On April 14th 2019 an unsuspecting Twitter user received a mysterious message regarding a Bitcoin ‘Easter Egg‘. The Easter Egg, however, is not like some worthless bit of in-game bragging-rights-giving tat, it is worth a total of $1 million USD, in Bitcoin. The message stated that, in order for a person, or people, to unlock the wallet containing the sum in Bitcoin, 400 out of 1000 cryptographic keys will have to be located by treasure hunters.
The treasure hunt is actually a part of a game called ‘Satoshi’s Treasure’ and was co-created by Eric Meltzer, co-founder of Primitive Ventures. He is quoted as to likening the game to ‘the bitcoin version of Ready Player One.’. And went on to explain the game will have a leaderboard to show which teams have the most private keys.
The game was created in a way which prevents any one of its many creators from knowing the location of all the keys or schedule which their release will follow. Eric also states that the team behind it are planning to release an app which will help players track their record so far.
So, you know what the prize is and you know, albeit vaguely, what is needed to claim it – cryptographic keys, 400 of them to be precise – now you are probably asking yourself where on earth are these ‘cryptographic keys’ are where on earth will you find them?
Where are the Bitcoin keys?
The first of the three available keys is said to be available, from April 16th 2019, at the following locations:
37.784038, -122.417812 (Tenderloin, San Francisco).
40.758931, -73.985099 (Broadway, New York).
34.062628, -118.129485 (Monterey Park, CA).
42.360342, -71.087282 (Cambridge, MA).
The second of the three available keys is said to be available, from April 17th 2019, on the other side of the planet and the following locations:
39.93685, 116.45426 (Beijing Shi, China).
22.281185, 114.156715 (Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong).
35.654811, 139.748974 (Minato City, Japan).
37.583827, 127.031035 (Seoul, South Korea).
The third key is available to be found, also from April 17th 2019, at the following locations:
51.5082944, -0.2013407 (Notting Hill, London).
0.3474019, 32.6036514 (Kampala, Uganda).
-33.8881323, 151.1901988 (Camperdown NSW, Australia).
-34.596118, -58.373290 (Buenos Aires, Argentina).
Make a Team and Get Hunting
As these are only the first three of the total 1000 keys I would expect the game to get increasingly difficult. It is said that there will be a wide range of clues and tasks to follow and complete in order to access the rest of the 1000 keys.
As more information is released I will continue to publish it on Something Decent.