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Fortnite players are eager to start off Chapter 2: Season 7. Fortunately, they shouldn’t have to wait much longer.

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Fortnite players are eager to start off Chapter 2: Season 7. Fortunately, they shouldn't have to wait much longer.
Fortnite players are eager to start off Chapter 2: Season 7. Fortunately, they shouldn’t have to wait much longer. | Epic Games, @HYPEX (Twitter)

Fortnite players are eager to start off Chapter 2: Season 7. Fortunately, they shouldn’t have to wait much longer.

According to various leaks from a few credible Twitter informants such as @HYPEX and @iFireMonkey, Season 7 will focus on Alien Invasions and abductions all over Fortnite Island. Several popular Fortnite content creators were shipped a variety of items including ominous fliers and DVDs containing strange images not unlike the typical crop circle associated with extraterrestrial activity.

Coincidental FBI investigation release aside, fans are ready to make contact with all Epic Games has planned for Season 7.

Typically, in games like Fortnite, players can use the current season’s Battle Pass to determine when the next season will start. Seasons tend to replace each other automatically—meaning one will pick up seconds after the other leaves off. Therefore, using the pass, we can determine when players can expect Chapter 2: Season 7.

According to the Season 6 Battle Pass, this current season will end on June 7th. Players can expect Season 7 to pick up immediately afterward either on that date or in the moments following.

Additionally, any players still looking to finish up the Season 6 Battle Pass or complete Season 6 content only have a little over a week to do so. There are only eight days left of Season 6 at the time of writing.

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Recap – 73% Axie Infinity Livestream Viewers are from the Philippines

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“Play-to-earn” game Axie Infinity held a livestream this week, hosted by Andrew Campbell, the new program lead at Sky Mavis, the game’s development company. The Axie Infinity team answered questions fielded by the community. From server issues to V2, check out the stream below.

This writer live tweeted during the livestream and it’s worth detailing here what are the information shared during the event. But first, let’s check the metrics of the stream as shared by Andrew:

The result solidifies the Philippines as a key market for Axie Infinity. Though it should be noted that the most popular streaming channel in the country is Facebook Live and YouTube.

On Axie Infinity V2

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Aleksander Larsen, COO of Sky Mavis and Jeff Zirlin, co-founder, shared a new image of Axies with upgraded body shapes:

Days ago, the Axie Infinity community celebrated the birth of Axie no. 1 million, but it was not without controversy because it was created using what some members of the community feels is a violation of the Terms of Service. Jeff said they will look more closely into the situation.

As for staking, Aleksander said it could be by Q3 2021.

On the Server Issues

The game was recently plugged with issues, Andrew asked a question submitted by a community member: “Why don’t you just plug in more servers since you have money?” Aleksander says the game grew from 38k to 200k users in no time. “Our engineers are working overnight to keep the lights running. Things are to get better.” Andrew added the fact that while there are a lot of developers, the talent pool for those who knows blockchain (specifically, solidity) is actually smaller, while Jeff said the server issue is their no. 1 priority right now.

Sky Mavis tweeted the day after the stream:

On Free-to-play

“What to do with useless Axies?” a community member asked. 

“No Axies are useless,” Aleksander immediately answered.

Jeff hinted of “crafting” as a new addition that can be done on the upcoming Land gameplay. “I think it’s going to be a huge catalyst for us,” he said, though he reconfirms that Battle V2 and Land gameplay being “fun” are the first things they would focus on. 

Speaking of V2, the topic “free-to-play” was touched upon. In the next version of Axie Infinity, there will be starter Axies that are “free-to-play,” so new players can start without purchasing Axies. The community therefore asked “Will free-to-play hurt SLP earnings right now?” Here’s Jeff’s response:

“Free-to-play allows you to get immersed and be in love with the Axie universe before you make economic decisions. I think demand for real Axies will increase when more people are in love with Axies.”

Jeff Zirlin, Sky Mavis

Putting Axie to Every Person in the World

The above was Aleksander’s quote. One of Sky Mavis’ goals is to put the game in the App Store and the PlayStore.

Guild and Scholarships

Aleksander said they are working on Guild Features in-game itself. This would mean eventually doing what is being done in scholarships could be done on the game itself. (He did say this is very far from the pipeline.)

Which led Andrew to ask, “What do you personally feel about Axie scholarships?” Jeff talked about early 2020 and the people who first tried it out. “It was when SLP hit 2 cents when people see the scholarship thing as legitimate. It has definitely helped in our growth.”

Aleksander admitted they don’t have any direct say in scholarships, and they don’t endorse them. “But we have common sense things. For example, managers should not abuse their players. If you do, then that’s our concern.” He did say the scholarships are a testament to what’s possible in the metaverse and what you can do inside. He cited Yield Guild Games as one of the largest, if not the biggest one who do scholarships at scale.

On Axie Lore

Jeff talked about ideas re: Axie Lore, Axie Movie, Manga, but ultimately their focus right now is to make Axie as fun as possible. Aleksander said they can think about it next year.

On Multi Accounting

“We will find you.” 

Jeff Zirlin, Sky Mavis

Andrew said as Axie scales, this will be a problem. Aleksander said they are looking into the data to ensure no real people who are not multi-accounting get affected. 

“One human being can only extract so much resources per day. You have to tell your friends to play.”

Aleksander also said players don’t get banned when they are in-game and suddenly maintenance kicked in. 

On Land Gameplay, SDK and API

Jeff said they want to make Land gameplay as fun as possible, such as farming or fighting for resources. “We want to provide utility and fun things to do rather than a blank slate where people will just walk around,” said. 

On SDK, they said they are excited about using Axie assets where people can do an Axie tower defense and other games. 

There’s clamor to make the Axie API more open. “As we move towards a more stable space, we can enable the API a little bit more, a WIP,” Aleksander said Seuchenhun of Axie Zone (also a recent Sky Mavis hire) will own this product.

Pains as Axie Grows

Lately, there were reports of stuck Axies and other bugs. Aleksander said because the game is still in alpha, everything being experienced are the pains of growing. “As we grow more, there might be more bugs.”

At the end of the stream, Aleksander encouraged players to give feedback and constructive criticism, what they can do to improve.

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‘It might get ugly with’ Bitcoin…BUT

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Prices are a reflection of investor sentiment, they say. In a span of a little over two months, Bitcoin’s price has promptly halved, and now, after China’s recent crackdown on mining, a section of the market participants believe that BCT is a less attractive prospect. 

Talking on similar lines in a recent Kitco News interview, Saifedean Ammous, the author of ‘The Bitcoin Standard’ said that the current hiccup would not have a long-term impact on crypto’s price. He said,  

“You can’t really ban Bitcoin, you can ban yourself from Bitcoin, but Bitcoin continues to operate and I think even if it’s going to be a 50%, 60%, 70%, 80% crash, ultimately, the ability to bounce back is what’s going to win the day for Bitcoin.”

Nevertheless, he concurred that the Chinese crackdown was a serious issue because a major proportion of the mining operations have been halted. Ammous further stated that BTC’s price would most likely drop further as and when more machines go offline. Miners, indeed, are facing one of their worst nightmares at this stage. What’s more, the author also expects a panic sell by the Chinese hodlers in the coming days. 

As a matter of fact, miners are large hodlers themselves, and now, according to Ammous, “you’re forcing them to sell large quantities.” Nevertheless, at the time of writing, Glassnode’s data underlined that miners’ outflow volume had touched its lowest point in 6 months, which ultimately implies that miners are still hodling their BTC. However, the sell-off that Ammous pointed out might likely take place in the foreseeable future.

Source: Glassnode

The author further opined that the clampdown would only impact traditional assets like gold. He stated that, unlike gold, BTC’s prospects aren’t influenced by political and banking systems. After witnessing a minor 0.32% price drop in the past 24-hours, Bitcoin was trading at $34,000.69 at press time.

Additionally, it should be noted that BTC’s hash rate has been falling over the past few days. Nevertheless, Ammous was positive that it would soon recover. With respective to Bitcoin’s inevitable comeback, the author concluded, 

“It might get ugly with BTC, but it thrives on adversity. If you do try and knock it down, if you do try and hurt it, you’re just setting up a great comeback story for BTC. This has been the case for over the many years.”


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50,000 electric vehicle charging stations in Europe to offer crypto payments

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Two payments firms have partnered to roll out crypto payments across 50,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Europe.

The partnership is between Irish e-commerce and mobile payment solutions firm HIPS Payment Group Ltd and Vourity, a Swedish firm that specializes in unattended payment facilities such as EV charging stations.

The integration of crypto payments with charging stations will occur over the next three years starting from November 2021.

The firms haven’t revealed which cryptocurrencies will be supported yet, but Vourity has dropped a pretty strong hint that Ethereum is likely to be among the first after it released an image of a payment terminal with an ETH logo on it. Ethereum is moving to the much more energy efficient Proof-of Stake consensus mechanism in the next year, which could mitigate any backlash among environmentally conscious EV drivers.

“We are currently evaluating what cryptos/coins we will support. It will be converted to fiat,” stated Hans Nottehed, the CEO of Vourity.

Vourity payment terminal, with an ETH logo

Crypto payments will be integrated with Vourity’s EV charging stations by connecting to the blockchain via Hips Merchant Protocol’s native protocol token Merchant Token.

Back in May, HIPS Payment Group launched the HIPS Merchant Protocol, the HIPS Merchant Protocol Gateway, and its governing Merchant Token.

The protocol was built on Ethereum and Solana in May 2021 and plans to expand support to Cardano in the future.

“With near real-time transaction speeds, in addition, the Hips Merchant Blockchain is designed for merchant transactions regardless if they are mobile, instore or e-commerce and utilizes the interchange concept from the payment card industry,” HIPS noted in May.

Related: Blockchain-based EV charging trial gets $1M from Canadian government

EV crypto innovation

Tesla famously did a U-turn on accepting Bitcoin (BTC) payments for vehicles, with Elon Musk noting the firm won’t change course until the mining sector is at least 50% powered by clean energy. Other EV-focused firms have sought ways to innovate using  “clean” crypto mining and adoption.

At the beginning of this month, Canadian light EV manufacturer Daymak announced an upcoming EV set for 2023, that is fitted with a crypto mining rig that can mine Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies while it’s charging or parked.

In March, Stellantis, the parent company of European car manufacturer Fiat, partnered with Kiri Technologies, to promote an “eco-driving style,” by rewarding Fiat EV drivers in cryptocurrency via Kiri Technologies’ KiriCoin.

In that same month, Volkswagen Group Innovation, the research department of German car Volkswagen, announced a partnership with Energy Web, a non-profit organization focused on open source energy transition.

The duo teamed up to research methods of using EV’s and charging stations as part of the power grid using blockchain.

Jesse Morris, the chief commercial officer of Energy Web, spoke with Cointelegraph and emphasized the benefits of tracking the integration between EVs, charging stations, and power grids using blockchain.

Morris mentioned that during times of local grid congestion, Volkswagen drivers could be incentivized not to charge by being paid out in crypto or fiat. Additionally, utility providers could pay EV drivers to store energy during times of excess generation on the power grid.

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