Introducing novice users to the world of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies is not an easy task. That being said, there are certain options to explore when trying to bring in new community members. One of the ways to successfully do that, as Spells of Genesis has proven, is by combining virtual currency with a card game.
Spells of Genesis Takes The World By Storm
At the start of August, the Spells of Genesis team begun their 30-day crowdsale journey. EverdreamSoft, the company behind this virtual currency/card game hybrid, was taken aback by the immediate success of this crowdsale, as more than 240 Bitcoin was raised within the first two hours. That line of success continued when the funding goal of US$200,000 was reached a few days later.
EverdreamSoft seized this opportunity to experiment a bit with special deals and new blockchain-based in-game cards, which ensured more funds kept coming in. When all was said and done, Spells of Genesis netted a total of 974,13 Bitcoin being raised, and 14,361,467.13 BitCrystals have been distributed among backers.
BitCrystals are the in-game tokens used in Spells of Genesis, which can be used to purchase special powers and game assets. Every BitCrystal token is created on top of Bitcoin’s blockchain, giving owners the option to easily transfer currency between accounts. The remaining BitCrystals supply – 55,638,532.87 to be precise – will be “burnt” at the beginning of October 2015.
Part of the Spells of Genesis crowdsale can be attributed to the partnership with popular cryptocurrency exchange platform Shapeshift.io. Backers had the option to pay either in Bitcoin or use any of the few dozen supported altcoins during the crowdsale. ShapeShift.io acts as an instant exchange for digital assets, and Spells of Genesis presented an excellent opportunity for all parties involved.
It is important to note that all of the funds raised during the Spells of Genesis crowdsale will not be handed over to EverdreamSoft immediately. The company has to meet certain milestones and deadlines, after which part of the raised funds will be released to them. That first milestone was reached a few days ago when the alpha version of this trading card game was made available to play in a web browser.
Spells of Genesis Alpha 0.1 Released
Players can freely test the browser version of Spells of Genesis Alpha 0.1 by clicking here. Do keep in mind this is an alpha version of the final game, which may look nothing like the version you can test right now. The main goal of this alpha release is to track down any bugs and gather valuable community feedback.
“We have learned a lot from the BitCrystals Token Sale, it’s been an emotional, challenging and hectic 30 days since its start. There is a huge amount of work ahead of us, we want to deliver on our promise and looking forward to complete our next milestones in a timely manner. We pay close attention to our supporters’ feedback and look forward to hear their opinions and suggestions as we proceed with development. Spells of Genesis is a game for the community and we want to live up to expectations.” – EverdreamSoft CEO and founder Shaban Shaame stated in an interview.
Additionally, new cards have been introduced to Spells of Genesis player base. ETHXCPCARD, for example, is a new blockchain-based trading card issued in a very limited edition of 1,000 copies. Players can buy this card in exchange for BitCrystals, and the card price will increase as more of these cards are purchased.
Card games are becoming more and more popular these days, especially the ones that are available in digital format. Consumers are looking to play games on mobile devices, and computers that have low to no entry fees, and are easy to pick up, yet difficult to master. Spells of Genesis could fill that void if EverdreamSoft plays their card right.
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