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Author Topic: 2013-07-23 Coindesk: BitFantasy is an MMORPG in which players can trade virtual  (Read 975 times)
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July 25, 2013, 03:45:00 AM
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http://www.coindesk.com/bitfantasy-mmorpg-players-trade-virtual-items-for-bitcoin/

Well, that's actually a fantastic application for BTC. Imagine not having to convert from fiat to in-game gold and just keeping a small Bitcoin balance instead to trade for items.

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As for the inclusion of Bitcoin, it was a pragmatic choice. Part of the game’s specification was to allow for player-to-player trades with real-world money. Darren looked at PayPal but found it far too complicated to implement. “I don’t think it would be possible to implement the direct player-to-player trading in any other way. For us to do the same thing with (for example) PayPal would require every player to have a PayPal merchant account, and for me to have their API keys and other shenanigans that I don’t even want to think about.”

The risk for any online game including real-world money is that a “pay to win” climate is produced. However, BitFantasy is avoiding this by restricting the ways in which real-world currency (including BTC) is used. Darren stated: “So you can’t buy gold pieces. You can’t even buy items with BTC unless you buy it from another real human player; computer-controlled shopkeepers only trade in gold pieces.”

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July 25, 2013, 05:47:31 AM
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Thanks Cheesy

You don't even have to keep a balance in game, Bit Fantasy passes on payments directly between players, there's no pool of bitcoin to charge or withdraw. Player 1 holds their QR app up to the screen and the payment goes to Player 2's wallet directly(*).


(*) nearly directly Smiley - it's routed through blockchain's notify API so we can remove the item from escrow when payment is sent.   

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