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Jan 17
2019

Crypto Games Enjoy Growing Popularity

The immense fame enjoyed by bitcoin and other altcoins have paved the way for related economies to boost their sales too. One of the examples comes from the gaming industry which has created popular applications based on the leading technology. Currently, there are a number of games that allow its players to mimic virtual trading, develop their own crypto mining farms and also reward winners in micropayments.

Bitcoin Mining Simulator

The game lets its users to become a bitcoin mining tycoon. It allows you to buy virtual rigs for producing bitcoin and gain profit from selling them at market values. Initially, one gets few machines to start operation and slowly is able to own their mega mining farm. Aliaksandr Prakarym, the developer of the game, believes that a user gets the chance to build a farm to get a return on the investment (ROI).

Crypto rider

The game is funnier than others as it involves two-dimensional racing on the price charts of mainstream digital currencies. Developed by Superfly Games, it asks the racers to collect blocks to release 9 crypto’s themed vehicles. The developer states, “Compete for the top spot on global leaderboards! Shill your high score to your friends with the sharing feature.”

Bitcoin Evolution

The app proposes a player to become extremely rich by tapping bitcoin which makes it more addicting than others. Again, it starts your journey by making you manage a bitcoin business for mining coins and gaining profit from its sales.

The developer, Romit Dodhia, explains, “Invest your virtual mined income thoughtfully and grow your virtual bitcoin firm — Soon you will be the most popular virtual bitcoin capitalist and earn billions with your smart business. But be aware that you will face all the problems that a successful merchant needs to go through. And don’t forget to launder your money!”

Majority of the games are not original and are mere copies of simulated mining. But, some of them are educational, entertaining, and even pay out small fractions of virtual coins. Even though they claim tags of free BTC the reality is not that free. The games can be highly addictive and be misleading at times.

On the other hand, the crypto space was met with negative news when Apple terminated all crypto related apps from its App Store. The popular smartphone developer took the decision after researching the impact such apps has over battery life.

It was argued that crypto mining apps use a greater portion of phones power which leaves minimal energy to stimulate other operations. Moreover, a person can use a network of the interrelated devices to mine digital coins. The decision is true in case of major virtual coins like bitcoin and ethereum that require immense computing power to solve complex mathematical problems. But, the apps were majorly used for mining smaller cryptocurrencies which were enjoying considerable usage from iOS devices.

As of now, games have not seen any ban and continued to tap the imagination of crypto enthusiast. They will probably be making huge profits until people have spare time which means “forever.”…

Jan 15
2019

Why are Russian Legislators Changing Their Cryptocurrency-Specific Language?

Russian legislators favor a change in the cryptocurrency-specific language in the proposed bills governing the sector. The country’s Duma Financial Market Committee’s head, Anatoly Aksakov, indicated that the laws are going through the second round of review process by the State Duma. The objective of the bills is to regulate the digital currency market in the country and considerable changes were seen to be added to the draft laws. Still, some of them see it as not clear for regulating the market.

Second Review

The local outlet, Kommersant, pointed out that currently there are three draft laws that are getting ready for consideration in the State Duma. The bills are ‘On Digital Financial Assets (CFA), and ‘Crowd Funding.’ This included the terms of an issue any digital tokens, as well as, its circulation. Aside from these, the third bill focused on the package of amendments to the Russian Federation’s Civil Code. According to ethnews.com, it would be the second review of the planned laws of the State Duma. In March, the first review was submitted for consideration.

The planned changes will focus on the terms like “digital currency” or “digital money” and the objective is to replace them with “digital rights.” The proposed changes will not only reflect in these bills but also in other legal documents in future if it relates to any regulation in respect of the digital currencies. Incidentally, the term of digital rights will not be considered like the previous one by the Russian Ministry of Justice. If the report is correct, then it is quite possible that a single term would be used to reflect “token exchange operator” or “investment platform.”

The revised bills could be adopted by the Legislature in Russia before the end of the current month or July 1. Once the bills become the law of the land, Aksakov indicated that the country would have to modify something in respect of the tax code. This is required to illustrate the rights of the digital coins and the way it would be treated for the purposes of tax.

However, there is no clarity in respect of the intentions to change the terms in the proposed bills. This included the impact of the changes that would have on the digital currency industry in the country and the way the tax code would be treated with virtual currencies.

Relationship Is Unsteady

Currently, Russia is undergoing a tremendous amount of confusion as far as the cryptocurrency market is concerned. This was also quite evident when different people started speaking at different tones thus bringing it to open the differences among them. For instance, the country’s president, Vladimir Putin, emphasized the position of the central bank in stating that digital currency is not a secured one and that it could not be treated as a payment method. He was also against the hoarding of virtual currency.

While this is going on, the country is also focused on passing three bills. That only indicated that the relationship between the establishment and the digital coin market is not steady.…

Jan 10
2019

Are Russian Banks Ready to offer Banking Solutions to Crypto Market?

There are at least two big banks from Russia, .e. Alfa Bank and Sberbank, are showing interest towards offering trading solutions in respect of cryptocurrencies. However, the two banks are cautious and want to restrict their focus to the ‘most reliable’ virtual currencies. The bank’s project is in accordance with the regulations of the country’s central bank that seeks every participant to register with it in the digital currency market.

Not To Ignore

Both the Russian banks are not ready to ignore the cryptocurrency market altogether. Therefore, Sberbank private banking’s deputy director, Anna Ivanchuk, indicated that his bank was keen to provide its clients a complete transparent type of entry into digital coins. At the same time, such offers should meet the requirements of the regulator so that it could invest in an interesting product in the country. Similarly, Alfa-Bank MD of product development, Anton Rakhmonov, thinks that it is only a question of time before the digital assets become an international phenomenon. He also indicated that his bank did not want to ignore it.

He said that the objective is to pick up the pace of a decision in respect of the CFA investment assets recognition. He also wanted to do the same thing in respect of legal field concerning the virtual currency market. According to a report in cryptovest.com, the two banks are not likely to put any digital currency into the clients’ hands directly.

Currently, there is no clarity as to which of the six digital currencies would be added into the platform of the two banks. However, Kommersant, a local media, indicated that Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin are part of it. Incidentally, these four virtual currencies represent 75 percent of the overall market. The two banks are reportedly keen on using Bitsmap or Kraken, which are audited virtual currencies, for enabling its clients to buy and sell cryptocurrencies.

AddCapital managing partner, Alexei Prokofiev, reacted to comment, “The client actually receives a fund unit. The assets backing these funds are stored using custody solutions and audited by Group IB cybersecurity. The unit is liquid, so it is possible to request a withdrawal from the client’s currency at any time.” The company provides infrastructure to these two banks. Incidentally, the commercial banks in the country seem to be among the first to think about offering solutions to digital coin sector.

Pending Bills

Though there are different tones from different people in Russia on the question of the digital currency market, the country is making its efforts in regularizing the market. For instance, the Legislature is planning to pass at least three bills in connection with the virtual currency market in the current month itself or latest by July 1.

Most recently, Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, indicated that cryptocurrency could not be termed as a secured one. This is the same stand taken by its central bank. The country is also keen to address a number of issues like tax code for the digital coin sector apart from the issues that global community is facing.…

Jan 07
2019

eToro Announced New OTC Desk, Crypto Exchange to Follow Soon

eToro, a social trading platform, is set to establish an over-the-counter (OTC) trading service in London for digital currencies due to the increase in the number of interested institutional investors.

Yoni Assia, CEO of the company, said, “We are launching an OTC desk for institutions. We’ve seen more and more interest from corporates and institutions.”

The OTC desk will be launched especially for those investors that have huge funding capabilities. The brokers of the company will pool liquidity between numerous exchanges to settle all the orders. It has been providing trading services for crypto, stocks and other assets and deals with 15 virtual currency exchanges internationally. Currently, it is planning to launch its own crypto exchange.

Assia added, “We’ve actually set up our corporate team here in the UK to start setting up accounts to trade on eToro. We’ve announced that we’re launching the exchange as well so, between the exchange and the OTC desk, we’re also starting to serve more potential institutions and financial institutions.”

It should be noted that popular financial institutions were against digital currencies till 2018 but now are giving considerable attention to the technology. In order to expose traditional investors to crypto trading, CBOE and CME Group launched bitcoin futures at the end of 2017.

Amidst a steep downfall in the crypto market from $800 billion in December last year to $280 billion today, institutional players are still backing virtual coins.

Circle, a crypto start-up backed by Goldman Sachs and Cumberland Mining, a division of DRW have recorded a rise in institutional level participants. The former has started to trade digital coins on behalf of its clients while Fidelity and JPMorgan are also set to enter the space.

However, the CEO stated that it was still early to diagnose the amount of interest bigger investors have in the business but also claimed that few hedge fund owners have contacted him.

As per news from Financial News, bankers are in initial level talks with the trading platform for a possible IPO. Assia did not seem in a hurry when he said the discussions are still “in a standard course of business for a business that raised $100 million and significantly scaled its revenues.” He added that launching an IPO was not a mandatory step for the company. Bankers around the globe are keen on cashing in on people’s expectations towards virtual currencies.

Earlier this month, celebrated investor, Jay Edward Smith, stated that he admires the structure of social trading acknowledging it as a service that empowers small-time inventors. He also praised eToro and its community as he personally uses the platform.

His claims hold gravity as the investors is popular among young crypto enthusiasts. The statements can have a positive effect on such businesses for they are being marketed by someone respectful.

As of now, the trading firm a positive phase and is hoping to capitalize through its new trading exchange. If it gets successful in dealing with institutional players then nothing will be able to stop its growth as a top trading stage.…

Jan 06
2019

Estonia Grants Exchange and Wallet License to Coin Metro

Estonia Grants Exchange and Wallet License to Coin Metro

Estonia is now all set to compete with Malta in becoming the preferred destination for all crypto businesses. In a recent move, the country granted license to Coin Metro to operate crypto exchange and wallet services. The company recently announced that they have received licenses from the Estonian government to operate two services here legally. The first license is for an e-wallet for fiat currency and the second license is for a fiat to crypto exchange platform.

Coin Metro was established by the team behind FX Pig, a forex broker based in Vanuatu. This is the first time that the company has obtained a license for their activities. Now, they will have to follow robust KYC (Know your Customer) and AML (Anti-money Laundering) laws along with counter-terrorism financing acts. However, with these guidelines and a secure legal framework in place, they can now open their gates for a wider user base from around the world.

Note that Coin Metro has ambitions to run a fully regulated crypto trading platform in the EU and has just completed its 12-million-euro token sale as well. It is now looking forward to securing a license for e-money from the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Kevin Murcko, company CEO, is hopeful that the lack of geographical boundaries and a transparent platform will get more acceptance around the globe. He said, “We’ve set no geographical limits and are determined in our aim to bring transparent, simplified access to the cryptocurrency market everywhere, where laws allow. With regulation on our side, Coin Metro offers a safe haven from the forthcoming legislative storm that has the potential to close many exchanges which aren’t compliant.”

The firm also noted that their first choice was always Estonia because of its open regulation and a welcoming attitude for crypto companies. The country was reportedly creating a state-backed national cryptocurrency as well. However, it has now scaled down the plans after European Central Bank Chair Mario Draghi expressed his displeasure with the project. He commented that the euro zone has only currency and that is the euro. Their digital coin, called ‘estcoin’ will now be used exclusively in a government project used for e-residents.

The CEO went on to praise the government and said, “We decided to target Estonia (and build our HQ there) as it has been a hotbed for tech startups for years and has generally been very progressive on technology and innovation. In recent years, it has been actively adopting blockchain technologies, looking to be at the forefront of this new shift in distributed technologies. The fact that Estonia is the first country in the world to place its health records on the blockchain is a staunch example of just that.”

The 5th Money Laundering directive of the EU was passed by the EU parliament in March this year ad the bloc has 18 months to draft their framework around the new KYC and AML procedures. With the company getting a license to operate legally in Estonia, it is highly likely that they will be able to avoid the wrath of the new act.…