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Due to international sanctions against Russia, the ruble has tumbled in value—so far, in fact, it's now worth less than a Robux. That's really bad news for the ruble, because the Robux is a video game currency that's mostly meaningful only to children.
Roblox, also known as “that game your kids play that looks like Minecraft but isn't,” has been around for over a decade. But with an explosion of at-home players during the pandemic, it's gone from fad to phenomenon, now boasting more than 100 million active players. It's so popular that its virtual currency value, which can in fact be converted back into US dollars, is now worth approximately $.0125, which is more than the Russian Federation's ruble.
At the time of writing, a nickel will snag you not one but five Robux. That rate is taken from the lowest amount of Robux one can buy directly from the developer: $4.99 for 400 Robux (the value of individual Robux diminishes if you buy in bulk or get it from sketchy third-party gold farmers). Since Robux can be earned in-game and redeemed for cash, that figure isn't just blowing smoke. At least a few players and developers earn the equivalent of a full-time income via the managed Roblox game publishing system.
After Russia began its invasion of Ukraine last week, the full front of international sanctions came into effect this weekend, slamming Russia's economic system. As Russian banks have been cut off from international trade, Russia's already-struggling markets are teetering on the brink of collapse. The Russian ruble has lost approximately 30 percent of its value in the last few days relative to the dollar. It traded at $.013 one week ago and is currently going for $.010, or one ruble to the penny.
As Vice noticed, that technically means Robux are more valuable than rubles at the moment. While currency value always has a certain arbitrary nature, and Russian rubles are hardly the only currency to be worth a small fraction of the dollar—one Colombian peso is worth $.00026 USD today, for example—it's a startling illustration of how hard international sanctions are rocking the Russian economy.
Before you decide to convert your savings to Robux, do some investigation. The game's digital marketplace is problematic to say the least, and its developer Roblox Corporation has been accused of effectively creating an online gambling system for children. When “cashing out” Robux to dollars, the company takes a hefty 30 percent “marketplace fee” cut. The many issues with the real-money equivalent Roblox marketplace, and its effect on millions of underage players, was documented by YouTube channel People Make Games in a startling investigation last August.
If you account for that 30 percent cash-out fee, Robux and rubles are effectively worth the same on international markets as of right now. If Russia continues to press its invasion of Ukraine, and the international community continues to punish and isolate it with sanctions, a currency for a kid's video game might soon be a much more sound investment.
In nearly six years, I don't think I've ever been busier playing Pokémon Go. This weekend's ticketed Johto Tour event offered an eye-opening checklist of things to hunt down, battle and trade - so much so, some fans have said the event should have lasted two days, or had better signposting for some of its more obscure challenges.
Johto Tour was a celebration of the series' Gold and Silver game region, and in that it was a success. Its questline saw you choosing between those game's Starter Pokémon, while its rotating hourly creature spawns were themed around key in-game areas. As with last year's Kanto Tour, the region's full Pokédex of creatures was available to catch, trade for or evolve.
In light of the Ukraine crisis, major crypto exchange firms including Binance and Kraken have responded to the pleas to freeze Russian users’ crypto addresses. Ukraine’s Plea to Crypto Exchange Firms On February 27, Mykhailo Federov – Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine took to Twitter to urge crypto exchanges to freeze the crypto addresses of Russians. The request came days after both U.S and EU decided to remove Russian banks out of SWIFT and freeze overseas assets of Russia’s Central Bank. I'm asking all major crypto exchanges to block addresses of Russian users. It's crucial to freeze not only the addresses linked to Russian and Belarusian politicians, but also to sabotage ordinary users. — Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) February 27, 2022 Fedorov continued tweeting about firms freezing accounts of Russian and Belarusian users. One such startup, DMarket specializes in NFT and virtual in-game items in Metaverse was praised by Fedorov for the same. Received breaking news. @dmarket, a platform for trading NFT & In-game Metaverse items, decided to freeze the accounts of users from the Russian Federation and Belarus. Funds from these accounts could be donated to the war effort. Nowadays Robin Hoods. Bravo. — Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) February 27, 2022 Crypto Exchanges Response to Ukraine Jesse Powell, CEO of Kraken stated in response to Ukraine’s plea that although the sentiment is duly respected, they cannot block Russian users. Cryptocurrency exchange Binance also voiced similar opinions. Early morning on February 28, Jesse Powell tweeted about declining the request set by Ukraine. However, he stated, “Russians should be aware that such a requirement could be imminent.” 1/6 I understand the rationale for this request but, despite my deep respect for the Ukrainian people, @krakenfx cannot freeze the accounts of our Russian clients without a legal requirement to do so. Russians should be aware that such a requirement could be imminent. #NYKNYC https://t.co/bMRrJzgF8N — Jesse Powell (@jespow) February 28, 2022 In the same thread, Jesse Powell also mentioned the objective of Kraken. According to Powell, Kraken FX wishes to bridge individual humans out of the legacy financial system and urge them to look forward to the crypto world. “Where arbitrary lines on maps no longer matter, where they don’t worry about being caught in broad, indiscriminate wealth confiscation.” Although Binance stated that there are no plans of blocking user accounts, they do wish to take action against users blacklisted by the West. Binance also wants to minimize the impact on innocent users. Furthermore, Binance guarantees to comply with sanctions imposed by the international community.
Pixelmon, one of the most-hyped NFT games this year, revealed its in-game artwork last Saturday. However, not to the amusement of early investors. I was laughing out so loud in my living room and now my 5 year old thinks less of me hhah — Cryptoism🦇🔊 (@Cryptoism888) February 27, 2022 Pixelmon founder calls reveal a […]