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Google Releases New Policies On Crypto-Related ADs

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Google has announced an update to its financial products and services policy, which includes its policy on cryptocurrency advertising.

The Tech Giant Introduces New Crypto Policy

In a policy statement published Wednesday, Google said that “beginning August 3, advertisers offering Cryptocurrency Exchanges and Wallets targeting the United States may advertise those products and services when they meet the following requirements and are certified by Google.”

The tech giant then went on to explain how advertisers may get accredited. They must first register with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) “as a Money Services Business and with at least one state as a money transmitter.” Alternatively, the advertisers can be “a federal or state chartered bank entity.”

Furthermore, Google noted that the advertisers must meet all relevant legal requirements, including state, local, and federal laws and they must also “Ensure their ads and landing pages comply with all Google Ads policies.” The company elaborated:

All prior cryptocurrency exchange certifications will be revoked on August 3, 2021. Advertisers must request new cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets certification with Google when the application form is published on July 8, 2021.

In addition, advertisers will be required to request a new “Cryptocurrency Exchanges and Wallets certification” with Google through an application form that will be available beginning July 8. Prior cryptocurrency exchange certifications will be revoked on Aug. 3.

Meanwhile, Google clarified that some ads are not allowed. “ICO pre-sales or public offerings, cryptocurrency loans, initial DEX offerings, token liquidity pools, celebrity cryptocurrency endorsements, unhosted wallets, unregulated Dapps, cryptocurrency trading signals, cryptocurrency investment advice, aggregators or affiliate sites containing related content or broker reviews” are some examples of the ads that are not allowed.

Google further added that among prohibited ads are:

“Ads for initial coin offerings [ICO], Defi trading protocols, or otherwise promoting the purchase, sale, or trade of cryptocurrencies or related products. Ad destinations that aggregate or compare issuers of cryptocurrencies or related products.”

“As a reminder, we expect all advertisers to comply with the local laws for any area that their ads target. This policy will apply globally to all accounts that advertise these financial products,” Google concluded.

Related article | Google Finance Now Lists Bitcoin First Ahead Of Top Forex Currencies

Google Previously Banned Crypto Ads

In March 2018, the search engine made headlines when it announced that crypto advertising will no longer be allowed on its search engine, after Facebook’s announcement earlier that year. However, in September 2018, Google softened its stance on crypto exchanges, allowing them to become approved advertisers on the site for the US and Japanese markets. Critics have long accused Google of failing to appropriately manage cryptocurrency-related ad fraud.

In April 2020, YouTube, a Google company, was sued for permitting the marketing of cryptocurrency scams. Meanwhile, Google has been chastised for prohibiting crypto advertisements while allowing fraud projects to promote their platforms without restriction.

It’s expected that the new policy will help reduce crypto scams and projects from using the tech giant’s platform.

Crypto market cap slowly recovering. Source: TradingView

Related article | Google Trend Sentiment Breaks Down, Will Bitcoin Follow?

Featured image from PixaBay, charts from TradingView.

Source: https://bitcoinist.com/google-releases-new-policies-on-crypto-related-ads/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=google-releases-new-policies-on-crypto-related-ads

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Riot reveals planned changes to weaken Lillia’s early game, buff durability and scaling

She’ll still be a scary threat when the mid-to-late game rolls around.

The post Riot reveals planned changes to weaken Lillia’s early game, buff durability and scaling appeared first on Dot Esports.

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Many people know Lillia as League of Legends‘ resident Bashful Bloom in the jungle, where she has made a name for herself among pro play and solo queue play alike. However, Riot Games has detailed some changes for the champion that will pull back some power from her early game to make room for more durability and late game power.

Game designer Daniel “Maxw3ll” Emmons gave the players a general overview of some of the planned adjustments, which consisted of giving her Q ability a regeneration effect while dealing damage-over-time, while also getting more base damage, and an AP scaler.

On the other hand, the developers are looking to nerf how much movement speed Lillia gains from her Blooming Blows ability in the early portions of the game, while also increasing the cooldown on her Swirlseed. Her ability to whack people with her Q, then dance around them with her increased speed made her so annoying to deal with pre-level six. She will also be getting a nerf to her ultimate, Lilting Lullaby, but that change hasn’t been detailed just yet.

The goal for these changes is to make her more widespread towards solo queue, instead of just being a pro play focused champion. Currently, Lillia has a 42.7 percent win rate in ranks Platinum and above, according to Champion.GG, but she was one of the most played junglers in the LCS, LEC, LPL, and LCK during the 2021 Spring Split. By making her more durable, the early game clears will be a lot more forgiving for players who are as efficient with her movement speed and damage.

Lillia hasn’t seen much play during the start of the 2021 Summer Split across major regions, with junglers like Rumble, Xin Zhao, and Udyr rising up in priority again. It’ll be interesting to see if these adjustments will help her in terms of her success in solo queue as the changes settle in.

Source: https://dotesports.com/league-of-legends/news/riot-reveals-planned-changes-to-weaken-lillias-early-game-buff-durability-and-scaling

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Rocket League Championship Series X Championships begin tomorrow

Four regions, four brackets, $1 million.

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The Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) X Championships are about to begin, with round one kicking off at 10am CT on June 15, with 16 teams competing for their share of $1 million in overall prizing.

Matches will run through June 20, with the final day featuring the European and North American finals. 

The event will take place over four different regions, EU, NA, Oceania, and South America, though Oceania and SA will only feature the two top teams from each region facing off in a single best-of-seven series. EU and NA will have six teams each, competing in a full playoff bracket. 

Here are all of the teams competing within each of the regional competitions. 

Europe

  • Team BDS
  • Team Vitality
  • Top Blokes
  • Guild Esports
  • Solary
  • Team Queso

North America

  • NRG Esports
  • Team Envy
  • Spacestation Gaming
  • Rogue
  • G2 Esports
  • FaZe Clan

Oceania

  • Ground Zero Gaming
  • Cringe Society

South America

  • True Neutral
  • FURIA

The SA and Oceania finals will run on June 19, with a special 3v3 show match scheduled to showcase some talented Japanese players acting as a break between the two. 

You can learn more about the tournament format, prizing, and the full schedule on the official Rocket League website. All of the matches will be streamed live on the main Rocket League Twitch channel.

Source: https://dotesports.com/rocket-league/news/rocket-league-championship-series-x-championships-begin-tomorrow

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Razer reveals AMD-based Blade 14 at E3 keynote

The best of both worlds.

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After years of Intel-based releases, Razer unveiled its first AMD-powered laptop with the Blade 14 at E3 2021.

Razer is bringing back the Blade 14 after a lengthy three-year absence, and with it, a new partnership with AMD. The Blade 14 features an eight-core, 16-thread Ryzen 9 5900HX unlocked processor with a base clock of 3.3GHz that boosts up to 4.6GHz. AMD’s processors power some of the strongest gaming laptops on the market, like the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 and ROG Strix series. The ROG Strix series features the HX-class processor found in the Blade 14, while the more comparable G14 features an HS-class processor.

Aside from its new partnership with AMD, Razer is implementing Nvidia’s RTX 3080 GPU and a 165Hz QHD display into the Blade 14. There are three different models of this laptop. The base version ships with the Ryzen 9 5900HX, an RTX 3060, and an FHD 144Hz display. Moving up the line, Razer offers two models with a 165Hz QHD display with the same 5900HX processor. The only difference between the two QHD models is one features the RTX 3070, and the other offers the RTX 3080.

Razer packs all of this power into an impressively slim 14-inch laptop that follows the same Blade design language fans have become accustomed to. Along with the familiar design comes a wide feature set including upgradable storage from 1TB, Chroma RGB, 16GB DDR4-3200MHz RAM, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, several USB connections, DisplayPort 1.4, and HDMI 2.1.

Each model of the Razer 14 runs $1,799, $2,199, and $2,799, respectively.

Despite its new partnership with AMD, Razer still offers its newest Intel-based Blade laptops.

The Blade 14 is available now. For more information, fans can visit the official Razer Store.

Source: https://dotesports.com/hardware/news/razer-reveals-amd-based-blade-14-at-e3-keynote

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