- Hamas has seen a recent uptick in Bitcoin donations during the latest conflict.
- Bitcoin has often be used in circumstances where relevant parties are blocked from traditional finance rails.
According to a senior Hamas official quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Palestinian militant group Hamas has witnessed a surge in Bitcoin donations since the outbreak of armed conflict with Israel last month.
The cryptocurrency market has allowed Hamas—which rules the Gaza Strip and is considered a terrorist group by the U.S., UK, and others—to circumvent international sanctions.
“There was definitely a spike [in Bitcoin donations],” the Hamas official said, adding, “Some of the money gets used for military purposes to defend the basic rights of the Palestinians.”
Given that Hamas has been labeled a terrorist organization by many of the world’s powers, it has been locked out of the global financial system. As a result, it’s turned to more inventive funding sources like cryptocurrency donations.
The Hamas official—who did not want to be named—did not declare exactly how much Bitcoin the group has received, but they did say its proportion of overall revenue for the group is growing.
What’s more, this is not the first time Hamas has turned to Bitcoin for revenue. In 2019, the al-Qassam Brigades—Hamas’ military wing—launched an online call for Bitcoin donations. The group “boasted that Bitcoin donations were untraceable and would be used for violent causes,” the U.S. Department of Justice said last year.
The cryptocurrency initiative came alongside similar campaigns from al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.
In August 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had dismantled all three terror financing campaigns, seizing “millions of dollars, over 300 cryptocurrency accounts, four websites, and four Facebook pages.”
Behind the calls for Bitcoin donations
Groups that have been targeted by anti-terror measures have to go about their calls for Bitcoin donations carefully.
In Hamas’ case, the group’s military wing has turned to Telegram, an encrypted messaging service. Per The Wall Street Journal, the al-Qassam channel has gained 261,000 followers, six times more than the official Hamas channel.
Other groups, like Islamic State, once turned to a now-defunct anonymous messaging app called BCM, an acronym for “Beyond Communication Matters.”
Telegram now requires a phone number before a user registers an account. Before BCM closed down, users were not required to provide any identifying information to use the service.
Users were also able to create groups of up to 100,000 people. BCM previously did not comment on this issue.
Bitcoin and the far-right
Other extremist groups have turned to cryptocurrency donations to finance their activities, too.
Earlier this year, a French donor paid over $500,000 in Bitcoin to “far-right activists and internet personalities” that took part in the Capitol Hill riots on January 6. Per a Chainalysis report, 28.15 Bitcoin was sent on December 8 to 22 separate addresses, many of whom belonged to members of the far-right that took part in the riots.
The source of funds was believed to have come from a now-deceased computer programmer in France. A suicide note dated December 9—a day after the Bitcoin was transferred—claimed that Western civilization was on the decline.
“I care about what happens after my death. That’s why I decided to leave my modest wealth to certain causes and people,” the note read.
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.
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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.
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.
- Team BDS
- Team Vitality
- Top Blokes
- Guild Esports
- Team Queso
- NRG Esports
- Team Envy
- Spacestation Gaming
- G2 Esports
- FaZe Clan
- Ground Zero Gaming
- Cringe Society
- True Neutral
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.
Razer reveals AMD-based Blade 14 at E3 keynote
The best of both worlds.
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.
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