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Halo Platform Weekly Newsletter: November 16, 2018

Beginning this week, we will be sending out newsletters every Friday. There is so much going on that we feel it makes more sense to publish shorter newsletters more frequently.
Here are some of the new things going on at Halo Platform:
  New Releases Last night, we released version 3.0.0 of the HaloDEX, which includes a handful of improvements, including: Updates to match new wrapper system Adds background coloring to Market Orders (trade history) and removes the pricing color highlight Added a header to Open Orders Order fields will no longer correct what you are typing if you go over your balance Market Orders (trade history) can now be toggled to just show your previous trade history for that market UI now fully responds to a user being signed out of extension or account being locked in feather client Wrapper deposits are no longer shown on Balances page, but instead a button is shown to open a dialog to copy your deposit address (helps users with smaller screens/resolutions) Rounding errors should all be fixed This release also includes support for VET. VeChain’s currency. Additional coin wrappers are in development and will be available on the DEX in the coming days. No new extension or client download is required with this release. Simply refresh and Featherlite will pick up the changes. To see what we are currently working on at any time, take a look at our Status Board.
  Marketing Update On Wednesday, our CEO Scott Morrison participated in a livestream with Todd Blackburn of Crypto Coin Trader. During the interview, Scott answered a host of questions about the Halo Platform and provided an update on our various initiatives. We’re working with CCT to make the recorded interview available publicly on their YouTub channel. Look for an update next week.
  New Business Halo Platform shined at the World Crypto Con (“WCC”) held in Las Vegas at the end of October. Our leadership team connected with several prospective partners and wowed some of the biggest influencers in the cryptocurrency industry. There’s no replacement for hard work, and business development efforts like this have already paid off for Halo Platform. We’ve already solidified a partnership with Horizon State, a token-based blockchain voting and decision-making platform. Horizon State, a ground breaking token-based blockchain voting and decision-making platform has chosen to host their project on the lightning fast, super secure Halo Platform blockchain network. The Horizon State platform delivers unprecedented trust through the integrity and post-unforgeable attributes of the distributed ledger technology offered on the Halo Platform blockchain. Their voting system has already been chosen as the exclusive voting solution to be used by The Democratic Party of India and just this week it was announced that they will be used by New Zealand’s Opportunity Party, to conduct their leadership election next month.
  Halo Currency Listing LATOKEN, a rapidly growing crypto exchange focusing on liquidity for new tokens, will soon be listing Halo Currency. This represents a major step forward for both Halo Platform and its growing family of partners in the cryptocurrency world. That’s it for news for this week, but new projects are always underway at Halo Platform. Join us on social media for the latest on what’s happening at Halo Platform and across the cryptocurrency industry. 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.   Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github Scrypto  

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Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter November 16, 2018

Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter November 16, 2018
  News @ Block & Chain
  This week we began testing our games with Halo Currency. It was really cool to see the platform integrated within the games. One of us may or may not have accidentally dropped all their Halo on a single battle in Blockfight… We now have wallets integrated into our games and players with Halo wallets will be automatically signed in. No usernames, passwords, no fuss, no muss! Platform credentials are game credentials. Of course, players can also set up a traditional username and password if they wish. As we complete the Halo Platform wallet integration into our games, we have continued our marketing efforts in the run up to launch. We are continuing to release the fighter dossiers for blockfight and this week, we introduce the next one in the lineup. We give you Amorial... We also began introducing the Speed Racers to be featured in the upcoming Draggin’ Dragons beta release. Take a look at our first few racers:   We also featured a Developer’s Blog, where we describe the Dragon’s Concept and where the idea behind the game came from. We’re excited to launch these games and share the fun we’ve built with everybody!
  Game Maker’s Corner Mary Ngai: Artist I typically work on character design and art for our games. My usual job is to paint horrifying creatures, nefarious villains and heroic characters, but I have also been helping the Draggin’ Dragons team develop the User Interface (UI).

I’m a HUGE fan of games with a beautiful painted illustration styles like Blizzard’s Hearthstone, or Supergiant’s Bastion, and so I thought UI would be simple -- but boy was I wrong. Creating assets and handling files is a very technical process. Everything MUST be in the right position for each atlas using a specific setup. Knowing JSON makes it a lot easier, since that is how we handle file attributes. There is, of course, the creative aspects of designing the look of everything, but the bulk of my time is spent thinking about design.

Working with the UI team made me realize how well thought out UI is, yet it is one of the most underappreciated aspects of games. Think about that the next time you log into a game and perhaps take for granted the login flow, neat buttons and robust menus, and appreciate all the hardworking artists and programmers who worked on it!
  In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out!
  https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/11/prweb15901783.htm - Contentos, a decentralized global content ecosystem, announces a partnership with Yahoo! Taiwan to educate mainstream audiences about blockchain. B&C: We are big on gamifying knowledge and the idea of gamifying blockchain knowledge specifically is a fantastic way to educate novice users, curious to dip their toes into the blockchain world. There are many great ways to entice gamers to blockchain technologies. At B&C, our mandate is to make getting into our games as easy as possible. Thanks to the Halo Platform, we have some great tools to onboard new players, enable them to acquire Halo easily and place it in their wallet for gameplay. All our games will walk players through this process. We may even gamify masternodes at some point…
  https://www.gamespot.com/articles/all-the-2018-game-awards-nominees/1100-6463220/ - The nominees have been announced for 2018's The Game Awards. This year Sony Santa Monica's God of War and Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption 2 are the two front-runners, locked neck-and-neck at eight nominations each including Game of the Year. B&C: Once upon a time, I used to wait with baited breath to see who would be nominated for the annual game awards. Would a game I worked on be nominated? Would a brave new IP make the cut? Something cool, innovative, fun? Nowadays, console games have become much like the movie industry: focused on blockbuster hits from established franchises (Red Dead 2 arguably is the notable exception here). I mean, how many Gods of War, Grand Theft Autos, Assassins Creeds and Battlefields can there be? More often than not, I find myself digging around Steam or the Apple App Store for a fresh, new, game from an independent developer. There are a lot of good games out there without the massive marketing and cinematic budgets behind them. And yet, some of these are the best games I’ve ever played. I’m convinced the future of gaming lies in the hands of indie developers and the blockchain is the best platform for them to raise capital, develop and thrive!
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Halo Platform Builds Valuable Connections at World Crypto Con

Two weeks ago, we marked a big step forward in building awareness for blockchain and cryptocurrency technology around the world.  World Crypto Con (“WCC”) – a three-day international cryptocurrency conference that took place between October 31 and November 2 – attracted thousands of attendees to the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip. And while there were celebrity events such as WCC’s own Ultra VIP Party, featuring Grammy Award-winning rapper Lil Jon, most of the excitement at the conference was focused on the incredible potential of blockchain and cryptocurrency. There has been a flood of innovation and new enterprises geared toward building a new economy powered by cryptocurrency and blockchain tech. Halo Platform was right there in the midst of it all, eager to learn what the brightest minds in the crypto community have to offer and make valuable business connections for the platform.
  World Crypto Con Hosts Global Crypto Entrepreneurs World Crypto Con definitely lived up to its name, attracting an array of international entrepreneurs to the Aria Resort and Casino. Blockchain innovators rubbed elbows with investors and influencers looking to find out about the hottest new thing in the crypto space. According to Jonathan Keim, CryptoCurrencyWire Communications Director, “Everyone we talked to, from exhibitors to attendees, went home as huge fans of the World Crypto Con brand, and we are looking forward to seeing many of the same people and the friends they will inevitably be bringing at the next event.” Of course, the Halo Platform Team is right on the cutting-edge of blockchain tech, and they were pleased to attend this year’s World Crypto Con. Halo Platform CEO Scott Morrison and Business Development Manager Matthew Dowd participated in various globally-oriented events, made a variety of business connections, and took in the latest industry information from insiders on featured panels. And with 200,000 square feet of venue space featuring presentations, seminars, discussion panels, social events, and vendor exhibits all centered around the latest and greatest in the blockchain and cryptocurrency world.
  Cryptocurrency Grows In Popularity With Every Public Event Plenty of short-sighted individuals have dismissed cryptocurrency as a passing fad, but Halo Platform knows that blockchain tech is here to stay. It will almost certainly evolve over time, taking on new forms and offering new services, but cryptocurrency becomes more popular with each passing day. As more organizations hold events like last week’s World Crypto Con, we’ll be sure to see greater general adoption of cryptocurrency worldwide. Halo Platform is building a place where everyone in the cryptosphere can congregate, organize, strategize, and execute their cryptocurrency activity quickly and easily. It's built to make sure everyone can take advantage of all the great things cryptocurrency and blockchain tech have to offer, which will grow as these incredible technologies continue to gain footing in the mainstream. Join Halo Platform, and experience all of the incredible benefits of cryptocurrency and blockchain tech for yourself.
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Announcement: Halo Platform’s Digital Currency To Be Listed on LAToken

Halo Platform’s Digital Currency To Be Listed on LAToken November 9, 2018 – LATOKEN, a rapidly growing crypto exchange focusing on liquidity for new tokens, will soon be listing Halo Currency. This represents a major step forward for both Halo Platform and its growing family of partners in the cryptocurrency world. LATOKEN is a simple, fast, and secure exchange that allows users to trade crypto and tokenized assets. The rapidly growing cryptocurrency exchange broke into CoinMarketCap’s prestigious Top-50 list in July 2018, and LATOKEN has only continued to grow in popularity from there. Halo Platform is proud to be working with one of the cryptocurrency market’s most popular exchanges, and crypto traders everywhere will soon have access to Halo Currency on the LATOKEN exchange. LATOKEN currently hosts more than $35 million in daily turnover on its crypto exchange. LATOKEN offers more than 250 crypto pairs for trading, but this isn’t all the exchange has to offer. In addition to crypto trading, LATOKEN users can participate in selected Token Sales at the pre-sale and crowdsale stages. The suite of features available on LATOKEN has attracted more than 85,000 registered users to the exchange. Over the next several weeks, LATOKEN will begin accepting deposits on their platform. Trading for HALO will begin shortly thereafter. Keep an eye on our community and social media channels for these announcements. The listing of Halo Currency on the LATOKEN exchange represents a major step forward in the large-scale adoption of Halo Platform’s suite of cryptocurrency-related tools and services.
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Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter November 9, 2018

Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter November 9, 2018
  News @ Block & Chain
  Marketing for Blockfight and Draggin’ Dragons continued in high gear, with several features on our social media and partner platforms. This week, we also completed a low-friction onboarding flow for our games, which allows Halo Platform wallet holders to go straight into our games and use their Featherlite wallets to play. No more usernames and passwords to remember! Last week, we introduced the backstory for Blockfight and explained how all of the grotesque beings came to inhabit this planet and became the puppets of their overlords. This week we started to introduce the monsters on our forum and social media, starting with the dastardly Prince Panilio:   In Draggin’ Dragons, we’ve built immersive, interactive environments. Watch dragons zoom over and under environment objects in their race to victory. Lootlift Lane, a track inside of a long lost Egyptian pyramid, is a great example of one such track.   We also completed the Player Profile and Owner’s Paddock, where you can see all of the dragons you’ve ever owned and bask in your many victories!   Look for Blockfight and Draggin’ Dragons open Beta to launch later in November!   Decimated News
Our friends at Fracture Labs have been very busy building their amazing post apocalyptic MMO. So much so that we are going to feature their major updates in our newsletters going forward. In fact, we’re publishing this week’s newsletter early to let everyone know that the Fracture Labs team are doing an interview in AltspaceVR this Friday at 8pm Central European Time (11:00 am to 12:00 PM PST). Click here to learn more: https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=567120730413441&id=457143298077852 If you don’t have time to watch the VR presentation and just want to see what’s new with Decimated, you can see the latest news along with their latest game trailer here: https://medium.com/@fracturelabs/a-multiplayer-online-survival-game-powered-by-blockchain-interview-with-stephen-arnold-the-ceo-f05950eabfb5
  Game Maker’s Corner Devin Seto: Head of Games While working at Electronic Arts, I had the opportunity to teach part-time at the Vancouver Film School. The head of the Game Design program was an EA Alum (former Development Director for the NHL Hockey Franchise) and he liked to bring teachers in who worked in the industry so students could understand what game making was really like. Many people in my class (and since) have asked the question: How do I get into the games industry? Well, you can spend $50K+ plus in a game design program like that one and it might help. I would say roughly 10% of my students ended up in the industry long-term. And some companies still provide the “QA Opportunity”, where you can be hired as a contract Tester and after many long shifts and cutthroat competition, someone may notice you and maybe they’ll give you an opportunity. But let’s face it, getting into game development is hard. It’s a smaller world than you may think and people tend to hire game makers they’ve worked with before (myself included with the likes of Harold, Michelle, Ali, and Todd). Combine that with the smaller teams needed to build today’s mobile and casual games and the opportunities are fewer and farther between. Thankfully, the same tools and tech that allow for easier game development are available to anybody and free tutorials are all over the web. I often say to people “you and I could go into my basement this afternoon and start making a game”, then we can publish it on the app store and market it on social media and it just might be a hit! And thanks to the many review sites and platform rating systems out there, we can easily see how well a game is received. Nowadays, when I want to find a talented game maker, and my personal network isn’t yielding the desired results, I look for freelance game makers. I play their games and look at their ratings. I am rarely disappointed with what I encounter, as our two very talented game makers Adam and Anh will demonstrate.
  In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://bitcoinexchangeguide.com/ethereum-blockchain-game-developer-reveals-the-thrills-of-creating-his-first-dapp/ - Building a DApp on Ethereum is a challenge that many developers have not faced before. One such developer is Michael J. Cohen, who is a front-end developer in NYC. He spent the summer creating a Dapp. The Dapp was a fantasy football game known as Blockgame. He has now decided to share his journey with the world. B&C: Thanks to open sourced blockchains like Ethereum’s and well, ours, independent game makers can dive in and build really good games on the blockchain. It’s projects like this one B&C likes to work with because indie game makers seldom think of things like community management, product support, low friction economies and viral marketing when building their games. As we mentioned when we published our whitepaper, we seek to find passionate, talented indie game makers and provide a platform for them to showcase their craft and launch the games of their dreams.
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Horizon State Chooses the Halo Platform Blockchain Network

Horizon State Chooses the Halo Platform Blockchain Network
  The leadership and development teams at the Halo Platform are happy to announce our recent blockchain hosting partnership with the exciting project, Horizon State
  As they explain in their whitepaper, “Horizon State has built a token-based blockchain voting and decision-making platform that delivers unprecedented trust through the integrity and post-unforgeable attributes of DLT.  Horizon State delivers a secure digital ballot box, wherein results are immutable and voter identities are protected. Votes cast can be counted transparently, in real time, by anyone in the world. These counts can happen in perpetuity, as results are permanently retained on the blockchain and are immutable. More than that - Horizon State allows voters to verify that their own vote is accounted for, while maintaining their anonymity”    
(https://horizonstate.com/Horizon-State-Whitepaper.pdf)
  Their voting system has already been chosen as the exclusive voting solution to be used by The Democratic Party of India and just this week it was announced that they will be used by New Zealand’s Opportunity Party, to conduct their leadership election next month. The Halo Platform blockchain will handle tens of thousands of transactions during each vote.
(https://micky.com.au/blockchain-voting-to-be-used-in-new-zealand-politics/)
  Horizon State uses blockchain technology and their advanced architecture to deliver on three core needs present in the voting/election space… “considered deliberation of decisions, effective mobilization of communities, and facilitation of secure voting.”  When these powerful tools are offered to the public at large, it is possible to make “every voice count on a global scale.”  The team behind Horizon State studied the strengths and weaknesses of the various blockchain networks available today and decided that the Halo Platform Blockchain was clearly the best choice of network provider.   As their platform use grows, it is possible (and very likely) that the Horizon State system will be handling voting sessions with millions of transactions over a short period of time.  The Halo Platform not only offers a lightning-fast network with zero gas fees (zero transaction cost), but is also secured at an enterprise level that could rival the security of many banks. Obviously, to ensure the trust and reliability of engagements ranging from shareholder voting to official government elections, network security was a major factor in the decision made by Horizon State.   The Horizon State platform stresses the importance of increased engagement and is working hard to “empower communities with decision making tools that inspire trust” fueled by the use of their Decision Tokens (HST).  The HST token will soon be listed for trade on HaloDEX , the Halo Platform’s advanced decentralized exchange, backed by one of the fastest and most secure blockchain networks available today.
  For more information regarding the Horizon State platform: inbox@horizonstate.com.

For information regarding exchange listing and blockchain hosting opportunities please contact the Halo Platform’s Business Development Manager: Matthew@haloplatform.tech.

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Blockchain and Cryptocurrency – Back to the Basics

With so many new users joining the cryptosphere, we wish to provide a refresher on the basics of cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies. Blockchain technology is said to be more of a game-changer than even artificial intelligence, and it is predicted to transform the global economy in relatively short order. Within the next decade, blockchain and cryptocurrency will become a common part of our financial and technological infrastructure. That means just about everyone – from the most analog-happy traditionalists to tech-savvy revolutionaries – will be using cryptocurrency in just a matter of years. Halo Platform is building a place where anyone can become familiar with how cryptocurrency works and why it’s beneficial for just about everyone. To help achieve this mission, we provide an array of educational content aimed at helping people get to know how the exciting new technology behind digital coins actually works. This includes helpful video tutorials, an informative wiki, topical blog posts and other content aimed at making sure everyone understands what’s going on in the cryptocurrency world.
Blockchain Tech 101 Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology have been around long enough now for the general public to have a basic grasp on how they work. The mechanisms of blockchain technology are a series of successive blocks. These blocks are cryptographically linked together through a verification process run by a decentralized network of users. Each individual block is made up of a few components, but for the most part it’s an unchangeable and permanent recording of a transaction that occurred on the blockchain. Each block is added to the chain according to a complex computer algorithm that creates something called a hash. The hash acts as a digital fingerprint, and every block of transactions needs an eligible hash to be verified and added to the blockchain. Because this is such an important part of how blockchains work, most blockchains are programmed to reward users who run the hashing algorithms. This reward-based verification system is typically done through mining.
Cryptocurrency Mining and the Next-Generation In general terms, mining is about calculating the hash value for the newest block being added to the chain. Mining is generally done using a Proof-of-Work (“PoW”) system, which in most cases relies on massive centralized computing power. Using their powerful computers to run hashing algorithms, miners transform outstanding transactions into blocks and add them to the blockchain Mining may have been among the first ways to power a cryptocurrency blockchain, but innovative entrepreneurs are developing faster, more efficient technology. They’re using this technology – such as Halo Platform’s lightning-fast masternodes – to power blockchain transactions at never-before-seen speeds.   Masternode Technology Masternodes are a much faster next-generation technology being used more frequently among the top blockchain tech companies. This may be a direct result of increasing mining difficulty, which is a product of total hashing power. This is what determines how hard it is for miners, in terms of time and power, to find eligible hash for their block and thus reap the rewards. As a result of increasing mining difficulty across cryptocurrency markets, cryptocurrency mining profits are down for 2018. Using consensus-driven masternodes rather than traditional mining speeds up the block production rate. That’s because masternodes facilitate faster transactions and thus can offer a relatively higher rate of return than hardware mining. Top blockchain networks like Halo Platform are taking advantage of this technology by building masternode systems into their blockchain-powered operations. Halo Platform supports the cryptocurrency community with regular educational content. To learn more about this exciting new technology, join our community!   Join Us Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github Scrypto    

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Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter November 2, 2018

Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter November 2, 2018
  News @ Block & Chain This week, we kicked our road-to-launch marketing efforts into top gear for Blockfight and Draggin’ Dragons. We invite everyone to follow our forums and social media channels for these gems! Fiction plays an important role in any game, no matter how simple. Blockfight, while it is a mechanically straightforward game also has a rich backstory. Today, we want to share that story with you. Don’t feel sorry for any of these denizens as you battle them to the death! Blockfight is our launch title and it will be ready to play later this month!
We also announced the launch of Draggin’ Dragons with a killer “movie poster”. The Draggin’ Dragons fully playable open beta launches later this month! We will share more details on the beta features and instructions to play in the coming weeks. will Spread the word!

  Game Maker’s Corner Todd Gillissie: Principal Game Developer I often get asked by friends if I would be willing to talk to their child who is interested in getting into gaming as a career. I love to encourage kids to create art, so I have no problem talking to those that are interested. I know, you may be thinking, "video games are art?", to which I say "absolutely!" Anything that starts as an idea and turns into a real piece of entertainment is art to me. However, just like in filmmaking, there are a lot of vocations required in order to create that single piece of final art. It starts with an idea, which turns into a design. The initial design doesn't need to involve any visual art. I see a lot of confusion from people thinking that "designing" is the process of creating visual art. Visual art is a completely different skill of its own, and can even be broken down into various sub-skills: 3D modeler, concept illustrator, texture artist, animator, user interface designer, and more. The importance of music and sound are often overlooked until you realize how dull a game is without good audio. The programmers pull all of these elements together and make it interactive. Finally, play testers make sure everything works properly before the game is released. In addition to all of the technical and creative skills required, producers have to coordinate everyone and make sure everything is on schedule. For games that get regular updates, there are product managers that figure out how to keep the game engaging over time, and data analysts that figure out what players like and dislike. For large game studios, there are usually people that specialize in each of these skills, but in a small studio such as Block & Chain Games, we all wear multiple hats to serve these functions. Personally, I love working in a small studio because I enjoy working with many disciplines, and having a direct impact on the quality of the games we're working on.
  In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://sludgefeed.com/neo-exec-sees-gaming-as-lowest-hanging-fruit-for-crypto/ - “We believe that in the future digital assets will cover so many areas we can’t even imagine. But from today’s point of view, the lowest hanging fruit within the space are native digital assets, and games are already in a digital form on your laptop or your phone. These are areas that are quite easy for game developers and game players to adopt.” B&C: At B&C we understand and appreciate the value blockchain technologies bring to gaming. We love to see indie game developers realize their dreams (and not become beholden to venture capitalist) because of the crowdfunding abilities that blockchain enables and seek thes developers to join our platform. Also, blockchain game servers don’t run the risk of shutdowns by big corporations like “typical” games do. WoW will end one day. If it was on the blockchain, it might well live forever!
  https://blockonomi.com/gaming-blockchain-mainstream/ - Now that blockchain is creeping into other areas, people are wondering if it could be a tool for gamers to create new ways to play. So far blockchain game development has been limited, but that is changing. B&C: While “traditional” blockchain games like Crytokitties suffered from severe performance issues, they and the Ethereum network paved the way for games to come. The phenomena of these early games and the impact they had in the cryptosphere are undeniable. Today, we see more and more companies going after more traditional game mechanics, requiring much faster networks to be played in “realtime”. At B&C we are extremely lucky to have the Halo Platform blockchain at our disposable. We don’t have to work around any performance limitations and can build games with mass appeal that can bring millions of casual gamers to the blockchain!   Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn

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BLOCK & CHAIN GAME STUDIOS RELEASES WHITEPAPER

October 29, 2018 – Block and Chain Game Studios, an up-and-coming powerhouse in the blockchain gaming market, has released the first version of its Whitepaper, available here. The publication of the Whitepaper marks an important milestone for the company, which is committed to building a community around the integration of gaming and blockchain tech. Block and Chain Game Studios is building a blockchain gaming platform that creates value for both players and developers. Gamers are always looking for new titles, and developers need support to create the next big thing in mobile or PC gaming. Block and Chain is offering a solution for these needs by creating a space where gamers and content creators can come together. After all, Block and Chain Game Studios is staffed by a team of game industry veterans, and they’re using their skills and experience to build much more than just another gaming site. Block and Chain community members can expect a stream of exciting new original titles, starting with its own first release – Blockfight, an eye-popping creature vs. creature turn-based battle experience. But platform users can expect a lot more than just creative and immersive blockchain-gaming experiences built by the top-notch team. Using the same tools and systems built for their own games, the Block and Chain team provides a plug-and-play platform for game developers. To make sure that blockchain game creators have what they need to see their projects through to the end, Block and Chain is offering the technical assistance and market access that up-and-coming gaming companies badly need. This is because Block and Chain Game Studios is working to change the face of gaming as we know it, and this just isn’t possible without an engaged community of both gamers and game-makers. Block and Chain is a division of the Halo Platform committed to encouraging blockchain gaming and introducing the gaming community to the benefits of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. This means that gaming experiences on Block and Chain are not only provably fair and secure by nature of the platform’s integration of blockchain technology, they’re also high-resolution and low-latency. To learn more about Block and Chain Game Studios, or to view the whitepaper, go to the website: https://blockandchain.games/ 
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Halo Platform Bi-Weekly Newsletter: October 26th, 2018

Welcome to the Halo Platform Bi-Weekly newsletter! This is where we provide updates on recent developments and announcements for upcoming news, products, and events. Now that the decentralized exchange is live on Main Net, the team is working on hardening the current systems. We are also kicking up our marketing efforts, which include advertisements, interviews, live streams, and other content that we’re developing to help grow our community. In addition to this, Block and Chain Game Studios will be launching exciting new game titles in the near future. Some of the most recent content can be found below. Yesterday, there was an AMA with Halo Platform CEO Scott Morrison and Keith Wareing to bring everyone the latest news: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzlWJp_jTTU&feature=youtu.be We are also thrilled to share this HaloDEX and Masternode Walkthrough with Randy Hilarski. (Please note: With the latest HaloDEX release, the Wrapper sub-menu is removed and you can now manage your ETH from within the Balances screen) https://steemit.com/crypto/@hilarski/halodex-and-masternode-walkthrough The HaloDEX press release, went out to over 100 news outlets yesterday. http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/10/25/1627403/0/en/Halo-Platform-Launches-Decentralized-Exchange.html
HaloDEX Updates After the launch of HaloDEX, there were numerous fixes applied in quick succession. Below is a detailed log of recent patch notes.
  Dex Version 2.0.2 Change logs: Fixes some dark theme bugs Fixes typos in convert dialog Adds dynamic image on Help page based on theme Links on help page now open in new tab
  Dex Version 2.0.0 Change logs: Added the long-awaited dark theme The landing page has gotten a fresh look Updated to work correctly with new smart contract updates Orders section on the bottom of exchange now only shows open orders
  Dex Version 1.0.0 Change Log: Fixed TradingView bug that caused "Loading" to flash forever Removed a lot of TradingView console errors Fixed a case where changing token before an interval would break TradingView Fixed a bug that caused subscriptions to unsubscribe incorrectly Added live volumes to side nav bar Fixed trade history showing trades for all users and not just the Halo Prime Added a check to ensure current balances are the most recent balances in database Fixed some bugs in the withdraw from dex dialog Added batching when depositing smart contract tokens into dex Fixed a bug that caused order matching to fail on sell orders Fixed a bug that caused fees to be displayed incorrectly Added a Legal page and a footer to the bottom of the dex Fixed some display bugs on user transfer history Fixed bug that caused past trades view to show prices incorrectly on trades against buy orders Removed some features of TradingView we do not currently support Update user orders table to display more info Fixed a bug that could cause order matching to match incorrectly   New Dark Mode in HaloDEX   Featherlite  Browser Extension

Earlier this week, we released our browser extension version of Featherlite. Downloading and installing the extension is simple. Just go to the Chrome Web Store here and click “Add to Chrome": https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/halo-platform-browser-ext/oaebcmidkgapfllemhdeghglmokiakci

Featherlite will start in your browser as soon as it's installed. From there, you will be taken through the new user flow. We've implemented a recovery phrase and verification dialog to make sure you saved your phrase. Keep it secret, keep it safe! More detailed instructions can be found here: https://wiki.haloplatform.tech/HPBE

Please note, you need to import your wallet to the browser version of Featherlite. Simply export your account(s) out of the Featherlite client (remember your password) and import them with the extension.

This is a huge leap forward for the Halo Platform, and we couldn’t be more proud of what we’re now able to offer to our community of users. People can continue to expect great things as we continue to make the Halo Platform widely available.   Featherlite Browser Extension Block & Chain Game Studios updates This has been a big week for us and we are pleased to announce to our community (before everyone else), that we have published our whitepaper! The Block and Chain Game Studios whitepaper features information on the type of games we are making and, more importantly, the advantages of building games on our platform. Unlike the numerous blockchain games out there, the speed of the Halo Platform blockchain and the features of the platform itself offer advantages that our competitors simply cannot. The whitepaper will be a centerpiece of our business development efforts and will be a tool to grow our game ecosphere through vital development partnerships such as Decimated. The whitepaper has been published to our website and will be launched on partner sites and press releases next week. A couple of weeks ago, we announced our partnership with the Crypto Gamers Community. We are proud to be featured on their homepage this week. Their CEO is very excited about our upcoming game launches and has been showcasing the B&C game platform to blockchain game makers at conferences and other events. Sign up on our website to receive our weekly Block and Chain newsletter to learn more.   Business Development Updates There is less than a week until Halloween, and it’s scary how much great stuff is getting done at Halo Platform. Aside from the launch of our HaloDEX, we have been busy building relationships and fostering partnerships with various projects and exchanges in the cryptosphere. I know in the past I have teased about the projects and partnerships we have been in discussions with, so I am now happy to announce we will be working with FairAccess (www.fairaccess.io) as a blockchain network partner. This group has developed one of the fastest and fairest online queuing systems that can be used to get smarter access to things in high demand (ICO’s, sports tickets, concert ticket, etc). FairAccess sees the advantage of the Halo Platform and has started developing on our chain with plans to release a token on our network as well. Expect to read about new partnerships in each future newsletter. The team behind the Halo Platform will be proudly represented at the World Crypto Con (https://worldcryptocon.com/) in Las Vegas next week from 10/31 to 11/02. Our CEO Scott Morrison and Matt Dowd (that’s me… the business development guy) will be making the rounds and spreading the word about everything offered by the Halo Platform. We will be giving out Halo Platform t-shirts (the same ones that people were snatching up at TokenFest!), so be sure to look for us if you are lucky enough to attend this year’s World Crypto Con.
HaloX Updates This past sprint was focused on wallet node monitoring, API development, and a full test suite for our Matching engines. Once Integration Testing is completed, we will be able to quickly and easily test current and future builds for expected functionality and expose any vulnerabilities early on. The priority for next sprint is to hook up the front end and wallet architecture to the back end. Feedback and requests made to HaloDEX will be incorporated while development on HaloX continues.   Halo Platform Portfolio Updates

This sprint the team has been working on behind the scenes, backend performance updates and beginning development on our conversion API to get real-time pricing for coins in commonly preferred base currencies (e.g. prices in USD).   Resources Masternode Instructions Setting up and using a masternode is simple with the Halo Platform. Featherlite walks you through the necessary steps to acquire, deploy, join, watch, and collect awards from your masternode. For detailed instructions with images, go here: https://wiki.haloplatform.tech/Masternodes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7BNkGWqJ4o
Masternode Estimated Reward Payouts If you’re curious about masternode reward payouts, refer to the below spreadsheet. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ghIixsf4WSrd9RYEAEc3lzuB8pq9MX9mi27h39GJL-U/edit#gid=826076888   HaloDEX Instructions https://wiki.haloplatform.tech/HaloDex   Block Explorer Check out our searchable block explorer to take a close look at any block or transaction on the chain. In the coming days you’ll be able to see transactions for each wallet address on chain: https://explorer.haloplatform.tech/.
View our progress on our roadmap. https://www.haloplatform.tech/roadmap.html
Connect with us in social media: Official Forum - https://community.haloplatform.tech/ Twitter -  https://twitter.com/Halo_Platform Reddit -  https://www.reddit.com/r/HaloPlatform/ Discord -  http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ Telegram - https://t.me/haloplatform Google+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/108336112327687734137 Steemit -  https://steemit.com/@haloplatform Medium -  https://medium.com/@haloplatform Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/HaloPlatform.tech/ Youtube -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZqP3U9jFO0XTV6EYNt1dqg Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/halo_platform/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/haloplatform/ Github - https://github.com/haloplatform Block and Chain Game Studios - https://www.blockandchain.games/   Halo Platform/Block and Chain Game Studios international community: Available languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, and Russian. https://community.haloplatform.tech/forum/41-localized-forums/
Where to Get Help If you run into any issues with any of our products (and you’ve tried refreshing and full node and that doesn’t fix it), there are numerous ways to reach out to us: Email: support@haloplatform.tech Discord: http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ (our moderators and support are online almost 24 hours a day. Special thanks to Moggy, Abe, Jay B., Pesh, and SeriousBasil237). Website (we have a support platform built in): https://www.haloplatform.tech/ — ^Everyone @ Halo Platform
 

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Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter October 26, 2018

Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter October 26, 2018   With Halloween nearly upon us, we at Block and Chain studios want to wish our fans a ghoulish night. May all your cobweb wishes and coffin dreams come true! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_uRALZjyzk   News @ Block & Chain This has been a big week for us and we are pleased to announce to our community (before everyone else), that we have published our whitepaper! The Block and Chain Game Studios whitepaper features information about the games we are making and, more importantly, the advantages of building games on our platform. Unlike the numerous blockchain game platforms out there, the speed of the Halo Platform blockchain and the features of the platform itself offer advantages that our competitors simply cannot. The whitepaper will be a centerpiece of our business development efforts and will be a tool to grow our game ecosphere through vital development partnerships such as the one we have with Decimated. The whitepaper has been published to our website and will be launched on partner sites and press releases next week.
A couple of weeks ago, we announced our partnership with the Crypto Gamers Community. We are proud to be featured on their homepage this week. The CGC CEO is very excited about our upcoming game launches and has been showcasing the B&C game platform to indie blockchain game makers at conferences and other events.
Sign up on our website to receive our weekly Block and Chain newsletter to learn more.   Game Maker’s Corner Michelle Pope: Artist & UI Designer Hey all, my name is Michelle and I work mostly on UI/UX these days; having recently made the switch from illustration. Ever had a button that doesn't work? A weird menu system that causes anxiety and confusion? I've seen it, experienced it, and it's all I think about on a daily basis. If you've played the game Journey, you know what an absolutely beautiful, minimalistic UI looks and feels like (if you haven't played it I recommend it!). I love the game World of Warcraft and it’s my most favorite game (seriously my account time played is in years)! I've spent countless hours setting up my UI to fit my play style. The importance of good UI can be the difference between frustration and full immersion and I plan to deliver a great UI experience to the players of our games!
  In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/gaming/2018/10/26/red-dead-redemption-2-rockstar-games-western-classic/1650295002/ - Lovers of vastly explorable action video games won't need much persuading to saddle up for "Red Dead Redemption 2," the blockbuster game out Friday for Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One  B&C: Red Dead Redemption 2 captivated audiences the world over this week. Not everyone loves the unadulterated violence of Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar Games' popular open world title, where you can kill cops, steal cars and listen to heavy metal. However, it's hard not to love Red Dead Redemption. Yes, it's gritty and violent but in that old timey way that only a digital spaghetti western can supply. A good open world game provides not only immersion, but freedom of choice. No matter what kind of gamer you are, you can find something in here you'll enjoy. Thankfully, we're starting to see open world games come to the blockchain (I'm dropping a subtle hint here), so we can bear witness to the coming together of two great technologies. I'm a PC gamer so I have to wait a little longer for my copy of Red Dead 2, unfortunately...
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Educational Video Games - Teaching Tools That Are Starting to Catch On

Gaming has come a long way from the days of Mortal Kombat tournaments held in suburban basements. Now, online gaming is being used both nationally and internationally as an educational resource that truly makes learning fun. Gaming is increasingly used in classrooms, after-school programs, and even as a homeschool resource to help young people learn about academic topics while building confidence in using technology.
  Learning Through Gaming In recent years, gaming has evolved to become more than just an entertaining activity. Gaming has become a learning technology that has the potential to offer numerous educational benefits. In fact, incorporating video games into lesson plans has been shown to improve students’ motivation to learn. This, in turn, increases their willingness and ability to pay attention to their schoolwork, and it promotes heightened engagement and participation with the subject matter being taught. Further, educational gaming can reduce classroom and learning-associated stress by helping children build socialization and comprehension skills in a fun and familiar format.  Instead of viewing learning as work, children come to associate learning and education with entertainment and socialization. This reduces anxiety and increases retention and overall academic performance. New York City’s Institute of Play is a prime example of the benefits of integrating gaming with education. The Institute opened in 2009, and its mission is to help educational facilities and teachers from public, private, and charter schools incorporate gaming into their curriculum. The Institute’s gaming/learning topics span across age groups, from younger children through high schoolers, and include topics as diverse as stranger safety, architecture, math, and ethics. Kids love this approach to education, and the Institute has now helped more than 15,000 teachers and 50 educational institutions, across 15 U.S states and 30 countries. Gaming is also becoming a popular learning tool among parents who believe in homeschool education.  Already a phenomenon among children, parents and home-learning organizations have created curricula that integrate popular sandbox game Minecraft into learning goals. Topics integrated into the Minecraft world include history, literature, reading, writing, math, science, and geography.
  Classroom Gaming Gets Pushback from Traditionalists Of course, the implementation of gaming as a learning tool has its critics. For starters, there are some who believe entertainment has no place in classrooms because it is a distraction, not a supplement, to traditional learning methods. Others fear that we don’t have enough information about the impacts of children’s prolonged use of technology, and adding gaming to education may have negative impacts of which we are net yet aware. As a result, many schools are hesitant to add gaming into their curricula. In fact, integrating gaming into classrooms is often prevented altogether by standardized requirements like the Common Core state standards. But of course, whenever public institutions put up barriers, enterprising entrepreneurs find a way around them. There are many indie gaming companies developing games that specifically address Common Core guidelines, and soon gaming may become a new standard in classrooms around the world.
  Gaming Builds Skills and Abilities Even outside the classroom, gaming promotes problem-solving and teaches strategizing and memorization in a fun and engaging way. Gaming also fosters creativity and content assimilation, and often inspires gamers to form communities around the characters, worlds, and experiences they have become passionate about. This can help gamers build personal abilities, self-esteem, and social skills in an environment where they feel comfortable just being themselves. Block & Chain Game Studios recognizes the power of gaming, and we’re dedicated to building online experiences that engage people and build communities. The talented team of artists, game designers, and developers at Block & Chain Studios are coming up with new ideas every day that are inspired by a strong desire to make the world a better place. By no means are we claiming that video gaming can end global poverty or establish world peace, but it can help people learn the skills and information they need in order to make these things possible in the future. Check out the new gaming experiences that Block & Chain has to offer – you never know, you might learn something! Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn

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Decentralized Exchanges With Less Downtime Ease Customer Frustration

The past year saw the cryptocoin market grow by leaps and bounds. The number of cryptocurrency investors around the world have grown by unbelievable numbers. And, as one would imagine, this has greatly increased the user base for popular crypto exchange sites. One of the top cryptocurrency exchange websites, Coinbase, saw user growth of more than 800 percent during the calendar year of 2017. However, this substantial increase in cryptocurrency market activity has come with growing pains.         Centralized exchanges are often dragged down by large transactional influxes because their technology is impacted down by high demand, high volume trading. Decentralized exchanges – the latest development in Bitcoin and altcoin trading services – may offer a technological solution to this market-driven problem. That’s because decentralized exchanges operate in a secure and trustless manner, avoiding the time and expense of the manual transaction verification required by centralized exchanges. This next-generation technology may offer a solution to the customer loss and frustration caused by downtime on centralized exchanges.
  As Customer Bases Go Up, Centralized Crypto Exchange Sites Go Down In January of 2017, Coinbase announced that “high volume traffic” was causing ongoing delays in transactions, wire processing, and identity verification. While the Coinbase team was remedying the issues on their exchange site, the Coinbase Reddit forum was riddled with complaints regarding very long delays. Similarly, popular crypto exchange website Kraken shut down its exchange site for maintenance over a 27-hour period at the beginning of this year. This service interruption – the longest downtime period in the exchange site’s history – caused backlash on social media. The massive influx of traffic on the top altcoin trading platforms around the world have strained the backend technology that runs many of the top crypto exchange sites. In fact, many digital coin investors have been suffering from the effects of withdrawal delays and degenerated services. This has led to a great deal of frustration among players in the cryptocurrency markets, as well as meaningful economic loss caused by service interruptions. Some altcoin traders have even threatened to file lawsuits if their exchange websites did not restore operation in a timely fashion. Despite these impacts on the altcoin trading community, centralized exchanges are still making money hand-over-fist. Throughout 2017, Coinbase averaged revenue earnings of $2.74 million per day, or $2,000 per minute if you break it down that far. Other centralized exchanges, including the likes of Binance, CEX.IO, Bitfinex, and Bittrex all halted new client registration at some point due to high demand for services. As a result of these frustrations, many top altcoin investors are looking for a better way to trade.
  Decentralized Exchanges Offer Less Downtime, Better User Experience Centralized exchanges – even the most popular ones – just aren’t always able to accommodate the waves of newcomers coming to the cryptocurrency market. As a result, up-and-coming blockchain and cryptocurrency companies are developing new ways to solve the issues facing the top centralized exchange sites. And Halo Platform, a blockchain and cryptocurrency platform that is building the most versatile and user-friendly cryptocurrency toolbox on the web, is among them. Halo Platform offers a wide array of blockchain and cryptocurrency services. One
of our most exciting new initiatives, the HaloDEX decentralized exchange, will operate trustlessly and without a central settlement party. This means that HaloDEX will offer unique operational benefits, particularly among the top altcoin traders particularly impacted by downtime on centralized exchanges. To find out more about the benefits of HaloDEX and the other services available through Halo Platform, join our community and be on the cutting-edge of the next generation in blockchain and cryptocurrency technology.
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Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter October 19, 2018

Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter October 19, 2018   A big congratulations to everyone on the Halo Platform team for launching HaloDEX, the newest decentralized exchange in the cryptosphere. It currently supports Ethereum, but very soon you will see all kinds of currencies and game tokens listed there! Next week, the Halo Platform will also launch the Chrome browser extension, which means users won’t need to download the Featherlite client. This is great for Block and Chain as it enables us to launch our games on web and mobile as standalone products without needing the Featherlite client. This will make our games much easier to access and play!
  News @ Block & Chain This week, we spent a fair amount of time planning the marketing push for two of our upcoming game launches. As most of you know, Blockfight is nearly in the bag and now that HaloDEX has launched, we are integrating the pieces necessary for moving HALO in and out of the game. However, we also have Draggin’ Dragons and our next game (title to be announced) coming out in the next two months. Starting early November, you will see a lot more content from these games, get to know the characters, and get a chance to explore some exciting multimedia content! While we’re at it, here’s a taste of the latest screens from Draggin’ Dragons: All our games will have Daily Rewards. We want you to come and play often! The Main Menu - Play and replay races, check out the leaderboards, see your stats!
  We’ve also been working on our mobile build pipeline to bring our games to iOS and Android as quickly as possible. Here’s Blockfight running on Mobile:   Both iOS and Android (mobile and tablet) will be supported
  Game Maker’s Corner Cody Murry: Sr. Program Manager Hello everyone, my name is Cody and I'm the Sr. Program Manager here at Halo. So what does that role even mean? Well, you could say I help everyone "get with the program." I drive many of the logistical components behind the creative and engineering team deliverables. For the Block and Chain team we run a software development process called Agile. My role is Scrum Master. I assist with project planning, running the daily meetings, resolving blocking issues, and ensuring the team meets their deliverable commitments. I've acted in this role at previous companies and really enjoy it. On the Halo Platform side, my role is less about game products and more about operational effectiveness. Not only do I oversee the social media and customer support efforts but I'm also responsible for HR, payroll, and outside contracts. Devin and I have worked together before, I try to take as much off his plate as possible. Many of these responsibilities are new to me. I enjoy my role because I work with both familiar and new faces on projects that are exciting and cutting edge!
  In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out!
  https://bizedge.co.nz/story/blockworks-hackfest-celebrates-2018-winners - Last weekend more than 80 people gathered at AUT University last week as part of the Hackfest. Developers and businesses presented 13 different ideas about how blockchain can be used in the real world. B&C: It’s exciting to see activities like this, which promote new and exciting uses of the blockchain. Many people don’t realize that blockchain technologies can do a great deal more than manage cryptocurrency. It’s a powerful tool for secure, fair, anonymous transactions and data warehousing. At Block and Chain, we enjoy exploring new ways to make use of the blockchain. While cryptocurrency is also exciting, our games don’t require it to play. We want anyone to be able to enjoy our games and experience the blockchain whether or not they ever choose to trade in cryptocurrency.   https://www.finder.com.au/coinbase-co-founder-blockchain-will-make-gaming-economies-real - The trajectory is clear: more people are playing games, their economies are getting bigger, the closed economies of these games hurt both trust and extensibility and crypto will make these economies open B&C: Many blockchain game platforms extoll the virtues of provable fairness, “real” digital assets and true asset ownership, as though these features were unique. But the truth is, blockchain technology provides this capability out of the box. What excites us about blockchain for games is the peer-to-peer economy and community built content described in this article. We’ve all seen auction houses, mods and other user managed/generated content in some of our favorite games and appreciate the culture that emerges from these self-built communities. To us, this is where blockchain can add the most compelling value for game makers and players alike.
  https://mashable.com/article/rockstar-games-red-dead-redemption-2-crunch-explained/#DsLmdCgheOqD - A great game looks effortless when you sit down and play it, but few people really consider just how much went into making it that way. Lots of people have been ooo-ing and ahh-ing over all the tiny details in Red Dead Redemption 2 from Rockstar Games, but the revelation this week that those details may have been fueled by 100-hour work weeks prompted shocked and horrified responses. B&C: This article is controversial, but touches on the realities of game making in large corporations. Most of use at Block and Chain have worked in the industry and can say that the 100+ hour week is not unique to Rockstar. I recall working on a certain sports game where I dutifully arrived at work by 8:30 am and left the office around midnight for four solid months, weekends included. The real question is, why is this necessary? Frequent scope change and non-agile planning methods tend to wreak havoc on large scale game teams. Thus, there is an argument to be made for keeping it small, simple and rapidly iterative. Earlier this year, the Block and Chain team formed a set of team values and among them was the intent to keep some sanity in our work/life balance. So far, we’ve managed to avoid long stretches of overtime (though the odd work weekend has occurred where the team has chosen to do so to meet sprint commitments). As the leader of this rabble, I can confidently say the team consistently delivers their best work without the need for so-called “heroic overtime”.   Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn  

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Halo Platform Special Announcement

Halo Platform Special Announcement   HaloDEX is live on MainNet   Early this morning we released HaloDEX, our decentralized exchange, on Featherlite’s main net. Users can now trade between HALO and Ethereum (ETH) as well as experience instant order creation and trade execution.  We here at Halo Platform would like to give many thanks to those of you in our community who participated in our Beta Testing program and provided us with excellent feedback. The exchange has come a very long way in development since we began creating it a few months ago. Next week HaloDEX will become available on HaloDEX.io.  This will be useful for users who do not have the Featherlite client installed. To begin using HaloDEX, take a moment and read our instructions here: https://wiki.haloplatform.tech/HaloDex. HaloDEX runs in Lite mode, so there no need to launch in Full Node (although that option is available). If you run into any issues, feel free to contact us through our various support channels (Forums, Discord, and email). Happy trading!   HALO/ETH Trading page   Ethereum deposit page   In addition, between now and Monday, we are preparing to launch the Featherlite Chrome extension. This means you will soon be able to access all current features of the Featherlite client through the Chrome web browser, including HaloDEX. Featherlite Chrome Browser Extension
  Connect with us in social media Offical Forum - https://community.haloplatform.tech/ Twitter -  https://twitter.com/Halo_Platform Reddit -  https://www.reddit.com/r/HaloPlatform/ Discord -  http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ Telegram - https://t.me/haloplatform Google+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/108336112327687734137 Steemit -  https://steemit.com/@haloplatform Medium -  https://medium.com/@haloplatform Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/HaloPlatform.tech/ Youtube -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZqP3U9jFO0XTV6EYNt1dqg Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/halo_platform/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/haloplatform/ Github - https://github.com/haloplatform Block and Chain Game Studios - https://www.blockandchain.games/
 

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Island Nation Breaks New Ground in Decentralization

When it comes to the blockchain and cryptocurrency revolution, some countries have proven to be more receptive than others. A handful of nations have banned digital coin activities altogether, while others have made moves designed to ensure they take full advantage of this exciting new technological development. Malta, the small island nation in the Mediterranean, definitely falls into the latter group. In fact, the tiny European country has earned itself the prestigious nickname of the Blockchain Island. Regardless of where they’re from, everyone deserves to experience the benefits of decentralization. Governments often push back against anything that takes control away from centralized institutions, but the security advantages of decentralized control are undeniable. Halo Platform is working hard to bring the benefits of decentralization to everyone across the world, and we’re going to make landmark progress with the launch of our decentralized exchange.
  Malta’s Plans for a Decentralized Stock Exchange Malta may be tiny in size, but it’s growing into a giant in the cryptocurrency markets. Most recently, the innovation arm of the Malta Stock Exchange, MSX, announced a partnership with blockchain platforms and top crypto exchanges that was launched with the intention to create the world’s first fully-regulated stock exchange that’s also decentralized. This decision arose in the context of a flurry of new laws focused on facilitating the development of blockchain technology on the island. MSX plans to meld the worlds of digital coins and regulated securities by creating so-called “tokenized securities.” Its vision is to combine the technological benefits of the blockchain and cryptocurrency with the security and protection of regulated equity shares. At least for now, Malta is the first country gearing up for hosting a regulated trading platform for tokenized securities, although more nations are likely to follow suit as the cryptocurrency market continues to grow in popularity. In fact, some are even claiming that our economic future will be shaped by digital currencies and tokens.
  Is Decentralization the Future? For those of us who have been entrenched in the blockchain and cryptocurrency worlds for some time now, Malta’s decision seems like the next logical step in adapting to the technological change that has taken the world’s financial markets by storm. Decentralization offers several benefits over centralized control (although, as Halo Platform wrote in a previous blog, centralization isn’t all bad). Halo Platform has developed one of the few truly trustless decentralized exchanges out there. Many of the operations claim decentralized exchanges actually take a hybrid approach, which requires sacrificing some of the security benefits associated with full decentralization in favor of the efficiency of centralized control. Halo Platform’s decentralized exchange, however, makes no such tradeoff. Halo Platform runs HaloDEX on its own blockchain that it built using an original application program interface (“API”), which makes the exchange scalable, decentralized and lightning fast. We’ve designed HaloDEX to accommodate massive trading volumes and nearly limitless cryptocurrency trading pairs, which is exactly what the growing virtual currency markets need. To find out more about the decentralized exchange and the other exciting offerings from Halo Platform, join our community. Connect with us in social media: Offical Forum - https://community.haloplatform.tech/ Twitter -  https://twitter.com/Halo_Platform Reddit -  https://www.reddit.com/r/HaloPlatform/ Discord -  http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ Telegram - https://t.me/haloplatform Google+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/108336112327687734137 Steemit -  https://steemit.com/@haloplatform Medium -  https://medium.com/@haloplatform Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/HaloPlatform.tech/ Youtube -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZqP3U9jFO0XTV6EYNt1dqg Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/halo_platform/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/haloplatform/ Github - https://github.com/haloplatform Block and Chain Game Studios - https://www.blockandchain.games/

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Big-Name Gaming Companies Embrace Blockchain Tech

Blockchain technology has been adopted by much of the gaming industry already, and more companies are looking to incorporate blockchain tech into more of their games. Ubisoft, one of the largest game companies, has started their own blockchain project. But Ubisoft’s blockchain game, HashCraft, isn’t the only thing the gaming giant is cooking up in the blockchain games space. Ubisoft recently joined the Blockchain Game Alliance, that focuses on creating common practices and standards needed to utilize blockchain technology. Block and Chain Game Studios is always glad to see new applications of blockchain tech in gaming. However, we know that the best and the brightest game developers aren’t locked in to the corporate gaming world – they’re out in the community. Our mission is to bring the benefits of blockchain and cryptocurrency in gaming to everyone, and we’re starting at the grass roots, not the corporate boardroom.   HashCraft: Ubisoft’s Blockchain Game Experiment HashCraft is a new game being developed by international gamemaker Ubisoft that partly relies on blockchain tech. The game uses utilizes blockchain ledger technology to record any change that the user makes to their environment in the game. Once they are comfortable with the changes that they made, the player’s activities can be verified through the blockchain and made public. Over time, the game becomes increasingly decentralized, making it difficult for hackers to crack the system. Ubisoft’s ability to leverage blockchain gaming into a fun sandbox-type open world game is only the beginning, since this isn’t the only major company looking at ways to utilize blockchain technology. Other well-known companies such as Sony and Microsoft are also interested in developing blockchain games. But, if so, will the corporate giants crowd out the up-and-comers in the blockchain gaming market?   Corporate Gaming Giants Eager For New Applications of Blockchain Tech It should come as no surprise that giant corporations are interested in blockchain only insofar as it helps their bottom line. One of the main reasons why Sony is interested in utilizing blockchain is because it is more reliable and secure for copyright than current digital rights management solutions. Sony is also looking to use a blockchain platform in their user login and authentication, hoping that it would also be more secure. Given the amazing potential of blockchain tech, it should similarly come as no surprise that Sony is not alone in its adoption of using blockchain tech. Microsoft is also planning on using blockchain tech to keep track of collecting copyright royalties and transactions in its gaming systems. Microsoft will be working with Ubisoft and other partners to help accomplish the development of their proposed projects. With big name companies such as Ubisoft, Sony, and Microsoft jumping at the chance to utilize blockchain technologies, it seems as though the technology will continue to grow. After all, as more businesses incorporate blockchain tech into their day-to-day technology, we will see increased mainstream use of this exciting new development. However, there is also some concern that their presence in the blockchain games market will crowd out indie developers. We believe that there are many hit games out there that never get to see the light of day for this reason. Fortunately, Block and Chain Game Studios is here to give independent developers an opportunity to win. Block and Chain is always excited to see new applications of blockchain tech in gaming, but we’re even more excited to see them coming from the gaming community itself. Our platform is built to suit the needs of both players and developers, bringing together these two critical components of the global gaming industry. To experience the benefits of Block and Chain for yourself, join our community!   Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn

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Halo Platform Bi-weekly Newsletter: October 12th, 2018

Welcome to the Halo Platform Bi-Weekly newsletter! This is where we provide updates on recent developments and announcements for upcoming news, products, and events.
 
HaloDEX Updates The decentralized exchange will be pushed to MainNet and go live for official trading very soon.  Our developers are fixing the last set of reported issues from our Beta users and are beginning to deploy to production for official launch. Upon release, Ethereum will be available as a base trading pair. Halo will be available to be traded against Ethereum, with more coins coming as they are added to the cross network protocol. Stay tuned to our forums, Discord and social media channels for a launch date for HaloDEX. Users will soon enjoy the most advanced decentralized exchange, backed by one of the fastest blockchain networks on the cryptosphere!
Our token voting competition will also be available during launch. If you would like to vote for a project to be listed on HaloDEX, email the project name to listings@halodex.io.  We will add the option for that project as soon as the voting competition begins. 
Because our platform is so versatile, any coin or token can be listed on the decentralized exchange regardless of network type.
Recent updates to HaloDEX testnet can be found in our patch notes below.
1.0.2 Beta change logs: Fixed order book bug that caused incorrect user amounts to trades Fixed order book bug that caused incorrect values being based to dex smart contract when making orders and trades Fixed Landing page bug that caused null data to be processed from ticker data
1.0.1 Beta change logs: Fixes Trading View bugs Adds placeholder for future Halo items on Landing Page Fixes order book bugs Removes the footer from Landing Page Replaces Trading View save image with a custom implementation Fixes bug that caused subscriptions to only start working after user changes base
  Proposal-001 Updates - Action Required Beginning with Proposal-001, the community voted in favor for the split to increase the overall supply of HALO.  The next step is to have a second vote proposing the amount of the supply increase. The increase would affect all HALO, regardless of where the currency is being stored. Now it’s time to vote on the Proposal 002 which is the split amount. We have 4 options: 1:100 1:250 1:500 1:800 Since the coin split vote has already passed with an overwhelming majority supporting it, the split amount itself will simply be determined by a “plurality voting” method (known as “first past the post” in British voting terminology). This method is defined as “one in which voters indicate on a ballot the candidate of their choice, and the candidate who receives the most votes wins” For example, if 800:1 receives 30% support, 500:1 35% support, 250:1 15% support and 100:1 20% support; then under this scenario 500:1 would be the winner due to being the most popular option.
In order to vote, you must email your information to: proposal@haloplatform.tech.  Submissions must include a full screenshot of Featherlite resting on your Masternode screen with the statistics showing. The two pieces of information necessary for participation are your Halo Invested and the Prime account. If you own multiple Halo Addresses with Masternodes then you can submit a vote for each Address.  To stay up to date on Proposal-002, visit our forum discussion here.
  Masternode System updates In the last Masternode release, we introduced a fledgling API to reduce network load and increase speed when loading masternodes. There have been some growing pains due to these changes, and it is our priority to resolve these issues to ensure a smooth experience. As such, the most recent development on the Masternode DAPP includes bug fixes, quality of life changes, and some new features. We resolved an issue that blocked Masternode loading after a cancellation. We also resolved an issue with the withdraw all rewards dialog sometimes displaying incorrect information. The watched contract system was tweaked to only include manually-added contracts, which resolves an issue when selling all shares in a masternode and refreshing before the API has caught up.  For quality of life, the Masternode manage view now utilizes a reactive number of available shares for sale. The number of shares displayed in the sell shares button now updates to the current amount of available shares, and users can no longer attempt to create a sell order for more shares than are available. A new feature we are working on is the address book, which can be used to store named addresses which can then be quickly selected or populated into masternode account fields. A preview of the address book feature is shown below.

  HaloX updates This past sprint, our focus for the Centralized Exchange has been on building a test suite encompassing both end-to-end simulation and unit testing. This will allow us to monitor/improve performance and code functionality going forward, as well as allow us to make rapid and confident code changes that preserve code integrity. In addition to that, the team has added native WebSockets integration to the HaloFIX API and completed major work on the Wallet API that will provide for a safe and robust back end to node communication.
Block & Chain Games updates We’re pleased to announce we have partnered with Crypto Gamers Community, the leading community and fan site for blockchain games. This is a very active community, which features content from major blockchain game developers and game platforms. As a preferred partner, the Block and Chain Games platform is listed on the site as well as our game trailers, newsletters and press releases. Of course, once our games go live, they will be listed here too and will receive top billing. Read more about this and other game development news in our latest weekly update.
Halo Platform Portfolio updates
Portfolio has been undergoing lots of changes to improve our user experience. We’ve refactored all of our charts to reduce the number of bugs and improve our ability to add features to them. Now they look even better than ever! We’re also developing more backend components to get our real-time pricing API working to provide Portfolio with close to real-time data. Finally, we’re working on supporting more exchange data providers and making numerous performance improvements.
  Business Development Efforts Since all of the hard work our development team has been doing on HaloDEX has been so fruitful and launch is very near, we figured it was the right time to ramp up our discussions with major cryptocurrency trading groups in regards to building our market maker and liquidity provider programs. Our team has been in contact with some of the best programs in this space and will be making formal announcements as relationships are made official.  To help us continue to build our ever-growing community, we’ve been making major connections through our university outreach efforts. In fact, Halo Platform was very happy to meet up with the leadership behind the BlockVenture Coalition (https://blockventurecoalition.com/index.html), the largest alliance of university blockchain groups in the world, at the great Bitsian “Wine O’Clock” networking event held on October 10th.  With over 40 blockchain groups across 7 countries and a reach of 15,000 students, the Halo Platform is very excited to get more involved with them in their efforts of advancement and guidance for university blockchain projects.
  Other Updates The Halo Platform team would like to welcome and congratulate Sean Kimball on both becoming a full-time employee at Halo Platform and for becoming Halo Platform's first Development Manager. Sean has provided the team with immense talent and many solutions on to the development side of our projects.
Resources Masternode Instructions Setting up and using a masternode is simple with the Halo Platform. Featherlite walks you through the necessary steps to acquire, deploy, join, watch, and collect awards from your masternode.
For detailed instructions with images, go here: https://wiki.haloplatform.tech/Masternodes
Masternode Estimated Reward Payouts If you’re curious about masternode reward payouts, refer to the below spreadsheet. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ghIixsf4WSrd9RYEAEc3lzuB8pq9MX9mi27h39GJL-U/edit#gid=826076888
Block Explorer Check out our searchable block explorer to take a close look at any block or transaction on the chain. In the coming days you’ll be able to see transactions for each wallet address on chain: https://explorer.haloplatform.tech/.

View our progress on our roadmap. https://www.haloplatform.tech/roadmap.html
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Halo Platform/Block and Chain Game Studios international community: Available languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, and Russian.
https://community.haloplatform.tech/forum/41-localized-forums/ 

Where to Get Help If you run into any issues with any of our products (and you’ve tried refreshing and full node and that doesn’t fix it), there are numerous ways to reach out to us:
Email: support@haloplatform.tech Discord: http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ (our moderators and support are online almost 24 hours a day. Special thanks to Moggy, Abe, Jay B., Pesh, and SeriousBasil237).  Website (we have a support platform built in): https://www.haloplatform.tech/  — ^Everyone @ Halo Platform
 

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Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter October 12, 2018

Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter October 12, 2018   Special Announcement!   We’re pleased to announce we have partnered with Crypto Gamers Community, the leading community and fan site for blockchain games. This is a very active community, which features content from major blockchain game developers and game platforms. As a preferred partner, the Block and Chain Games platform is listed on the site as well as our game trailers, newsletters and press releases. Of course, once our games go live, they will be listed here too and will receive top billing. We’re proud to be a part of this exciting community and would like to invite all of our followers to check it out!
  News @ Block & Chain This week, we began planning our pre-launch marketing drive for Draggin’ Dragons and our other very large, very unannounced game. As we lead up to launch, interested players will get to know our games through key art, character bios, developer blogs and videos. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for more exciting content!
  Draggin’ Dragons Update   Dragon ownership on our race tracks is a very big feature for our players. Imagine purchasing your very own dragon from the Market and receiving a portion of ALL of their winnings. That means whenever your dragon wins a race, no matter who initiates the race, you win if your dragon wins. When you consider how many players in a given day run a race, the prospects for returns are very exciting. And since each Speed Track has a betting range, the higher the track’s range, the better your return could be! All races are provably fair, so dragon owners can be assured that they have an even chance of winning against the other dragons in every race. There are only 28 dragons across 5 tracks, so dragon ownership will be an limited and exclusive element of the game!
  Here’s the catch: Once you purchase a dragon, it can be “bought away” from you after a 48 hour cooldown period. Don’t worry, though, you’ll receive the HALO for the purchase from the buyer, with a markup. So even if you’re dragon is bought away from you, you will still make a profit, and you can buy your dragon back 48 hours later (or any dragon available in the marketplace for that matter). Please take a moment to sign up for our newsletter to receive it in your inbox each week: https://www.blockandchain.games/support.html
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Centralized vs. Decentralized Exchanges – Benefits Offered by Each Approach

Decentralization has come to define blockchain and cryptocurrency activities, and many believe that decentralized exchanges are the future of the cryptocourrency market. But with demand for decentralized exchange sites growing by the day, is there any room for centralization in the increasingly decentralized cryptocurrency markets?         Halo Platform understands the benefits of diversity in the cryptocurrency services industry. Everyone in the cryptocurrency markets has different needs based on how they use this exciting and multi-dimensional new technology, and we’re developing an all-inclusive and customizable digital currency trading and management platform in order to ensure that all of these diverse needs are being met. This includes the launch of both a centralized exchange – HaloX – and a decentralized exchange – HaloDEX.
Decentralized Crypto Exchanges are Taking Over         Decentralized cryptocurrency exchanges may very well become the new standard in cryptocurrency markets.  Much of this is due to the fact that truly decentralized exchanges are secure, since they do not require organizations to maintain wallets fat with users’ coins, ripe for the picking by cybercriminals and hackers worldwide. And with the 57 known cryptocurrency hacks ripping a staggering $1.63 billion from digital coin markets worldwide since 2011, there is a great deal of improvement to be had in the security of even the best crypto exchanges.         Decentralized exchanges lack the main security vulnerabilities that attract hackers to centralized exchanges. As a result, optimistic analysts hope that this next-generation in digital currency technology will put an end to the hacking and cybertheft problems that have proven to be a real bane for the cryptocurrency markets. But, as is true with most things, there’s no easy solution to all of the challenges facing the growing cryptocurrency community. Even as more and more decentralized exchange sites emerge, centralized exchanges maintain an important role in meeting the diverse needs of digital currency users.
Centralization Has its Benefits         Decentralization advocates have taken the spotlight recently, and some of the most noteworthy members of the blockchain and cryptocurrency community have spoken out against centralized exchange sites. Some, like Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, have used strong language to express their discontent with the centralized character of most cryptocurrency exchange sites. But lest we forget, centralization maintains numerous benefits in this increasingly-decentralized world.         In a Twitter exchange between Buterin and Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, Zhao reminded his crypto colleague that there is still an important role for centralized exchanges in the evolving market. For example, centralized exchanges allow for regulation and control, which is often necessary in the wild-west investment environment of the cryptocurrency world. Sometimes, curbing the collective control that characterizes decentralization is critical to maintaining the freedom of the cryptocurrency markets and keeping operations up-and-running. In addition to this, order execution on centralized exchanges is currently much faster and as a result, liquidity is higher too.         Clearly in some cases, centralization is helpful in cryptocurrency exchanges. This is particularly true given that decentralization is still in its infancy when it comes to trading altcoins. Centralized exchanges contain a host of invaluable tools for the institutional investor. For the time being, many decentralized exchange sites are lacking when it comes to speed and sophistication of order execution, API, and risk management, so centralized exchanges will maintain an important role in the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Halo Platform is launching two exchanges – the centralized HaloX and the decentralized HaloDEX – in order to capture the full suite of opportunities created by each model. By doing so, we are well on our way to becoming the most versatile and all-inclusive cryptocurrency platform on the web.   Connect with us in social media: Offical Forum - https://community.haloplatform.tech/ Twitter -  https://twitter.com/Halo_Platform Reddit -  https://www.reddit.com/r/HaloPlatform/ Discord -  http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ Telegram - https://t.me/haloplatform Google+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/108336112327687734137 Steemit -  https://steemit.com/@haloplatform Medium -  https://medium.com/@haloplatform Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/HaloPlatform.tech/ Youtube -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZqP3U9jFO0XTV6EYNt1dqg Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/halo_platform/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/haloplatform/ Github - https://github.com/haloplatform Block and Chain Game Studios - https://www.blockandchain.games/

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The Blockchain – The Biggest Thing to Hit Gaming Since Smartphones

Remember way back when you had to be connected to a landline in order to make a phone call? Gather ‘round children, and let the old-timers share stories from our isolated, disconnected lives before cell phones were invented. Just imagine - if you wanted to talk to someone who wasn’t in the room with you, you had to use a bulky plastic handset with wires and cords hanging off of it. The thing only worked because it was physically connected by poles and wires to every other telephone on the planet, just like the strung-together cans that you may have played with as a young child. And forget about texting, snaps, and posting to the ‘gram – those things were technologically impossible back in the ancient days of landline telephones. But now, what would we do without them? At one time, pole-and-wire telecommunication was one of the most groundbreaking innovations the world had ever seen. For the first time in human history, information could be shared instantly across great distances. It changed the course of human history, but in the blink of an eye it became a relic of the past. Of course, places that have already dotted their horizons with telephone poles still rely on them for emergencies and special uses. But the invention of cellular technology made this centralized pole-and-wire infrastructure obsolete. Cell phones decentralized telecommunications, breaking through the technical and economic barriers that prevented poor and underdeveloped populations from accessing this life-changing technology. All of a sudden, advanced industries started popping up in places in the world that barely even had access to reliable electrical service, and mobile technology continues to improve the quality of life in the developing world.   The blockchain brings the promise of decentralization to the internet, as well as the infinite possibilities that come along with it. Just as cell phones demolished the restrictions that centralized pole-and-wire infrastructure imposed on our our telecommunications services, blockchain technology is breaking through the barriers put in place by the centralized forces that control most of the internet services market. This creates new and seemingly limitless opportunities for economic and social development all around the world. Sure, blockchain technology may bring us worldwide economic prosperity and world peace, but those sorts of things are for people in the United Nations to worry about. What will the blockchain do for us regular folks just living our day-to-day? For the billions of gamers around the world, it will do a whole lot. Gamers are a pretty tech-savvy bunch, and since in-game economies have been a thing since MMORGs got big way back at the turn of the millennium, we’re already well versed in the basic concepts of digital currency. As a result, the blockchain has found an easy niche in video game markets, and now indie gaming companies are using this amazing new technology to generate totally new online experiences. The blockchain can be used to ensure fair scoring and randomization. Smart contracts can increase gamers’ participation in in-game governance by allowing players to make decisions about their virtual worlds by consensus vote. In short, the blockchain opens up a seemingly infinite set of new opportunities for gamers everywhere. And since nobody owns the blockchain, these opportunities can be shared freely without the limitations of centralized control. Block & Chain Studios understands that blockchain technology is the future. We’re leveraging this exciting new innovation into amazing new online games like Draggin’ Dragons, an exciting racing game where you can train, race, and wager on magical beasts who race for valuable prizes. Or, if hand-to-hand combat is more your thing, check out Blockfight – a one-on-one combat experience that uses blockchain to keep the odds fair. Block & Chain Studios is developing games for the next generation of online users, so join us today and check out all of the incredible opportunities blockchain gaming has to offer!

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Digital Coin Exchanges Provide Financial Services to Developing Countries

Many of us in the first world struggle to even comprehend the difficulties associated with living and doing business in a place where traditional financial services are not available. However, this is an issue affecting 2 billion people around the world. Cryptocurrency markets, and digital currency exchange sites that support mobile access in particular, are bringing financial products and services to parts of the world where they are badly needed.         Halo Platform recognizes that the blockchain and cryptocurrency revolution is a grass-roots movement designed to benefit the people. That’s why we’re launching HaloDEX – a trustless decentralized digital currency exchange site that allows people buy, sell, and trade cryptocurrency from anywhere. HaloDEX represents a critical next-step in the development of the most versatile and user-friendly cryptocurrency platform on the web.
  Cryptocurrency Markets Serve Developing Countries         Currently, many citizens of developing nations are unbanked - that is, they do not have access to bank accounts.  Without a bank account, these individuals are limited in their ability to interact with the financial market. This prevents them from performing important financial activities that most of us take for granted, like investing money, applying for loans, and even buying homes and property.  Access to digital currency exchanges changes is dynamic because it allows businesses in developing countries to utilize more widely-accepted currencies, such as the U.S. dollar and the increasingly mainstream cryptocurrencies. This benefits both a country’s entrepreneurs, as well as its larger population of unbanked citizens. With cryptocurrency markets, an individual does not need access to a bank. Rather, he or she can access digital currencies using only a computer or smartphone. Top digital coin exchange sites have started to develop applications to make their services available in developing countries. These efforts offer greater financial services to businesses and entrepreneurs in areas that have traditionally lacked such capabilities. This exciting evolution in the cryptocurrency markets also enables entire populations of individuals to perform financial transactions even though they don’t have access to a traditional bank account. This means that people around the world now have the ability to enter the global market, despite the fact that they live in areas with extremely limited financial infrastructure. 
  Cryptocurrency Exchange Sites Gain Popularity in Developing Countries         Cryptocurrency exchange sites enable businesses and entrepreneurs in Africa, South America, and Asia to achieve greater financial fluidity and perform transactions between those countries and Europe, the United States, and growing markets like China and India.  By facilitating trade between these countries, business people and entrepreneurs from developing countries are able to enter into global markets that were previously inaccessible. That’s because cryptocurrency markets eliminate reliance on traditional banking services, but that’s not their only benefit. Some exchange sites also allow people to save on conversion and transfer fees when trading between fiat and digital currencies. In just a few clicks of a mouse or taps on a smartphone, entrepreneurs around the world can perform critical financial transactions and provide needed business services. This allows for much-needed stimulation of economic activity in places that have thus far seen only limited opportunities for business development. By relying on easy-to-use and low-fee digital currency exchange sites like HaloDEX, entrepreneurs in developing nations can use cryptocurrency to participate in the global economy. This benefits not only the digital currency community, but also the billions of unbanked citizens around the world.   Connect with us in social media: Offical Forum - https://community.haloplatform.tech/ Twitter -  https://twitter.com/Halo_Platform Reddit -  https://www.reddit.com/r/HaloPlatform/ Discord -  http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ Telegram - https://t.me/haloplatform Google+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/108336112327687734137 Steemit -  https://steemit.com/@haloplatform Medium -  https://medium.com/@haloplatform Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/HaloPlatform.tech/ Youtube -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZqP3U9jFO0XTV6EYNt1dqg Instagram -  https://www.instagram.com/halo_platform/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/haloplatform/ Github - https://github.com/haloplatform Block and Chain Game Studios - https://www.blockandchain.games/

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Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter October 5, 2018

Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter October 5, 2018   Hopefully, everyone had a chance to read our press release about our partnership with Fracture Labs and their MMORPG Decimated. This is the beginning of building a broad and diverse partnership platform, where collectively we bring mainstream-style games to the blockchain. We have more discussions underway with other potential partners, so look out for more news on those soon. If you didn’t get a chance to read the press release, you can do so here: https://community.haloplatform.tech/blogs/entry/57-block-chain-game-studios-partners-with-top-blockchain-game/ Fracture Labs also posted an update to their community: https://medium.com/@fracturelabs/fracture-labs-and-halo-platform-join-forces-to-create-the-ultimate-blockchain-gaming-experience-ea93f7cc5ecb   News @ Block & Chain This week we conducted a big internal playtest (plus moderators) for Draggin’ Dragons and we received some excellent feedback. We continue to apply polish and add new UI elements to the game in preparation for open beta launch to you, our players. Ali, our Lead Designer on the project created a teaser reel for the Speed Races feature. While there will be more video trailers featuring breeding, battle races and special events, this is a taste of what’s to come!    
In passing, we have alluded to our upcoming whitepaper. The whitepaper describes in great detail the game platform we are building and how we intend to bring mainstream gaming to the blockchain both with our own internally developed games and with game development partners.  I am happy to report we have put the finishing touches on it and will be sharing it with the world in the next couple of weeks.
  Game Maker’s Corner Harold Perry: Lead Platform Developer

Behind the Curtain I lead development on our game platform. I do the work that you barely even know you’re using...if I do my job well, that is. I create things like APIs, SDKs, and other acronyms, which power both our games and games developed by platform partners. Since we’re building on blockchain, we’re often using different methods for authentication or purchasing in-game items than what other games (or apps) use. Instead of just using OAuth, traditional username/password systems, or iTunes and Google Play, we use wallet addresses, signatures, and cryptocurrency. So, we have to build a lot of it from scratch. And, in some cases, we have to wrap and morph other technologies to work the way we need. This is the challenge, and excitement, with trailblazing new technology! It may not be sexy to many, but I love this stuff. Designing and building systems that talk to each other...that gets me going. Being on the leading edge of world-changing technology...that’s not so bad either.
  In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/leading-blockchain-and-gaming-companies-form-blockchain-game-alliance/ - Leading companies in the gaming and blockchain space have come together to form the Blockchain Game Alliance, a coalition that will advocate for blockchain development within the gaming industry. B&C: We have mixed feelings about this announcement. On one hand, the mandate to legitimize blockchain gaming is a noble one. On the other hand, this coalition was formed behind closed doors by self-appointed “leaders” in game development during the recent Blockchain Gamer Conference in Helsinki. The group is closed and if you aren’t part of the clique, you’re not getting in. This is the complete opposite of the democratized and decentralized philosophy the grassroots blockchain movement companies like Halo Platform and Block and Chain Games are evangelizing. Putting blockchain games in an “ivory tower” only serves those businesses involved in the group and the subsequent press focusing solely on Ubisoft’s involvement in this initiative is indicative of that.
  https://www.forbes.com/sites/bryancollinseurope/2018/10/04/what-you-can-learn-about-business-from-these-wildly-successful-video-game-developers/#78c8ecfe1423 - Like many gamers in their thirties today, I spent much of the 90s and early 2000s playing popular video games like Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake. id software, led by John Romero and John Carmack, developed these wildly successful video games and earned millions of dollars and the adoration of customers around the world. B&C: This was an enjoyable article by some of the most iconic names in the games industry; my heros in fact. It’s refreshing to see a humble and honest retrospective on game development and a sincere desire to inspire future generations of game makers. I’m proud to say that we at Block and Chain draw inspiration from experiences of these giants and make the most of our motley little crew of game makers, with all the many tools, technologies and tricks-of-the-trade learned by those who came before us.   Please take a moment to sign up for our newsletter to receive it in your inbox each week: https://www.blockandchain.games/support.html   Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn  

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