In recent months you may have noticed a new buzz around digital assets, and this time it has almost nothing to do with Bitcoin. Instead, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are generating a lot of hype for a lot of industries, especially within the arts, music, and even sports.
Football Crazy, NFT Mad
Sorare is an NFT project that creates digital collectible NFTs in the form of fantasy football trading cards. They’re one-of-a-kind, and in some cases can be worth quite a lot of money.
In this brief guide, we’ll show you how to purchase Sorare trading cards on one of the leading NFT marketplaces, OpenSea.
Things you’ll need: a MetaMask wallet.
Step One: Head to OpenSea.io
Once you’ve made it to OpeanSea.io, navigate to the search bar above and search “Sorare”.
Step Two: Head to the Official Sorare Listings
In the dropdown menu, click on the Sorare option that has the blue tick next to it.
Step Three: Browse!
Here you’ll find a long list of all the current Sorare trading cards available on OpenSea, as well as having many filter options.
Step Four: Make Your Pick
Once you’ve found the player you want, you can browse their entire ownership history, rarity, as well as their price history over time. When you’re ready, click “Buy Now”
Step Five: Connect MetaMask or an Alternative Wallet
Before making a purchase, you’ll need to connect one of the many supported wallets. If you’re having trouble selecting which, go with MetaMask as it is is one of the easiest to use and it will be used in the following steps.
If you don’t have a MetaMask already, then follow this link: MetaMask: The 3-Minute Quick-Start Guide
When you’re set-up, click “Sign In”.
Step Six: Confirm the Sign In
This is a simple step, but just in case the “Signature Request” box confused you, it’s just a confirmation that you’re letting MetaMask interact with OpenSea.
Step Seven: Confirm Your Purchase
Once you’re signed in, you’ll automatically be redirected back to the card you selected, and from there you can either pay using digital currency from your MetaMask wallet or use a credit/debit card to complete the purchase.
With that, you’ve just managed to enter into the new and exciting world of NFTs, a fun way to collect and explore all the brilliance of blockchain tokenization.
NFTs in the Net
Sorare launched in 2019 and was one of the few NFT projects to gain mainstream attention, which certainly makes sense considering the size and scope of the football industry and its passionate fans. Having launched what is in essence, a fantasy football trading cards game, Sorare is considered to be one of the leading NFT platforms outside of its sporting niche.
That said, it should be noted that Sorare isn’t exactly an investment opportunity, it is more of a football collectibles game.
Over the course of its short and successful existence, the platform has managed to rake in tens of millions in investments so that it can expand its partnerships beyond the 130 football clubs it has already signed.
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Amid Rumors Of Dumping Its BTC Holdings, Elon Musk Maintains Tesla Hasn’t Sold Any Bitcoin
Elon Musk has been dragged under the bus by countless bitcoin proponents as the price of the flagship currency continues to take a downward movement. Bitcoin dropped 20%, sending prices to $45,000 as of yesterday.
As of publication, Bitcoin imitates analysts’ predictions that the asset could continue to dip for the most part of this week, and with Bitcoin now trading at $45,065 at press time, their analysis remains valid.
The Bitcoin selloff continues
Asides from the “bearish” tweets from Musk, which to many is simply just the Billionaire’s expression of his dissatisfaction with Bitcoin, Bitcoin could sustain more losses if Tesla sold its remaining Bitcoin holdings.
Following Tesla’s announcement, onlookers spotted a Bitcoin transfer of 19,259, worth over $872 million at press time. Analyst William Clemente observed that the transfer time coincided with Musk’s tweet, hinting that Tesla may have indeed called it a day for Bitcoin.
Musk reveals Tesla’s $1.5 billion holdings still intact, prices soar
However, Musk has recently cleared the air on whether the Bitcoin holdings are still under Tesla’s belt. In what could be considered the most recent positive tweet from Musk on Bitcoin, he wrote “To clarify speculation, Tesla has not sold any Bitcoin.”
Some excited Bitcoiners are holding on to the news as a sign that Tesla has not lost all interest in Bitcoin, despite Musk’s tweets that Dogecoin is a superior asset to Bitcoin. On the other hand, skeptical Bitcoiners are convinced that in a matter of time, Tesla will pull through with its Bitcoin sale.
Recall that Elon Musk teased that this could be the case, given that Bitcoin proponents have continued to critique Tesla’s decision. Shortly after hinting that Tesla might give up its $1.5 billion Bitcoin holdings.
However, Bitcoin has since surged by 7% since Musk’s clarification on Tesla’s Bitcoin holdings.
Bitcoin doesn’t need Elon Musk
Meanwhile, analysts’ who heavily bought the dip have insisted that Bitcoiners pay no mind to the bear market.
In unison, key players agree that “Bitcoin doesn’t need Musk. Rather, Musk needs Bitcoin.” It is unclear where the market is headed going forward, but the sentiments from top Bitcoin proponents similarly claim that the bear trend is only temporary, as Bitcoin is still yet to bottom.
Live Dealer BTC Casino Games – What Can I Play?
Discover if you can play live dealer casino games at leading crypto casinos using Bitcoin and other options with our guide.
In many ways, Bitcoin casinos can offer virtually the same experience as a conventional online casino. This is terrific news if you are thinking of making the jump but are concerned about missing out on games, promotions, and other services. Where do live dealer games fall, though? As only a handful of software providers have committed to introducing cryptocurrencies into the accepted range of currencies for their games, are cryptocurrency casino players set to miss out on playing the hottest live dealer games around? We have had a look, and we have got an answer.
Can You Play Live Dealer Games with Cryptocurrencies?
In a word – yes. Admittedly, not every casino software provider has taken to cryptocurrencies. Many Evolution Gaming live dealer games can be played at cryptocurrency casinos, but you may not be able to “wager” using BTC on some of them. Instead, your Bitcoin deposits will be converted into US dollars for gameplay. It is the same story for many of the smaller live casino software providers out there, too. However, you can certainly expect to play live dealer games at cryptocurrency casinos, even if you cannot wager with them. There are, of course, one or two providers who go one step further and do permit BTC wagers.
Which Software Providers Allow This?
Ezugi is the leading casino software provider to approve Bitcoin as one of their games’ accepted currencies. Ezugi has made sure that you can deposit, wager, and withdraw using BTC on many of their most popular titles. Naturally, you do not have to do this if you choose to play at a cryptocurrency casino that accepts FIAT currencies, as you will be able to wager using FIAT options, too.
What Types of Games Can I Play?
There are several types of gambling and casino games that you can choose to play. If you merely want to play live dealer games at cryptocurrency casinos, you will have an ample array of all the most popular games, ranging from baccarat to blackjack, roulette, table poker and money-wheel and game show titles. Alternatively, if you pop over to Ezugi’s collection, you can also find dice games, lottery-style titles and even keno games, and these can be played using Bitcoin.
Top Casinos Offering Live Dealer Crypto Games
To make the most out of playing live dealer cryptocurrency casino games, you need to find a top site offering them. However, we would advocate that you choose a casino that also accepts FIAT currencies alongside Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency options. Sites such as BitcoinCasino.io fit the bill rather nicely. The main reason for choosing to do this is that you will have access to a full array of games from many live dealer providers. This way, even if you cannot play live casino games using BTC, you can still use FIAT currency options to enjoy an ultra-realistic, live-streamed casino gambling experience.
Galaxy Digital report details Bitcoin consumes less energy than banking and gold.
Galaxy Digital has released a report on Bitcoin energy consumption, detailing how it consumes less than traditional financial industries and the value it can bring. The analysis uses several calculations to ascertain how much energy the Bitcoin network uses and how it stacks up against the banking and gold industries. The authors also noted that the energy usage criticisms are not usually applied to traditional industries.
Bitcoin’s annual energy consumption is estimated to be 113.89 TWh/yr.
Galaxy Digital report lauds Bitcoin for being transparent, while incumbent companies are opaque and don’t often disclose their energy footprint. The authors accept that the Bitcoin network consumes a great deal of energy but assert that this is exactly what secures the network and makes it so robust. According to Galaxy Digital’s calculation, the annual electricity consumption of Bitcoin is estimated to be 113.89 TWh/yr. For some perspective, the energy consumption of always-on devices in the US is 1,375 TWh/yr — 12.1 times that of Bitcoin’s consumption.
The total energy consumption of the gold industry is estimated to be 240.61 TWh/yr.
For the gold industry, the analysts took a look at all of the processes involved, including those directly emitting greenhouse gasses, those indirectly emitting them, and emissions stemming from refinement and recycling. Multiplying the total 100,408,508 tCo2 in emissions with the global IEA carbon intensity multiplier estimates the total energy consumption of the gold industry to be 240.61 TWh/yr. The analysts also noted that the consumption of the gold and banking industries is hard to estimate because of a lack of data on energy usage. This makes it difficult to “have an honest conversation” about Bitcoin’s energy use. The report estimated the banking industry’s energy consumption to be 238.92 TWh/year. Earlier, Tesla announced to discontinue bitcoin payments citing environmental issues.
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