Sa isang bayan sa Nueva Ecija, maraming mga Pilipino ang kumita ng sapat sa kanilang pangangailangan dahil sa paglalaro ng blockchain game na Axie Infinity. Bumisita si Leah Callon-Butler, columnist sa crypto news site na Coindesk at director ng Emfarsis, kasama si Nathan Smale, principal consultant ng Emfarsis, sa Cabanatuan upang makita ang mga Pilipinong nagbago ang buhay ng dahil sa “Play-to-Earn.”
Dito sa ang unang parte ng “Play-to-Earn Profiles,” aking ininterview si Art Art, ang kauna-unahang Axie Infinity player sa Cabanatuan na kasama sa documentary na pinamagatang: “Play-to-Earn: NFT Gaming in the Philippines” na produced ng Yield Guild Games kasama ang Delphi Digital at dinirek ng Emfarsis.
Ano na ba ang pinagkakaabalahan ni Art Art ngayon? Ito ang kanyang Kwentong #SalamatAxie at #PlayToEarn.
Tagalog: Arthur Lapina: Ang Kauna-unahang manlalaro ng Axie Infinity sa Nueva Ecija
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Si Arthur o mas kilala sa pangalan niyang Art Art ang kauna-unahang manlalaro ng play-to-earn game na Axie Infinity sa Nueva Ecija. Nalaman ni Art Art ang online game na ito noong March 2020. Ng mga panahong iyon ang conversion ng Small Love Potion (SLP) ay nasa 0.19 centavos pa lamang.
Mula sa pagiging isang simpleng empleyado sa isang restaurant sa Nueva Ecija, isa na siyang scholarship manager ng online game na Axie Infinity. Meron nang 25 scholars si Art Art, pangarap nyang makapag bigay pa ng Axie scholarship sa kanyang mga kababayan hindi lang sa Nueva Ecija kundi pati na rin sa bayan ng Zambales at Montalban.
Paano mo nalaman ang Axie Infinity? Sino ang nag-introduce sayo sa game?
Nawalan si Art Art ng trabaho noong March 2020. Naisipan nyang maghanap ng trabaho online. Sa Facebook nakita nya ang play-to-earn game na Axie Infinity.
Art Art: “Bata pa lang ay gamer na talaga ako pero kahit isang beses sa buong buhay ko hindi ako kumita sa paglalaro online kaya bago sa aking ang concept ng play-to-earn.
Inusisa ko ang website ng Axie Infinity at nalaman ko na kailangan ko palang bumili muna ng Axie para makapagsimulang maglaro. Medyo nag dalawang-isip ako, sanay kasi ako na pag may gusto akong laruin ida-download ko lang ng libre. Tapos tiningnan ko din yung Facebook page ng Axie Infinity, meron lang 1000 likes so napaisip ako kung sulit ba.
Dati ang isang Axie ay nagkakahalaga lang ng Php100 ang isa, para makapag simulang maglaro, kailangan ko ng tatlong Axie kaya mga Php300 ang kailangan kong ilabas nun. Para sa katulad ko na walang trabaho mabigat ang Php300. Pero nagbabakasali ako kaya nung April 2020 bumili ako ng unang team ko.
Familiar na ako sa cryptocurrency kaya madali lang sa akin gamitin ang Ethereum (ETH) para makabili ng Axie pati na din ang pag-i-install ng Metamask sa phone ko ay madali na lang din.
Paano ka natuto maglaro ng Axie Infinity?
Natuto ako maglaro ng Axie Infinity sa sarili ko lang. Sariling sikap kasi nung mga panahon na iyon wala pang Youtube tutorial videos, Facebook live stream, kahit online na active community sa Facebook wala din. Sa Discord Philippine channel apat o lima lang yata kami
Na-discover ko ang Axie noong last week ng March 2020, bumili ako ng sarili kong team at nag-start maglaro first week of April 2020. Mga mahigit 13 months na ako naglalaro. Isang taon na din mahigit.
Ano ang mga challenges mo ng nagsisimula ka maglaro?
Mga ilang linggo pa lang ako naglalaro ng Axie na-realize ko na mas malaki pala kikitain ko kapag mas marami akong account. Kaya bumili pa ako ng tatlong account. Nakakalungkot lang kasi ang kinikita ko kapag 15th and 20th of the month ay umaabot lang sa Php1500 – Php2000 kasi 0.19 centavos lang ang palitan ng SLP nun. Kaya naisip ko ibenta na lang yung bagong tatlong account na nabili ko. Sabi ko sa sarili ko di naman ata ako kikita ng pang kabuhayan dito kaya mas mabuti pang humanap na lang ng totoong trabaho.
Pagdating ng July pumalo sa Php11.00 ang SLP. Nakapag withdraw ako ng P14,000.00 yun na yata yung pinaka-malaking sahod na nahawakan ko kahit pa ng nagtatrabaho ako sa restaurant hindi ako kumikita ng ganito kalaking halaga.
Tuwang-tuwa ako pinost ko sa Facebook yung picture ko na hawak yung pera at ung cellphone ko na may nakasalang na Axie Infinity.
Nang makita ng iba ko pang mga kamag-anak at kaibigan yung post ko lahat na sila gusto maglaro ng Axie Infinity.
Proud ako na lahat ng humingi sa akin tulong na makapasimula sa Axie ay natulungan ko at naturuan ko maglaro pati mag claim ng SLP at gawing piso ako din ang nagturo.
Paano binago ni Axie Infinity ang buhay nyo?
Hindi lang buhay ko ang binago ni Axie, binago din nito pati buhay ng mga kaibigan at kamag-anak ko.
Sa ngayon po meron na po akong 25 scholars, plano ko sana nitong taon na ito magkaroon ng 100-150 pa na scholars para makatulong po ako sa maraming kababayan ko sa Nueva Ecija, sa mga kaibigan ko sa Zambales at ang mga kalaro ko din online.
Nagkaroon ako ng financial freedom dahil sa Axie. Hindi ko ito mararanasan kung sa restaurant pa din ako nagta-trabaho hangang ngayon. Yung kinikita ko po sa trabaho ko dati madalas kulang pa at parati kaming kapos sa araw-araw.
Ngayon po inaabot na ng 5 digits ang kinikita ko sa Axie. Binigyan ko na din ng sariling account ang mga magulang ko. May pera na din silang sarili galing sa Axie. Masaya sila kasi kahit pa matanda na sila nabigyan pa din sila ng opportunity na kumita ng pera.
Nagpapatayo kaming buong pamilya ng bahay, galing lahat ang perang ginagastos namin dito sa kinikita namin sa Axie. Lahat po ito SLP.
English: How Arthur Lapina Started the Axie Infinity Phenomenon in Nueva Ecija
In one rural area in the Philippines, an entire community has earned a living from playing the blockchain game called Axie Infinity. Leah Callon-Butler, columnist for major crypto news publication Coindesk and director of consultancy firm Emfarsis, together with Emfarsis’ principal consultant Nathan Smale travelled to Cabanatuan to meet the very people whose lives have changed because of “Play-to-Earn.”
In the first part of “Play-to-Earn Profiles” article series, I interviewed Art Art, the pioneer Axie Infinity player in Cabanatuan who appeared in the documentary: Play-to-Earn: NFT Gaming in the Philippines” produced by Yield Guild Games in collaboration with Delphi Digital and directed by Emfarsis.
What’s Art Art up to these days? This is his #PlayToEarn and #ThanksAxie story.
Arthur Constantino, also known as Art Art, started the Axie Infinity revolution in Nueva Ecija. He discovered this play-to-earn game last year, 2020. At the time, the Small Love Potion (SLP) was only equivalent to Php0.19!
He was the first to introduce the game to his family and friends.
Since Art Art’s involvement in Axie, a lot has changed in his life. From being a regular restaurant employee, he is now providing an Axie Infinity scholarship program in Nueva Ecija.
With all the overwhelming opportunities it provided him, he dreamed of extending opportunities to his fellow Novo Ecijanos to earn a living through playing the game.
How did you learn Axie Infinity?
I discovered Axie Infinity in March 2020. At the time, I just got laid off from work.
I was looking for work online when I saw Axie Infinity’s post on Facebook. I got very curious about its captivating play-to-earn business model. I’ve always been a gamer but never in my life I earn anything from playing any online games.
I immediately looked at Axie Infinity’s website. I was a bit skeptical because the game requires you to buy at least three Axies to start playing. I’m not used to that, all the games I play can be downloaded free so paying upfront to play is something I’m not accustomed to.
Axie Infinity’s Facebook page during that time has only around 1000 likes so there’s not much to say whether I’m getting back my money’s worth soon. Around the first week of April 2020 the cost of one Axie was less than Php100. To make a team I need to spend at least Php300. For an unemployed person like me in the middle of a pandemic, P300 was a lot, but I took my chances.
Since I’m familiar with cryptocurrency, it became easy for me to buy my first set of Axies using Ethereum (ETH) and set up Metamask on my mobile phone.
How did you learn to play?
I learned to play Axie Infinity on my own.
During that time there’s no tutorial on how to play the game, no Youtube videos, no Facebook live stream, not even an active online community.
I discovered Axie Infinity last week of March 2020 and started playing the game the first week in April 2020. I have been playing Axie Infinity for over 13 months now, a little over a year.
Have you introduced other players to the game?
I’ve introduced playing Axie Infinity to a lot of people including my cousin Zabrina, her husband with her teenage son now plays Axie for a living.
I taught and trained many community members here in Nueva Ecija about Axie Infinity and for that they are forever grateful to Axie Infinity and to me who introduced it to them.
The pandemic has brought us so much hardships in life but because of this play-to-earn game we lift each other up, giving us access to this kind of new opportunity we didn’t know was possible.
To date I have 25 scholars, before the end of year I wish to give at least 150 more scholarships to my community in Nueva Ecija, Zambales, and Montalban and to all my fellow online gamers that were not yet introduced to the game.
What have been your challenges when you started playing?
After a couple of weeks playing Axie Infinity in April 2020, I realized that I could earn more by having multiple game accounts, so I bought three more teams.
The value of Small Love Potion (SLP) at that time is Php 0.19. It was so disheartening because I’m only getting Php 1500- Php 2000 every 15th and 30th of the month for four Axie teams. So I sold my other three accounts to my friends. I thought this would not work out and I should start finding a real job.
Then in July 2020, the SLP conversion rate skyrocketed to Php11.00. I managed to withdraw Php14,000.00 worth of money. That was my first biggest payout! My friends whom I sold my other accounts were very happy too.
I was so grateful for my first big payout. By far the largest amount of earnings I received, I never received this much salary from any of my previous day jobs.
I posted my big “win” on Facebook, with a picture holding the money on my left hand and my phone with Axie Infinity on the right hand.
I told myself: My journey with Axie Infinity has only just begun.
After my celebrated Facebook post about my success story, all my friends and relatives started expressing interest to the point of begging me to teach them about the game.
I’m proud to say I helped them all get their own accounts and trained them to play the game.
How did playing Axie Infinity change your life?
It was not just my life that was changed. It’s also the life of many of my family and friends.
Axie Infinity gave me financial freedom. Something that I will never achieve if I’m still working in the restaurant. My salary before couldn’t even last until the next payday. We barely make ends meet.
Currently I’m getting five to six digits pay from playing Axie Infinity, more than enough for me. I gave my parents their own Axie account, they’re also playing every day and they are very grateful that they find an opportunity to earn money of their own at an old age .
Currently my parents and I, including my siblings have been pooling some part of the money we all get from playing Axie Infinity to build our dream house. It’s our very own house fully funded by SLP!
Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and CEO of social media giant Twitter, is upbeat about Bitcoin’s future in Nigeria, despite the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) ban prohibiting financial institutions from dealings with crypto exchanges. Dorsey revealed his hopes for the largest cryptocurrency in direct response to NFL star Russell Okung’s open letter in Bitcoin Magazine.
Jack Dorsey Shows Support for Russell Okung’s Letter on Bitcoin
The statement from Dorsey comes in light of Nigeria’s recent suspension of Twitter’s operations in the country. On June 5, Nigeria announced an indefinite ban on the social media platform following Twitter’s removal of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweets.
Longtime Bitcoin supporter and a Nigerian descendant himself, Russell Okung advocated for a Bitcoin standard to attain “economic independence and financial sovereignty” in his letter. Okung believes that Nigeria is excluding its citizens from opportunities for wealth creation and preservation by refusing to embrace the virtual currency. He also wrote that Bitcoin adoption“would significantly bolster every sector of the Nigerian economy and revitalize the spirit of every Nigerian domestically and abroad.”
Okung cited the nations of Barbados, Singapore, and Malta, as examples of countries that have pushed BTC-friendly initiatives to attract potential investors. He also claimed that China, Iran, and Russia have successfully circumvented economic sanctions imposed by the United States by “mining or otherwise utilizing Bitcoin.”
BTC’s Role in Nigerian Protests
Nigeria has seen a wave of civilian protests questioning the country’s governance in the last few days. Many people hit the streets on the country’s Democracy Day against bad governance, insecurity, and the Twitter ban.
Notably, Nigeria banned Twitter from continuing its operations after the platform removed President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweets that referred to the Nigerian Civil War. Twitter classified the leader’s posting as a violation of its “abusive behavior” policy. However, many key opposition leaders in the country continue to use Twitter with the help of VPN software and critics of the government have highlighted the move as a pushback against the country’s freedom of speech.
Dorsey has also extended his support to the protests and requested donors to send their proceeds in Bitcoin to the protesters.
Nigeria has tightened its grip on crypto trading while associating cryptocurrencies with terrorism funding and money laundering.
Cardano’s first smart contract written in a specific Cardano-programmed language named Plutus went live on the Alonzo testnet on Saturday. While Cardano’s updates have been well received in the community, its native cryptocurrency, ADA has been struggling due to regular market corrections. At press time, the digital asset held the 5th spot in the cryptocurrency rankings and traded at $1.44 with a market cap of $46 Billion.
Cardano’s daily chart highlighted a crucial turning point at $1.88-resistance. Since the 19 May sell-off, ADA formed consistent higher lows and tested its overhead resistance at $1.88 on two occasions. The expectation was for an eventual breakout, one which would have boosted ADA back above the $2-mark. However, market threw a curveball once the price failed to rise above its upper ceiling after a third breakout attempt.
This led to a downtrend and the formation of a descending channel. The pattern had already shown a 30% decline in value and was yet to reach its turning point. In fact, the pattern could drag ADA all the way towards its 19 May swing low of $0.95- representing a further retracement of 30% from its press time level. The presence of 200-SMA close to $0.95-support would likely defend that region from an extended sell-off.
After ADA got rejected at $1.88, its technicals noted a sudden shift in dynamics. RSI moved mostly in neutral territory but formed lower highs over the past 10 days after the failed breakout attempt. The same was visible on Awesome Oscillator as bearish momentum returned to the market. Moreover, MACD slipped below equilibrium for the second time in May and recovery did not seem imminent.
These signs would likely reverse once ADA finds support at $0.95 and breaks north from its pattern. The first major resistance area lay at $1.50 in case of a bullish comeback.
Since bearishness was building up on the aforementioned indicators, ADA’s down-channel could see some more losses over the coming days. A sharper pullback towards 19 May swing low of $0.95 was likely if the broader market fails to recover.
Press Release: FootballCoin launched a new version of its fantasy football game for EURO 2020, with a host of new features, NFT cards, and prizes. 11th June 2021, Dubai, UAE — Pioneering Football Fantasy Blockchain platform FootballCoin launched the new version of its game for EURO 2020. The announcement comes with increased prizes for all … Continued
Press Release: FootballCoin launched a new version of its fantasy football game for EURO 2020, with a host of new features, NFT cards, and prizes.
11th June 2021, Dubai, UAE — Pioneering Football Fantasy Blockchain platformFootballCoin launched the new version of its game forEURO 2020. The announcement comes with increased prizes for all daily contests and a 100.000 XFC prize for top managers in the game.
EURO 2020 fantasy football
For anyone who is either getting ready to watch the Euro 2020 matches, enjoys fantasy football, or is passionate about cryptocurrency and the exciting world of NFTs, there could be no better entertainment than FootballCoin this summer.
Euro 2020 Fantasy is a free-to-play game with NFT player cards and includes every match from the tournament in the FootballCoin daily contests. Players can register and play for free for the chance to win prizes in the platform’s native XFC coin or convert those prizes into fiat currency.
NFT player cards and XFC coin
NFT player packs containing NFT player (and stadium) cards can be purchased in the game for as little as $12.
NFT Cards can be bought, sold, and even loaned (just like real players) on the vibrant FootballCoin marketplace. In addition, all fantasy cards are visible and registered on the blockchain, giving FootballCoin NFTs real utility to earn more XFC coins.
XFC is the game’s native cryptocurrency, but it is also tradable against fiat on crypto trading platforms. Most of the XFC trading volume takes place on centralized exchangeWhitebit. XFC can also be purchased safely on the FootballCoin platform with a credit card.
How to play FootballCoin
Interested parties can enter the fantasy football contests by registering for free on theFootballCoin signup page. After signup, users simply select a contest to compete in and then create a draft of 11 players + five subs from a roster of real footballers.
XFC winnings are determined by how well the players perform in their real games. Real data determines this to score player performances. Each Euro 2020 game allows users to select a new draft composed of players participating in the competition. Choose the ultimate fantasy football draft and win.
FootballCoin: Changing the NFT game
2021 has seen a rise in sports-related NFT and blockchain projects. For example, NBA Top Shot and other football NFT sports projects have taken off, and FootballCoin is set to be the next NFT sports platform to explode in the space.
While NBA Top Shot focuses on collectibility in typical sports card fashion, FootballCoin allows users to not only build their sports card collection but become “managers” and use their cards to compete each day for rewards and prizes in real football fantasy contests.
Other fantasy football games using cryptocurrency to buy NFTs sometimes charge hundreds or thousands of dollars and also have other limiting aspects to the fantasy game experience.
By contrast, FootballCoin has been using NFTs as the central pillar of the concept for over four years, withplayer card NFTs starting at a price of around $3 and no additional fees for selling, trading, or leasing.
Interested parties can sign up for free at FootballCoin and start collecting NFT cards for the EURO 2020 Fantasy game.
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I was born in Russia. I have a degree in Chinese Economy and now studying Marketing at Higher School of Economics. I have been following blockchain technology for several years and decided to connect my career with crypto industry. My passions also are Netflix and science fiction books.
Payment solutions have been rapidly evolving over the past few years. Digital wallets and blockchain technology have already raised the bar for new entrants into this newfangled financial ecosystem.
Nevertheless, for all these years, we’ve depended on traditional institutions, primarily banks, to process and execute cross border payments. However, this system suffers from several drawbacks. For starters, the presence of intermediaries, the not-so-transparent system, the extensive time taken, and the possibilities of fraudulent transactions act as hindrances.
People have started recognizing that, and thankfully, they do have options to choose from now. Ripple Labs, the San-Francisco-based blockchain company, has already identified the “big opportunity” in small business payments. The ultimate reason why Ripple has targeted this section of the markets is that they serve as a growing source for cross-border payments.
“Ripple provides one frictionless experience to send money globally using the power of blockchain technology.”
The emergence of new payment technologies makes it possible for Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) to source talent and supplies from abroad, thus expanding their services to foreign markets. That would, in turn, require them to make payments abroad and that’s where Ripple comes into the picture. Business to Business (B2B) growth in cross-border payments have witnessed substantial growth over the past few months, which is a win-win for both SMEs and Ripple.
Additionally, consulting firm McKinsey has predicted that the expected revenue from this market would increase by 9% and is expected to hit the $3 trillion mark by 2022. As already known, most of Ripple’s revenue comes from the Asian Pacific and Eastern Europe regions and now the blockchain firm is focussed on catering to the low value cross-border flows of SME’s, which would mainly comprise of bill payments, wages and salaries and e-commerce.
“The need for the SMEs are greatly unmet by the traditional systems and are becoming increasingly demanding in real time.”
“Banks and payment providers can use the digital asset XRP to further reduce their costs and access new markets.”
Ripple has also been actively forming new ODL corridors for new customers in the UK and Brazil. Companies like InstaReM, in the UK, and BeeTech, in Brazil, have successfully formed a bridge across the Atlantic Ocean using RippleNet. That allows them to now establish new corridors for B2B payments and consumer remittances from other countries including Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Portugal.
Additionally, both the aforementioned institutions have been able to create new business opportunities for their customers and have been able to scale their connections around the world.
“Ripple’s technology includes data rich messaging between all transacting parties and uses a standardized ruleset to send real-time, on-demand, lowcost and trackable payments around the world. RippleNet also connects siloed payments systems through an open, neutral protocol—Interledger Protocol (ILP).”
As and when new institutions join hands with Ripple, their native asset’s price (XRP) is likely to get impacted, in a positive way. At press time, the 7th largest crypto was trading at the $0.83 level.