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BLOCK & CHAIN GAME STUDIOS PARTNERS WITH TOP BLOCKCHAIN GAME

FRACTURE LABS AND BLOCK & CHAIN STUDIOS COLLABORATE ON EPIC GAMING EXPERIENCE Houston, Texas, Sept. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Block and Chain Game Studios, the next generation of game platforms dedicated to building, hosting, and promoting blockchain games, has just engaged its first major platform partner. Decimated, in development by Fracture Labs, is a unique and totally immersive online survival game complete with an in-game blockchain economy and token, which will be integrated into Block and Chain’s platform. In addition to the benefits provided by a lightning fast blockchain, Decimated will become part of a healthy ecosystem by gamers, for gamers. Block and Chain will offer several benefits to the Decimated tech stack, including low friction currency flow APIs, an integrated wallet, and decentralized exchange. Both Block and Chain and Decimated are made up of teams of game industry veterans who are bringing mainstream gameplay to the blockchain and setting the standard for quality games. Decimated is a vast, 3-D open-world survival game that players can roam through freely, scavenging items of value and using them to increase their status in an immersive post-apocalyptic world. Players are bound by little more than their own imaginations as they move through the Decimated world, interacting with other characters, building shelters, and fighting epic battles. Beyond Decimated’s never-before-seen gameplay environments and experiences, Decimated maintains a robust in-game economy that runs on the game’s digital token, DIO, which is currently on sale as a limited offer from their website. Decimated may be Block and Chain Game Studios’ largest platform partner, but it certainly won’t be the only one. Block and Chain Game Studios is developing inroads and relationships across the blockchain and gaming industries, and new titles will be available on Block and Chain Game Studio’s Player Central. Gamers and blockchain enthusiasts alike should be sure to check in regularly to see all the fun and engaging new games coming soon from Block and Chain and its growing list of platform partners. Block and Chain Game Studios, aimed at encouraging the development of blockchain gaming and introducing the gaming community to the benefits of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, is hard at work developing new opportunities and experiences in the blockchain gaming world. Decimated is a breakthrough leader in the blockchain games sector focused on developing rich, immersive, and novel online gaming experiences for gamers everywhere. To learn more about Block and Chain Game Studios, connect through our Forums at https://community.haloplatform.tech/. To learn more about Decimated and its limited time token sale, visit https://www.decimated.net/. See the original press release here: http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/09/27/1577358/0/en/BLOCK-AND-CHAIN-GAME-STUDIOS-PARTNERS-WITH-TOP-BLOCKCHAIN-GAME.html

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Blockchain Technology Will Improve the Gaming World

Blockchain technology is enhancing the video game industry’s fairness, transparency, and trust between users around the world. Block & Chain Studios is harnessing the power of this technology to create games users can trust and enjoy.
  Benefits of Blockchain Gaming Blockchain technology is notorious for its decentralization, impenetrable encryption, and public tracking, creating absolute transparency. It provides security and authenticates currency and items in such a way that makes it impossible to replicate or manipulate data and to cheat the honesty and reliability of the blockchain system. As a result, blockchain technology has a huge potential to improve the video game world. That’s because it forms collaborative, trusting communities. Games are created, updated, and maintained through user participation, and game company ICOs help game makers to fund new and innovative gaming projects they want to see realized. In 2014, there were an estimated 1.8 billion video game players. By 2017, that number rose to approximately 2.2 billion players. That number is going to continue to rise and, by 2021, the industry expects to see 2.7 billion users. Currently, there is a fear among these billions of users that fairness cannot be assured. Trust between users and developers is threatened by the lack of transparency and accountability at traditional gaming companies. As a result, the gaming world needs to meet up with their demand and supply users a more efficient, effective, and user-friendly model for increased ease and access. Game developers are looking toward blockchain technology as a way to address these concerns and form a more trustworthy relationship among all developers and players. The blockchain makes it possible for gamers to make in-game purchases, or pay for additional in-game features like in-game consumables, premium content, and virtual goods. All this can be done in a transparent, trustless environment powered by smart contracts on the blockchain.
  Security in a Virtual World One of the more innovative concepts to come from the blockchain technology will be the ability for players to use their characters and virtual items between games. Blockchain will provide users extra security and allow virtual assets to hold credibility, making it more difficult for gamers to cheat or commit fraud. This means gamers can transfer characters, information, assets, and items between games in the same virtual worlds will allow for a more personalized and tailored experience. This lets gamers transfer hours of hard power-leveling work between games without needing to start from square one. Gamers can also buy, trade, gift, share, or sell items between worlds on the blockchain without wasting time or resources. This is an ideal situation for spin off games and sequels, where loyal players, who have invested time and effort onto one game can benefit in the other games, without abandoning their game of choice. Block & Chain Studios sees the potential in blockchain gaming, and our team of talented game designers are putting their heads together to figure out the coolest and most exciting new applications of this important new technology. The blockchain brings tremendous potential value inside and outside of the gaming world, and the Block & Chain Team is working hard to bring mainstream games and game mechanics to the blockchain!
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Masternodes – Halo Platform’s Powerhouse

Halo Platform’s Masternode system runs all of the transactions that users make on the platform, making it a critical component of the back-end tech. Running a Masternode is becoming an increasingly popular way for people to participate in the cryptosphere. However, many people are still not familiar with this aspect of the blockchain and cryptocurrency world. Halo Platform believes that the opportunities created by blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies should be accessible to everyone. This means that we all need to be in the know when it comes to new applications of blockchain technology. To help make sure the blockchain and cryptocurrency community is well informed about the opportunities created by Masternode applications, we’ve put together this article explaining a little bit about what Masternodes are and how we use them to power everything on the Halo Platform.
  What’s a Masternode? Simply put, a Masternode processes transactions on a blockchain and receives a small reward for every successful transaction that it powers. Masternodes are an important part of how blockchain transactions are performed. Masternode-driven cryptocurrencies, including popular coins like Dash and the HALO currency, are designed so that masternode holders are rewarded for validating block transactions based on how many masternodes they hold. This is a departure from the original proof of work (“PoW”) system used by Bitcoin and hundreds of coins that have followed. Masternode-based cryptocurrencies have some significant benefits over those that run on PoW systems. For example, PoW systems are very costly in terms of energy usage. Thus, miners commonly have to sell the coins they received for verifying transactions just to pay for operating costs. This translates to downward pressure on the PoW cryptocurrency’s price. Also, since masternode systems reward owners based on how many masternodes they hold, the people running verifications have a vested interest in maintaining the currency’s market value. And all this is possible because of the efficient and high-performance Masternode technology that powers these systems.   What Makes Halo Platform’s Masternode System Unique Halo Platform has designed its own Masternode system that allows for low-cost, high-speed transactions across the network. The Halo Masternode System is designed to be simple to setup and run for even the most inexperienced users. It is also designed to provide generous rewards to people who commit their resources to the Halo Platform blockchain, ensuring that people will be properly incentivized to keep their Masternodes running. Halo Platform Masternodes are designed to have no access to change headers, and all transactions are handled in a first-in, first-out order. This means that Masternode operators can’t push any particular transaction to the front of the que and bottlenecking is avoided. Also, the Halo Platform blockchain is designed with Variable Demand Transactional Blocks that are responsive to network traffic. This helps ensure that there is no undue strain on the system when Halo Platform is experiencing high demand. Running a Masternode is a unique and interesting way for people to participate in the cryptocurrency economy. Many Masternodes offer the same financial benefits as PoW mining operations, but at a fraction of the cost. If you’re interested in learning more about Masternodes, join the Halo Platform community or check us out on social media.   Halo Platform Community Official Forum Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github Scrypto   Halo Platform international community: Available languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, and Russian. https://community.haloplatform.tech/forum/41-localized-forums/

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Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter September 21, 2018

Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter September 21, 2018
  I'm happy to report this week that all tracks are in for dragon races and internal testing will begin next week. I can already smell the fetid breath and brimstone as the fiery dragons lace up and take to the track!
  News @ Block & Chain There is so much going on in development right now. We’re excited to share more about our upcoming games soon. In the meantime, let’s talk about Draggin’ Dragons! Over the past sprint, we have completely revamped the tracks. Why did we do this? Based on our early tests, the original tracks were too narrow, too small and just a little too plain. Our new tracks are wider, more interactive and feel more alive. Each track has a specific theme and amps up the in-race excitement as dragons go over, under and around each track’s environment. We also have limited time, holiday-themed and special event tracks we are going to introduce to enhance these amazing environments even further.
  Before the Update   After the Update UI polish is also continuing, with dynamic screens designed to match the excitement of the racing experience. Exciting little elements such as dragon trivia are also being added because, hey, you have to know your dragons if you’re going to win, right?
  New Victory Screen
  It’s not all fun and games on the Block and Chain team, though. Occasionally, we have to sit down and talk business. Earlier this week, our “Northern California Contingent” met up over hotpot to discuss strategic plans and review our slate of upcoming games.   A rare moment of levity in our otherwise serious work lives   Game Maker’s Corner Aya Columbia: Narrative Designer When someone has a cool idea for a game and wants to talk about story, I’m the person they come to. Together we build worlds and characters for our players to interact with. If there are fun mechanics that make the game challenging or unique, it’s my job to integrate immersive fiction across those mechanics to fit into the world itself. Have a neat puzzle you want the player to play? No problem, I’ll fill the world with secret underground kingdoms locked away with treasures behind puzzles and traps. Have a monster you’re just DYING to see in game? Nothing a little radiation can’t make happen!

Not everyone can take their ideas and make them reality. Narrative Designers can. They take your ideas, integrate them into the world you want to build. We create history and fiction, and make the mechanical bits all fit together seamlessly into gameplay. Anything is possible. Great ideas are always a starting point, but crafting an exhilarating, immersive journey of imagination is exactly why I love doing my job!   In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://qz.com/quartzy/1396466/fortnite-is-boosting-the-battle-royale-genre-ahead-of-other-video-games/ - According to the SuperData report, viewers watched almost 700 million hours of battle royale content from May 2017 through May 2018. B&C: Video games have gone from something kids do in their parents’ basement to a full blown, commercially successful spectator sport. Thanks to platforms like Twitch, video games have become mainstream entertainment, with professional gamers beginning to gain celebrity status. eSports are already making themselves known on the blockchain and I expect we will see this segment only continue to grow as a result.
  https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/19/sony-launching-retro-video-game-console-playstation-classic-in-dec.html - Sony's next video game console is going retro. The electronics giant announced early Wednesday it will sell the PlayStation Classic, a miniature version of its first PlayStation console, on Dec. 3. B&C: With the explosive success of the NES Classic in 2016, it was only a matter of time before Sony released a Playstation Classic. I myself invested in retro Atari, Intellivision and Colecovision consoles among others (Vectrex anyone?), remembering with great nostalgia games of my youth. It’s no surprise to see the following generation of consoles go “classic” and indeed we can wait with baited breath to see our PS4’s and Xbox One’s achieve the same fate one day. More interesting, though, is that today’s advanced storage capacities and broadband connections allow for a great deal of versatility. We could even create a blockchain game console... 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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Blockchain Technology Creates New Job Opportunities

In the United States alone, initial coin offerings have raised more than $3.7 billion in capital for new blockchain ventures. This substantial investment has led to a dramatic increase in the demand for blockchain technology developers. Halo Platform has the great fortune of having a team of talented developers who specialize in this cutting-edge field. Our top-notch engineers are quickly making Halo Platform the most versatile cryptocurrency management tool on the web, one step at a time. Blockchain Job Boom Since November 2015, the job site Indeed reported a 631% increase in job listings that contained the keywords ‘blockchain,’ ‘bitcoin,’ or ‘cryptocurrency’. IBM – one of the best-known giants of the tech industry - has roughly 300 opportunities posted on Monster.com that involve blockchain tech development. In fact, since early 2017, IBM has increased the number of blockchain-focused employees from around 400 to roughly 1,750. IBM isn’t alone in its demand for blockchain professionals. Other well-known companies like Uber, GEICO, eBay, Capital One, Deloitte, JP Morgan, and ESPN are all seeking applicants with crypto skills. This is in addition to the crypto startups, which remain very appealing to individuals seeking new job opportunities. Blockchain tech companies have a glut of full-time employment opportunities, and the marketplace for freelance blockchain work is getting larger by the day. Indeed, opportunities are available involving every aspect of the technology, including design, engineering, sales, and marketing.
 
The Job Market of the Future As blockchain technology continues to develop, the job market will evolve and opportunities that do not even exist yet will need to be filled. These jobs may revolve around virtual currencies that already exist or they are aimed at developing new currencies. With the limitless potential created by the growth of blockchain technologies, new jobs will emerge aimed at implementing blockchain into other industries. New jobs will become available in varied fields such as logistics, cloud computing, music and entertainment, real estate, insurance, health care, and even human resources. As blockchain technologies advance, they will be integrated into an unimaginable number of industries other than cryptocurrency-based services. These positions will be filled by individuals transitioning from related fields and with individuals who have studied blockchain technology at a university. Halo Platform considers itself lucky to work with a team of skilled developers, designers, and operations staff who have expertise in this cutting-edge field. To keep up to date with what the Halo Platform Team is up to, follow us on social media or join our Discord at the links below.
 
 
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Indie Blockchain Games Give Big Developers a Run for Their Money

Earlier this year, video game design company Ubisoft – famous for international franchises like Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and Prince of Persia – announced that it is pursuing new applications of blockchain technology in its video games. The French video game developer, the fourth-largest in the world by market capacity, is joining several large institutions in jumping on the blockchain bandwagon.

Blockchain may have started as a grassroots movement, but it’s trajectory is most definitely towards big business. Now that the original adopters of blockchain technologies – innovators like Charlie Lee, Chris Larsen, and the other intrepid coin entrepreneurs that launched new cryptocurrencies in the past few years – have proven to the markets that blockchain technology is the future. However, in doing so, they caught the attention of some big corporate players.

Now, blockchain technology - something that started as an ideological movement away from centralization - is now consolidating into yet another small department found in the headquarters of every corporate mega-giant in America. Up-and-coming blockchain tech companies like Block & Chain Game Studios don’t want to see that happen unchallenged. We’re developing and launching new indie games powered by the blockchain, pushing aside the big gaming businesses and showing the world the power of blockchain gaming.
 
Gaming is Big Business

No doubt about it, the gaming industry has been blowing up. Ubisoft – the gaming giant that is hoping to grow even bigger on the back of some new blockchain innovation – was established over thirty years ago, just one year after Nintendo released its original NES. This is back in the day when arcade gaming dominated the markets, and home computing was an experimental technology at a stage in development largely analogous to where blockchain is today.

As personal technology developed in the 1990s and 2000s, worldwide gaming revenues skyrocketed. Last year, gamers worldwide spent nearly $109 billion on online, arcade, and console-based games. And, unfortunately, most of this money has gone to line the coffers of a few big companies who are still riding the benefits of their early-mover advantages.
 
Indie Games Make a Comeback

Developing a video game – or a good one, at least – is really hard. It requires coordination between sophisticated content platforms, programmers and publishers, distributors, and of course the gamers themselves. Big companies that are already set up to integrate all of these activities together have a clear advantage. As a result, lots of big companies can develop video games quicker and cheaper than indie companies like Block & Chain. But, they can’t necessarily do it better.

The past few years have seen a resurgence in indie game developers who are not beholden to large corporations and as such are free to explore long-neglected genres. Game platforms are picking up on this and now we are seeing platforms like Xbox Live Arcade and Steam lowering the barriers for distribution of independent games. The time is ripe for independent blockchain developers to make their move!

Block & Chain is disrupting the gaming industry. Video gamers make up a cool and creative community. We love art, adventure, and imagination – not corporate control. For too long, gaming has been dominated by monoliths still riding the wave of the personal computing innovations of the last decade. Now, blockchain gaming is creating a new wave, clearing a path for enterprising new innovators like the talented developers at Block & Chain. There will be plenty of exciting things coming from Block & Chain in the very near future, so keep up to date by following us on at any of our other media outreach platforms: Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn

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Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter - September 14, 2018

Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter September 14, 2018   Our biggest focus this week was implementing the user interface for Draggin’ Dragons. Brandon and Michelle, our elite UI Designers, have been hard at it and it shows. Have a look below for some screenshots!   News @ Block & Chain Blockfight is all but finished at this point. We are focused on integrating a smooth flow of Halodium (our game currency) in and out of the game. Halodium is a token on our network, which will be used across all of our games and tradeable on our exchanges. Players will be able to, for example, win Halodium in Blockfight and take it to Dragons, where they can buy their favorite dragon from the auction house. And that’s just the beginning! All games on our platform will use Halodium so no matter what type of games you like to play, you will always have a tangible currency to play with.   Halodium - Coming soon to a game near you!   Last week, we promised to share some screenshots. Well here they are! Speed races UI is nearly complete, which means our focus will soon shift to polishing the tracks and the races themselves. Next week, we will show you a race in progress!   Draggin’ Dragons Loading Screen   Track Selection Screen - Each track is themed   Game Maker’s Corner Anh Nguyen: Software Developer My name is Anh, but everyone calls me “Tank”. I’m a game developer from Block and Chain Games, where I work with a talented team of designers and artists to build games that are coming to a browser or mobile device near you. My favorite type of game is one that tells a good story. I find these games will linger in your mind for a long time, even after you’ve finished playing them. Some games give you the story up front  and some use missions and quests, like Warcraft. Others just drop hints all around let you live through the story, like This War of Mine. So, ultimately, it’s not just about the story, it’s also about how it is told. From my point of view, games are created to deliver experiences. It’s a form of art, like movies and music, but with a lot more ways to express itself to the audiences. I am inspired by and constantly looking for new exotic experiences and methods to build great games. I like to think of game making from an explorer’s point of view. Blockchain is an exciting new platform, with which we are building and sailing our new “ships”. How do we make them float? Which direction should they head? What should be loaded on those containers? Questions need to be answered, blueprints need to be drawn up and “ships” to be built. Stay with us and see them come to life and leave our port, because you are their destination.
  In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://www.blockchaingamer.biz/features/6167/blockchain-gamer-connects-helsinki-day-one/ - Pocket Gamer Connects conference was this week, featuring a dedicated blockchain game development path - With nearly 70 talks and panel discussions taking place, there was plenty of insight to be had and lessons to be learned. Blockchain enjoyed its fair share of attention, with these being some of the highlights from day one. B&C: It’s great to see mainstream recognition of blockchain games. Those of us in this historical niche industry really believe that blockchain games are the new frontier of consumer play, much like AR/VR and mobile was not too long ago. There are a few data points in this article I find very encouraging: Companies are recognizing the ETH chain is simply to slow for games. Faster blockchains, such as Halo Platform’s, are the future of real-time gaming. "Real" game mechanics can and should be built on the blockchain. Rather than simple wagering, trading, and collecting games, much more robust mechanics can be applied to blockchain games. This is very much in alignment with our vision to make mainstream game mechanics for the blockchain. In spite of the bearish cryptocurrency market, there is a great deal of growth in the blockchain game space. It was reassuring in many ways to read this article because it reiterated the premises upon which Block & Chain operates. Our aim to bring true game mechanics to the blockchain and thus to bring gamers into the cryptosphere is the right pursuit to grow and validate this important new technology.   https://www.finder.com.au/hashcraft-ubisoft-blockchain-game - The first rule of blockchain gaming seems to be: don’t talk about blockchain gaming. When gamers see the word “blockchain” they tend to think “cryptocurrency”. And when they think “cryptocurrency” they tend to have negative thoughts. As if crypto is a gateway to some evil monetisation strategy, brought to you by the same jerks that cryptojacked your phone and bought all the graphics cards. B&C: Aside from the obvious reaction of “whoa, Ubisoft is making a blockchain game?!”, there is a little more to unpack in this article which I think is important for everyone to understand. Blockchain and Cryptocurrency do not amount to the same thing. The evidence in this article makes it clear as we see how companies like SonyTM (Playstation) and MicrosoftTM (Xbox) apply the blockchain as a tool to manage systems, not necessarily relating to cryptocurrency. At Block and Chain we have a similar mindset. I always say to the team “you don’t need to be a cryptocurrency user to play our games”. Our games are powered by the Halo Platform blockchain in many different ways and only some of them relate to the use of Halodium, our in-game currency. You will be able to play most of our games without ever using Halodium if you so desire. 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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Halo Platform Bi-weekly Newsletter - September 14th, 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. During the past sprint (2 weeks), we’ve made a lot of progress with the development of Halo Platform’s lineup of cryptocurrency tools and features.  In addition to providing technical updates, Halo Platform is also pleased to announce our localized marketing campaign, which brings global audiences to our community through multilingual worldwide outreach. Soon, you will see our marketing content translated into Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Russian, and a number of other languages as our community grows through various social media platforms. Masternode System Updates
Among the many improvements made to Halo Platform’s backend tech during this sprint period, we also successfully tested Batch Confirmations and finalized a new Featherlite version release.  With the new update, users can “Withdraw All” in only three clicks - one on the initial withdraw, one on DAPP confirmation of the masternodes and the reward amounts you are withdrawing, and the third for the batch confirmations. The former process requires a confirmation to each masternode reward. This will save our users time whenever they withdraw their rewards.   To update your Featherlite on the latest version, please click here. HaloDEX Updates
We recently released a new version of HaloDEX alpha which changed the main user interface for the exchange page. We’re also adding TradingView, which is an easy to use financial visualization platform that allows users to customize charts as well as create financial analysis forecasts.  We’re refining TradingView to perfection each and every day, so keep an eye out for its pending release in testnet.  Otherwise, we are working hard to squash the final bugs in the DEX and plan to have all issues resolved soon. The HALO Wrappers are also nearly complete and are currently being tested internally. The smart contract backing the DEX is also being slightly reworked to be more modular and allow Halo Platform to more easily migrate as we introduce new features after initial launch. We also changed the Balances page to show both Featherlite and HaloDEX wallet balances. From an end-user experience, this will make it easier to use the DEX on a single page instead of navigating back and forth between Featherlite and HaloDEX wallets. A Socket indicator in the upper-right corner will indicate if your connection is working in real-time.
New HaloDEX features (TradingView and updated Balances)  
HaloDEX Wrapper   The below patch notes provide details on the many fixes and improvements to HaloDEX: 0.4.0 Alpha Changed alignment of sell orders Resized the new order card to take up less space Added contextual colors for buying and selling in the new order card Added 8 decimal places to display data for the order book TradingView replaced AmCharts for main chart on exchange Resolution and symbol changing updates Production config updated for static files relating to TradingView Updated Balances page to now show wallet balances outside of dex. Added some coloring to the page to make it less boring 0.5.0 Alpha Orderbook will now display up to 30 orders on either side Fixes for the depth chart to get it working again The main Exchange view has been reworked completely (Let us know what you think!) Fixes for supporting multiple display sizes Fixes for searching tickers by the actual ticker (ie HALO) Removed grids from trading view Fixes a bug causing orders not belonging to the user to show up in "Your Orders" Fixes a bug causing canceled orders to not properly update in the UI Subscriptions are now functions on TradingView Added a web socket connection indicator Fixed a bug that would cause weird rounding errors when making orders Updated ticker nav bar to navigate to the home screen when on balances screen 0.6.0 Alpha Added new max button to fill all available funds Fixed a bug when trying to exhaust all available funds Fixed a bug where orders would not refresh when changing tokens Removed unused toggles from the new order card Updated minimum amount of HALO required to create an order Fixed a bug that would cause improper volume display on TradingView Updated location of buy/sell forms (they are now flipped) Updated location of web socket connection (far right of the toolbar) 0.7.0 Alpha Added better notifications and order aggregation matching Fixed form validation when creating new orders/trades Added UI piece that shows account lock/unlock status and allows unlocking of locked accounts Block and Chain Game Studio Updates Our final playtests for Blockfight are underway and in the past two weeks we have introduced some features which will allow players to have a quick rematch, see their stats and win a daily drop of free in-game coins. On the back end, we’re working hard to incorporate a low-friction currency flow so players can get crypto into the game quickly and easily. Draggin’ Dragons racing screens are undergoing polish and integration into the game. Check out the Block & Chain newsletter for a sample of these fun and fantastic images. The weekly newsletter from Block & Chain goes out every Friday and can be viewed on our forums: Or sign up for our mailing list to receive the newsletter in your inbox each week: https://www.blockandchain.games/. 
HaloX Updates
Over the last two-week sprint, the exchange team completed the FIX/WebSockets API. This includes all function calls, permissioning, and validation in addition to further code optimizations and schema refinements. The next step for the team is to create a feature complete client in order to serve as a public API client example and allow us to carry out internal testing. In addition to this, we hope to see progress in wallet connectivity and frontend API integration. Halo Platform Portfolio Updates
We’ve been hard at work developing our backend data APIs and integrating them into the frontend Portfolio so that we can show coin values and Portfolio value over time. We’ve also been fine-tuning our interface for customizing and configuring the dashboard to make it fit everyone’s unique user experience. We are currently in development of getting account tracking working so that you can manage and track your portfolio. Marketing and Business Development Updates
Along with all of the great work our developers have been doing on our Platform and exchanges, we have been making big strides in marketing and business development. We’re producing our “User How-To” videos, which will guide the viewer through the various aspects of the many features available on the Halo Platform. These videos are helpful tools for helping new users get oriented with features of the Halo Platform and will expand our community outreach, so be sure to check them out, starting with our first one on setting up Featherlite: Halo Platform was also recently represented by our Business Development Specialist, Matthew Dowd, at TokenFest in Boston, MA on September 13th and 14th. TokenFest is a major, two-day networking event focused on the business and technology of tokenization. The conference plays host to thousands of blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiasts and industry experts. Matthew has been on the floor, handing out Halo Platform t-shirts and setting up meetings with potential enterprise clients and influencers.
 Matt with with CNBC’s Jon Najarian, discussing the future of cryptocurrency.

Halo Platform 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 spreadsheet below.
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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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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Blockchain Games - The Next Generation of Online Gaming

For the most part, technology changes incrementally. Small upgrades become possible through hard work in the research and development labs, and our devices become increasingly sophisticated year over year. But, in very rare circumstances, something will be invented that completely changes the way we engage with our technology. These innovations disrupt established practices and kick off a new phase in tech markets across the world. Bitcoin – the world’s first cryptocurrency – represents an example of this type of disruptive technology at work. Bitcoin shared the first generation of blockchain technology with the public in order to create a decentralized and trustless way to perform financial transactions online. Once groundbreaking new technologies like this are released, however, Pandora has opened her box. There’s no telling what the full implications of any disruptive technology may be, as enterprising tech entrepreneurs constantly develop creative new applications for it. Blockchain gaming represents a new and creative application of blockchain technology. Here at Block & Chain Game Studios, we’re building the next generation of online games by using advanced blockchain applications to build exciting new gaming experiences, the likes of which the world has never seen.
 
What’s Blockchain Gaming?             At this point, most of the online community is generally aware of blockchain technology. A blockchain is basically just a way to structure, verify, distribute, and store data based on a set of algorithms that can perform all of these functions quickly and easily. Every transaction on the blockchain is permanently recorded and used for future verifications, essentially creating a secure and private way to perform two-party transactions.             Although blockchain technology was invented as a financial technology, it is being developed into applications far beyond the world of fintech. Smart transactions running on the blockchain can be designed to apply to just about any peer-to-peer activity, including online gaming. Game designers can use blockchain transactions to reward in-game accomplishments, make provably fair decisions or they can be used to store and manage data in gameplay, replacing the client-server systems of old. Blockchain ledgers can also be used for gaming tournaments, as win-loss records can be maintained indefinitely and securely. Finally, the blockchain enables trustless player-to-player transactions, taking the middleman, historically the profit-motivated game development conglomerate, out of the picture. This exciting new application of blockchain technology appears limitless, and the gaming community can expect great things from the growing blockchain gaming market.
 
What Makes Blockchain Gaming Better Than Traditional Online Games? Game developers are figuring out all sorts of ways to run online games securely, privately, and efficiently using blockchain technology. For example, you can form teams in new and existing MMORPGs and record your guild’s accomplishments on the public ledger. Gamers can also use blockchain transactions to exchange in-game resources or share rewards. And for gamers who prefer to put a little skin into their games, blockchain technology is becoming increasingly relevant in the world of online wagering. Many websites offer payouts for wagers and competitions in the form of cryptocurrencies, which players can either continue to use in-game or trade on a cryptocurrency exchange. Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology can be integrated into the gaming ecosystem in limitless ways. Players can make in-game purchases, including upgrades and special items, or receive rewards in the form of digital coin. Smart contracts offer seemingly endless freedom to create new gaming applications based on the blockchain, and Block & Chain Game Studios is working hard to define the genre and propel online gaming to the next level. Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn

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Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter - September 7, 2018

Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter September 7, 2018   This week concluded Sprint 17. It’s hard to believe we’ve been together for 34 weeks now. It’s exciting to watch the synergy within the team. Everyone works extremely well together, sharing ideas, technology and constantly cheering each other on. I often marvel at their pace and muse over the fact that most game teams I’ve seen with a portfolio as big as ours are twice the size. It just goes to show how important a good team culture is. The same can be said for the Halo Platform team as well.   News @ Block & Chain While part of the team is building the cryptocurrency integration for Blockfight, we are continuing to add polish and additional features to the game. One example of this is the addition of a quick replay button to the end-of-battle overlay. This will allow you to reset and get back into the action fast! You can also switch your arena here if you’re craving a change of venue.  
Like your favorite freemium games, we include a free daily coin drop of our in-game soft currency. Just login to the game once a day and click “Collect Free Coins” to claim them. While this soft currency can only be spent in-game, you will always be able to play Blockfight with these coins.     The Draggin’ Dragons game makers have been very busy this week working on the user interface. With the majority of game mechanics done, it’s time to make the game look and feel fantastic! Like Blockfight, players will be able to play with in-game coins or Halodium, our cryptocurrency token, built on the Halo Platform. Look for a sample of new screenshots in our next newsletter. Dragon races will begin soon! Simmering quietly in the background, we are also developing our partner platform. We at Block and Chain Games believe that platform makers must be game makers first. The systems we are using to build Blockfight and Draggin’ Dragons are being developed into SDK’s, which will allow fellow game makers to easily bring their games onto our platform, and reap the benefits we have to offer. We will be publishing our whitepaper and formally announcing our partner platform once these two games are live.   Game Maker’s Corner Adam Testerman: Software Developer My name is Adam and I'm one of the game programmers for Block and Chain Games. A big part of my job involves writing the code that helps run a game, including the logic for the gameplay itself. And as a gamer, I think solid gameplay is absolutely critical, which is why I'm so interested in developing games using blockchain technology.

The ability to prove that a game is fair, or to grant a player a truly unique item, or to let a player earn real currency using the blockchain are intriguing avenues to explore. They are innovative features that change the way we play video games, which is really exciting!

What other features could arise from blockchain technology? How far will it reach? Could it eventually affect things like e-sports or entire genres? Will players have a warm reception? I think questions like these are important to ask, and it's amazing to be part of a team that will help decide the answers.   In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://www.bitrates.com/news/p/apple-reportedly-forced-coinbase-to-delist-blockchain-game-war-riders  - The up and coming blockchain-based game, War Riders, has reportedly become a point of contention between the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase and Apple. After the MMO (massively multiplayer online) game was featured on Coinbase’s mobile apps on Android and iOS, it was unceremoniously removed from the latter without any explanation. B&C: It’s tough to see another game maker’s hard work removed from such a major platform. Many of us have worked in the mobile game world and know how difficult it can be to navigate the submission process. This is part of the reason B&C is web first, which allows us to be more agile with fewer constraints. There is some silver lining, however, as Apple has been re-examining its approach to blockchain applications. That said, Android, which is much more permissible with application content, has a wider global reach and has been outpacing Apple’s hardware growth for several years.   https://nulltx.com/triforce-tokens-announces-blockchain-based-dynamic-advertising/ - The platform will allow companies to literally brand any object, texture, media, within a game in seconds. Immutable data and live tracking are also provided to track metrics. The platform is fully operational, and CEO Pete Mardell has provided video demos showcasing the advertising at work. Dominoes, as well as AXN in Spain, has already conducted live campaigns using this revolutionary advertising technology. B&C: It was only a matter of time before someone in the blockchain world got into the in-game advertising business. I remember in a previous company, where placement of competitors’ ads in our games was hotly debated. Doubtless, this will eventually take off as blockchain games become more mainstream. At B&C, we won’t be using in-game ads for 3rd party games. Rather, the B&C Platform will be a place to cross-promote games on our platform. This is a service we will provide at no additional cost to game platform partners.   https://www.businessinsider.com/spider-man-ps4-review-marvel-playstation-4-2018-9#1-traversal-feels-the-best-its-felt-in-any-video-game-1 - Sony has done it again. After delivering on several exclusive PlayStation 4 hits over the past few years, including "Horizon Zero Dawn" and this year's "God of War," the studio's collaboration with Insomniac Games has yielded yet another must-have game for any PlayStation 4 owner. B&C: We sincerely tip our hats to Sony. Movie properties can be extremely lucrative, but the catch is usually two-fold: 1. Development is usually rushed to meet a movie launch date, and 2. Player expectations are extremely high. More often than not, superhero games are critical failures, with games like Batman Arkham Asylum and its sequels the rare exception. It’s great to see more care has been taken with Spider-Man. We can’t wait to get our hands on this one! 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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Can Blockchain Technology Create A More Equitable Tech Industry?

Many believe that blockchain technology will overrun the tech giants, breaking up the internet services market that is increasingly controlled by only a few big companies. While it’s right to be optimistic, it would also be foolish to blindly believe that blockchain is a silver bullet. The blockchain industry itself, and cryptocurrency more specifically, could very well be moving towards consolidation. While the new technology may totally disrupt the internet as we know it now, it could very well mimic the same cycle as the dot-com craze of the 1990’s. This would only perpetuating the typical industry’s consolidation lifecycle, giving rise to another set of corporate giants to replace the FAMGA monopoly that currently controls most of the internet services market.   

            Any technology has the potential to disrupt economic activity. New inventions create new products and services, as well as new processes by which businesses get things done. For starters, blockchain technology may revolutionize the way companies advertise. Now, companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon monitor our search inquires. Based on our inquiries, these companies target specific advertisements for products and services. This process has become increasing profitable. Social media outlets – and just about any other tech company that can get their hands on it - capture, store, mine, and even sell our data. In fact, advertising accounted for almost $27 billion of Facebook’s revenue in 2016, and in 2017, Google’s advertising campaigns contributed over 70 percent of its revenues. 

            Some people believe that these marketing methods are ethically questionable. The capture, storage, and sale of our private data can invade our privacy, but doing so is so extremely lucrative that these privacy concerns are often dismissed as just a cost of doing business.  The blockchain, however, offers robust privacy protections. As a result, the increasing integration of blockchain technology in advertising may eliminate the trade-off between privacy and profitability in our online data. 
Blockchain technology returns control to the individual, providing them with the ability to grant or deny access to companies before they’re able to capture their data.  It can also allow individuals to store and sell their data themselves.  Moreover, companies could pay users in cryptocurrency in exchange for viewing their advertisements.  This system would not only apply to social media usage. It could also extend to search engines and even email. 

            Blockchain is overhauling the way tech companies interact with their customers.  Blockchain serves to protect the user by returning to us control over our privacy, something many of us have unwittingly ceded to Facebook, Google, Amazon, or others.  Currently, tech giants profit most from their ability to accumulate and sell our data to third-party marketers.  Big tech’s control over consumers, however, is diminished by putting consumers back in control over their data. 

            Blockchain technology is a groundbreaking new innovation. However, because it is so new, there is no telling how it will ultimately impact the internet services market. Some fear that blockchain is on a path towards centralization, thus perpetuating the domination these entities have over us.  For starters, Facebook, which has a history of absorbing start-up companies, has recently begun exploring the possibility of buying blockchain startups. This would perpetuate the consolidation lifecycle, further strengthening the FAMGA monopoly’s stranglehold on the market.  This could be devastating, particularly in light of the fact that Facebook’s revenue stream revolves around its ability to capture and sell our data. 

            Blockchain technology is good business, and big companies are starting to catch on. Even financial institutions are beginning to profit from cryptocurrency. Big companies have every incentive to cash in on the blockchain revolution, and the only thing preventing them is the up-and-coming companies that are breaking up the FAMGA monopoly. Halo Platform is just the type of innovative, lean new company that threatens the corporate giants of the tech world with market disruption.

            Halo Platform is building a cryptocurrency platform that is useful for everyone. Our goal is to make blockchain technology and cryptocurrency something that all of us use in our daily lives, just like search engines and social media today. By offering a unique new way to interact with people and services online, Halo Platform is playing an important role in the growing blockchain revolution.
 
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August 31st, 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. The monthly AMA (Ask Me Anything) session was streamed on our Youtube channel last Sunday.  We answered many questions with Michael Quale, our Chief Technology Officer.  Michael discussed a handful of interesting topics pertaining to security, scalability, and both centralized and decentralized exchanges.  In case you were not able to watch the live stream, an archived video is available here to watch any time. We plan to continue running our regular AMAs in the near future.  
HaloDEXⓇ updates Since HaloDEX has gone public beta on our testnet network, we’ve taken in a lot of feedback and suggestions. This information is driving improvements to the decentralized exchange’s performance as well as user experience. Testing is still ongoing and if you would like to join the public beta, please see our instructions to get started.  At this point, we’re working on wrapping up the final pieces of the DEX. We continue to release testnet updates to the community every one to two days. Once user feedback is implemented and final performance enhancements are made, we will launch HaloDEX on our mainnet network.  The importance of releasing a stable product is crucial for us and our supporters.  With an exchange, security and functional use are imperative and we want to ensure the DEX exceeds expectations.
HaloXⓇ updates Development on the centralized exchange, HaloX, is ongoing, with back end systems up and running and ongoing enhancements inherited from the DEX. In addition, websocket implementation and integration into the website’s UI is underway and we expect to have a fully working interface over the next couple of sprints. Value pricing and Settlement mechanisms are also now in place so we have a way to constantly update product risk on the fly. Stay tuned for more updates on HaloX.
  Halo Platform Portfolio updates Our developers have been working hard to create charts which will display information about your cryptocurrency portfolio.  They’ve also started preparation to hook up to external exchange APIs to fetch various market data and retrieve transaction history.  In the below image, see how a chart and source are selected.  The chosen information displays chart metrics based on the currency and date range. Our portfolio management system will be available in the future for Featherlite.


Business Development updates Hello from Matt Dowd. I was asked to explain some of the work we have been doing on the business development front. First off, I just want to say that, after my past career experience as a commodities floor trader and a business development manager for a global derivatives exchange, it is so exciting to be a part of the team during this incredible time of growth and development. In the past two weeks, we have had several meetings with various industry disruptors and potential platform partners. Overwhelmingly, these meetings have yielded a strong belief that Halo Platform’s technology is a network of choice to take blockchain businesses to the highest level. Although specific partnerships cannot be discussed yet, more updates will be announced as they progress.   In addition, we are working very diligently to get HALO listed on many popular exchanges. Although there are many existing and up-and-coming exchanges, a majority of cryptocurrency traders prefer to use only a few select platforms. Exclusively relying our own exchanges is not the end-game. Being listed on key exchanges grants Halo Platform plenty of room for mass adoption.
   
Block & Chain Games updates The Block and Chain Game Studio’s website officially went live last week.  A lot of information can be found here to know more about the gaming division and the amazing team working to create some exciting games on the Halo Platform project.  In addition, the roadmap shows how close Block Fight and Draggin’ Dragons is from launch. The weekly newsletter from Block & Chain goes out every Friday and can be viewed on our forums: https://community.haloplatform.tech/blogs/blog/4-block-chain-newsletters/ Or sign up for our mailing list to receive the newsletter in your inbox each week: https://www.blockandchain.games/

Other updates Last week, we launched our public forum aimed at increasing our online presence. News, industry topics, patch notes, blogs and reward payouts are just a few topics users can discover for both the Halo Platform and Block & Chain Games. If you’re interested in learning about user tips or guidance within the Halo Platform, please ask and we will provide as much information as possible. If the information is not already present in the forum, login and start a new discussion. Join our online forum at https://community.haloplatform.tech/ 
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 View our progress on our roadmap. https://www.haloplatform.tech/roadmap.html 
Connect with us on social media
Twitter - https://twitter.com/Halo_Platform
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LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/haloplatform/
Github - https://github.com/haloplatform
Community Forum - https://community.haloplatform.tech/
Block and Chain Game Studios - https://www.blockandchain.games/

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 - August 31, 2018

Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter August 31, 2018 As summer comes to an end, the season finds us hard at work on our launch titles (and several others which will be mentioned at a later date). With the launch of our website last week, we have also kicked off our marketing efforts for Block and Chain studios. This includes blog and social media posts, videos on our Youtube channel and press releases for our game launches.  Even more importantly, we’re working on a handful of partnerships with crypto gaming sites to become preferred partners. This means you will see our games featured prominently on these popular blockchain websites! More specifics to come soon.
  News @ Block & Chain
        
Todd is putting the finishing touches on Block Fight this sprint and we are building the smart contracts needed to sync currency flows with the Halo Platform. This week’s update includes a new Player Profile screen with useful player stats, player risk rating and favorite fighter. 
We are also pleased to share the Block Fight trailer video with you. This video is featured on our Block Fight web page and provides an exciting snapshot into the game. Take a moment, kick back and have a look!
Game Maker’s Corner By Nelson Hernandez: Game Artist  I’m Nelson and I’m one of the Artists for Block and Chain Game Studios. I’m part of a team that’s designing some amazing stuff! I’m a digital artist, which means I create almost all my art on a computer. I use Adobe Photoshop and work on a Wacom Cintiq. I don’t need much else besides some art direction (a description of a design need) and some inspiration.  So what inspires? Well, just about anything awesome I come across from comic books to film to other amazing art that’s out there. As an artist, I keep my eyes open to different styles in game design and animation. I love how vast the art landscape is for gaming: you can create a game with a hyper-realistic style or build a beautifully intricate puzzle game.  I want to create cool stuff to wow our players as well as my friends and studio mates. It might sound cliche, but I work with some amazingly talented people (and they’re so nice!). They inspire me too! I’ve worked with a lot of them before and know that they set the quality bar pretty high. Creating game art for a living is a dream. It’s hard, but fun! I look forward to our players finally seeing what we’ve created!
In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out!  https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/cryptokitties-is-bringing-the-blockchain-to-life-using-art-and-cats-1027498231 - On September 1, CryptoKitties, in partnership with Meural, will unveil an art exhibit at the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. The exhibit, "Bringing Blockchain to Life," will showcase the inner workings of blockchain technology in real-time. Adorable digital cats are expected to be a dominant feature in the work.  B&C: I remember when video game art started to hit the mainstream art world. A lot of people thought it was a joke and an insult to the art world. Now it’s not uncommon to find video game art in a gallery. It stands to reason blockchain game art is not too far behind. Maybe someday soon, we’ll see some of our Draggin’ Dragons in a gallery.

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/pressreleases/324931/The_IMGA_launches_its_first_Blockchain_Games_Competition_and_Summit.php - The International Mobile Gaming Awards, founded in 2004, and today the largest mobile games competition in the world, with Conferences and Awards Ceremonies in Nanjing, China, Manila, Philippines, Amman, Jordan, Helsinki, Finland, and San Francisco, United States, announced today the launch of a dedicated campaign for a Blockchain competition.  B&C: The mainstream gaming world is quickly beginning to recognize the legitimacy of blockchain games. It wasn’t long ago when social media games and then mobile games were seen as a passing fad. These quickly became a bona fide genre unto themselves and it’s only a matter of time before blockchain games are recognized in the same way.

https://neonewstoday.com/general/neo-game-competition-announces-strategic-cooperation-with-mobile-game-development-platform-cocos/ - The NEO Blockchain Game Development Competition, hosted by NewEconoLabs (NEL) with support from NEO Global Development, has announced a strategic cooperation with Cocos to build the BlaCat game platform and developer ecosystem.  B&C: While Cocos may not be as popular as Unity or Unreal, it is a legitimate game engine with a considerable user base. Once again, the mainstream is making efforts to bring blockchain gaming into the fold.
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The Blockchain Revolution – Returning the Power to the People

A typical industry’s lifecycle culminates in the consolidation phase - that is, market participants eventually merge with other related companies to form larger conglomerates.  Although these mergers typical show signs of stability and maturity, this process also consolidates wealth and exacerbates income inequality. 

Left to their own devices, private enterprises would swell into monopolies that dominate the market and impact all of our lives with their political and social influence.  Many fear the FAMGA tech giants – Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon – are becoming monopolies, wielding all of their massive power to improperly influence our political and economic systems. Blockchain technology, however, is a counterbalance to these mighty megaliths.  

            Economists have been cautioning against the consolidation of the tech industry for quite some time. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have questioned the effectiveness of antitrust enforcement based on the seemingly unstoppable growth of the FAMGA and similar conglomerates.  In fact, these tech giants now dominate the S&P 500—a stark difference from just over ten years ago when ExxonMobile and General Electric topped the list. Now, many fear this concentration of wealth is stifling innovation.  Moreover, with only a limited number of companies prospering, tech giants’ control of the tech market allows them to manipulate our behavior. This is a particularly critical concern now that the Obama-era net neutrality rules have been rescinded.

            Decentralized, open source blockchain-based services may prove to be the very type of market disruption that the tech industry badly needs. It can be applied to mitigate the issues that tech giants’ consolidated wealth is causing to our virtual lives.  Blockchain is a groundbreaking new innovation that is often compared to the emergence of the internet.  Just as no one person, government, organization, or corporation owns the internet, neither does any one entity own blockchain. So, there is a relatively lower risk that a blockchain-based tech market would consolidate into a few monopolistic companies as it has under the traditional internet.

When market control is properly distributed, the system becomes safer and more private.  Moreover, innovation, due to blockchain’s immutable characteristics, opens a wave a new use uses.  However, the decentralized nature of blockchain is a benefit to consumers and the average citizen who has ceded control of his or her personal data to consolidated tech giants.  FAMGA and other tech companies do not only store our data, but they often bundle and sell it at an enormous profit.  As a result, decentralized blockchain serves to benefit the average citizen by returning privacy controls to the individual, and even opens paths for consumers to benefit from the sale of their data.

Halo Platform understands that blockchain technology is not the latest widget or gadget. It’s a totally new way to interact with people and services online. As the internet continues to play an increasingly important role in each of our daily lives, we will be relying on blockchain technology more and more. In order to make sure that nobody is left out of this next digital revolution, Halo Platform is developing an all-in-one cryptocurrency platform that everyone can use. Soon, we won’t all be subject to the economic and social pressures created by the increasingly powerful FAMGA conglomerate. Join the revolution, and check out Halo Platform today.
            
 
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Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter - August 24, 2018

Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter August 24, 2018   Welcome to our weekly newsletter! This is Block and Chain’s forum to share with our community our product updates, thoughts from our team and news from the industry. Follow any of our social media channels, join our mailing list, or login to our forums to keep on top of the exciting news coming from Block and Chain Game Studios!
  News @ Block & Chain
        
This week marked a significant milestone for Block and Chain Games. With the launch of our website (www.blockandchain.games) and kickoff of this weekly newsletter, we are making our presence known in the crypto gaming sphere. But, unlike our competitors, we are making real games with high production values in a broad variety of genres. And we’re well underway on that front, with 4 games currently in development from our own team and a suite of games under development by our external partners.  We will present more information on all of our games in the coming days, but for now we are pleased to announce two launch titles: Blockfight and Draggin’ Dragons. Blockfight is an intense 3D monster vs monster fighting game, where you select your character and how much you want to risk and the selected characters battle it out. The Halo Platform blockchain determines the outcome of every battle, but this isn’t just another wagering game. Players can play with cryptocurrency and soft currency, an in-game coin which we provide to all players who login daily or that can be purchased for fiat inside the game. 
Our second and even larger, more epic game is Draggin’ Dragons. This 32-bit game hearkens back to the days of Super Nintendo, except with a modern twist. In the Draggin’ Dragons world, you can pick your favorite dragon to race to victory. Players can watch and wager on races or purchase one of our exclusive dragons, earning a cut from ALL of the character’s winnings. Those who seek a deeper experience can collect dragons by purchasing them in our in-game auction house or breeding them with other dragons.  Draggin’ Dragons has over 150 varieties of dragons to offer, each with a set of unique abilities. These dragons can be raced on our battle tracks, but they don’t just run around. Instead, battle dragons have to deal with dastardly obstacles while doing their best to knock their opponents out of the race.  Race, collect, train and win, all in this exciting new game powered by the Halo Platform blockchain!  
Game Maker’s Corner By Devin Seto: Head of Games Blockchain games are a little different in terms of how they are marketed. Where console developers tend to spend millions of dollars on massive campaigns and cinematic trailers, and mobile games rely on player acquisition from online ads, blockchain game marketing is uncharted territory. While we could take a similar approach, it’s my belief that those techniques won’t attract the attention we seek. Further, blockchain games have an extensive global reach and we would be doing ourselves a disservice to focus exclusively on North American marketing efforts. The spirit of blockchain technologies is one which acknowledges the organic nature of decentralization. Like the world wide web in its early days, the blockchain is built by the people, for the people. It stands to reason, then, that similar organic methods will be useful in marketing our games. As such, we plan to emphasize and empower our international community through forums, social media and online content. And strive to excite the masses about the wonderful possibilities of a game studio, comprised of game industry veterans, with the Halo Platform at its core.  So with that, I invite you to join us on an amazing journey to define this new genre of games on the blockchain frontier. Follow our channels as we welcome you to share in our successes and learnings in the days to come.
 
 
In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out!

http://www.gamescom.global/ - This week, Gamescon, Europe’s largest Games Conference in Cologne, Germany.  Gamescom serves as the central platform for the European computer- and video game industry. This show brings together the worlds of retail, trade, and media, providing the ideal setting for the establishment and cultivation of business relationships.   B&C: It’s only a matter of time before blockchain games make their debut in conferences like this one, GDC in San Francisco, or E3 in L.A. Maybe you’ll see us there next year! https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2018/08/should-your-next-video-game-be-on-blockchain-the-benefits-may-surprise-you.html - Rather than worrying about what points they’ll earn completing a level, gamers are unlocking, earning, and buying different items in their virtual world. While we already see this happening in games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and the massive world of weapon skin and item buying, selling, trading, and gambling, the most recent game to take the world by storm, Fortnite, offers the most eye-opening example.  B&C: These features that “mainstream games” are experimenting with are inherent in blockchain technology. Trustless systems like those used on the Halo Platform are ideal for player-to-player transactions. https://bitcoinist.com/gaming-key-cryptocurrency-mass-adoption/ - Do you think something as simple as a gamified economy in an application could create mass adoption of digital currencies?  B&C: Our answer to that is a resounding “NO”! Slapping a game together and making people play for crypto is not going to provide people a worthwhile experience, nor the education needed to confidently partake in cryptocurrency. Games must be engaging and worthwhile on their own merits first and foremost, and then use that engagement as a means to ease new users into the cryptosphere.
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ICO Developers Make Good on Promises, Boosting Overall Market Confidence

Last year, the crypto markets saw thousands of coin launches. As we all now know, plenty of these turned out to be out-right scams. Fraudulent ICOs have left many investors skeptical about ICOs. After all, with little regulatory oversight, what’s to stop companies from launching a new coin and then pocketing the funds? Fortunately, rather than running off with bags of cash to countries without extradition, many ICOs are actually working hard to develop the products they got funding for. Given cryptocurrency’s recent challenges with frauds and schemes, this is a very good sign. Lots of crypto companies are actually using the capital they raised from their coins to create exciting new products for the crypto community, and this is increasing investor confidence across the market. Halo Platform was developed by a team of people who really believe in the future of blockchain technology and the important services it can provide to its community of users. We launched a very successful ICO last year, but that’s just the beginning of our story. We’ve used the resources provided to us by our community to develop some exciting new products, and today we are working with reputable ICO’s to launch their coins and tokens on the Halo Platform blockchain!  
Strong ICO-Funded Product Releases Make for a Bullish Crypto Market Media coverage of ICOs is shifting from a focus on exit scams and Ponzi schemes to a recognition of the new products and services being developed from this new approach to venture capital. Halo Platform is proud to be among the most productive participants of last year’s ICO wave. This is definitely good news for the cryptocurrency market as a whole, which has seen prices creeping upwards throughout this month. Based on the recent performance of the crypto markets, the HODL crowd is breathing a sigh of relief. Crypto investors are hopeful that markets will see another bull run in 2018 as more and more companies who ran ICOs launch products.  
Halo Platform is Powering the New Wave of the Crypto Revolution ICOs have raised hundreds of millions of dollars over the past couple of years, and this is a lot of capital to fund new ventures. It’s critical for the health of the overall markets that crypto companies make good on their promises. If not, the exciting new technology that cryptocurrency represents may be dismissed by the mainstream as just another money grab. Halo Platform believes in the crypto revolution, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure it succeeds. Our products aren’t just something that we’re doing for ourselves, they are meant to have a positive impact on the blockchain community as a whole. As Halo Platform continues to create better and more useful products, Halo Platform users can expect good things for the future. We’re working hard to create value for the community, and soon we’ll all be experiencing the benefits of a hard-won battle for the future of the blockchain.
 
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August 17th, 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 was released on testnet on August 16th. If you would like to test our new decentralized exchange, download and install the latest version of Featherlite here. We have also provided an instruction manual to help users become more familiar with the decentralized exchange and understand how HaloDEX works. You can find the instructions here. For more information, check out our FAQ. Support will be readily accessible in the #dex-testing channel on Discord or by email support@haloplatform.tech. Accessing HaloDEX on TestNet   Featherlite Updates: In addition, there have been many updates on Halo Platform’s wallet Featherlite. See below for the full list.: Wallet 1.0 changelog: Transaction hex are not longer truncated Users can now create feather accounts from wallet Fixed sending validation Fixed some rounding and balance display errors Added true transaction history Fixed send all to always send all (used to leave .000000001 halo) Masternode Dapp 2.2.0 changelog: Fixed bug that sometimes caused funding address to disappear from provision form. Fixed overfund error message. Added new feature to select sell orders and buy all selected sell orders. Fixed bug that caused only the first card in monitoring card view to update when withdrawing all rewards. Updated UI for monitoring statistics and added new account-based statistics. Added new feature to request termination of masternodes. Added new feature for joining private masternodes to masternodes. Added new feature, prompts user to unlock account if they attempt an action with a locked account. Refactored masternode manage/detail view sell orders to include all sell orders for the masternode. Featherlite 1.1.0: Updated PP and ToS Block users from going forward while data.json is loading Fixed a bug where users were not blocked from blacklist accounts sometimes Added batch transactions Refactor confirmation messages to distinguish between transactions and contract interactions Added HaloDEX on testnet Configurable menu depending on network id Fix confirmation rejection not being passed down to dapps Be sure to set your calendar for August 26th at 1PM EST for our next AMA with Michael Quale, Halo Platform’s Chief Technology Officer and 25-year software development veteran. Michael has experience in software design, modeling, integration, and migration to meet highly available, scalable, and secure cloud solutions. Michael will be able to answer questions regarding security, performance, and scalability on Halo Platform. If you have questions, submit them using this form or tweet it to us at @HaloPlatform. Please use hashtag #AMA with your question. Another big date coming up is Monday, August 20th at 7–7:30 AM EST/PST. Halo Platform will be featured on AMC Networks’ NewsWatch. We are very excited to be featured on national television and get exposure on a great program like NewsWatch. Other Exchange Updates: It’s been a long, busy few weeks for the HaloDEX team, and we’ve been committing our best and brightest to launching our decentralized exchange. The amazing features available on HaloDEX, will certainly be worth the wait. This system provides a persistent websocket connection to our DEX API. What that means is that since Halo Platform’s chain is so fast, orders execute in near real-time and updates and price action movements will be almost instantaneous. We are aiming to please even the most demanding traders, so we built HaloDEX with everything active crypto traders need. Work on our centralized exchange (HaloX) continues to move forward in parallel with the current focus on back end development. With the back end functionality is complete, the codebase has undergone a major refactor to create a library of well documented and reusable functions to allow us to scale up quickly in the future. The final piece of the puzzle on HaloX is the API to connect the front and back end pieces which will be quickly followed with Unit Testing, Simulation Testing and rigorous software and hardware optimizations. Block & Chain Games Update: This sprint, we are working on wrapping up Blockfight (which we introduced to you in the last newsletter). We are also integrating it into the platform. The API’s created for HaloDEX and Featherlite will work with the game to make gameplay and currency flows as seamless as possible. In addition to cryptocurrency, Blockfight will also have a traditional soft currency, which can be purchased with Fiat and cannot be cashed out of the game. This will ensure the game has a free-to-play element, as soft currency will be given as daily rewards to loyal players. We won’t restrict players to only buy cryptocurrency in order to play our games. Rather, we want to introduce them to the Halo Platform through a system that is familiar to them. Most traditional gamers will likely use soft currency in our games and graduate to cryptocurrency as they become more familiar with it. This is a fundamental element to our growth strategy for Block & Chain games and the platform as a whole. Next week, we are going to launch our new website. That will also kick off a campaign of social media updates, videos and newsletters, much like we’re doing with the Halo Platform. We are going to reach beyond the US and establish a social media presence in numerous countries where social and crypto games are growing in popularity. Here is a sneak peek of our new home page: Halo Platform 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 created by the community. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ghIixsf4WSrd9RYEAEc3lzuB8pq9MX9mi27h39GJL-U/edit#gid=826076888 Please note, this spreadsheet is not an official Halo Platform document, not is it provided as a statement of expected returns. Please use it at your own discretion. 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 on social media 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 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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Decentralized Exchanges: The Future of the Cryptocoin Market

The blockchain and cryptocurrency revolution has hit hard and fast. Digital coin entrepreneurs are offering new opportunities every day, and it can be hard to tell what makes the best crypto exchange for you. One exciting new development in the cryptocoin markets that is sure to benefit everyone in the digital coin community, however, is the rise of decentralized exchange sites. Halo Platform is building the most diverse and user-friendly cryptocurrency toolboxes on the web. The latest addition to our customizable suite of services is HaloDEX — our secure and low-cost decentralized exchange. But what sets decentralized exchanges apart, and why is it that many in the crypto community are calling decentralized exchanges the future of the cryptocoin market? Centralized and Quasi-Decentralized Exchanges Getting down to the nitty-gritty, there are two major types of cryptocurrency exchanges: centralized and decentralized. However, centralized exchanges are also broken down based on whether they are custodial or non-custodial. Custodial exchanges, including Coinbase, Bitfinex, and Gemini, manage user assets through an internal ledger that maintains the balances in users’ digital coin wallets. Custodial exchange sites are the most traditional form of centralized digital coin trading. They typically allow for quick processing time, and millions of people around the world rely on them for their daily digital coin trades. Unfortunately, however, these centralized exchanges commonly hold huge amounts of funds in centralized wallets, which are commonly targeted by cybercriminals seeking to hack in and steal exchange users’ digital coins. In comparison, non-custodial exchanges, which can be characterized as quasi-decentralized, do not directly manage users’ wallets. This hybrid approach offers some security benefits, but they do not operate in the fully trustless environment of a decentralized exchange site. It’s possible that a security breach can be prevented by more robust smart contract development, but it’s up to the developer to design it with appropriate safeguards in mind, and ultimately the consumer to do their homework to determine what security measures are in effect. Decentralization Brings a New Wave of Crypto Exchanges The third category is that of decentralized exchanges, which many believe to be the future of the cryptocoin market. Decentralization — which is characterized by a lack of centralized management — has been a hallmark of the blockchain and cryptocurrency revolution. However, there are only a few decentralized exchanges (commonly referred to as “DEX”) in existence due to the technological challenges associated with building such an advanced software application. Halo Platform’s skilled team of programmers, software architects, and cryptocurrency experts have worked night and day to develop the advanced blockchain technology that supports HaloDEX. Unlike exchanges that rely on the Ethereum blockchain and ERC-20 tokens, Halo Platform runs HaloDEX on its own blockchain that is orders of a magnitude faster than Ethereum’s blockchain. The HaloDex uses advanced technology to ensure all connected clients receive updates in realtime allowing the chain to handle what it is meant to handle, the ledger changes. That makes HaloDEX scalable to accommodate high demand in addition to being truly trustless and lightning fast. While there are a few other decentralized exchange sites out there, few can match the quality and sophistication of HaloDEX, which has the potential to become the most popular crypto exchange on the web. To find out more about HaloDEX and the other exciting offerings from Halo Platform, join our community. 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/

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New Opportunities in Blockchain Tech Helps Bridge the Gender Gap

The overwhelming gender gap in the technology and financial industries is an undeniable fact. However, every new technological development brings with it the potential for market changes. Amid the current cryptocurrency boom, many are wondering whether blockchain technology will open up new doors for women in tech, or whether its entanglement of tech and finance will only serve to further gender divides. The answer to this query is encouraging, as more and more women are founding, leading, and participating in up-and-coming blockchain companies. Without input from multiple viewpoints, we’re in danger of creating an echo chamber where innovation is all but impossible. The Halo Platform Team is working to build the cryptocurrency platform of the future, and we understand that diversity of thought and opinion will be critical to our success. As a result, Halo Platform is excited to be at the cutting-edge of the blockchain revolution, which is creating important new economic opportunities for women in tech. ICOs Open Up New Opportunities for Women in Tech Narrowing the gender divide in the technology industry requires the creation of more opportunities for entrepreneurship, hiring, and advancement for women in tech. As it turns out, the recent ICO boom may have actually boosted female participation the technology sector. ICOs provide cryptocurrency startups a means to fundraise in a manner that does an end run around traditional avenues, such as venture capitalist and investment loans. However, since ICOs are decentralized, they avoid some of the inherent discrimination and biases built in to our existing financial services industry. By working directly with the community, a talented female tech entrepreneur can avoid the “old boys’ club” that has contributed to economic gender gaps for generations. Blockchain Companies Create Increasing Demand For Women in STEM ICOs have created a more gender-equitable way of raising capital. However, this isn’t the only potential benefit the blockchain may offer to women in tech. The cryptocurrency phenomenon has resulted in an explosion in demand for blockchain developers. As more jobs are created, new opportunities at blockchain companies will open up doors for women with Science, Tech, Engineering and Math (STEM) degrees looking for their next career. New demand for developers, programmers, product managers, and many other roles will also stimulate new training programs that will help raise up the next generation of women in tech. One day soon, blockchain technology will be incorporated into all of our lives. It’s used and useful for almost everything. Current applications range from finance, real estate, healthcare, government, personal and real property ownership, and even environmental preservation. What the blockchain will ultimately make possible is anyone’s guess. However, as new opportunities for women develop in the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology markets, the blockchain revolution may give way to a more equitable society in the future. Halo Platform sees the big picture, and we’re glad to promote and practice diversity within the blockchain technology movement. We’re disrupting the biased and broken institutions that have kept too many people down for too long, and we’re doing that by offering blockchain-based services that are useful to everyone. As blockchains become an increasingly important part of the way we live and work, new opportunities for women and minorities will open up possibilities for a brighter future. Join the Halo Platform Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github

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August 3rd, 2018

Welcome to the Halo Platform bi-weekly newsletter! Every two weeks, we provide the latest updates on our development in several departments. In this week’s newsletter, we want to focus your attention on the continued development of HaloDEX, Halo Platform’s decentralized exchange. HaloDEX Update We are pleased to announce that the public beta release of HaloDEX will begin on August 15. The first available trading pair will be HALO/ETH. After a few days of testing, BTC and other token pairs will be added and available for trade. Shortly after the launch of HaloDEX, we plan to start our Coin/Token Voting Competition. The competition will allow users to vote for their favorite projects to be listed on HaloDEX. Projects with the highest votes at the end of the competition will be reviewed and selected as the next coin/token added to HaloDEX. These votes will take place regularly, so vote early and often. If you want to see your project listed on the DEX, outside of the voting competition, you can inquire via email at listings@haloplatform.tech. The launch of HaloDEX is the next big step forward for Halo Platform. The Halo Platform team has poured everything they have into making HaloDEX a reality, and we are all very excited to see our vision unfold. But don’t think HaloDEX is all we have up our sleeves — we will have several more new cryptocurrency tools, products, and services to showcase. The Halo Platform team has been hard at work developing new platform features and blockchain-based services that will be ready for launch very soon — particularly from our Block & Chain Game Studio. Centralized Exchange (HaloX) Update The peer-to-peer margin funding system that matches trades, manages risk, and implements accounts has been completed and tested. Our team has hardened some of the matching engine core functions to improve scalability. Currently, we are focused on continuous deployment procedures that will allow modules of the exchange to be hot upgraded to minimize downtime. Masternode System The masternode system is still receiving regular updates to improve speed and usability. A big change is coming to the statistics view, which will show a user’s personal distribution of masternode ownership and how much Halo they have invested in masternodes. Masternode owners will also soon be able to request to have their masternode terminated directly from the dapp. Finally, our new API system will provide a long-term solution to performance issues caused by chain size. Look for the latest update very soon.   Portfolio The Portfolio’s interface is still in the early stages of development, but we’ve finished the dashboard layout system and are now working on creating great looking charts to display multiple datasets from multiple exchanges. Pretty soon, we’re going to have many different chart types including (but not limited to) candlestick, OLHC and pie charts to show information like portfolio holdings, price history and other portfolio/exchange data. Block & Chain Games Update In the last newsletter, we teased Blockfight! — Block & Chain Game Studios’ exciting turn-based creature battle game. In this immersive dice rolling game, players battle hi-res 3D monsters for guts, glory, and valuable rewards. Beat them all and fill your trophy room! Blockfight will launch hot on the heels of HaloDEX, but to keep stoking the fire of excitement behind this and the other blockchain-enabled games under development at Block & Chain, we are pleased to share a gameplay clip from Blockfight. Stay tuned for more updates, as additional information on the game platform and our first titles will be shared in the coming days.   Halo Platform Resources Masternode Instructions Setting up and using a masternode is simple with the Halo Platform. Featherlite provides a step-by-step walkthrough of everything you need to do 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 community create 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 Connect with us in social media 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/ 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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Speed Bumps to Mobile Currency Mining

Some of the top altcoin miners hit a bump in their road to digital coin riches this week when Google Play banned all cryptocurrency mining apps from the Play Store. This policy mirrors the ban Apple put into place back in June, which excluded software that runs digital coin mining activities on local machines. The blockchain and cryptocurrency revolution has come, and it’s changing the internet as we know it. The giant tech companies may not like it much, but Bitcoin and the top altcoins are spinning off companies that may soon pose a major market threat to the likes of Google and Apple. However, it’s possible that this type of corporate-driven regulation is a good thing for cryptocoin markets. In fact, rather quashing competition from up-and-coming blockchain and cryptocurrency companies, Google’s policy may be another example of the type of private-side regulation that has helped legitimize the growing cryptocoin markets. Mining Apps Banned from Google Play Blockchain currency has travelled a long road to mainstream acceptance. However, digital coins still face an uphill battle in before they are able to earn the respect that the blockchain and cryptocurrency deserve. The FAMGA tech giants — that being Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon — have not been particularly friendly to blockchain currency since the cryptocoin market really started taking off over the past couple of years. In fact, some digital coin enthusiasts have accused FAMGA of wielding its massive collective market power to improperly influence our opinions of digital coins. After all, FAMGA basically owns the internet at this point, and blockchain and cryptocurrency poses a major threat to their increasingly powerful monopoly. Like Apple’s new policy, Google does still allow for cloud-based mining, in which digital coins are mined through offsite servers rather than people’s devices. This move is part of a larger policy that Google is working to integrate across its platform, as the company prohibited Chrome extensions that mine cryptocurrency back in April, and it banned digital coin ads in its flagship search and display advertising services. Halo Platform’s Masternode Technology Makes Mining Irrelevant Anti-cryptocurrency conspiracy theories aside, Google Play’s decision to remove mining apps was part of a larger cleanup effort. And the company may have good reason to target miners. Mining apps have gotten a bad reputationdue to the prevalence of malware and other less-than-legitimate software applications involving digital coin mining. However, with the rise of mastermode technology, the debate over mining software may soon become irrelevant. For those new to the concept, a Masternode is a computer that processes transactions on a blockchain. Masternodes are an important part of howcertain blockchain transactions operate. Masternode-powered cryptocurrencies, including some of the best altcoins like Dash and the Halo Coin, are designed to be easier to run and more efficient. That means there’s less of an incentive to use malware to hijack computing power from unwitting victims, as has been the case in digital coin mining activities. The Halo Masternode System operates much more efficiently than typical
mining operations. Our masternode network is designed to operate in four tiers,
distributing transactions and allocating data in a structured and efficient
manner. This masternode configuration makes transactions on the Halo Platform lightning fast, and at no cost. The rise of masternodes may soon make mining a thing of the past, and if so Halo Platform will be leading the charge in the next wave of the blockchain and cryptocurrency revolution. Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github Scrypto

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Centralized Versus Decentralized — What’s the Best Crypto Exchange for You?

The concept of decentralization is pivotal to the blockchain and cryptocurrencies that run on it. The notion itself is pretty basic — a decentralized system simply operates without centralized control. But when it comes to secure exchanges for trading altcoins, is the difference between centralization and decentralization meaningful? And if so, should you look for decentralized exchange sites when selecting your next best crypto exchange? Centralized vs. Decentralized Exchanges Blockchain and cryptocurrency technology were built on the premise that secure transactions can be achieved without the need for a central authority.Unlike traditional third-party payment processors like PayPal or Mastercard, cryptocurrencies can self-verify every transaction made by the people who use them. Whether they are using digital coins to make purchases, accepting crypto as payment for goods and services, or trading altcoins, every transaction performed using a decentralized blockchain currency is performed trustlessly and securely. This avoids the time and expense of verifying transactions manually, which has been the standard for online transactions up until now. When it comes to cryptocurrency exchange websites, however, centralization remains a core concept. Just like PayPal, centralized exchanges are run by companies that manage and earn revenue from transactions on the platform. Decentralized cryptocoin markets, on the other hand, run through ablockchain relying on a peer-to-peer protocol. So, trading altcoins is done through dozens or even hundreds of independent nodes and masternodes. Transactions occur only when the nodes come to a consensus based on the exchange’s verification rules. This process typically takes more time than the near-instant transactions digital coin traders see on popular centralized exchanges, but decentralization carries with it several key benefits. Benefits of Decentralization The main benefit of decentralization is the security associated with operating on a trustless system. Since 2011, there have been at least 56 known cyberattacks on centralized cryptocurrency exchanges. Hackers have made off with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of digital coins owned by individual investors but maintained in wallets at centralized exchanges. This is possible because digital coin traders access their cryptocurrencies held on public exchanges using public-key encryption. Public-key encryption is very secure and reliable, but there’s no telling whether the centralized exchange holding the associated private key is following all of the necessary security measures. And once cybercriminals have gotten into a centralized crypto exchange, there’s little that can be done to stop them from pillaging coin wallets until there’s nothing left. Decentralized exchange users keep the private keys to their digital coin wallets. So, rather than trusting the company running the cryptocurrency exchange of your choosing to keep your funds safe, you can ensure your digital coins are protected. By simply following all of the proper best practices for private key management, you can make sure your assets are safe while you’re busy trading altcoins. What Makes for the Best Crypto Exchange? Decentralization is the newest wave in cryptocoin markets. However, that’s not to say that they trump centralized exchanges hands-down. In fact, there are benefits associated with both centralized and decentralized exchange sites. Halo Platform offers a wide array of blockchain and cryptocurrency services, including both a centralized and a decentralized exchange, which are nearing completion. Our centralized exchange, HaloX, will be the best exchange for powerful analysis tools and easy transactions, while our decentralized exchange, HaloDEX, will operate trustlessly and without a central settlement party. Of course, both HaloX and HaloDEX will afford users full access to the cryptocoin market through a secure exchange. All in all, both HaloX and HaloDEX will offer unique benefits that any member of the cryptocurrency community can take advantage of. To find out more about what option is best for you, join the Halo Platform community at any one of the social platforms listed below. Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github Scrypto

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Small business, Smart Contracts, and the Power of the Blockchain

Among the numerous touted applications of blockchain technology, smart contracts are perhaps the most publically accessible application. Some blockchain applications are just beyond those of us that qualify as members of the average “non-tech” population. Fortunately, however, Halo Platform is working to change all that. By creating an all-in-one and fully customizable place for every cryptocurrency user, Halo Platform is working to bring blockchain technology to the masses. Smart Contracts for Beginners Smart contracts are a concept even the most technology-resistant individual could embrace, but they incorporate often complex blockchain applications, such as digital assets and cryptocurrency. So, smart contracts can essentially serve as a beginner’s introduction into the blockchain ecosystem. Under traditional legal systems, contracts often require supervision and enforcement of numerous parties. Take for example two parties contracting for the sale of goods. The parties may employ lawyers to draft the document, another third party will be required to oversee and enforce the terms of the agreement, and a financial institution is needed to control funds being sent or received. A smart contract, however, does not require a third-party to enforce its terms and condition. Rather, the terms of the agreement are written into the code. Once a triggering event or payment occurs, the smart contract will perform its designated task. This is because smart contracts work on an “if this happens, then that happens” format. They self-execute without the need for supervision and enforcement, which makes the entire transaction easy and efficient. This is known as a “trustless system”, since it requires no trust in human accountability. An example of a smart contract at work better demonstrates its potential utility. Suppose two vendors enter into a contract for the sale of 100 high-powered laptop computers by January 1st for the price of 1 bitcoin (BTC) per laptop. If the seller sends 100 of the laptops ordered by January 1st, then the buyer will automatically receive 100 BTCs. However, if the seller fails to send 100 laptops by January 1st, there will be no payment. The program could then automatically notify the parties of the breach, and all of this occurs without human intervention or oversight. Smart Contracts for Entrepreneurs As described, smart contracts streamline agreement-making. This offers small businesses owners a well-deserved reprieve from costly and time-consuming traditional contracting. Small businesses are particularly suited to benefit from smart contracts because they save business owners time, money and aggravation. They remove the need for an intermediary to oversee and enforce agreements, as well as any need for consumer trust. This is because the contracts effectuate and enforce themselves — there’s no need for a centralized bank, because employees, buyers, clients, and anyone else for that matter, could be paid automatically using cryptocurrency. Smart contracts further eliminate the need for cumbersome manual record keeping, because the agreement is maintained on the blockchain forever without the threat of loss or unintentional alteration. Smart contracts are transparent and immutable, making them perfect for transactions involving digitized or non-digitized assets as well as tangible and intangible goods. They can even be used for service-based contracts — for example, upon the performance of an event, the smart contract could release to the performer a private key or password allowing them to access digitized assets. The technology could also be applied to sharing enterprises, with applicability relevant to car sharing, apartment/house sharing, and even city-bike sharing. As one could easily see, the possibilities and utility of smart contracts is endless, and certainly stand to revolutionize the way small businesses conduct themselves. Halo Platform wants to make sure that the potentially life-changing benefits of smart contracts and other decentralized applications are available to businesses and individuals alike. That’s why we offer a suite of services that can bring the benefits of cryptocurrency to entrepreneurs — including business services and decentralized applications. If you are interested in learning more about how you can harness the power of the blockchain to benefit your business, join Halo Platform today. Join the Halo Platform: Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github

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