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Enjin Coin (ENJ) Allows Transactions Between Video Game Economies

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Enjin Coin is no stranger to digital business ventures. As one of the most popular website providers for guilds, clans and player groups of all types, they are well known in the video gaming community. Their platform offers gaming groups a wide variety of modules to completely customize their site – forums, announcements, events, and calendars. As a result, Enjin hosts over 250,000 separate gaming group sites. As such, it’s no surprise that they are looking to cryptocurrency as their next project.

Their ERC-20 standard Enjin Coin (ENJ) exists to make cross-platform transactions simpler. In the past, the process of buying items within a game is dangerous and rife with fraud. There’s no mechanism in place to impartially ensure that both the buyer and the seller receive their part of the deal. Ethereum’s smart contract capability solves this problem. All parties can agree on the transaction’s terms, provide the items, and the smart contract itself executes the transaction. There is no gray area where the item or money can be taken individually. This eliminates much of the black-market environment that digital item marketplaces currently suffer from.

The Virtual Asset Marketplace

Although virtual asset trading existed before Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games or MMORPGs, this genre of games made a niche trading system into a global industry. The persistent world and item rarity levels create the ideal ecosystem for real money trading of digital assets. An entire sub-industry of ‘gold farmers’ make a living simply from generating in-game currency as efficiently as possible. However, many of these currencies weren’t designed to extract real-world money from their users. Virtual assets are a different matter.

Blizzard, already well known for World of Warcraft and their gold farming issues, introduced an auction house for their new game, Diablo 3. In this auction house, users could pay real money for in-game items. Theoretically, this should have removed the black-market aspect of item trading. They tweaked the game to make it difficult for players to make money off the auction house. Blizzard later removed the system, but item trading in Diablo 3 remains prevalent.

Enjin’s ENJ token offers a means to trade these assets safely. Users offer up their item or currency in exchange for ENJ, through the platform itself. The automated system within the platform acts as a neutral party, executing the trade only when both sides have fulfilled their transfer. ENJ can then be traded for fiat through cryptocurrency exchanges – or used as a universal currency between gaming platforms.

Enjin Partners with Unity, Minecraft

Of course, the more game developers involved directly with the ENJ project, the better. Enjin’s pre-existing relationships with many major developers helps facilitate this. Recently, the hugely popular Unity gaming engine introduced an Enjin Coin SDK into their development tools. Developers wanting to use ENJ internally within their games can now easily integrate that functionality. Considering the number of games built on the Unity engine, this is a huge opportunity for ENJ.

Similarly, popular culture phenomena Minecraft also introduced their own Enjin Coin SDK. Minecraft modifications, additional content created by users for other users, can now include ENJ transactions as a part of their platform. The ability to pay for premium content with ENJ opens new avenues for the coin, while still maintaining game interoperability.

Unique Applicability as a Cryptocurrency

While most cryptocurrencies jockey to seize the top slot as a digital currency or a smart contract platform, Enjin Coin’s focus is elsewhere. Their use as a specific bridge-currency for virtual assets sets them apart from other tokens. ENJ’s use case is unique, and that uniqueness pays off. Their price per unit recovered nicely after the recent market correction. The associated platform remains in early stages, and a successful release could pay off for early investors.

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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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