Someone asked me what the iHunt interface actually looks like, how it works, et cetera. It’s actually pretty simple—it’s a lot like Uber. You set up your hunter profile, and set up preferences and availability. Then, you get alerts when there are gigs within your criteria.
If you turn down gigs within your criteria, you get dinged for it. Get enough dings, your rating goes down.
Clients can choose to only query hunters with high ratings, or with proven track records with certain monster types.
The interface itself is very simple, since the iHunt team is currently dedicated to maintaining a small, secretive staff. The few engineers involved have been sniped from lucrative jobs at Google, Tesla, Apple, Facebook, and other companies.
Nobody really knows how #iHunt spreads. If a monster attacks campus, how does one of the local professors find out about #iHunt to take out a contract? Good question. So far, when clients have been asked, they’ve said that mysterious strangers have reached out to them to give them app access. Some clients stumble upon the app themselves, but that’s no easy feat—while there’s an obscure Github link for Android, you need a jailbroken iPhone to use it on iOS. According to iHunt hunter memo alerts, iOS makes up some 70% of client users, and 85% of money tendered through the app.
Currently, there’s talks of a pending lawsuit against Apple for public access to the iHunt app. This is mostly academic, since the iHunt corporation doesn’t want news of monster hunting to come to light. Or does it? More than a few Silicon Valley hunters have discreetly talked about hunting for Apple, whose contracts are among the highest-paying on record and each require massive non-disclosure agreements. There’s a rumor among the iHunt community that one time, Apple took out a contract not on a monster, but on a hunter who violated NDA. What’s oddest was, this wasn’t even the reveal of the actual monster hunt, but a posted selfie featuring a new model iPhone prototype case which appeared on Instagram.
Other rumors suggest that iHunt is considering an IPO in the very near future. Again, stories differ in whether iHunt will couch their work under other pretenses, or if they’ll bring news of the supernatural to public attention. iHunt CEO Cephas Dietrich is a known disruptor in the tech industry, and many worry he’ll be the first person with the power and media attention necessary to truly break the veil hiding the supernatural from the world. In fact, in recent interviews about his self-driving car technology, he’s teased about something “completely unrelated to the automobile industry” which “will change the world forever, in ways none of you could have ever predicted. Well, except a select few prowling for the truth.” When he said that, he winked to the camera.
Most hunters concerned about Dietrich’s plans assume that he’s just waiting for the right time and opportunity, when he can truly monetize the monster hunting industry for all it’s worth. After all, nothing’s stopping other programmers from making competitive iHunt clones. When news of the supernatural becomes public, millions of vampires, werewolves, and stranger things will suddenly be on the crosshairs. Millions of humans—and probably numerous monsters—will be biting at the bit to hunt. Some estimates claim monster hunting could become a trillion dollar industry within a decade.