The Most Popular Games on Blockchain in 2018

Have you noticed how fast the blockchain technology is conquering all the top segments? This innovation also did not bypass the video game industry. According to experts, this is one of the best symbiosis, since games on blockchain are not only cool, but also profitable.

At the moment, cyber-lovers do not have much, because the developers have not presented the world with as many games on blockchain so far as people would like. The Coin Shark will introduce the most popular blockchain games in 2018 to you.

1. HunterCoin

This game is the first gave on blockchain in history and currently the only autonomous and centralized one. It was released in 2014. The essence of the game is simple: you collect unmarked coins with the help of your own squad of hunters. As soon as they see the coin on the map, they take it and carry it to respawn. Simultaneously, other players, that is, enemy hunters, should prevent the coin from appearing in the wallet. The HunterCoin token operates inside the game.

2. Spells of Genesis

The release of the game was accompanied by a loud sensation. Spells of Genesis does not work on blockchain, like HunterCoin, but simply uses technology in the game process. The events in the game develop around the Moonga universe, where the enemy Sayosian empire – is located. The main goal is to overthrow the tyrant by collecting cards and building mines. Bitcrystals tokens operate inside the game. Android and iOS users can use the web version for free.

3. Beyond the Void

The strategy game has MOBA elements. Actions in Beyond the Void are developing in the future, where people found the “Cube”, which provides an opportunity to travel through galaxies. However, the “Cube” has a high cost, because of that people are forced to fight with each other. The game has its own ERC20 Nexium tokens, which provide access to additional resources.

4. Augmentors

This blockchain game with augmented reality has a lot in common with the well-known Pokemon Go application, as players need to create their own monsters, in Augmentors they are called Augmentors: semi-humans, cyborgs, god-characters and monsters. Now the game has 50 characters. The DataBit token is used as a means of payment inside Augmentors.

5. Bitcomon Go

The game application was released in July of 2017. The essence is quite simple: an account is created and various tasks are performed. Players receive tokens for the solution of these tasks. You can also receive the platform currency by inviting new users.

6. Yggdrasil

It is a slot game on the platform FairWin, which operates on blockchain. The main task in the game is to grow a tree. The game has levels, the tree changes appearance on each of them and opens new symbols for players. Currently, Yggdrasil is in the test phase. FWIN will be operating inside the game.

7. CryptoKitties

The game CryptoKitties is a real bomb of 2017, which has some similarities with the beloved Tamagotchi. In this game you need to buy a kitty, breed him or her with another cute little ball of fur, so that the kittens are born. Then the players can put them up for sale and receive cryptocurrency.

8. BitQuest

BitQuest is hard to call a game that works on the blockchain technology, but one can call it one of the popular ones. The game is a public server in Minecraft. The essence of the game is to kill monsters and get an “emerald”, which can also be obtained by exchanging for other items.

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Why None of Positive Forecast Has Come True: Three Main Reasons for Bitcoin Collapse

The stability of Bitcoin’s rate and other cryptocurrencies is a big question. At the moment , everything  that cryptocurrency does stably is rushing through the Hell into suspense.

Infernal flight started on November,14 at 11:34 UTC. At that time, BTC rate was around $6 365, and ETH was $206, according to CoinMarketCap.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

At the time of writing this article, November, 20 at 11:00 UTC, the same resource updated the data to an even more disastrous rate: the cost of one BTC is $4 459, and ETH $132.

At the same time, the Coin 360 monitoring resource shows a BTC rate of $4 460, and an ETH $131.

Source: https://coin360.io/

Apparently, the collapse of the coin rate is not going to stop, and this is clearly indicates, that a fateful event happened in the crypto industry, which collapsed the market.

Due to specifics of cryptocurrency, it is impossible to determine now what exactly the main cause of  the falling prices. However, The Coin Shark conducted its own, independent investigation and identified three most logical versions of why crypto “tends to zero”.

So, the reasons for the collapse of the market can be:

1.The split of Bitcoin Cash into BCH SV and BCH ABC;
2.The refusal of the China authorities to provide the miners with the cheapest electric power;
3.The theft of 600 BTC from the Bitmain company.

Now, let’s consider each reason in a more detailed way.

1. The split of Bitcoin Cash hard fork

It is possible, that the sudden collapse of the market is a consequence of the Bitcoin Cash hard forks. History has proved once again, that serious network updates provoke the panic within the crypto community. Especially among investors, who fitfully begin to sell their coins. Panic attacks are not so unprecedented, but rather very thoughtful. If during the fork there is a malfunction, it is guaranteed to have an impact on the future of the crypto market.  

Presumably, the cause of today’s “successes” of cryptocurrency is a backdoor, that hackers manage to discover and made a hashrate diversion from BTC.

We want to remind you, that now Bitcoin Cash is divided into Bitcoin ABC and Bitcoin SV.  

In this regard, Australian programmer Craig Wright wrote on his Twitter:

The founder and CEO of BKCM, Brian Kelly, also considers that Bitcoin Cash is involved into collapse of BTC rate and and other cryptocurrencies. He shared this during an interview at CNBC Fast Money.

Most likely, this pseudo-war between BCH SV and BCH ABC in the nearest future will cause a decrease of hashrate in BTC, which in its turn, will reduce the network speed.

“People are concerned that both Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash markets, their networks might slow down, they might not work as well, the software upgrade may not go through or if it does go through, we will end up with some chaos. People started selling, that triggered stops, everybody got concerned. The entire market settled down. In my view, a very short-term event”,  – explained Kelly. 

 2. Insufficient speed of Bitcoin network

The authorities of provinces of Xinjiang and Guizhou stopped to provide the Chinese miners with cheap electricity. Now, the miners are forced to look for an alternative method of mining Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Because of this, main mining facility, located in China, suspend their activities in order to find an alternative resource for mining cryptocurrency. This caused the decrease of Bitcoin hashrate network by almost 20%.

3. Theft of 600 Bitcoins

A major Chinese company, Bitmain, has announced that its account has been hacked at Binance crypto exchange. At the time of the hack, more that 600 BTC were stolen – which is about 2.7 million dollars at the time of writing this article. The hacker has not been found yet, but it is known that he tried to increase the speed of a little-known cryptocurrency MANA with the help of this money.

This kind of news has already changed the mood of the market, while reducing the rate. It’s likely, that this particular incident could undermine Bitcoin and other digital coins. 

Why none of the positive forecast did not come true?

It is impossible to predict the cryptocurrency rate in advance, as it can be done on the usual market for fiat. On the crypto market, we see the outcome and only than the reason. For example, the dollar increases after raising discount rate in the USA, but the cryptocurrency doesn’t. Since, its rate doesn’t depend on the ordinary economy and on decisions of the authorities.

The cryptocurrency rate is not backed up by anything. It depends  only on supply and demand. Therefore, it is impossible to predict the behaviour of the rate in advance. For instance, exactly one year ago, on November 20, 2017, the Bitcoin rate was $8 039.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

After just one month, the rate set the first historical record – $19 440.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

Based on the last year’s situation on the crypto market, it cannot be stated, that this year it is going to be the same. This market is sensitive and unpredictable.

In relation to the worsening situations, all cryptocurrency holders are worried about – “What to do next?” – that’s a good question. But unless the true  reason of the collapse of the rate is revealed, there will be no exact answer. As for now we can only guess how the events will unwrap.

For example, a financial analyst, Alexey Polovinkin, in an interview with OBOZREVATEL, shared the view, that the rate of the world’s most massive cryptocurrency by capitalization will increase by $40 000 for one coin.  The expert explained, that Bitcoin will grow due to the possible legalisation of cryptocurrencies, which will have an effect on institutions and investment companies. According to Alexey’s point of view, they will start considering the entering of cryptocurrencies in the marker in a large amount.  We want to remind you, that Polovinkin predicted the growth of Bitcoin in 2017.

Also, a venture investor Tim Draper is trying to make a good forecast, reports The Daily Hodl.  The investor is confident that in the 2022 the price of Bitcoin will rise to $250 thousand. While, an investment banker and millionaire Mike Novogratz, makes more modest forecasts, stating that the rate will reach only $10 thousand.

Not all sharks of the crypto world are optimistic about the future of the market. In this regards, CEO of the BitMEX exchange, Arthur Hayes, state that the next 18 months will be not the best period for cryptocurrency. He is confident that the interest in digital money will decrease, which will affect the rate of coins.

Vinny Lingham, CEO of the American startup Civic, state that Bitcoin had no chance of existence. Even if his rate rises , he will still fall to $100 per one BTC.


“Do i think we’ll have another bubble? Probably, because people just don’t learn. When it hits $20,000 again, it will fall back to $100 or something like that”, – said Lingham.

As you can see, the estimates are diverse, and there is no clear idea about the upcoming growth or reduce. Therefore, any forecast should be reasonably judged. Till then,  cryptocurrencies continue their hellish way to a stop “Anti-record rate of 2018”.

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Are Crypto and Blockchain Jobs Still Relevant?

As it may be seen from the statistics taken from the job search site Indeed.com, the popularity of crypto-related jobs has begun decreasing as the hype over cryptocurrency slowly but surely fades away.


Source: Indeed.com

According to the graph, the employee’s interest in crypto jobs (blue line) has remained pretty much the same as one year ago, but did drop significantly compared with the November and December of 2017. As for the employer’s interest (red line), it has stayed quite stable, however, it is also starting to decline.

Crypto industry is a sphere where real specialists can get quite decent salaries. Hopefully, as the market stabilizes, the demand of jobs will increase as well.

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The Stablecoins: What Is It and Why Is It So Popular Now?

Cryptocurrencies and increased volatility are almost synonymous. The digital coins market can easily fall or grow up in price by 10% -15% in a day. But along with unstable coins in the industry there are also so-called stablecoins, which will be discussed in this article.

Content
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1. What is the stablecoins?

2. The list of the most famous stablecoins

3. Advantages and disadvantages

4. Further prospects

5. Conclusion

1. What is the stablecoins?

The main idea of ​​cryptocurrencies is creation of the absolutely decentralized payment instrument, which will not have any relations with usual valuable assets. But at this stage of cryptocurrencies development it is not possible to completely abandon fiat yet. In any case, currency of digital coins is counted in dollars, euros and other fiat currencies for convenience.

In order to popularize cryptocurrencies, it is necessary to create a bridge between traditional and digital financial sectors. Therefore, in 2015, for the first time, the best qualities of cryptocurrency and fiat money were combined, and so the stablecoins appeared.

The first stable cryptocurrency was Tether, it is still the most popular stable digital coin. Tether is backed up by the US dollar. This coin takes 8th place in the global Coinmarketcap rating , with total capitalization almost $2.5 billion.

But it is worth noting, that there are already enough of such stablecoins on the market. Each of them is reinforced by a certain physical asset:

  • other fiat currencies (the euro, the pound, the yen, etc.);
  • the gold and other precious metals;
  • the minerals;
  • the property;
  • etc.

It is only beginning, since it is already obvious that a digital coin can be pegged to absolutely any physical product. Thus, it is possible to maximally protect assets from cryptocurrency volatility, and at the same time to enjoy all the benefits of decentralization.

2. The list of the most famous stablecoins

So, as it was mentioned before, the very first stable USD Coin was Tether. Its rate is backed up 1:1 to the US dollar. This project was started in 2015. Literally a year later, its euro equivalent  EURT was represented to wide audience. After some time, the Japanese yen cryptocurrency appeared. As many analysts had suggested, these two coins were not widely spread.

At the beginning of  2016, DigixDAO coin was started, its rate was pegged to the gold: 1 token equals the cost of 1 gram of gold. It should be noted, that there were quite many projects, which tried to peg their coins to the gold (OneGram, GoldMint, HelloGold, AutumCoin, etc.). The silver was not forgotten either (EthereumLink, Silvercoin, Silver Back Coin, etc.). In Israel, the group of developers released stablecoin Carat, the currency of which, as the name implies, was pegged to the diamonds.

As you might have guessed, there is a huge amount of coins on the market, which are somehow backed up by physical assets, but let’s take a closer look at two more sensational dollar projects.

Gemini Dollar is the world’s first regulated stable digital coin, which is pegged to the US dollar. This project is still too young and it is not clear how it will show itself in future. Now the coin took a 1723th place in the global Coinmarketcap rating.

TrustToken is another project whose developers want to connect real and digital economy. They themselves estimate it in 256 trillion dollars. Within of this platform, the TrueUSD token was issued, it`s rate was pegged to the US dollar. Soon the developers promise to release tokens, which will be pegged to other popular fiat currencies. On the one hand, this project has many advantages (ability to implement blockchain into real sectors of economy, introduction of smart contracts, strong team), and on the other hand, there are many disadvantages (lack of roadmap, centralization, possible vulnerabilities of smart contracts, etc. ).

3. Advantages and disadvantages

First of all, let`s list the main advantages of stablecoins, there are quite a lot of them:

  • Holders of such coins can use all benefits of the digital economy, and at the same time be relatively calm about their capital`s safety. As a rule, cryptocurrency exchanges do not work with fiat currencies. And with stablecoins help it is possible to operate with dollar (or any other currency) right on an exchange. It substantially simplifies a digital coins trading process.
  • Thus people, who have no confidence in banks, can secure their capital without contact with traditional financial structures.
  • Stablecoins can be effectively used in trade and business, because their price does not change with time. A seller can safely accept $1,000 in coin equivalent, since its value will not fall down, even in conditions of market fluctuations.

Unfortunately, stablecoins are not without flaws, and now let’s take a closer look at them:

  • Such coins are absolutely useless as an investment asset. After all, 1,000 coins purchased for 1,000 dollars today, will cost the same 1,000 dollars in a few years (and it is, at best, if the project does not close).
  • Pegging to the value of a particular physical product does not protect against fluctuation of the asset itself.
  • There is a risk of freezing company’s reserve accounts, which will lead to impossibility of fulfilling debt obligations to tokens holders.
  • Stablecoins can be stolen at once in two ways (digital and physical).
  • Storing of a physical asset entails additional expenses, which often fall on its owner’s shoulders.

4. Future prospects

Because of several factors, today stablecoins are only a good concept, which is still far from widespread use. To a large extent, this direction has good prospects in future. Financial transactions which will be made through stable cryptocurrencies, will be able to bring the real economy to a qualitatively new level. With their help, bureaucratic procedures can be avoided, and due to smart contract technology, it will be possible to do without intermediaries.

5. Conclusion

The stablecoins are digital coins, whose currency is not exposed to increased volatility, because it is pegged to the value of a certain physical asset. With such coins it is possible to connect real and digital economy. But at this point, stablecoins have a number of problems which need to be solved, only after that it will be possible to talk about their widespread use.

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Bitcoin Cash: Overview, Advantages and Disadvantages, Details of The Hard Forks

In this article we will talk about the most famous bitcoin`s hard fork – the Bitcoin Cash: it`s advantages and disadvantages, forecast for the future, as well as the hard fork, which will happen on November 15, 2018.

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  1. Briefly about the Bitcoin Cash and comparison with Bitcoin
  2. Disadvantages of Bitcoin Cash
  3. Briefly about the hard fork Bitcoin Cash
  4. Conclusion

1. Briefly about Bitcoin Cash and comparison with Bitcoin

The main popularizer of the “new” coin is Roger Ver. He is quite famous person in crypto world. He was one of the first cryptocurrency investors. Due to increased attention to this industry, he became known as Bitcoin Jesus. But later, Ver decided to actively promote the hard fork (a branch) of the first cryptocurrency – the Bitcoin Cash. The network split occurred on August 1, 2017.

What is the difference between the BTC and the BCH?

  • Increasing of transaction`s speed in several times. The main feature of the new coin is an increased block`s size to 8 MB. On May 15, 2018, developers released the update, after which the block`s size increased to 32 MB. This solution made it possible to record much more transactions in one block, and thereby to increase network bandwidth.
  • Low commissions. Bitcoin Cash has very small commissions $0,05 – $0,010, which is significantly lower than that of the “older brother” $8 – $15.
  • With the current network load, a queue of unconfirmed transactions does not exceed 200 – 250, whereas with the original Bitcoin, this number can reach 7,000 – 10,000.

2. Disadvantages of Bitcoin Cash

Significant disadvantage of this fork is the automatic adjustment of the network`s computing complexity. Unfortunately, it has direct dependence on the speed of extraction of new data. That is, if for a certain amount of time miners get an insufficient number of blocks, then complexity decreases. This pattern works in both directions.

Miners started to use this vulnerability and got BCH in periods of complexity recession, and when the situation changed, they turned to BTC. Such actions led to the network`s destabilization and increased volatility of the BCH rate. This problem has not been solved till this day, but the development team manages to restrain it.

Cryptocurrency investors do not consider Bitcoin Cash as a long-term asset yet. This coin is more used as a speculative tool. For this reason, at the moment BCH has rather vague and uncertain future.

3. Briefly about the hard fork Bitcoin Cash

The hard fork of Bitcoin Cash was on November 15, 2018. After this event, the network received two incompatible consensus protocols BCHABC и BCHSV. The community of coin divided into two parts: on the one hand Roger Ver, and on the other Craig Wright. The outbreak of the conflict is considered to be Bitcoin ABC update, which began to support smart contracts and atomic swaps. In response to this update, Craig Wright offered the community his vision for the future development of the project. He proposed to increase the block`s size up to 128 MB. Such decision was not supported by Roger Ver and his part of miners. Because of this, another coin will now appear in the cryptocurrency world.

This is very good news for BCH holders. The matter is that after hard fork, investors received the same amount of coins of the new network, which complies with their BCH`s balance.

Against this background, the Bitcoin Cash rate grew up by almost 50% only for the first week of November.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

This growth was artificial, therefore, we observed the same rapid rollback before the hard fork.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

4. Conclusion

Bitcoin Cash is a project with rather big ambitions, ultimate goal of which is to push the original Bitcoin from the first place. In fact, BCH has fewer problems with scaling, and also can boast of low transaction commissions. But on the other hand, there is conflict between developers, still unsolved problem of automatic control of complexity, as well as increased volatility. Now it is hard to make long-term forecasts for Bitcoin Cash, as it is not clear yet, which of two networks will be more stable.

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Trading Bytecoin On Poloniex Requires 2000 Confirmations and 3 Days of Waiting

One of the biggest news outlet media CCN decided to conduct an investigation how much time a person needs to trade Bytecoin on Poloniex, and was abashed by the received results.

The reporter entered the exchange and was willing to use his Bytecoin holdings, thus, he made the deposit complying with all requirements of Poloniex exchange, like using payment ID and paying the transaction fees. After some hours, his assets were converted into pre-fork BCHABC and BCHSV tokens, yet there were still no Bytecoins.

Usually, Bytecoin requires 10 confirmations. The number is high due to unreliable mining network. After 6-10 hours, the reporter began worrying and decided to contact Poloniex support.

He received the following response:


Source:
https://www.ccn.com/

When CCN published this investigation Bytecoin had about 24 blocks in one hour. If 24/hour is a standard rate, then it means a deposit time requires nearly 84 hours – 3 ½ days – to complete all 2000 confirmations.


Source:
https://www.ccn.com/

We remind you

Bytecoin Cryptocurrency: What Rate Should We Expect in 2018?

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Authorities of the Crimea Are Planning to Launch a Blockchain Cluster

According to the Russian news outlet, there might be a blockchain cluster created in the special economic zone in the Crimea. Such a proposal was put out during the Yalta International Economic Forum that took place in Moscow.

As stated by the representative of Crimea, Georgi Muradov:

Last year we started discussing the blockchain technology and planned the creation of a cluster, a blockchain cluster in the form of a cryptocurrency investment fund.

Such a move towards innovative technologies might be an attempt to avoid sanctions from the West and lure in overseas investments.

We remind you:

Rosfinmonitoring Took Control of Cryptocurrency Turnover in the Russian Federation

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