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How Cryptocurrency Is Impacting Esports

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The esports sector has skyrocketed in popularity over the past five years and there are now 454 million competitive gaming fans spread across the globe. It has enjoyed a rapid rise from niche pursuit to multibillion-dollar industry and its potential for future growth is immense.

The esports scene appeals to a young, tech-savvy audience and it is bursting with dynamism, excitement and innovation. It mirrors the cryptocurrency movement in many ways and there are a number of synergies between both industries, so it is unsurprising to see them becoming increasingly intertwined.

Teenage Gamers Become Multimillionaires

For the uninitiated, esports essentially involves teenagers and young adults playing video games against one another in a bid to win prizes. The world’s leading Dota 2 players just converged upon Shanghai to contest The International 2019 and the prize money on offer was $34.3 million.

The team that won, OG, shared $15.5 million, meaning $3.1 million apiece for each of the five team members – N0tail, JerAx, ana, Ceb and Topson. The winner of the solo event this year’s Fortnite World Cup, a 16-year-old from Pennsylvania called Bugha, walked off with $3 million, so we are talking about serious money here.

The winners of Wimbledon, The Masters and the Indy 500 received less than that, showing just how far esports has come in recent years. Major companies from a wide spectrum of industries are piling in, as sponsors of big teams and tournaments include MasterCard, Intel, Coca-Cola, Audi, KFC, Samsung and many, many more.

The Consumers of the Future

They know that esports fans are the consumers of the future, and sponsoring tournaments is a great way to target them. Securing sponsorship from these huge firms is beneficial to the competitive gaming sector, as it allows players to earn more money and it makes the scene more professional, but they can sometimes feel clunky. Bud Light’s foray into esports was one such disaster.

The crypto sector has no such worries. It can be woven seamlessly into competitive gaming, and both industries can flourish alongside one another.

The reason the prize pool for The International 2019 was so high is down to the compendium model that developer Valve uses. Dota 2 players buy a “battle pass” each year and a portion of that cash is funnelled into the prize money for The International.

Revolutionising In-Game Transactions 

Blockchain technology can be used to make those battle pass transactions quicker, simpler and safer. The biggest esports operate on a free to play model whereby they make money from charging players for optional in-game extras, including cosmetic upgrades and new skills. Dota 2, League of Legends, CS:GO, Fortnite, Overwatch, Hearthstone and more all use this economic model.

And it is big business. The esports industry is worth $1.1 billion in 2019, according to NewZoo, but that only factors in media rights deals, ticket sales, commercial tie-ins and merchandising. The games that are thriving because of their popularity within the esports sector make a lot more money than that.

League of Legends, for instance, made more than $3.5 billion for developer Riot Games in 2017 and 2018. Fortnite developer Epic Games makes billions each year by charging for in-game microtransactions and it is targeting esports in order to achieve longevity for the popular battle royale title.

A Decentralised Currency

Yet these in-game transactions are currently far from perfect. It is difficult to receive money from around the world, and developers like Valve have used platforms such as Steam to circumnavigate the issue. Yet it can be slow, laborious and rife with middlemen taking a cut. Cryptocurrency can negate all of that in one fell swoop.

The likes of Bitcoin, Ether, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin are set up as decentralised digital currencies that transcend international boundaries with ease. Banks are out of the loop, so there are no middlemen taking a cut and no central governments threatening the transaction.

It is also a lot more secure for gamers and developers alike. There is no need for gamers to insert private details into web forms and hand over credit card details, which can be targeted by hackers. Crypto transactions are anonymous, peer-to-peer trades and it represents the best way for gaming companies to sell in-game extras to hundreds of millions of players around the world.

Crypto Firms Invest in Esports

A number of crypto firms are investing heavily in the space. Bitrefill, for example, is a crypto trading platform that allows gamers to purchase vouchers for online gaming services like as Steam and Blizzard’s Battle.net, with Bitcoin. GamerAll allows CS:GO players to buy skins, keys and items with a huge range of cryptocurrencies, from Bitcoin, Ripple and Bitcoin Cash to Monero, Stratis and ZCash.

Unikrn, a site dedicated to esports betting, tips and news, is another great example of an esports pioneer investing heavily in the cypto sector. Using the Ethereum blockchain, it can process up to 9,000 wagers per second, and if you check out esports betting markets here you will see just how many betting options there are.

“We have the safest wagering experience,” said Ryan Jurado, head of global content at Unikrn. “Traditional wagering does a perfectly fine job, but being able to incorporate blockchain makes everything easier for the customer, makes everything easier for us and makes everything easier for regulators. And it lets us unlock new functionality down the road.”

A Wealth of Potential

Cryptocurrency is impacting upon esports and the wider video gaming industry in a huge number of ways, and they will only become more interwoven in future in mutually beneficial ways.

Gamers have been accustomed to trading in fiat currencies for digital currencies that can be spent on in-game purchases for more than a decade, so it is an easy sell to them. The target demographic for these two sectors is very similar and it is growing with each passing year, so the potential is huge.

I am a crypto and blockchain enthusiast and I am a human. My hobbies include eating, breathing, sleeping and crypto researching. you have any questions or comments please feel free to email him at [email protected]

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Steemit Launches Smart Media Tokens on a Testnet

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Steemit Launches Smart Media Tokens on a Testnet

Steemit, the blockchain based blogging and social media platform where everyone gets paid for creating content, has released a new token-launching protocol, Smart Media Tokens (SMTs), on a testnet.

Users can use the newly launched token “Smart Media Tokens” to create a new cryptocurrency with 3-second fee-less transfers, without having to write a single line of code. SMTs will allow any publisher, creator, or entrepreneur to launch their own custom token on the Steem blockchain, which will help them monetize their digital content and reward consumers who engage with their content through likes, votes, views, shares, and comments.

A screenshot of Smart Media Tokens website

SMTs have been live on testnet now for over 40 days, making this hardfork already the most tested hardfork in Steem’s history.

According to Steemit’s announcement, entrepreneurs using SMTs will benefit from the state-of-the-art properties that come from being powered by the Steem blockchain, including three-second block times, zero fees, and its ‘Proof-of-Brain’ algorithm, which autonomously distributes tokens to the most valuable members of a community. And because Steem was designed from the ground up to power web applications, SMTs will integrate easily into any established website, app, or platform, making it simple for mainstream creators and entrepreneurs to access the fastest-growing industry in fintech and immediately begin generating revenue at virtually no cost.


What is Steemit?

Steemit is a blockchain based blogging and social media platform such as Redit, it offers rewards to its users in STEEM coins cryptocurrency for publishing and creating content. Steemit users can also earn STEEM coins for commenting and upvoting other posts.

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Utopia Has launched its Mainnet

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Utopia, the all-in-one blockchain solution for private & secure instant messaging, encrypted e-mail system, private file storage, anonymous payments and private web browsing, has finally launched its mainnet to the public.

At TheCoinsPost, we tested and reviewed the beta version of Utopia back on July but lots of things have changed since then. The app has been refined, tuned to be crazy fast and stable and some new features have been added. In order to join and use Utopia, you will need to install Utopia’s client from the official website.

A screenshot of Utopia Client

Utopia is a P2P network where each user participates in data transmission. Utopia rewards users that support the network through mining by emission of new cryptocurrency called “Cryptons”. Mining and earning Crypton is an easy process, all what you have to do is just install the client and leave it running in the background. The client dose not assume any CPU resources it only uses the computer memory to operate.

A screenshot of Utopia Chat Rooms

At the time of writing, there are over 7000+ miners on the network. The current mining reward is 0.0128 Crypton per thread that is generated every 15 minutes.

Some screenshots of Utopia P2P Client:

Playing chess
Sending files through Utopia
Using Utopia’s Browser
Using Utopia’s uMail

We will be covering the mining process and other Utopia’s features on future articles.

To learn more, please check Utopia Official Website: https://u.is

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ARK’S New Multiplayer Arcade Game: Minesweeper Flags

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We all have those memories from childhood, the ones which follow us through our life. For me one of those memories is playing minesweeper on my old Windows PC. So, to say I was excited when I heard about the new ARK’s game, Minesweeper Flags, a multiplayer blockchain game which is playable through ARK’s Desktop Wallet for Windows,MacOS and Linux.

Minesweeper Flags game object is to uncover squares on a board without hitting mines. Clicking on a tile reveals a mine, a blank square or a number. You play against a real life opponent to win crypto coins.

The game can be installed to ARK Wallet through a plugin. Please follow the official setup instructions here.


ARK’s Minesweeper Flags Walk-Through

Once installed, you will need to activate the game plugin then you are ready to go. You can launch the game from the plugins menu on your wallet.

Game Dashboard

You will have the option to either join an existing game or to host and start a new game of your own.

Watching an active game between two players

Starting a new game:

The game host sets a wager which the opponent matches before the game begins, and the winner automatically receives 95% of the pot, with 5% kept back for the costs associated with running the backend of the game.

Hosting and starting a new game
Conformation window before starting a new game

Conclusion

ARK’s Minesweeper Flag is quite simple, the graphics are very simplistic but for a game of this kind it fulfills it’s purpose. This is really a game that can be played over and over again. It’s a true classic that no one should miss. The ARK team has done a good job of building a robust ecosystem and managing it well.

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