5 Entertainment options which accept Bitcoin () 01:34 PM EDT - Aug,25 2017
Bitcoin has had a bumper year so far, up 500% at the time of writing, and those of us true believers who got in early certainly deserve to feel rather pleased with ourselves. At least until the next price crash. What has really caught my eye though has been just how much more accepted the cryptocurrency has become in the past few months. Plenty of places now take Bitcoin as a means of payment, both online and in the real world. Just last week I saw that my local coffee shop store now accepts both Bitcoin and Litecoin as a payment method. While I sipped my Espresso macchiato with extra soy, I opened my laptop and did some research on what other fun stuff I could spend my precious cryptos on, and this is what I found.
Marketglory Online Strategy Game
I have always love massive multiplayer strategy games and used to play them all day just for fun. Recently I discovered the MarketGlory online game, which is a virtual economic world where you start businesses and compete against other participants to become rich and powerful. What makes this a little different is that you can even withdraw the virtual money into real world money, and yes, they accept Bitcoin! I have recently started playing it, and although it took me a little while to figure out how it all worked, I am now hooked! If you fancy becoming the next internet millionaire, give it a go!
Microsoft were one of the first big names to embrace the blockchain technology, integrating it as a payment method on Windows and Xbox stores way back in 2014. These days you can buy pretty much every game out there on the Xbox Store, but I find the best value for my Bitcoins right now is found on the new Xbox Game Pass Library. This has been dubbed ‘The Netflix of Xbox Games’, giving me access to 75 titles on my Xbox 360, for just $9.99 a month. Which, depending on the time the transaction gets completed, costs me around 0.0025 BTC.
Although I haven’t yet tried this, there is now a site where you can find restaurants which accept Bitcoin. The appropriately named Bitcoinrestaurants.net has a list of 95 (and counting) joints where you can relax and chow down some quality food with friends or even on a hot date. As you might expect, most of the restaurants listed are in urban areas, particularly Manhattan, and some of them are pretty classy, with Italian restaurants well represented. As a big fan of Wendy’s, I hope Bitcoin starts to get embraced by the fast-food restaurants soon.
There doesn’t seem to be any land-based casinos where you can swap your bitcoins for gambling chips just yet, but my research showed a ton of places online where you could play slots, poker and other casino games, funding your account just with cryptos. Now, I should point out that some of these operations seem to be licensed in offshore places like Costa Rica, so you will do need to do your homework to make sure you find a reputable and trusted casino. The best places to look are the casino comparison sites, with NetEnt Casino’s List of Bitcoin Casinos being particularly comprehensive, in my view.
Watching a movie at home is fun, but some films demand to be enjoyed on the big screen. Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk for example. I saw it last month on a nice big screen at a movie theater, so I could really soak up the drama and cinematography, and it was awesome! Best of all, I paid for the tickets in advance by booking through MovieTickets.com which meant I could pay online with my Bitcoins. If I can one day buy a soda and popcorn with cryptos too, then it’ll be just perfect...
What other surprising places have you found that accept Bitcoins?