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The First Ever Axie Infinity Lunacia Scholarship League Invitationals (March 8, 2021)

The first inter-scholarship tournament organized by BlockchainSpace has recently wrapped-up.

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Good morning. Welcome to Monday Markets Wrap-up, part of our new series: BitPinas Daily. We will look back at all the major news and updates that happened this week. Crypto is global, but sometimes news that matters happens while we sleep. So we bring to you what’s happening in our space here and abroad. We highlight three to four important news of the past week and list down the rest. 

Market Price as of March 8, 2021:

Bitcoin $51,313 +4.68%
Ethereum $1,727.46 +4%
BNB $240.06 +6.22%
DOT $35.24 +5.23%
ADA $1.14 +0.88%
SLP $0.05 -4.1%

Bitcoin closed March 7, 2021, at $51,313 per BTC. We’re up 12.6% in the last 7 days and up 74% since the year began. This is also 12% below the all-time high of $58,640, which was hit on Feb. 21, 2021.

Bitcoin’s market capitalization stands today at $945,124,788,722 which is 58% of the entire cryptocurrency market. The entire crypto market, by the way, now has a market cap of $1,601,698,996,238  (+2.5%).

On the table above, there’s the cryptocurrency SLP. If you wonder what that is, check out this article: Playing Axie Infinity vs Minimum Basic Salary in the Philippines.

Table of Contents.

Tweets for Sale

Is This The Next Frontier?

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has minted his first ever tweet on Valuables by Cent, which is a service that allows users to mint, sell, and bid on non-fungible tokens (NFTs) of tweets. 

At the time I wrote this, the highest offer for Dorsey’s first tweet is $2,500,000 by @sinaEstavi, who is the CEO of Bridge Oracle, which is a project on the Tron blockchain.

What happens if you purchase  Dorsey’s Tweet? This is what Valuables (the platform) said: 

“The tweet itself will continue to live on Twitter. What you are purchasing is a digital certificate of the tweet, unique because it has been signed and verified by the creator.

This autographed digital certificate will only be issued once on Valuables. It is signed using cryptography, and includes metadata of the original tweet like: when the tweet was posted, what the text contents are of the tweet, the timestamp of the tweet, and the digital signature from the creator’s crypto wallet address.”

Why should you pay to own a tweet? This is what Valuables said:

“Owning any digital content can be a financial investment, hold sentimental value, and create a relationship between collector and creator. Like an autograph on a baseball card, the NFT itself is the creator’s autograph on the content, making it scarce, unique, and valuable.”

My own personal take on this subject can be found in this Twitter thread:

What are NFTs? Check out the BitPinas article: Non-Fungible Tokens – NFT 101 – Why People are Spending Millions of Dollars for Crypto Art and Digital Items

Citi

Citi: Bitcoin Could Become the Currency of Choice for International Trade

Citi researchers are forecasting that Bitcoin’s core properties, combined with its global reach and neutrality, could see it become the “currency” of choice for international trade in around seven years.

“A focus on global reach and neutrality could see bitcoin become an international trade currency. This would take advantage of bitcoin’s decentralized and borderless design, its lack of foreign exchange exposure, its speed and cost advantage in moving money, the security of its payments, and its traceability.”

But aren’t nations developing Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) to simplify trade? Citi explained that Bitcoin is better for this role because if the trade used Bitcoin, the government or any entity won’t be able to take steps to affect the supply and demand of the trade currency. This will decouple trade from political considerations.

At least one problem, Citi said, is Bitcoin’s scalability issues. At 5 transactions per second, it is 2,00 times slower than Visa. 

“All of these views about Bitcoin’s potential and how it influences and helps to inspire new business models emerging in the blockchain domain are what leads us to call it the North Star. Whether it maintains this  position and how far the potential transformation it has inspired extends are both unknowable at this time, but Bitcoin’s journey has clearly entered a new stage.”

“Bitcoin is at the tipping point of its existence and the path forward from here may have broad and widening repercussions.”

Read the Report Here.

Ripple x MoneyGram

Both Companies End Their Partnership

Under the terms of the partnership, Ripple had been paying MoneyGram to use XRP tokens in international settlement since 2019. Moneygram had netted $61.5 million in “market development fees” from Ripple.
Last week, Moneygram was charged for allegedly misleading investors about XRP. The class-action lawsuit stated:: “[MoneyGram made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: XRP, the cryptocurrency that MoneyGram was utilizing as part of its Ripple partnership, was viewed as an unregistered and therefore unlawful security by the SEC.”

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Bloom’s New App for Crypto Trading

BloomSolutions has announced that it is launching “BloomX.app”, a new cryptocurrency trading platform for Filipinos. The app will allow Philippine residents to securely trade over 250 cryptocurrencies in exchange for PHP. Among the cryptocurrencies that can be traded are popular ones like Bitcoin and Ethereum, the DeFi token Aave, Swipe’s SXP, and Axie Infinity’s SLP. Those interested to try the app can join the waitlist here.

“This is not an app for professionals. We are aiming squarely at the average individual who wants to buy or sell smaller amounts of cryptocurrency, and are no longer satisfied with the limited offerings of other local providers.” – Luis Buenaventura

Yield Guild Games Raises Funding To Bring Gamers to the Metaverse

YGG recently announced that it has raised $1.325 million from a seed round led by Delphi Digital. The funds will be used to invest in game assets and virtual lands and YGG, effectively acting as a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO), will lend these game assets in virtual worlds to its players so they can earn income. 

YGG is in the business of scouting which of the blockchain games have NFTs that can earn yield for players so that more people can participate in what it thinks is the future of work — jobs and participation in the “metaverse“, a shared virtual world similar to the virtual world seen in the film Ready Player One. There’s still a lot of room to grow in this shared metaverse and YGG is intending to take everyone from all walks of life in that ride.

“Everybody is talking about NFTs, but we’re demonstrating what you can actually do with them. In particular, the idea of play-to-earn gaming is giving people all over the world a chance to earn real money while doing what they enjoy,” Gabby Dizon, founder of YGG,  remarked. 

Lunacian Scholarship League (LSL) Held 

The LSL invitational took place on March 6 and 7 to serve as a prelude for the longer formal league launching in April 2021.

LSL or the Lunacian Scholarship League is a tournament partnership between education hub BlockchainSpace and SEAesport, the Southeast Asian esports organization behind the tournament series: Community Showdown (Valorant x GrabFood, CS: Go x VPGame). 

Sponsors include Community Gaming together with Axie Infinity, the game developer, esports design firm Overdrive Studios, HaloDao, JihoDao, and YGG. 

Why was this done? 

According to Peter Ing, founder of BlockchainSpace, at 2 – 4 hours playing time per day for Axie scholars, many may have forgotten that those hours are like an equivalent of a part-time job.

“We want to remind the scholar community why they were attracted to the game in the first place and build a fun tournament program designed for them” – Peter Ing

What’s the takeaway?

Chris Gonsalves, CEO of Community Gaming said they are excited to support the SEA community of #PLayToEarn gamers and help build out the competitive infrastructure in Axie Infinity.

“I think this year we’re going to see more esports teams competing in blockchain-enabled games and earning tokens from tournaments as well as acquiring valuable in-game assets.”

Takeaway on Axie Scholarships

Brief refresher: Axie Infinity players can legit earn top money from playing Axie Infinity every day. Onboarding however remains complicated (installing MetaMask, education on cryptocurrencies, etc) and gas fees on the Ethereum blockchain might limit the appeal of even attempting to try the game.

But Peter Ing and many others know how powerful and life changing this game can be, as evidenced by an article on Coindesk where a family survived the loss of jobs during the pandemic by playing the game every day. 

Axie Scholarships is a system wherein a group would lend out Axies to gamers who would play the game, with both the gamer and the group or organization sharing on the SLP earned per game. This is how Scholarships are usually conducted:

  1. Loans of 3-Axie Teams
  2. Education on Axie Infinity and SLP Farming
  3. Education on Crypto and its applications in Axie Infinity
  4. Community Building & Support

The group, such as Axie Academy of BlockchainSpace and Yield Guild Games, would provide the onboarding and mentorship to make sure the gamer is successful in the game. 

According to Lars Hernandez of Overdrive, Axie scholarships could provide the framework to future blockchain-native esports teams:

“We truly believe that Axie scholarships are not only a powerful onboarding tool for new players  to get to play and earn in the Axie Universe, but also we believe that they are the future blockchain native esports teams in the making. We look forward to creating a platform for these scholarships to compete, thrive, and grow. For those who aren’t in scholarships and are already axie  owners themselves, don’t worry we have a lot in store for the future!” – Lars Hernandez.

What else is happening

  • No more ‘Bitcoin effect’? MicroStrategy stock falls by 50% in 17 days.
  • John McAfee Indicted by DOJ on Money Laundering, Fraud Charges for Boosting ICOs
  • Publicly-listed beauty apps maker Meitu buys $40 million in BTC, ETH

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QAN Raises $2.1 Million in Venture Capital to Build DeFi Ecosystem

QANPlatform has successfully closed a $2.1 million funding round and it looks to build a quantum-resistant DeFi infrastructure.

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QANPlatform – a project that is on a mission of building a quantum-resistant hybrid blockchain protocol, secured investment from various venture capital funds to build a DeFi ecosystem.

QAN Successfully Closes a Funding Round of $2.1 Million

The question of whether or not existing blockchain-based PoW networks would stand the test of a quantum computer is one that’s been discussed for quite some time. To this date, many believe that a quantum computer is the most serious threat to Bitcoin as it would be able to solve math problems a lot quicker compared to traditional mining machines.

In any case, in an attempt to tackle these issues, along with others, QANplatform has raised $2.1 million to fund the development of an ecosystem where developers would be capable of building various software applications within DeFi quicker.

Leading the round were the likes of DeltaHub Capital, BlackDragon, Insignius Capital, Fairum Ventures, and so forth.

Speaking on the matter was Johann Polecsak, co-founder and Chief Technical Officer at QANplatform, who said:

“Our key mission is to lower the entry barriers for developers so startups and enterprises can build their Proofs-of-Concept (PoC) and Minimum Viable Product (MVP) as fast as possible to reach mass adoption. We stick to this view and let only community-driven VCs invest in this strategic pool”

Quantum Computing and its Threats

According to a well-known report from one of the largest auditing and security service companies in the world – Deloitte, quantum computing does pose a threat to Bitcoin.

Of course, it’s important to factor in the possibility of such a computer being created and used for this particular purpose, but, in theory, it could cause damage, according to the experts.

For instance, there are around 4 million bitcoins that are potentially vulnerable to a quantum attack. Yet, there are plenty of things to keep in mind when thinking about this. For instance, it’s important to note that these are mostly p2pkh addresses, and only those which have never been used to spend bitcoins are safe because their public keys are not yet public. In other words – if one transfers their BTC to a new address, they should not be vulnerable to a quantum attack.

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Balancer V2 is Live Promising Lower Fees and Improved Experience

Balancer V2 goes live today and it promises users lower fees and substantially improved user experience.

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The automatic market maker (AMM) running on top of Ethereum, Balancer, announced that Version 2 of its platform is already live. It promises lower gas costs, a redesigned interface, and an enhanced user experience.

Balancer V2 Arrives

Built on Ethereum, Balancer is a DeFi protocol enabling users to trade ether and ERC-20 tokens in a trustless, permissionless environment. By providing liquidity to a Balancer pool, they can also earn a portion of the trading fees paid to the network for the use of their funds in the form of the native token BAL.

The team behind Balancer announced the arrival of its long-anticipated Version 2 platform in a press release shared with CryptoPotato. It comes with a new user interface, indicating that the user experience has been simplified.

The statement outlined there will be an easy-to-follow migration procedure for users to transfer their funds from Balancer V1 to V2, and it will be released as a full tutorial later.

The team believes that V1 will continue to “provide the best price until a substantial amount of liquidity migrates to V2.” At that point, Balancer expects trades to be routed through V2’s Protocol Vault resulting in “lower gas costs and better pricing.” The project’s estimations envision the fee reduction to be up to 50%.


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Multi-Sig and Liquidity Mining

The upgrade has signified Balancer Protocol’s transition to a community multi-sig for its governance execution. As a result, the new signers include Alexander Lange (Inflection), Fabien Marino (Snapshot Labs), Kain Warwick (Synthetix), Kevin Owocki (Gitcoin), Trent McConaghy (Ocean Protocol), and Mariano Conti (Ethereum).

They will be responsible for “executing all transactions passed as Snapshot as Balancer continues to be run by those who care most – the community.”

V2 will also provide a new and “more trustless program” for BAL liquidity mining. Upon its launch, liquidity providers (LPs) will be able to stake positions in different pools and receive BAL tokens.

Each pool will be assigned to one of three different tiers, with each tier slot getting a pre-determined amount of coins per week.

The team also informed that it will release further details in the following weeks on the “changing Balancer landscape.”

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Palantir Accepts Bitcoin for Payments and Considers Adding BTC to Balance Sheet

Major software and analytics company Palantir is the latest to accept BTC and even considers adding it to its balance sheet.

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Software & analytics company Palantir has announced that they will be accepting Bitcoin as a payment method. Palantir will also consider purchasing Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies to store on their balance sheet.

Thiel Bets Big on Bitcoin

Peter Thiel, the co-founder of Palantir (and, notably, PayPal), has been a long-standing cryptocurrency advocate. The company announced that it now accepts BTC for payments and even considers adding it to its balance sheet.

As early as three years ago, Thiel has been seen investing in cryptocurrency mining startups, exchanges, and more, making a bid on the come-up of Bitcoin and blockchain technology.

Earlier today, Block.one (another Thiel-backed software company) announced a bold new venture: a new cryptocurrency exchange named ‘Bullish,’ backed by a whopping $10B in funding. Thiel Capital was one of the leaders in this funding round.

A Growing Trend

The air is changing: big companies are slowly warming up to cryptocurrency. What started with a wave of small underdogs, like the Ethereum Hotel in China, has blown up this year with a flood of large new players accepting Bitcoin – even tech giants like Tesla.


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As more companies join the trend and more investors start storing portions of their wealth in cryptocurrencies, there is a very real financial opportunity cost on the horizon for archaic companies that choose not to adopt what’s coming, as they risk alienating a large section of demand.

Whereas some firms are resistant to change due to the additional hiring and costs associated with adding cryptocurrency terminals, many are of the opinion that there will soon come a point where it becomes far more expensive not to accept Bitcoin as a payment method.

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eBay Now Allows the Sale of NFTs on its Platform

One of the largest online marketplaces, eBay, now allows the sale of NFTs.

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E-commerce giant eBay has become the first in its industry to catch the non-fungible tokens (NFT) mania, as the company is now allowing the sale of NFTs on its platform.

  • According to Reuters on Tuesday (May 11, 2021), eBay said that it would enable the sale of NFTs for digital collectibles such as video clips, images, or trading cards on its marketplace.
  • Meanwhile, the ability to list and sell NFTs would be open only to whitelisted sellers. This could mean that the platform may have an authentication protocol for listing NFTs.
  • The latest development comes on the heels of a recent statement made by eBay CEO Jamie Iannone, who said that the company was exploring the NFT sector.
  • Commenting on the company’s upcoming plans, Jordan Sweetman, eBay’s senior vice president, and General manager for the platform’s North American market, said:

“In the coming months, eBay will add new capabilities that bring blockchain-driven collectibles to our platform.”

  • The NFTs industry continues to see increased adoption across different sectors, with celebrities and sports stars tapping into the NFT industry.
  • Meanwhile, eBay’s foray into the NFT sector is another indication of the growing e-commerce crypto and blockchain adoption. From PayPal to JD.com, online merchants are increasingly interfacing with the emerging tech.
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