application amongst their current student population.
The Trinity Christian College will be the app’s ‘buzz.spot’ during the inauguration of the beta version. During this phase, the students will earn SmartCash for registering with the service. After registration, the students can either use the SmartCash to buy services at the college cafeteria, or exchange it into dollars at a cryptocurrency ATM.
Speaking on the matter, Omar Sweiss, an assistant professor of business at the college, stated that the institution aims to deliver holistic individuals with more to them than mere academic certificates. Omar specifically pointed out the usefulness of cryptocurrencies, especially in serving the underprivileged. He further added that the adoption of blockchain technology will contribute in the solving of challenges such as the inaccessibility of funds stored in student accounts.
The openness to new technology could see Trinity transform into a renowned cryptocurrency and blockchain hub. As of now, several students have already express interest in participating in the beta test for the .HIVE app. Omar believes that the college will soon start accept payments made in digital currencies.
Besides Tony and Evan, Trinity has previously produced entrepreneurs, including Ryan Hesslau, the brain behind the Above the Waves app. This application provides counseling to high school and college students. After the launch, Tony and Evan hope to strike deals with businesses so that they can use the .HIVE platform as their preferred payment processor. Also, the duo inends to expand their scope of innovation beyond the development of crypto-centered games.