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Dignitas Joins Zytara Lineup, a Step Towards Uniting Esports and Blockchain

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Esports icon Dignitas has come together with fintech company Zytara to tackle payments and value transfer within esports using the DigitalBits blockchain.  

Dignitas’ partnership with Zytara is the first major alliance between esports and blockchain, a combination set to overhaul the esports’ financial mechanisms.  Zytara, a fintech launching a digital banking platform and payment network for gamers and esports enthusiasts, will leverage the DigitalBits blockchain to power the use of stablecoins and other digital assets.  

Despite their global scope, esports organizations still struggle with traditional payment rails.  Notably, Epic Games experienced difficulties distributing some of their $100 million prize pool for Fornite tournaments.  With esports growing rapidly, this is something that must be addressed, and it appears that Dignitas and Zytara are coming together to lead the charge.   

Dignitas has championed many firsts for the industry, being the first ever esports team to be acquired by an ownership group of a North American sports franchise, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE).  Dignitas would later go on to sign a first-of-its-kind sponsorship deal with Susquehanna International Group, LLP (SIG), one of the world’s largest proprietary trading firms.    

Zytara will issue a series of Dignitas-branded debit cards and app skins, featuring the recent Dignitas rebrand.  Additionally, the two companies plan to collaborate on a number of unique activations, including social media and Twitch giveaways, as well as pro-player content aimed at driving awareness and engagement for financial solutions for gamers.  With almost 3 billion people worldwide playing games, this combination of gaming and fintech has to potential to promote financial literacy and inclusion that has not yet been seen before.  

Zytara’s unique product line looks to connect the worlds of esports and blockchain, enabling gamers access to innovative technologies, such as unique digital assets and decentralized finance.  In aligning themselves with notable brands such as Dignitas, Zytara has doubled down on its “by gamers, for gamers” approach, demonstrating their commitment to their target market of Millennials, Gen Z gamers and esports enthusiasts.  

“Partnering with a brand as dedicated to the financial education and success of our athletes, creators, and community as we are is an extremely valuable opportunity. We look forward to working alongside Zytara to create innovative fan experiences focused on bringing their digital payment innovations to life,” John Spiher, Vice President of Partnerships at Dignitas, said in a statement.  

“When the concept of Zytara was first born, it was always about bringing to market a banking platform built by gamers, dedicated to gamers.  Working with one of the most widely recognized esports organizations in the world shows our dedication to this special group of consumers.  We are looking forward to the joint activity taking place with Dignitas throughout 2021 and being able to showcase our innovative products for esports fans and enthusiasts,” said Zytara Founder & CEO Al Burgio. 

In 2018, Al Burgio launched the DigitalBits blockchain, a fork of the Stellar protocol.  DigitalBits is built for quick and efficient value transfer, which Zytara will use to enable its diverse product suite, including the optimization of payments and other operations within esports.  The XDB Foundation, the core supporting entity behind the DigitalBits blockchain, has also worked meticulously to create a partnership ecosystem that supports and enhances these capabilities, including Fireblocks, Messari, and Stably.  

In late 2020, Zytara announced the launch of the Zytara dollar (ZUSD), a stablecoin issued in partnership with Prime Trust, redeemable on a 1:1 basis for US dollars. ZUSD is designed for the future of finance, esports and gaming, along with countless other applications.  Recently featured in Forbes, ZUSD will first launch on Ethereum before ultimately migrating to DigitalBits in 2021, enabling significantly higher transaction throughput and faster confirmation times. Burgio sees a lot of potential for ZUSD to become digital money for the gaming industry and beyond.

 

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Bridge Mutual Announces Partnership with Plasma.Finance to Strengthen DeFi Insurance

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Bridge Mutual, a decentralized insurance provider, has announced a collaborative partnership with DeFi aggregator PlasmaPay and Plasma Finance allowing users to directly fund or provide liquidity through the Bridge ecosystem and the Plasma Finance platform.

Bridge Mutual will also use some of its own liquidity to start a PlasmaPay insurance pool, integrating shield mining in order to give users the chance to earn PPAY tokens as a reward for providing coverage to PlasmaPay. The result is an increase in users on the decentralized insurance platform for Bridge Mutual, and another dimension of safety for PlasmaPay and Plasma Finance users.

“This partnership will give both organizations the ability to expand operations into the other’s platform, a net benefit for two strong projects looking to optimize the DeFi market as a whole,” notes Ilia Maksimenka, PlasmaPay’s CEO, “Ease of use and access to insurance ultimately benefits users. By working together, Bridge Mutual and Plasma Finance take DeFi a step forward towards more reliable financial services on the blockchain.” 

Bridge Mutual CEO Mike Miglio adds, “The main focus of our partnerships is to increase the overall safety of the DeFi space by encouraging users to protect each other. Partnering with PlasmaPay was strategic in that users will be able to easily purchase or provide insurance directly from the Plasma Finance app where they manage all…

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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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Sylo launches game-changing solution Oya and announces integration with Tezos

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Software development company Sylo has officially launched Oya today – a complete reimagining of its backend architecture. The company said the new product “leads the way for mainstream decentralization.” Sylo’s goal is to democratize access to communication and financial capabilities, without sacrificing privacy, personal data and user experience. Additionally, Sylo has deployed wallet support for public blockchain Tezos in their multi-chain wallet-messenger decentralized app, the Sylo Smart Wallet, which currently has over 250,000 users around the world.  

“We’ve solved the hard issues of scalability, performance and fair-reward in a decentralised setting, allowing developers to build apps with a real competitive advantage. The launch of Oya brings our vision of a future worth looking forward to, a whole lot closer and we’re really excited about what can be built on this new decentralised foundation,” said Ben Jordan, Sylo Co-Founder and Product Director, in a statement.

“The Oya Launch opens the door to a plethora of new features and business opportunities, many of which we will be unveiling over the next two quarters,” said Dorian Johannink, Sylo Co-Founder and Business Director.

The Tezos blockchain supporting firm TZ APAC is advising Sylo on technical integration of Tezos, to improve developer experience and increase adoption of the Sylo wallet in…

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