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Fnatic benches Moon ahead of the TI10 regional qualifiers set to take place for SEA at the end of June.
Right after their early exit from ONE Esports Singapore Major, Fnatic moved Masaros to an inactive position. The addition of Malaysian midlanner ChYuan, who switched to offlane to join the team.
The changes didn’t help them at all. In fact, some would say it had the opposite effect as Fnatic was not even able to qualify for the AniMajor. They took 4th place in the league, being edged out of the Wild Card spot by Execration when they lost the 3-4th place tie-breaker.
Now, just hours after the official announcement for the TI10 regional qualifier dates, Fnatic has made another move.
Moon has been with Fnatic since September 2019 and his release means that he will need to look for a team that is already slated to compete in the regional qualifiers if he hopes to have a shot at TI10.
For now, there is no replacement announced yet. The SEA TI10 regional qualifiers will take place from June 30-July 3rd. Only one team from the region will qualify.
The International 10 will be held August 5-15 in Stockholm, Sweden at the Avicii Arena with a whopping $40,018,195 prize pool on the line. No updates have been made on the possibility of the event having a live audience. The group stage matches will run from August 5 to 8, while the playoffs are scheduled to begin on the 10th of the month and will culminate with the grand finals on August 15.
Bank for International Settlements backs Central Bank Digital Currencies
The BIS, which is often called the central bank to the world’s central banks, set out recommendations on June 23 as to how a CBDC should be.
It estimated that around 56 central banks and monetary authorities around the world are now looking at digitizing their currencies as commerce shifts online, as reported by Reuters.
The momentum comes as usage of physical cash has fallen in the wake of online e-commerce portals and pandemic-induced lockdowns.
The big bankers also see decentralized currencies such as Bitcoin and “Big Tech” as a threat, especially the likes of Facebook and its plans for its own cryptocurrency Diem, formerly known as Libra.
Head of the Innovation Hub at BIS, Benoît Cœuré, warned that without CBDCs, digital money would become increasingly dominated by big tech firms. Describing the scenario as a loss of control of sovereign money, he added:
“That is a place where you don’t want to be, where governments don’t want to be,”
China Leading CBDC Race
According to the report, The Bahamas became the first country to officially launch a general purpose CBDC, known as the Sand Dollar, in October.
China is well on the way to becoming the second.
Earlier this month, Chinese authorities hand out $6.2 million in digital currency to citizens of Beijing for a trial of its digital currency/electronic payments (DCEP) platform.
The Beijing Local Financial Supervision and Administration Bureau allowed citizens to apply for the handout by using two banking applications. The giveaway was part of a lottery system using “red packets” valued at 200 Yuan a piece (around $30).
The southwestern city of Chengdu handed out around 40 million Yuan in digital currency in February this year. Shenzhen also completed a digital currency trial in October 2020.
China also has plans to expand the trials with foreign visitors at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
More Study, More Regulation
While China forges on, governments in the West are dragging their feet over regulatory woes.
Earlier this month, Republican Maxine Waters announced a task force on Financial Technology that will study cryptocurrencies and CDBCs and their impact on the U.S. economy.
In April, CryptoPotato cited a PwC report that revealed 70% of the world’s central banks are “nowhere near” launching their own CBDCs.
John McAfee’s Strange Suicide Leads To Even Stranger Conspiracy Theories
Today is a sad day for the crypto-verse. For good or bad, John McAfee, one of the most eccentric, bizarre, and influential personalities of the ecosystem, said his goodbyes to the physical world in a no less eccentric, bizarre, and controversial way: He committed suicide by hanging himself from a rope in his prison hours after learning that the Spanish justice system had approved his extradition to the United States.
The news was first announced by his lawyer and later confirmed by the government of Catalonia, the region of Spain where McAfee was imprisoned.
“Everything indicates that it could be a death by suicide.”
Immediately after the news broke, the Crypto Twitter community quickly shared their shock. Some paid respect, others criticized… and others questioned everything that happened.
The conspiracy was easy to imagine, given McAfee’s background. Several cryptocurrency influencers began trying to tie up loose ends to understad what happened. They relied on several tweets from McAfee claiming that he would never commit suicide, that he was being threatened, and that he knew some secrets that the elites needed to silence.
But something that blew everyone’s minds was a picture uploaded post-mortem to his official Instagram account. A black letter Q, presumably pointing to the QAnon movement, though without explanation.
QAnon, or simply Q, is a conspiracy movement that claims that a group of satanic pedophiles dominate government and media elites. Its followers claimed that former President Donald Trump was waging a battle to destroy this group.
The movement gained momentum with the arrest of Harvey Epstein on sex charges. The suspicious causes of his controversial suicide prior to his testimony further heightened suspicions that he had in fact been murdered in order to be silenced.
The slogan “Epstein didn’t kill himself” went viral and is still observed when references are made to corrupt government practices in the United States.
And, of course, McAfee had a thing or two to say about this. He pointed out to similarities between his case and Harvey Epstein’s in many times, and assured he had many secrets that the government wanted to hide. If his allegations are true, and the QAnon post means anything, we could soon find out what he knew.
For you panicked people involved, even peripherally in Epstein’s murder:
I do, absolutely, 1,000% have, not just a dead man switch, but a twice daily check in switch.
If you think you are fast enough to grab me, torture me and get what you need before it activates,
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) January 16, 2020
“McAfee Didn’t Kill Himself”
A Twitter user attempted to contact the administrator of the controversial right-wing news site Zero Hedge and introduce him to a Spanish journalist who claims to have video recordings and reports that Joe Biden allegedly teamed up with the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, to fake McAfee’s suicide.
— ブランスさん (@brunsjpnrmu) June 23, 2021
MMCrypto, a cryptocurrency trader, also questioned McAfee’s suicide. He shared a tweet from McAfee in which he assured that if he were to appear dead, it would not be by his own decision, and everything could be a set-up “a la Epstein.”
Podcaster Peter McCormack shared the ticker $WHACKD in reference to another McAfee tweet showing a tattoo as a reminder that he would never commit suicide despite threats from US Officials.
— Peter McCormack (@PeterMcCormack) June 23, 2021
Getting subtle messages from U.S. officials saying, in effect: “We’re coming for you McAfee! We’re going to kill yourself”. I got a tattoo today just in case. If I suicide myself, I didn’t. I was whackd. Check my right arm.$WHACKD available only on https://t.co/HdSEYi9krq🙂 pic.twitter.com/rJ0Vi2Hpjj
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) November 30, 2019
Also, Kim Dotcom, the man behind Mega.nz and active Bitcoin Cash advocate, claimed to be working with McAfee on an initiative to fight government surveillance shortly before the tragic news.
John was a colorful guy. A pioneer in data security. I always thought he partied too hard, should have avoided the drugs and focus on using his brillant mind for good. When he had a sober mind it was all about freedom. That’s how I will remember him, a freedom fighter.
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) June 23, 2021
And finance lecturer Vladislav Ginko also shared several tweets warning about the danger of McAfee and his family suffering from deaths caused by USAMRIID, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) lead laboratory for medical, biological defense research.
So far, no official autopsy has indicated his cause of death. In the meantime, theories will continue to emerge. But if there is one thing that everyone – conspiracy theorists or not – can agree on, it is that John McAfee lived his own way until the end.
Filipino Artists Participate in Binance NFT Marketplace Launch
This June 24, four Filipino artists will be participating in the official launch of Binance NFT Marketplace “100 Creators Campaign,” an initiative to bring in different types of artists, celebrities & athletes into the platform.
LUIS BUENAVENTURA II
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Luis is one of the world’s first NFT artists drawing under his own brand “CryptoPOP!” This year, he also had the highest NFT sale by any Filipino artist when he collaborated with Jose Delbo, an Argentinian artist who has worked for DC and Marvel Comics brands in the past. Together, they were able to sell 222 editions for $1,999 each of their art “Satoshi The Creator – Genesis.”
Luis collaborated with Filipino artist Ian Magbanua for the exclusive launch of their new creation: T4NG on Binance’s NFT marketplace.
Marvin Germo is a financial expert, author, and CEO of Stock Smarts Inc. with over thirteen (13) years of experience in the Philippines financial industry. He is one of the most sought after investment speakers.
Pokemen is the visual art project of two musicians Josh Villena (Guitars & Vocals) and Gep Macadaeg (Drums) from Autotelic, a popular Filipino indie-alternative rock band in Manila, Philippines under independent record label Nemesis Music Group, and major record label MCA Music.
“From the original 151 monsters we know today, we thought – what would they actually look like if they were humanized? They are massive. They are muscular. They are ugly. They are Pokémen.”
Ali Young is the first artist under the new independent & Non-Fungible Token (NFT) label Alibatta Records which has been launched in the Philippines. Alibatta, a brainchild of tech executives Geoff Mabasa, Adrienne Cajayon and Charles Gener, is an “entertainment technology” company operating as a music label that provides traditional label services such as artist management, music production and marketing, with the goal of modernizing the way music reaches fans through blockchain technology.
Ali Young debut single album “Craving” will be released in a limited NFT version through the Binance NFT marketplace this June 24. It will be available on major streaming platforms the next day. This sets Ali as the first artist in Southeast Asia to have a simultaneous release of an ‘NFT’ format music album.
Premium Event Auctions
Binance will also have its first Premium event auction, titled ‘Genesis’, which will feature two (2) new iconic digitized artworks of Salvador Dali along with the tribute to Andy Warhol’s original works.
Three Self-Portraits by Andy Warhol
Divine Comedy: rebeget by Salvador Dali
Binance NFT will also feature its first series “mystery boxes”, a way for users to unlock special NFTs. According to Binance, the mystery boxes will contain NFTs ranging from ultra rare, limited edition to more common collectibles.
Lily Lee, Binance PR Manager said in an interview, “100 Creators Campaign is one of the campaigns prepared by Binance NFT, and it is to support and promote innovative creators from around the world and spotlight NFT pieces from different cultures.” Users already on Binance will not have trouble accessing the NFT marketplace because it will have the same account system as Binance.com. That means if you are already on the exchange platform, you are able to access the NFT marketplace and trade with your current funds on Binance.com.
Check out Binance NFT Marketplace launch here.
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