Announcements

New updates and improvements to ZEBEDEE

  1. Today we release version 1.6.5 of ZEBEDEE Infuse. This is a patch version release with improvements to the bottom user navigation bar and minor UI bugfixes. Details follow below.

    Withdraw button on bottom navigation bar

    We pride ourselves in always attentively listening to our core userbase of gamers that play on ZBD Infuse a lot. One of the pieces of feedback that kept coming back was the fact that it wasn't always clear to newcomers how to go about withdrawing your Infuse balance. We decided to rethink the UI experience of the bottom user details navigation bar and put a big Withdraw button right next to your Infuse Balance. It should now be very clear how and where to request to withdraw your sweet hard-earned satoshis.

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    As always, you can head on over to the Infuse Menu > Changelogs to see detailed changelog information for every major/minor/patch version of the software.

    Download ZEBEDEE Infuse now: https://zebedee.io/infuse

    - ZBD Team

  2. Today we release version 1.6.4 of ZEBEDEE Infuse. This is a patch version release with new support for noobs-only servers, improvements to the sponsorship screens, and minor UI bugfixes. Details follow below.

    Noobs-only servers

    One of the aims of ZEBEDEE Infuse is to make it trivial for all gamers to participate and get a chance to earn Bitcoin while playing CSGO. Matchmaking in CSGO (and any other FPS game for that matter) is a tough issue to solve -- how do you decide which gamers should battle against one another while maintain matches even and competitive?

    Given the recent growth in the number of gamers playing in Infuse CSGO servers, new entrants to the Infuse community (and potentially also new to CSGO) are finding it hard to find competitors of the same skill-level. I mean, who would want to battle a level 99 when they first start their campaign as a level 1 character afterall?

    With this in mind we have released the Noobs-only feature. This in effect introduces two new pieces of user functionality:

    1. There are going to be Infuse CSGO servers that are tagged as NOOB. This means only those users that have the same tag on their profile will be able to enter (in effect, only new gamers).
    2. Gamers that have earned less satoshis from ZEBEDEE Infuse than they have put into matches themselves will be given the NOOB tag on their profile.

    The Noobs-only feature will allow gamers that are new to CSGO or new to Infuse as a launcher and gaming platform to get familiar with how things work and improve their skillset. Whenever that gamer gets good enough that they are consistently dominating inside Noobs-only servers, they will likely have earned more satoshis than they have put into the matches, automatically removing the NOOB tag from their profile -- at this stage they won't be able to join any Noobs-only servers anymore.

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    Download ZEBEDEE Infuse now: https://zebedee.io/infuse

    - ZBD Team

  3. Today we release ZEBEDEE Browser Extension v0.3.13 which comes with an awesome new set of capabilities and features. It's now easier than ever to carry around your ZEBEDEE Wallet as you browse online. Details follow below.

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    New QR code handling functionality

    In scenarios where you are unable to fetch the contents of a given QR code, it'd be great if the extension were able to handle more advanced features. As of v0.3.13 you can now perform the following flows to import QR codes:

    • Copy-&-paste the QR code contents
    • Drag-&-drop an image with a QR code into the text input field (NEW)
    • Click IMPORT to search for an image in your computer (NEW)
    • Copy an image file itself, and paste it inside the text input field (NEW)

    A single input field can handle virtually all cases for QR codes now.

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    On demand pop-out functionality

    The ZEBEDEE Browser Extension usually lives on the top right of your Firefox/Chrome browser (and Chromium-based browsers like Brave and Microsoft Edge). And while it is really useful to have it handy and accessible anytime you're browsing online, it also means the extension cannot stay active/open if the user is no longer focused on the extension UI. This provides for suboptimal user experience flows, and with v0.3.13 we have resolved this issue by providing a programmatic Pop Out button. This will open a new browser window with for the ZBD extension, allowing you to go through user flows without losing context.

    We have also added a Refresh button right above it which allows for a user to force the app to refresh the wallet data, including fetching of latest balance and transactions.

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    Tip creators on Twitch, Twitter, and GitHub platforms

    With the recent adoption of Lightning Address in Bitcoin Lightning services and wallets, users are now able to share their addresses on their public-facing portals to allow for tips from supporters and fans.

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    With the ZEBEDEE Browser Extension, any user that puts their ZEBEDEE Lightning Address on the description/biography field of their profiles will now see an enhanced user experience with a TIP button. All you have to do is put your Lightning Address with a Lightning Bolt emoji on your profiles. Copy and edit the address below and you should be good to go to allow other gamers to tip you in Bitcoin.

    ⚡andre@zbd.gg

    v0.3.13 also saw a handful of smaller UI and UX improvements as well as various bugfixes. Download the ZEBEDEE mobile wallet now: https://zebedee.io/wallet.

    - ZBD Team

  4. Today we release version 1.6.3 of ZEBEDEE Infuse. This is a patch version release with some minor fixes and changes outlined below. Infuse gamers should have the software auto-update on the next restart of the application. Details follow below.

    New BTC USD price ticker

    We've revamped our BTC USD ticker APIs to provide better price information for currency conversions.

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    Server ordering by ping

    The Current Matches page will now sort Infused CSGO servers by ping from lowest to highest. This will ensure users choose the server that is most likely to provide best playing experience and FPS.

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    Alerting users near maximum Infuse balance

    This version we also solved a bug that was seen by some heavy Infuse gamers. After reaching the maximum wallet balance of 250,000 satoshis, gamers would join servers and instead of winning satoshis, the payout transaction would silently fail on the background. Instead, what happens now is that ZEBEDEE Infuse will disallow a gamer from entering another server if the payouts could potentially lead their balance to be larger than the maximum allowed amount. This would remain until the user withdraws their balance.

    Reminder: ZEBEDEE Infuse is not a wallet, make sure to constantly withdraw your sats to the ZEBEDEE Wallet for iOS or Android.

    - ZBD Team

  5. Today we release version 1.6.2 of the ZEBEDEE Infuse product. This is a minor release that aims to improve the experience of those having issues withdrawing sats from their Infuse wallets, as well as introduce some dynamic content around other Bitcoin games. Details from this release follow below.

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    Explore more Bitcoin games

    While CSGO is an amazing game, especially in its Infused format, one of the goals of Infuse is to provide Bitcoin gaming for every type of gamer, not just those that love first-person shooters. With this in mind we rolled out a new section called `Explore More Bitcoin Games` that lives in the Game Selection screen. This content is dynamic and we will be putting curated games in this list. Click on any of them to be directed to their respective download page and get started earning sats on other games.

    Proper warning/error messaging on failed withdrawals

    A few users were having issues performing withdrawals on the last Match Time event and have reported the bug related to it. This has been fixed and is shipped on v1.6.2 of Infuse. The actual issue was that the error message was being suppressed and not displayed to the user, so the user was unaware of the error. Most of these users were simply hitting withdrawal limits, and need to wait till the next day to withdraw the rest of their winnings. Remembering that every Infuse user has a base 250k sats withdrawal limit per day. You can win as many sats as you want playing CSGO, but only withdraw that much at once per day.

    Dynamic introduction content

    The introduction module inside Infuse has been rebuilt and is now backed by dynamic content, which means we will be making changes to the imagery/text/links whenever we have major events like Match Time and/or MintGox.

    - ZBD Team

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    Browser Extensions Released!

    Last week the ZEBEDEE team released the first public version of the Browser Extensions for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. With this release ZEBEDEE is now available on the many platforms that gamers use these days, from Steam to Discord, as well as iOS and Android. ZEBEDEE is everywhere you go.

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    Head on over to zebedee.io/wallet to get the extensions and start using your ZEBEDEE Wallet on your desktop and web environment!

    -- ZBD Team

  7. ZEBEDEE Infuse v1.6

    Releases 🙌
    New Features 🆕

    Today we release the latest version of Infuse v1.6. In this minor release we fixed a handful of bugfixes on business logic and user interfaces of the app. Details from this release follow below.

    Windows Code-signing

    Version 1.6 of Infuse Desktop solves a long-standing issue when installing Infuse in Windows machines. At of v1.6 the app is fully code-signed by ZEBEDEE's private keys and verified by Microsoft. You may still see the SmartScreen alert popup when attempting to install Infuse on your Windows machine, but the more installations we get, the higher our app's reputation is to Microsoft, which will finally drop the SmartScreen alert popup.

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    Latency Adjustments

    Due to a regression bug on v1.5.0 of Infuse, a lot of servers were announcing [really high ping] to a lot of users, which made gamers uneasy to join servers as they thought they'd have a poor experience when playing on such high-lag environments. This was entirely a client-side issue, and has been resolved on v1.6.0. Find the server nearest to you and start playing!

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    Server Rules

    One of our aims is to foster a great community of like-minded gamers that enjoy the future of gaming powered by Bitcoin. With that in mind we've just rolled out a detailed Server Rules modal that gamers will have to accept before entering a server. This should help further explain the specific rules that you must follow in each of the many game modes Infuse CSGO has support for. It also allows CSGO Mods to hold gamers accountable as they've agreed to the rules. Anyone that is caught farming sats or cheating will get notified and kicked swiftly.

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    Full Changelog and v1.6.1 Patch Release

    You can see the full changelog below. As you can see we also swiftly released a minor patch version v1.6.1 of Infuse that addressed some minor changes to the Server Rules and the Introduction modules.

    - ZBD Team

  8. ZEBEDEE and Bitstamp have announced a joint partnership to take Bitcoin gaming to next stage of global adoption.

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    ZEBEDEE’s Bitcoin gaming wallet is the entry point into the world of Bitcoin gaming. Over ten thousand gamers are already playing games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive for Bitcoin using ZEBEDEE’s tech and withdrawing what they earn to the ZEBEDEE wallet. However, so far, it was difficult to then exchange the Bitcoin earned in games for other currencies or use it to make payments. Bitstamp is now partnering with ZEBEDEE to solve that problem and take the economic potential of Bitcoin gaming to the next level.

    Gamers can now more easily cash out their Bitcoin winnings from playing Counter-Strike!

    Bitstamp --> Read full Bitstamp blog release

  9. ZEBEDEE Infuse v1.5.0

    Releases 🙌
    New Features 🆕
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    Today we release the latest minor version update of ZEBEDEE Infuse, version 1.5.0. In this version we designed some new components and screens to facilitate the general user-experience for gamers. Some highlights follow below:

    Changelogs

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    A feature that a lot of you have been asking for is more detailed changelogs for the ZEBEDEE Infuse app to know exactly what is being added or shipped in each new client update. We took this feedback into account and in v1.5.0 we shipped an automatically-generated changelog screen which displays the core changes for each release.

    My Infuse Bar

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    Another piece of feedback that was resounding across many in the Infuse community is the absence of an easy-to-understand breakdown of your Infuse balance as you use the app. With that feedback our team executed on the My Infuse Bar, a bottom toolbar that is always readily available to you, whenever you need it. It contains the following data points:

    • Your Wallet: your Infuse balance in sats, available to be used to pay for entrances to any Infused game server
    • Free Play: every new Infuse user is given 500 sats of Free Play. Free Play sats are sats that can be used to pay for entrances to any Infused game server. It's basically free sats on us for signing up for the best community!
    • My User: your Steam user profile and username. Clicking here will take you to the full My Infuse page where you can see your basic stats and withdrawing capabilities.

    Password-protected Servers

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    Infuse v1.5.0 adds support for Infused servers that have password protection. This comes in handy for online tournaments such that only a select qualified list of players can log into the server to play and battle for the rewards.

    We've also shipped a whole refactor to the menu to make it easier to navigate the app. Additionally we've added support for 5v5 (and 2v2, 3v3, etc) competitive gameplay to Infuse CS:GO, which means you can play bomb defusal/strategic matches with your friends. Official release and more details to follow soon.

    - ZBD Team