LimeWire, a popular early 2000s peer-to-peer file-sharing service, has made a nostalgic comeback in the form of a new Web3 music downloading game with crypto rewards. The LimeWire Game is a browser-based game that simulates an old Windows operating system with LimeWire software running.
Players must enter their email address to play and pretend to search for old music and movies to “download.” Each download that does not contain a “virus,” regardless of type, earns the player 10 points, and all scores are entered onto a leaderboard. The top 1,000 players will receive a total of 150,000 LMWR, LimeWire’s upcoming ERC-20 token, distributed hierarchically among them, as well as “merch packages.” It’s worth noting that the files are not real, and users can’t access or play the content they collected in-game. The LimeWire Game will be available to play until May 15.
LimeWire Co-CEO Julian Zehetmayr told Decrypt via email that the company’s decision to tap into nostalgia to promote the new LimeWire was a conscious effort to acknowledge and celebrate its roots. The game captures the spirit of the early 2000s in a fun and captivating way and not only resonates with those familiar with LimeWire in its early days but also introduces the younger generation to its rich history. LimeWire is now a creator membership platform and NFT marketplace where artists can paywall exclusive content for fans, similar to Patreon. On the new LimeWire, creators can sell every piece of content they upload as an NFT and earn royalties on secondary sales. Since its launch last year, LimeWire has seen $1 million in total volume traded on its marketplace, with a waitlist of 3 million users and 20,000 creators.