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Netherlands to Implement Cryptocurrency Licensing Program

There is a lot of debate and speculation as to whether or not cryptocurrency should be subjected to regulation. Around the world, nations have tackled the problem in a variety of ways. Most recently, the Netherlands opted to allow cryptocurrency trading to take place within the country on the condition that cryptocurrency firms responsible for a traded coin first obtain a license. The ongoing regulatory development in the cryptocurrency space is beginning to change.   De Nederlandsche Bank to Regulate Crypto Licensure The Dutch legislature passed a law back in June that required the development of a cryptocurrency licensure system, which will come into effect in 2020. Upon the implementation of nationwide crypto regulation, it will also be required of all member countries residing within the EU to follow the crypto regulation laid out in the Netherlands. The details of the new Dutch cryptocurrency licensing process remain vague, but for the time being the De Nederlandsche Bank appears to be the entity responsible for overseeing cryptocurrency licensure. The Bank has shown interest in blockchain technology since 2016, but January 2018 marked a key point in the development of the organization’s position on cryptocurrency. The De Nederlandsche Bank has a concern about how cryptocurrency might still be incapable of working at a global level. However, the bank has continued to work on blockchain and crypto projects. The Dutch bank insists that banning the use of cryptocurrency is not an acceptable solution, but that users should be cautious when dabbling in digital coin currency trade.   Crypto Licenses Require Firms to Follow Key Rules To be awarded a cryptocurrency license, a Dutch firm must fully comply with broad transparency regulations. The crypto firm will need to identify their customers, as well as monitor and report any suspected illicit behavior or unusual transactions. Some issues may arise throughout this process, such as the anonymity of blockchain making it difficult for firms to gather information. However, licensing protocols are designed to mitigate the issues posed by cryptocurrency’s semi-anonymous nature. In the Netherlands, regulators are requiring that crypto firms provide a list of their customers. Only time will tell how effective the regulations will be in eradicating money laundering and fraud, but increasing transparency in volatile cryptocurrency markets will help mitigate some of the natural risks of investing in this market.   Regulation Brings Legitimacy to Crypto Markets Now more than ever, the cryptocurrency markets could benefit from effective regulation. Regulation could provide the crypto market with the stability it needs to bring on major investors and decrease overall market volatility.  Regulation of the crypto market will ensure additional stability and reduce the market’s volatility, making it more attractive to potential investors and users who have thus far held off due to concerns over the unstable market. Cryptocurrency has sparked a valuation debate that is ongoing to this day, but it doesn’t appear as if this groundbreaking technology is going anywhere. Regulators around the world are coming around to the idea of integrating cryptocurrency and blockchain tech into their existing financial systems, and the Netherlands’ new licensing system is an interesting solution to a problem regulators around the world are wrestling with at this very moment.

The Halo Platform understands the importance of legitimizing cryptocurrency around the world. We have a comprehensive compliance program and dedicated staff who ensure adherence to current and new legislation. The Halo Platform and currency are shining examples of crypto done right in the world of emerging legitimacy.
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Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter January 11, 2019

Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter January 11, 2019
  News @ Block & Chain We promised you an exciting start to the year and we weren’t kidding! There is a lot of great news coming out of Block and Chain Games this week that we are thrilled to share with you. So hold onto your hats for this week’s update... As always,  remember to sign up for our newsletter if you want it delivered to your inbox each week.   55Play Partnership Announcement The Asian game market, with China in the lead, currently represents the largest and fastest growing player segment in the industry. Free-to-play games were a $12 billion market in 2018 and it is growing at a steady 4% per year. In short, the Asian market is an incredible frontier for our style of blockchain games and we are intent upon making our mark in those territories. Enter 55 Play…     About 55Play 55play aims to become the world's largest blockchain game community platform, focusing on providing a convenient and efficient interactive entertainment platform for global game players and blockchain game manufacturers. With a fair and objective attitude, the platform strictly checks the entry of blockchain game manufacturers, provides diversified blockchain games for game players, encourages interactive entertainment among players, and actively shares and evaluates games.

Blockchain game manufacturers can provide players with a friendly community, distribution, invitation of beta testers, promotion, instant messaging, props or other game asset transactions, event hosting and other one-stop services. Most of the 55play team comes from China. The platform has listed 40 blockchain games since its launch in December 2018, and have nearly 15,000 following, including WeChat,Toutiao,QQ, Weibo and other prominent Asian social media platforms. With the continuous launch of functional modules and the improvement of user experience, the number of platform games and players will grow explosively.

55Play is featured on the Block and Chain Games home page as a partner. Our banner, Blockfight and the Block & Chain Games platform have been featured on their site, localized into Chinese, with more games to be added. We’re very excited to be a part of this rapidly growing blockchain game community!     Check them out here: https://www.55play.com/ https://www.55play.com/article/135.html   Blockfight Update - Closed Beta is Done! We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in the Beta test and sent us feedback. Thanks to you, we identified (and remedied) some important issues and added a handful of cool new features. A summary list of updates to the game during Beta is below: Disabled Hall of Victory button on slide-out menu when on the fight results screen. Interrupt win amount rollup if placing a new wager while it's still rolling up from the previous fight. Increased scroll sensitivity on dice selection dialog. Added button under currency balances to "Add Halo or Coins" (text changes if hiding Halo or Coins in settings). Added password confirmation field on account registration dialog. Added player setting to keep music playing during fights (defaults is off). Automatically set focus on the input field of the Cage Simulator.   We also added a feature to allow players to set a number of fights to play automatically. So, if you enjoy autoplaying a bunch of fights in a row, this is for you!

  Blockfight vs. Etheroll When we first set out to build Blockfight, we were amazed at the currency players were sinking into Etheroll. We knew we could make a game that had a lot more entertainment value and entice traditional and non-traditional gamers to the blockchain. Special thanks to our community member jchi2210 for putting this great video together! https://youtu.be/M5pp96WbQ_k     And of course, if you’re going to fight weird, ugly, alien creatures, it helps to know more about them. Dossiers for Fighters 7 and 8 were released this week:
Once we have finished addressing the last few tasks, Blockfight will be ready to launch! And you can believe we’ll sneak in one or two more new features designed to surprise and delight before then...   Draggin’ Dragons Update With all the excitement around Blockfight, we have certainly not been idle with Draggin’ Dragons. Our UI Designers are forging ahead on breeding and battle racing, bringing some great RPG elements to your favorite dragon racing game! And when we say “elements”... Earth, Air, Fire, Water...or maybe something maybe more exotic?
  Tutorial Videos Block and Chain games are built to appeal to players from all walks of life, no matter what their level of cryptocurrency knowledge. It helps that the Halo Platform is very straightforward and easy to use, but we also provide the resources for players to quickly get their hands on our currency so they can get the most out of our games. All of our games include tutorials and with the wiki (coming soon) and tutorial videos, it will be easy as pie to enable players to enjoy HALO play. Here are two of our “getting started” videos, showing everyone just how easy it is to install a wallet and login with our games:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMTnmVqmFxY   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rdyb3Jl8TYA
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  We believe very strongly that 2019 is the year for blockchain games. More and more communities are springing up to support and evangelize this sector of our industry. We’re thrilled be a part of the Blockchain Gaming forum, a new and rapidly growing place for developers and players alike to congregate and discussion the blockchain game evolution. Devin has been added as a Developer on the forum and their Facebook group, and has shared information about the platform and Blockfight, with more to come! We want to encourage all our fans to sign up and participate.
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Halo Platform Weekly Newsletter Week of: Jan 5, 2018 – Jan. 12, 2019

Halo Platform Weekly Newsletter Week of: Jan. 5, 2018 – Jan. 12, 2019   Hello Halo Platform Community – we hope your 2019 is off to a great start! As usual, we have been busy developing new features, so be sure to stay up-to-date with our current tech. We’ve also been hard at work building partnerships with well-known names in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space. Read on for this week’s update.   Announcement: LATOKEN Now Accepting Deposits for HALO   Yesterday, LATOKEN listed the HALO currency for deposits. LATOKEN is a rapidly growing crypto exchange focusing on liquidity for new tokens:
●   $30m+ daily turnover
●   More than 80,000 registered traders
●   180+ crypto pairs available for trading

Besides crypto trading, LATOKEN users can participate in selected Tokens Sales at pre-sale and crowdsale stages.
  Go here to register your account and make a deposit: https://bit.ly/2D3YIQx. Trades will commence early next week. Look out for a formal announcement at that time.   Halo Currency & Exchange Halo Platform is multi-faceted and adaptable, which is why we’re continuing to thrive when other crypto companies are struggling. Here are some exciting new things going on with HaloDEX and the HALO currency:   HaloDEX has been listed on Delta Direct!   Delta Direct is a direct link for token teams to connect with existing and potential future investors and is seamlessly integrated into the Delta app. We’re proud to see the HaloDEX included in this renowned platform. Access Delta Direct here: https://delta.app/direct

 
Horizon State’s coin (HST) has gone live on HaloDEX
  Horizon State has been a great partner and has been using the Halo Platform Blockchain to power their voting platform since late 2018. We’re excited to see more and more throughput coming from Horizon State’s platform!   New Releases Halo Platform sets itself apart from other companies in the crypto space by offering a space that’s useful for everyone in the cryptocurrency community. So far this year, we’ve been focusing on addressing community concerns and improving the performance of existing Halo Platform products. The Halo Platform user experience just gets better and better, starting with the new Halo Platform Block Explorer was launched this week, available at: https://explorer.haloplatform.tech/. The main advantage of new explorer is that it is twice as fast as the previous one, primarily due to a comprehensive database upgrade. In addition to some UI cleanup, the new explorer includes the following improvements and new features: In the Address page, a user now is able to determine contract addresses on the green "Contract" badge next to the block address The Transaction page has new fields: "Status", "Gas Sent", Index of transactions in a block and we also renamed "Number of transactions made by the sender prior to this one" field into "Nonce" In the Address page, the Internal Transaction section which shows all internal transactions of the selected address   To see what the Halo Platform Team is working on at any given time, take a look at our Status Board. Please take a moment to update your bookmarks to our status page where we report any live operations outages: https://status.haloplatform.tech/.     Other News IMPORTANT REMINDER! Blockchain technology is not the same as traditional client server technology. It’s decentralized and anonymous. This means that your personal information remains on your local machine and Halo Platform staff does not have access to it. Simply put, we cannot recover your password if you lose it. It’s critical that everyone follows the installation instructions for the browser extension and Featherlite clients, back up their private keys in multiple places and keep their password somewhere they can remember it. Thankfully, we have made exporting private keys extremely simple. If you are unsure how to do this, you can watch this minute long video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7zydYDyzLo   Did you know? There are detailed instructions and walkthroughs of the Halo Platform on our wiki and tutorials on our YouTube channel. Let us know if there is something you’d like to see there, and we will gladly add it!
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IBM and Columbia University Launch Accelerators for Blockchain Startups

Columbia University and tech giant IBM recently announced the launch of two new technology accelerator programs focused on blockchain technology. The pair of accelerator programs aims to support both new and existing startups that are currently operating in the blockchain space. The partnership aims to foster innovation within these companies at a scale far beyond their current capacity. The accelerator programs also intend to provide these select startups with many other forms of assistance intended to help cover most of the cost of building a successful blockchain network. This includes access to IBM cloud technology, technical support, assistance in graphic design, and access to Columbia’s collegiate student talent and research community. The establishment of the accelerator programs with the capability to offer blockchain-based startups an opportunity to see their innovations executed to scale. This is a huge step in the right direction for the widespread adoption of blockchain technology. Halo Platform has built its own blockchain, and it’s one of the fastest on the web. We know how much goes in to building a blockchain company, and we’re glad to see researchers and large institutions taking the blockchain as seriously as we do.   Columbia University and IBM Partner Up The Columbia-IBM partnership encompasses two programs. The first program, the IBM Blockchain Accelerator, is an eight-week program that targets later-stage blockchain-based companies throughout the world. This approach focuses on structuring a sustainable business network and customer base. The program will have a virtual presence, but will also be implemented in-person in both New York and San Francisco. The second program, the Columbia Blockchain Launch Accelerator, is also eight-weeks long. However, it will target idea-stage startup companies with Columbia and other select New York City-based University associations. The program will take place on-site in New York City, and will give participants access to tools and training on how to construct a blockchain startup.   What Will the Accelerator Programs Offer? Columbia and IBM have their sights set on leading the development of blockchain technology by power-leveling blockchain innovation into its next generation. IBM’s cloud space operates a hyper-based ledger blockchain platform with an end-to-end forte, ensuring the total security of its user’s transactions. For Columbia University’s part, the world-class institution will be contributing human capital and the infrastructure available to budding tech entrepreneurs in the university community. Each accelerator program will support ten startup blockchain-based companies. The startups will be provided with access to a network of business mentors, entrepreneurs, blockchain network creators, and world wide access to expertise and resources. For blockchain startups that are a bit more mature than others, the programs offer opportunities to help those startups function at a larger scale and establish a strong network in the business community. Columbia and IBM have stated that their aim is to help blockchain network developers translate their own ideas into something that can be inflated to a larger scale while also remaining sustainable. In doing so, the accelerator programs have the potential to nourish the blockchain industry and its creators. This will encourage new levels of innovation in blockchain technology adoption and serve as a driving force in business productivity throughout a vast majority of industries.  
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The Growing Blockchain Gaming Job Market

By: Samantha Joule Fow Millennials are the largest generation active in the workforce, with about 56 million young people either working or looking for a job in 2017. But there is a notable shift in the working culture between the up-and-coming millennials and the Gen-Xers that still occupy many workplace leadership positions. As a result, many millennials entering the workforce face frustrating communication barriers with employers. They often feel restricted in working environments where they are not afforded creative or intellectual outlets. In order to avoid these issues, more and more millennials are looking at job opportunities in more progressive workplaces, which are commonly found in the tech, gaming, and entertainment space. The gaming industry has become a big business, and more people are aiming for careers in video game development because of how much the market has grown over the years. With blockchain technology continuing to evolve the video game industry, more companies need skilled employees to help develop and test out these games. As a result, blockchain technology has not only impacted the gaming industry but has also created an appealing new job market, particularly for millennials   Growing Up Comfortable with Technology and Risk Millennials grew up alongside technology. They were the first generation to have access to the internet, cellphones, and social media, and they’ve developed a degree of comfort working on digital platforms since they were young. Because they grew up with technology all around them, millennials have become more comfortable using it. Moreover, they are willing to continue to learn as technology evolves. Their natural tech-savviness and curious natures have put millennials ahead of the game in the growing blockchain gaming market. They are becoming the future of technology, aiding in the growth of the growing blockchain gaming space. Altogether, millennials are poised to become the leaders that our increasingly digital economies need, and blockchain tech is creating the opportunities they need to shine. Millennials grew up with the convenience of technology in a time of notable political and social uncertainty. Major world events like the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the global recession of 2008 has caused many of us to question the reliability of the social infrastructures many of us take for granted. This has affected the way millennials view the world as well as their roles in it. Blockchain technology may provide a growing sense of job security to this generation, as it creates a trustless transaction environment that leaves out a third party.   Gaming Will Change Our Future The gaming industry has been growing by leaps and bounds for a generation, and it will only continue to grow and improve as new innovations emerge. However, in order for the next generation of blockchain tech and gaming companies to succeed, they will need skilled workers who can function in our ever-evolving digital markets. Fortunately, as gaming companies continue to grow more and more innovative, they will become increasingly attractive workplaces for younger people entering the job market. And without a doubt, innovation in gaming will revolve around blockchain technology. Blockchain tech is being used in both video games and in the real world, and tech-savvy millennials are going to be an important part in developing mainstream applications of blockchain technology. Video games create a digital world where players have their own communities and ecosystems, but it doesn’t end there. Now, in-game assets and achievements can be bought and sold in the real world, and soon everything in our economies will become more digitized. Blockchain developers are becoming increasingly important, and tech companies are hiring blockchain tech experts as fast as they can. As the gaming industry continues to grow, so will the demand for employees who possess the specialized skills they need to continue to develop games in the age of blockchain technology.
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Halo Platform Weekly Newsletter Week of: Dec. 30, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019

Halo Platform Weekly Newsletter Week of: Dec. 30, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019
  Happy New Year! The Halo Platform Team has kept busy this holiday season, and we’re working full throttle now that January has rolled around. There’s lots of exciting stuff going on around the Halo Platform offices, so let’s dig right in!   Halo Currency & Exchange Halo Platform is pleased to announce that trading has opened on STEX. We’ve also been working hard on opening deposits with LATOKEN, however they are currently working through some issues on their backend. We expect these issues to be resolved soon and Halo Platform community members can expect to see deposits open right away thereafter. On the HaloDEX, HST support is ready to go and we will be turning it on at the beginning of next week. BTC support is coming hot on its heels with final testing in progress.   New Releases Since the last update, we have continued to improve the platform and address issues encountered by our users. As a result of these updates and new releases, users should see improvements across all systems, particularly the Masternode DAPP. We launched a New Masternode DAPP and completed a major refactor refactor of our AWS architecture to improve stability for lower bandwidth users and overall speed of the remote RPC. A summary of releases completed in the past week are below: Masternode DAPP v2.7.0 Statistics panel is now open by default Changed status Initializing to Funding Updated description of public halo hosted nodes when provisioning Fixed all rounding and decimal display issues T3 and T4 masternodes can only be created privately again Masternode DAPP v2.7.1 Fixes a bug that prevents private masternodes to be joined through Join Private menu Fixes a bug that prevents joining a private masternode after manually adding it Fixes a bug that caused watched masternodes to persist even after they were removed/deleted from existence Fixes a bug that prevented private sell orders to an address from being detected and presenting a notification badge on the menu Fixes a bug that caused some watched masternodes to error out and not be shown on Monitoring Fixes a bug that prevented using Withdraw All rewards function   Other News We’re happy to announce we have built a new live status page. Users can now see realtime status of each of our systems and a log of past outages. Take a moment to update your bookmarks to the new link: https://status.haloplatform.tech/ and check it out if you experience any downtime. Efforts are underway to amp up our marketing initiatives. Scott and Devin met earlier this week to professionally record a new set of videos in which we are each personally talking about the company and product vision for Halo Platform and Block & Chain Games. These videos are in the editing room now so you can expect to see them in the next couple weeks. We are also in the process of updating our company website to make it more informative, exciting and simpler to navigate. Look for us to announce these updates in the near future.   To see what the Halo Platform Team is working on at any given time, take a look at our Status Board. Did you know? There are detailed instructions, videos and walkthroughs of the Halo Platform on our wiki. Let us know if there is something you’d like to see there, and we will gladly add it! Halo Platform Instagram Twitter Facebook Youtube Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Steemit Github
 

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Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter January 4, 2019

Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter January 4, 2019
News @ Block & Chain Happy New Year everyone! It’s 2019 and we have some big things coming your way. You’ve heard plenty about Blockfight and Draggin’ Dragons. Both of those games are nearing release as you know, but we also have a smorgasbord of new game announcements, partnerships and other exciting updates coming your way this year! Stay tuned and sign up for our newsletter if you want it delivered to your inbox each week.   Announcing Player Central! We’ve teased Player Central in our newsletters and in our whitepaper, but today, we are opening the kimono. As gamers, we all enjoy platforms like Steam, Battle.net, Xbox Live Arcade and the Sony Playstore. There is a lot of appeal to an all-in-one platform where players can enjoy not just their favorite games, but a personalized space to celebrate their achievements and socialize with their friends. Block and Chain’s Player Central is our answer to those platforms, bringing your personalized player experience to life on the blockchain! Initially, Player Central will include features such as an integrated player wallet, single sign on to all our games, player profile & stats, achievements, live support, and a news feed. Additional features such as friends, live chat, guilds, and other enhancements will be added throughout the year. This is a real competitive advantage for Block and Chain Games, with very few blockchain competitors offering a gamer-centric platform like this. For us, it’s just another great way to bring great games to our players. Look for Player Central v1 launching later this quarter!   Each game has its own feature page you can explore before you play. Or you can just dive right into the game!   Blockfight Update - Closed Beta has begun! Our limited time pre-launch beta has begun. Those who have signed up to participate are playing the game as we speak and assisting us in making Blockfight the best game it can be! And feedback has been extremely positive so far. We will be running the beta until January 11th so there is still time to participate. If you want to get in on this limited time opportunity simply sign up on our contact page: https://blockandchain.games/support.html Once we have finished polishing the game, it will be ready for launch!
  Congratulations Mary Ngai! Block and Chain Artist Mary Ngai recently made headlines this week, winning the Academy of Art 18 VIS Grad award for the "Web and Mobile" category. Mary recently completed her Master’s Degree from the Academy and has contributed her amazing talents to several of our games. We’re proud to have Mary on our team!
  In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out!
  https://blockonomi.com/crypto-art-puzzles-games/ - The idea of a crypto art that hides a puzzle which pays cash is a new one. There aren’t many precedents for something that is both art and a paying puzzle. B&C: It has been said in game circles that all the great ideas have been used up and new games are simply a different spin on existing mechanics. Yet, here we are with a totally new type of puzzle game that could only come about with the power of blockchain technology. Imagine solving procedurally generated puzzles that offer varying ranges of payoff determined by the blockchain. Now imagine if those puzzles could be user generated and could be sold or traded with other players. Do you keep a puzzle in the hopes of solving it for an unknown reward or do you sell it to another player for a more certain return? The possibilities are endless in this blockchain-only game genre. When someone next asks you “why blockchain” for games, here is a perfect response!
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Atari Modernizes Classics with Blockchain Tech

Atari, which has been around since 1972, is one of the earliest video gaming companies in existence. Well-known for developing legendary games such as Asteroids and Centipede, Atari is responsible for introducing video gaming to the late-bloomers and basement-dwellers that eventually became the first generation supporters of what is now a multi-billion dollar worldwide industry. However, video gamers are always looking for the next best thing, and Atari is looking towards blockchain tech to help it modernize its brand.   Gaming Legend Goes Blockchain Atari has not been shy about joining the cryptocurrency revolution. The company has even created its own cryptocurrency, the Atari Token. But now that Atari has seen some early success in its cryptocurrency and blockchain tech investments, it’s continuing to work this new technology into more and more of its offerings. In fact, Atari is now moving towards greater blockchain adoption by partnering with Animoca Brand to develop blockchain versions of Atari games such as RollerCoaster Tycoon and Goon Squad. Atari has been interested in advancing their games using blockchain technology for some time. Former company chairman Frédéric Chesnais stated that “blockchain technology is all set to take a very important place in our environment and to transform, if not revolutionize, the current economic ecosystem, especially in the areas of the video game industry and online transactions.” The company has decided to partner with Animoca Brands to refurbish two of Atari’s game titles, but more may come if the venture is a success.   Gaming Companies Make Big Moves in Blockchain Tech Atari and Animoca are working hard to launch the next-generation titles of popular franchises, and gamers are hopeful that there will be more to come. The two gaming companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will allow them to explore other prospects in game development, product advancement, and how to incorporate blockchain technology into player experiences. According to former Atari Group CEO Frédéric Chesnais, both Atari and Animoca are thrilled by the prospects created by this new deal. According to Chesnais, Atari is set to “become a shareholder in one of the most exciting innovators in the world of decentralized gaming,” – the blockchain. The partnership agreement involves Animoca Brands paying Atari $250,000 in exchange for limited game rights. Atari will receive a portion of the revenue once Animoca Brands makes at least $500,000 in gross revenue. The agreement runs through the spring of 2022 and the new version of the games are expected to launch before the end of the year. The partnership between the two companies is more than just recreating the iconic games Atari has in its product line. Even more significant, it contemplates the development of more opportunities that will benefit them both. Atari and other gaming companies are partnering with blockchain tech companies to help bring this exciting technology to the mainstream. With the advancement of blockchain technology, we won’t just see older games such as RollerCoaster Tycoon relaunched with better builds, we’ll see entirely new titles and experiences. The many potential benefits of blockchain technology have been catching the eye of the legendary video game companies left-and-right, and there’s little doubt that we’ll see many exciting new applications of blockchain tech in gaming as progress continues.
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China Eases Tight Grip on Crypto Markets

The People’s Republic of China closely regulates financial products and services within its jurisdiction. Virtual currency represents a stark ideological opposition to this top-down centralized control, and Chinese financial regulators have never taken kindly to them. However, a recent arbitration decision deeming cryptocurrency assets legal property in China is giving advocates hope that the PRC is slowly easing its tight grip on the mainland’s cryptocurrency markets.
Cryptocurrency Earns Legal Recognition in Chinese Courts

The Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA), the branch of China’s court system responsible for resolving disputes in arbitration, recently ruled that Bitcoin assets will be treated as legal property. The case at issue before the SCIA addressed the issue of whether a Chinese investor who invests using cryptocurrency is entitled to the same protection of the nation’s investment laws as an investor using traditional money. An investor filed suit in the SCIA against a person employed to manage around half a million dollars’ worth of Bitcoin assets. The plaintiff, a private investor, brought the case against the asset manager after he allegedly refused to return the Bitcoin assets to the investor after a dispute regarding business strategy. The assets manager, however, argued that there was no legal recourse for the investor to retrieve his funds since they were in the form of cryptocurrency. Because Bitcoin and cryptocurrency assets were not recognized as a form of currency in China, the defendant claimed, there were no ‘funds’ to be returned. After considering the facts of the case, the arbitrator dismissed the defendant’s reasoning. The SCIA ruled that regardless of the fact that China does not recognize cryptocurrency as a form of legal currency, it is not illegal to own. Rather, virtual currency assets are personal property. As such, and like any other personal property, cryptocurrency owners deserve the full protection of Chinese law.
SCIA Ruling Foreshadows Shift in Policy

This landmark ruling may have been passed down from a local arbitration court, but it indicates a larger shift in China’s approach to cryptocurrency. And while some media outlets are claiming that this case ends the nation’s de facto ban on using and trading cryptocurrencies, it’s important to understand that progress in this regard will be gradual. Notably, the SCIA’s ruling does not have any influence on China’s existing financial regulations. However, the precedent set by the SCIA does indicate that Chinese citizens may have grounds to claim their crypto assets as personal property for other legal disputes in the future. This ruling could help boost digital coin activity on the mainland providing investors and consumers with the confidence of knowing that their transactions are protected by the Chinese courts. This case could earmark a turning point in China’s larger policies regarding cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. The country’s regulations had previously left very little wiggle room for the use of cryptocurrencies. China’s government has had a notably restrictive stance on cryptocurrency, and this case has significantly changed the tone surrounding fintech policies in the PRC. China’s approach to regulating cryptocurrency has recently begun to soften. Adoption of blockchain technology on the mainland has been soaring, and cryptocurrency would surely follow suit if it were unburdened by financial regulations. While we’re unlikely to see a total reversal of the PRC’s restrictive digital currency regulations, the recent ruling of the SCIA will now allow Chinese citizens interested in cryptocurrency or blockchain technology to explore this new world without fear. And with a growing number of cryptocurrency platforms like Halo Platform offering localized divisions for Chinese markets, there are plenty of fintech innovations for this growing marketplace to explore.
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Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter December 28, 2018

Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter December 28, 2018
  News @ Block & Chain   Blockfight Update - Beta is coming... Last week, we announced that we will be offering an exclusive, limited time beta test to members of our community who sign up through our contact page: https://www.haloplatform.tech/contact We will launch the beta next week, so keep an eye on your email for detailed instructions. Feel free to direct friends, family and anyone else interested to join. We appreciate a multitude of feedback!   Draggin’ Dragons Update Now that we’re wrapping up Speed Races, we have recorded our Speed Race trailer video. Take a moment to enjoy all that Draggin’ Dragons speed races will have to offer! https://youtu.be/XpePNfkQZc4  
  Game Maker’s Corner Ali Buntemeyer: Lead Game Designer The question I receive the most from friends, family, and random strangers is, “What does a Game Designer do?”

A Game Designer doesn’t just ‘design games’. We are problem solvers, liaisons, and master communicators. We are broken into many different categories: Narrative Design, Content Design, and Systems Design to name a few, which can break down to anything from A.I. Designers to Level Designers and more, depending on the size of the team! Some of us wear many hats, but we are all artisans and craftsmen. So let’s look at 3 types of designers!

A Narrative Designer is someone who writes and manages the fiction content. They are able to craft the story, and have it fit seamlessly within the systems, mechanics and levels of the game. Here at Block & Chain, our narrative designer manages any story or copy tied in with any of our games. The profiles from BlockFight are just one example, and there are many more to come. If you like writing a lot of stories, or creating rich characters, this one’s for you!

Content Designers are the bread and butter of our industry. They design and produce the assets and features of the game. Your favorite feature in a game probably started in the mind of the Content Designer. These guys are the workhorses of the industry, implementing that feature and making sure it works correctly with the rest of the moving parts of a game. Content Designers are often considered jack-of-all-trades, and will fill any gaps that are needed, whether it's asset design (creatively coming up with items, weapons, etc), or reward design (That super cool horse mount you just got? That’s content.)

Finally, there are System Designers, who to me are the unsung heroes of our industry. System designers make the game function - they’re responsible for the mechanics, and the stats of your game. Have an RPG with an item system, where everything has attack chance and defensives? System Designer. Health and skills of your enemies? Systems Designer. XP curve? Systems designer. These masters of numbers live in Spreadsheets, and run simulations to bring you the best ‘nervous system’ that game can offer.

Here at Block and Chain, I mostly do the second and third type of design, with a little of the first. Remember that comment about being well rounded? It really helps here in the industry. This also includes having a secondary discipline. Some of us were Artists first, or QA Testers, or even Developers. Having those backgrounds really help us to be an effective liaison with the other members of the team. Together, it is our goal to bring you the best games on the blockchain.
  In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://www.forbes.com/sites/ginaclarke/2018/12/21/crossing-the-blockchain-game-divide-with-collectibles-at-the-heart/#a9516bec52c9 - With the video game industry now worth billions, the ability to buy and sell in-house collectibles has long been mooted by blockchain enthusiasts. But although buoyant, blockchain gaming is yet to really take off. B&C: There are two points we would like to make about this article. First, we wholeheartedly agree that collectibles are a significant and relevant driver for gamers. They are also a natural fit for the blockchain, which enables provably fair random generation of collectibles and true asset ownership. We also believe the collection compulsion alone does not a good “game” make. The collectibles need to DO something. Let’s take a look at Draggin’ Dragons. Players will be able to breed dragons and vie for those much-sought-after Legendary Dragons, but then they will be able to take their dragons into Battle Races and watch them beat the crap out of other dragons as they run around the track. Suddenly, we have collection combined with skills to bring forth a much richer gameplay experience. Second, the article talks about the friction of current crypto wallets and the need to provide a simple solution to non-crypto gamers. While we won’t comment on the legalities of Blockchain Cuties’ use of a fiat gateway, we agree on the principal here. Our internal wallet is powered by the Halo Platform browser extension and once a player has set up their wallet (a <30 second effort), the wallet serves as their frictionless login and storehouse for their game currency.
  https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/27/epic-fortnite-3-billion-profit/ - Fortnite, which is free to play but makes money selling digital items, has popularized the battle royale category — think Lord of the Flies meets Hunger Games — almost single-handedly, and it has been the standout title for the U.S.-based game publisher. B&C: If there was ever a use case that demonstrates the efficacy of the free-to-play game model, Fortnite is it! But again, the game needs to be compelling. Battle Royale games are hot because PvP competition is hot. It’s in our nature to want to win and people, demonstrably, will spend big money to acquire the ability to do so. Games like this must also be balanced, though, and not just “play to win”, lest game makers alienate the masses. Fortnite seems to do a pretty good job of that. To us, this is a great use case vindicating our free-to-play approach to blockchain games. And before people ask, yes we MAY have a Battle Royale game in our roadmap...
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Venezula’s Economic Crisis: How Can Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Tech Help?

Halo Platform is building the web’s most functional cryptocurrency toolbox in order to bring the benefits of cryptocurrency and blockchain tech to the masses. This is an important service in the growing cryptocurrency markets because blockchain technology can be used to help address some of our most critical social and economic problems. David Hay is a young entrepreneur that is looking to change the world by empowering people through blockchain technology. He believes that cryptocurrency and blockchain tech can address a number of hard realities for people living in third world countries. This includes local problems like a lack of jobs and homes to national issues like a lack of government or economic support. Hay is focusing his work on one particular country at the moment: the economically and politically embattled nation of Venezuela. The Venezuelan people are suffering due to the economic impacts of improperly-managed centralized control, and they may find a solution in decentralized blockchain technology.
  Venezuelan Economic Collapse Leaves Future Uncertain Venezuela is suffered from astonishing hyperinflation due to its government’s frivolous spending and the economy's reliance on oil. Resulting in diminished the worth of the country’s currency, as of writing one Venezuelan Bolivar is equal to just over one U.S. Cent. The hyperinflation in Venezuela’s currency is causing the average weekly wages in the country to tank, and the average wage in the country is now approximately $1.95 per week. As a result, almost half of all Venezuelans wish to leave their country and nearly 10% already have. Even though Venezuela is experiencing economic turmoil, mass poverty, lack of jobs, food shortages, and rioting, the majority of the Venezuelan people aren’t looking for charity. Instead of a handout, they are simply looking for a handhold to pull themselves back up out of the depths of economic chaos. And if Hay is right, this handhold may very well come in the form of cryptocurrency and blockchain tech.
  How Can Cryptocurrency Help? In times of crises, innovation is born – and the citizens of Venezuela desperately need innovation. Cryptocurrency has the potential to create a large network of jobs and increase access to financial services. Because it’s virtual, decentralized and transparent nature, location is no longer an issue and anyone with access to internet is able to safely work with this technology. The citizens of Venezuela need their country’s economy to improve, and blockchain tech offers a suite of economic possibilities to the most vulnerable populations. As a result, cryptocurrency and blockchain technology may be just the silver bullet Venezuela needs to slay its economic monsters. In extreme circumstances like those that are ongoing in Venezuela, people need more than just bare necessities. They need opportunities that give them both a sense of purpose and a way to make money. David Hay and like-minded individuals want to introduce Venezuela’s stifled economy to blockchain technology. Blockchain tech provides an avenue for innovation and access to financial services, which will naturally fuel job growth.

Cryptocurrency and blockchain tech have the potential to change the lives of individuals living in the farthest most regions of the globe. It provides several important economic opportunities to third world countries and other nations affected by economic collapse. Together, we can do something with very meaningful with cryptocurrency – and Halo Platform is here to help make this brighter future a reality!
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Halo Platform Weekly Newsletter Week of: Dec. 16 – Dec 22, 2018

Halo Platform Weekly Newsletter Week of: Dec. 16 – Dec 22, 2018     Happy holidays from the Halo Platform team! 2018 has been a very active and exciting year for us and 2019 is shaping up to be even more eventful. We’re excited to show you what’s in store for the platform next year. Here’s what we’ve got going on as the New Year approaches:
  Halo Currency & Exchange Just as planned, the currency split occurred successfully last Tuesday evening. All Halo balances now reflect the 800:1 split ratio. Featherlite wallets and the HaloDEX were brought back online immediately after the split, with the Masternode system turned back on Thursday. We were excited to bring a handful of new features to each of these systems as they were brought back online. The coin split went smoothly and we’re very proud of our team for making it happen! A reminder, masternode rewards will begin again next week.
  New Releases It’s been a busy week and we’ve been fixing issues as fast as our community has been finding them. Last weekend, we addressed some issues causing connectivity problems on the chain. Users should find that our DAPPs now run a little faster.
  Summary of release content:

Chrome Extension v1.2.3 Fixed account import error when importing from private key/phrase Fixed bug that sometimes allowed users to view recovery phrase without verifying it first and user would be unable to verify phrase Fixed UI issue where user appeared logged out after logging in when RPC requests fail Improves UX of dialog popups throughout extension to be more visually consistent
  Chrome Extension v1.2.4 Fixes issue causing errors with private key/seed phrase import
  Chrome Extension v1.2.5 UI Issue causing whitelist permissions to not show up in the UI of feather settings.
  Masternode DAPP v2.6.0 Remove locking accounts Fixed Monitoring view loading Fixed a bug when buying shares Added new Address Book view/feature Removed loading bar on Marketplace view Updated to match new v1.1 masternode smart contracts   Wallet DAPP v1.2.0 UI updates to better match newer Halo DAPPs Removed account locking/unlocking abilities Auto add supported wrapper tokens Fixed a bug when attempting to show all the supported wrapper tokens in token select drop down Fixed a bug when renaming accounts from wallet   We also released version 2.2.0 of Glo to support the coin split and brought the Featherlite Client up to parity with the extension. While we encourage everyone to use the extension, we will continue to maintain the client software for the time being. We’re continuing to focus on fixing HaloDEX bugs, rolling out the new version of the Halo Masternode system – which was released yesterday – and finishing the BTC wrapper for HaloDEX. We’re also working on a revamped version of the block explorer, which will be more informative and user friendly. Specific features will be announced as we get closer to release. There is a new tutorial video available on our YouTube page detailing how to install and setup the Chrome Browser Extension: https://youtu.be/RgEIOwqelAE Clearly, we’ve got a lot going. To see what the Halo Platform Team is working on at any given time, take a look at our Status Board.   Business Update We’re pleased to announce we have been listed on the Delta app. The Halo Coin is listed at present with HaloDEX to follow shortly.   Halo, today’s biggest gainer!   Be sure to check out the latest gamer news in the Block and Chain Game Studio’s weekly updates. We recently announced our upcoming Blockfight beta. Sign up to participate in this one-time event here: https://blockandchain.games/support.html Did you know? There are detailed instructions and walkthroughs of the Halo Platform on our wiki. Let us know if there is something you’d like to see there, and we will gladly add it!
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Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter December 21, 2018

Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter December 21, 2018
  News @ Block & Chain   Happy Holidays from the Block & Chain Game Team!
  Blockfight Update - Special Announcement! Feature development is complete and we are performing final tests before launching the game. In an effort to provide you our players with a fun and engaging experience, we need to test the game at scale with a large number of users. Over the next several weeks, we are conducting a limited closed beta test with members of our community. We need people to play the game and make sure it’s defect free. We are asking for volunteers to sign up for the test. If you would like a chance to test our launch title and get a sneak peak of the game before anyone else, please sign up on our website here: https://blockandchain.games/support.html.  Indicate in the form that you are volunteering for the beta test and we will send you instructions to get started shortly thereafter. We welcome all current and new community members to join us in this exclusive pre-launch beta test. This is a great opportunity to play the game and contribute to its success!   Game Maker’s Corner Aya Columbia: Game Designer (on storytelling) Life’s been wild in the Block and Chain Games cosmos these last few months. So much has been done and so much is left to do! We’ve seen the confidential files of the Blockfight matrix released, revealing dossiers on the monstrous creatures of the world, not to mention some of the adorable racers from Draggin’ Dragons as well! And every one of them has a story to tell.

It makes you think: From the release of Fallout 76 and its complete lack of human NPCs, followed by Tides of Vengeance and its new branching storyline; everyone is finding different ways to tell the stories we’re all excited to read. It just goes to show that we don’t have to choose only one way to enjoy the drama and interact with the game world around us.

Just a little backstory can make a universe feel like home, and leave us wanting to know more. I’ve been enjoying writing the dossiers, there’s nothing more fun than coming up with Bad Guys™! But we’ve got a journey or two coming fast up the track too (pun intended), and it’s been an epic road thus far.

I can’t wait for you to see what’s in store for 2019!
  In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-12-18-atari-acquires-stake-in-animoca-brands-as-part-of-blockchain-game-deal - Atari has taken its first tentative steps into the murky world of blockchain, following an announcement today that it will partner with Animoca Brands. B&C: Defunct legend Atari is dusting off its brand to bring some of its cherished titles to the blockchain. While we are sometimes skeptical about jamming the blockchain into existing games, transaction heavy titles like RollerCoaster Tycoon could make for a great fit on the blockchain. We eagerly anticipate the direction this is taking and can’t wait to see more Atari titles resurrected on the chain!
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/21/china-watchdog-flags-video-game-approvals-tencent-shares-jump.html - Tencent Holdings shares jumped by as much as 4.2 percent on Friday after a regulatory official said that some new games have been cleared for sale after a lengthy freeze in approvals. B&C: We watch the Chinese market very closely for good reason. With 2.5 billion active gamers in the world, nearly a billion of them are in China alone. The region’s “great firewall” has made it difficult for western-based companies to succeed in China. This recent thawing of relations with Tencent, by far and away, China’s largest game maker and distributor, could mark the beginning of an open door policy on entertainment software. Block & Chain are actively speaking to potential partners in the region to make inroads with our platform.   Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn

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Blockchain Tech Powers In-Game Purchases

Blockchain Tech Powers In-Game Purchases   Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency are opening up new opportunities across gaming, and that’s true for both players and developers. Currently, one of the problems for small developers is that their costs are escalating and retail prices are declining. This is hurting the industry, since some of the best and most creative games are created by up-and-coming independent game-makers. Blockchain tech can be leveraged to improve the gaming industry and actually earn developers money by facilitating the development of in-game assets and purchases.   In-Game Purchases: A Novel Monetization Strategy Players have been making small transactions within games since the 2000s. One of the first in-game purchases was the horse armor pack that was available for the game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. These type “micro transactions” were known to be used in free-to-play games to purchase items in that helped players advance. Using this type of system benefits players by creating a more rich and authentic in-game experience and video game companies by giving them a new opportunity to monetize. By enabling in-game purchases, developers can extend the longevity and profitability of their games, particularly among die hard followers. This approach is clearly seen within the mobile gaming market, where at one point about 50% of all game revenue across the market came from less than 1% of the players. And despite this apparently niche revenue stream, in-game purchases can be highly lucrative. For example, the game Fortnite doubled its revenue from $126 million in February 2018 to about $223 million in March largely due to rises in in-game purchases.   In-Game Purchases Create Opportunities for Blockchain Tech Integration Block and Chain Game Studios is committed to creating a better gaming industry. This requires meeting the needs of both players and game developers, and integrating blockchain tech into in-game purchases is a perfect example of a win-win approach. Players who choose to participate in the in-game economy can do so as they wish, all the while supplementing the free-to-play components of the game with their paid contributions. Gamers get better games, and developers get the resources they need to make fun and immersive virtual experiences. The gaming industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, and it’s only continuing to grow. With an increase in the number of young players and developers entering the gaming market, we will see more innovation across the industry. Block and Chain’s system is just one example of a platform that allows developers to build and actually support their projects using blockchain tech to power in-game purchases and digital coin applications. The revenue coming from these in-game purchases will help motivate developers to create more, better games, which will lead to better and better gaming experiences for players. Blockchain technology is finding new applications across the gaming industry, and the tech-savvy players and developers who power this market are much more prone to adopt these exciting new innovations for mainstream use. Block and Chain Game Studios provides in-depth knowledge partners who wants to experience the benefits of blockchain tech in creating in-game economies.   To find out more about partnership opportunities or to join our platform, please contact us at bnc@blockandchain.games.   Join The Block & Chain Community!   Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn    

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SEC Targets Celebrities and Influencers in Next-Wave of ICO Crackdown

SEC Targets Celebrities and Influencers in Next-Wave of ICO Crackdown By: Samantha Joule Fow   The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced it settled yet another charge in the crypto market enforcement crackdown that it kicked off earlier this year. The charge at issue in the case - a failure to disclose payments received for promoting investments in initial coin offerings (ICOs) – was no real surprise. But what makes this case unique is that it was brought against two well-known celebrities: professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and music producer DJ Khaled.   The SEC Demands Crypto Market Transparency Back in 2017, the SEC declared its policy directive regarding ensuring market transparency in cryptocurrency transactions. Transparency would protect ICO investors and promoters, as fraud has created endemic issues in cryptocurrency markets. Failure to disclose compensation for promotion or other forms of advertisement is a deceptive practice. It can be very easy for consumers to believe that a celebrity endorsement is an authentic recommendation rather than a paid advertisement, and this assumption can impact their purchasing decisions. In order to make sure there is as much clarity as possible in cryptocurrency and other financial markets, financial regulators require disclosure of key information pertaining to celebrity endorsements. As a result, the SEC requires anyone promoting a digital coin or token that qualifies as a security to disclose certain pieces of information pertaining to the paid endorsement. The SEC established that they are actively cracking down on noncompliant ICO projects, and the settlements involving the two celebrities is a clear example of how failure to comply with the SEC’s regulations and standards will be costly to anyone caught up in its dragnet.   SEC Slaps Celebrities With Huge Penalties and Fees After an investigation, the SEC found three separate instances of undisclosed paid endorsements performed by DJ Khaled and Floyd Maryweather Jr. DJ Khaled had failed to disclose promotional payments in the amount of $50,000 from cryptocurrency company Centra Tech, and Mayweather failed to disclose promotional compensation in the amount of nearly $200,000 from two other ICO issuers DJ Khaled and Mayweather agreed to pay disgorgement penalties and interest without admitting or denying liability. Regardless, the celebrities weren’t let off easy. DJ Khaled agreed to pay $50,000 in disgorgement, a $100,000 penalty, and almost $3,000 in interest. Altogether, this was far more than DJ Khaled had accepted in promotional payments. Similarly, Mayweather agreed to pay $300,000 in disgorgement, nearly $15,000 in interest, and a $300,000 penalty - over twice the amount Mayweather accepted in promotional payments. These settlements stand out because they are the first of their kind. The Khaled and Mayweather cases are the SEC’s first enforcement actions involving celebrity endorsements of ICOs. As a result, it’s likely that these cases will be representative of how the SEC will handle ICO violations in the future.      SEC Puts Social Media Influencers On Notice DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather may be the first celebrities to be taken on by the SEC, but rest assured they will not be the last. Earlier this year top SEC officials released a statement foreshadowing a pending ICO crackdown – and clearly, they weren’t kidding. Motivated by its recent settlement with Mayweather and DJ Khaled, the next wave of SEC enforcement actions may very well target social media influencers who have inappropriately promoted ICOs to the general public. For the time being, anyone who has accepted payment for any cryptocurrency-related promotion and failed to properly disclose it should consider themselves on notice from the SEC.   Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn    

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Halo Platform Weekly Newsletter Week of: Dec. 9 – Dec 15, 2018

Halo Platform Weekly Newsletter Week of: Dec. 9 – Dec 15, 2018   Hello Halo Platform community, and thanks as always for following us on this exciting journey through the growing crypto-space. We’ve been keeping our heads down this week, working hard at building new products, services, and partnerships . Here’s what’s going on around the Halo Platform's virtual offices.   Halo Currency & Exchange The Halo Coin is splitting! We have been stress testing it thoroughly this week. We expect the split to broaden the appeal of the Halo coin vis a vis other popular currencies in the cryptosphere, so there should be plenty of benefits to be realized from this new move for the platform and set us up for a winning year in 2019.   Currency Split Details - Please Read! We have been actively working on the currency split for some time now and we are ready to make it happen early next week. Before we can do that, we need to release version 1.1 of our masternode system. The Masternode v1.1 reset will start later today (look for an announcement from Scott). We will do one more final payout before wiping all current masternode contracts. All funds, collateral and rewards, are automatically distributed to each owner of a masternode, dependent on their percent ownership. All existing masternodes will be reset. This will lead us into the Coin Split early next week. All services will still be accessible up until the split with the exception of the Masternode Dapp.  It will be taken offline and no new Masternodes will be able to be started until after the split occurs. The change will occur in the background and the masternode system will be brought back online right after the split is complete. After the masternode system is reset, users must set up their masternodes again. Rewards will begin again 7 days after the split is complete. During the split, we will have to take down the platform for 6-8 hours wherein wallets, masternodes, and the DEX will not be functional. We will announce to everyone in advance of that time so you can prepare accordingly. No action is needed on your part during this time. Once the split is complete, all Halo balances will reflect the 800:1 new ratio. Please note, the split doesn’t affect any other currencies users may have in their DEX wallet. ETH, DBET, VET, VTHO balances will be unaffected.   Marketing Contest Results Announced Congratulations to our Week 1 contest winners! We had winners from around the globe: Italy, UK, and USA. We’re proud to have such a broad following and want to thank everyone for spreading the word about the power of the Halo Platform! The contest will continue after our exciting new website revamp, which we will be happening next week.   New Releases We continued to release some fixes and improvements to the Chrome Extension this week. Here is a summary of release content: Extension v1.2.0: Actions requiring confirmation now can be whitelisted by dapp/action. (e.g. Feather extension can be whitelisted for creating accounts without asking for permission again) **NOTE**: Sending Txs or Contract Interactions are _ineligible_ for whitelisting. See sample below. Clicking "Next" will allow you to add this action only to the whitelist for "Feather Chrome Extension" only. Dapps will need to be approved before for being allowed to interact with the extension. See image below. This is a security feature, wherein if a dapp is rejected by you, all requests to the extension are ignored and no data can be returned. You can manage these lists in Feather settings. Actions that deal with account security such as account export now require master password verification. Due to performance improvements, there is now a refresh button in the status bar located in the footer of Feather. Network/Balance/Halo Prime changes will need to be manually refreshed. Account export now includes account name, previous account exports are still compatible Added block explorer to popup Popup now changes dapp links based on  network type (mainnet, testnet) Block number removed from Feather tab to improve performance and reduce the number of requests being made by the extension.   Extension v1.2.1: Improved UI to confirm whitelistable actions. The "Add to Whitelist" button is now on the initial dialog and no longer requires navigating to a new "step".
  Extension v1.2.1: Fixed an issue where users were experiencing an auto-logout earlier than expected. This has been resolved. Moving/Clicking the mouse in the feather tab/sending transactions will refresh this timer.
Next week, we are also releasing an updated version of the featherlite client to bring it up to parity with the extension. To see more details on our current and past releases, visit our user forums.   New Business We’ve received tons of great feedback and new contacts from the cryptocurrency and blockchain events Halo Platform has attended recently. We’ve had meetings daily with crypto entrepreneurs with projects that need network hosting and coins that they want to get listed on our exchange. Everyone has been excited to hear about the speed and strength of the Halo Platform network, which we provide transaction fee free. It’s a natural progression for partners to go from hosting their projects on our blockchain to a listing on our lightning-quick DEX. We’ve also got a whole new social media campaign that we’re set to launch in the New Year, so we’re excited about the growing buzz surrounding Halo Platform’s online presence. Help us spread the word by following us on social media and sharing our posts.   If you haven’t already, come follow us on social media: Twitter Medium Facebook Youtube Instagram Reddit Discord Telegram Did you know? There are detailed instructions and walkthroughs of the Halo Platform on our wiki. Let us know if there is something you’d like to see there, and we will gladly add it!      

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Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter December 14, 2018

Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter December 14, 2018   News @ Block & Chain
  Blockfight Update Morken is a larger-than-life former gangster serving his penance in the blockfight world. He’s one of our toughest fighters and, in spite of his elevated pedigree, is an extremely effective killing machine.
  Did you know? Players can choose from a wide variety of dice styles. Find your lucky dice and stick to them or change them up for variety!   Choose your lucky dice!
  Draggin’ Dragons Update With Speed Racing almost finished, the team has been focusing on building game logic and assets for Battle Races. Dragon Breeding is a major feature in Draggin’ Dragons, but we knew from the start we wanted players to have the ability to play with their newborn dragons. Thus, Battle Races were conceived (pun intended)! In Battle Races, you can take the dragons you have bred and race them against other players’ dragons. Unlike Speed Races, these dragons play dirty. Not only are opponent dragons bent on confounding your dragon in the race, the tracks themselves are chock full of obstacles that will slow down your dragon down. Thankfully, you can train your dragons and imbue them with skills to defend against these obstacles and even against other dragons’ attacks. Below is an example of a Battle Track, with some of the obstacles your dragon will encounter during the race. Don’t let the pretty flowers fool you. This track is dangerous!
  HALO Coin vs “Soft Currency” We’ve had a number of questions recently around the two types of currencies offered in each of our games and we want to clarify what these are, how they work and why we are offering more than Halo alone. Bar none, the best proven model for attracting players and payers to games is the free-to-play or “freemium” model of monetization. Now, “free-to-play” is a bit of misnomer because free play will allow players access to some of each game’s features, but not all of them. Let’s take Draggin’ Dragons as an example. Players can wager on races for soft currency and they can win soft currency, but that currency has no value outside the game. It’s a means of sampling the game mechanic before investing hard currency (Halo) in a race. Once the breeding feature is introduced, players can use soft currency to buy common dragons, but the more rare dragons can only be purchased with Halo. And in our auction house, players will only be able to buy and sell their dragons with Halo. So, while Dragon Coins, the soft currency for Draggin’ Dragons, allows players to get into the game and play the basics, advanced features require Halo. This significantly widens the player funnel because, let’s face it, who wants to pay for something before they’ve had a chance to try it out. For us, it’s also a way for non-cryptocurrency users to get onto our platform and, once in, we can show them how easy it is to set up a wallet and get their hands on Halo. Soft currency can be acquired for free from in-game loot drops, daily “drips” and other methods. If players don’t feel like they have enough soft currency, they can purchase it with a credit card or even Halo if they wish. But unlike Halo, soft currency has no value outside the game. Halo, on the other hand, is used as a game currency across all titles on our platform, now and forever. It has value outside the game and can be moved in and out of the games or the platform, just like any other cryptocurrency. And once we complete our multi-currency wallet, we are set up to accept non-Halo currencies as well. This model provides players with a variety of methods to play our games and it opens the non-crypto user funnel wide. It is one of our primary strategies for player growth across our platform.   Business Development Update My name is Matt Dowd and my job is Business Development for the Halo Platform and Block and Chain Games. I have had the pleasure of recently attending three of the bigger conferences in the blockchain space (TokenFest, World CryptoCon, and Blockchain Expo) and it is clear that the industry has definitely taken notice and more importantly, a focused aim at the well over 2.5 BILLION active gamers worldwide. Present at every blockchain/cryptocurrency event attended are multiple examples of how the technology is getting used to further the gaming industry. We have been able to make great contacts (and have since been furthering the relationship with the B&C Game platform) with projects producing fun and inviting games that range from fantasy card games to exotic car collecting and racing…all built on the blockchain. When the strengths of our platform were explained, people were quick to exchange business cards and ask for meetings. I am not able to mention all the relationships by name yet, but will be making regular announcements as formal agreements are solidified.
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Special Report Highlights Benefits of Blockchain Tech in Gaming

Special Report Highlights Benefits of Blockchain Tech in Gaming   Blockchain technology is revolutionizing the gaming industry by changing the way the industry runs. Block and Chain Game Studios is passionate about this, and we’re not alone. Others like us, including Singapore-based company Huobi, have been focused on transforming the traditional gaming industry to one that utilizes blockchain tech. And while both Block and Chain Game Studios and Huobi offer gaming products and services that are based on blockchain, they’re also committed to increasing knowledge and use of this incredible technology. In fact, Huobi Research recently wrote a special report detailing the problems with the current gaming industry’s structure and how blockchain technology will revolutionize it.   The Current Problems with the Gaming Industry The Huobi Special Report on blockchain technology discusses the current weakness of the gaming industry before digging into how to solve them. One of the problems the report notes is centralization of the gaming industry. To decentralization advocates, the issues caused by central control in gaming markets should come as no surprise. According to the Huobi Special Report, centralization has created divisions within the industry by stressing developers to produce games that will bring players back. Central authority also prevents players from having the ability to own their in-game assets or negotiate in any way. With blockchain technology these problems can be resolved and possibly lead to the mass adoption of the technology inside and outside of the gaming industry. As Huobi founder and CEO Leon Li Lin stated that “we firmly believe in a decentralized future and the main goal of the Huobi Chain project is to transform a centralized corporation to a decentralized one that’s run by the community.” This is the exact type of thing Block and Chain Game Studios is looking forward to as well.   Improving Games with Blockchain Tech Incorporating blockchain technology into video games will bring a better experience to the gamer, and enterprising game developers are always finding new ways that blockchain can make a positive impact. One benefit of blockchain is that the player’s assets are recorded, stored and managed on a decentralized blockchain network, making the in-game assets more valuable to the players. But Huobi’s interest in blockchain technology has shown just how much the utilization of the technology has spread. The more companies are finding ways to improve the gaming industry, the closer blockchain technology becomes to entering the mainstream. The gaming industry currently has more than 2.3 billion active gamers worldwide and is the gaming market is predicted to reach $137.9 billion in the next year. Most active gamers are millennials who have grown up with technology and most experts believe that they will be more accepting of blockchain integration. Over time, utilization of this technology will transform how games are played. Players will have true ownership of their assets, interactions between virtual worlds will be streamlined, and in-game economies will be more functional than ever the economy within the game. Every day is just another step towards mass adoption of the technology not only with in the gaming industry but also with industries across the economy. Block and Chain Game Studios is right at the cutting edge of the blockchain tech evolution, and we’re glad to see other game makers across the industry also looking to achieve the widespread integration of blockchain technology.
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Self-Regulation in Cryptocurrency Markets – RegTech or Red Herring?

Self-Regulation in Cryptocurrency Markets – RegTech or Red Herring? By: Samantha Joule Fow   Over the past few years, cryptocurrency market stakeholders have largely agreed regarding the need for increased oversight and self-regulation within the virtual currency industry. And while public officials are still scratching their heads, the cryptocurrency and blockchain tech industry is starting to act. This year, we’ve seen the development of self-regulatory organizations within the virtual currency industry. And, while it may not have law enforcement authority, a self-regulated organization not only regulates itself, but also holds some regulatory influence over the larger industry. As Brian Quintenz, Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Trading Futures, explained: “an independent and empowered SRO-like entity could have a meaningful impact on the integrity and credibility of this young marketplace.”   Virtual Commodity Association Forms to Self-Regulate Virtual Currency Markets The Virtual Commodity Association (VCA), conceptualized in part by the Winklevoss twins, is an industry sponsored self-regulatory organization for the domestic virtual currency industry. As Cameron Winklevoss explained, the VCA was conceptualized to “foster financial sound, responsible, and innovative virtual commodity markets through a system of industry standards, sound practices, and oversight that promotes price discovery, efficiency, and transparency.” The VCA is comprised of a number of Executives, including an Executive Director, and an independent Board of Directors, all of whom were supposed to be named by the members at the VCA’s inaugural meeting in September of 2018. During the inaugural meeting, the initial members were tasked with discussing and developing guidelines for membership in the VCA, guidelines for best practices and rules-based marketplaces that would promote fair practices, guidelines for best practices concerning member conflicts of interest, and VCA staffing.   Crypto Industry Group Wields Influence – Or Does it? The Virtual Commodity Association is staffed by people and groups that the digital currency market takes seriously. The initial members of the VCA include, Bitstamp, Inc., bitFlyer USA, Inc., Bittrex, Inc., and Gemini Trust Company, LLC., the latter of which Cameron Winklevoss serves as the co-founder and President. The interim Executive Director of the VCA is Maria Filipakis, who formerly served as the Executive Deputy Superintendent at the New York Department of Financial Services. Notably, she was integral in the drafting and implementation of New York’s regulations pertaining to virtual currency. With such an impressive lineup of supporters, there’s no doubt that the VCA could really throw its weight around today’s cryptocurrency marketplace. However, despite initially promising prospects, little has come of the VCA’s initiatives. In August of 2018, it appeared that the VCA was making leaps and bounds towards the self regulation of the virtual currency marketplace. However, little has been heard from the VCA since August 20th, 2018 when Bitstamp, Inc., bitFlyer USA, Inc., Bittrex, Inc., and Gemini Trust Company, LLC., formerly announced their participation as initial members. The VCA’s official website, virtualcommodities.org, contains little information and the VCA’s twitter account, @VCAdotorg, last issued a tweet on August 20th, 2018. Moreover, it is unclear as to whether the VCA’s inaugural meeting in September 2018 took place as planned. Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency has given rise to the field of financial technology – “FinTech” – which led to the spinoff of an entire tech-driven industry focused on regulatory compliance and management technology. This “RegTech” holds promise of a more effective, self-regulating financial marketplace in the future, but for now it appears that early efforts aimed at boosting market function through private controls are flagging. This is leading many experts to the conclusion that self-regulation may not be the next wave in RegTech – rather, it may be just another red herring distracting regulators from imposing stricter market controls. Time will tell…
 

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Halo Platform Weekly Newsletter Week of: Dec. 2 – Dec 8, 2018

Halo Platform Weekly Newsletter Week of: Dec. 2 – Dec 8, 2018   Here are some of the new things going on at Halo Platform this week:   New Releases The Halo Platform Team is working hard to refine user experience. This week, we’ve been focusing fixing on a number of user issues people have reported to us. We want to ensure our user experience is top notch, so this is one of our primary focuses for this month. Here is a summary of what we released this week: Fixed a bug that prevented Halo from being withdrawn from DEX to personal wallet Fixed a bug that would cause orders created using the max button to fail Fixed issue that would cause Balances page to not show all supported tokens
  To see what we are currently working on at any time, take a look at our Status Board.   Marketing Update We have kicked off a marketing campaign this week designed to expand our community and promote our products and media content more broadly. Participants who promote our pages and follow us on blogs, social media and forums are entered into a draw. The promotion runs for 10 weeks. The first prize each week is HALO currency, with 2nd and 3rd place winners receiving Halo Platform hoodies and t-shirts. Visit our promotion page to learn more: http://bit.ly/2rlCz8B   New Business The Halo Platform business development team spent a great couple of days shaking hands and promoting all the fantastic work going on behind the scenes at the Halo Platform at this year’s Blockchain Expo-North America. The conference, which took place in Santa Clara on the 27th and 28th of November, was a wonderful opportunity to make connections and spread the word about Halo Platform. We’ve been reaching out to all of the great new contacts and investigating opportunities for both hosting projects on our blockchain and listing new coins on HaloDEX. We have a number of projects in the works for the Halo Platform blockchain network and Block and Chain Game Studios, so look out for new announcements in the near future.   Halo Platform & Exchange We will be adding the Horizon State (HST) token to HaloDEX next week and continuing to work on BTC integration. Integrating BTC is complex and will take more time to finish, so thanks so much for your patience as we work it out. We also added a few enhancements to HaloDEX, including informative pricing data and USD equivalent. Check out the new look:  
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Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter December 6, 2018

Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter December 6, 2018   News @ Block & Chain
  Blockfight Update This week’s Blockfight contender is RyShoal and he is one nasty beast:
Did you know? Each time you beat a creature, they appear in your Hall of Victory. Collect them all for the ultimate achievement! More fighters will be added regularly for you to conquer.   Can you beat them all?
  Draggin’ Dragons Update   Our Speed Racing mode is nearly complete with the team focusing on testing and bug fixing as we approach soft launch. This week, we added the Race Hash and Block Number to demonstrate provable fairness. Players will be able to view block hash details on the Halo Platform block explorer.
  Block information can be copied with a single click   We are building mini tutorials into each part of our game. New players will be able to jump right in and play with a minimal learning curve. Tutorials are triggered as players explore each part of the game
  Decimated Update   The team at Fracture Labs has been working hard building immersive environments in the Decimated world. Visceral, realistic art is a hallmark of their game and they are leveraging the Unreal engine to make it happen. Check out their recent video showcasing realtime level design: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmzoVueF96E  

  In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out!   https://dapplife.com/could-gaming-be-blockchain-first-killer-dapp/ - There are many projects working toward creating the first “killer DApp” that could spark adoption. And one of the most promising spaces is gaming.
  B&C: While we’re not huge fans of overused tropes such as “killer app”, we really do believe blockchain games are an ideal gateway to bring the masses to blockchain technologies and cryptocurrency. The value of virtual goods may be arguable, but the value of enjoyable gameplay and social experiences cannot be denied. eSports, as noted in the article, is a perfect example of where smart contracts and the blockchain can add value. In our experience, players often worry about the fairness of games and the reliability purchase transactions. Blockchain can make this happen without any shadow of doubt. And as easy-to-use applications like the Halo Platform emerge, the masses will be less skittish about giving blockchain games a try.   https://cointelegraph.com/news/first-collectible-on-two-blockchains-the-cutest-crypto-game-now-available-on-eos - Blockchain Cuties, a decentralized crypto collectible game operating on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain, has announced that it is now available on EOS. The developer company says the new step makes Blockchain Cuties “the first game which officially supports two blockchains simultaneously.”   B&C: Now here’s something we would never see in traditional gaming: sharing technology and cooperation across disparate companies. This is the equivalent of a game like Call of Duty being playable on both the Frostbite Engine and the Unreal Engine, it just wouldn’t happen. Traditional game companies simply do not collaborate at this level, but the decentralized nature of blockchain technology makes this a reality. We hope to see many more such partnerships in the coming days.   Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn  

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Innovation in Blockchain Gaming Foreshadows the Expansion of Tokenized Assets

Innovation in Blockchain Gaming Foreshadows the Expansion of Tokenized Assets By: Samantha Joule Fow   The mainstream adoption of blockchain technology is being facilitated by technological innovation within the gaming industry. Block and Chain Game Studios is pushing innovation in the blockchain gaming space, but it’s not alone in its quest to see greater user of cryptocurrency and blockchain tech. New gamemakers are popping up all over the place, and they’re generating real excitement in the cryptocurrency and gaming communities alike. This is leading to the innovation of new blockchain gaming experiences while increasing the products and services available in the cryptocurrency and blockchain markets.   Game Developers Look to Blockchain Innovations Game industry veterans are flocking from big companies like Zynga, Ubisoft, Sony, and Microsoft to start-ups in the blockchain gaming space. That’s because there are tons of new and exciting opportunities to be had at the cutting edge of gaming technology, and new innovations in blockchain tech are leading directly into new innovations in blockchain gaming. For example, one up-and-coming indie blockchain gaming developer is working on PC, mobile, and console games that will run on the EOS blockchain, which is giving the Ethereum network some much-needed competition. Blockchain gaming technologies are enabling developers to create games that will feature player owned economies. This means that players will control their own economy through the sales of blockchain-based items, assets, and content created by the players themselves. Using the blockchain to build a democratic in-game economy is just one development made possible through the use of blockchain technology to tokenize game objects. With more and more innovations introduced each day, blockchain technology and tokenized assets are quickly becoming well known among gamers and gaming companies. This is just another step towards the mainstreaming of blockchain technology and the tokenization phenomenon that has followed, which is revolutionizing markets across the world economy.   The Tokenization Phenomenon FinTech is revolutionizing financial markets, and the ongoing wave of digitization in financial products and services completely changing the way people are using, borrowing, and investing money. Tokenization – the widespread digitization of physical or intellectual assets that allows for trading online – has created an entirely new investment vehicle for investors on the cutting-edge of the movement. But of course, this is old news to the gaming community, which has been relying on tokenized assets to power in-game economies for years. Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (“MMORPGs”) were one of the most influential gaming innovations of the early twenty-first century, and these complex and immersive in-game worlds nearly always involve economic activities powered by some digital token. These realistic trading platforms in top MMORPGs have earned franchises like World of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic millions of subscribers and billions in revenues. Now, the tokenization phenomenon that the gaming industry already knows and loves is moving into real-world financial markets. And with the security and immutability of increasingly-sophisticated blockchain technology, digital assets are only set to become more advanced across both in-game and real-world economies.   Billions of Gamers Can’t be Wrong The gaming industry is thriving worldwide. There are about 2.3 billion active gamers globally, and this figure continues to expand. The global gaming market is estimated to be valued at $137.9 billion by the end of the year, and the widespread deployment of blockchain technology across this large sector of the worldwide entertainment market is only foreshadowing larger mainstream application of cryptocurrency and similar blockchain-based financial technologies. The expansion of blockchain tech in the gaming industry will allow for this crucial new technology to branch out to a variety of industries. Healthcare, banking, insurance, and professional services industries are all working on figuring out ways to move their services to the blockchain. As a result, gaming absolutely has the potential to be catalyst in the larger adoption of fintech worldwide.   Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn

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Cryptocurrency’s Growing Role in Modern Global Currency Markets

Cryptocurrency’s Growing Role in Modern Global Currency Markets By: Samantha Joule Fow   The annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund (“IMF”) and World Bank was held this year took place in Bali Nusa Dua, Indonesia. The event brought together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, and many other professionals in the world of finance and business to discuss and build policy on matters of global concern. However, this year’s meeting was eclipsed by a recent wave of financial market upheaval, and the growing threat it’s mounting against global economic growth. From the trade conflict between the U.S. and China to the near complete collapse of the in the formerly-luxe Venezuelan economy, things aren’t looking too great for global currency markets at the moment. There’s no telling what the ongoing political and economic chaos will bring, and by no means have the cryptocurrency markets themselves been immune. However, financial experts at the recent IMF meeting are murmuring about possible unforeseen impacts – both positive and negative – that cryptocurrency may have on today’s global currency markets.
  Non-Fiat Currency Hedges Against Fluctuations in World Currency Values The International Monetary Fund released a statement during the annual meeting directed at national leaders, urging countries to try and keep their debt under control. The IMF encouraged the implementation of policies that ensure borrowing is performed with due consideration of inflation and sustained economic growth. However, even with worldwide over-borrowing and the ongoing chaos in world trade, the IMF still predicts that economic growth with continue to flourish. And as usual, innovation will be key to driving growth across the world economy even within the cumbersome global currency markets. With international disagreements threatening the financial market, it may be time to look at a global currency standard that is less impacted from the unwise decisions of national political leaders and less likely to be affected in times of market turmoil. In this regard, stable cryptocurrencies can offer a valuable non-fiat global standard for currencies in global trade.
  Finding Stability in Digital Coin Markets To understand the value of cryptocurrency in times of market downturn, it is important to revisit what attracted the world to the notion of a decentralized digital currency in the first place. Cryptocurrency has the potential to be a stable form of a global currency unregulated by the constraints of political decisions. This affords people around the world easy access to the financial services they need, requiring nothing more than access to internet. And while the developing cryptocurrency market is still getting its legs beneath it, digital coins offer enough of a value to survive market dips and turns fueled by speculation and risk. Several policymakers scoff at the idea of cryptocurrency markets stabilizing to the point where they can become a major part of the world trade economy. They argue that it’s impossible for digital coin markets to find stability without external controls. However, others are encouraged by the cryptocoin market’s growing ability to self-regulate.
  Autonomous Currencies Offer Inherent Value The global recession of 2008 taught us all exactly what sort of damage can be done when financial markets fail to serve the purposes for which they were intended. Just as the last decade was marked by a worldwide economic pullback triggered by inappropriate behavior in financial services markets, the next may very well see a similar response to irresponsible trade policies being enacted by today’s world leaders. Improper trade policy decisions don’t just impact currency values and inflation rates, they hurt domestic jobs and businesses. Until we are better able to trust world leaders, cryptocurrency’s inherent autonomy may be its biggest strength rather than its most often-cited weakness.
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