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Introducing Joystick.club — Pay to Play Games powered by Bitcoin Cash

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Help Joystick.club secure funding to develop, launch, and maintain the first Bitcoin Cash powered mobile and desktop arcade, enabling micro-payments across pick up and play gaming.

Joystick.club allows gamers to compete for the top position of each games’ leaderboard. Root for folks in the leaderboard by sending them tips in BCH. As this project develops, gamers will be eligible to earn and acquire JOY tokens by playing games. By holding JOY tokens, you are a partial owner of this virtual arcade called Joystick.club and are eligible for reward payments at the end of each month, based on revenue generated by users paying-and-playing our game. These rewards will be distributed entirely in Bitcoin Cash, encouraging more gamers to play, and the community to grow by naturally realizing that holding more JOY means holding a greater % of the revenue. Details of JOY token will be released following a successful round of Flipstarter funding.

We already have a working demo. Visit https://joystick.club/ with badger wallet for chrome and firefox installed to try it out!

📹 Watch our video

Please be aware that this project is currently in beta. Our arcade has a no refund policy. If for any reason the machine eats your quarter, you’ll just have to try again.


Introducing Joystick.club — Pay to Play Games powered by Bitcoin Cash

👾 First, some background

You’ve heard this all before. Gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry. Through its humble beginnings from the 70s onwards, gamers have been spending their hard earned money to enjoy some fun. Much of the growth in video games originated from Arcades. Dark rooms, cramped with electronic machines ranging from Pac-man, space invaders, to run of the mill pinball machines. While gaming evolved to home gaming consoles, online gaming, and the trend to purchase the “whole game” became the new norm. The need for game ownership has been reduced thanks to increased internet bandwidth, competing free-to-play games (League, PubG, etc) and the freemium model we’ve seen in games in mobile app stores.

Translating spending quarters ($0.25c) to online free-to-play games couldn’t scale with traditional permissioned-based payment processors. High fees, along with countless middlemen and regulatory bodies, national laws, and don’t forget international copyright, completely killed any possibility of letting users drop in some money and compete to be the best at casual, pick up and play games.

We believe that a second Golden Age of Arcade Videos Games is just around the corner. Thanks to low-fee cryptocurrency and permissionless payment networks, we’re ready to help introduce a new (but vintage) style of casual gaming to gamers around the world, and create the tools necessary for more game developers to join in on this retro-revolution.

🕹 What is Joystick.club?

Joystick.club is your virtual local arcade, located between the world wide web and the public blockchain. No sticky floors, lack of ventilation, no neighbors peering over your shoulder, and no impatient queue laying quarters down on your game saying “I’m next”. This is arcade style game play, brought to the blockchain. Joystick.club accepts micro-payments and in turn, provides players with fun, pick up and play style games.

Joystick.club allows gamers to compete for the top position of each games’ leaderboard. Root for folks in the leaderboard by sending them tips in BCH. As this project develops, gamers will be eligible to earn and acquire JOY tokens by playing games. By holding JOY tokens, you are a partial owner of this virtual arcade called Joystick.club and are eligible for reward payments at the end of each month, based on revenue generated by users paying-and-playing our game. These rewards will be distributed entirely in Bitcoin Cash, encouraging more gamers to play, and the community to grow by naturally realizing that holding more JOY means holding a greater % of the revenue. Details of JOY token will be released following a successful round of Flipstarter funding.

We want to bring cryptocurrency to more game developers. The best way to encourage this to happen is to build a platform in which game developers have the opportunity to earn revenue without high fees from middlemen, and show developers that low-fee microtransactions can revolutionize the gaming industry and bring in substantial profit to them as well.

☁️ Why not use Ethereum?

This project was originally created around the idea of building on Ethereum (ETH). Unfortunately, due to the rising fees, and the EVM’s inability to handle micro-transactions on layer1, we had to go elsewhere. Nobody is going to spend over $5 to play a 0.25c game. When choosing a cryptocurrency to build around, it’s critical to choose one that not only has the tools available to accomplish your goals (tokens, apis, wallets, web3.js inspired tooling), but also the network effect of users.

Bitcoin Cash is one of the most popular cryptocurrencies, and is the only cryptocurrency that has been built from the ground up to focus on micro-transactions and for layer1 scalability. While it may get the stink-face from the most depressed maximalists, for those who have used it, it’s impossible to say it’s not useful. I strongly believe more ETH projects, including those participating and building defi will begin to migrate to BCH as fees continue to rise and prevent sustained growth on their projects as people are priced out from participating. This is doubly true with the introduction of EVM compatible sidechain SmartBCH — which we will be monitoring closely.

Our team remains indifferent to coin politics, we simply want to see a project with micro-transactions and gaming succeed in global adoption. If you should like to support our project and do not hold any Bitcoin Cash, use our Sideshift.ai link to easily donate ETH which is converted to BCH.

🛣 Roadmap:

Phase 1 — Launch website supporting 3 games playable with BCH via Badger Wallet for Chrome and Firefox

Phase 2 — Mobile Wallet partnerships. We’re focusing on partnering with Bitcoin.com Wallet app to allow their users to begin to pay to game, and will be exploring additional wallet integrations with Pokket, Zapito, and other multi-coin wallets which support crypto enabled sites.

Phase 3— Flipstarter and private donations. Supporters earn early JOY.

Phase 4— Launch one more game with input from our Joystick.club Telegram. Release JOY token details

Phase 5— Play and earn JOY tokens on Bitcoin Cash’s SLP protocol. Complete integration to more Bitcoin Cash wallets.

Phase 6— Begin airdrops. 50% of revenue generated from gameplay to be distributed via Monthly dividends (airdrops) to our (has no value) JOY token and it’s holders.

Phase 7— Launch additional game(s).

Phase 8 — Hire additional contractors for in game art, tooling asistance, and begin development on open source Unity and/or Construct plugin, enabling more game developers to add BCH and SLP into new games.

Phase 9 — Release open source game on Unity or Construct which supports Bitcoin Cash and/or SLP tokens.

Phase 10 — Grow game library, bring more game developers into Bitcoin Cash. Build support for NFT in-game items/skins. Grow library from partnered games releasing on our platform.

👋 Who is behind Joystick.club?

Due to the nature of this project and the legally uncertain stance in our local government involving both cryptocurrency, and the risks associated with starting a project like this which also contains a (no value) reward token, we will remain anonymous and go simply by our handles.

Amalektricity— Runner up for Devcon.cash 2020 for my game Block Breakers, which showcased BCH pay to play games. I have been a passionate Bitcoin Cash enthusiast since 2018. With 4 years of game development experience and 5 years project management experience. I’ve worked in two different gaming startups, and currently freelance as a game developer. My hope is to secure enough funding for this project to drop freelance work and focus the majority of my time on this project.

PangilFreeman — Full time game developer. New to Bitcoin Cash but very passionate about disrupting the gaming industry, along with high fees from Apple, Google, and other payment platforms. Low fee, microtransactions in game have not been fully explored, and I hope to showcase to the game developer industry that we are able to change faster than you might think.

Non-managing contributors — We have several people from our contacts within the industry, including gaming, business, and payments, who have agreed to help contribute. In addition to several well known community members who we hope to bring on as advisors.

🐖 Token Launch

To ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of Joystick.club, we will be launching a Bitcoin Cash token. Details surrounding the distribution will be released following the successful funding via Flipstarter. While we have strong ideas on how to best handle the token, we hope to include the community surrounding Joystick.club to provide their input, as well as receiving input from advisors.

🏁 How You Can Participate

🤳 Play games

It’s simple. The more you pay to play. The more funds are deposited into the Joystick.club pay-day wallet. The more funds that are in that wallet, the more members of Joystick.club earn at the end of the month, following the launch of the token.

🛠 Earn JOY

Pledge to our flipstarter and if it’s successful, we’ll reward pledges with JOY upon successful funding of Flipstarter. After consulting with the community and advisors, we’ll release more details about JOY. However, we do know that the more you play Joystick.club games, the more JOY you will be able to earn. Details related to JOY token will be released at a later date.

❤️ Donate to our project

Joystick.club is a new concept built entirely on Bitcoin Cash. We want to prove to the world that a budding business built on micro payments is possible. By allowing the wider community, including gamers, traders, and Bitcoin Cash enthusiasts to pick up and play games, we’re confident we can build fun, innovative ecosystem that utilizes BCH, SLP, and introduces more gamers to peer to peer electronic cash. We hope to help inspire game developers from all over the world to build and support microtransactions in game and flip the gaming industry on its head. No high fees or complicated and unreliable L2 systems required.

👊 Join our team

We want established people within the Bitcoin Cash and wider Crypto community to act as representatives of this organization, and ride shotgun on this joyride. These positions will be voluntary at first, with potential opportunity to be paid in our projects’ Bitcoin Cash SLP token (JOY), allowing the wider community to interact with leaders on social media (reddit, twitter, telegram). Community representatives are expected to help promote this project and grow it into the biggest project that bridges gaming with crypto. If you’re the type of person who can see things through to the end, can help get Joystick.club featured across crypto-news / gaming news, listed on exchanges, and are looking for a new project to become your pride and joy. Contact us and we’d be happy to discuss. Proof of previous successes within crypto space is required. Reach out to us on Telegram.

🏰 Defi on Bitcoin Cash, with Governance Tokens

Defi on Bitcoin Cash is still early. With that being said, the tools exist to already create a robust governance system that allows community members to participate in the direction of Joystick.club. Based on the success of defi with erc20 tokens, and inspired by projects such as snapshot.page, Joystick.club will be considering how to best include governance into our project. We’ll be working alongside community and advisors to ensure opportunities exist to aide in providing direction and feedback from the wider community.

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✒️ Legal disclaimer / terms of service:

Users who pay to play Joystick.club games will not be refunded under any circumstance. This project is currently in beta, loss of funds is possible when playing games in the event that an issue with blockchain monitoring api’s fail to detect your payment in time to pass you through to the game. Consider this like when a machine eats your quarter. Redundancies will be added as we scale. Users who acquire JOY (no value slp token) will not be eligible for refunds in any way. By visiting Joystick.club or playing our games, you agree to our very simple legal terms of service. JOY token has no value attributed to it from Joystick.club or its founders, and is purely for fun. Joystick.club reward token (JOY) is similar to counting hours played in a game. The dividend tool will be used to reward our most devout users with Bitcoin Cash, similar to coffee shops giving away a free coffee after visiting 10 times. JOY has no value and should not be traded. If value is ever attributed to JOY, Joystick.club will not be held liable. If you are a US citizen please note that we do not condone or allow you to purchase the Bitcoin Cash token (JOY) despite the project being very public, and very attainable for people of all age, race, sex, or creed. US citizens may not purchase these tokens directly from us, nor through third party’s, and should not acquire them through any other means. US Citizens may not participate in Flipstarter funding. Doing so is against our terms of service, and while legally impossible for us to enforce a permissionless p2p electronic cash system, we encourage you to obey your local laws. Joystick.club will not be held responsible for any gains or losses our users incur from using our games and/or holding the token (JOY). Joystick.club thanks you for your understanding regarding very boring and very silly international & crypto laws. Please use your best judgement at all times with dealing with any online service, including projects such as ours.

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