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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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Top 3 Crypto Trends That Might Go Big in Q2 2019

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So far 2019 has brought a significant change to the crypto industry. Q1 of this year has seen the rise of the idea of IEOs, the crypto space has finally managed to shake off the bears, and numerous coins throughout the industry have seen their prices grow once again.

The latest rally happened only several weeks ago, and it allowed Bitcoin to surge up by $1,000. Most other coins followed in their own way, but the investors are now wondering what to expect out of Q2? The Q1 started off badly, but it ended up being extremely successful. The chances are that history might repeat itself in the second quarter, as there are some key trends that might point the way for the further development of the crypto market.

1. The rise of IEOs

Back in 2017 and early 2018, ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) were everything that the crypto space was talking about. Their popularity allowed startups to raise billions upon billions of dollars. Soon enough, however, that ended in a pretty bad way. STOs (Security Token Offerings) emerged as an alternative that does not depend on trust, follows regulations, and it actually holds value. However, asset tokenization might still be in its early stages, and this is something that might come back at some point in the future.

In 2019, however, IEOs (Initial Exchange Offerings) started attracting the…

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The Crypto Space Once Again Divided Over Bitcoin SV

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The crypto community is a strong one, one that managed to bring digital currencies from nothing to an industry worth hundreds of billions of dollars. However, while its strength in this regard is undeniable, the crypto community can be just as fragile given the appropriate conditions. With that in mind, the conditions seem to have been set for a new divide, although the cause is once again the same — Dr. Craig Wright and his Bitcoin SV (BSV).

Craig Wright vs. the (crypto) world

Dr. Craig Wright, the chief scientist at nChain, and the creator of Bitcoin SV. has been a well-known and very controversial figure in the crypto industry. Wright was suspected of being Bitcoin’s creator several years ago, which is possible because no one knows who is behind the name ‘Satoshi Nakamoto.’

Wright was believed to be him, and one theory claimed that he and his friend were responsible for giving life to BTC. However, the theory quickly died out, but not before Wright seemingly liked the idea of assuming the mantle of Nakamoto. He himself started claiming to be Bitcoin’s mysterious creator ever since.

Of course, he managed to gather up some followers, but the majority of the crypto community — while confused — did not believe him. Luckily, there is no need for trust, and Wright should easily be able to prove that he…

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Are XRP and Ripple Going to Be Worth Anything by the End of 2019?

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One surprise recently was when XRP took over Ethereum’s long-held second place in the Market Cap leaderboards. It quickly went back to its traditional and respectable third place behind Ethereum, but it could be a sign of things to come.

XRP has a lot of clout in the market because of the platform it is based on, which is Ripple. A coin that is used for a very specific purpose and with a long term goal in mind is always going to fare better than others. Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash and others have come about because of disagreements in Bitcoin. Therefore they offer nothing except an alternative to Bitcoin as a pure cryptocurrency, while Ripple (and XRP along with it) has something tangible behind it.

Big Banks Back Ripple

Ripple was created in 2012 for a specific reason. It aimed to become a faster and more efficient method to transfer value between banks and countries. This value can be almost anything from currencies to other instruments. While initially, banks were cautious about investing in the company, recently they have been lining up. The crypto winter has helped with innovation int he industry and Ripple has benefitted immensely for it.

The various payment solutions based on Ripple such as xRapid and xCurrent are seeing a large uptake, and this is having an amazing effect on XRP as a whole.…

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