ARK: Survival Evolved hits over 1 million sales by giving players $100 for finding exploits

ARK: Survival Evolved devs offer their players a ton of money for finding and quelling game bugs and exploits.

ARK: Survival Evolved, developed by Studio Wildcard is an Early Access Game on Steam that released just over a month ago. Within that time they've sold over 1 million copies, and become hugely popular with their popular bug-hunting bounty program. 

What is ARK: Survival Evolved?

This is a survival game with online players who are inhabiting an island filled with vicious dinosaurs and fellow survivors. As featured in the title, survival is key and you'll have to battle your way through players and dinosaurs alike to thrive. A few key aspects to the game involve creating a base, crafting weapons, and crafting clothing. Over time, you'll be able to tame dinosaurs and ride them as well.

ARK: Survival Evolved is slowly making its way from Steam to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in good time. Although there isn't a release date for this console expansion, it's anticipated for sometime next year.

Bounty Rewards 

One way thatARK: Survival Evolved has gained such a huge following is by providing a bounty rewards program for gamers who find glitches or exploits in the game. If a gamer can prove in-game that it exists, they get paid $100 through Paypal. This was bound to pick up some followers after they announced it on the Studio Wildcard Steam page. For more information review my earlier article, "Bounty Rewards for ARK: Survival Evolved through Exploitation Discovery" on how you can gain these rewards. 

There are a few guides on ARK: Survival Evolved that might be helpful to new players including: "ARK: Survival Evolved Guide - Survivor Engram Point Essentials for Solo, PvP and PvE Servers" and "ARK: Survival Evolved Guide - How to Efficiently Tame Your Dinosaur".


Have any of you played this survival game? I would love some opinions on how the gameplay is.

Published Jul. 8th 2015
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  • Autumn Fish
    Featured Correspondent
    I've spent quite a bit of time with this game. Not nearly as many hours as many of the fans, but over 100 at least! Let me just start by saying the gameplay is already great, for being so fresh into Early Access. After playing for a few weeks I decided I would set the game down and wait for the developers to flesh out a few things.

    I follow the game closely, it is so fascinating how quickly the developers respond to and deal with patching. Often they are fixing problems, balancing, and adding content all in one patch. Patch notes often reflect what the subreddit looked like over the past week, and the fixes are usually incredibly clever.

    The sheer amount of content they plan on piling into this game by the time it hits full release next year is just staggering (console release is expected to be in June 2016). They have had a successful run with per-pixel painting recently and they plan to add in a variety of musical instruments down the lines. The creative-types are going to have a lot of fun in this game.

    I'm mostly waiting on an update to dinosaur AI which is coming later this year before hopping back in the game again. Currently the AI is really basic and placeholding a more detailed future version. I can't wait to raid dinosaur nests when their sleeping and catch them by surprise!

    I didn't really like dinosaurs before ARK: Survival Evolved. Now I can't get enough of them.

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