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Lousy day for the crypto market but not Ripple: ExLand lists XRP

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A Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange, ExLand, has announced the listing of  Ripple’s native token, XRP. Even though it has been a sad day for all the crypto market as almost every single coin is in red by double digits (except XRP), this news would make Ripple community defy from others. The official listing news was tweeted yesterday.

Nobody will blame you if you’ve never heard about ex.land. It’s a cryptocurrency exchange based in Hong Kong, owned by China Sinx Group that keeps a shallow profile and, even if you run a very detailed search to find out details about the parent firm (or the exchange), you’ll find very little information.

Hong Kong has been a bridge between China and the West (the United Kingdom, especially) since the XIX century. And it keeps trying to remain so despite that it’s not a British colony anymore, but is now rejoined to the mainland.

It enjoys a certain degree of autonomy which is why many of mainland China’s most relevant companies try to take advantage of Hong Kong’s special status to lessen friction in doing business with the rest of the world. And that’s one of the reasons that ex.land is based there, and it’s able to trade on Bitcoin freely when the Chinese government has been openly hostile to it — despite the fact that 80% of all Bitcoin mining is done, precisely, in China.

So, the news is that ex.land adopted Ripple’s XRP currency into its platform. It’s not only going to support it, but it’s going to trade it using an XRP/USD pair.

That’s the relevant thing. If you’ve traded any digital asset in the past, you’ll know that there are not that many coins that can be bought directly using fiat currencies. The most usual way of exchanging cryptocurrencies is to buy Bitcoin first, then send it from your wallet to your exchange of choice, and only then use it to buy any other coin you like, such as XRP.

More and more crypto exchanges in the world are adopting XRP in several kinds of pairings (XRP/BTC still being the main one), a few are adopting it in an XRP/USD pair (such as ex.land) and there are some that are even adopting Ripple’s token as a base coin, putting it in direct competition with Bitcoin, no less.

The news comes to show the amazing amounts of progress and credibility that XRP is gaining in the cryptosphere when it started life as one of the most unpopular and hated tokens because of the company’s stated mission to help banks and the traditional financial system.

As things stand today, XRP has become the world’s second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization over the last week, taking over Ethereum’s spot. It was last year’s most profitable asset, and it’s been one of the handfuls of coins that’s actually been growing consistently over the last month.

Ripple keeps announcing new strategic partnerships and developments for the company’s software and for the token, it keeps getting positive attention and coming up with all kinds of new use cases.

It’s one of the few blockchain projects that are concentrated on making cryptocurrencies useful in the real world. That policy keeps creating demand for XRP. Demand creates trade volume, and both things together make the asset more valuable.

XRP is the kind of asset that crypto needs. It will compete with Bitcoin, and it will turn the crypto market into a real economy instead of a speculative game for aficionados.

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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…

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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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