Coindesk says, “The game is operated by a small, mysterious company based on a tropical island (figuring out more about the game itself is part of the appeal) and is sponsored by Primitive Ventures and other prominent investors. Eventually, there will be hundreds of cryptographic keys around the world, shrouded in puzzles and riddles, and the first team to compile 400 of the key fragments will be able to claim the prize.”
Eric Meltzer, the game’s co-creator, claims over 100,000 people are now on the email list for updates and announcements related to the clues, and 40 of them have already been released.
In the USA, BlockVenture Coalition partners Tyler Wellener and Philip Forte are on a grand tour of 20 North American campuses, hosting educational meet-ups and mini hunts to help students join the game.
Wellener told CoinDesk, “A lot of these students want to learn about blockchain and crypto, but their universities haven’t caught up to them yet. We’re looking to provide resources for a lot of these different student groups.”
IDEX CEO Alex Wearn told CoinDesk his exchange will also sponsor some campus workshops focused on bitcoin wallets and decentralized exchanges. While Jonathan Calso, head of the blockchain group at the University of Michigan, told CoinDesk these sponsored meetups benefit the student body by bringing hands-on learning opportunities to campus and giving student clubs like his more credibility among faculty. Michigan is one of the universities that doesn’t have courses and official resources related to bitcoin. Calso said, “This helps us get more visibility from the engineering department, economics and computer science departments as well.”
Meanwhile, Satoshi’s Treasure co-founder Jessica Wang told CoinDesk she’s helping student groups at several universities in China and Australia get involved with the fall semester campaign, including Shandong University. She said, “Students are the future of this industry, so we’re going to put small prizes, like one bitcoin, into this game to attract more students. “We’re going to hide more physical location puzzles globally.”