Function over fun? Analyst says P2E games don’t need to be ‘fun’ to retain users

Play-to-earn (P2E) blockchain-based games gathered investors’ attention in late 2021, with Axie Infinity leading the pack with over 2 million active users. In P2E games, players are awarded tokens or nonfungible token assets (NFTs) as they progress throughout the game. These digital assets can be sold using marketplaces and cryptocurrency exchanges, generating income in a decentralized manner. However, there is a large discrepancy between P2E and traditional PC and console gaming experiences. In that sense, crypto games are a couple of decades behind due to the restrictions imposed by blockchain technology.…

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Nonfungible tokens don’t live on the blockchain, experts say

As nonfungible tokens (NFTs) are advertised as blockchain-based technologies, there are misconceptions on how they are stored according to two experts. They argued that technically, these tokens do not exist in the blockchain but are actually stored elsewhere.  In a Cointelegraph interview, Jonathan Victor, the Web3 storage lead at Protocol Labs and Alex Salnikov, the co-founder of Rarible, discussed decentralized storage, the future of the NFT space and investing in NFTs. According to Victor, main chains are very limited in size and storing data on the blockchain can be very expensive. Because…

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Total crypto market cap risks a dip below $1 trillion if these 3 metrics don’t improve

The total crypto market capitalization has ranged from $1.19 trillion to $1.36 trillion for the past 23 days, which is a relatively tight 13% range. During the same time, Bitcoin’s (BTC) 3.5% and Ether’s (ETH) 1.6% gains for the week are far from encouraging. To date, the total crypto market is down 43% in just two months, so investors are unlikely to celebrate even if the descending triangle formation breaks to the upside. Total crypto market cap, USD billion. Source: TradingView Regulation worries continue to weigh investor sentiment, a prime…

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‘Bitcoin traders don’t pay the bills’

The crypto winter has emotions running high. Kraken CEO Jesse Powell came under fire for his defense of listing the new LUNA, also known as LUNA 2.0, which seeks to bring the original LUNA — now known as Luna Classic (LUNC) — and TerraUSD — now known as TerraUSD Classic (USTC) — back from the dead. Respected names in the crypto industry such as Nic Carter of Castle Ventures spoke out against the decision, while in a separate tweet thread, Powell lashed out at short-seller Jim Chanos, who had built a…

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How to create algo stablecoins that don’t turn into ponzis or collapse

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has shared two thought experiments on how to evaluate whether an algorithmic (algo) stablecoin is sustainable. Buterin’s comments were sparked by the multi-billion dollar losses caused by the collapse of the Terra (LUNA) ecosystem and its algo-stablecoin TerraUSD (UST). In a May 25 blog post, Buterin noted that the increased amount of scrutiny placed on crypto and DeFi since the Terra crash is “highly welcome,” but he warned against writing off all algo-stablecoins entirely. “What we need is not stablecoin boosterism or stablecoin doomerism, but rather…

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Stake or DApp? With liquid staking, you don’t have to choose

Last summer, Polkadot made its own little bit of history after confirming the first five projects to occupy parachain slots on its canary network Kusama. Disparate blockchains that bolt onto Polkadot’s main Relay Chain for security, yet are otherwise independent, parachains represent a new way of doing business in blockchain, a maximalist vision aimed at enhancing scalability and governance while permitting the possibility of forkless upgrades. The five projects were Karura, Moonriver, Shiden, Khala and Bifrost. Fast-forward to today, and the first batch of parachains are set to expire, releasing…

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Bitcoin price could bounce to $35K, but analysts say don’t expect a ‘V-shaped recovery’

Altcoins saw a relief bounce on May 13 as the initial panic sparked by Bitcoin’s sell-off Terra’s UST collapse and multiple stablecoins losing their dollar peg begins to decrease and risk loving traders look to scoop up assets trading at yearly lows. Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360 Despite the significant correction that occurred over the past week, Bitcoin (BTC) bulls have managed to claw their way back to the $30,000 zone, a level which has been defended multiple times during the 2021 bull market. Here’s a look at what…

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Why Bitcoin Futures And Spot Signals Don’t Match Up

Bitcoin price bounced to the tune of 5% following yesterday’s Federal Reserve meeting. However, the move has almost fully retraced. What’s interesting about the situation, is that traders at one particular platform could have seen this coming a lot more clearly, while others might have suffered a fake out. Here is a closer look at a comparison between BTCUSD spot index price charts and BTC CME Futures that puts a spotlight on the strange discrepancy. We also shed some light on how to possibly take advantage when these instances occur.…

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Bitcoin nervously awaits Fed as Paul Tudor Jones says ‘clearly don’t own’ stocks, bonds

Bitcoin (BTC) kept investors guessing on May 3 as markets awaited May 4’s Federal Reserve comments. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView Tudor Jones says “no thanks” to stocks, bonds Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD hovering just above $38,000 at May 3’s Wall Street open. The pair had stayed practically static over 24 hours to the time of writing as volatility in stocks dictated the mood.  Amid multiple calls for a “capitulation” style event to hit both crypto and TradFi markets, there was an eerie sense…

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New York State Assembly passes ban on new BTC mines that don’t use green power

The New York State Assembly passed a bill late on Tuesday April 26 that would place a two-year ban on all new proof-of-work (PoW) cryptocurrency mining facilities in the state that use a carbon based fuel to power their operations. The bill sponsored by Anna Kelles would not only impose a two-year hold on approval of any new Bitcoin mines, the proposed moratorium would also prevent the renewal of permits issued to existing PoW cryptocurrency miners using carbon sourced energy if they seek to increase the amount of electricity consumed.…

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