BitQuest is a dedicated Minecraft server with a bitcoin-denominated trading system. On Thursday, the BitQuest staff teased the “BitQuest Architecture Royal Prize,” a forthcoming construction contest for the best “house, palace, skyscraper, or crazy building.”
Xapo has partnered with BitQuest to create the Minecraft construction contest, and the popular architectural publication ArchDaily will pick the winner(s). BitQuest is still looking for corporate sponsors to donate prizes, but at present the grand prize consists of:
BitQuest will not announce the official rules and details for another two weeks, but the contest organizers encourage prospective participants to begin acquiring building materials and sketching designs immediately so they will be prepared when the contest begins.
Minecraft is a sandbox construction game with crafting and survival elements. With more than 17 million paid accounts, Minecraft is among the most popular videogames for PC/Mac. Recently, Microsoft–who just began accepting bitcoin payments–acquired Mojang, Minecraft’s parent company.
BitQuest is one of the myriad of user-generated mods available for Minecraft. Using the Xapo API, BitQuest users can mine bits (also known as satoshis), which they can deposit into their Xapo wallets. As the game’s website explains:
The economy in BitQuest is based on the Emerald element. You can mine it or exchange it for other elements, just like currency. You can buy food, armor or even enchanted weapons, it’s up to you.
Each Emerald is worth 1 BIT. To access your Bits you first go to the BANK at spawn and deposit your Emeralds into the enchanted chests (our ATMs in the server). BitQuest will then send the Bits to your Xapo Wallet using the Xapo API.
In addition to offering a bitcoin-based economy, BitQuest distinguishes itself from vanilla Minecraft by incorporating MMORPG elements. For example, users accumulate XP rather than spending it to enchant armor, and enemies have varying difficulties as well.
Users do not have to pay any subscription fees to access the server, which is funded by donations. However, because BitQuest is a Minecraft server–rather than a standalone game–players must purchase or already own a Minecraft account.
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Images from Bitquest.