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A Mobile Gaming Revolution Explained

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The gaming market has long-since been one of the biggest earners in the entertainment industry. In fact, the global gaming market generated just under $110 billion in revenue in 2017 alone, $82 billion of which came from free-to-play games that offered in-app purchases (IAPs).

More recently, the mobile gaming industry has been growing by leaps and bounds. Part of the multi-billion dollar app economy, the mobile gaming market is believed to generate as much as 75% of the app market revenue– a market that’s expected to be worth $101 billion in 2020. According to a study by Apptopia, developer titan, Supercell (known for popular titles like Clash Royale and Clash of Clans) generated all but a million of their $145 million revenue in 2017 from IAPs; $114 million of Activision Blizzard’s $116 million earnings in the same year were attributed to IAPs as well.

The Future of Gaming

The future of gaming isn’t console and PC games – it’s mobile gaming. More specifically, mobile games built on the freemium model. The Chinese market alone consists of 500 million people – more gamers than the United States has citizens – and is expected to be worth $14.4 billion by 2021.

Freemium games allow users to play games for free but require IAPs for upgrades, rare items, unique skins, and other services that provide customizations or competitive advantages.

As the demand for freemium games like Candy Crush and Angry Birds increases, there’ll also be a need for better payment-processing solutions that are both attractive to developers and can handle wide-scale payments without experiencing downtime.

OPEN Platform Brings a New Solution to Games and IAPs

Currently, most game purchases and IAPs are processed through digital marketplaces like Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. Innovative for their time, these platforms are widely ineffective in the modern gaming market because of:

    • Expensive middleman fees that can take as much as 30% of the developer’s earnings.
    • Payment cycles that last between 30 to 90 days.
    • Lack of cryptocurrency payment options.

The OPEN Platform solves this problem by giving developers a modern payment-processing solution that’s cheaper (3% transaction fees, all of which is recycled back into the developer pool for platform incentivization) and more effective than payment solutions on centralized marketplaces.

Thanks to the OPEN API, developers can integrate blockchain technology that supports all types of cryptocurrency transactions without having to make changes to their backend. Adding OPEN Platform to new and existing apps doesn’t require blockchain knowledge or blockchain programming languages like Solidity. OPEN processes IAPs as they happen, instantly sending money to the developer wallet where it’s converted to the developer’s currency of choice.

By providing a crypto payment infrastructure, OPEN connects developers with two important markets: the traditional market and the crypto market, the latter of which is worth approximately $400 billion.

By making cryptocurrency accessible and easy to use, OPEN helps bring mainstream blockchain adoption one step closer to becoming a reality. Visit the OPEN website today to learn more about the OPEN Platform and how it uses blockchain technology to make IAPs, subscriptions, and purchases easier for your new and existing applications and DApps. If you’re a developer interested in integrating OPEN Platform into your applications, check out the OPEN Developer Contest and the OPEN Roadshow, which is currently touring the Asian market looking for top talent.

Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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Hodium Presents a Compelling Opportunity for Outsized Investment Returns

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I’m sure all of us remember the cryptocurrency glory days of 2017 and early 2018.  It was one of the biggest bull runs in history and created incredibly wealth for quite a few early entrants.  Unfortunately, for most of us, those gains have most likely been wiped out during the altcoin apocalypse.  The truth is that traders probably thought a bit too highly of their trading abilities when the reality was that anyone could have thrown a dart at a board and ended up making money.

As markets mature (and the crypto market is definitely maturing) it becomes more and more difficult to generate alpha.  In that regard, it’s similar to traditional financial markets.  I can remember trading during my high school days.  It was the late 90s and right in the middle of the dot.com boom.  Eventually, however, the euphoria fades away and reality hits hard.  Now, it’s become rather difficult to actually trade profitably which has given way to the rise of hedge funds.

Hedge funds are investment funds that pool capital from accredited and/or institutional investors and invest in a variety of assets, often with extremely complex portfolio-construction and risk management techniques.  The professionals employed by hedge funds are the best of the best and have spent years honing their craft.  That is why they’re able to make the millions of dollars that they normally…

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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