Tokenisation of the real estate market: Swiss BrickMark makes largest ever property purchase in…

Tokenisation of the real estate market: Swiss BrickMark makes largest ever property purchase in tokens

2020 has started with a bang.

Swiss real estate investment firm BrickMark announced that it has signed an agreement to make the largest property purchase ever made using tokens. The building has a prime location ̶ Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse ̶ with the total transaction valued at CHF 130 million.

In the latest episode of #FinancialFox, crypto guru Stefania Barbaglio talked to Stephan Rind, CEO of BrickMark, about this pioneering transaction and the impact of such a deal on the blockchain industry.

Founded 18 months ago, BrickMark is now a member of EPRA (European Public Real Estate Association) and has already earned the position of leading blockchain real estate investment firm. The company is combining the asset value and profitability of this asset class with the technological possibilities of smart contracts in blockchain and tokenisation to create a more efficient “form of capital designed specifically for the needs of today’s global institutional investor,” said BrickMark on the announcement.

BrickMark sees this transaction as the first of a planned large-scale international real estate portfolio . The tokens will be built on the Ethereum blockchain and will make use of smart contracts to establish rights and entitlements of the token holders. “The market was waiting for a transaction of this size,” says Stephen.

CEO Stephan Rind

As for the high value of the purchase, Stephen says that ‘it is about trust, long-lasting relationships and track record’ and that the seller company RFR was a idealgreat international transaction partner.

Dr. Alexander Koblischek, Managing Director of RFR Management GmbH, said: “We gladly accepted the BrickMark tokens as part of the purchase price. We assume that digital financial instruments will also significantly gain in importance in the real state sector in the future.”

The BrickMark team has long-term experience in investment and real estate management. Two years ago, they realised the potential of blockchain in the industry.

“Real estate is the biggest asset class in the world and only 5% of all real estate investment is available for public investment through shares, bonds or fund units. The rest is locked in the hands of private investors. BrickMark tokens or other tokens that follow our concept are able to unlock this value and give access to these properties and wealth to people who haven’t had the chance to invest in prime properties in top locations around the world.”

Stephen believes this transaction is the first stage of BrickMark’s growth trajectory towards building a portfolio of high-quality properties.

Beyond tokens and smart contracts, blockchain technology can have other positive impacts on the real estate industry, especially in the developing world where land registry remains an issue to be solved. In many developing countries, property records are vulnerable to inconsistencies, as well as issues like tampering, damage, and loss, mainly due to the lack of a suitably secure system for land governance. These issues lead to vast areas of land ending up locked and unproductive.

The use of distributed ledger technology can streamline land and property records, reducing expropriation risks, facilitating market transactions, and unlocking access to finance, says the World Bank.

Watch the interview:

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Cassiopeia Services partners with Picante Tech Conference Europe

Focus on Innovation, Crypto and FashionTech

Cassiopeia Services, the award-winning London-based boutique PR firm focused on innovation in the investment space, is pleased to announce its new key partnership with the global news and publishing service portal PICANTE Media and Events for its 2020 Tech Conferences in Europe, which will discuss how innovation is shaping our economy and society, as well as raise awareness of valuable projects in Europe.

Launched in 2019, PICANTE TECH Conference Europe is a series of annual events designed to bring together innovation with compliance via several panel discussion and exclusive keynote presentations. The events are regularly attended by the top leading and emerging European startups, SMEs and large enterprises. The conferences aim to target businesses in Central-Eastern Europe, the Baltics, Scandinavia and Southern Europe.

Our goals are to help companies connect with the right partners in order to further develop their offerings in the ever-growing business community of the Baltic and Nordic regions. There are many opportunities in mobility, fintech, blockchain, edtech, and several other industries which haven’t yet been fully researched and implemented,” says Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at PICANTE Media and Events.

Cassiopeia Services boasts a solid, global marketing platform with focus on social media, as well as a wide following in the investment, innovation and technology space, particularly on cryptocurrencies and blockchain. From a growth and PR perspective, these networks and channels represent a valuable alliance for Picante’s events.

Commenting on the partnership, Alex Marginean, Marketing Specialist at PICANTE Media and Events said: “Cassiopeia Services is a respected boutique PR firm and we value their commitment as a media partner of the TCE series. As we continue to strengthen our position in the tech conference events calendar of Europe, while also planning our expansion into North America and Asia, they are among the most dedicated partners. Stefania and the team has built a great network and we look forward to welcoming them this year in Tallinn and Prague.

The event gathers entrepreneurs, company representatives, investors and enthusiasts in the B2B sector of Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, NanoTechnology, Quantum Technology, 5G, IoT, AR/VR and more innovative tech. In 2020, Tech Conference will host two editions: Spring, taking place in Tallinn in May; and Autumn, taking place in Prague in October.

Among the confirmed speakers for the spring edition are Vytautas Kubilius (Google’s Country Manager for Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) Clément Delbouys (Sales Manager for EasyMile Northern Europe), Marek Kopanicky (Consultant at Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency), Alex White(Co-Founder of crypto media group Coinstelegram), Märt Aro (Co-Founder at DreamApply and European EdTech Alliance), Gerard Martret (Co-Founder & CCO at Shotl), Jovita Gabnienė (Dispute Resolution & Entertainment Attorney), Magith Noohukhan (Customer Engagement Evangelist at Braze) and more.

Cassiopeia founder and director Stefania Barbaglio will be moderating the panel session ‘Welcome to Crypto Paradise: Why the Baltic States are at the forefront of the Blockchain Industry in the EU’, when experts will highlight the potential of the Baltic nations in the context of crypto economy and blockchain technology.

She will also speak at the ‘FashionTech’ session on the r/evolution of fashion.

Cassiopeia’s TV channel FinancialFox , a fast-growing video platform for tech enthusiasts, innovators and alternative investment seekers, will host a series of special episodes dedicated to insights from industry speakers at this event.

“Our partnership with Picante Tech Conference represents all Cassiopeia stands for: promoting innovation, understanding the power of technology and making the right connections. Exploring the possibilities unlocked by new technologies is at the core of Cassiopeia’s work and for that reason, these events are the right fit for us. We are excited to be part of the 2020 conferences and we look forward to the discussions we will have in Tallinn,” comments Stefania Barbaglio.

Technology has the power to reinvent society and leave a positive impact in the world. Over recent years, there have been numerous projects harnessing technology to bring about increased sustainability, security and inclusion. While the fast-paced evolution in the tech space is indeed exciting and promising, it can also be overwhelming due to the sheer number of projects emerging in the sector, and doubts over the future of over-hyped products.

The key to a successful business is a strong use-case that can add real value to both customers and economic activity. It is also important for governments and institutions to be open to embracing new technologies that make systems safer and more efficient. The Baltic region has been rising as one of the new tech business and entrepreneurship hubs, supported by an agreement made by the three Baltic states to support the use of technology, especially in capital market innovations.

Nordic Countries: The hub of FashionTech

Known for her entrepreneurial spirit and boundless creativity, as well as her keen eye for opportunity, Stefania is an international businesswoman with vast experience in innovation strategies. Her expertise has placed Cassiopeia as one of the leading PR agencies in the tech space.

Beyond this, Stefania Barbaglio is a fashionista and fashion innovation expert. She has recently launched her own fashion innovation platform Steffy B. During the ‘FashionTech” session, she will talk about how new technologies are shaping the future of the fashion industry.

Sustainability, transparency and ethical practices are the hallmarks of the new fashion age. Through her platform, Stefania has been analysing how technologies play a key role in the evolution of industry, offering new shopping experiences, improved community engagement, better supply chain management, and social empowerment.

“The fashion industry and all the luxury markets are evolving fast thanks to the implementation of new technologies. But it is not just about new materials and better customer shopping experiences and new marketing practices; there is a lot of innovation to come that will disrupt the supply chain cycle, bringing more transparency, efficiency and empowerment to communities and creators. The considerable problems of counterfeits and the second-hand black market can now be fought against,” says Stefania

The Nordic and Baltic region is indeed the right setting for such discussion. The Nordic countries have established a tradition of sustainability and innovation in fashion, with the Copenhagen Fashion Week (CPHFW) earlier this year setting up a sustainability advisory board of international fashion industry representatives, banning single-use plastic bottles and developing a guide to more responsible fashion shows.

“We wish to use our role and our voice to make sustainability more attractive and are dedicated to speeding up the industry’s transition,” said CPHFW CEO Cecilie Thorsmark to Vogue.

The Nordic countries have also started a cooperation platform, promoted as part of the Nordic Fashion Association, NICE: Nordic Initiative Clean & Ethical. “We are trying to move away from the very old-school, ugly-looking, chunking tech stuff happening now to a more fun, clean, fashion-tech scene that is more into emotional values, communication and solutions to everyday problems,” said Elin Fredberg, CEO of Swedish Fashion Council. The Swedish Fashion Council works with companies like H&M to develop tools to reduce faults in the fashion supply chain using technologies such as machine learning.

Be sure to follow us on social media @cassiopeia_ltd to keep up with more news and updates in this exciting sector. And don’t forget to subscribe to our channel to get notifications about further upcoming interviews on FinancialFox.

Register for the Tech Conference with the code ‘CASSIO10’ and get 10% off your ticket on: https://techconference.eu

Cassiopeia Services partners with Picante Tech Conference Europe

Focus on Innovation, Crypto and FashionTech

Cassiopeia Services, the award-winning London-based boutique PR firm focused on innovation in the investment space, is pleased to announce its new key partnership with the global news and publishing service portal PICANTE Media and Events for its 2020 Tech Conferences in Europe, which will discuss how innovation is shaping our economy and society, as well as raise awareness of valuable projects in Europe.

Launched in 2019, PICANTE TECH Conference Europe is a series of annual events designed to bring together innovation with compliance via several panel discussion and exclusive keynote presentations. The events are regularly attended by the top leading and emerging European startups, SMEs and large enterprises. The conferences aim to target businesses in Central-Eastern Europe, the Baltics, Scandinavia and Southern Europe.

Our goals are to help companies connect with the right partners in order to further develop their offerings in the ever-growing business community of the Baltic and Nordic regions. There are many opportunities in mobility, fintech, blockchain, edtech, and several other industries which haven’t yet been fully researched and implemented,” says Zoltán Tűndik, Co-Founder and Head of Business at PICANTE Media and Events.

Cassiopeia Services boasts a solid, global marketing platform with focus on social media, as well as a wide following in the investment, innovation and technology space, particularly on cryptocurrencies and blockchain. From a growth and PR perspective, these networks and channels represent a valuable alliance for Picante’s events.

Commenting on the partnership, Alex Marginean, Marketing Specialist at PICANTE Media and Events said: “Cassiopeia Services is a respected boutique PR firm and we value their commitment as a media partner of the TCE series. As we continue to strengthen our position in the tech conference events calendar of Europe, while also planning our expansion into North America and Asia, they are among the most dedicated partners. Stefania and the team has built a great network and we look forward to welcoming them this year in Tallinn and Prague.

The event gathers entrepreneurs, company representatives, investors and enthusiasts in the B2B sector of Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, NanoTechnology, Quantum Technology, 5G, IoT, AR/VR and more innovative tech. In 2020, Tech Conference will host two editions: Spring, taking place in Tallinn in May; and Autumn, taking place in Prague in October.

Among the confirmed speakers for the spring edition are Vytautas Kubilius (Google’s Country Manager for Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) Clément Delbouys (Sales Manager for EasyMile Northern Europe), Marek Kopanicky (Consultant at Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency), Alex White(Co-Founder of crypto media group Coinstelegram), Märt Aro (Co-Founder at DreamApply and European EdTech Alliance), Gerard Martret (Co-Founder & CCO at Shotl), Jovita Gabnienė (Dispute Resolution & Entertainment Attorney), Magith Noohukhan (Customer Engagement Evangelist at Braze) and more.

Cassiopeia founder and director Stefania Barbaglio will be moderating the panel session ‘Welcome to Crypto Paradise: Why the Baltic States are at the forefront of the Blockchain Industry in the EU’, when experts will highlight the potential of the Baltic nations in the context of crypto economy and blockchain technology.

She will also speak at the ‘FashionTech’ session on the r/evolution of fashion.

Cassiopeia’s TV channel FinancialFox , a fast-growing video platform for tech enthusiasts, innovators and alternative investment seekers, will host a series of special episodes dedicated to insights from industry speakers at this event.

“Our partnership with Picante Tech Conference represents all Cassiopeia stands for: promoting innovation, understanding the power of technology and making the right connections. Exploring the possibilities unlocked by new technologies is at the core of Cassiopeia’s work and for that reason, these events are the right fit for us. We are excited to be part of the 2020 conferences and we look forward to the discussions we will have in Tallinn,” comments Stefania Barbaglio.

Technology has the power to reinvent society and leave a positive impact in the world. Over recent years, there have been numerous projects harnessing technology to bring about increased sustainability, security and inclusion. While the fast-paced evolution in the tech space is indeed exciting and promising, it can also be overwhelming due to the sheer number of projects emerging in the sector, and doubts over the future of over-hyped products.

The key to a successful business is a strong use-case that can add real value to both customers and economic activity. It is also important for governments and institutions to be open to embracing new technologies that make systems safer and more efficient. The Baltic region has been rising as one of the new tech business and entrepreneurship hubs, supported by an agreement made by the three Baltic states to support the use of technology, especially in capital market innovations.

Nordic Countries: The hub of FashionTech

Known for her entrepreneurial spirit and boundless creativity, as well as her keen eye for opportunity, Stefania is an international businesswoman with vast experience in innovation strategies. Her expertise has placed Cassiopeia as one of the leading PR agencies in the tech space.

Beyond this, Stefania Barbaglio is a fashionista and fashion innovation expert. She has recently launched her own fashion innovation platform Steffy B. During the ‘FashionTech” session, she will talk about how new technologies are shaping the future of the fashion industry.

Sustainability, transparency and ethical practices are the hallmarks of the new fashion age. Through her platform, Stefania has been analysing how technologies play a key role in the evolution of industry, offering new shopping experiences, improved community engagement, better supply chain management, and social empowerment.

“The fashion industry and all the luxury markets are evolving fast thanks to the implementation of new technologies. But it is not just about new materials and better customer shopping experiences and new marketing practices; there is a lot of innovation to come that will disrupt the supply chain cycle, bringing more transparency, efficiency and empowerment to communities and creators. The considerable problems of counterfeits and the second-hand black market can now be fought against,” says Stefania

The Nordic and Baltic region is indeed the right setting for such discussion. The Nordic countries have established a tradition of sustainability and innovation in fashion, with the Copenhagen Fashion Week (CPHFW) earlier this year setting up a sustainability advisory board of international fashion industry representatives, banning single-use plastic bottles and developing a guide to more responsible fashion shows.

“We wish to use our role and our voice to make sustainability more attractive and are dedicated to speeding up the industry’s transition,” said CPHFW CEO Cecilie Thorsmark to Vogue.

The Nordic countries have also started a cooperation platform, promoted as part of the Nordic Fashion Association, NICE: Nordic Initiative Clean & Ethical. “We are trying to move away from the very old-school, ugly-looking, chunking tech stuff happening now to a more fun, clean, fashion-tech scene that is more into emotional values, communication and solutions to everyday problems,” said Elin Fredberg, CEO of Swedish Fashion Council. The Swedish Fashion Council works with companies like H&M to develop tools to reduce faults in the fashion supply chain using technologies such as machine learning.

Be sure to follow us on social media @cassiopeia_ltd to keep up with more news and updates in this exciting sector. And don’t forget to subscribe to our channel to get notifications about further upcoming interviews on FinancialFox.

Register for the Tech Conference with the code ‘CASSIO10’ and get 10% off your ticket on: https://techconference.eu

E-Sport: ZeU partners with Kamari Coin to build online gaming platform

E-Sports: ZeU partners with Kamari Coin to build online gaming platform

ZeU Crypto Networks Inc., the Canada-based blockchain development company, has announced its newly-established partnership with the African focused digital currency Kamari Coin (KAM) to build a blockchain-powered online lottery and gaming platform for the African market.

The opportunity

The global Online Lottery Market is estimated to reach revenues of more than $10 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of around 8% from 2017 to 2025.

Kamari Limited

Kamari is an innovative mobile payments cryptocurrency aiming to unite one billion people across Africa in the first pan-African digital gaming platform. Kamari was created with the vision of a world in which mobile gaming, lotteries, and payments are united without borders. By integrating existing infrastructure and licensing with one standardised currency, Kamari will instantly offer an improved experience to hundreds of millions of people across Africa.

How it will work

The gaming applications will run within the Kamari ecosystem and be integrated with the Kamari mobile wallet. ZeU will be responsible for the technical construction of the project, building functionality which will allow current Mula users to utilise KAM currency.

MulaMarketplace users will be able to exchange KAM tokens with other marketplace users, which will open them up to the wider Kamari ecosystem. Additionally, Mula’s upcoming peer-to-peer microlending solution will work within Kamari’s ecosystem, which will enable any Mula user to access Kamari’s gaming and lottery ecosystem.

MulaMail is one of ZeU’s latest projects, a fully protected, end-to-end encrypted email and messaging system built on blockchain technology.

‘We believe that this partnership with Kamari opens up unparalleled opportunities for Mula users. First and foremost is the ability to use Kamari Coin within MulaMicrofinance to lend or send money, which speaks to one of ZeU’s core values of democratizing cryptocurrency. The other is the ability to access Kamari’s ecosystem, which includes entry into the next big online gambling market, Africa.’ commented ZeU’s CEO, Frank Dumas.

ZeU has been working with blockchain gaming solutions since establishing a joint venture with St James House plc for online lotteries. St James is a diversified company delivering best-in-class products for Lottery and eCommerce in long-standing relationships with blue-chip clients, including household names and leading charities.

ZeU’s team is well equipped and experienced in developing cutting-edge solutions for this market, under the leadership of CTO Jean-Philippe Beaudet, an expert on technology for gaming and blockchain specialists.

Stefania Barbaglio, PR for ZeU, commented on the deal:This partnership with Kamari represents an invaluable opportunity for ZeU to enter the African market, where many new possibilities are arising. Leapfrogging technologies are opening new opportunities in Africa, empowering people, and businesses. Why is blockchain so crucial for Africa? Because it builds a trusted, transparent and more efficient ecosystem, cutting costs, inefficiencies, and middlemen.’

The online and gaming space in Africa is booming, propelled by increasing mobile phone ownership and digital payment solutions. Africa is the world’s fastest-growing mobile market, with 444 million mobile subscribers. In South Africa, the video game sector had the fastest year-on-year growth rate (16.8%) in 2017 of any of the media and entertainment sectors led by the rise of mobile gaming via smartphones. Nearly 300 million new subscribers are expected to access the mobile internet in the next seven years.

ZeU eyes eSports opportunity

Along with online lotteries, ZeU plans to expand its operations to develop blockchain solutions for the eSports market: the world of competitive, organised video gaming. The gamers have impressive followings, and millions of fans around the world watch their competitions. The popular League of Legends tournament in 2017 generated $5.5 million in ticket sales.

‘By positioning ourselves at the very advent of eSports betting, we are capitalizing on its increasing popularity. The core audiences of the eSports market and the gambling market converge to create an enthusiastic audience for eSports gambling. The anonymized data will allow us to tweak the gambling experience and will create the opportunity for traditional betting establishments to refine their odds.’ commented Jean-Philippe Beaudet, CTO of ZeU.

There are even streaming services, such as Twitch, where viewers can watch gamers play in real-time. In 2018, around 395 million people worldwide watched eSports, with most viewers being from North America, China, and South Korea. The global eSports audience will grow to 453.8 million worldwide in 2019, a year-on-year growth of +15.0%.

2019 has indeed marked a major milestone for the global eSports market, says a report by Newzoo. This year, for the first time, the market exceeded the billion-dollar revenue mark. According to their studies, revenues will reach an impressive $1.1 billion in 2019, a year-on-year growth of +26.7%.

Extracted From Newzoo

‘ESports’ impressive audience and viewership growth is a direct result of an engaging viewership experience untethered to traditional media,’ said Newzoo CEO Peter Warman. Most of the industry’s revenue comes from media rights, advertising, and sponsorships.

With the wider adoption of mobile phones in emerging markets and the advent of 5G, both the online gaming and eSports markets are expected to grow. Regions with a prevalent young population, such as India, where the average age is 29, look particularly promising for gaming services.

Join our Telegram to send questions or follow us on Twitter and DM us there. Follow @cassiopeia_ltd and @ZeUCrypto for updates.

E-Sport: ZeU partners with Kamari Coin to build online gaming platform

E-Sports: ZeU partners with Kamari Coin to build online gaming platform

ZeU Crypto Networks Inc., the Canada-based blockchain development company, has announced its newly-established partnership with the African focused digital currency Kamari Coin (KAM) to build a blockchain-powered online lottery and gaming platform for the African market.

The opportunity

The global Online Lottery Market is estimated to reach revenues of more than $10 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of around 8% from 2017 to 2025.

Kamari Limited

Kamari is an innovative mobile payments cryptocurrency aiming to unite one billion people across Africa in the first pan-African digital gaming platform. Kamari was created with the vision of a world in which mobile gaming, lotteries, and payments are united without borders. By integrating existing infrastructure and licensing with one standardised currency, Kamari will instantly offer an improved experience to hundreds of millions of people across Africa.

How it will work

The gaming applications will run within the Kamari ecosystem and be integrated with the Kamari mobile wallet. ZeU will be responsible for the technical construction of the project, building functionality which will allow current Mula users to utilise KAM currency.

MulaMarketplace users will be able to exchange KAM tokens with other marketplace users, which will open them up to the wider Kamari ecosystem. Additionally, Mula’s upcoming peer-to-peer microlending solution will work within Kamari’s ecosystem, which will enable any Mula user to access Kamari’s gaming and lottery ecosystem.

MulaMail is one of ZeU’s latest projects, a fully protected, end-to-end encrypted email and messaging system built on blockchain technology.

‘We believe that this partnership with Kamari opens up unparalleled opportunities for Mula users. First and foremost is the ability to use Kamari Coin within MulaMicrofinance to lend or send money, which speaks to one of ZeU’s core values of democratizing cryptocurrency. The other is the ability to access Kamari’s ecosystem, which includes entry into the next big online gambling market, Africa.’ commented ZeU’s CEO, Frank Dumas.

ZeU has been working with blockchain gaming solutions since establishing a joint venture with St James House plc for online lotteries. St James is a diversified company delivering best-in-class products for Lottery and eCommerce in long-standing relationships with blue-chip clients, including household names and leading charities.

ZeU’s team is well equipped and experienced in developing cutting-edge solutions for this market, under the leadership of CTO Jean-Philippe Beaudet, an expert on technology for gaming and blockchain specialists.

Stefania Barbaglio, PR for ZeU, commented on the deal:This partnership with Kamari represents an invaluable opportunity for ZeU to enter the African market, where many new possibilities are arising. Leapfrogging technologies are opening new opportunities in Africa, empowering people, and businesses. Why is blockchain so crucial for Africa? Because it builds a trusted, transparent and more efficient ecosystem, cutting costs, inefficiencies, and middlemen.’

The online and gaming space in Africa is booming, propelled by increasing mobile phone ownership and digital payment solutions. Africa is the world’s fastest-growing mobile market, with 444 million mobile subscribers. In South Africa, the video game sector had the fastest year-on-year growth rate (16.8%) in 2017 of any of the media and entertainment sectors led by the rise of mobile gaming via smartphones. Nearly 300 million new subscribers are expected to access the mobile internet in the next seven years.

ZeU eyes eSports opportunity

Along with online lotteries, ZeU plans to expand its operations to develop blockchain solutions for the eSports market: the world of competitive, organised video gaming. The gamers have impressive followings, and millions of fans around the world watch their competitions. The popular League of Legends tournament in 2017 generated $5.5 million in ticket sales.

‘By positioning ourselves at the very advent of eSports betting, we are capitalizing on its increasing popularity. The core audiences of the eSports market and the gambling market converge to create an enthusiastic audience for eSports gambling. The anonymized data will allow us to tweak the gambling experience and will create the opportunity for traditional betting establishments to refine their odds.’ commented Jean-Philippe Beaudet, CTO of ZeU.

There are even streaming services, such as Twitch, where viewers can watch gamers play in real-time. In 2018, around 395 million people worldwide watched eSports, with most viewers being from North America, China, and South Korea. The global eSports audience will grow to 453.8 million worldwide in 2019, a year-on-year growth of +15.0%.

2019 has indeed marked a major milestone for the global eSports market, says a report by Newzoo. This year, for the first time, the market exceeded the billion-dollar revenue mark. According to their studies, revenues will reach an impressive $1.1 billion in 2019, a year-on-year growth of +26.7%.

Extracted From Newzoo

‘ESports’ impressive audience and viewership growth is a direct result of an engaging viewership experience untethered to traditional media,’ said Newzoo CEO Peter Warman. Most of the industry’s revenue comes from media rights, advertising, and sponsorships.

With the wider adoption of mobile phones in emerging markets and the advent of 5G, both the online gaming and eSports markets are expected to grow. Regions with a prevalent young population, such as India, where the average age is 29, look particularly promising for gaming services.

Join our Telegram to send questions or follow us on Twitter and DM us there. Follow @cassiopeia_ltd and @ZeUCrypto for updates.

CARDANO BLOCKCHAIN EVOLUTION

Cardano enters a new evolution phase with Shelley Testnet. Focus on decentralisation, power efficiency, community engagement and much more in an exclusive interview with Charles Hoskinson

In the latest episode of FinancialFox, crypto guru Stefania Barbaglio welcomed Charles Hoskinson, co-founder of IOHK and Cardano (ADA), one of the most prominent and most followed innovators in the blockchain/crypto space. In this three-episode series, Charles talks about the much anticipated Shelley test, updates on Cardano’s next phases and plans, more socially relevant partner projects, and the crucial element of community engagement.

Cardano was developed to be more than a cryptocurrency: a smart contract platform which seeks to deliver more advanced features than any previous protocol. It is the first blockchain platform to evolve out of a scientific philosophy and a research-first driven approach. It also ranks within the top 15 cryptocurrencies by market capitalisation.

Input-Output Hong Kong (IOHK) is the brains behind the Cardano blockchain. The team comprises scientists and engineers committed to developing decentralised open-source technologies that can cause cascading disruption.

These are exciting times for Cardano enthusiasts as the team gears up to complete the Shelley testnet. According to Hoskinson, after Shelley and planned updates, Cardano will be a true ‘third-generation cryptocurrency’ whose mission is to unlock a new era of development, powered by technology and decentralisation.

Shelley will see the introduction of a delegation and incentives scheme: a reward system to drive stake pools and community adoption. By the end of the Shelley era, Cardano should be 50–100 times more decentralised than any other extensive blockchain network. The Shelley era represents the natural maturation of the network, through which it emerges more useful, rewarding, and valuable for users. Shelley will set the stage for a fully distributed system.

From https://cardanoroadmap.com/en/

This past weekend, IOHK announced the successful set-up of the Shelley-incentivised test network via Twitter, allowing for the creation of stake pools. For those wishing to participate, IOHK has released a series of tutorial videos exploring the different stages of building up a functioning stake pool in the testnet. With the new incentivised network now up and running, pool operators are set up and ready for the Rewards wallet launch next week.

While other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are criticised for their high energy consumption, Shelly and Proof-of-Stake will enable Cardano to improve scalability and energy efficiency, bringing significant value and advantages without compromising on security or decentralisation. The entire Cardano network runs at a fraction of the power cost of equivalent proof-of-work blockchains, using the electricity equivalent of a single house, rather than that of a small country.

Hoskinson talks about the future of digital payments and AdaPay, a solution developed by the Cardano Foundation and COTI launched in November which allows merchants to accept ADA payments with a near-instant settlement into 35 fiat currencies.

Despite its advanced technology and expert team, Cardano has been struggling to break into the mainstream crypto industry and compete in the major league, which has disappointed some members of the community. Charles talks about the challenges inherent in crypto success and the importance of having a project with a solid mission behind it.

In the second part of the interview, the Cardano founder shares his views about quantum computing and the impacts of this new technology. It is a significant development, but it may take a while before quantum computing forms part of mainstream technology. Nevertheless, Charles believes that innovation is a process, and evolving technologies are a part of this.

Cardano is a social project as much as a financial one. It is not just payments; it’s about applications that can improve how things work in today’s world.

Stefania and Charles also discussed the signficant opportunity within the fashion and luxury sector to improve supply chain management and brand reputation and trust. Cardano has recently partnered with New Balance, the footwear giant, to allow people to establish ownership of the products they buy as an effort to combat counterfeit products. Blockchain also has the power to make the second-hand retail market more transparent and better regulated.

The food industry, land registry, digital identities and digital assets also offer considerable opportunities for implementation of blockchain technology.

Innovative technology developers like Cardano have the ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to enter markets in developing economies, where they can introduce their technologies to have a high impact on social and economic structures.

Cardano offers the technology necessary for systematic change. With the multitude of applications that blockchain offers, a decentralised technology can enable digital payments, smart contracts and food traceability, to name but a few.

In the last segment of the interview, Charles expands on the crucial role played by the community and the importance of engaging with people to raise awareness about Cardano and cryptocurrencies in general.

He also comments on the MMA fight with Chico Crypto. Is it going to happen?

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Good news for India’s crypto scene: Binance acquires WazirX

Binance, one of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges, has announced its buyout of the exchange WazirX, marking their entry into the Indian market. Binance is a leading cryptocurrency trading platform with more than 100 cryptocurrencies available and is considered to be the largest exchange in terms of volume.

In an interview with crypto guru Stefania Barbaglio for FinancialFox, WazirX CEO Nischal Shetty talked about the deal and how it will impact the crypto world in India. The crypto scene is one of the largest and most exciting areas in terms of potential for growth and mass adoption.

“This is not just good news for WazirX, but also great news for crypto ecosystem in India,” says Nischal about the recent announcement. The CEO believes that Binance is the ideal partner as the two companies share the same mission of widening cryptocurrency access to as many people as possible.

WazirX was the first exchange to create an auto-matching peer-to-peer engine to help traders convert Indian rupees into crypto and vice versa. According to a statement, this is a first-of-its-kind acquisition of an Indian crypto exchange by a global player in the industry.

The buyout statement says that the entry into the Indian market represents a step into allowing cryptocurrencies to be part of developing economies: “The next phase of mass adoption of cryptocurrencies will arise from developing nations around the world. India, with more than a billion people, is primed for massive crypto adoption and this acquisition by Binance gives us the opportunity to not only cater to India but every developing nation where fiat on-ramps have to be built.”

Nischal Shetty was a guest on our show nearly a year ago, when he talked about the difficult relationship between Indian regulators and pro-blockchain businesses. Nischal started the campaign #IndiaWantsCrypto to attract the attention of businesses, regulators and campaigners. Shetty believes that implementing positive regulations and allowing Indian people to integrate the digital currency economy will bring wealth and millions of jobs, creating a big boost for the national economy:

While India has one of the largest unbanked populations in the world, it also has one of the largest numbers of smartphones in the world, and cryptocurrencies act at the heart of this disparity. The country has more than half a billion internet subscribers, making it one of the most important for digital consumers, yet Indian authorities seem reluctant to allow the use of cryptocurrencies in the country.

A ban on cryptocurrencies issued by the Indian Central Bank, RBI, has caused many Indian-based exchanges to move operations to crypto-friendly countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Switzerland.

Nevertheless, the Indian government has acknowledged and welcomed the advantages of implementing blockchain technology into systems. It is reported that approximately half of the states in India have integrated blockchain projects into their administrations to optimise various public services.

Other blockchain enthusiasts seem positive about the news of Binance entering the Indian market. In an interview for Cointelegraph, Varun Sethi, the founder of Blockchain Lawyer, said: “The acquisition of WazirX by Binance should be construed as a positive step since this would help assembly the defragmented efforts to approach regulatory authorities for bringing in place regulatory framework. Also global experiences of Binance dealing with other government and their subsequent change in stance towards a pro crypto approach, may well be the trigger that India needs to head in the right direction for such regulations.”

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The future internet, built on blockchain: Decentralisation, security and privacy

In the latest episode of FinancialFox, Crypto Guru Stefania Barbaglio connects with Jared Tate, founder of DigiByte and author of Blockchain 2035: The Digital DNA of Internet 3.0. Aimed at both professionals and the layperson, the book explores the possibilities of the new blockchain-powered internet age.

The DigiByte founder has long talked about the power of decentralised technologies and “blockchain’s ability to recreate the architecture of the internet.” In this book, co-authored with Andrew Knapp, founder and CEO of VESTi, Jared dives deep into the world of blockchain and its potentiality.

Blockchain is one of the most innovative technologies to have surged in adoption over recent years. The industry has received substantial investment and is rapidly developing its products and services to fit the demands of an ever-more digital world. The applications of blockchain are diverse, ranging from financial services to healthcare to digital identities.

Blockchain 2035 addresses exactly this. “It’s a very dynamic book,” defines Jared Tate, highlighting that his work combines explanations about the technology and its applications, as well as geopolitics and the digital economy. The book is a first of its kind, detailing the pivotal role of blockchain in the future of the internet and digital systems.

Jared discusses the challenges inherent in blockchain development, such as scalability, and how DigiByte has evolved to address vulnerabilities and improve its structure. DigiByte is one of the most secure and decentralised UTXO blockchains available on the market due to its constant updates and enhanced features.

Blockchain has immense industrial and technical value and the industry is highly capable of reinvention and improvement.The purpose of deploying blockchain is to enable faster, more secure user-centric systems.

On the issue of quantum computing, Jared debunks some myths around the subject and explains its potential impact on blockchain services. He questions the feasibility of quantum computers becoming mainstream in the near future, while acknowledging that it is a powerful technology with interesting applications. In terms of the challenge it could pose to blockchain technology: “We already have projects working to quantum-proof their blockchains, like DigiByte. This industry has been on the cutting edge of security innovations and I believe this will continue to happen,” Jared comments.

Discussing the current issues in data management and privacy, Jared believes blockchain has an important role in protecting data as he outlines DigiByte’s work with digiassets, a system built on DigiByte technology that allows for the application of decentralised technologies to digital identity and safe management of digital assets.

“By 2035, our world will have changed substantially, and decentralised blockchains will have been a big part of that. Blockchains will serve for everything we use in our day-to-day lives, from being a source of trust for businesses to working as a check on advanced AIs. New monetary alternatives that blockchain supports will impact governments, large corporations, and banks, especially in an era defined by overwhelming debt and quantitative easing.”

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Quantum Computing: dawn of a new tech era?

Much has been said about quantum computing since Google revealed that it has achieved ‘quantum supremacy’. Last month, the search giant reported its quantum computer, called Sycamore, was able to solve a mathematical calculation in 200 seconds — a similar task would take a supercomputer 10,000 years.

Although the concept of quantum physics originated in the early 20th century, we have not yet seen any practical applications of this technology as scientists are still studying its structure and examining its potential. Quantum computers, if they become a reality, could operate well beyond the limits we know today and offer exponential gains in computing power.

Quantum computers use quantum bits, or “qubits”, instead of “bits”, which are the currency of classical computers. While a classical bit has a value of either 0 or 1, a qubit can be both and everything in between: based on the quantum principle known as superposition. Unlike classical computers, quantum computers can many calculations simultaneously, meaning that a quantum computer‘s capabilities increase exponentially.

“Quantum computing represents an emerging technology where the performance could be exponentially better than what is capable today from a classical computer. The hope is that with this technology, in about 10 to 12 years, we have a quantum computer capable of doing something that no computer on earth can do in any amount of time,” said Jim Clarke, Director of Quantum Hardware at Intel, in an NBC interview in 2018.

The race to conquer quantum technology is already taking place: iIBM and Google are leading way the in the US, while D-Wave in Canada is another main player. Meanwhile, China is heavily investing in quantum research and development to achieve its goal of being a global leader in innovation by 2035, Japanese companies like Toshiba and Hitachi are getting involved in the quantum space, and the European Commission has made quantum technologies a priority in the digital single market.

Quantum technology is indeed powerful and promising: once fully developed and harnessed, it could allow for new systems to take over virtually any industry. However, it is still early days, so it might still be some time before we see any day-to-day applications of quantum computing. There are limitations to be overcome, like the fact that qubits are fragile and require a highly controlled physical environment with temperatures close to absolute zero. Some of the most immediate applications of quantum power would be for machine learning development, communication and cryptography.

The calculation carried out by Google’s Sycamore used 53 superconducting qubits and is not useful in daily life. At the moment, quantum machines can perform very simple algorithms. Experts say that a realistic time frame for quantum computing to have a measurable impact is about 10 to 15 years from now, but growing investment and government incentives could accelerate this process.

“Sometimes people think: okay, it went fast with mobile phones, it went fast with this and that, so maybe in a few years I will have my own quantum computer in a mobile phone. I think this is simply not realistic.” Kristel Michielsen, a Quantum Information Processing professor and researcher at Jülich Forschungszentrum, in Germany, told DW in an interview.

A threat to blockchain technology and crypto?

The announcement of Google’s quantum breakthrough set tongues wagging in the blockchain and crypto community. Could the reality of quantum computing end up wiping out the developments and benefits of blockchain technology?

Blockchain is made of encrypted nodes interconnected on a chain, which currently makes it almost impossible to hack, whereas Quantum computers in fact represent a risk to all encryption systems. The way to break into an encrypted system is to calculate a private key using the public key — a very difficult feat for conventional computers, but achievable by quantum machines.

According to the MIT Technology Review, quantum computing would be able to hack the cryptography hash that universally secures the blockchain and the internet in general. This could enable quantum computers to perform fraudulent transactions and break down internet security as we now know it. The massive calculating power of quantum computers will be able to break Bitcoin security within 10 years, said security experts to MIT Technology Review.

Compared to other emerging technologies, such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, funding for quantum computing is relatively low. This is because the impact of AI and blockchain is much more immediate and we can see the applications right now. But this reality coulds change as the impact of quantum power become more evident.

Is blockchain able to resist against quantum computers?

PR Crypto Guru Stefania Barbaglio will be speaking with blockchain experts Jared Tate and Jean-Phillippe Baudet, and Quantum Physicist Andre Xuereb along with Frank Dumas about what the emergence of quantum computing means for blockchain and the tech scene. Full episode releasing soon. Stay tuned!

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ZeU Crypto Networks Launches Blockchain-based MulaMail

Considering the modern internet’s many vulnerabilities, it’s safe to say that traditional email systems don’t score highly on security. Traditional email is fast becoming obsolete, with its authentication carried out via username and password only, while the information itself is stored in plain text on the server. Nevertheless, email remains one of the most widely-used communication platforms. In 2018 alone, the number of global email users amounted to 3.8 billion — a figure set to grow to 4.4 billion in 2023, further highlighting the need for an improved system.

In a traditional email system, the transfer of messages from sender to recipient passes through multiple computers between the two points. In addition to the user, many other parties, including mailbox holders, email service providers, and even the network provider may have access to the mail. They could, in theory, modify the content of emails without notifying the user.

In the current email transmission process, the content data is encapsulated in clear text and exposed to universal ports, leaving the data open to easy interception. Network monitoring equipment or software could seize email data information.

In addition to issues around access security, email systems’ data is stored centrally, so vulnerabilities in a storage service may compromise private content. Failure of email services, either through software or hardware failures, may also lead to loss of meaningful communication. After accessing the computer through these vulnerabilities, an intruder can readily obtain the email address and corresponding username, password, and email content. If there is an email address book, the contact information of those users is also exposed.

Creating a secure email system requires more than just data encryption. Such a system would encompass security between the sender and receiver, and the encryption of data between email servers. It would also contain mechanisms to prevent email domain spoofing, verify that messages have been sent from valid domains, and encrypt transactions between email servers that forward email for delivery.

The solution to reducing and removing these vulnerabilities lies in the combination of blockchain technology and email technology so that the blockchain authenticates both the sender and the recipient of the blockchain email.

ZeU Crypto Networks has launched MulaMail, a fully protected, end-to-end encrypted email and messaging system built on blockchain technology.

Benefits of MulaMail

· Built on blockchain: Mula provides privacy and security.

· Reclaimed privacy: Messages remain fully private and cannot be scanned or read by anyone one than the user, not even the company, big tech or government organisations.

· End-to-end encryption: MulaMail is encrypted, so users control their encryption keys, making data secure both for user and recipient.

· Immutable: Mula is blockchain-based, it records emails forever so they can never be lost.

· Spam-free: Mula uses a whitelisting approach whereby the sender needs permission to communicate with the user, so users never receive any unwanted emails.

· Rewards: Mula will offer exclusive rewards for early adopters and influencers.

Advantages of blockchain-built email

These systems offer unparalleled levels of security while ensuring that your messages will never be lost, deleted or altered. Because the blockchain email system’s database cannot be corrupted, there would be no loss of information or messages. Messages sent and received via blockchain-built systems cannot be modified.

Furthermore, there is no central email server, which means increased security and less vulnerability to hacking and theft. The blockchain network is verified and authenticated by each member, which means that malicious actors would not be able to impersonate other users. It would be more difficult to send spam messages since these messages would need to be verified.

The need for privacy

Users’ internet records are retained, which means users are under constant surveillance. The internet service provider companies, telecom operators, and communication service providers may store your data for an extended period of time and make it accessible to authorities. Any internet activity connected with a specific IP address leaves an electronic footprint that everybody, from the ISP to Google, can use to monitor a user. Most online services keep records of your details under the guise of improving user experience, which, in effect, puts users under surveillance. The promise of blockchain-based email is unprecedented privacy.

Challenges of blockchain-built email

Some limitations still need to be overcome for blockchain-built email to become widely adopted. One of the main challenges is the compatibility between blockchain and standard email systems. To ensure a message and its content does not leave the blockchain and is therefore kept safe and private, blockchain email services have to develop unique solutions.

Furthermore, blockchains are generally not built to transfer or store large attachments, a feature that could limit the use potential of blockchain email systems. Bitcoin, for example, uses a blockchain that was 210GB as of April 2019. While that may seem like a large database, it cannot accommodate typical mailbox sizes. The average email is 75KB and considering there are 102.6 trillion emails sent every year, it means that a blockchain email platform with even a small number of users would quickly run into storage problems.

Overall, successful blockchain email systems will require more than just technical accomplishment. They will need to prove that they are more practical than traditional email and social media, meaning that they must provide high user-value to get traction in the market.

PR and Crypto Guru Stefania Barbaglio will be speaking with Jean-Philippe Beaudet, CTO, Zeu Crypto Networks about the benefits of Mula Mail and why blockchain based email and messaging system is a priority in today’s world to secure our personal data. Full episode releasing soon !!
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