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    Welcome to the Halo Platform Bi-Weekly newsletter! This is where we provide updates on recent developments and announcements for upcoming news, products, and events. The monthly AMA (Ask Me Anything) session was streamed on our Youtube channel last Sunday. We answered many questions with Michael Quale, our Chief Technology Officer. Michael discussed a handful of interesting topics pertaining to security, scalability, and both centralized and decentralized exchanges. In case you were not able to watch the live stream, an archived video is available here to watch any time. We plan to continue running our regular AMAs in the near future. HaloDEXⓇ updates Since HaloDEX has gone public beta on our testnet network, we’ve taken in a lot of feedback and suggestions. This information is driving improvements to the decentralized exchange’s performance as well as user experience. Testing is still ongoing and if you would like to join the public beta, please see our instructions to get started. At this point, we’re working on wrapping up the final pieces of the DEX. We continue to release testnet updates to the community every one to two days. Once user feedback is implemented and final performance enhancements are made, we will launch HaloDEX on our mainnet network. The importance of releasing a stable product is crucial for us and our supporters. With an exchange, security and functional use are imperative and we want to ensure the DEX exceeds expectations. HaloXⓇ updates Development on the centralized exchange, HaloX, is ongoing, with back end systems up and running and ongoing enhancements inherited from the DEX. In addition, websocket implementation and integration into the website’s UI is underway and we expect to have a fully working interface over the next couple of sprints. Value pricing and Settlement mechanisms are also now in place so we have a way to constantly update product risk on the fly. Stay tuned for more updates on HaloX. Halo Platform Portfolio updates Our developers have been working hard to create charts which will display information about your cryptocurrency portfolio. They’ve also started preparation to hook up to external exchange APIs to fetch various market data and retrieve transaction history. In the below image, see how a chart and source are selected. The chosen information displays chart metrics based on the currency and date range. Our portfolio management system will be available in the future for Featherlite. Business Development updates Hello from Matt Dowd. I was asked to explain some of the work we have been doing on the business development front. First off, I just want to say that, after my past career experience as a commodities floor trader and a business development manager for a global derivatives exchange, it is so exciting to be a part of the team during this incredible time of growth and development. In the past two weeks, we have had several meetings with various industry disruptors and potential platform partners. Overwhelmingly, these meetings have yielded a strong belief that Halo Platform’s technology is a network of choice to take blockchain businesses to the highest level. Although specific partnerships cannot be discussed yet, more updates will be announced as they progress. In addition, we are working very diligently to get HALO listed on many popular exchanges. Although there are many existing and up-and-coming exchanges, a majority of cryptocurrency traders prefer to use only a few select platforms. Exclusively relying our own exchanges is not the end-game. Being listed on key exchanges grants Halo Platform plenty of room for mass adoption. Block & Chain Games updates The Block and Chain Game Studio’s website officially went live last week. A lot of information can be found here to know more about the gaming division and the amazing team working to create some exciting games on the Halo Platform project. In addition, the roadmap shows how close Block Fight and Draggin’ Dragons is from launch. The weekly newsletter from Block & Chain goes out every Friday and can be viewed on our forums: https://community.haloplatform.tech/blogs/blog/4-block-chain-newsletters/ Or sign up for our mailing list to receive the newsletter in your inbox each week: https://www.blockandchain.games/ Other updates Last week, we launched our public forum aimed at increasing our online presence. News, industry topics, patch notes, blogs and reward payouts are just a few topics users can discover for both the Halo Platform and Block & Chain Games. If you’re interested in learning about user tips or guidance within the Halo Platform, please ask and we will provide as much information as possible. If the information is not already present in the forum, login and start a new discussion. Join our online forum at https://community.haloplatform.tech/ Resources Masternode Instructions Setting up and using a masternode is simple with the Halo Platform. Featherlite walks you through the necessary steps to acquire, deploy, join, watch, and collect awards from your masternode. For detailed instructions with images, go here: https://wiki.haloplatform.tech/Masternodes View our progress on our roadmap. https://www.haloplatform.tech/roadmap.html Connect with us on social media Twitter - https://twitter.com/Halo_Platform 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 Community Forum - https://community.haloplatform.tech/ Block and Chain Game Studios - https://www.blockandchain.games/ Where to Get Help If you run into any issues with any of our products (and you’ve tried refreshing and full node and that doesn’t fix it), there are numerous ways to reach out to us: Email: support@haloplatform.tech Discord: http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ (our moderators and support are online almost 24 hours a day. Special thanks to Moggy, Abe, Jay B., Pesh, and SeriousBasil237). Website (we have a support platform built in): https://www.haloplatform.tech/ — ^Everyone @ Halo Platform
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    Hello everyone. Welcome to the games discussion!
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    Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter November 9, 2018 News @ Block & Chain Marketing for Blockfight and Draggin’ Dragons continued in high gear, with several features on our social media and partner platforms. This week, we also completed a low-friction onboarding flow for our games, which allows Halo Platform wallet holders to go straight into our games and use their Featherlite wallets to play. No more usernames and passwords to remember! Last week, we introduced the backstory for Blockfight and explained how all of the grotesque beings came to inhabit this planet and became the puppets of their overlords. This week we started to introduce the monsters on our forum and social media, starting with the dastardly Prince Panilio: In Draggin’ Dragons, we’ve built immersive, interactive environments. Watch dragons zoom over and under environment objects in their race to victory. Lootlift Lane, a track inside of a long lost Egyptian pyramid, is a great example of one such track. We also completed the Player Profile and Owner’s Paddock, where you can see all of the dragons you’ve ever owned and bask in your many victories! Look for Blockfight and Draggin’ Dragons open Beta to launch later in November! Decimated News Our friends at Fracture Labs have been very busy building their amazing post apocalyptic MMO. So much so that we are going to feature their major updates in our newsletters going forward. In fact, we’re publishing this week’s newsletter early to let everyone know that the Fracture Labs team are doing an interview in AltspaceVR this Friday at 8pm Central European Time (11:00 am to 12:00 PM PST). Click here to learn more: https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=567120730413441&id=457143298077852 If you don’t have time to watch the VR presentation and just want to see what’s new with Decimated, you can see the latest news along with their latest game trailer here: https://medium.com/@fracturelabs/a-multiplayer-online-survival-game-powered-by-blockchain-interview-with-stephen-arnold-the-ceo-f05950eabfb5 Game Maker’s Corner Devin Seto: Head of Games While working at Electronic Arts, I had the opportunity to teach part-time at the Vancouver Film School. The head of the Game Design program was an EA Alum (former Development Director for the NHL Hockey Franchise) and he liked to bring teachers in who worked in the industry so students could understand what game making was really like. Many people in my class (and since) have asked the question: How do I get into the games industry? Well, you can spend $50K+ plus in a game design program like that one and it might help. I would say roughly 10% of my students ended up in the industry long-term. And some companies still provide the “QA Opportunity”, where you can be hired as a contract Tester and after many long shifts and cutthroat competition, someone may notice you and maybe they’ll give you an opportunity. But let’s face it, getting into game development is hard. It’s a smaller world than you may think and people tend to hire game makers they’ve worked with before (myself included with the likes of Harold, Michelle, Ali, and Todd). Combine that with the smaller teams needed to build today’s mobile and casual games and the opportunities are fewer and farther between. Thankfully, the same tools and tech that allow for easier game development are available to anybody and free tutorials are all over the web. I often say to people “you and I could go into my basement this afternoon and start making a game”, then we can publish it on the app store and market it on social media and it just might be a hit! And thanks to the many review sites and platform rating systems out there, we can easily see how well a game is received. Nowadays, when I want to find a talented game maker, and my personal network isn’t yielding the desired results, I look for freelance game makers. I play their games and look at their ratings. I am rarely disappointed with what I encounter, as our two very talented game makers Adam and Anh will demonstrate. In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://bitcoinexchangeguide.com/ethereum-blockchain-game-developer-reveals-the-thrills-of-creating-his-first-dapp/ - Building a DApp on Ethereum is a challenge that many developers have not faced before. One such developer is Michael J. Cohen, who is a front-end developer in NYC. He spent the summer creating a Dapp. The Dapp was a fantasy football game known as Blockgame. He has now decided to share his journey with the world. B&C: Thanks to open sourced blockchains like Ethereum’s and well, ours, independent game makers can dive in and build really good games on the blockchain. It’s projects like this one B&C likes to work with because indie game makers seldom think of things like community management, product support, low friction economies and viral marketing when building their games. As we mentioned when we published our whitepaper, we seek to find passionate, talented indie game makers and provide a platform for them to showcase their craft and launch the games of their dreams. Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn
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    Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter September 7, 2018 This week concluded Sprint 17. It’s hard to believe we’ve been together for 34 weeks now. It’s exciting to watch the synergy within the team. Everyone works extremely well together, sharing ideas, technology and constantly cheering each other on. I often marvel at their pace and muse over the fact that most game teams I’ve seen with a portfolio as big as ours are twice the size. It just goes to show how important a good team culture is. The same can be said for the Halo Platform team as well. News @ Block & Chain While part of the team is building the cryptocurrency integration for Blockfight, we are continuing to add polish and additional features to the game. One example of this is the addition of a quick replay button to the end-of-battle overlay. This will allow you to reset and get back into the action fast! You can also switch your arena here if you’re craving a change of venue. Like your favorite freemium games, we include a free daily coin drop of our in-game soft currency. Just login to the game once a day and click “Collect Free Coins” to claim them. While this soft currency can only be spent in-game, you will always be able to play Blockfight with these coins. The Draggin’ Dragons game makers have been very busy this week working on the user interface. With the majority of game mechanics done, it’s time to make the game look and feel fantastic! Like Blockfight, players will be able to play with in-game coins or Halodium, our cryptocurrency token, built on the Halo Platform. Look for a sample of new screenshots in our next newsletter. Dragon races will begin soon! Simmering quietly in the background, we are also developing our partner platform. We at Block and Chain Games believe that platform makers must be game makers first. The systems we are using to build Blockfight and Draggin’ Dragons are being developed into SDK’s, which will allow fellow game makers to easily bring their games onto our platform, and reap the benefits we have to offer. We will be publishing our whitepaper and formally announcing our partner platform once these two games are live. Game Maker’s Corner Adam Testerman: Software Developer My name is Adam and I'm one of the game programmers for Block and Chain Games. A big part of my job involves writing the code that helps run a game, including the logic for the gameplay itself. And as a gamer, I think solid gameplay is absolutely critical, which is why I'm so interested in developing games using blockchain technology. The ability to prove that a game is fair, or to grant a player a truly unique item, or to let a player earn real currency using the blockchain are intriguing avenues to explore. They are innovative features that change the way we play video games, which is really exciting! What other features could arise from blockchain technology? How far will it reach? Could it eventually affect things like e-sports or entire genres? Will players have a warm reception? I think questions like these are important to ask, and it's amazing to be part of a team that will help decide the answers. In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://www.bitrates.com/news/p/apple-reportedly-forced-coinbase-to-delist-blockchain-game-war-riders - The up and coming blockchain-based game, War Riders, has reportedly become a point of contention between the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase and Apple. After the MMO (massively multiplayer online) game was featured on Coinbase’s mobile apps on Android and iOS, it was unceremoniously removed from the latter without any explanation. B&C: It’s tough to see another game maker’s hard work removed from such a major platform. Many of us have worked in the mobile game world and know how difficult it can be to navigate the submission process. This is part of the reason B&C is web first, which allows us to be more agile with fewer constraints. There is some silver lining, however, as Apple has been re-examining its approach to blockchain applications. That said, Android, which is much more permissible with application content, has a wider global reach and has been outpacing Apple’s hardware growth for several years. https://nulltx.com/triforce-tokens-announces-blockchain-based-dynamic-advertising/ - The platform will allow companies to literally brand any object, texture, media, within a game in seconds. Immutable data and live tracking are also provided to track metrics. The platform is fully operational, and CEO Pete Mardell has provided video demos showcasing the advertising at work. Dominoes, as well as AXN in Spain, has already conducted live campaigns using this revolutionary advertising technology. B&C: It was only a matter of time before someone in the blockchain world got into the in-game advertising business. I remember in a previous company, where placement of competitors’ ads in our games was hotly debated. Doubtless, this will eventually take off as blockchain games become more mainstream. At B&C, we won’t be using in-game ads for 3rd party games. Rather, the B&C Platform will be a place to cross-promote games on our platform. This is a service we will provide at no additional cost to game platform partners. https://www.businessinsider.com/spider-man-ps4-review-marvel-playstation-4-2018-9#1-traversal-feels-the-best-its-felt-in-any-video-game-1 - Sony has done it again. After delivering on several exclusive PlayStation 4 hits over the past few years, including "Horizon Zero Dawn" and this year's "God of War," the studio's collaboration with Insomniac Games has yielded yet another must-have game for any PlayStation 4 owner. B&C: We sincerely tip our hats to Sony. Movie properties can be extremely lucrative, but the catch is usually two-fold: 1. Development is usually rushed to meet a movie launch date, and 2. Player expectations are extremely high. More often than not, superhero games are critical failures, with games like Batman Arkham Asylum and its sequels the rare exception. It’s great to see more care has been taken with Spider-Man. We can’t wait to get our hands on this one! Please take a moment to sign up for our newsletter to receive it in your inbox each week: https://www.blockandchain.games/support.html Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn
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    SE USA, but living in Philippines now. A friend of mine told me about Halo Platform. The idea of an all-in-one-platform is something I've been dreaming of since early 2016. Glad to be a part of the team and community.
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    Hi Moggy..hey Pacman...I like the look opf the new forum and look forward to hanging out here after discord starts to taper off
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    Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Wrap Up February 8, 2019 Blockfight Update As we were working to integrate Ethereum into The Cage this week, we encountered a bug in the core Web3 code. Web3 1.0 beta has an issue in parsing bytes32 parameters for sending to Smart Contracts. Since we use bytes32 to save gas, this obviously became a problem. And given the rather cryptic error, it was quite a pain to track down what the culprit actually was. The Web3 maintainers have been made aware, as it has a very broad impact. Maybe we should get a commission for our services... Fortunately, the team was able to work around the issue and we’re performing our final tests on the system. This does mean Blockfight will come out next week, however. We will keep you posted on our progress. As mentioned last week, we are going to run an incentivized launch campaign once we’re ready to go: And as a “Thank You” for your patience and support as we get ready to launch, we will be upping our weekly giveaway amounts as follows: 20,000 Halo per week grand prize 3 Limited edition t-shirts 6 Sets of exclusive in-game dice This will provide a greater opportunity for more winners across the 4 week campaign. Draggin’ Dragons Update This week, we introduced the next Speed Dragon, Dveen (who may or may not be named after our Head of Games): Our next major milestone is coming up! We will be sending out a request for closed Beta participants sometime in the next two weeks. Like our closed Beta for Blockfight, players will have an opportunity to weigh in on the game and help us curate our Draggin’ Dragons feature roadmap. Stay tuned for your chance to participate in this limited time sneak peek! Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn It’s coming...
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    Block & Chain Games Featurette Player Central Splash Page Player Central is a customizable portal for players to manage their user profile and digital currency for all games across the platform. Player Central allows gamers to access their favorite titles without any additional client software or plugins. When they access Player Central, players will experience a dynamic, gamified, and socially-enabled center where they can manage all aspects of their in-game activities. When players launch Player Central, the first screen they see is our landing page. This page provides an array of exciting content for your favorite games, such as: Trailer video - Watch a clip of the video in Player Central or click to watch the entire video. This section will cycle through teasers, trailers and tutorial videos. Instagram feed - View the latest news about the game, including new features and content. Key art and info banner - Gorgeous poster art that takes you to the game’s information page on the Block and Chain Games website. Coming soon news feed - A list of features in upcoming game releases. Block and Chain games each have a cadence of new features and content to keep the games fresh and exciting. Each game on our platform has a dedicated splash page, which can be accessed by clicking the game icon above Under the game information section, there is a scrolling list of banners. This is one place where we can cross promote all of the titles on our platform. Players can access their favorite game quickly and easily. Want to learn more about the Block and Chain Game Platform? Check out our website: https://blockandchain.games/platform.html Join our community: https://t.me/blockandchainchat or http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ Email us: bnc@blockandchain.games
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    Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter January 4, 2019 News @ Block & Chain Happy New Year everyone! It’s 2019 and we have some big things coming your way. You’ve heard plenty about Blockfight and Draggin’ Dragons. Both of those games are nearing release as you know, but we also have a smorgasbord of new game announcements, partnerships and other exciting updates coming your way this year! Stay tuned and sign up for our newsletter if you want it delivered to your inbox each week. Announcing Player Central! We’ve teased Player Central in our newsletters and in our whitepaper, but today, we are opening the kimono. As gamers, we all enjoy platforms like Steam, Battle.net, Xbox Live Arcade and the Sony Playstore. There is a lot of appeal to an all-in-one platform where players can enjoy not just their favorite games, but a personalized space to celebrate their achievements and socialize with their friends. Block and Chain’s Player Central is our answer to those platforms, bringing your personalized player experience to life on the blockchain! Initially, Player Central will include features such as an integrated player wallet, single sign on to all our games, player profile & stats, achievements, live support, and a news feed. Additional features such as friends, live chat, guilds, and other enhancements will be added throughout the year. This is a real competitive advantage for Block and Chain Games, with very few blockchain competitors offering a gamer-centric platform like this. For us, it’s just another great way to bring great games to our players. Look for Player Central v1 launching later this quarter! Each game has its own feature page you can explore before you play. Or you can just dive right into the game! Blockfight Update - Closed Beta has begun! Our limited time pre-launch beta has begun. Those who have signed up to participate are playing the game as we speak and assisting us in making Blockfight the best game it can be! And feedback has been extremely positive so far. We will be running the beta until January 11th so there is still time to participate. If you want to get in on this limited time opportunity simply sign up on our contact page: https://blockandchain.games/support.html Once we have finished polishing the game, it will be ready for launch! Congratulations Mary Ngai! Block and Chain Artist Mary Ngai recently made headlines this week, winning the Academy of Art 18 VIS Grad award for the "Web and Mobile" category. Mary recently completed her Master’s Degree from the Academy and has contributed her amazing talents to several of our games. We’re proud to have Mary on our team! In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://blockonomi.com/crypto-art-puzzles-games/ - The idea of a crypto art that hides a puzzle which pays cash is a new one. There aren’t many precedents for something that is both art and a paying puzzle. B&C: It has been said in game circles that all the great ideas have been used up and new games are simply a different spin on existing mechanics. Yet, here we are with a totally new type of puzzle game that could only come about with the power of blockchain technology. Imagine solving procedurally generated puzzles that offer varying ranges of payoff determined by the blockchain. Now imagine if those puzzles could be user generated and could be sold or traded with other players. Do you keep a puzzle in the hopes of solving it for an unknown reward or do you sell it to another player for a more certain return? The possibilities are endless in this blockchain-only game genre. When someone next asks you “why blockchain” for games, here is a perfect response! Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn
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    Halo Platform Weekly Newsletter Week of: Nov. 25 – Dec. 1, 2018 Hello Halo Platform community. Thanks as always for following us on our journey through the cryptospace. Here are some of the happenings at Halo Platform this week: Halo Platform & Exchange The cryptocurrency markets have taken a wild ride over the past couple of weeks, but Halo is still going strong. Our team is working hard to add Horizon State (HST) and Bitcoin (BTC) wrappers to HaloDEX as we continue to grow our coin support. Otherwise, our main priorities are the coin split and v1.1 of the master node system, which is required to support the split and changes our minting rates. Essentially, the split is a hard fork and we need to make sure all of our current systems support the change. Extensive testing is providing assurance that our system is ironclad and airtight. Thanks for supporting us as we build a bigger, better cryptocurrency platform. New Releases As always, we’re working to improve the Halo Platform user experience. Over the past 2 weeks, we delivered the following new releases: Chrome Extension Release v1.1.1: Phrase verification words are now sorted Main net RPC url has been changed to https://mainnet.haloplatform.tech DEX Version 3.1.0: Added new ticker component Improved long text display in the total field with detailed information about the currently selected base/token Fixed UI for multiple screen sizes down to iPhone5 Fixed a bug that caused the max value used when clicking the max button in an order The Landing page will now properly show a progress loader in dark mode During Thanksgiving week, we also released DEX versions 3.0.2 and 3.0.3, which: Fixed display bug for prices on trade history Fixed a bug that would cause balances to not update in real time Fixed a bug that would cause order books to not update upon changing markets Added VTHO coin support To see what we are currently working on at any time, take a look at our Status Board. Marketing Update The Halo Platform and Block and Chain Game Studios website developers are working hard to create new website content. This includes ongoing development of the Player Central platform for Block and Chain Games, which will serve as the primary user interface for the entire gaming platform. Player Central will be ready for testing shortly, so stay tuned for a testnet release. A Halo Platform website revamp is also in the works. Look for a detailed announcement regarding the new changes in December. New Business In our efforts to spread the word about all of the great things Halo Platform has to offer, Business Development Manager Matthew Dowd and Halo Platform VP of Operations Devin Seto attended the Blockchain Expo-North America, in California’s Silicon Valley. The event, which ran from the 28th through the 30th of November, focused on content from leading brands embracing and developing cutting edge blockchain technologies. This is exciting for both Halo Platform and Block and Chain Game Studios as the team met to evangelize the strengths and benefits of our superfast and low-cost platform. We have several follow up meetings with potential partners coming next week and Matt will be meeting in person with a number of companies based in New York. Matt Dowd (Business Development Manager) and Devin Seto (VP of Operations) Blockchain in the Entertainment Industry Panel - We spoke with these panelists from the TV, Music and Video Game industries We met with Kingsley Hendrickse, co-founder of Sushi Chain, getting ready to beta test Guardians of Axum, a collectible blockchain card game Platform Partner Updates Horizon State just celebrated another great milestone. The Opportunities Party (New Zealand) vote commenced this morning, enabling over 4000 members to vote for their next leader and board representative. The vote will run until 12:00 noon on the 8th of December, and is using the Halo Blockchain to manage the election. Did you know? There are detailed instructions and walkthroughs of the Halo Platform on our wiki and youtube channels. Let us know if there is something you’d like to see there and we will gladly add it. Follow us on the web and social media Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github Scrypto
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    Horizon State Chooses the Halo Platform Blockchain Network The leadership and development teams at the Halo Platform are happy to announce our recent blockchain hosting partnership with the exciting project, Horizon State As they explain in their whitepaper, “Horizon State has built a token-based blockchain voting and decision-making platform that delivers unprecedented trust through the integrity and post-unforgeable attributes of DLT. Horizon State delivers a secure digital ballot box, wherein results are immutable and voter identities are protected. Votes cast can be counted transparently, in real time, by anyone in the world. These counts can happen in perpetuity, as results are permanently retained on the blockchain and are immutable. More than that - Horizon State allows voters to verify that their own vote is accounted for, while maintaining their anonymity” (https://horizonstate.com/Horizon-State-Whitepaper.pdf) Their voting system has already been chosen as the exclusive voting solution to be used by The Democratic Party of India and just this week it was announced that they will be used by New Zealand’s Opportunity Party, to conduct their leadership election next month. The Halo Platform blockchain will handle tens of thousands of transactions during each vote. (https://micky.com.au/blockchain-voting-to-be-used-in-new-zealand-politics/) Horizon State uses blockchain technology and their advanced architecture to deliver on three core needs present in the voting/election space… “considered deliberation of decisions, effective mobilization of communities, and facilitation of secure voting.” When these powerful tools are offered to the public at large, it is possible to make “every voice count on a global scale.” The team behind Horizon State studied the strengths and weaknesses of the various blockchain networks available today and decided that the Halo Platform Blockchain was clearly the best choice of network provider. As their platform use grows, it is possible (and very likely) that the Horizon State system will be handling voting sessions with millions of transactions over a short period of time. The Halo Platform not only offers a lightning-fast network with zero gas fees (zero transaction cost), but is also secured at an enterprise level that could rival the security of many banks. Obviously, to ensure the trust and reliability of engagements ranging from shareholder voting to official government elections, network security was a major factor in the decision made by Horizon State. The Horizon State platform stresses the importance of increased engagement and is working hard to “empower communities with decision making tools that inspire trust” fueled by the use of their Decision Tokens (HST). The HST token will soon be listed for trade on HaloDEX , the Halo Platform’s advanced decentralized exchange, backed by one of the fastest and most secure blockchain networks available today. For more information regarding the Horizon State platform: inbox@horizonstate.com. For information regarding exchange listing and blockchain hosting opportunities please contact the Halo Platform’s Business Development Manager: Matthew@haloplatform.tech.
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    Beginning this week, we will be sending out newsletters every Friday. There is so much going on that we feel it makes more sense to publish shorter newsletters more frequently. Here are some of the new things going on at Halo Platform: New Releases Last night, we released version 3.0.0 of the HaloDEX, which includes a handful of improvements, including: Updates to match new wrapper system Adds background coloring to Market Orders (trade history) and removes the pricing color highlight Added a header to Open Orders Order fields will no longer correct what you are typing if you go over your balance Market Orders (trade history) can now be toggled to just show your previous trade history for that market UI now fully responds to a user being signed out of extension or account being locked in feather client Wrapper deposits are no longer shown on Balances page, but instead a button is shown to open a dialog to copy your deposit address (helps users with smaller screens/resolutions) Rounding errors should all be fixed This release also includes support for VET. VeChain’s currency. Additional coin wrappers are in development and will be available on the DEX in the coming days. No new extension or client download is required with this release. Simply refresh and Featherlite will pick up the changes. To see what we are currently working on at any time, take a look at our Status Board. Marketing Update On Wednesday, our CEO Scott Morrison participated in a livestream with Todd Blackburn of Crypto Coin Trader. During the interview, Scott answered a host of questions about the Halo Platform and provided an update on our various initiatives. We’re working with CCT to make the recorded interview available publicly on their YouTub channel. Look for an update next week. New Business Halo Platform shined at the World Crypto Con (“WCC”) held in Las Vegas at the end of October. Our leadership team connected with several prospective partners and wowed some of the biggest influencers in the cryptocurrency industry. There’s no replacement for hard work, and business development efforts like this have already paid off for Halo Platform. We’ve already solidified a partnership with Horizon State, a token-based blockchain voting and decision-making platform. Horizon State, a ground breaking token-based blockchain voting and decision-making platform has chosen to host their project on the lightning fast, super secure Halo Platform blockchain network. The Horizon State platform delivers unprecedented trust through the integrity and post-unforgeable attributes of the distributed ledger technology offered on the Halo Platform blockchain. Their voting system has already been chosen as the exclusive voting solution to be used by The Democratic Party of India and just this week it was announced that they will be used by New Zealand’s Opportunity Party, to conduct their leadership election next month. Halo Currency Listing LATOKEN, a rapidly growing crypto exchange focusing on liquidity for new tokens, will soon be listing Halo Currency. This represents a major step forward for both Halo Platform and its growing family of partners in the cryptocurrency world. That’s it for news for this week, but new projects are always underway at Halo Platform. Join us on social media for the latest on what’s happening at Halo Platform and across the cryptocurrency industry. Did you know? There are detailed instructions and walkthroughs of the Halo Platform on our wiki. Let us know if there is something you’d like to see there and we will gladly add it. Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github Scrypto
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    Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter November 16, 2018 News @ Block & Chain This week we began testing our games with Halo Currency. It was really cool to see the platform integrated within the games. One of us may or may not have accidentally dropped all their Halo on a single battle in Blockfight… We now have wallets integrated into our games and players with Halo wallets will be automatically signed in. No usernames, passwords, no fuss, no muss! Platform credentials are game credentials. Of course, players can also set up a traditional username and password if they wish. As we complete the Halo Platform wallet integration into our games, we have continued our marketing efforts in the run up to launch. We are continuing to release the fighter dossiers for blockfight and this week, we introduce the next one in the lineup. We give you Amorial... We also began introducing the Speed Racers to be featured in the upcoming Draggin’ Dragons beta release. Take a look at our first few racers: We also featured a Developer’s Blog, where we describe the Dragon’s Concept and where the idea behind the game came from. We’re excited to launch these games and share the fun we’ve built with everybody! Game Maker’s Corner Mary Ngai: Artist I typically work on character design and art for our games. My usual job is to paint horrifying creatures, nefarious villains and heroic characters, but I have also been helping the Draggin’ Dragons team develop the User Interface (UI). I’m a HUGE fan of games with a beautiful painted illustration styles like Blizzard’s Hearthstone, or Supergiant’s Bastion, and so I thought UI would be simple -- but boy was I wrong. Creating assets and handling files is a very technical process. Everything MUST be in the right position for each atlas using a specific setup. Knowing JSON makes it a lot easier, since that is how we handle file attributes. There is, of course, the creative aspects of designing the look of everything, but the bulk of my time is spent thinking about design. Working with the UI team made me realize how well thought out UI is, yet it is one of the most underappreciated aspects of games. Think about that the next time you log into a game and perhaps take for granted the login flow, neat buttons and robust menus, and appreciate all the hardworking artists and programmers who worked on it! In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/11/prweb15901783.htm - Contentos, a decentralized global content ecosystem, announces a partnership with Yahoo! Taiwan to educate mainstream audiences about blockchain. B&C: We are big on gamifying knowledge and the idea of gamifying blockchain knowledge specifically is a fantastic way to educate novice users, curious to dip their toes into the blockchain world. There are many great ways to entice gamers to blockchain technologies. At B&C, our mandate is to make getting into our games as easy as possible. Thanks to the Halo Platform, we have some great tools to onboard new players, enable them to acquire Halo easily and place it in their wallet for gameplay. All our games will walk players through this process. We may even gamify masternodes at some point… https://www.gamespot.com/articles/all-the-2018-game-awards-nominees/1100-6463220/ - The nominees have been announced for 2018's The Game Awards. This year Sony Santa Monica's God of War and Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption 2 are the two front-runners, locked neck-and-neck at eight nominations each including Game of the Year. B&C: Once upon a time, I used to wait with baited breath to see who would be nominated for the annual game awards. Would a game I worked on be nominated? Would a brave new IP make the cut? Something cool, innovative, fun? Nowadays, console games have become much like the movie industry: focused on blockbuster hits from established franchises (Red Dead 2 arguably is the notable exception here). I mean, how many Gods of War, Grand Theft Autos, Assassins Creeds and Battlefields can there be? More often than not, I find myself digging around Steam or the Apple App Store for a fresh, new, game from an independent developer. There are a lot of good games out there without the massive marketing and cinematic budgets behind them. And yet, some of these are the best games I’ve ever played. I’m convinced the future of gaming lies in the hands of indie developers and the blockchain is the best platform for them to raise capital, develop and thrive! Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn
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    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. Join Us Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github
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    Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter November 2, 2018 News @ Block & Chain This week, we kicked our road-to-launch marketing efforts into top gear for Blockfight and Draggin’ Dragons. We invite everyone to follow our forums and social media channels for these gems! Fiction plays an important role in any game, no matter how simple. Blockfight, while it is a mechanically straightforward game also has a rich backstory. Today, we want to share that story with you. Don’t feel sorry for any of these denizens as you battle them to the death! Blockfight is our launch title and it will be ready to play later this month! We also announced the launch of Draggin’ Dragons with a killer “movie poster”. The Draggin’ Dragons fully playable open beta launches later this month! We will share more details on the beta features and instructions to play in the coming weeks. will Spread the word! Game Maker’s Corner Todd Gillissie: Principal Game Developer I often get asked by friends if I would be willing to talk to their child who is interested in getting into gaming as a career. I love to encourage kids to create art, so I have no problem talking to those that are interested. I know, you may be thinking, "video games are art?", to which I say "absolutely!" Anything that starts as an idea and turns into a real piece of entertainment is art to me. However, just like in filmmaking, there are a lot of vocations required in order to create that single piece of final art. It starts with an idea, which turns into a design. The initial design doesn't need to involve any visual art. I see a lot of confusion from people thinking that "designing" is the process of creating visual art. Visual art is a completely different skill of its own, and can even be broken down into various sub-skills: 3D modeler, concept illustrator, texture artist, animator, user interface designer, and more. The importance of music and sound are often overlooked until you realize how dull a game is without good audio. The programmers pull all of these elements together and make it interactive. Finally, play testers make sure everything works properly before the game is released. In addition to all of the technical and creative skills required, producers have to coordinate everyone and make sure everything is on schedule. For games that get regular updates, there are product managers that figure out how to keep the game engaging over time, and data analysts that figure out what players like and dislike. For large game studios, there are usually people that specialize in each of these skills, but in a small studio such as Block & Chain Games, we all wear multiple hats to serve these functions. Personally, I love working in a small studio because I enjoy working with many disciplines, and having a direct impact on the quality of the games we're working on. In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://sludgefeed.com/neo-exec-sees-gaming-as-lowest-hanging-fruit-for-crypto/ - “We believe that in the future digital assets will cover so many areas we can’t even imagine. But from today’s point of view, the lowest hanging fruit within the space are native digital assets, and games are already in a digital form on your laptop or your phone. These are areas that are quite easy for game developers and game players to adopt.” B&C: At B&C we understand and appreciate the value blockchain technologies bring to gaming. We love to see indie game developers realize their dreams (and not become beholden to venture capitalist) because of the crowdfunding abilities that blockchain enables and seek thes developers to join our platform. Also, blockchain game servers don’t run the risk of shutdowns by big corporations like “typical” games do. WoW will end one day. If it was on the blockchain, it might well live forever! https://blockonomi.com/gaming-blockchain-mainstream/ - Now that blockchain is creeping into other areas, people are wondering if it could be a tool for gamers to create new ways to play. So far blockchain game development has been limited, but that is changing. B&C: While “traditional” blockchain games like Crytokitties suffered from severe performance issues, they and the Ethereum network paved the way for games to come. The phenomena of these early games and the impact they had in the cryptosphere are undeniable. Today, we see more and more companies going after more traditional game mechanics, requiring much faster networks to be played in “realtime”. At B&C we are extremely lucky to have the Halo Platform blockchain at our disposable. We don’t have to work around any performance limitations and can build games with mass appeal that can bring millions of casual gamers to the blockchain! Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn
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    Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter October 12, 2018 Special Announcement! We’re pleased to announce we have partnered with Crypto Gamers Community, the leading community and fan site for blockchain games. This is a very active community, which features content from major blockchain game developers and game platforms. As a preferred partner, the Block and Chain Games platform is listed on the site as well as our game trailers, newsletters and press releases. Of course, once our games go live, they will be listed here too and will receive top billing. We’re proud to be a part of this exciting community and would like to invite all of our followers to check it out! News @ Block & Chain This week, we began planning our pre-launch marketing drive for Draggin’ Dragons and our other very large, very unannounced game. As we lead up to launch, interested players will get to know our games through key art, character bios, developer blogs and videos. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for more exciting content! Draggin’ Dragons Update Dragon ownership on our race tracks is a very big feature for our players. Imagine purchasing your very own dragon from the Market and receiving a portion of ALL of their winnings. That means whenever your dragon wins a race, no matter who initiates the race, you win if your dragon wins. When you consider how many players in a given day run a race, the prospects for returns are very exciting. And since each Speed Track has a betting range, the higher the track’s range, the better your return could be! All races are provably fair, so dragon owners can be assured that they have an even chance of winning against the other dragons in every race. There are only 28 dragons across 5 tracks, so dragon ownership will be an limited and exclusive element of the game! Here’s the catch: Once you purchase a dragon, it can be “bought away” from you after a 48 hour cooldown period. Don’t worry, though, you’ll receive the HALO for the purchase from the buyer, with a markup. So even if you’re dragon is bought away from you, you will still make a profit, and you can buy your dragon back 48 hours later (or any dragon available in the marketplace for that matter). Please take a moment to sign up for our newsletter to receive it in your inbox each week: https://www.blockandchain.games/support.html Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn
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    Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter October 5, 2018 Hopefully, everyone had a chance to read our press release about our partnership with Fracture Labs and their MMORPG Decimated. This is the beginning of building a broad and diverse partnership platform, where collectively we bring mainstream-style games to the blockchain. We have more discussions underway with other potential partners, so look out for more news on those soon. If you didn’t get a chance to read the press release, you can do so here: https://community.haloplatform.tech/blogs/entry/57-block-chain-game-studios-partners-with-top-blockchain-game/ Fracture Labs also posted an update to their community: https://medium.com/@fracturelabs/fracture-labs-and-halo-platform-join-forces-to-create-the-ultimate-blockchain-gaming-experience-ea93f7cc5ecb News @ Block & Chain This week we conducted a big internal playtest (plus moderators) for Draggin’ Dragons and we received some excellent feedback. We continue to apply polish and add new UI elements to the game in preparation for open beta launch to you, our players. Ali, our Lead Designer on the project created a teaser reel for the Speed Races feature. While there will be more video trailers featuring breeding, battle races and special events, this is a taste of what’s to come! In passing, we have alluded to our upcoming whitepaper. The whitepaper describes in great detail the game platform we are building and how we intend to bring mainstream gaming to the blockchain both with our own internally developed games and with game development partners. I am happy to report we have put the finishing touches on it and will be sharing it with the world in the next couple of weeks. Game Maker’s Corner Harold Perry: Lead Platform Developer Behind the Curtain I lead development on our game platform. I do the work that you barely even know you’re using...if I do my job well, that is. I create things like APIs, SDKs, and other acronyms, which power both our games and games developed by platform partners. Since we’re building on blockchain, we’re often using different methods for authentication or purchasing in-game items than what other games (or apps) use. Instead of just using OAuth, traditional username/password systems, or iTunes and Google Play, we use wallet addresses, signatures, and cryptocurrency. So, we have to build a lot of it from scratch. And, in some cases, we have to wrap and morph other technologies to work the way we need. This is the challenge, and excitement, with trailblazing new technology! It may not be sexy to many, but I love this stuff. Designing and building systems that talk to each other...that gets me going. Being on the leading edge of world-changing technology...that’s not so bad either. In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/leading-blockchain-and-gaming-companies-form-blockchain-game-alliance/ - Leading companies in the gaming and blockchain space have come together to form the Blockchain Game Alliance, a coalition that will advocate for blockchain development within the gaming industry. B&C: We have mixed feelings about this announcement. On one hand, the mandate to legitimize blockchain gaming is a noble one. On the other hand, this coalition was formed behind closed doors by self-appointed “leaders” in game development during the recent Blockchain Gamer Conference in Helsinki. The group is closed and if you aren’t part of the clique, you’re not getting in. This is the complete opposite of the democratized and decentralized philosophy the grassroots blockchain movement companies like Halo Platform and Block and Chain Games are evangelizing. Putting blockchain games in an “ivory tower” only serves those businesses involved in the group and the subsequent press focusing solely on Ubisoft’s involvement in this initiative is indicative of that. https://www.forbes.com/sites/bryancollinseurope/2018/10/04/what-you-can-learn-about-business-from-these-wildly-successful-video-game-developers/#78c8ecfe1423 - Like many gamers in their thirties today, I spent much of the 90s and early 2000s playing popular video games like Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake. id software, led by John Romero and John Carmack, developed these wildly successful video games and earned millions of dollars and the adoration of customers around the world. B&C: This was an enjoyable article by some of the most iconic names in the games industry; my heros in fact. It’s refreshing to see a humble and honest retrospective on game development and a sincere desire to inspire future generations of game makers. I’m proud to say that we at Block and Chain draw inspiration from experiences of these giants and make the most of our motley little crew of game makers, with all the many tools, technologies and tricks-of-the-trade learned by those who came before us. Please take a moment to sign up for our newsletter to receive it in your inbox each week: https://www.blockandchain.games/support.html Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn
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    Welcome to the Halo Platform Bi-Weekly newsletter! This is where we provide updates on recent developments and announcements for upcoming news, products, and events. During the past sprint (2 weeks), we’ve made a lot of progress with the development of Halo Platform’s lineup of cryptocurrency tools and features. In addition to providing technical updates, Halo Platform is also pleased to announce our localized marketing campaign, which brings global audiences to our community through multilingual worldwide outreach. Soon, you will see our marketing content translated into Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Russian, and a number of other languages as our community grows through various social media platforms. Masternode System Updates Among the many improvements made to Halo Platform’s backend tech during this sprint period, we also successfully tested Batch Confirmations and finalized a new Featherlite version release. With the new update, users can “Withdraw All” in only three clicks - one on the initial withdraw, one on DAPP confirmation of the masternodes and the reward amounts you are withdrawing, and the third for the batch confirmations. The former process requires a confirmation to each masternode reward. This will save our users time whenever they withdraw their rewards. To update your Featherlite on the latest version, please click here. HaloDEX Updates We recently released a new version of HaloDEX alpha which changed the main user interface for the exchange page. We’re also adding TradingView, which is an easy to use financial visualization platform that allows users to customize charts as well as create financial analysis forecasts. We’re refining TradingView to perfection each and every day, so keep an eye out for its pending release in testnet. Otherwise, we are working hard to squash the final bugs in the DEX and plan to have all issues resolved soon. The HALO Wrappers are also nearly complete and are currently being tested internally. The smart contract backing the DEX is also being slightly reworked to be more modular and allow Halo Platform to more easily migrate as we introduce new features after initial launch. We also changed the Balances page to show both Featherlite and HaloDEX wallet balances. From an end-user experience, this will make it easier to use the DEX on a single page instead of navigating back and forth between Featherlite and HaloDEX wallets. A Socket indicator in the upper-right corner will indicate if your connection is working in real-time. New HaloDEX features (TradingView and updated Balances) HaloDEX Wrapper The below patch notes provide details on the many fixes and improvements to HaloDEX: 0.4.0 Alpha Changed alignment of sell orders Resized the new order card to take up less space Added contextual colors for buying and selling in the new order card Added 8 decimal places to display data for the order book TradingView replaced AmCharts for main chart on exchange Resolution and symbol changing updates Production config updated for static files relating to TradingView Updated Balances page to now show wallet balances outside of dex. Added some coloring to the page to make it less boring 0.5.0 Alpha Orderbook will now display up to 30 orders on either side Fixes for the depth chart to get it working again The main Exchange view has been reworked completely (Let us know what you think!) Fixes for supporting multiple display sizes Fixes for searching tickers by the actual ticker (ie HALO) Removed grids from trading view Fixes a bug causing orders not belonging to the user to show up in "Your Orders" Fixes a bug causing canceled orders to not properly update in the UI Subscriptions are now functions on TradingView Added a web socket connection indicator Fixed a bug that would cause weird rounding errors when making orders Updated ticker nav bar to navigate to the home screen when on balances screen 0.6.0 Alpha Added new max button to fill all available funds Fixed a bug when trying to exhaust all available funds Fixed a bug where orders would not refresh when changing tokens Removed unused toggles from the new order card Updated minimum amount of HALO required to create an order Fixed a bug that would cause improper volume display on TradingView Updated location of buy/sell forms (they are now flipped) Updated location of web socket connection (far right of the toolbar) 0.7.0 Alpha Added better notifications and order aggregation matching Fixed form validation when creating new orders/trades Added UI piece that shows account lock/unlock status and allows unlocking of locked accounts Block and Chain Game Studio Updates Our final playtests for Blockfight are underway and in the past two weeks we have introduced some features which will allow players to have a quick rematch, see their stats and win a daily drop of free in-game coins. On the back end, we’re working hard to incorporate a low-friction currency flow so players can get crypto into the game quickly and easily. Draggin’ Dragons racing screens are undergoing polish and integration into the game. Check out the Block & Chain newsletter for a sample of these fun and fantastic images. The weekly newsletter from Block & Chain goes out every Friday and can be viewed on our forums: Or sign up for our mailing list to receive the newsletter in your inbox each week: https://www.blockandchain.games/. HaloX Updates Over the last two-week sprint, the exchange team completed the FIX/WebSockets API. This includes all function calls, permissioning, and validation in addition to further code optimizations and schema refinements. The next step for the team is to create a feature complete client in order to serve as a public API client example and allow us to carry out internal testing. In addition to this, we hope to see progress in wallet connectivity and frontend API integration. Halo Platform Portfolio Updates We’ve been hard at work developing our backend data APIs and integrating them into the frontend Portfolio so that we can show coin values and Portfolio value over time. We’ve also been fine-tuning our interface for customizing and configuring the dashboard to make it fit everyone’s unique user experience. We are currently in development of getting account tracking working so that you can manage and track your portfolio. Marketing and Business Development Updates Along with all of the great work our developers have been doing on our Platform and exchanges, we have been making big strides in marketing and business development. We’re producing our “User How-To” videos, which will guide the viewer through the various aspects of the many features available on the Halo Platform. These videos are helpful tools for helping new users get oriented with features of the Halo Platform and will expand our community outreach, so be sure to check them out, starting with our first one on setting up Featherlite: Halo Platform was also recently represented by our Business Development Specialist, Matthew Dowd, at TokenFest in Boston, MA on September 13th and 14th. TokenFest is a major, two-day networking event focused on the business and technology of tokenization. The conference plays host to thousands of blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiasts and industry experts. Matthew has been on the floor, handing out Halo Platform t-shirts and setting up meetings with potential enterprise clients and influencers. Matt with with CNBC’s Jon Najarian, discussing the future of cryptocurrency. Halo Platform Resources Masternode Instructions Setting up and using a masternode is simple with the Halo Platform. Featherlite walks you through the necessary steps to acquire, deploy, join, watch, and collect awards from your masternode. For detailed instructions with images, go here: https://wiki.haloplatform.tech/Masternodes Masternode Estimated Reward Payouts If you’re curious about masternode reward payouts, refer to the spreadsheet below. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ghIixsf4WSrd9RYEAEc3lzuB8pq9MX9mi27h39GJL-U/edit#gid=826076888 Block Explorer Check out our searchable block explorer to take a close look at any block or transaction on the chain. In the coming days you’ll be able to see transactions for each wallet address on chain: https://explorer.haloplatform.tech/. View our progress on our roadmap: https://www.haloplatform.tech/roadmap.html Connect with us on social media Official Forum - https://community.haloplatform.tech/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/Halo_Platform Reddit - https://www.reddit.com/r/HaloPlatform/ Discord - http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ Telegram - https://t.me/haloplatform Google+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/108336112327687734137 Steemit - https://steemit.com/@haloplatform Medium - https://medium.com/@haloplatform Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HaloPlatform.tech/ Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZqP3U9jFO0XTV6EYNt1dqg Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/halo_platform/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/haloplatform/ Github - https://github.com/haloplatform Block and Chain Game Studios - https://www.blockandchain.games/ Halo Platform/Block and Chain Game Studios international community: Available languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, and Russian. https://community.haloplatform.tech/forum/41-localized-forums/ Where to Get Help If you run into any issues with any of our products (and you’ve tried refreshing and full node and that doesn’t fix it), there are numerous ways to reach out to us: Email: support@haloplatform.tech Discord: http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ (our moderators and support are online almost 24 hours a day. Special thanks to Moggy, Abe, Jay B., Pesh, and SeriousBasil237). Website (we have a support platform built in): https://www.haloplatform.tech/ — ^Everyone @ Halo Platform
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    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. Join the Halo Platform Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github
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    Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter August 24, 2018 Welcome to our weekly newsletter! This is Block and Chain’s forum to share with our community our product updates, thoughts from our team and news from the industry. Follow any of our social media channels, join our mailing list, or login to our forums to keep on top of the exciting news coming from Block and Chain Game Studios! News @ Block & Chain This week marked a significant milestone for Block and Chain Games. With the launch of our website (www.blockandchain.games) and kickoff of this weekly newsletter, we are making our presence known in the crypto gaming sphere. But, unlike our competitors, we are making real games with high production values in a broad variety of genres. And we’re well underway on that front, with 4 games currently in development from our own team and a suite of games under development by our external partners. We will present more information on all of our games in the coming days, but for now we are pleased to announce two launch titles: Blockfight and Draggin’ Dragons. Blockfight is an intense 3D monster vs monster fighting game, where you select your character and how much you want to risk and the selected characters battle it out. The Halo Platform blockchain determines the outcome of every battle, but this isn’t just another wagering game. Players can play with cryptocurrency and soft currency, an in-game coin which we provide to all players who login daily or that can be purchased for fiat inside the game. Our second and even larger, more epic game is Draggin’ Dragons. This 32-bit game hearkens back to the days of Super Nintendo, except with a modern twist. In the Draggin’ Dragons world, you can pick your favorite dragon to race to victory. Players can watch and wager on races or purchase one of our exclusive dragons, earning a cut from ALL of the character’s winnings. Those who seek a deeper experience can collect dragons by purchasing them in our in-game auction house or breeding them with other dragons. Draggin’ Dragons has over 150 varieties of dragons to offer, each with a set of unique abilities. These dragons can be raced on our battle tracks, but they don’t just run around. Instead, battle dragons have to deal with dastardly obstacles while doing their best to knock their opponents out of the race. Race, collect, train and win, all in this exciting new game powered by the Halo Platform blockchain! Game Maker’s Corner By Devin Seto: Head of Games Blockchain games are a little different in terms of how they are marketed. Where console developers tend to spend millions of dollars on massive campaigns and cinematic trailers, and mobile games rely on player acquisition from online ads, blockchain game marketing is uncharted territory. While we could take a similar approach, it’s my belief that those techniques won’t attract the attention we seek. Further, blockchain games have an extensive global reach and we would be doing ourselves a disservice to focus exclusively on North American marketing efforts. The spirit of blockchain technologies is one which acknowledges the organic nature of decentralization. Like the world wide web in its early days, the blockchain is built by the people, for the people. It stands to reason, then, that similar organic methods will be useful in marketing our games. As such, we plan to emphasize and empower our international community through forums, social media and online content. And strive to excite the masses about the wonderful possibilities of a game studio, comprised of game industry veterans, with the Halo Platform at its core. So with that, I invite you to join us on an amazing journey to define this new genre of games on the blockchain frontier. Follow our channels as we welcome you to share in our successes and learnings in the days to come. In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! http://www.gamescom.global/ - This week, Gamescon, Europe’s largest Games Conference in Cologne, Germany. Gamescom serves as the central platform for the European computer- and video game industry. This show brings together the worlds of retail, trade, and media, providing the ideal setting for the establishment and cultivation of business relationships. B&C: It’s only a matter of time before blockchain games make their debut in conferences like this one, GDC in San Francisco, or E3 in L.A. Maybe you’ll see us there next year! https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2018/08/should-your-next-video-game-be-on-blockchain-the-benefits-may-surprise-you.html - Rather than worrying about what points they’ll earn completing a level, gamers are unlocking, earning, and buying different items in their virtual world. While we already see this happening in games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and the massive world of weapon skin and item buying, selling, trading, and gambling, the most recent game to take the world by storm, Fortnite, offers the most eye-opening example. B&C: These features that “mainstream games” are experimenting with are inherent in blockchain technology. Trustless systems like those used on the Halo Platform are ideal for player-to-player transactions. https://bitcoinist.com/gaming-key-cryptocurrency-mass-adoption/ - Do you think something as simple as a gamified economy in an application could create mass adoption of digital currencies? B&C: Our answer to that is a resounding “NO”! Slapping a game together and making people play for crypto is not going to provide people a worthwhile experience, nor the education needed to confidently partake in cryptocurrency. Games must be engaging and worthwhile on their own merits first and foremost, and then use that engagement as a means to ease new users into the cryptosphere. Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn
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    I’m from the west coast US. I heard about Halo Platform from the king himself, Todd B. I knew if he was flipping his wig about how exciting this was, I had to check it out. Best community in crypto and proud to be a part of it.
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    Northwest US. I found Halo from CCT on Facebook while researching potential masternode investments. Halo seemed to be one of few non-shitcoin masternodes that was still a good entry point. Came for the project vision. Stayed for the amazingly transparent and communicative team.
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    I'm from Central US, and I helped build it. Hah. Actually, I came in as an interested investor and talked with Scott and one thing lead to another and now here I am.
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    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. Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github Scrypto
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    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. Join the Halo Platform Halo Platform Website Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github

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