Lightnite is not just another Fortnite clone, though. Its Bitcoin micro-transaction economy is entirely powered by the Lightning Network (a speedy payment layer built on top of the Bitcoin blockchain).
In the words of lead developer Carlos Roldan, “Lightnite is a battle royale game with a minimalist low-poly and cartoonish design, which adds Bitcoin rewards for winners. Rewards in satoshis offer extra incentives to play and compliment the game mechanics with a competitive compensation.”
For those new to Bitcoin, a satoshi is the smallest unit of Bitcoin (1 sat = 0.00000001 BTC).
In Lightnite, all in-game interactions between players trigger a monetary reward or penalty for the user. For example, players earn Bitcoin by shooting other players and lose Bitcoin when they get shot. Take a look at the first gameplay video below:
Furthermore, some in-game items have a Bitcoin value and can be picked up from loot drops or dead players. Users can then use their earned satoshis to purchase items from the in-game store.
Lightnite isn’t just about spending, however. Instead, there are clear financial incentives to get good at the game and earn more Bitcoin. Skilled players are able to earn satoshis if they frag opponents and win games. And, unlike with Fortnite, Lightnight’s in-game currency can be spent outside of the game.
Player’s balances are updated in real-time when they damage another player, get damaged or pick up an item with Bitcoin value. Apparently, players can exit the game whenever they want and instantly withdraw their Bitcoin balance via the Lightning Network.
By disrupting the monetisation system, Lightnite has the potential to become more than a challenger to Fortnite’s throne—if it becomes popular, it could revolutionise the entire economy of online video games.
An early access version of Lightnight is scheduled for launch this summer (June 2020). You can pick up a copy for just $20, but our referral link will get you an extra 20% discount, a premium skin, and best of all 500 sats. See you on the Bitcoin battlefield!