ZEBEDEE, a play-to-earn Bitcoin company, and Viker, a blockchain game developer, have teamed up to reintroduce classic games with a crypto twist. The classic Solitaire and Sudoku games can be enjoyed with rewards in Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency market capitalization.
The extended partnership between Zebedee, a Bitcoin-centric gaming company, and Viker, a London-based mobile games studio, made this possible. Together, they brought crypto rewards to three of their most popular games, including Solitaire and Sudoku.
These games are enjoyed by billions over hundreds of years, and for many hours. However, so far none of them have been able earn anything. “Why continue this, when games can reward us with more than just entertainment?” Dan Beasley, co-founder of Viker, stated in a statement shared to Decrypt.
Beasley claims that Viker boasts the largest pay-and-earn portfolio, with up to 500,000 players earning Bitcoin each month.
Players don’t need any technical knowledge or experience in crypto, as with Wheel of Trivia (and Balls King), two of the Bitcoin-powered games previously launched by the partnership between the companies.
To see earned coins in the Zebedee app, players simply need to enter their Zebedee Gamertag, which is a username for the Zebedee ecosystem, into Viker’s App.
Zebedee’s gaming app is available through mobile apps and desktop browser extensions. It is built on Bitcoin’s Lightning Network, a layer-2 scaling solution that makes it possible to send Bitcoin transactions almost instantly and inexpensively.
Simon Cowell, CEO of Zebedee, stated that there is no better way for next-generation play and earn mechanics to a wide gaming audience than to take the popular games and add Bitcoin seamlessly and unobtrusively to them.
Cowell says that titles like Sudoku and Solitaire have seen little innovation over the years. However, Cowell claims that more people are now able enjoy more rewarding gameplay experiences in the games they love thanks to innovative tools like Bitcoin rewards.
Today’s news follows Zebedee raising $35 million Series A funding round, led by Kingsway Capital. Other investors included Square Enix, Final Fantasy publisher Square Enix.
In order to make it easier for users to play games built around Bitcoin’s Lightning Network, Zebedee incorporated the services from crypto payments firm MoonPay earlier this year.