2023 saw a highly competitive, if not slightly odd, esports tournament of sorts. Yuga Labs, or Bored Ape Yacht Club fame, launched a mini-game called Dookey Dash.
This browser-based racing game had a global leaderboard and served two distinct purposes: firstly, it acted as an early step on the path to the mysterious “Evo 1 reveal”. Secondly, it had a prize for the highest score at Dookey Dash — a 1 of 1 Golden Key NFT.
As Yuga Labs created Dookey Dash, it wasn’t surprising to see many players flood to top the leaderboard — 25,000 in fact — accumulating over 7.5 million “Dashes” (races). Third and second places were extremely tight, but first place had daylight between him and second spot on the podium, netting the player the now coveted Golden Key.
Now, playing a browser-based, platform-style racing game for an NFT key does not sound like a lucrative activity to win at. In fact, it doesn’t even sound like an overly good use of your free time. The mitigating factor here is Yuga Labs who could mint damn-near anything and it be desirable. So, a 1-of-1 Golden Key might be worth something to the right person.
The winner was Kyle “Mongraal” Jackson, a professional Fortnite player from the U.K who decided to put some hours into Dookey Dash. It might have been a good decision. Mongraal received a swift $1.1m offer for the key from UpDAO which fizzed around news outlets. However, the 18-year-old has declined the bid, and now meme outlet 9GAG has tried their luck with 999 Wrapped Ethereum, worth over $1.6m at today’s price.
Mongraal is obviously not remotely phased by the big figures thrown at him and appears to be holding out for his list price, a staggering 2,222 $ETH, which is over $3.6m at today’s Ethereum price. The sale ends on 16th March 2023, so if you’ve some spare change that’s burning a hole through the floor, this might be an outlet.
— Bored Ape Yacht Club (@BoredApeYC) February 22, 2023
Dookey Dash may be over, but the next mini-game, Lick the Toads, is up and the rewards for the highest-scoring players is currently unknown. Interestingly, it’s alleged that Mongraal is selling boosts on this game for thousands of dollars of Ethereum per run. That is, Mongraal is selling Lick the Toad boosts for Ethereum — what a sentence. Web3 is a confusing place, isn’t it?