Though Bitcoin Scavenger Hunt Satoshi’s Treasure Just Begun, Side Quests Are Already Planned for Participants
Satoshi’s Treasure is a Bitcoin-fueled scavenger hunt that is helping the world to learn more about the crypto world, while cooperating their work with other players.
The game was only launched a couple of weeks ago, but there is already a player that has created software that will give a significant advantage in this cooperation, according to reports from The Next Web’s Hard Fork.
During the game, the organizers divided up the keys of a $1 million pot to 1,000 separate “shards.” A newsletter is issued to players that offers hints to help them find the various shares. The collection of 400 shards is all the winning player needs to collect the full prize.
One player, John Cantrell, managed to hack the game to collect the first three keys within just a few minutes of the game starting. Players can still view his methods in a post that he made on GitHub.
The game has already led players to London, Uganda, Australia, and San Francisco, among other areas. There have only been five clues released so far, and the most recent one has yet to be solved. However, Cantrell managed to reveal the solution to gather the fourth key without much trouble.
Primitive Ventures, which is one of the firms that has supported the scavenger hunt, says that the ultimate goal of this game is to spread more knowledge about the Bitcoin industry. The platform commented that any knowledge about “literally any subject” will allow users to decipher at least a singular clue.
Even though the treasure hunt is supported with a Bitcoin prize, Primitive Ventures that that the clues do not have much to do with cryptocurrency.
There is no specific timeline set up for the game at this point, but the clues have been diverse and randomly released. Dovey Wan, another founding partner of the game, noted that there will be side quests added to the primary game, though some will have their own prizes. The side quests may be centered in a specific area or could require knowledge of a particular topic.
Furthermore, Wan explained that there is a chance that the value of the prize ahead of users could end up changing. The Bitcoin set aside was already determined, but the amount cannot be revealed at the risk of revealing the wallet that holds it. Wan added that increasing or decreasing Bitcoin’s value will not change the number of tokens for the prize.
The latest clue includes a link that was hidden beneath a GI. Users then had to go to a web store to secure a “digital egg” that costs a little more than a dollar. The digital egg contained the instructions they needed to claim the key. Cantrell had little difficulty with unveiling the keys, considering his decades of software experience. However, individuals without a similar resume can still find a solution.
People that manage to have similar success to Cantrell’s may not be able to keep up their performance. As the game continues, it will become harder and harder to collaborate, because there will be little incentive to do so. Playing with a team is necessary with some parts of the game, which makes the circumstances of securing 400 keys a little complicated.
At this point, no solution is available for this issue, though Cantrell stated that there’s a possibility of splitting profits. Cantrell also proposed the possibility of using cryptography as a way to distribute the tokens, though he was uncertain of the reality of implementing it.
To help players, Cantrell has already created software for Satoshi’s Treasure called Ordobot, which is a plugin on Discord that would organize a team, solve puzzles, and perform other tasks during the game. To learn more, visit https://ordobot.com/.