‘Bitcoin Tycoon' Video Game Will Let Players 'Understand the Bitterness Behind Mining'

Struggling to pay your electric bill is fun when it’s a game.

Matthew Gault

Matthew Gault

99 Game Studio

Mining bitcoin can be lucrative but it’s an expensive enterprise to undertake. Between the sky-high electric bill, skyrocketing price of graphics processing units, and thousands you’ll spend on cooling systems, becoming a miner is often more trouble than it’s worth. Worse, the markets are so volatile that anyone getting in now could spend thousands and end up with nothing. Some people want to see what all the fuss is about without having to invest thousands of dollars that may disappear overnight. Thankfully, a new video game coming soon to Steam early access has them covered: Bitcoin Tycoon—Mining Simulation Game .

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Developed by Shanghai-based 99 Game Studio, Bitcoin Tycoon—Mining Simulation Game lets players explore the career of a bitcoin miner without having to deal with its frustrations first hand. It’s set in 2014 and the player is an early adopter of cryptocurrency mining. The player steers the protagonist's career, builds a rig, and learns to “understand the bitterness behind mining.”

The game is set to launch in early access in May 2018. The developers promise a robust storyline, random events, the ability to customize both your mining rig and your home, and several career paths. 99 Game Studio will have to deal with other miners and have branching career paths where they can become mega traders or or just live “decadent at home, no one will judge you.”