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Nvidia to Focus More on Cryptocurrency Mining Market

· August 12, 2017 · 2:15 pm

In the wake of record-setting growth for digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, graphics card manufacturer Nvidia has expressed their intent to focus more on the cryptocurrency mining market.


Cryptocurrency Mining Boom

Since the beginning of 2017, the cryptocurrency market has grown at an enormous rate. In late 2016 the total market capitalization of the cryptocurrency market was a respectable $14 billion and in the months since has climbed a record-setting $135 billion as of this writing!

Bitcoin and Ethereum prices spiked to their ATH (all time high) and mining became profitable for individuals and miners rushed to purchase as many graphic cards as possible in order to profit from the surging prices of both Bitcoin and Ethereum.

The mining rush was so severe, that it even caused a national shortage of graphics cards in Russia. The graphics cards shortages made manufacturers like Nvidia and AMD realize that there is another profitable market for graphics cards, and that’s the cryptocurrency mining market.

Focusing on the Cryptocurrency Market

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According to a recent article in MarketWatch, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang stated that the cryptocurrency mining market could potentially become another profitable area for Nvidia. In a recent phone call with analysts, Mr. Huang stated:

Crypto is here to stay, and the market will grow to be quite large.

He also went on to say:

It’s not likely to go away any time soon. There will be more currencies to come, they will come from different nations…We stay very close to the market, and understand the dynamics very well.

The most interesting aspect of the whole cryptocurrency mining rush is the potential development of GPUs for mining. While Nvidia officials have declined to comment on rumors that the famous graphics cards manufacturer is developing GPUs that are specifically made for cryptocurrency mining, Huang recently hinted to analysts that the company offers coin miners “a special coin-mining SKU [that is] optimized for mining.”

It’s also worth noting that thanks to the recent mining rush AMD shares have soared from the increase of graphics cards sales as well.

What are your thoughts on Nvidia’s stance on cryptocurrency mining? Do you think that AMD and Nvidia will focus more on cryptocurrency mining products? Let us know in the comments below!


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Interview with DMarket: The First Cross-Game Marketplace for In-Game Items

· August 11, 2017 · 4:15 pm

Bitcoinist spoke with Volodymyr Panchenko, Founder and CEO of DMarket, a first-of-its-kind marketplace that allows gamers to buy, sell, or trade in-game items from any game on any gaming platform.


Bitcoinist: What is DMarket?

VP: DMarket is the first cross-game marketplace that allows gamers from all over the world to trade or exchange in-game goods originating from any gaming platform. In fact, DMarket will allow more than two billion gamers to buy and sell their items. Existing games and platforms are currently covering only 6% of gamers worldwide. We will give this opportunity to everybody.

DMarket in-game asset marketplace

Bitcoinist: What is the difference between you and Steam, for example? Are there any other competitive advantages that your platform has comparing to the other existing ones?

VP: As I just mentioned, our platform will satisfy the “trade needs” of all gamers, as opposed to the other platforms that currently cover 130M (6%) video game players. I am not saying we are better and they are worse. Ours is just a different approach. We use blockchain technology that makes this set-up possible.

Let me explain: technology actually lies at the core of the problem. To make trading possible on a large scale we need to synchronize hundreds of thousands of databases. We are using a decentralized database on blockchain to address this. All operations are fast, secure and synchronized in real time. The important part is that a sale or exchange of any virtual item from any game or platform can happen in one click. This turns each and every virtual item into a real commodity for billions of gamers worldwide.

Bitcoinist: How does DMarket work with game developers?

VP: Using our API, any game developer can easily connect its game to DMarket. These days we are talking to Unreal, Unity and CryEngine developers to feature DMarket libraries on their engines. This will simplify and improve game developers access to our platform.

Bitcoinist: Are there any benefits for game publishers?

VP: Both mobile and PC game publishers will benefit from working with us. We can help them drive their direct revenues. DMarket gets a commission from every deal and the major part of it goes to the rights holder. There’s also what we call “shared marketing”. By promoting our platform, we promote all the video games available there. As a result, the game publisher doesn’t need to invest as much into marketing. Marketing budgets can be reduced!

The third benefit is the increased lifetime value. By giving gamers worldwide the opportunity to make money by trading, exchanging and “hunting down” rare in-game items, we are prolonging the lifetime of the games. Based on our experience in game trading, out of 10 thousand games that we trade every day, 80% are more than 2 years old. Our platform increases the life cycle of the games.

How DMarket works

Bitcoinist: You’ve just mentioned about your experience in game trading. Could you please tell us more about your expertise?

VP: Being the founder of Suntechsoft company, I can say that I’m quite an expert when it comes to game trading. Suntechsoft is the number one private merchant of digital games in the world. In the past 5 years, we sold over 15 million games via eBay, G2A, and Kinguin. I am also the founder of skins.cash, the 2nd biggest virtual items marketplace (12M items sold in the past year alone). With total annual revenues of $50M. So yes, I’ve got expertise in virtual items and games trading.

Bitcoinist: What about the rest of the DMarket top management team?

VP: We have a core team of 3. We all come from different work backgrounds. Co-founder of DMarket Alexander “ZeroGravity” Kokhanovskyy has 17 years of experience in eSports. He is the founder of Na`Vi (Natus Vincere), one of the most popular and successful eSports teams in the world. In 2016 he became a shareholder of ESforce Holdings, the 3rd biggest eSports entity funded by USM Group (Mail.ru, VK .com, Megafon) which raised over $100M of investments in the latest round.

There’s also Andriy Khavryuchenko, the senior developer of DASH cryptocurrency (world top 7, market cap $1.4B). He has 4 years of experience in crypto development and 26 years of experience in software development.

DMarket to Monetize Game Items with the Power of Blockchain

Bitcoinist: Since you have experience in trading and cryptocurrency development, are you planning token emission?

VP:  The only technology allowing Dmarket to run is decentralized blockchain. Since we can not put a hundred dollar bill into the smart contract, we definitely need to have tokens. Dmarket tokens will be the only native currency of the platform for all trades, exchanges, and fees.

DMarket launches the first round of token sales on August 17, 2017. The second round will follow in November 2017. Tokens will be available to trade within 30 days on major cryptocurrency exchange.

Bitcoinist: What are the minimum and maximum amounts of money you plan to collect during ICO?

VP: The minimum amount we aim for is 5 million DMarket tokens with 1 ETH being equal to 1,000 DMarket tokens. The maximum amount is 50 million tokens.

Bitcoinist: What are the reasons to buy DMarket tokens? How can you guarantee the value of your currency?

VP: Every purchase, sale, exchange or any other transaction on our platform will require the use of DMarket tokens. No further emissions are planned beyond the first two trading rounds. The amount of trading and exchanging transactions on the platform will naturally grow fast over time and so will grow the need for the tokens. That is the best guarantee of DMarket tokens value.

Bitcoinist: What makes you think that the amount of purchase, sale, exchange and other transaction on your platform will go up?

VP: They will go up as the industry as a whole grows. We are witnessing a rapid growth of the gaming industry. It’s estimated that 2.2 billion gamers will generate $108 billion of revenue this year. This is a 6.8% growth on 2016. In addition, according to forecasts, the combined revenues of the AR and VR market will reach $122 billion by 2021.

Are you a gamer? How will DMarket’s cross-game marketplace change how in-game assets are bought and sold? Let us know in the comments below.


Images courtesy of DMarket, Wikimedia Commons

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Blockchain Ad Platform AdEx to Partner with Video Entertainment Platform Stremio

· August 10, 2017 · 1:00 pm

Blockchain-powered ad exchange AdEx will partner with video entertainment platform Stremio to deploy its solutions in the platform’s application.


AdEx to Team Up with Stremio

AdEx is an ad exchange that offers blockchain solutions for the entire online advertising industry. It seeks to entitle end users to decide which ads to see by specifying their preferences and to ensure transparency and fairness for advertisers and publishers.

Stremio, on the other hand, is a semi-open source video entertainment platform launched in 2015. It is designed to host and deliver any kind of video content within the same application. Stremio app has been downloaded by 4 million people so far.

Just like other video platforms, Stremio monetizes through third-party ads. However, most advertisement placement solutions entail non-transparency and complexities related to bidding and publishing and are widely criticized within expert communities.

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About the AdEx Advertising Platform

AdEx offers a blockchainized solution that ensures automatic payouts for ads to publishers, and guarantees transparency to advertisers. The work on AdEx’s solution is still underway, but the parties have agreed to deploy it when the AdEx team completes the development.

According to AdEx CMO Vanina Ivanova:

The AdEx and Stremio teams will be working closely together on the integration of our solution in their platform once the exchange becomes fully operational. We are looking forward to implementing AdEx in a real-world environment as it will demonstrate the full range of new capabilities and advantages that the blockchain technology can offer to the online advertisement industry.

Trial by Fire

Once deployed, AdEx can work with any platform. This might prove to be the ultimate real-world test since the Stremio app already has millions of users worldwide. Due to Stremio’s huge audience base and variety of content, the platform is of interest to advertisers from multiple industries.

Nikola Hristov, Head of Adtech at Stremio, stated:

We believe that incorporating such a reliable solution for ad serving in our platform would dramatically enhance our operations and bring the technologies of monetizing to a whole new level. Partnership with AdEx could be a first step in creating the online advertisement industry of tomorrow.

The AdEx team has expressed its confidence that their solution can be smoothly integrated with Stremio, empowering advertisers to reach a multi-million person audience immediately upon integration.

[Disclaimer: This is a sponsored article.]

Can AdEx build a better online advertising model? How will it benefit both advertisers and viewers? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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Po.et Partners With Blink To Automate Licensing Digital Content To Major Media Companies

· August 6, 2017 · 6:15 pm

The prominent blockchain-based digital asset management startup Po.et has announced its partnership with the global content studio Blink.


Proof of Existence 2.0

Po.et is a very young blockchain startup that aims solve multiple problems in the digital content industry. The Singapore and Los Angels-based project utilizes blockchain technology in order to create a platform that makes publishing, licensing and distribution of digital assets easier.

The Po.et platform would essentially use blockchain technology and smart contracts to eliminate the middle man and thus, allow content creators to directly sell their digital assets to publishers, without having to pay enormous transactions fees. It’s worth to note that Po.et’s platform includes a digital media licensing market, which would allow publishers to directly select digital assets that fit their territory.

Currently, the Po.et project is planning to host its initial coin offering with the help of Moscow-based startup, Zerion. Interested contributors can invest into the token sale with an invite code that can be obtained through the official po.et website.

Partnership with Blink

Po.et partners with Blink

In an official press release, Po.et announced that the international content studio Blink has partnered with the young startup to efficiently track licenses with the help of blockchain technology.  According to the press release, Blink’s customers include prominent corporations like Google, Airbnb, ESPN, and more. In the article, the CEO of Blink, Matthew Craig, stated following about the partnership:

The unwieldy process of managing licenses and copyright terms for the large volume of content produced by Blink is simply a fool’s errand – our clients want a better solution that creates transparency and accountability at every stage of licensing and our artists deserve it. This partnership is a critical step forward for licensing and will allow Blink to continue servicing the insatiable market for original content at scale,

Konstantin Richter, responsible for the Business Development of Po.et also added:

This partnership allows us at Po.et to envision a complete marketplace where freelancers can get hired, protect their work and get rewarded for it in a proactive manner. The Blink participation will help us to ensure we develop the right blockchain utilities to serve their needs,

With the use of blockchain technology and smart contracts, Po.et will be offering an extremely useful tool that will save publishers and content creators from a lot of “headaches”.

What are your thoughts on the Po.et and Blink partnership? Do you think that Po.et will become a successful platform? Let us know in the comments below!


Image courtesy of Po.et, Pexels, Shutterstock

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5 Companies Set to Profit From The Cryptocurrency Gold Rush

· June 12, 2017 · 12:00 pm

Nvidia, AMD, Intel and Micron as makers of hardware mining tools, such as GPUs and ASIC-based mining solutions, are tapped to profit the most from the new internet gold rush.


Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho, It’s Off To Work We Go

As the price of Bitcoin rises it has the knock-on effect of causing a rise in the rest of the cryptocurrency market with most other altcoins also seeing sizeable gains in value. These coins can be “mined” with a graphics card and are usually exchanged for Bitcoin, turning a good profit for miners.

Heigh Ho Heigh Ho Its Off to Work We Go

Specialty online mining pools such as multipool.us pool together the hashing power of individual miners and automatically choose the most profitable altcoin to mine, switching to other coins as the price dictates. In the past, electricity costs could negate actual profit from GPU mining, but with the overall rise in value of the cryptocurrency market as a whole, the situation has once again changed.

In a Gold Rush Sell Shovels

AMD has been in the news recently because their high-end gaming cards are sold out due to their mining ability. The company has seen big stock gains this year, rising in tandem with Bitcoin as their graphics cards are the most efficient when it comes to mining protocols. This has caused anger and controversy among gamers, AMD GPUs’ key market. The unavailability of the best cards has driven up prices, sending potential customers to their rivals, Nvidia, who have also been seeing gains this year.

GPU manufacturers aren’t the only ones benefiting from the current boom either. ASIC manufacturers such as Bitmain, who sell Antminers, have been seeing increased attention. ASICs are specialist circuits optimized for performing a single function, in this case, mining Bitcoin.

Other beneficiaries include memory chip manufacturer Micron Technology Inc., whose share prices have increased by nearly 50% this year. Intel is jumping on the bandwagon as well, maneuvering to compete with AMD with their own currently integrated graphics solutions.

Have you started up your mining rigs again? Are there other companies set to profit from the new gold rush? Let us know in the comments below.


Images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Google Finance, AdobeStock

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Litecoin: SegWit ‘Testbed’ at Risk as Bitcoin Politics Spread

· February 8, 2017 · 8:00 am

The Segregated Witness (SegWit) update has received lukewarm support thus far since it was announced on Litecoin on January 28th.


Beyond Bitcoin: ‘Testbed’ for SegWit

After Bitcoin, the SegWit scaling update has now been introduced to Litecoin along with some other cryptocurrencies including Vertcoin, Groestlcoin, and Viacoin.

Right now, Litecoin miners are in the process of voting on the update. Currently at 3%, support is lower than it is in Bitcoin, which rapidly climbed up to 22% in its first two weeks.

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The vote has attracted the attention of the Bitcoin community. Litecoin (and other coins) could become a testbed for the potential SegWit soft-fork on Bitcoin, and could offer a sneak peek as to how this update fares in the real world. Moreover, SegWit may have better chances on Litecoin since its activation threshold is just 75% compared to Bitcoin’s 95%. 

But this “testbed” mentality may be part of the reason why Litecoin users are not so eager to activate the update, which would make them, in a sense, Bitcoin’s ‘lab rat.’ Dubbed the “silver to Bitcoin gold,” it currently has a market cap of about $198 million USD, which could be negatively affected if the update goes sour.

Creator: ‘Litecoin Became Political Too’

Nevertheless, the SegWit update is supported by Litecoin creator Charlie Lee.

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In a recently held Reddit AMA (in Chinese), he stated:

Yes, it’s unfortunate that SegWit on Litecoin became political too. One of the reasons I’m doing this AMA is to try to pull the politics out of the Segwit on Litecoin. Let’s not let Bitcoin politics pollute Litecoin for no reason.

Meanwhile, LTC1BTC founder Jiang Zhuoer stated that his pool, which controls 10% of the network, will not support the SegWit update. His motives, however, seem to stem directly from the Bitcoin debate. 

“Why do the Bitcoin Core developers say that the Segwit soft fork basically fixes every line of Bitcoin’s code? Zhuoer said. “As the complexity of a system increases, it follows that the stability of that system must decrease.”

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Still, other pools have demonstrated their support for SegWit. F2Pool, the biggest Litecoin pool with 45.6% of the network’s hash rate, announced it will signal their support for SegWit in the coming weeks.

Litecoin Could Help Bitcoin Break Deadlock

Since Litecoin has a small number of users compared to Bitcoin, scaling is not exactly a pressing issue at the moment. Though SegWit was introduced to Bitcoin as a scaling solution, it also introduces additional features and paves the way for other upgrades such as the Lightning Network. 

Lee explained the motive for supporting SegWit saying,

The main fix is transaction malleability, which would allow Lightning Networks (LN) to be built on top of Litecoin. And there are a bunch more nice features of SegWit. With SegWit and Bitcoin’s current block scaling deadlock, I see a potential for Litecoin to help Bitcoin break through this deadlock[…]. We have been drafting behind the Bitcoin race car for many years. It’s about time to take a turn out front.

During the AMA, Lee also expressed his opinion regarding the alternatives that have been proposed, reassuring that Litecoin will stick to SegWit.

Litecoin roadmap

When asked what will Litecoin do if Bitcoin goes with Bitcoin Unlimited and FlexTrans, he said:

With such a controversial topic, I can’t see how Bitcoin can possibly go BU and FlexTrans. It will likely just not change, and that’s fine. It’s still the best store of value we have ever seen. Whatever happens, Litecoin is going the SegWit direction. And we welcome any Bitcoin Core devs to join us if Bitcoin, for some reason, goes in another direction.

Charlie Lee is currently holding another AMA thread on this topic (in english) here.

Will Litecoin pave the way for Bitcoin’s SegWit? Or will it fail to reach consensus?


Images courtesy of Shutterstock, Twitter, litecoinpool.org

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