A new alternate reality game called Satoshi’s Treasure hid the keys to $1 million worth of bitcoin across the globe. Players will be forced to collaborate and improvise in order to possibly gain a prize.
“A lot of people have joked we’re doing the bitcoin version of Ready Player One,” Primitive Ventures co-founder Eric Meltzer, the game’s co-creator, told CoinDesk. “The game is going to have a leaderboard to show which teams have the most keys.”
The keys belonging to the bitcoin wallet were divided into 1,000 fragments, which requires a minimum of 400 key fragments to move the funds. Players can collect and decipher clues however they please and can even sell their leads if they desire. Meltzer donated a significant portion of the bitcoin loot, with unnamed angel investors capping it off, as CoinDesk reports.
“Forget about the rules, just go goddamn play,” Meltzer said. He added that more than 6,000 people have already signed up for the game’s mailing list for key updates.
Co-creator Ian Miers of zcash and 18 other contributors helped Meltzer to ensure that nobody knows the schedule or location of all the clues or keys. The logic puzzles are dispersed across the internet and some will also be printed and pasted in the real world.
“There are some clues that are very scavenger hunt-y, and clues where it’s purely logic puzzles or math problems,” Meltzer said, adding that the end result will numerically yield a key fragment.
The first clue was revealed yesterday, in which it seems to point players in the direction of the Blockstream satellite that broadcasts data related to bitcoin. Plans to launch an app to help players keep track of clues and updates are underway, though it will not be required to play the global puzzle.
“There is a company, basically so that we can pay people’s salaries,” Meltzer said. “Part of the meta game that I think people are going to like is trying to figure out who is behind this.”
There is not a single person, nor a member of the company who knows how the game will actually play out. “When the winning team wins they do so by taking the bitcoin and we have nothing to do with this. We’re not giving the prize,” Meltzer said. “There are so many unknowns in this game that we kind of just want to see what happens.”