Bitplay Network launches after one million plays per week during testing

Bitplay Network launches after one million plays per week during testing

Monday, April 27, 2015
Bitplay Network launches after one million plays per week during testing

The Bitplay Network has officially launched its Bitcoin mobile platform after seeing more than a million games played per week during beta testing.

The Bitplay Network offers tournaments where players match up against three opponents selected by the network, as well as in one-on-one, head-to-head challenges where players compete directly with their friends.

The network has launched with three Android games - Coin Crusher, Coin Flapper and Coin Flapper PRO - and claims to be "the industry's first platform to offer mobile games in formats players already know and love in a network where players compete with each other to win Bitcoin".

Coin Crusher and Coin Flapper have been available in beta since November 2014, with more than 200,000 micro-transactions processed each day in markets including the US, Russia and Brazil, while Coin Flapper PRO's open beta period beginning today.

"We are also the first and only mobile competitive gaming platform to use Bitcoin as its in-game currency," BitPlay chief executive Christopher Hassett said.

"Given the usage we've seen during our initial beta period alone, our two games are awarding more Bitcoin in more micro-transactions on a daily basis than any other mobile application in the world."

Operator BitPlay Inc is a privately held Boston-based startup that aims to drive mainstream adoption of Bitcoin and micro-transactions worldwide by taking advantage of the global interest in mobile gaming.

In both Coin Crusher and Coin Flapper, entry into tournaments and head-to-head challenges is free. Players finishing in the top three positions of a tournament, or winning a head-to-head challenge, can win as much as six bits, depending on the game played and finishing position. Coin Flapper PRO players are charged an entry fee and can win up to 3,000 bits depending on where they place.

Chief executive Hassett is the former president and chief operating officer of casual gaming company Uproar, which was launched in 2000 and achieved revenues in excess of $60m (€55.4m) annually before being sold to Vivendi Universal.

Hassett said: "As a company based upon the Bitcoin economy, we're using games to make it easier for mainstream consumers to acquire Bitcoin using the micro-transactions approach.

"Micro-transactions, along with its global and certified transactional capabilities, are two core strengths of the Bitcoin technology that make the BitPlay Network a compelling and unique new gaming platform."

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