In briefBitcoin gaming startup ZEBEDEE will integrate its wallet service with cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp for easier coin transfers and payments. ZEBEDEE’s Infuse technology lets players wager and earn Bitcoin while playing games like PC shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Got the skills to pay the bills in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)? You can prove it by wagering and winning Bitcoin in the popular PC shooter, thanks to an unofficial integration powered by Bitcoin startup ZEBEDEE, which unveiled the functionality in February ahead of plans to roll out servers featuring its Infuse technology for BTC rewards.
Although functional and offering a unique competitive experience for CS:GO, ZEBEDEE admits that it wasn’t particularly easy to transfer funds out of the ZEBEDEE Bitcoin Gaming Wallet, whether it was to swap for other cryptocurrencies or use the BTC winnings to make payments.
That’s where cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp comes in. Today, the long-running exchange announced that it was partnered with ZEBEDEE to add Bitstamp integration within the wallet. According to a release, the integration will make it easier for players to move and convert the Bitcoin they win while playing games that feature ZEBEDEE’s Infuse technology.
“Bitcoin really does change the game, in more ways than one,” said ZEBEDEE CEO Simon Cowell, in a release. “Suddenly your score inside the game has real-world economic value. This massively increases the level of engagement you have with the game, but it also points to previously impossible economic models.”
Bitstamp employees, including Chief Technical Officer David Osojnik, were among those playing in the first public demo of ZEBEDEE’s technology within CS:GO, which was held as part of a MintGox Bitcoin gaming streaming event earlier this year. MintGox streams have also featured a number of original Bitcoin-centric games, such as racer Bitcoin Rally and battle royale shooter Lightnite. ZEBEDEE’s integration uses Bitcoin’s Lightning Network for payments.
As Decrypt explored earlier this year, playing CS:GO with ZEBEDEE’s Infuse technology allows players to wager a small amount of Bitcoin and then potentially earn back more depending on their in-game score. While the amounts are small, players can “stack sats” by earning satoshis (1 satoshi = 1/100,000,000 BTC) across matches and then cash out their winnings. According to ZEBEDEE, more than 10,000 players have competed in CS:GO matches using their Bitcoin integration.
ZEBEDEE will unveil the MintGox Esports Arena at this weekend’s Bitcoin 2021 conference in Miami, where players—both in-person and online—can win Bitcoin by competing in games. Bitstamp has donated 0.5 BTC (about $18,800) towards CS:GO competitions, while market research firm L’Atelier BNP Paribas has donated another 0.5 BTC towards the L’Atelier Bitcoin Rally Championship. Additionally, players can compete in Bitcoin-infused indie games and win a share of “millions of [satoshis]” at the event.