In 2017 and 2018, the cryptocurrency world was convinced that blockchain technology and digital currencies would disrupt just about every industry.
Today, Bitcoin’s price sits at less than half of its peak. Many of the ‘disruptors’ have failed or at least struggled to gain traction.
While things haven’t happened as fast as many of us expected, that doesn’t mean cryptocurrency and blockchain technology aren’t well-suited to flourish in a variety of industries. In particular, the Esports industry has a ton of potential use cases.
Growing Esports Industry
Over the last few years, the Esports industry has exploded and shows no signs of easing up.
Tournaments streamed on Twitch or other streaming services can reach hundreds of thousands or even millions of concurrent users. Through advertising deals, tournament organizers can generate enough revenue to offer up millions of dollars in prize pools to participating teams/players. In the next month alone, there are two CS:GO major tournaments with prize pools of $500,000-$1,000,000. Games like League of Legends and DOTA tend to have even larger tournament prize pools.
The industry saw 2018 investment reach $4.5 billion, compared to $490 million in 2017. There are at least 10 Esports companies valued over $100 million.
All parties seem to be getting paid and raising capital, from tournament organizers to esports organizations, and even all the way down to the players.
Where Do Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain Come In?
Esports is a huge industry, but how can they benefit from cryptocurrencies?
Gambling, including sports betting, is one of the best applications for cryptocurrencies and there are plenty of young adults looking to wager some BTC on the next Esports match.
Cryptocurrency “Esportsbooks” like the Mark Cuban backed Unikrn sportsbook have already seen success. Established Bitcoin casinos, like MintDice, have also announced plans to launch their own platform for Esports wagering.
Betting with cryptocurrencies is simply better than using other payment methods, so as Esports continue to grow, I expect the Esports crypto betting industry will grow right along with it.
Players Betting Against Each Other
While large organized tournaments have prize pools paid by the organizer, how can regular online competitive matches make things more interesting?
I expect some company will see success creating something similar to Poker’s Sit-n-Go and tournament models, allowing gamers to compete over a prize pool of each player/team’s entry fees.
This model could be used for two players/teams competing against each other or a tournament with many players/teams.
The majority of popular competitive video games, like Apex Legends, now have their own in-game “currency” or “credits.” Currently, these credits are mostly limited to purchasing digital items, like “skins” and characters, in the game. I expect in the coming years we’ll see a major game attempt to launch a currency that can be used not just in the game, but also outside of it. Blockchain technology is perfect for this application.
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NEXT Chain: New Generation Blockchain With Eyes on the DeFi Industry
The cryptocurrency industry is booming throughout the past year, and the increase in the total market capitalization is definitive proof.
The market is, at the time of this writing, valued at about $1.5 trillion. The same can be said about the DeFi industry. The total value locked in various protocols exceeds $39 billion, and the direction has been up only for quite some time.
However, this has also brought certain inefficiencies in different solutions, including Ethereum. Transaction fees on the network surge as it’s clogged by new participants. This is the reason we’ve seen plenty of alternative solutions being developed to tackle these issues.
NEXT chain is a new-generation blockchain that allows the tokenization of various assets, making them instantly tradeable at quick speeds and low fees.
What is NEXT Chain?
NEXT Chain is a blockchain that allows anyone to create and maintain their own digital assets in a manner that’s easy and rather similar to the ERC20 protocol standard running on Ethereum. All assets are tradeable directly as the team’s aim is to deliver transparent liquidity to existing and new projects.
The capabilities of the network include but are not limited to:
- Issuing digital fungible assets such as bonds, stocks, and other securities
- Creating non-fungible tokens (NFTs)
- Creating and managing sovereign and decentralized identities
- Design and run other types of arbitrary-complex smart contracts
It’s also worth noting that the blockchain is up and running since April 2019. It already has almost 200 master nodes, and, as the team reports, it doesn’t have a single failed transaction.
Additionally, the team aims to deliver the most profit for its community by taking advantage of different financial activities while also putting real-backed assets on-chain such as company stocks or commodities like gold, for example. It will also be connected to a fiat gateway, so there’s no middleman if the user decides to swap to EUR or USD, for instance.
The team has implemented a combination of Proof of Work and Proo of Stake consensus algorithms with master node validators acting as a Layer 2 technology. This allows the network to achieve high transactional throughput, typical of PoS networks, while also keeping the PoW principles to guarantee that miners calculate hashes with strong encryption.
Some of the advantages of these integrations include low transaction fees, high speeds, and scalability.
What Are the Benefits for Projects and Investors?
Teams are incentivized to build on NEXT Chain through a variety of different mechanisms, mainly through the capabilities of the blockchain itself.
They can create assets quickly and easily and also take advantage of crowdfunding opportunities. The transactions are quick, and the fees are comparatively lower. The team reports that the blockchain can handle up to 10,000 transactions per second (TPS) which is considerably more than Bitcoin or Ethereum’s chains.
On the other hand, investors can benefit from liquidity farming, staking rewards, master node rewards, mining, as well as from master node governance.
The NEXT Exchange
Another important part of NEXT’s ecosystem is the NEXT Exchange. It’s built on the proprietary blockchain, and it’s fueled by master nodes that allow it to reach a very high transactional throughput.
Each user retains full custody over their funds and gains access to their own private keys. It’s also worth noting that the team is building an alternative to Uniswap and PancakeSwap as the leading decentralized exchanges on Ethereum and Binance Smart Chain, respectively.
In addition to that, there are other initiatives that the project has in store, such as:
- New and updated desktop wallet
- Upgraded block explorer
- A mobile app
- Integrating smart contracts on NEXT chain
- Atomic swaps
Cardano, NEM, Sushiswap Price Analysis: 03 March
Even though the on-chain metrics for Cardano, NEM, and SUSHI pointed to a short-term pullback, the fate of the altcoins rested with the bullish cues from Bitcoin and Ethereum. If the technicals do hold up, the aforementioned coins would need to bypass a period of bearishness, before continuing their northbound movement.
Cardano maintained its position as the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency with a market cap of slightly under $40 billion. Interestingly, a jump of 23% over the last seven days also made Cardano the highest weekly gainer among the top-10 coins by market cap. At press time, ADA was trading just below record levels, while preserving its healthy uptrend on the daily charts.
The Parabolic SAR confirmed the bullish nature of the price as the dotted markers moved below the candlesticks. On the downside, a bearish divergence was spotted on the RSI after the index formed lower highs in the overbought region. With market leaders picking up the pace at the time of writing, bearish predictions for ADA could be offset by bullishness in the broader market.
NEM was another example of a cryptocurrency that registered healthy gains in a largely subdued crypto-market after the price jumped by over 40% in a week even as the market leaders moved sideways. The said hike was boosted by strong bullish momentum, with the same highlighted by the green bars on the Awesome Oscillator.
On the flip side, the Relative Strength Index noted a saturation of buyers in the market and highlighted a bearish pullback. The support level at $0.7 could be in focus in such a scenario. Nevertheless, expect NEM to continue its ascension on the charts post the correctional period.
SUSHI was trading in the red territory at press time as the price dropped by nearly 5%, compared to yesterday. Even though SUSHI picked up from the $17.24-support level on the 4-hour charts, low trading volumes and buying activity meant that a move towards record levels was unlikely over the coming sessions.
The MACD closed in on a bearish crossover as the green bars fell on its histogram. The CMF was optimistic in its outlook as the index rose above the half-way mark and highlighted the flow of capital. In fact, there was a chance that SUSHI could sustain itself above its press time support, even in a bearish scenario.
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