ConsenSys Backed Virtue Poker and Binance NFT to Launch “Mystery Box” for Celebrity Tournament on Sept 23

The crypto and blockchain space is maturing at a rapid pace. Most financial industry experts agree that this nascent industry is here to stay because there are many different use-cases emerging for blockchain-enabled platforms.

In addition to the rise of Bitcoin (BTC) as a widely accepted medium-of-exchange and store-of-value, Ethereum (ETH) has become a globally recognized name in the crypto space. Large corporations such as Visa have acknowledged Ethereum’s role in the future of finance and its ability to support a wide range of other applications.

A growing number of online platforms have also been deploying solutions on Ethereum, despite its relatively slow transaction speeds. Even though there are many other blockchains that outperform Ethereum in terms of transactions per second (TPS) and cheaper transaction costs, they do not have the same powerful network effect that Ethereum has been able to acquire. There are also many Ethereum scaling solutions such as Polygon that will aim to make the leading smart contract platform a lot more efficient in the foreseeable future.

Yet Another Ethereum-powered Platform

Virtue Poker, a decentralized platform developed on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain, reveals that it will be holding a Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament, which will be taking place on September 26, 2021.

The charity poker tournament participants will reportedly include Hall of Fame (HOF) poker player, Phil Ivey, former NBA all-star Paul Pierce, YouTube’s superstar Mr. Beast, TRON blockchain founder and serial crypto entrepreneur Justin Sun, Hollywood actor and accomplished filmmaker Vince Vaughn, Polygon Co-Founder Sandeep Nailwal, and Ethereum Co-Founder and ConsenSys founder Joe Lubin.

The Binance Mysterybox Collection

To commemorate this special event, the Virtue Poker team plans to launch a Binance MysteryBox collection, starting on September 23, 2021 –  representing each card in a typical 52 card deck. Collectors who possess the winning hand for each knockout during the Celebrity Event will get a chance to win prizes ranging from $2,500 to a $25,000 reward for the top prize.

Participants need to purchase two mystery boxes in order to assemble a hand. The participants can then trade with each other so that they can assemble the best poker hand through the secondary market.

The Mystery box will reportedly include an Ace of Spades that will come with Phil’s digital signature and a $5,000 prize.

Prizes

All participants with completed hands can compete and have an opportunity to win:

A $2500 price for the winning hand for each knockout. If multiple players own the hand, then the $2500 prize will be split equally among all the winners. Furthermore, the player who possesses the championship knockout hand will be able to claim a $25,000 prize.

If more than one player is holding the championship knockout hand, then only 1 player will be randomly selected to claim the reward

Participants are able to collect as many as (50) completed hands (100 boxes). Participants must also HOLD the winning hand in their Binance account to be eligible for the rewards. Winning players should email support@nfkings.io for confirmation.

Freeroll Tournament

Virtue Poker will also hold a freeroll tournament where ALL holders of (2) mystery boxes should be getting exclusive access to participate in a $10,000 free-roll tournament on the Virtue Poker platform.

Virtue Poker NFT holders need to send a message to support@nfkings.io with their UID and NFT screenshot to obtain the Virtue Poker referral code.

Supporting NFT Use-Cases

The Virtue Poker team is looking forward to hosting their Celebrity Tournament and are focused on offering a truly unique NFT experience for their viewers that plan to tune in. Through their partnership with leading crypto exchange Binance, they plan to support the adoption of the Virtue Poker platform and also that of NFTs. They’ve decided to take this step to show that there’s yet another real-world use case for non-fungibel tokens or digital collectibles: interacting through a live event.

The team has also thanked the Virtue Poker community for their support of their platform as they continue to expand their ecosystem in the nascent blockchain-enabled gaming industry.

As noted in the announcement, Virtue Poker is described as a decentralized poker platform that leverages the Ethereum blockchain as well as P2P networking to offer an online poker platform that is safe, “honest” and fun. It was established in 2016 within New York-based Consensys, the leading Ethereum development studio and incubator launched by crypto billionaire and Ethereum co-founder Joe Lubin back in 2014.

Backed by Consensys and stakeholder Phil Ivey, Virtue Poker aims to make blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT)-powered betting mainstream.

HeroVerse is Revolutionising How People Play Blockchain Games

When we hear about revolutionization, we may think of public policy, trade agreements, immigration, and big business. But oftentimes, the connectivity of the world isn’t happening in board rooms – but in virtual environments accessed from across the world.

Now, the world is seeing a gaming model known as Play-to-Earn, specifically in the blockchain universe. Blockchain has been used in gaming for a few years now, with Play-to-Earn embracing an open economy. Despite the popularity of the Play-to-Earn model, Heroverse Development pioneered a new trend and became the first vendor bringing Play-and-Earn business model to the blockchain space.

What is HeroVerse?

HeroVerse is the first pioneer to bring the Top Grossing Mobile Genre Game to the blockchain universe, which combines Match-3 Puzzle and RPG Strategy Play-and-Earn Game. Play-and-Earn is a business model that embraces the concepts of players’ gaming experience and open economy.

Game Play

Inspired by the concept of Match-3 Puzzles games like Candy Crush Saga, Empires & Puzzles, HeroVerse is a hyper-casual game that focuses on matching similar items to make them disappear. When the line or matches disappear, heroes will fight with their counterparts, and if they win, they are allowed to move up to the next level. This is when users can receive rewards for their achievements, which can be transferred to the real world as a valuable resource.

Moreover, Heroverse also focuses on prominent RPG features: exploring and looting. Specifically, RPG is a role-playing genre where the gamer controls a character that undertakes a quest in an imaginary world. In HeroVerse, it is more about how the characters evolve as they interact with the narrative.

Apart from casual game mode, HeroVerse also has Daily Raid mode where players can do daily missions to receive in-game tokens. Moreover, Heroverse Development Team is also working to develop more gaming modes such as Tower, PVP and Clan Event.

Recently, it is recorded that Puzzle games are the most popular mobile genre in the market. In the US and UK, more than 60% of players are enjoying these games. In South Korea, it is the second most popular genre, with 45% of players. In Japan, 38% of gamers play puzzle games. Whereas, mobile RPGs are the most popular in Japan and South Korea. As a combination of Puzzle and RPG Strategy, HeroVerse is expected to be a unique game genre that will attract the attention of millions of players worldwide.

Game Economy and Its Inflation Rate Controlling

The Earning part of Heroverse is quite the same compared to the Play-to-Earn model.  However, a key element making HeroVerse unique is that HeroVerse is controlling its in-game inflation rate by controlling its currency and hero generation.

There are two types of tokens available in HeroVerse: HER and HES. HER are pre-minted tokens that the holders use to buy Heroes and Hero Box. Due to the limited feature of this token type, HeroVerse can control the pricing process of the pre-minted token during the project. To be more specific, the number of pre-minted tokens released has been decided at the beginning of the project, which means there will not be any situation of issuing more tokens during the whole process that might lead to the shrinkage of token price.

HES is the in-game currency that players can earn while playing and can spend on almost all game features. HES is an unlimited token that Heroverse will continue releasing when users play the game. A part of HES can be withdrawn as real money. The other part can be used for in-game transactions such as hero upgradation. Heroverse controls HES by a burn mechanism in which Heroverse burns some percentage of this HES to create in-game balance.

HeroVerse also comes with the hero generation mechanism. There are two ways to generate a new hero: Limited Hero Box and Summoning. A Limited Hero Box might generate a superhero or a normal hero. Likewise, Summoning generates a new hero by sacrificing some HER and 4 Hero Shards. In order to balance the supply of heroes in the market, Heroverse launched the Awaken System which helps maintain the hero’s supply power and reduces the hero’s inflation rate.

Closing Thoughts

The Play-and-Earn model is likely to become increasingly popular in every country during the Covid-19 pandemic as an entertaining platform and an extra income stream. As the pioneer in this business model, HeroVerse is expected to be a revenue boom this Autumn. Heroverse will launch its IDO on leading platforms – Red Kite and GameFi. The IDO will commence on 23rd September at 2:30 PM (14:30) UTC.

How NFTs are Impacting Artists’ Lives: Enter Bullseum

NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) are brought to the world by the blockchain. They are similar to cryptocurrencies, but NFTs are different. Unlike cryptocurrencies, NFTs are unique tokens. They display ownership, source and history on a permanent, transparent, decentralized, secure and open-source database.

NFTs are disrupting or on the verge of disrupting numerous fields. To name but a few:

  • Art
  • Collectibles
  • Gaming
  • Real Estate
  • Music

Of all these fields, without a double leading the innovation in this space from the beginning are artists themselves. Many of these have had life-changing stories.

There is Trevor Jones, the Canadian painter living in Scotland who went from working four jobs to support his art career to selling his Bitcoin Angel for $3.2 million in February, which was at the time a record for the “most expensive open-edition NFT artwork”.

There is Ben Mauro, the artist who went from struggling to make ends meet to becoming a millionaire.

Another star example is that of Blake Jamieson. He’s a 36-year-old Brooklyn artist whose career exploded when he made over $46,000 in NFTs sales in just over six weeks. He placed his artwork on platforms like SuperRare and OpenSea. He has since partnered with current and former NFL superstars Dez Bryant and Terrell Owens on NFT projects and is continuing to grow his brand.

NFTs make this possible because of the decentralized nature of the blockchain. The legacy art industry would require hiring an agent and working to get approval to be displayed in an art gallery. The artist is dependent to a large extent on others to bring their works to the market. In the case of NFTs, any artist can mint their own NFTs and bring them to market. And with the internet, social media and the increasing popularity of NFTs, collectors around the world can connect with the artists they want to collect. From a markets standpoint, art is being connected to a liquid market that it has never seen before. In just the last month alone, on just one exchange, OpenSea, there has been over $4 billion in NFT sales, which is more than the worldwide NFT market size in the first half of 2021.

What will the future hold for the red hot NFT space? While no one has a crystal ball, it is clear that there is a robust community of collectors, traders and investors that have brought a very liquid market into play. There will be bull markets and bear markets, but it’s clear that NFTs are here to stay.

Enter Bullseum

Bullseum is an art project in which 5,000 NFT collectibles were created. This is not a generative project, but instead, each was hand-drawn by a human artist. These collectible bull NFTs are part of a fantasy ecosystem with an ambitious roadmap that will continue to grow and increase in features.

Some of what this will include:

  • Artists competitions
  • NFT airdrops
  • A video game
  • A cryptocurrency token

One of the most attractive uses of blockchain is creating a fair decentralized economy where creators can be rewarded for their creations, instead of being dominated by central institutions, gatekeepers, and middlemen. Bullseum stays true to this by creating an ecosystem that incentivizes artists, investors and traders to participate in it.

For investors, the project has an attractive aspect due to the fact that it is still very early. Those who want to participate in the ecosystem now can still get in at a floor price of 0.1 ETH. As part of the project’s roadmap as featured on their website, there will be a series of NFT airdrops that will give holders a chance to win more NFT collectibles. Holders also will be given an opportunity to vote in a series of community votes to help guide the direction of the project.

As of this writing, the community is actively growing, with about 10,000 members on the Discord chat.

 

Waggle Network Successfully Raises $3 Million Seed Round to Build Multi-Chain Marketplace for Strategic Token Sales

Waggle Network, a cross-chain protocol that unlocks liquidity for post-IDO tokens, has announced a $3 million seed raise by leading investors including (but not limited to) GBV, SVC, Genesis Block Capital, Basics Capital, Bixin Ventures, NGC, AU21, Gate.io labs, MEXC, HG Ventures and Spark Digital.

Waggle has also announced the addition of strategic partners such as Solanium, Occam, and Poolz.finance to help foster the company’s multichain approach, as well as media partners Minted Labs, ODaily, CrryptoTimes, Bitcoin Addict, and Bigcoin Vietnam. With each investor and partner, Waggle unlocks the potential to tap into thousands of portfolio projects and deep industry expertise from top Web3 investors and builders.

Waggle’s founding team brings heavy experience in DeFi along with the first-hand experience with some of the major pain points that inspired Waggle’s creation. Conventionally, projects have limited alternatives to raise funds after their IDO. Most projects will raise funds via OTC deals with institutional partners, which sometimes present them with less-than-favorable sales terms due to the illiquidity of such deals.

Waggle saw these pain points and noticed the fervor of the communities of these projects. Waggle was therefore born to bridge this market inefficiency and facilitate fundraising through the project’s very own community. Not only is Waggle unlocking liquidity for projects to further their innovation, but the company will also bring deals, previously exclusive to institutional investors, to the community.

A representative at VC fund AU21 says, “As the crypto market booms, and technological innovation within the sector reaches new heights, we feel that it is patently important for locked and restricted tokens to be valued in public markets. The Waggle Network introduces much-needed liquidity to assets held by project teams while keeping a close eye on project quality for prospective investors.”

A representative at Genblock Capital adds, “The inability to unlock value from vested tokens is a challenge shared by many project founders and early supporters. Genblock is excited to be supporting the team at Waggle, who are building the protocols and tools that will enable project founders to access capital from their illiquid vested tokens. This will provide a new source of funding for early-stage projects, as well as widen access to exclusive private sales for the retail community.”

Waggle will be announcing more details soon around upcoming challenges, airdrops, IDOs, and liquidity mining programs designed to provide a strong go-to-market launch for the company.

 

 

 

Maxim Magazine’s Official NFT Marketplace, MaximNFT, Partners with Leading Baseball Agency ACES to Create Athlete NFTs

Nasdaq listed engineering company ZK International (ZKIN) is proud to announce a partnership between xSigma collectibles–their blockchain-based subsidiary– and ACES, a top American baseball agency, to launch NFTs on behalf of their Athletes using MaximNFT. Formed in partnership between xSigma and Maxim magazine, MaximNFT is a marketplace for buying, selling, and creating new Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). Users can find the platform’s website at maximnft.com

MaximNFT’s most recent deal will have ACES’s athletes represented on their platform through the power of NFTs. ACES is a Brooklyn-based agency representing some of baseball’s top talent. Forbes ranks them as one of the three most powerful in the sport while listing its co-owners Sam and Seth Levinson as some of the ten most powerful agents. ACES has spent over 30 years representing baseball professionals at varying points in their careers and has negotiated for over $4 billion in deals.

ACES will work closely with the xSigma team– owners and operators of the MaximNFT platform– in the development and launch of these NFTs. xSigma is a blockchain R&D lab that includes former developers of top companies such as Google and Amazon. They will provide the creative and technical support of their veteran engineering team to help the agency navigate the novel and ever-changing NFT space.

“This is a serious step and a great partnership for MaximNFT,” says Jon Orlando, CEO of MaximNFT. “ACES is one of the most powerful baseball agencies and we look forward to revolutionizing the industry of sports collectibles together.”

Peter Pedalino, a principal at ACES, feels equally as excited for the opportunity NFTs can present to his agency.

“The NFT Industry is clearly going to be a major component in the future of the Sports Collectible Space.  We want to lead in this evolution, and we are happy to have support from the MaximNFT’s team on this path.”

MaximNFT will go live with an exclusive NFT suite featuring top celebrities, brands, and athletes later this Fall. The collection will form a fitting thematic combination with the brand and promoter of the platform, Maxim Magazine. Maxim is a globally leading men’s lifestyle magazine of 25 years, covering the latest in cars, travel, wine, fashion, entertainment, and beautiful women. The publication will utilize its millions of readers in 75 countries to promote MaximNFT.com and its unique digital collection.

About MaximNFT.com

MaximNFT is an innovative new NFT marketplace for buying, selling and creating NFTs. It offers unique digital collectibles of high-profile brands and figures and is supported by never-before-seen NFT trading features. One of these features is known as “NFT tokenization” which lets users break down an otherwise unique digital collectible into fractional parts, and share it among the NFT community.

NFTs bought and sold with MaximNFT can be exchanged on multiple top blockchains, including (but not limited to) Polkadot, Ethereum, and Binance Smart Chain. By combining xSigma’s masterful engineering with Maxim Magazine’s promotional power, MaximNFT is poised to make an important name for itself in the growing NFT markets, which have amassed billions of dollars in transaction volume in 2021.

The marketplace will feature a special focus on celebrity, sports, and gaming-themed digital collectibles. Predicting a rise of NFT adoption within the gaming industry, xSigma already plans on developing AR and VR compatible NFTs.

About xSigma

xSigma was established as ZK International (Nasdaq: ZKIN)’s blockchain research and development arm in 2018, finding solutions to real-world infrastructure issues and assisting with supply-chain management. Today, however, xSigma has shifted towards independent DeFi, stablecoin, NFT, and DEX product developments. With an elite development team featuring former members of Google, Facebook, and RippleLabs, their goal today is to create financial tools that help the DeFi industry flourish.

About Maxim

Maxim is a world-renowned men’s lifestyle magazine of 25 years. They provide content covering cars, travel, and women, and their covers of featured A-list female celebrities including Megan Fox, Angelina Jolie, Shakira, Beyonce, and many more. The magazine is read by over 10 million men across 75 countries every month across Maxim’s print, social, and digital media outlets.

All About Quannabu, the Cryptocurrency Built for the Cannabis Industry

In 2019, merchant processor Fortress Payment Technologies announced that it would no longer be able to accept Visa payments for cannabidiol (CBD) related products. The announcement only gave merchants eight hours’ notice of the change, this is just one example of the many financial hurdles that the cannabis industry has faced when trying to process transactions for cannabis-related products.

Unfortunately, because legislation and regulations in the cannabis industry are still evolving, the industry is consistently dealing with these obstacles. To avoid any possible risks, even in areas where cannabis is now legal, most banks, credit card companies, and payment providers will avoid working directly with cannabis transactions.

Due to difficulties faced with transactions, many businesses are inclined to use cash as their standard payment method. However, storing cash presents a whole host of problems for businesses. Not only are businesses’ security compromised with the increased possibility of theft, but also their employee’s safety when transporting cash.

To provide a solution to the problem the cannabis industry has been facing, London-based startup Quannabu has launched a decentralized payment network for cannabis-related transactions on the blockchain. Quannabu also has a payment platform called Quannabu Pay, which is built on the blockchain and allows businesses and consumers to seamlessly transfer funds without any financial hurdles.

The company’s financial solution for the cannabis industry will not only have its own form of cryptocurrency, but also a secure infrastructure in place. Since legislation is still a work in progress for many countries, regulations are constantly changing and have created a complex and sometimes disjointed supply chain. This means that authorities have a harder time tracking the supply of cannabis.

Thanks to Quannabu’s blockchain technology, the company has created a product that minimizes illegal activity by allowing law enforcement to track the source and supply of all cannabis products. This means that governments can track the movement of cannabis and stop any illicit circulation in its tracks, creating more space for a safer and regulated marketplace.

The transparency into the supply chain that Quannabu provides will not only increase supply chain visibility to law enforcement, but also consumers, manufacturers, and suppliers. Through this solution, the company is increasing trust and creating a safer industry as a whole.

In addition to the company’s supply chain solution, token offering, and secure payment platform, it also operates Quannabu Labs, a groundbreaking testing laboratory that is dedicated to CBD-related activities on and off the blockchain—the only operation of its kind in the world.

Lastly, the company is also working towards establishing its very own hemp farm, to farm pharmaceutical-grade hemp. The facility will have certified testing equipment so it can consistently and accurately test its plants.

Jax.Network Unveils Blockchain Co-Inventor, Dr. W. Stornetta on Its Advisory Team

As the race for the foremost blockchain solution heats, more crypto projects continue to throw their hats into the ring. The efforts of some blockchain projects cannot be overemphasized. Bitcoin’s influence on the market has facilitated the unparalleled exponential growth that the crypto industry has enjoyed over the last decade. This growth is despite the novel cryptocurrency’s shortcomings. Even though Bitcoin’s dominance by market capitalization has slowly waned over time, its hold over the future of blockchain technology remains ever strong.

Jax.Network enters the race, and it has made forward strides since it first appeared on the scene. The latest news out of the camp is Dr. W. Scott Stornetta joining Jax.Network as a project advisor.

Why Jax.Network?

Jax.Network is a scalable blockchain protocol anchored to the Bitcoin blockchain which runs on the Proof-of-Work consensus mechanism. Jax.Network solves the Blockchain Trilemma that plagues blockchain networks through its four building blocks. It uses a specific merge-mining technique that allows miners to mine multiple shards simultaneously while rewarding them in proportion to their contributions. It is also an open-source project. Hence, other developers can also build projects on the protocol, contributing to the growth of the network. Jax.Network issues two native coins, JAX and JXN, which serve as stable and speculative assets respectively.

Jax.Network, which already boasted an impressive international line-up, continues to add more respected names to its team. As part of the team’s efforts to build a hashrate-based stablecoin, it has turned to the services of Dr. W. Stornetta, one of the leading lights of the space. He comes on board as an advisor.

Introducing Blockchain Pioneer – Dr. W. Stornetta

Dr. W. Stornetta was one of the few people mentioned in Satoshi’s Bitcoin whitepaper – three times – and is widely regarded as a co-inventor of the blockchain. His work in collaboration with Dr. Stuart Haber, where he first mentioned the blockchain and a digital time-stamp to track transactions, was implemented in Satoshi’s Bitcoin blockchain vision. His work was featured in the New York Times in 1995 after receiving the Discover Award for Computer Software in 1992. He has a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University. He is also an alumnus of MIT, Harvard, and Brigham Young University. These days, Dr. W. Stornetta works as a partner and Chief Scientist at Yugen Partners, a private equity firm that invests in blockchain-based startups.

He will lend his expertise and experience to Jax.Network, a company that was established in 2018 and has continued to thrive ever since. Dr. W. Stornetta has been around in the crypto space for a long time, and his presence on the team will also help Jax.Network avoid the pitfalls that have limited earlier visionary projects on their quest to propagate the financial system he pioneered with his work.

Dr. W. Stornetta finds the hashrate-pegged stablecoin that the Jax.Network team proposes quite innovative. His record as an industry visionary and experience in the blockchain sphere proves that he knows a worthy project when he sees one.

Any project within the blockchain space would benefit from the knowledge and expertise of Dr. Stornetta. Jax.Network finds itself in this coveted position with Dr. Stornetta on its advisory team. While we anticipate the official launch, there are enough reasons to be optimistic that it’ll be worth the wait.

Interview with Adriaan Brink FUNToken CEO On The Future Of Online gaming

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology have continued their rapid expansion throughout 2021. These assets and their underlying technology seem to have countless use cases and applications for the benefit of its users. Online gaming has benefited from the rise of this new asset class.

Funtoken.io, an online gaming platform leveraging the power of blockchain technology to offer multiple gaming products. Adriaan Brink, FunToken CEO, talked to us about the platform, its objectives, vision, and opportunities as the crypto industry is constantly has a bigger role in the mainstream. This is what he had to tell us.

Q: Can you tell us more about yourself, how did you first got involved with cryptocurrencies, and for those unfamiliar, what is FUN Token.io?

A: I have been involved in online gaming since 1995 when I launched the Liechtenstein lotteries and more recently in crypto with the ICO of BETR – Better Betting in 2017. With BETR we build a completely on-chain sports betting solution – removing the custodial elements of sports betting.  With the merger of BETR and FUN earlier this year we are now able to bring some of this technology to FUN.

Q: The Ethereum network has experienced high levels of congestions and expensive transactions fees, how does FUN Token improve the user experience? Have you considered migrating to another blockchain, such as Solana or Polkadot?

A: FUN is an Ethereum based gambling token that has also been around for the past 4 years.  Given the gas costs and latency on the Ethereum blockchain, a decision was made earlier this year to create a new “wrapped” token on the Polygon blockchain so that we could enable our visions for removing custodial elements from gambling.  The new token is branded “XFUN” and will go live later this month. It will be minted on a 1:1 basis with an escrow of FUN, so the more XFUN that exists the less FUN will be available in trading circulation.

Q: How do you envision the future of online gaming, and what role will FUNToken.io play in that context?

A: The current crypto environment is in many ways reminiscent of the early internet years (1995) where access was for geeks and the whole system was to many seen as niche.  That all changed and today the internet is a part of everyone’s lives.  I see crypto in the same light – we will work toward removing the technical challenges so that the average non-tech user can participate.  Ultimately it will be the way that things happen.  FUN is well-positioned as the leading gambling crypto to pave the way in this respect.

Q: In recent months, non-fungible tokens (NFT) led a new wave of crypto adoption, do you think there is room to integrate these assets into your platform? What is the next step for FUN Token that will contribute to the disruption of online gaming?

A: It is not clear to me at this stage how NFTs fit within our ecosystem, but of course, we keep an open mind and will be quick to adopt new technologies as they mature.  Right now our focus is on adding entertainment and betting opportunities to the FUN/XFUN ecosystem and building the user base.  Ultimately the value of any crypto ecosystem is dependent on the level of adoption.

Q: How many people hold FUN, and how do they benefit from your token burn strategy? What are the incentives to keep holding the token?

A: There are currently around 87,000 holders of FUN.  In addition to this, there are 190,000 holders in the Freebitco.in premium membership program (a custodial solution).  With the move to XFUN, these holders will be encouraged to move their tokens to non-custodial wallets and join in the fun across a network of casinos and other gaming sites.  All sites that are operated through Funtoken have pledged to contribute 50% of net profits to a token burn event to be held quarterly, the first of these burns take place at the end of September 2021.

Most importantly – the value of the token will ultimately be determined by the amount that is being used for the underlying utility – playing on casinos and other games. As this utility supply (which will be directly related to the number of XFUN on issue) increases the token value will need to increase to match demand.

Q: NFTs, gaming, real state, what do you think will trigger the final move for crypto and blockchain technology to be fully embraced by the world? Do you believe FUN Token is a platform that could onboard millions of users?

A: I believe it’s all about usability.  This means providing opportunities for the tokens to be used in verticals that are synergistic and leveraging partnerships such as our relationship with Freebitco.in to bring in participants.  With nearly 50M players they provide access to a substantial user base and traffic which will help FUN get to mass adoption rapidly.

Q: In the past days, the U.S. SEC Chair, and other politicians have expressed concerns about Bitcoin, stablecoins, and cryptocurrencies in general. They referred to the crypto market as “The Wild West”, as the head of a crypto project, what do you think about the possibility of new regulations coming into the industry? What do you think it’s the best approach for the regulator?

A: I am not a regulator and so would rather not comment on what they should do.  Ultimately the crypto markets are already becoming more and more regulated where they touch on the “real world” in areas such as cashiers and exchanges relating to banking.  No doubt this will continue.

Q: FUNToken has been expanding in the past months, with important partnerships with Free Bitco.in, Travala and Binance, what can your community expect in the coming months in terms of partnerships? And where do you think the platform will be in 2022?

A: We will be adding more gambling opportunities and fine-tuning the user interface for XFUN.  By creating a user-friendly, zero gas environment on the Polygon network we enable the seamless interchange of funds between our users and participating entities.  We will be launching a B2B drive later this year to substantially increase the places where XFUN can be used and drive liquidity and users into the token.  It is important to remember that XFUN=FUN – for every XFUN issued one FUN will be escrowed, so the increase in usage of XFUN will directly impact the tokenomics for FUN.

Decentralized Role-Playing Game Nine Chronicles Launches Arena Season 0

Nine Chronicles, a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) backed by South Korean blockchain company Planetarium and video game juggernaut Ubisoft is off to a flying start after launching Arena Season 0 on September 8th.

The inaugural season, called Yggdrasil: The Alpha Season, will run until approximately October 6th, (ending once block number 2,463,999 has been validated) and allows players to win their share of 896,000 NCG tokens in prize pools along with rare and exclusive NFTs that provide players with in-game utility and built-in value.

Why This Game Could Be the Next Big Thing in Blockchain-based Gaming

With a robust Discord community and a Twitter following of more than 36,000 people, Nine Chronicles is set to capture the imagination of MMORPG players and crypto enthusiasts alike. But that’s just one reason the game is likely to take off.

Just last month, Planetarium raised $2.6 million in venture capital funding from some of the top funds in the investing in the gaming sector to grow the staff of developers and continue building out the content for the game itself.

But of course, there is an even bigger reason Nine Chronicles is set up for success. It follows in the footsteps of Axie Infinity in offering players a chance to earn cryptocurrency and NFTs using its unique version of a play-to-earn model that will continue to evolve as the game matures.

It’s estimated that Axie Infinity has generated a whopping $485 million in revenue since July. With the incentives Nine Chronicles has in place for players and the fact that the value of in-game NFTs is directly connected to the size and passion of the communities around these play-to-earn games, the game could be the next to rock the crypto world and put value back into the hands of players rather than solely profiting publishers.

More about the Play-to-Earn Features behind Nine Chronicles’ Inaugural Season

Yggdrasil: The Alpha Season features four main rewards for players:

  • 448,000 NCG tokens split between all players who qualify for arena gameplay.
  • 448,000 NCG tokens split between the weekly top 500 players in the game.
  • Six mythical-grade costume Ruci character in-game NFTs and 34 legendary-grade costume Rui in-game NFTs.
  • 100 titles for top-tier arena players

How Players Can Qualify to Earn Rewards

The rewards offered during the first season of Nine Chronicles have the potential to be so massively valuable that the game takes off, but players do need to qualify to earn rewards by doing three things:

  1. Get to level 17 to unlock arena mode.
  2. Continue competing in the arena to get higher ratings for characters.
  3. Claim rewards through the Nine Chronicles portal.

Players can participate in a maximum of 20 available fights every single day. They need arena tickets to enter into battles. They can receive five tickets every six hours (or every 2,000 validated blocks).

The current architecture of the game does not allow for more at the moment but the plan is to allow for more arena tickets to be made available to players in future seasons.

Why the Future Value of the NFTs Could Skyrocket

The end-of-season rewards for Nine Chronicles players are both abundant, scarce, and potentially insanely valuable in the future, so the game covers every base.

All participants who enter the arena get to earn NCG tokens. Top 500 weekly players get to split the same share of tokens, plus the game rewards players who stake their NCG tokens throughout the season.

The rewards don’t just come in the form of more tokens, but a chance to mint one of 240 NFTs exclusive to the first season. That includes the chance at 1 of 9 Rui character NFTs.

To have an exclusive character that there are just nine of for a community that experienced an 850% growth in daily active users in the second fiscal quarter of this year means Nine Chronicles could see players playing to earn some insanely valuable rewards.

 

The Immediate and Future Functionalities of Studyum

The legacy education system is plagued with problems that must be addressed. In the United States alone, there are 81.5 million students enrolled in the public education system. The US government spends $680 billion annually, over 7% of its GDP on education. This equates to more money per student than in most other countries, and yet per a report from the Social Progress Index, the US is ranked 91st out of 163 countries when it comes to access to quality education. But the problems that plague the US education system are not unique – they plague other nations as well.

While there are a million and one opinions on what’s wrong, and why and how to fix the system, we have reached a global consensus on two points: First, the modern education system is failing. Second, students’ lack of motivation has reached an all-time high.

Technology has become an inseparable part of our daily lives, especially with the recent generations. We never leave the house without our phones and the ongoing pandemic has only made us turn to technology even more for comfort. The advances of the gaming industry have made its products addictive. Is it strange then that students are more interested in gaming than learning? Now, this is a clear problem for educational institutions, but could it also be the solution?

Implementing the principles of gamification into the workings of its platform, Studyum is turning the problem into a solution. By harnessing the power of advanced technological solutions like blockchain, NFTs, and visual technology, Studyum is building an edtech platform designed for success in the modern world.

What is Studyum?

Studyum is a revolutionary learning platform built on a secure decentralized blockchain. It combines artificial intelligence, machine learning, facial recognition, 3D avatars and NFT to offer an unrivaled experience for educators and students.

The Studyum platform tackles the problems of the educational system by creating an environment where students are effectively motivated to succeed. Studyum addresses the issues by merging its innovations with the learning experience, for both educators’ and students’ benefit.

The Studyum platform will utilize the STUD token as the utility token of the platform.

Benefits for educators:

  • Access to a groundbreaking learning management system.
  • An intuitive platform to create content in 2D or 3D and generate unique NFT collectible cards.
  • Tools to motivate their students, combined with a reward system that encourages progress on the platform.

For teachers, the tools they need are now at their fingertips, allowing them to reach and engage students like never before.

Benefits for students:

  • Tailored digital learning experience, with facial microexpression analysis to follow the student’s style and needs.
  • Outstanding 3D avatars that connect the online and physical world together.
  • A unique combination of VR, AI and machine learning.
  • A reward system with tokenized NFT collectibles.
  • Access to a decentralized NFTfi marketplace, where users can swap, stake, and trade.
  • Tools to optimize student’s learning, such as the SMARTchat and the support of the community.

Studyum allows students to learn their own way and at their own pace so they are never “left behind.” The platform adapts to them, and not vice versa.

A look inside: The immediate functionalities

With the launch of Studyum, these functionalities are operational from day one:

  1. Licensing courses for coaches. This makes it easier and more efficient to implement a better user experience for the coaches, students, and parents.
  2. Training programs for coaches and parents. This means all those who participate can contribute to the success of education.
  3. Training programs for students. The uniformity of this successful user experience will give structure to the innovative methods of the Studyum platform.
  4. Group and individual learning. This is the best of both worlds. No student gets “left behind” while the success of group learning is also ensured.
  5. Homework section. This allows for homework to be set up, all on the platform.
  6. A lesson-by-lesson curriculum and course roadmaps. This gives the educators a turnkey solution, so they have the resources to focus on the success of each student.
  7. Creation of user blocks, so that AI can be used to help provide personalized programming. The user does not have access to this information, as it is stored privately. Using AI can ensure this is a tailored experience so everyone can win.

A look ahead: The future functionalities

Voting and staking tokens are important future functions of the platform.

A portion of the unsold tokens from the IDO  launch (see explanation below) will be frozen to provide funding for any STUD token holder to create content. This will work similarly to many token-curated registries in that an individual stakes a certain amount of STUD to be able to teach a lesson.

If anyone believes that the class holds no purpose or that the teacher is not qualified, they can challenge them for the position of the teacher. The Studyum community can ensure the quality of proposed classes by either challenging the teacher’s competence or the credibility of a class being offered. If an individual succeeds in proving the teacher or the course are inadequate  (meaning that the teacher was deemed unworthy), then the person who issued the challenge has a right to the funds staked by the original candidate.

For Investors

As an investor, this project also has the potential to be one of those you wished you hadn’t passed up. How can you be a part of this from the very beginning?

The Studyum ecosystem will utilize the STUD token, powered by the blockchain. STUD tokens will be available for purchase when the IDO stage starts.

An Initial Dex Offering or IDO is a fundraising method in which the token is issued via a decentralized liquidity exchange that relies on liquidity pools. You can swap your tokens with other traders in the exchange. Investors can buy tokens at the point of launch, then resell them at a higher price later in the IDO process.

To find more and join the Studyum community, click here.

How DIFX Stands Apart from Other Exchanges with Its Unique Trading Pairs

It is only natural for multi-asset traders to take an interest in cryptocurrencies. After all, blockchain is on its way to becoming one of the top five emerging technologies. In fact, The World Economic Forum made a prediction that by 2025, blockchain tech will account for 10% of the Gross Domestic Product worldwide.

With Forex, spot metals, company shares, indices, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and spot commodities already at their fingertips, throwing the complexity of managing crypto into the mix isn’t exactly ideal for the multi-asset trader. At least it certainly wasn’t for Jeetu Kataria, Co-Founder and CEO of DIFX – Digital Financial Exchange.

Mr. Kataria, as a lifelong multi-asset trader and venture capitalist, first realized the inconvenience of switching between digital and traditional assets back in 2017. A multi-asset trading platform was originally his vision, but after assembling an elite team of bankers, technologists, marketing execs, and fund managers, he came up with the idea of a platform where “cryptocurrencies can be used to trade traditional assets with the cross pairing between all assets.”

Imagine being able to buy gold by investing in XAU with BTC, or investing in Google by purchasing GOGGL with ETH. This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what DIFX’s unique asset trading pairs can offer in terms of the future of financial product trading.

One of DIFX’s goals is to “connect individuals, prime brokers, and corporations while solving real-world payment problems by offering simple, impactful, secure payment and cross-border trading solutions.”

DIFX’s set of trading tools has made this possible, in particular the MetaTrader5 platform, which is where all traders in the DIFX ecosystem can trade over 500 assets in cryptocurrencies, commodities, forex, options, and stock CFDs. Some examples of MetaTrader5’s diverse trading pairs include BTC/USDT, ETH/USDT, KOKO/ETH – the list goes on.

DIFX’s also recently launched their spot exchange platform. In conjunction with the launch, KokoSwap announced they would be listing their token KOKO, on DIFX as their first centralized exchange. DIFX ecosystem, and MT5 in particular, look thoroughly equipped to smooth out the cracks in multi-asset trading, making the digital future of finance more accessible to those who will set foot onto its otherwise divided terrain.

ABOUT DIFX

A diversified portfolio and the ability to track investments are becoming increasingly important in today’s fast-paced trading environment. When it comes to all types of investments, DIFX will be a one-stop-shop. When trading on the DIFX exchange, users won’t have to switch between different windows or tabs to trade indices, forex, commodities, stocks, and cryptocurrencies all at once. This streamlined procedure will transform the way trading is currently carried out and give investors a seamless trading experience across crypto and traditional financial markets.

 

Rarestone Capital Announces Strategic Investment in Rainicorn to Bolster Play-To-Earn NFT Farming Economy

Rarestone Capital, an active venture capital fund and accelerator, has announced a direct strategic investment in Rainicorn, a multifaceted platform that has established itself as a hub for innovation in the crossover between NFTs and DeFi, with a focus on gamification.

The investment, which includes the direct purchase of Rainicorn’s native token (RAINI), is rooted in a common goal to grow and develop Rainicorn’s play-to-earn ecosystem through a community-centric approach. Part of the deal includes hands-on marketing support, including community, socials, and viral marketing under Rarestone Labs, the fund’s incubation arm.

The Rainicorn ecosystem, dubbed the Rainiverse, includes the popular play-to-earn trading card game The Lords of Light, which is currently undergoing its first public card pack drop off the back of strong community presales. The competitive trading card game allows players to collect playable NFT cards, which can be used to build decks that will be capable of decimating their opponents in turn-based combat. The game also enables leveling up of cards and includes elements of DeFi, including the ability to stake high-level cards for passive income. These in-game features allow players to earn Photon, the primary game currency, through a variety of strategic and competitive actions, creating earning potential.

Rarestone Capital Co-Founder Charles Read explains, “We are extremely excited to form a long-term partnership with Rainicorn. Currently, the top dozen play-to-earn games are processing nearly $1 billion in transactions, despite the market still being in its nascent stages. Given the demand for Raini’s early drops and their team’s vision and execution ability, this partnership is extremely exciting for us.”

Rainicorn Co-Founder @Mindspheres says, “We see this partnership with Rarestone Capital as the game-changer that will take Raini to the next level. The level of support and the connections that Rarestone brings to the table is highly complementary to the Raini project, and our vision.”

Rainicorn’s ecosystem also includes a cross-chain NFT platform, launchpad, and a marketplace where players can purchase and exchange NFTs. With a team spanning the globe, including Australian co-founders, Raini’s vision is to create a vast and diversified interconnected ecosystem, with an extensive roadmap of innovative features and revolutionary concepts to help drive the space forward.

Say Goodbye to the Centralized Metaverse and Hello to the NFT Metaverse

The centralized metaverse is a term used to describe the dominant model of virtual worlds that was developed by companies like Linden Lab. The centralized metaverse has been around for over 20 years and has become a big part of people’s lives.

In the early days of the Internet, there were many different ways to interact with websites. Some people used browsers while others used separate applications like Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer. Some people even had their own custom-built applications that they would use exclusively for interacting with certain websites.

Eventually, however, all these different interfaces converged into one single interface: the browser. And once this happened, we realized that having multiple interfaces for accessing the same content was not only confusing but also inefficient. So we decided to standardize on one interface — HTML — and build everything else off of it. This is how we standardized on a single web browser and built everything else off of it: email clients, social media platforms, news aggregators…the list goes on and on.

The Metaverse: The Evolution of the Internet

What if instead of building everything else off of HTML we had built everything else off of another technology? What if instead of building email clients and social media platforms off of HTML, we had built them on blockchain? It turns out that having an immutable ledger as your foundation makes a lot more sense, as it means that users maintain complete ownership of their assets.

Next Earth is pioneering the next evolution of the metaverse. It’s a decentralized metaverse that allows users to own and monetize digital assets, via a virtual replica of Earth.

The Next Earth team is working hard to build a better metaverse, one where users can own their digital assets, developers have access to a powerful development toolkit, and value is created for both NFT collectors and creators.

So what does this have to do with the death of the centralized metaverse? Well, in order for us to move from one model — where all our content is hosted by one company — to another model — where all our content is decentralized — we are going to have to abandon some things along the way because they are no longer necessary in a decentralized world.

The Issues With Centralized Metaverses

 The centralized metaverse has been plagued by a number of issues over the years, primarily relating to the lack of self-ownership of your own assets.

The main issue with centralized virtual worlds is that they are controlled by a single entity. This means that one person or group can take complete control of the metaverse and dictate how it operates. In Earth2, for example, there is only one estate owner in the end – Earth2 itself – who controls everything in the game world. This includes all land parcels, buildings, and even where other players can build their own structures. All of the assets have to be hosted on Earth2’s servers and are not their own entities.

This centralized control structure means that malicious actors could access these worlds and use them in ways they never intended. This is why many players prefer decentralized NFT metaverses like Next Earth over centralized ones like Earth2 or Facebook.

Besides the lack of self-ownership, centralized metaverses also suffer from another major problem: censorship. In Earth2, for example, the centralized owners can censor content or remove it altogether if they choose to do so. This means that not only is freedom of speech restricted in these games, but also any and all forms of art and expression.

In fact, centralized firms even have the power to delete other players from their game world entirely, much like how China has been using its centralized social media platforms to purge undesirable citizens over the past few years.

The main issue with centralized metaverses is that they are controlled by a single entity. This means that one person or group can take complete control of the metaverse and dictate how it operates. As more and more people come to this realization, we’ll see the growth of the NFT metaverse.

 

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Why Projects Are Switching to the Binance Smart Chain

Despite the popularity of the Ethereum blockchain, several developers believe the blockchain network is slowly becoming outdated as more and more projects shift their bases to alternative blockchain networks. What caused this gradual shift was Ethereum’s slow transaction rate and high gas fees.

The slow transactions and high gas fees of the Ethereum Network were caused by network congestion. Ethereum Network works on a Proof of Work protocol and is slowly moving towards Proof of Work protocol. The current algorithm, however, is not capable of handling the present number of transactions coming its way. As a result, transactions remain pending, and the transaction speed decreases while gas fees increase.

Luckily, the crypto ecosystem is a safe haven for advancements and innovation. Binance, which started as a crypto exchange, developed its own blockchain, Binance Smart Chain, that has quickly become the go-to blockchain network for developers.

Binance Smart Chain, the Fastest Growing Blockchain

Binance Smart Chain was launched in September 2020 and now hosts several projects and is quickly growing to become the biggest blockchain network. It is designed to run parallel to the existing and native Binance Blockchain. These simultaneously running blockchains help bring smart contract functionality to the network without compromising the speed of the mainnet.

Binance Smart Chain was developed explicitly to solve Ethereum’s rising gas fees and offers faster, scalable, and cheaper transactions. In the past, several alternative blockchains have tried to become ‘Ethereum Killers’ but couldn’t succeed in capturing new project’s interest.

However, Binance Smart Chain is hosting numerous blockchain, Defi, and crypto projects. One of these projects includes an up-and-coming Sphynx which aims to provide an all-in-one solution for trading, staking, farming, and holding. Sphynx uses Binance Smart Chain to enable fast, cheap and secure transactions and offer cross-chain interoperability within the ecosystem.

What separates Binance Smart Chain from other “Ethereum Killers” is its Proof of Staked Authority consensus algorithm that creates an ideal balance between decentralization and high performance. The potential of PoSA can be hinted at by the fact that BSC only has 21 validators compared to Ethereum’s 11,000 nodes.

Moreover, BNB has set aside $100 million for projects that commit to building on BSC, like its parent company’s Binance Launchpad. Apart from this, Binance also offers various features such as Binance Wallet, Explorer, Testnet Faucet, and IDE.

The dual-chain architecture of Binance Smart Chain empowers its users to build decentralized apps on a single blockchain while taking advantage of the fast trading services of other blockchains.

Exclusive Fine Art Created by Michael Jackson To Be Sold

Michael Joseph Jackson, aka the “King of Pop”, is one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. Over a four-decade career, his contributions to music, dance and fashion made him a global figure in popular culture. Jackson influenced artists across a variety of musical styles, and through visual presentation. He popularized complicated dance moves such as the moonwalk and the robot. Jackson is the most awarded music artist in history.

A little-known fact was his incredible talent as a wax pencil and pastel artist. In addition to the above, Michael portrayed Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

The entirety of his collection was bequeathed, by Mr. Jackson, to his close personal friend and business partner, Sir Brett Livingstone-Strong.

Michael Jackson Giclee*

This Giclee Portrait of Marilyn Monroe, entitled Norma Jean II, shown here, is owned by Mike Visser, who acquired the giclee, among other enchanting pieces of work by Mr. Jackson, in a series of private business transactions with Livingstone-Strong over a course of several years (dating back to 2016)

The Jackson-Strong Alliance

Sir Brett-Livingstone-Strong is an Australian-born artist, best known for his historic monumental sculptures and portraits of Hollywood celebrities.

The Jackson-Strong Alliance was a creative partnership between Michael Joseph Jackson and Brett-Livingstone Strong. Their aim was to establish the world’s most dynamic arts enterprise, promoting the power of imagination, not just for creativity’s sake, but for the sake of important world causes. Michael and Brett focused their creative expression in support of the arts, international charities and protecting the environment of our planet.

The Auction

The enchanting portrait of Marilyn Monroe is only one of three giclees in existence. The original was appraised for over $4.5 million. The Husl.io and Visser in a partnership are selling the digital NFT of this giclee for 277 Ether, which is worth approximately $944,500 as of September 14. The purchaser will also receive the physical giclee as well.

The auction date is to be announced and will be several days after the launch of The Husl.io Platform. Part of the proceeds will go towards powering the new NFT market ecosystem built by musicians for musicians.

The Husl.io

The music industry is broken, but not irreparably — and The Husl.io is the music industry’s solution.

The Husl.io is an ecosystem and NFT market built by musicians and for musicians which is set to disrupt the legacy music industry. The team behind it believes that fans should empower their favorite artists by owning music and participating in unique moments in history.

Only 12% of the music industry’s international revenue goes to artists, writers, producers and creatives.  88% of the revenue generated by the music industry goes to lawyers, executives, distributors, streaming platforms and corporations.  That’s the problem.  Fans are profoundly limited in the ways they can support the artists they love and believe in.  Buying records, streaming tracks, attending concerts – these actions, while fundamental revenue sources for musicians and music bureaucrats alike, fund the industry more than the artist.  Fans simply don’t have an opportunity to directly invest in artists.

The Husl.io is using blockchain technologies to radically reorganize the entire international music economy and prioritize the industry’s key players: the creatives and the fans. Blockchain, and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, are challenging national banking systems in the same way The Husl.io is confronting the institutional giants of the music industry:  both blockchain and This innovative platform are deconstructing deep-seated, centralized systems of power through transparency, diversification, and grassroots transactions. What does that mean?

A blockchain economy is controlled democratically, by the decisions of individuals, not by the will of a handful of lobbyists, billionaires and politicians printing money to suit their needs. Likewise, an artist’s success will no longer be determined by a handful of wealthy music executives pumping cash into their pet projects and burying emerging talents. The Husl.io is bringing democracy to music and letting fans elevate the artists they believe in. They are giving artists the tools they need to connect directly with fans, and we’re putting the success of artists back into the hands of their fans. Artists with massive support from single investors will take a backseat to artists with diverse fan platforms because true success is grassroots.

Follow and learn more about The Husl.io here.

 

*Giclee is a technology for fine art or photograph reproduction using a high-quality inkjet printer to make individual copies. A giclee also refers to a print produced using the giclee process.

How StrongNode.io Optimizes Edge Computing Network Through a Unique Gaming Platform with Social Impact

StrongNode.io is pushing the envelope of what edge computing can mean to a community by incubating and launching a humanitarian gaming project called Original Gamer Life. As StrongNode pursues its mission to harness unused GPU and CPU cycles to help leverage the power of blockchain technology, it is at the same time harnessing the power of gaming and the concept of play-to-earn (P2E) to improve the financial and mental health of those whose quality of life can benefit from such an enterprise.

The up and coming project Original Gamer Life, otherwise known as OGLife, creates a community platform for senior gamers and veterans over the age of 40 years old. Senior gamers may find themselves susceptible to a host of physical, mental, and social problems, and COVID has not made dealing with these issues any easier. OGLife can open the doors for these gamers to a community that may provide a breath of fresh air and could also improve the quality of life for those who participate.

Gaming and Thriving For A Better Life After 40

P2E gaming has taken off in 2021, and this turn of events means that some people around the world can rely on gaming to make a livelihood. The combination of fun, technology, and decentralized finance (DeFi) has endowed the gaming community with an opportunity unlike ever before when it comes to making ends meet.

OGLife recognizes the potential for combining these elements to create a retirement strategy for those who have reached middle age with fewer options every year for securing a comfortable future.

Despite laws put in place that protect against discrimination, the job market for people who have reached a certain age with some form of physical or mental disability can be difficult to navigate. In the wake of COVID-19, many people are out of work, and some of the most vulnerable members of society are barely scraping by financially as a virus ravages the world around them.

StrongNode and OGLife give this demographic a way to connect with others through the joys of gaming. Furthermore, for what is probably the first time in history, playing games with others on the computer can help put food on the table, all thanks to developments in distributed ledger technology, edge computing, and DeFi.

How Uniting Computing Power Can Unite Communities

Edge computing is a revolutionary turn away from centralized networks towards the optimization of data systems by supplying the basic functions of a network closer to the source of a network request. This can be achieved by transferring unused computing power from local devices towards assisting in the operation of nodes within a decentralized network like a blockchain.

As a rule, the value of a network rises in tandem with the number of users connected within that network, so the more users and devices that participate in a network, the more the costs of running a network are reduced. This difference between cost and value can be shared by those who help provide the power to supply a network with functioning nodes.

Users who help build robust edge networks by volunteering their devices can earn StrongNode’s $SNE token for their participation. It’s estimated that an average individual will possess around 15 devices in the year 2030, and much of the processing and storage power in these devices will go unused unless they are put to work in the kind of edge computing program developed by StrongNode.

Senior gamers who join the OGLife community and contribute their unused GPU, CPU, and storage to StrongNode’s edge computing solutions will reap financial benefits from both supplying computing power but gaming as well.

StrongNode’s OGLife seeks to ensure that the users who are brought into this network can not only benefit monetarily, but mentally and physically, by forming a gaming community that facilitates the secure operation of blockchains such as Polygon, Solana, BSC, and Ethereum.

StrongNode Builds a Better Network Through Social Outreach

StrongNode.io is developing an infrastructure-as-service business model that operates by uniting a network of devices that share their unused computational power. StrongNode has chosen to begin uniting this network by doing some good for the community and providing a social service for an often overlooked part of society through its first project, OGLife.

Blockchain technology is often hailed as a driving force for change in the world. StrongNode and OGLife are taking an active role in fostering the positive changes blockchains are capable of introducing to the world with this community-building venture. This could mean the difference between a life of simply surviving and a life of thriving, hence the project’s thriving-as-a-service business model which is the first of its kind.

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Social Media Metrics Show Fantom’s August Price Increase is Likely Influenced by New Users

Social media metrics offer insights into the on-the-ground adoption of a cryptocurrency project and the interests of the average cryptocurrency investor.

One project that has seen a recent significant increase in various social media metrics, including mentions, engagements, and average daily social contributions, is Fantom. A rapidly growing layer-1 smart contract platform, Fantom utilizes a directed acyclic graph architecture to achieve unparalleled speed and scalability.

According to data from LunarCrush, over the month of August, the social media mentions for Fantom saw an impressive 34.08% increase compared to July, with a total of 67,305 mentions.

Numerous factors have driven engagement with the project, including the bridge to the widely used Ethereum network and the many NFT projects that have begun to develop on the platform to take advantage of its low costs and speed.

Further evidence of Fantom’s gains in 2021 can be found by looking at on-chain data, which shows that the community now boasts 677,430 unique addresses that regularly complete more than 1.5 million transactions a day.

Another factor in Fantom’s explosive growth has been the launch of multiple decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols on the network, such as SpiritSwap, SpookySwap, and the multi-chain, stablecoin-focused automated market maker Curve.

As a result of the rapid expansion of the Fantom network and its growing DeFi ecosystem, the total value locked on the protocol reached a new record high of $1.4B on September 9, 2021, according to data from DeFi Llama.

Together, these factors have helped lead to a nearly 96% rise in monthly social engagements with an average of 1,660 unique daily social contributors.

With a strong and growing community supporting a team of passionate developers focused on building the next generation of blockchain protocols, the future is looking bright for the Fantom network as it establishes its place in the expanding blockchain universe.

 

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Massive NFT and Token Giveaway from Polker as Staking is Announced!

Polker.Game has been bringing a constant stream of updates, development, and listings over the last few months – and they are not showing any sign of slowing down. Polker is one of the major sponsors of Polycon 2021, the largest Polygon event of the year – all this less than 10 days after Polygon announced the partnership and awarded a grant to Polker. The day before Polycon went live – Wednesday the 15th of September – Polker surprised the community with the announcement of a huge giveaway.

The NFT giveaway is massive – 1st place is going to be a Holographic Ultra-Rare. This sold at auction in August for over 3.3ETH ($10,000). There will also be 9 other NFTs for the runners-up. This is not all – 500 people will be winners of 50 PKR tokens!

Polker Release Staking Platform – Countdown Begins

Just one day after the news of the competition, Polker announced that staking of their native token PKR will be going live on Friday the 24th of September at 13:00EST. Polker’s initial staking pool will run for 90 days and will go live with $100,000 of PKR tokens. With the constant stream of events and announcements expected throughout these 90 days, the value of the $100k at the end is likely to be much greater – an opportunity much too great to miss out on for a project with such potential.

Staking is going to work on the Ethereum blockchain – and they will be hosting the staking pool on their own fully audited platform. The development team have proven yet again that not only do they understand how to develop impressive gaming content, they are more than competent at blockchain implementation too. Have a look yourselves, the countdown is live on their website!

Polker NFT & PKR Giveaway

With the huge amount of positive news recently from Polker it seems the team has decided to allow everyone to win some of their impressive NFTs. This includes one Ultra-Rare, two Rare, and six Standard NFTs – these will be given to those who make the single largest buys on either PancakeSwap or Uniswap during the competition period. This isn’t just for whales though – everyone who makes a buy and submits the transaction hash (txid) to Polker will have the chance to win one of 500 prizes of 50 PKR tokens.

The competition will run until PKR staking goes live, so you have until Friday 24th to partake in this giveaway. Further information on this can be found on Polker’s Medium here.

Polker.Game In The News

Polker’s name has been appearing more and more frequently across the crypto world in recent weeks. This seemed to begin as PKR listed on centralized exchange BitMart and as Akon, the R&B superstar and crypto enthusiast shouted out to Polker. The video can be seen here.

Shoutout to Polker man, this game is revolutionary, I got a chance to play and wow, a card game experience in 3D, built-in Unreal Engine 4, this is hands down, this is the best play to earn, NFT game in the space.”

— Akon

More About Polker

Polker is preparing to release their Play-to-Earn poker platform, a unique and impressive online gaming experience utilizing Unreal Engine 4. The game will be available for absolutely anyone to play, for those looking to play a couple of quick hands at a table without wagering any money – the game is available completely free.

Polker’s native token has a market capitalization under $4m – with the amount of news and development going into this project it’s clear that not only is this a project to keep your eye on for their products, it’s also an investment opportunity too good to miss.

How NFTs and DeFi are Combining to Disrupt the Non-Fungible Space

NFTs and DeFi are two of the biggest trends the investment world has seen this year. While non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have given rise to a whole new digital marketplace for art investors, decentralized finance (DeFi) has provided investors with a brand new landscape for using currencies free of conventional limitations.

While NFTs have gained groundbreaking momentum for their unique approach to digital collecting—investors now have the opportunity to own exclusive one-off pieces of art from their favourite artist digitally—cryptocurrency has liberated those living in countries with anti-democratic governments that allow banks to have complete control over transactions. It only makes sense that the two could eventually combine to even further disrupt the rapidly evolving investing space.

There’s no stopping the vast array of potential that NFTs hold. The new form of digital collectibles can span the spectrum from gifs of sports memorabilia, to photos of esteemed visual artists, to photos of Shiba Inus. Noteworthy NFTs of 2021 include Beeple’s artwork that sold for $69 million, the DogeCoin meme that just this week flew in value from $4 million to $220 million in the space of one day as the meme was split into 17 billion pieces, and famous artist Max Denison-Pender’s live painting that was thrown into a volcano shortly after its photo was taken.

Typically, banks receive deposits and lend money to account holders. DeFi uses code to secure a contract so borrowers are able to borrow at much lower rates, while those depositing are able to also get more bang for their buck. This is made possible by removing the middleman, the bank, out of the picture.

The DeFi sector has grown exponentially over the past year and seems set for steady growth in years to come. With the rise of meme coins, stable coins, altcoins, it’s a time where tokens are taking over from traditional forms of finance.

As with all burgeoning industries, the DeFi and NFT spaces are progressing rapidly. So it comes as no surprise that the two would eventually merge together.

While NFTs are an asset, DeFi can mobilize their value through secondary platforms. With DeFi, a lender can determine the value of the collateral of the NFT. Unlike traditional banks who decide how much the collateral is, DeFi platforms allow the lender to make this decision. The loan is only distributed once the owner decides on a price, market value, and calculations.

With the recent soar in DeFi technology that supports loaning and financing of NFTs, it’s no wonder that Momento was born, a platform dedicated to hosting memorable NFTs. One of the most crucial components of Momento’s project is its commitment to NFT staking.

With the sales of NFTs accelerating faster than ever before, it’s easy to see how the space would evolve into needing a platform that was free from the control of banks and centralized finance.

 

Grab a Spot in Tomi’s Presale by Bagging an NFT! 260+ ETH Raised so Far with Proceeds to Purchase TOMI then Burned

Non-fungible token technology has many potential use cases in the blockchain world. TOMI is releasing a limited-edition set of NFTs to provide access to their main sale. With very few NFTs remaining for sale and all proceeds used to Purchase Tomi, adding value for Tomi holders. Tomi tokens purchased with these funds will be burned to improve scarcity, time is of the essence!

The TOMI NFT Sale Pops Off

Although many non-fungible token projects can generate a bit of hype and excitement, the momentum surrounding TOMI’s NFT collection is off the charts. Not only are crypto enthusiasts showing increasing interest, but various influencers are getting on board. Additionally, these artistic and exclusive Tomi Heroes NFTs are necessary to access the project’s upcoming presale. To date, the team has raised over  260ETH – or just shy of $1m USD – in this sale, further confirming the growing demand for these NFTs.

The first round started on September 7th, featuring the DAWN RISING NFT, available for purchase at the price of 0.1271 ETH, which quickly sold out. Round 2, sees the GLITCH GLOW NFT being sold for a price of 0.1144 ETH and Round 3 is also now underway until September 21st, with NFT tickets selling fast. To bag your NFT today and secure a spot, visit https://www.tomitoken.org/tomi-nft.html

Tomi will use all proceeds from the NFT sale to buy TOMI tokens during the public sale to create even more buzz surrounding this project. Once the purchases are made and the ETH has been swapped for TOMI, the entire balance will be burned. The team made a wise decision to make the token more scarce and a unique take on leveraging NFT technology for that particular purpose.

Various NFT projects have proven to be successful in recent months. CryptoPunks is the most noteworthy example, as it currently tops $1.219 billion in all-time volume. Art Blocks isn’t far behind, with over $842 million in total sales. There is no reason to think the Tomi NFTs won’t go the same route, as they are very tough to obtain- the first round sold out, and round 2 and 3 are selling fast, indicating how the demand is rising and time is running out for those who do not own an NFT providing access to the TOMI presale yet.

Establishing A Secondary Market

The Tomi Heroes NFTs will be accessible through OpenSea after the sales run out. However, it may prove challenging to pick them up, as most holders will want to wait for the TOMI presale and the access these tokens provide. In addition, it is essential to establish a secondary market for the non-fungible tokens, as they are still limited edition collectibles even after the presale concludes.

Per OpenSea, there are currently over 1,700 NFT holders, and the NFTs have a floor price of 0.1 ETH. More importantly, there is over 260 Ether in trading volume so far, lowering the number of available non-fungible tokens investors can obtain to be part of the upcoming TOMI presale rounds.

TOMI Chooses Polygon & SushiSwap

Due to the high gas fees on the ETH network, TOMI has chosen to launch its sale on the Polygon network and through SushiSwap. This shows the commitment by TOMI to operating on networks that empower and push the next generation of DeFi projects to the forefront of the media.

If you are interested in the TOMI token sale, make sure to pick up one of the Tomi Heroes NFTs. Having access to one of the five presale rounds – which all last for just 30 minutes –  is crucial to maximizing return on investment.

There are a few hundred NFTs up for grabs in round 2 & 3, but time is running out quickly! Visit the presale page to get your TOMI NFT today.