Hobby developers get an easy and affordable way to add Bitcoin to their games

Make your passion project more interesting, popular and profitable by adding Bitcoin with ZEBEDEE.

By ZEBEDEE   •   3 minutes ago

ZEBEDEE caters to a large number of developers, both big and small, producing a broad spectrum of games. In this article, we take a look at the smallest video game makers, hobby developers, people whose passion is to make their own video games, but who don’t have the resources, time and funds of AAA companies.

Hobby devs can use ZEBEDEE to implement Bitcoin rewards in their games. It makes the games much more interesting, brings in a highly engaged audience and is super simple to implement, thanks to how easy it is to work with ZEBEDEE tech.

We’ll answer questions about how you can make your game more interesting, boost its popularity and maybe even get your hands on some revenue. Whether you’ve never made a game before, if you’re just starting or if you’ve got a project laying around that could use some refreshing, ZEBEDEE’s payment rails may be just the thing you’re looking for.

Attract players with real rewards

One of the fundamental things you need to think about is how you’re going to get people to want to play your game – one thing is your game’s popularity, and another, somewhere down the line you may want to make a buck or two. If you’re a hobby dev or a small team, you’re probably working on a budget and don’t want to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on advertising and distributing your game. Luckily, you don’t have to.

A simple way to get players on board is to offer rewards that have actual, real-world value (as has proven effective with so many of our partners). Even the tiniest reward for beating a level, reaching a goal or otherwise engaging with your game is an attractive proposition, perhaps more so than you’d think at first glance. Don’t believe us? Check out any of our games and see how stacking sats transforms a simple game into a completely different sort of animal.

Take for example, Coffee L. Burger, a ZEBEDEE community member whose lifelong dream was to make their own game. Their first project was a simple clone of 2048 (play it here), with a key twist: instead of a high-score, you earn actual Bitcoin. “I was inspired to make a game with Bitcoin when I first played Bitcoin Miner, and that led me to ZEBEDEE,” says Coffee. “Somebody on ZBD Discord suggested 2048 and I thought it was a great idea, so I did it. Now, when you play my version, a sat counter will go up, and as soon as you’ve got one sat, you can cash out.”

Tap into our buzzing community

Gaming is the biggest entertainment industry out there, much bigger than streaming or cinema. That’s both a blessing and a curse for someone who’s looking for players. On one hand, you’ve got billions of potential players all over the world, but on the other hand, you’ve got to find just the right target audience for your game. Look no further, here’s ZEBEDEE.

ZEBEDEE has a large and vibrant community of gamers taking part in competitions on our social media channels, chilling out on Discord and always eager to try out new games. Best of all, the community is already familiar with the concept of Bitcoin in games and will grasp that aspect of your game with ease. Hop on our Discord and become part of it yourself.

When making 2048 Bitcoin, Coffee says they weren’t interested in changing the game’s looks or gameplay. “I wanted it to be simple, 2048 in the front end, cash out mechanics in the back end. I could simply lift the source code for 2048 and get to work with making it Bitcoin-fit. And since the idea came from ZBD Discord, I knew I’d get people to play it.”

Tap into the buzzing ZEBEDEE community to attract players to your games.
Tap into the buzzing ZEBEDEE community to attract players to your games.

You need no knowledge of blockchain or Bitcoin

It’s no secret that we think Bitcoin and the Lightning Network are pretty dope. But that’s not why we’re basing our services on this cutting-edge tech. Bitcoin just happens to be the best tool for the job at the moment. It’s the largest crypto, it’s super-efficient, completely global and Lightning-fast. And we could go on, but that’s not the point.

With our tech under your game, you get unprecedented freedom of design. Since transactions on ZEBEDEE are so fast and cheap, tying in-game actions to them is liberating, rather than being a restriction. New doors open, paving a way for innovative mechanics and gameplay ideas.

And the best part? It’s extremely simple to integrate. Implementing our payment rails into your game requires no prior knowledge of blockchain or Bitcoin and is done really quickly and easily using just one tool: ZEBEDEE Developer Dashboard – the command center for your in-game economy.

Coffee, who says their favorite game is Bitcoin Miner (and it’s hard to disagree, though there is a lot of competition), spent three weeks making their 2048 game, but it took them only one week to integrate payments. “I did have some help with that, though, but it was still surprisingly easy to work with ZEBEDEE Developer Dashboard and configure the API to send sats to Lightning wallets and ZBD Gamertags. That worked really smoothly. It was actually all the bugs I had to fix in my game that took the longest time.”

If you’re also looking to pursue your dreams of making a game or finding a good boost for your passion project, you know what you should do. Visit our website to find out more about how to use ZEBEDEE Developer Dashboard to get Bitcoin in your game or sign up now for free.

This post was updated in November 2022.

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