When we started our adventure at Satoshis Games, we had the opportunity to be among the very first ones to experiment with Bitcoin micro-transactions within the gaming industry. We built satoshis.games, a web-based 8-bit style gaming platform. The response from the market was great so we started allocating resources to the development of a more complex and interactive game called Lightnite.
What is Lightnite?
Lightnite is an online multiplayer battle royale game where every specific digital interaction between players triggers a monetary reward or penalty. In simple words, players earn bitcoin by shooting other players and lose bitcoin when they get shot. However, this is not the only innovative feature of the game:
- some of the items in the game are worth real bitcoin and can be picked up (usually they are left on the ground by dead players);
- Lightnite’s store allows users to purchase in-game items in exchange of bitcoin, using the in-game balance or through a micro-transaction from the player’s wallet;
- the in-game bitcoin balance updates in real-time every time a player shoots get shot or pick up a valuable item (the player can then exit the game when he wants to and instantly withdraw his balance into his own-wallet).
Lightnite is a game for everyone: non-bitcoin users can play the mode with no Bitcoin features and they’ll eventually get attracted by the enhanced interactivity allowed by the Bitcoin-integration and start experimenting with this innovative technology. This is also a way through which we want to contribute to the Bitcoin mass adoption.
What is the technology behind Lightnite?
As for satoshis.games, we use the Lightning Network (Bitcoin’s transaction layer) to integrate Bitcoin micro-transactions within Lightnite. The only thing that players need to do in order to play Lightnite and enjoy the full potential of the in-game Bitcoin micro-transactions is downloading a wallet that supports the Lightning Network (e.g. Bluewallet), send a small fraction of bitcoin to that wallet and start sending and receiving bitcoin over the Lightning Network while playing Lightnite.
- Bitcoin-integrated mode
- Non-Bitcoin-integrated mode
Bitcoin-integrated mode. Players will enter the game and join other players online after making a micro-transaction (no pay-to-play: the micro-transaction only updates the balance of the player who can then withdraw it back if he doesn’t die before exiting the game). Every player has an in-game balance that increases in real-time when he shoots other players or picks up valuable items and decreases when he gets shot. When the player wants to exit the game, he can withdraw his balance into his own wallet and spend his bitcoin on the in-game store, on other Lapps or on tacos and beers.
Non-Bitcoin-integrated mode. Same game, no micro-transaction required to join the game, in-game points instead of bitcoin. In addition, players can buy items in the store using fiat money (it would be great if everyone could use bitcoin, but mass adoption has to be reached one step at a time).
Lightnite is still under development, but once ready it will be available on all the major games distribution platforms (Steam, Itch.io, Play Station, etc) and on Elixir (a new game distribution platform by Satoshis Games).
The crowdfunding campaign
We launched a crowdfunding campaign to speed up the development of Lightnite. People who like the project can fund it by purchasing Lightnite items on the crowdfunding campaign page available at https://buy.lightnite.io.
Supporters can fund the project with Bitcoin (on-chain and via Lightning Network) or credit card.