Takara, the first Bitcoin geocaching game for iOS devices, has added support for tokens thanks to Counterparty – the platform developing smart contracts for the Bitcoin blockchain. With the recent worldwide craze for mobile augmented reality gaming launched by Pokémon Go this may help introduce the value of cryptocurrency and blockchain assets to new people looking for prizes they can use beyond just a single app.
Takara stands for “treasure” in Japanese and the app allows users to plant and hunt for Bitcoin treasures planted across the world. Christian Moss, who headed the game’s development in the MandelDuck studio, explained: “The blockchain can liberate game items from their parent game allowing the same item/token to be collected, traded and utilized across several platforms.”
IndieSquare, which provided the API, added: “With this integration, users can pick up not only bitcoins but also Counterparty tokens when they get close enough to the takara boxes on the map. It works in a similar way as Pokemon Go but instead of Pokemon, takara users can pick up bitcoins and various tokens. Tokens can represent coupons, tickets, loyalty points, company stocks, game items or anything else you can imagine.”
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