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Innovation in Blockchain Gaming Foreshadows the Expansion of Tokenized Assets

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

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Cryptocurrency’s Growing Role in Modern Global Currency Markets

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

Blockchain Tech Breaks Through Console Gaming
Blockchain technology was introduced to the public through Bitcoin, back when the still-unknown Satoshi Nakamoto developed and released this new invention to the internet’s sandbox of technological innovation back in 2008.  And while blockchain technology may have gotten its start in cryptocurrency, it’s becoming a subject of increasing interest among gaming companies. Game developers around the world – including Block and Chain Game Studios - have already starting using blockchain technology in Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games (“MMORGs”), casino games, Player Versus Player battle games (“PvP”), but most of the blockchain technology applications in gaming have been isolated to online and mobile experiences. Mobile and online gaming is a growing sector of the gaming market worldwide, but many of us can’t shake our love of the classic console-based gaming experience.  Fortunately for those of us who love the feel of a game controller in our hands, game developers are currently researching ways to incorporate blockchain-tech into console-based games.  
Building New Gaming Experiences on the Blockchain Blockchain technology basically consists of a decentralized ledger that records transactions between two parties without having to go through an intermediary. The benefits of this system were immediately brought to light by cryptocurrencies, which use the blockchain to record transactions in an unforgeable and transparent record. Since this time, however, the applications of blockchain tech have evolved. Today, enterprising tech entrepreneurs are finding new ways to apply blockchain technology, and this includes new innovations in the gaming industry. Companies are researching new ways to incorporate blockchain technology into their gaming systems to create better gaming experiences. While the companies themselves have yet to confirm any rumors, there are murmurs across the industry that Microsoft is planning a new Xbox One console, codename Scarlett, that will rely on blockchain technology. Among a number of speed and efficiency improvements, this potential next-generation Xbox will not require discs. And while Microsoft has the deep pockets many game developers rely on, it’s not the only name in the growing blockchain tech gaming market.
  Competing Companies In Consoles Look to Cut a New Competitive Edge Blockchain technology was launched into the public domain, so big corporations don’t have a stranglehold on this exciting new technology. So while Microsoft is working on Scarlett, another company – Blok Party – is hot on its heels. Blok Party is utilizing blockchain tech to change the way games are played on traditional consoles. The company has created the first blockchain-based console game called Play Table which is powered by the Ethereum blockchain. It is changing the way tabletop games are played by creating a system that allows objects to have an identity, be able to be customized and secure the ownership of the object.        Gaming is a multi-billion dollar business, and the increasing use of blockchain technology across the industry will almost certainly earn up-and-coming game developers a greater competitive edge in a famously cutthroat industry. This is an important step towards democratizing the increasingly-corporate gaming world, but even more importantly it may facilitate the mainstream integration of this exciting new technology across the entertainment industry. If projects like Microsoft’s Scarlett and Blok Party’s Play Table are successful, then gaming may be changed for good. As technology continues to evolve not only will the gaming industry change but also other industries such as financial institutions.
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Island Nations Emerge as Regulatory Leaders in Growing Fintech Markets

Island Nations Emerge as Regulatory Leaders in Growing Fintech Markets By: Samantha Joule Fow   On October 18th, the government of Bermuda announced that it had approved the first ICO project any applicant had submitted under the nation’s new fintech regulatory regime. This represents an important step forward for the expansion of cryptocurrency and blockchain-based financial services in the Caribbean, which has long been valued as a hub of financial activities. And if the growing acceptance of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology in the island nations are any indication of the times, we’re sure to see better fintech regulations emerge on the world stage. This is a critical step forward for the mainstreaming of cryptocurrency across the globe, a critical goal for Halo Platform and the rest of the innovators working hard to bring the benefits of financial technology to everyone.
  Blockchain in the Islands Uulala, a U.S. based fintech company, recently became the first company to commence a government-approved ICO in Bermuda. Uulala moved forward with the capital raise after gaining approval from the country’s government regulator. The ICO project took around four months to review, and its approval is conditioned upon the project following Bermuda’s new regulatory framework. Many cryptocurrency advocates are hopeful that Uulala’s success in the Caribbean foreshadows good things for fintech development in the islands. This can bring valuable financial services to populations who lack access to mainstream banking Oscar Garcia, Uulala’s CEO, stated that Uulala is owned predominantly by Latinos and targets Latino users without access to mainstream financial services. It’s possible that this positive social impact weighed in on the ICO approval decision, but by no means is Uulala running a charity. The company has already raised $10 million of its $50 million capital raise goal for its ICO, and it’s hoping to cash in on the untapped financial services markets in rural parts of the Caribbean and Latin America.
  Why Bermuda? Bermuda has been leading the game in the Caribbean blockchain cryptocurrency markets, and the island has taken a bold stance on the mainstreaming of blockchain currency and digital coin trade. The country recently passed a law allowing for accelerated approval of ICO projects and currently has a law in-the-works to facilitate opening even more opportunities for altcoin traders. Garcia emphasized that Uulala was particularly attracted to Bermuda as a strategic location for growing its business. This is due to the nation’s strong reputation as a financial focal point and for its forward-thinking strategies involving blockchain currency and fintech. The blockchain and cryptocurrency markets are still maturing, and they need good incubators to assist help them join the mainstream. However, blockchain currency firms are leery to start operations within countries that have yet to define their fintech regulations clearly.
  In FinTech Regulation, Clarity is Key Countries around the world are beginning to accept the fact that blockchain-powered digital coins are a legitimate currency. Islands, such as Bermuda, have been the driving force behind this movement - but they aren’t alone. Other nations that rely on robust financial services such as Malta, Antigua, and Barbuda are attracting more and more blockchain and cryptocurrency exchange platforms due to their favorable regulatory conditions. One of the most exciting things about the fintech revolution is the fact that it’s cross-jurisdictional. Blockchain technology can provide people with financial services that they desperately need without the interference of international boundaries. However, one of the most significant challenges facing today’s cryptocurrency market is the variation in digital coin regulation across most countries. Countries that maintain clear cut rules and regulations on digital coin exchange, are attracting cryptocoin firms from all over the world. Bermuda’s regulatory advancement represents a huge step in the right direction for the mainstreaming of digital coin and blockchain-based currency.
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The Blockchain Game Alliance

The Blockchain Game Alliance
          Blockchain tech is slowly catching on in the mainstream, and there are lots of people out there who are very curious about this new technology. Online searches pertaining to the blockchain have gone up nearly 250%, and more and more people are becoming informed about this exciting technology.  But there’s one community of people who are particularly plugged in to the tech world and can experience real benefits from the blockchain: online gamers.         Block and Chain Game Studios recognizes that gamers are the perfect group to help others understand the benefits of blockchain technology. But we can’t be alone in reaching such an obvious conclusion – and of course, we aren’t.   Bringing the Blockchain to Gaming There are several benefits that blockchain can offer for gamers. The big ones are fairness and transparency, as blockchain technology eliminates the need for a third party in online transactions. Additionally, blockchain tech offers important benefits for online privacy, authentication, and security. In fact, the blockchain has become such a popular topic among the gaming industry that a group of gaming companies founded the Blockchain Game Alliance earlier this year. The Alliance was announced at the Blockchain Game summit in Lyon, France in September. The Alliance is composed of French gaming giant Ubisoft, as well as a suite of other influential companies like Alto, Gimli, Fig, Ultra, B2Expand, ConsenSys, Everdreamsoft and Enjin. The Alliance is focusing on integrating blockchain tech and creating common practices and standards for blockchain use among gaming companies. According to Nicolas Gilot, co-CEO of Alliance member Ultra, the Blockchain Game Alliance will “democratize blockchain within the gaming industry.” The Alliance will bring together these gaming giants to discuss how to use blockchain tech positively in the gaming industry. Stakeholders are invited to an open meeting by the Alliance to look at studies that show new ways to implement this technology into the development of video games. For example, Ubisoft is working on partnering up with Google to develop a cloud gaming system. New trials and projects conducted by Alliance members – as well as the fresh faces in blockchain gaming - will assist in mainstreaming blockchain and cryptocurrency technology.   Facilitating Tech Adoption Through Gaming The video game industry has always been effective at encouraging the mainstream adoption of new virtual experiences, and it will prove critical in building industry practices and for using blockchain technology in entertainment. As a result, the gaming industry will play an important part in mainstream adoption of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. The formation of the Blockchain Gaming Alliance is a meaningful step in the right direction, but there’s still a far way to go.         The utilization of blockchain technology is becoming more popular throughout the gaming industry, and big gaming companies like Ubisoft are trying to place themselves ahead of the rest of the market. But with influential companies such as Ubisoft, Microsoft and Sony embracing blockchain, how much longer will it before corporations gobble up all of the new opportunities this technology has to offer?
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Coinbase On Track for Government Approval in Japan

Coinbase On Track for Government Approval in Japan by: Samantha Joule Fow   In today’s blockchain currency market, Japan is known as a pro-crypto marketplace. However, this does not mean they have taken a light-handed approach to market regulation across the board. In fact, Japan has some of the most inflexible and stringent rules on digital coin exchanges of any nation that regulates altcoin trading. This has proven to be a particular challenge to cryptocurrency exchanges that hope to operate in Japanese markets.
  Japan’s Sophisticated Crypto Rules Even with stiff regulations in place, Japan is a crypto hub. It’s home to one of the world’s largest markets for blockchain tech and digital coins. Japan leads the world in the use of cryptocurrencies for retail payments, and Bitcoin enjoys status in the nation that puts it nearly on par with fiat currency. But with great freedom comes great responsibility, and Japanese regulators have chosen to place this burden squarely on the shoulders of companies hosting cryptocurrency trading platforms. Currently, there are 16 registered blockchain currency exchanges operating in Japan – and if top crypto exchange Coinbase has its way, there will soon be one more. However, this may prove easier said than done. Japanese regulators’ main concern is the security of the digital coin exchanges that serve the country’s citizens. In fact, the nation has become even more restrictive following recent hacks of popular exchanges Coincheck and Zaif, which caused Japanese investors to lose tens of millions of dollars. These losses have attracted the watchful eye of Japan’s Financial Service Agency (“FSA”), which has not approved any crypto exchange licenses since December 2017.
  Coinbase Seeks to Expand Asian Presence In June 2018, Coinbase announced its intention to expand operations to the Japanese blockchain currency market. The company has established an office in Japan, but before they can start hosting trades they have to earn government approval. This includes a license to operate as a cryptocurrency exchange from the FSA. Coinbase’s decision to start operations in Japan came just after the company opened its first permanent office in New York. Most industry experts are optimistic that the FSA will grant the U.S.-based exchange a license to operate. But this is not to say that Japanese financial regulators are champing at the bit to license another digital currency exchange – far from it. The FSA’s strict and demanding stance on digital currency exchanges would cause just about any cryptocurrency trading platform a few headaches, but it may actually work in Coinbase’s favor. Coinbase has been the poster child for regulatory compliance in the U.S. cryptocurrency market for years. The exchange also has robust security, and nearly all of the assets traded on Coinbase are kept in cold storage. Only about 1% of investor’s funds are stored in insured internet-connected “hot wallets,” which Coinbase maintains for trader convenience.      
  Up-And-Coming Exchanges Break New Ground Coinbase may be one of the first movers in the crypto exchange market, but blockchain and cryptocurrency are industries of innovation. As secure as its current operations may be, Coinbase may soon age out of the regulated crypto exchange market that helped the company break out in the first place. This is largely a result of new technological innovations that other exchanges are embracing, which are making them faster and more secure than ever before possible. For example, Halo Platform offers a decentralized and soon a centralized exchange. The centralized exchange is high-speed and multi-functional, making it particularly well-suited for quick and easy volume transactions. The decentralized exchange site, HaloDEX, operates trustlessly and without a central settlement party. Decentralizing trades like this can make for huge gains in speed, efficiency, and security, so anyone looking for the next up-and-coming altcoin trading platform may want to check them out.
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Halo Platform Builds Valuable Connections at World Crypto Con

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

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

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

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Educational Video Games - Teaching Tools That Are Starting to Catch On

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

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Decentralized Exchanges With Less Downtime Ease Customer Frustration

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

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

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Big-Name Gaming Companies Embrace Blockchain Tech

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

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Centralized vs. Decentralized Exchanges – Benefits Offered by Each Approach

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

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The Blockchain – The Biggest Thing to Hit Gaming Since Smartphones

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

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Digital Coin Exchanges Provide Financial Services to Developing Countries

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

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Blockchain-based Video Games Give Cryptocurrency Mainstream Boost

The gaming industry is a multi-billion-dollar business, and over 1.2 billion individuals around the world are actively gaming at any given time. In fact, players everywhere are starting to discover the gaming economy for themselves. Many have learned that gaming is such big businesses, that there’s money to be had for people who take their play time seriously. Scores of committed individuals have turned gaming into a career, and more and more people are joining the financial side of gaming every day. Many gamers just get finance. This is by nature of the fact that modern gaming often involves complex engagement with both in-game and real-world economies. As a result of their existing comfort with virtual transactions, gamers were among the first to become familiar with cryptocurrencies. Thus, gaming offers a valuable segue for the mainstreaming of cryptocurrency, and with the expansion of gaming around the world we’re sure to see an expansion in worldwide understanding and use of cryptocurrency and blockchain tech. This is a big reason why Block and Chain Game Studios works to introduce gamers around the world to the amazing potential of blockchain and cryptocurrency technology with games that appeal to mainstream and crypto gamers alike.
  Growing Comfort With Virtual Transactions         Block and Chain Studios and countless indie developers are releasing fun and immersive games build with blockchain tech. The use cases for the blockchain in gaming are expanding as creative new developers find new applications of cryptocurrency in games across a variety of genres. As the popularity of these games grow, people will naturally become more comfortable with cryptocurrency and the blockchain. Right now, there are about 1.2 billion people who play video games around the world, and around 700 million of them play online. As the gaming industry continues to use cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, more millennials are embracing this trend. Millennials and younger generations are growing up in a technological society where it is more and more common to make purchases online, whether through a game, an app, or an e-commerce megastore like Amazon.com.
  Blockchain Games Available Now Block and Chain is not only launching and developing its own fun and exciting games – including the fantasy racing game Draggin’ Dragons and gruesome creature-combat game Blockfight! – it’s also creating a platform for the development, testing, release, and launch of other blockchain gaming experiences. And fortunately for the players of the world, there are plenty to choose from! One company that utilizes the technology is Everdreamsoft, an organization that is Swiss-based and created “Spells of Genesis” (SoG), a trading card game that utilizes blockchain technology. This game has already attracted mainstream attention, and it’s getting people excited about blockchain gaming. Decimated, a thrilling post-apocalyptic open-world survival game and platform partner to Block and Chain, has built an entire in-game economy on the blockchain, complete with both salvageable materials and marketplace transactions. For people around the world, cryptocurrency offers an amazing opportunity to be a part of new technological advances. This is especially true for gamers, who use cryptocurrency at far higher rates than people who do not actively game. Many gamers are naturally comfortable using and investing in cryptocurrencies as an extension of their other virtual activities, and as a result may have a large impact on cryptocurrencies’ incorporation into the mainstream financial system in the future. Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn

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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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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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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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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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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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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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