BAYC freezes Dookey Dash leaderboard with nearly $73 million in trading volume

Quick Take

  • Bored Ape Yacht Club has frozen the leaderboard for its blockchain-enabled video game, Dookey Dash.
  • After three weeks of play, BAYC Sewer Pass NFT trading volumes closed in on $73 million.
  • Bored Apes said it would validate the leaderboard and then share the results.

Blue-chip NFT collection Bored Ape Yacht Club has frozen the leaderboard for players of Dookey Dash, the video game inspired by the popular non-fungible token brand.

For three weeks users who possessed Bored Apes’ “Sewer Pass” NFTs were able to play the Dookey Dash video game in an attempt to get the highest possible score, which on Wednesday afternoon Pacific Time, became locked to each individual token. When the leaderboard closed, sales volumes for the NFTs had clocked in just shy of $73 million, according to CryptoSlam.

Although the process is shrouded in mystery, Bored Apes’ creator Yuga Labs has plans to award gamers based on how high they scored. The top score will win a “key,” which is expected to lead to a prize that could carry significant monetary vale on the open market, considering the high value attached to Bored Apes’ NFTs. Some BAYC tokens have sold for more than $1 million.

Yuga Labs said via Bored Apes’ Twitter account that it had frozen the leaderboard and would share the results once the company had completed validation and reviewing the locked scores. Earlier in the day, Yuga Labs said it was removing some Dookey Dash scores from the leaderboard due to cheating. 


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During the three weeks, some Sewer Pass holders hired more experienced gamers to play on their behalf in an effort to secure a better score. Although the leaderboard is frozen, Sewer Pass holders are allowed to continue trading the NFTs among themselves for a week. Then, Bored Apes will award each Sewer Pass its prize based on its highest score. 

Yuga Labs is calling the awarding phase "The Summoning."

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RT Watson is a senior reporter at The Block who covers a wide array of topics including U.S.-based companies, blockchain gaming and NFTs. Formerly covered entertainment at The Wall Street Journal, where he wrote about Disney, Netflix, Warner Bros. and the creator economy while focusing primarily on technological disruption across media. Previous to that he covered corporate, economic and political news in Brazil while at Bloomberg. RT has interviewed a diverse cast of characters including CEOs, media moguls, top influencers, politicians, blue-collar workers, drug traffickers and convicted criminals. Holds a master's degree in Digital Sociology.


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