Sega will likely not introduce NFTs for play-to-earn if ‘perceived as simple money-making’

The leadership at video game firm Sega Corporation’s holding company has suggested that they may avoid nonfungible tokens in play-to-earn model games based on the response from users. In a Dec. 14 meeting of Sega Sammy Holdings’ CEO Haruki Satomi, senior executive vice president Koichi Fukazawa, and Sega Corporation president Yukio Sugino, the trio said they needed to “carefully assess” how to potentially introduce nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, into Sega titles to “mitigate the negative elements” and work within Japanese regulations. The executives cited “negative reactions” from users overseas rewarded…

The Rise of the Bitcoin Treasury, Dec. 30–Jan. 6

The price of Bitcoin (BTC) cratered below $43,000 on Thursday in a selloff that was stoked by the Federal Reserve’s renewed pledge to start unwinding its pandemic stimulus support. For the so-called diamond hand investors among us, the decline presents an attractive entry point to continue accumulating BTC at discount rates.  2021 was the year that institutions and corporations became major movers and shakers in the Bitcoin market. By the end of the year, corporations and investment funds held roughly 1.48 million BTC, which represents 7% of the current circulating…

Here’s why Bitcoin traders say a drop to $38K is the worst case scenario

The fallout from the Federal Reserve’s recent hawkish comments about raising interest rates as soon as March continued to weigh heavily on the cryptocurrency market on Jan. 6. The Crypto Fear & Greed index has been dialed down to 15 and some traders are lamenting the possible start of an extended bear market.  Crypto Fear & Greed Index. Source: Alternative Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that bears attempted to challenge the lows set on Jan.5, bringing BTC price down to $42,439 during early trading on Jan. 6. BTC/USDT…

Human Rights Foundation to grant 425M satoshis as part of its Bitcoin Development Fund

The Human Rights Foundation announced on Tuesday that it intends to distribute 425 million satoshis — the smallest divisible unit of a Bitcoin — to various contributors as a part of its ongoing Bitcoin Development Fund. Launched in May 2020, the Bitcoin Development Fund is primarily focused on improving the Bitcoin network’s privacy, usability and security. The Foundation said that it will focus this particular round of grants on expanding Bitcoin education and translation as well as Bitcoin core, lightning and wallet development. According to the organization’s press release, it…

Blast From The Past Bitcoin Fractal Suggests A Record Reversal Is Near

Mark Twain said that history doesn’t repeat, but it often rhymes. Such a scenario could be about to play out in Bitcoin, according to a potential fractal that mimics the setup before a previous record-breaking rally. While the conditions aren’t quite the same for an exact repeat, there could be enough for the price action now and then to rhyme just enough. Let’s take a closer look. Record-Breaking Bitcoin Price Fractal Found, But Is It Valid? Markets are cyclical and patterns repeat in those markets so often, they can be…

Comedian Stephen Colbert spoofs ‘Colbert Coin’ in response to rise in crypto scams

Stephen Colbert, the charismatic host of CBS’ The Late Show, is once again associating many cryptocurrencies with scams — but doing so by parodying the vernacular of a seasoned HODLer. In a Wednesday segment on members of Generation Z falling for scams inside and outside of the crypto space, Colbert referenced the rug pull behind a token inspired by Netflix’s show Squid Game, in which thousands of investors lost more than $3 million. Together with “certified young person” and staff writer Eliana Kwartler, Colbert debuted an “amazing investment opportunity” designed…

Oracle tokens turn bullish as blockchain projects focus on interoperability

2022 looks to be a transformative year for the cryptocurrency ecosystem as the focus on interoperability between siloed blockchain networks comes to the forefront and a multitude of projects announce plans to interconnect their platforms with other protocols.  One sector of the crypto ecosystem that will play a vital role in ensuring smooth communication and interaction between networks is oracles projects like Chainlink (LINK) and Band Protocol (BAND). Top 8 oracle projects by market capitalization. Source: Messari Oracles relay data in a consistent, secure and decentralized manner and this is…

Bitcoin could outperform stocks in 2022 amid Fed tightening — Bloomberg analyst

The Federal Reserve’s signaling for tighter monetary policy in 2022 could provide short-term headwinds for risk assets such as stocks and cryptocurrency, but there’s a good chance that Bitcoin (BTC) still comes out on top as investors recognize its value as a digital reserve asset, according to Bloomberg commodity strategist Mike McGlone.  The January edition of Bloomberg’s Crypto Outlook described the Federal Reserve’s plan to raise interest rates in 2022 as a possible “win-win scenario for Bitcoin [versus] the stock market.” The reasons stem from the fact that the S&P…

Dapper Labs becomes the first NFT company to register to lobby with the US government

Based in Vancouver, Dapper Labs offers a variety of nonfungible token (NFT)-based products and DApps. These include games like CryptoKitties, where players can breed and raise NFT kittens, and Cheeze Wizards, a tournament series where collectible characters can duel each other. Additionally, Dapper Labs is partnered with the NBA and is responsible for Top Shot, an NFT marketplace that sells highlights from basketball games. The UFC has also partnered with Dapper Labs to offer a similar service in the near future. According to the announcement, Dapper Labs has recruited Crossroads…

NYC mayor getting paid in Bitcoin suggests buying the dip

Newly sworn-in New York City Mayor Eric Adams is already using his influence to speak publicly about buying the recent Bitcoin dip. In a Thursday interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box, Adams said he had not yet received his first paycheck as the mayor of New York City, but reiterated his aim to make the city a Bitcoin (BTC) and crypto hub. When co-anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin pointed out that the price of the crypto asset has “come down” — dipping as low as $43,000 early Thursday — the NYC mayor…