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Decentraland: A Virtual Platform that Users Own

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Powered by the Ethereum blockchain, Decentraland is a virtual platform where users can ‘create’, ‘experience’, and ‘monetize content and applications’. The community has the ownership of the ‘land’ in Decentraland. Thus, the users will have complete control over their creations, that is, they have the option to choose what content is to be published. The land belonging to a user is denoted by a set of Cartesian coordinates (x,y). Land by Decentraland has been defined in the whitepaper as “a non-fungible, transferrable, scarce digital asset stored in an Ethereum smart contract. It can be acquired by spending an ERC20 token called MANA.” The token, MANA can also be used to purchase real-world digital services and goods.

As the whitepaper of Decentraland says, no one can single-handedly change the rules of the software or the contents of the land or prevent someone from owning land. Platforms like Facebook have seen a large number of users gathering and sharing content and also playing games. This has also resulted in rapid growth of various online communities and gaming companies. However, these platforms are centralized and the network’s content flow and rules are determined by the organization operating it. The conceptualization of Decentraland started in 2015 and the cryptocurrency was finally released in the market in September 2017. The cryptocurrency world, pioneered by Bitcoin and Ethereum still faces some constraints like the number of network transactions occurring per second, the transaction costs and scalability. “Decentraland is built on the premise that low cost, direct payments between content creators and users will radically change internet commerce.”

An In-world Economy

Decentraland proposes that the platform will be able to capitalize wholly on the financial interactions between the users and applications. For this, Decentraland has to offer currency, goods, and services for trading though. Thus, the system of Decentraland has been designed to allow instant, global and cost-effective transactions between two users on the internet. The developers are also focused on integrating a scripting system that will allow them to program the communications between applications and the users. “This scripting system runs exclusively on the client side but allows for different data flow models: from mere local effects and traditional client-server architectures to P2P interactions based on state channels.” The scripting system benefits the developers due to it cheap micropayments, fast and fair games. The decentralized storage system and other features that involve cryptographic techniques and are based on blockchain smart contracts are also beneficial.

Decentraland Use Cases

  • Applications: The scripting language in Decentraland allows the users to develop different applications including online casino games, and dynamic 3D scenes. As per the whitepaper, the scripting language is capable of loading textures, encoding user interactions, creating objects, and handling physics.
  • Content: The users, as stated previously, will be able to create content and retain their ownership on the Decentraland platform. The users sharing the same interest areas can form hubs and if someone is located near a high-traffic area, it will also attract other users to their created content.
  • Advertising: The Decentraland platform also allows brands to post their advertisements by using billboards near or in high traffic areas such as to attract more clients or customers. The brands can also put up their stories or the ones about shared experiences to engage with the audience. Thus, Decentraland is also a great platform using blockchain technology that can be used in the field of marketing.
  • Digital Collectibles: The Decentraland users can publish, distribute and collect different digital assets placed on the blockchain by their creators. They will also be able to trade these digital assets within this channel, similar to the way assets are traded through online forums or other virtual platforms. In this case, it is done through the scripting system.
  • Social: The users can form different groups based on their areas of interest. The centralized multi-player games can also join their communities to these groups of Decentraland. The platform also provides this opportunity to the offline communities.

Price Details

As per coinmarketcap.com, Decentraland (MANA) is ranked among the top-100 cryptocurrencies in the world today (93rd position). The price at the time of writing shows $0.103 USD approximately while the market cap is nearly $108,900,725 USD. The volume (24h) data reads above $10,327,000 USD. (As of 18th June 208) Till now in this month, the crypto-coin has been experiencing slight fluctuations that are generally observed in the cryptocurrency market.

As such there users are not guided by any technical specifications when it comes to creating an application or a content in Decentraland. Decentraland offers complete freedom to the users regarding this. Education, training and professional development, 3D designs, therapy and virtual tourism are some more examples of use cases of the Decentraland platform. Therefore, based on the proposal of the team of Decentraland, investing in the cryptocurrency or becoming a user has their own benefits.

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XNO Token of Xeno NFT Hub listed on Bithumb Korea Exchange

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 25th January, 2021, // ChainWire //

Xeno Holdings Limited (xno.live ), a blockchain solutions company based in Hong Kong, has announced the listing of its ecosystem utility token XNO on the ‘Bithumb Korea’ cryptocurrency exchange on January 21st 2021.

Xeno NFT Hub (market.xno.live ), developed by Xeno Holdings, enables easy minting of digital items into NFTs while also providing a marketplace where anyone can securely trade NFTs.

The Xeno NFT Hub project team includes former members of the technology project Yosemite X based in San Francisco and professionals such as Gabby Dizon who is a games industry expert and NFT space influencer based in Southeast Asia.

NFT(Non-Fungible Token) technology has recently gained huge focus in the blockchain arena and beyond, making waves in the online gaming sector, the art world, and the digital copyrights industry in recent years. The strongest feature of NFTs is that “NFTs are unique digital assets that cannot be replaced or forged”. Unlike fungible tokens such as Bitcoin or Ether, NFTs are not interchangeable for other tokens of the same type but instead each NFT has a unique value and specific information that cannot be replaced. This fact makes NFTs the perfect solution to record and prove ownership of digital and real-world items like works of art, game items, limited-edition collectibles, and more.

NFTs are already being actively traded in markets globally. For…

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Should Crypto Projects Devote Resources to Community Growth and Marketing?

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2020 has been an incredible year for crypto as investors have generated windfall profits and crypto projects have seen their businesses gain the spotlight they’ve been looking for.  While Bitcoin has received most of the attention after major institutional investors announced they were accumulating the increasingly scarce asset, many altcoins have also seen their fair share of glory.  When looking at all the big winners of the past year, the first project that probably comes to mind is Chainlink, having appreciated by more than 550% YTD and now valued at over $4.5 billion.  But, the actual biggest winner of the year is HEX with a YTD return of over 5,000%.

I mention both of the above projects as they have each taken slightly different paths to achieve greatness.  Chainlink has devoted resources toward building a fundamentally sound business with many strategic partnerships while HEX has spent vast sums of money on marketing and promotion.  Both approaches are valid, but one thing is certain, it is absolutely imperative for crypto projects to let the crypto community know what makes them special.  Of course, one of the reasons that makes crypto so valuable is the powerful blockchain technology that most projects are utilizing.

Cryptocurrency vs. Blockchain Technology

It’s important to make a distinction between blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.  Although they are often used interchangeably, they are different.  Blockchain technology and crypto were both created after the 2008 financial crisis, but cryptocurrency…

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XENO starts VIP NFT trading service and collaborates with contemporary artist Hiro Yamagata

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 24th December, 2020, // ChainWire //

The XENO NFT Hub (https://xno.live) will provide a crypto-powered digital items and collectables trading platform allowing users to create, buy, and sell NFTs. Additionally it will support auction based listings, governance and voting mechanisms, trade history tracking, user rating and other advanced features.

As a first step towards its fully comprehensive service, XENO NFT Hub launched a recent VIP service to select users and early adopters in December 2020 with plans for a full Public Beta to open in June 2021. 

“NFTs are extremely flexible in their usage, from digital event tickets to artwork, and while NFTs have a very wide spectrum of uses and categories XENO will initially focus its partnership efforts and its own item curation on three primary areas: gaming, sports & entertainment, and collectibles.”, said XENO NFT Hub president Anthony Di Franco.

He also added “This does not mean we will prohibit other types of NFTs from our ecosystem However, it simply means that XENO’s efforts as a company will be targeted into these verticals initially as a cohesive business approach.”

Development and Procurement Lead, Gabby Dizon explained, “Despite our initial focus, we found ourselves with a unique opportunity to host some of the works of Mr. Hiro Yamagata. We are collaborating with Japanese artist Hiro Yamagata to enshrine some of his artwork into NFTs.”

Mr. Yamagata has been…

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