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Panayam Kay Arthur Lapina: Ang Kauna-unahang manlalaro ng Axie Infinity sa Nueva Ecija

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Sa isang bayan sa Nueva Ecija, maraming mga Pilipino ang kumita ng sapat sa kanilang pangangailangan dahil sa paglalaro ng blockchain game na Axie Infinity. Bumisita si Leah Callon-Butler, columnist sa crypto news site na Coindesk at director ng Emfarsis, kasama si Nathan Smale, principal consultant ng Emfarsis, sa Cabanatuan upang makita ang mga Pilipinong nagbago ang buhay ng dahil sa “Play-to-Earn.”

Dito sa ang unang parte ng “Play-to-Earn Profiles,” aking ininterview si Art Art, ang kauna-unahang Axie Infinity player sa Cabanatuan na kasama sa documentary na pinamagatang: “Play-to-Earn: NFT Gaming in the Philippines” na produced ng Yield Guild Games kasama ang Delphi Digital at dinirek ng Emfarsis.

Ano na ba ang pinagkakaabalahan ni Art Art ngayon? Ito ang kanyang Kwentong #SalamatAxie at #PlayToEarn.

Tagalog: Arthur Lapina: Ang Kauna-unahang manlalaro ng Axie Infinity sa Nueva Ecija

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Si Arthur o mas kilala sa pangalan niyang Art Art ang kauna-unahang manlalaro ng play-to-earn game na Axie Infinity sa Nueva Ecija. Nalaman ni Art Art ang online game na ito noong March 2020. Ng mga panahong iyon ang conversion ng Small Love Potion (SLP) ay nasa 0.19 centavos pa lamang.

Mula sa pagiging isang simpleng empleyado sa isang restaurant sa Nueva Ecija, isa na siyang scholarship manager ng online game na Axie Infinity. Meron nang 25 scholars si Art Art, pangarap nyang makapag bigay pa ng Axie scholarship sa kanyang mga kababayan hindi lang sa Nueva Ecija kundi pati na rin sa bayan ng Zambales at Montalban.

Paano mo nalaman ang Axie Infinity? Sino ang nag-introduce sayo sa game?

Nawalan si Art Art ng trabaho noong March 2020.  Naisipan nyang maghanap ng trabaho online. Sa Facebook nakita nya ang play-to-earn game na Axie Infinity.

Art Art: “Bata pa lang ay gamer na talaga ako pero kahit isang beses sa buong buhay ko hindi ako kumita sa paglalaro online kaya bago sa aking ang concept ng play-to-earn.

Inusisa ko ang website ng Axie Infinity at nalaman ko na kailangan ko palang bumili muna ng Axie para makapagsimulang maglaro. Medyo nag dalawang-isip ako, sanay kasi ako na pag may gusto akong laruin ida-download ko lang ng libre. Tapos tiningnan ko din yung Facebook page ng Axie Infinity, meron lang 1000 likes so napaisip ako kung sulit ba.

Dati ang isang Axie ay nagkakahalaga lang ng Php100 ang isa, para makapag simulang maglaro, kailangan ko ng tatlong Axie kaya mga Php300 ang kailangan kong ilabas nun. Para sa katulad ko na walang trabaho mabigat ang Php300. Pero nagbabakasali ako kaya nung April 2020 bumili ako ng unang team ko. 

Familiar na ako sa cryptocurrency kaya madali lang sa akin gamitin ang Ethereum (ETH) para makabili ng Axie pati na din ang pag-i-install ng Metamask sa phone ko ay madali na lang din.

Paano ka natuto maglaro ng Axie Infinity?

Natuto ako maglaro ng Axie Infinity sa sarili ko lang. Sariling sikap kasi nung mga panahon na iyon wala pang Youtube tutorial videos, Facebook live stream, kahit online na active community sa Facebook wala din. Sa Discord Philippine channel apat o lima lang yata kami

Natuto ako sa pag o-observe sa mga laban ko sa battle arena, kailangan kasi marunong ka gumamit ng card combos at alam mo kung kailan gagamitin ang iba’t-ibang klaseng cards sa game. Hindi madaling laruin ang game na ito kailangan may strategy ka para manalo ka ng maraming SLP.

Gaano ka na katagal naglalaro ng Axie Infinity?

Na-discover ko ang Axie noong last week ng March 2020, bumili ako ng sarili kong team at nag-start maglaro first week of April 2020. Mga mahigit 13 months na ako naglalaro. Isang taon na din mahigit.

Ano ang mga challenges mo ng nagsisimula ka maglaro?

Mga ilang linggo pa lang ako naglalaro ng Axie na-realize ko na mas malaki pala kikitain ko kapag mas marami akong account. Kaya bumili pa ako ng tatlong account. Nakakalungkot lang kasi ang kinikita ko kapag 15th and 20th of the month ay umaabot lang sa Php1500 – Php2000 kasi 0.19 centavos lang ang palitan ng SLP nun. Kaya naisip ko ibenta na lang yung bagong tatlong account na nabili ko. Sabi ko sa sarili ko di naman ata ako kikita ng pang kabuhayan dito kaya mas mabuti pang humanap na lang ng totoong trabaho.

Pagdating ng July pumalo sa Php11.00 ang SLP. Nakapag withdraw ako ng P14,000.00 yun na yata yung pinaka-malaking sahod na nahawakan ko kahit pa ng nagtatrabaho ako sa restaurant hindi ako kumikita ng ganito kalaking halaga.

Tuwang-tuwa ako pinost ko sa Facebook yung picture ko na hawak yung pera at ung cellphone ko na may nakasalang na Axie Infinity.

Nang makita ng iba ko pang mga kamag-anak at kaibigan yung post ko lahat na sila gusto maglaro ng Axie Infinity.

Proud ako na lahat ng humingi sa akin tulong na makapasimula sa Axie ay natulungan ko at naturuan ko maglaro pati mag claim ng SLP at gawing piso ako din ang nagturo.

Paano binago ni Axie Infinity ang buhay nyo?

Hindi lang buhay ko ang binago ni Axie, binago din nito pati buhay ng mga kaibigan at kamag-anak ko.

Sa ngayon po meron na po akong 25 scholars, plano ko sana nitong taon na ito magkaroon ng 100-150 pa na scholars para makatulong po ako sa maraming kababayan ko sa Nueva Ecija, sa mga kaibigan ko sa Zambales at ang mga kalaro ko din online.

Nagkaroon ako ng financial freedom dahil sa Axie. Hindi ko ito mararanasan kung sa restaurant pa din ako nagta-trabaho hangang ngayon. Yung kinikita ko po sa trabaho ko dati madalas kulang pa at parati kaming kapos sa araw-araw.

Ngayon po inaabot na ng 5 digits ang kinikita ko sa Axie. Binigyan ko na din ng sariling account ang mga magulang ko. May pera na din silang sarili galing sa Axie.  Masaya sila kasi kahit pa matanda na sila nabigyan pa din sila ng opportunity na kumita ng pera.

Nagpapatayo kaming buong pamilya ng bahay, galing lahat ang perang ginagastos namin dito sa kinikita namin sa Axie. Lahat po ito SLP.

English: How Arthur Lapina Started the Axie Infinity Phenomenon in Nueva Ecija

In one rural area in the Philippines, an entire community has earned a living from playing the blockchain game called Axie Infinity. Leah Callon-Butler, columnist for major crypto news publication Coindesk and director of consultancy firm Emfarsis, together with Emfarsis’ principal consultant Nathan Smale travelled to Cabanatuan to meet the very people whose lives have changed because of “Play-to-Earn.”

In the first part of “Play-to-Earn Profiles” article series, I interviewed Art Art, the pioneer Axie Infinity player in Cabanatuan who appeared in the documentary: Play-to-Earn: NFT Gaming in the Philippines” produced by Yield Guild Games in collaboration with Delphi Digital and directed by Emfarsis.

What’s Art Art up to these days? This is his #PlayToEarn and #ThanksAxie story.

Arthur Constantino, also known as Art Art, started the Axie Infinity revolution in Nueva Ecija. He discovered this play-to-earn game last year, 2020. At the time, the Small Love Potion (SLP) was only equivalent to Php0.19!

He was the first to introduce the game to his family and friends.

Since Art Art’s involvement in Axie, a lot has changed in his life. From being a regular restaurant employee, he is now providing an Axie Infinity scholarship program in Nueva Ecija.

With all the overwhelming opportunities it provided him, he dreamed of extending opportunities to his fellow Novo Ecijanos to earn a living through playing the game.

How did you learn Axie Infinity?

I discovered Axie Infinity in March 2020. At the time, I just got laid off from work.

I was looking for work online when I saw Axie Infinity’s post on Facebook. I got very curious about its captivating play-to-earn business model. I’ve always been a gamer but never in my life I earn anything from playing any online games.

I immediately looked at Axie Infinity’s website. I was a bit skeptical because the game requires you to buy at least three Axies to start playing. I’m not used to that, all the games I play can be downloaded free so paying upfront to play is something I’m not accustomed to.

Axie Infinity’s Facebook page during that time has only around 1000 likes so there’s not much to say whether I’m getting back my money’s worth soon. Around the first week of April 2020 the cost of one Axie was less than Php100. To make a team I need to spend at least Php300. For an unemployed person like me in the middle of a pandemic, P300 was a lot, but I took my chances.

Since I’m familiar with cryptocurrency, it became easy for me to buy my first set of Axies using Ethereum (ETH) and set up Metamask on my mobile phone.

How did you learn to play?

I learned to play Axie Infinity on my own.

During that time there’s no tutorial on how to play the game, no Youtube videos, no Facebook live stream, not even an active online community.

There were only four or five of us in the Discord Philippine channel.

I learned by observing my own gameplay, what card combos work best, which card to use to attack different Axie types. I developed a suitable game strategy of my own.

It’s all self-taught, Axie Infinity is not an easy game. You have to strategize so you can maximize your true earning potential in the game.

How long have you been playing now?

I discovered Axie Infinity last week of March 2020 and started playing the game the first week in April 2020. I have been playing Axie Infinity for over 13 months now, a little over a year.

Have you introduced other players to the game?

I’ve introduced playing Axie Infinity to a lot of people including my cousin Zabrina, her husband with her teenage son now plays Axie for a living.

I taught and trained many community members here in Nueva Ecija about Axie Infinity and for that they are forever grateful to Axie Infinity and to me who introduced it to them.

The pandemic has brought us so much hardships in life but because of this play-to-earn game we lift each other up, giving us access to this kind of new opportunity we didn’t know was possible.

To date I have 25 scholars, before the end of year I wish to give at least 150 more scholarships to my community in Nueva Ecija, Zambales, and Montalban and to all my fellow online gamers that were not yet introduced to the game.

What have been your challenges when you started playing?

After a couple of weeks playing Axie Infinity in April 2020, I realized that I could earn more by having multiple game accounts, so I bought three more teams.

The value of Small Love Potion (SLP) at that time is Php 0.19. It was so disheartening because I’m only getting Php 1500- Php 2000 every 15th and 30th of the month for four Axie teams. So I sold my other three accounts to my friends. I thought this would not work out and I should start finding a real job.

Then in July 2020, the SLP conversion rate skyrocketed to Php11.00. I managed to withdraw Php14,000.00 worth of money. That was my first biggest payout! My friends whom I sold my other accounts were very happy too.

I was so grateful for my first big payout. By far the largest amount of earnings I received, I never received this much salary from any of my previous day jobs.

I posted my big “win” on Facebook, with a picture holding the money on my left hand and my phone with Axie Infinity on the right hand.

I told myself: My journey with Axie Infinity has only just begun.

After my celebrated Facebook post about my success story, all my friends and relatives started expressing interest to the point of begging me to teach them about the game.

I’m proud to say I helped them all get their own accounts and trained them to play the game.

How did playing Axie Infinity change your life?

It was not just my life that was changed. It’s also the life of many of my family and friends.

Axie Infinity gave me financial freedom. Something that I will never achieve if I’m still working in the restaurant. My salary before couldn’t even last until the next payday. We barely make ends meet.

Currently I’m getting five to six digits pay from playing Axie Infinity, more than enough for me. I gave my parents their own Axie account, they’re also playing every day and they are very grateful that they find an opportunity to earn money of their own at an old age .

Currently my parents and I, including my siblings have been pooling some part of the money we all get from playing Axie Infinity to build our dream house. It’s our very own house fully funded by SLP!

This article is puiblished on BitPinas: Panayam Kay Arthur Lapina: Ang Kauna-unahang manlalaro ng Axie Infinity sa Nueva Ecija

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Bitcoin Should Be In Every Portfolio, Says Mexico’s Third Richest Man

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The arrival of the death cross does not seem to scare Michael Saylor, who bought $500 million just when this terrifying pattern was forming. But Michael Saylor is not the only one who thinks so. Ricardo Salinas Pliego, the third richest man in Mexico, also believes that Bitcoin is an excellent investment.

During an interview with the director of Blockchain Land, José Rodríguez, Ricardo Salinas Pliego assured that Bitcoin is as solid an investment as gold. He explained that the debate about its nature is not so crucial for those who know its properties.

In my opinion, all the advantages that bitcoin has are enough to make the gold of the modern world … There is no point in discussing whether it is a currency or not.

There Will Be Only 21 Million Bitcoins, And That Is Key to Everything

Ricardo Salinas argues that the fact that Bitcoin is finite, easy to transport, and enjoys extreme liquidity internationally are compelling reasons to consider it as an asset worth taking into account when building an investment portfolio.

In fact, Salinas explains that from his point of view, every investor should own Bitcoin:

Bitcoin is an asset that has international value, which is traded with enormous liquidity worldwide. For that reason, it should be in any portfolio.

Ricardo Salinas is a vocal Bitcoiner. He was one of the first prominent Latin American businessmen to talk about Bitcoin and support it in social networks. He also revealed that 10% of his liquid investment portfolio was held in Bitcoin, which is obviously no small thing considering his fortune.


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But What About Altcoins?

But for now, it seems that Salinas’ relationship with Bitcoin admits no competition. When asked about the potential of Ethereum and other altcoins, Salinas was unconvinced that they can outperform Bitcoin.

Regarding Ethereum, he explained that its weakness lies in its inflationary nature.

The scarcity of Bitcoin, the 21 million, is the key to everything. That is why I mention Ethereum. Because as long as it does not have a finite amount of issuance, I will not believe them because they can issue more, and the asset depreciates.

The issue of the inflationary design of some currencies is of special importance to Ricardo Salinas. Latin American governments have abused the power to artificially issue money, which has damaged the purchasing power of the people in the long run.

Look, I started my professional career in 1981. Back then, the [Mexican] peso was 20 to 1 [dollar]. Today, on the other hand, we are at 20,000 to the dollar. And that’s here, in Mexico, but if we do it in Venezuela, Argentina or Zimbabwe, the figures lose all proportion.

As Bitcoin is a global and finite asset, it is safe from manipulation by any government, group of developers or centralizing power entities.

But there is always a little space for other projects. He said that Monero and Zcash are interesting because of the privacy that they offer.

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Ripple price flashes remarkable buy signals as technicals improve from the dip to $0.57

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  • Ripple price begins recovery after diving to $0.57.
  • The TD Sequential indicator presents a massive buy signal as buyers take their positions.
  • XRP aims at closing the day above $0.78 to set the precedence for the trajectory to $1.

Ripple slipped below May’s crucial support at $0.65 to trade a two-month low of $0.57. The selloff affected most crypto assets, starting with Bitcoin’s drop to $30,000.

When writing, the international money transfer token teeters at $0.62 amid a gradually building bullish momentum. Perhaps a daily close above $0.7 will call more buyers into the market upon Ripple regaining market stability.

How formidable are Ripple’s buy signals?

The TD Sequential indicator has recently flashed a buy signal on the 12-hour chart. This is a chart overlay tool that measures the volatility of an asset while tracking its trend. A buy signal forms in a red nine candlestick and implies that buyers get stronger as the bearish force fades.

On the other hand, a sell signal presents in a green nine candlestick, implying that selling pressure is about to balloon while bulls lose their grip. With a buy signal intact within the overall technical picture, massive gains are anticipated.

XRP/USD four-hour chart

XRP/USD price chart
XRP/USD price chart by Tradingview

The growing uptrend is reinforced by the Relative Strength Index (RSI), gaining momentum after leaving the oversold region. Action toward the midline will cement the growing bullish grip.

Subsequently, traders should watch for movements in the MACD. If the MACD line crosses above the signal line, the buy signal will be validated. Holding above the short-term support at $0.6 is crucial to sustaining the uptrend, while closing the day above $0.7 may bolster Ripple significantly upward.

Ripple intraday levels

Spot rate: $0.63

Trend: Bullish

Volatility: Growing

Resistance: $0.7

Support: $0.6 and $0.57

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TA: Bitcoin Eyes Recovery, Here’s Why BTC Could Struggle Near $35K

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Bitcoin price extended its decline and tested the $31,500 zone against the US Dollar. BTC is now recovering losses, but it is likely to face sellers near $34,000 and $35,000.

  • Bitcoin remained in a bearish zone and it even broke the $32,000 support zone.
  • The price is now trading well below $35,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
  • There is a key bearish trend line forming with resistance near $35,100 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair is likely to correct higher, but the bears could prevent gains above $35,000 in the near term.

Bitcoin Price Could Recover Losses

Bitcoin struggled to stay above the $33,000 zone and it extended its decline. BTC broke the $32,500 and $32,000 support levels to move further into a bearish zone.

The price even spiked below the $31,500 level and settled well below the 100 hourly simple moving average. It traded as low as $31,310 and it recently started an upside correction. Bitcoin is now back above the $32,000 and $32,500 resistance levels.

There was also a break above the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent drop from the $36,170 swing high to $31,310 low. An initial resistance on the upside is near the $33,800 level (the recent breakdown zone).

The 50% Fib retracement level of the recent drop from the $36,170 swing high to $31,310 low is also near $33,800. The main resistance is now forming near the $35,000 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average. There is also a key bearish trend line forming with resistance near $35,100 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair.

Bitcoin Price

Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

Therefore, bitcoin bulls are likely to face a major resistance near the $35,000 zone and the 100 hourly SMA. The next major resistance on the upside sits at $36,200.

More Losses in BTC?

If bitcoin fails to clear the $33,800 resistance or the trend line resistance, it could continue to move down. An immediate support on the downside is near the $32,000 level.

The next major support is near the $31,500 level. A downside break below $31,500 could open the doors for more losses. In the stated case, the price might even test $30,000.

Technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD is slowly moving into the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is struggling to clear the 50 level.

Major Support Levels – $32,000, followed by $31,500.

Major Resistance Levels – $33,800, $34,000 and $35,000.

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Source: https://www.newsbtc.com/analysis/btc/bitcoin-btc-eyes-recovery-35k/

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