The Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), a highly sought-after blue-chip NFT collection, has caused a stir in the gaming and NFT communities with its latest move.

The club has frozen the leaderboard for players of the video game, Dookey Dash, which was inspired by the popular NFT brand.

For three weeks, users who possessed the Bored Apes’ “Sewer Pass” NFTs were able to play the game in a bid to get the highest possible score.

On Wednesday afternoon Pacific Time, the leaderboard became locked to each individual token, and sales volumes for the NFTs reached just shy of $73 million, according to CryptoSlam.

The process of awarding the prizes is shrouded in mystery, but Bored Apes’ creator, Yuga Labs, has plans to reward gamers based on their scores.

The top score will win a “key” which is expected to lead to a prize that could carry significant monetary value on the open market, given 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.

The company also said it was removing some Dookey Dash scores from the leaderboard due to cheating.

During the three-week period, 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.