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  1. Special Report Highlights Benefits of Blockchain Tech in Gaming Blockchain technology is revolutionizing the gaming industry by changing the way the industry runs. Block and Chain Game Studios is passionate about this, and we’re not alone. Others like us, including Singapore-based company Huobi, have been focused on transforming the traditional gaming industry to one that utilizes blockchain tech. And while both Block and Chain Game Studios and Huobi offer gaming products and services that are based on blockchain, they’re also committed to increasing knowledge and use of this incredible technology. In fact, Huobi Research recently wrote a special report detailing the problems with the current gaming industry’s structure and how blockchain technology will revolutionize it. The Current Problems with the Gaming Industry The Huobi Special Report on blockchain technology discusses the current weakness of the gaming industry before digging into how to solve them. One of the problems the report notes is centralization of the gaming industry. To decentralization advocates, the issues caused by central control in gaming markets should come as no surprise. According to the Huobi Special Report, centralization has created divisions within the industry by stressing developers to produce games that will bring players back. Central authority also prevents players from having the ability to own their in-game assets or negotiate in any way. With blockchain technology these problems can be resolved and possibly lead to the mass adoption of the technology inside and outside of the gaming industry. As Huobi founder and CEO Leon Li Lin stated that “we firmly believe in a decentralized future and the main goal of the Huobi Chain project is to transform a centralized corporation to a decentralized one that’s run by the community.” This is the exact type of thing Block and Chain Game Studios is looking forward to as well. Improving Games with Blockchain Tech Incorporating blockchain technology into video games will bring a better experience to the gamer, and enterprising game developers are always finding new ways that blockchain can make a positive impact. One benefit of blockchain is that the player’s assets are recorded, stored and managed on a decentralized blockchain network, making the in-game assets more valuable to the players. But Huobi’s interest in blockchain technology has shown just how much the utilization of the technology has spread. The more companies are finding ways to improve the gaming industry, the closer blockchain technology becomes to entering the mainstream. The gaming industry currently has more than 2.3 billion active gamers worldwide and is the gaming market is predicted to reach $137.9 billion in the next year. Most active gamers are millennials who have grown up with technology and most experts believe that they will be more accepting of blockchain integration. Over time, utilization of this technology will transform how games are played. Players will have true ownership of their assets, interactions between virtual worlds will be streamlined, and in-game economies will be more functional than ever the economy within the game. Every day is just another step towards mass adoption of the technology not only with in the gaming industry but also with industries across the economy. Block and Chain Game Studios is right at the cutting edge of the blockchain tech evolution, and we’re glad to see other game makers across the industry also looking to achieve the widespread integration of blockchain technology. Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn
  2. Self-Regulation in Cryptocurrency Markets – RegTech or Red Herring? By: Samantha Joule Fow Over the past few years, cryptocurrency market stakeholders have largely agreed regarding the need for increased oversight and self-regulation within the virtual currency industry. And while public officials are still scratching their heads, the cryptocurrency and blockchain tech industry is starting to act. This year, we’ve seen the development of self-regulatory organizations within the virtual currency industry. And, while it may not have law enforcement authority, a self-regulated organization not only regulates itself, but also holds some regulatory influence over the larger industry. As Brian Quintenz, Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Trading Futures, explained: “an independent and empowered SRO-like entity could have a meaningful impact on the integrity and credibility of this young marketplace.” Virtual Commodity Association Forms to Self-Regulate Virtual Currency Markets The Virtual Commodity Association (VCA), conceptualized in part by the Winklevoss twins, is an industry sponsored self-regulatory organization for the domestic virtual currency industry. As Cameron Winklevoss explained, the VCA was conceptualized to “foster financial sound, responsible, and innovative virtual commodity markets through a system of industry standards, sound practices, and oversight that promotes price discovery, efficiency, and transparency.” The VCA is comprised of a number of Executives, including an Executive Director, and an independent Board of Directors, all of whom were supposed to be named by the members at the VCA’s inaugural meeting in September of 2018. During the inaugural meeting, the initial members were tasked with discussing and developing guidelines for membership in the VCA, guidelines for best practices and rules-based marketplaces that would promote fair practices, guidelines for best practices concerning member conflicts of interest, and VCA staffing. Crypto Industry Group Wields Influence – Or Does it? The Virtual Commodity Association is staffed by people and groups that the digital currency market takes seriously. The initial members of the VCA include, Bitstamp, Inc., bitFlyer USA, Inc., Bittrex, Inc., and Gemini Trust Company, LLC., the latter of which Cameron Winklevoss serves as the co-founder and President. The interim Executive Director of the VCA is Maria Filipakis, who formerly served as the Executive Deputy Superintendent at the New York Department of Financial Services. Notably, she was integral in the drafting and implementation of New York’s regulations pertaining to virtual currency. With such an impressive lineup of supporters, there’s no doubt that the VCA could really throw its weight around today’s cryptocurrency marketplace. However, despite initially promising prospects, little has come of the VCA’s initiatives. In August of 2018, it appeared that the VCA was making leaps and bounds towards the self regulation of the virtual currency marketplace. However, little has been heard from the VCA since August 20th, 2018 when Bitstamp, Inc., bitFlyer USA, Inc., Bittrex, Inc., and Gemini Trust Company, LLC., formerly announced their participation as initial members. The VCA’s official website, virtualcommodities.org, contains little information and the VCA’s twitter account, @VCAdotorg, last issued a tweet on August 20th, 2018. Moreover, it is unclear as to whether the VCA’s inaugural meeting in September 2018 took place as planned. Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency has given rise to the field of financial technology – “FinTech” – which led to the spinoff of an entire tech-driven industry focused on regulatory compliance and management technology. This “RegTech” holds promise of a more effective, self-regulating financial marketplace in the future, but for now it appears that early efforts aimed at boosting market function through private controls are flagging. This is leading many experts to the conclusion that self-regulation may not be the next wave in RegTech – rather, it may be just another red herring distracting regulators from imposing stricter market controls. Time will tell…
  3. Halo Platform Weekly Newsletter Week of: Dec. 2 – Dec 8, 2018 Here are some of the new things going on at Halo Platform this week: New Releases The Halo Platform Team is working hard to refine user experience. This week, we’ve been focusing fixing on a number of user issues people have reported to us. We want to ensure our user experience is top notch, so this is one of our primary focuses for this month. Here is a summary of what we released this week: Fixed a bug that prevented Halo from being withdrawn from DEX to personal wallet Fixed a bug that would cause orders created using the max button to fail Fixed issue that would cause Balances page to not show all supported tokens To see what we are currently working on at any time, take a look at our Status Board. Marketing Update We have kicked off a marketing campaign this week designed to expand our community and promote our products and media content more broadly. Participants who promote our pages and follow us on blogs, social media and forums are entered into a draw. The promotion runs for 10 weeks. The first prize each week is HALO currency, with 2nd and 3rd place winners receiving Halo Platform hoodies and t-shirts. Visit our promotion page to learn more: http://bit.ly/2rlCz8B New Business The Halo Platform business development team spent a great couple of days shaking hands and promoting all the fantastic work going on behind the scenes at the Halo Platform at this year’s Blockchain Expo-North America. The conference, which took place in Santa Clara on the 27th and 28th of November, was a wonderful opportunity to make connections and spread the word about Halo Platform. We’ve been reaching out to all of the great new contacts and investigating opportunities for both hosting projects on our blockchain and listing new coins on HaloDEX. We have a number of projects in the works for the Halo Platform blockchain network and Block and Chain Game Studios, so look out for new announcements in the near future. Halo Platform & Exchange We will be adding the Horizon State (HST) token to HaloDEX next week and continuing to work on BTC integration. Integrating BTC is complex and will take more time to finish, so thanks so much for your patience as we work it out. We also added a few enhancements to HaloDEX, including informative pricing data and USD equivalent. Check out the new look: 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! Follow us on the web and social media Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github Scrypto
  4. Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter December 6, 2018 News @ Block & Chain Blockfight Update This week’s Blockfight contender is RyShoal and he is one nasty beast: Did you know? Each time you beat a creature, they appear in your Hall of Victory. Collect them all for the ultimate achievement! More fighters will be added regularly for you to conquer. Can you beat them all? Draggin’ Dragons Update Our Speed Racing mode is nearly complete with the team focusing on testing and bug fixing as we approach soft launch. This week, we added the Race Hash and Block Number to demonstrate provable fairness. Players will be able to view block hash details on the Halo Platform block explorer. Block information can be copied with a single click We are building mini tutorials into each part of our game. New players will be able to jump right in and play with a minimal learning curve. Tutorials are triggered as players explore each part of the game Decimated Update The team at Fracture Labs has been working hard building immersive environments in the Decimated world. Visceral, realistic art is a hallmark of their game and they are leveraging the Unreal engine to make it happen. Check out their recent video showcasing realtime level design: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmzoVueF96E In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://dapplife.com/could-gaming-be-blockchain-first-killer-dapp/ - There are many projects working toward creating the first “killer DApp” that could spark adoption. And one of the most promising spaces is gaming. B&C: While we’re not huge fans of overused tropes such as “killer app”, we really do believe blockchain games are an ideal gateway to bring the masses to blockchain technologies and cryptocurrency. The value of virtual goods may be arguable, but the value of enjoyable gameplay and social experiences cannot be denied. eSports, as noted in the article, is a perfect example of where smart contracts and the blockchain can add value. In our experience, players often worry about the fairness of games and the reliability purchase transactions. Blockchain can make this happen without any shadow of doubt. And as easy-to-use applications like the Halo Platform emerge, the masses will be less skittish about giving blockchain games a try. https://cointelegraph.com/news/first-collectible-on-two-blockchains-the-cutest-crypto-game-now-available-on-eos - Blockchain Cuties, a decentralized crypto collectible game operating on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain, has announced that it is now available on EOS. The developer company says the new step makes Blockchain Cuties “the first game which officially supports two blockchains simultaneously.” B&C: Now here’s something we would never see in traditional gaming: sharing technology and cooperation across disparate companies. This is the equivalent of a game like Call of Duty being playable on both the Frostbite Engine and the Unreal Engine, it just wouldn’t happen. Traditional game companies simply do not collaborate at this level, but the decentralized nature of blockchain technology makes this a reality. We hope to see many more such partnerships in the coming days. Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn
  5. 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
  6. 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. Follow us: Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github Scrypto
  7. 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
  8. Block & Chain Game Studios Weekly Newsletter November 30, 2018 News @ Block & Chain Recently, a few people have asked about the launch timeline for Blockfight and Draggin’ Dragons. We are happy to report that development on both of these titles for initial launch is wrapping up nicely. However, we have opted to launch after the coin split. Why do this? Well, there are a couple of good reasons. First off, we want to avoid the confusion of splitting HALO right after we launch our games. Since we are making games for all players, whether or not they are experienced crypto users, we feel that splitting the currency after players have started using it in our games may cause frustration and misunderstanding. Second, gamers prefer to work in whole numbers. Pre-split, we see scenarios where players may have to use fractions of HALO. Again, this is not something most gamers understand or are comfortable with. After the split, players will easily be able to play with tens, hundreds and even thousands of HALO and get a lot more satisfaction from spreading their coins around. So while our players are eagerly waiting to get their hands on these games, we will take the time we have to make sure they exceed your expectations! We are also continuing to introduce our Blockfight oddities (aka our fighters). Without further adieu, here is our latest: Game Maker’s Corner Adam Testerman: Game Developer I'd like to talk about a couple of the tools that we use to build our games, and highlight some of the similarities and differences between them. First, I'll give an overview of Phaser, then I'll talk about Unity. Phaser is a 2D game engine that we're currently using in several projects. It uses JavaScript, which works well on the web, and has support for state-based logic, which serves as a great foundation for building a game. Phaser also utilizes texture atlases, which are the primary way that we load images into the game. We also use Unity here, and while Unity is a 3D engine, it does support building 2D games. Unity also encourages building games in a modular fashion by providing developers with components that can be attached to and removed from game objects. Each component is intended to grant a specific behavior to its game object, and can be mixed and matched with other components to provide customized functionality. Both of these tools allow us developers to build exciting games while seamlessly integrating them with the blockchain. Phaser gives us the ability to quickly generate and deploy 2D games to the web while using JavaScript's natural synergy with back-end technologies. Unity, on the other hand, opens us up to the realm of 3D games. And it does so using an intuitive, component-based system, which greatly reduces the complexities that are often experienced when creating 3D games. In the News What’s hot in gaming, on and off the blockchain? Here’s where you find out! https://community.haloplatform.tech/blogs/entry/87-blockchain-tech-breaks-through-console-gaming/ - Blockchain Tech Breaks Through Console Gaming B&C: We posted this blog article earlier this week on our forum and we wanted to speak to it a little more. If Microsoft builds a console on the blockchain, that will be a game changer for the industry, to say the least. To date, most blockchain games released have catered to the cryptocurrency user set primarily and have lacked the broad appeal of casual and console games. At B&C, we are going after a wider market of gamers with the intention of bringing gamers to the blockchain, thereby growing the user base and player ecosystem. Now, while porting our games to console is an exciting prospect, the sobering reality is that the big console makers need to drastically change the way they handle game submissions in order to accommodate blockchain game developers. For starters, pushing new game content, which is vital to keeping a game fresh and exciting, is an onerous process on consoles. Submissions go through a lengthy and rigorous approval process and can be rejected for any number of reasons. Developers also don’t know where in the “queue” a content submission will be. So, it could be days to weeks before new content sees the light of day. Web and mobile platforms, on the other hand, allow us to move content almost instantly. It’s no surprise that web and mobile games have taken over such a large market share in recent years. Further, console makers limit the number and frequency of content updates in a game. They also have strict guidelines for game behaviors. There is a sensitivity among console players, for example, in requiring games to be online persistent. So most console manufacturers require games to be playable offline. This is a challenge for blockchain games which need a persistent connection to utilize the blockchain. All told, these restrictions make for a difficult sell for game makers to port games to console. Much will need to change in order for blockchain developers to flock to console and console makers are notoriously slow to change their ways. Still, we will keep a watchful eye on this space and pounce on it when it’s ready. Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn
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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. Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn
  10. 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. Follow us on social media: Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github Scrypto
  11. Halo-Devin

    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? Join The Block & Chain Community! Forums Website Youtube Facebook Instagram Twitter Reddit LinkedIn
  12. 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. To learn more about the differences between a centralized and decentralized exchange, digital coin investors can access the Halo Platform community at any one of the social platforms listed below. Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github Scrypto
  13. 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
  14. 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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