Popular iOS Game SaruTobi has had a colored history ever since its inception a few years ago. By letting players earn “Bitcoin” while playing the game, there has been quite some controversy surrounding this mobile game. In fact, it had even been pulled from Apple’s App Store not that long ago. Once the game was restored, the SaruTobi developers have been working hard on making necessary changes to the game.
SaruTobi – Earning “Bitcoin” By Playing a Mobile Game
The launch of SaruTobi on iOS was greeted with a lot of enthusiasm from Bitcoin community members all around the world. Being able to earn small pieces of Bitcoin – called Satoshis – by playing a mobile game is a great way of having fun and making a little side money. However, those expectations were tempered quickly when people realized it would take ages to earn even a full US Dollar.
Not that it should surprise anything that the SaruTobi developers are not just handing out free money to anyone playing the game. What did catch most players off-guard was the fact that you can collect “Bitcoins” in the game. Needless to say, this was a source of some controversy as people were expecting to be paid out that amount in Bitcoin, and not in Satoshi.
As you would come to expect, Apple received word of this game apparently “tricking players into spending a lot of time to earn Bitcoin and not paying out in the digital currency itself”. Considering Apple’s hesitance to allow any Bitcoin-related applications or games into their App Store – until roughly six months ago – the decision was made to pull SaruTobi from Itunes altogether.
Luckily for Bitcoin enthusiasts all around the world, that decision was reversed during April of 2015 when SaruTobi was available once again in the Apple App Store. And ever since then, the game developers have been working on clearing up these issues and doubts. Their latest game build was released just a few days ago, which brings some welcome changes.
Latest SaruTobi Release Notes
SaruTobi Version 2.10 was released just a few days ago and includes various bug fixes – thanks to players for reporting those – as well as the option to combine in-game powerups in Fly By mode. It is always great to see game developers listen to feedback from their user base and make changes whenever necessary.
But there are two more noteworthy changes. First of all, SaruTobi has integrated support for Breadwallet, a very popular mobile Bitcoin wallet for iOS users. In doing so, SaruTobi players can withdraw their “earnings” to their Breadwallet directly, rather than having to enter a Bitcoin address manually. This may seem like a minor change, but it increases the ease-of-use of Bitcoin-related services in the game.
That being said, the most impressive – and possibly notorious – change comes in the form of renaming the in-game currency. Rather than using the term “Bitcoin” – which confused a lot of people – the in-game currency is now called TobiCoin. This should hopefully clear up some of the confusion associated with the SaruTobi game.
Source: SaruTobi Changelog
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