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.

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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.

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.”

You can order Blockchain 2035 here: https://blockchain2035.com/collections/all

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https://youtu.be/AcLTiAIAvSE

Blockchain Life 2019: Microsoft, Huawei and Venezuelan government at Blockchain Life 2019 on…

Blockchain Life 2019: Microsoft, Huawei and Venezuelan government at Blockchain Life 2019 on October 16–17 in Moscow

News about Blockchain Life 2019

Blockchain Life 2019 takes place in one week. The organizers have already sold over 4000 tickets. Among speakers are the founders of top blockchain and crypto companies, investors, developers, crypto traders, CEOs of projects, entrepreneurs and businessmen. The following keynoters are also joining the upcoming event:

  • Leading technology expert at Microsoft in Russia Konstantin Goldstein;
  • CTO of Huawei Jorge Sebastiao;
  • Venezuelan delegation El Petro — 1st national cryptocurrency’s creators.

Microsoft, as well as other renowned world IT companies, strives to develop the blockchain ecosystem around the globe. Konstantin Goldstein (Microsoft) has 16 years of experience in the IT industry and speaks about “Blockchain Consortiums — New Paradigm of Enterprise Collaboration” at Blockchain Life 2019.

The European Blockchain Life’s programme includes talks from the top management of leading industry companies: Binance, Listing.help, BitForex, IOTA, Oracle, Dash, Huobi, Tron, Kaspersky, VTB and others.

The forum’s programme and the full speakers’ list are available at https://blockchain-life.com

The international listing agency Listing.help is the organizer of the global forum. The general sponsor is a cryptocurrency exchange BitForex.com.

Purchase tickets to the global forum Blockchain Life 2019 before the next price increase at https://blockchain-life.com.

Unlocking the new digital economy: The Internet of Blockchain & Evolution of Digital Assets

Over the recent years, blockchain has evolved and entered different markets beyond digital currency. Blockchain technology is now understood as an enabler for faster, more secure and efficient systems. Its uses are indeed so varied that blockchain can be deployed to power the next generation of the Internet: the decentralised web, or web 3.0.

The current architecture of ‘web 2.0’ is user-friendly and familiar. However, as most internet users are now starting to realise, this system has come at a cost: centralised control over data. At the moment, companies like Google and Facebook ̶ the so-called ‘Big Tech’ ̶ act as central databases for an enormous amount of user information.

However, the recurring stories of privacy and data abuse have shown the need to create a new internet structure: an environment in which users have control over their information. In comes blockchain: Web 3.0, powered by blockchain technology, will be decentralised and therefore user-centric, with the potential to break the influence that large and private corporations currently hold over the digital environment and the information contained within.

In the new episode of #FinancialFox Crypto Show, Crypto PR Guru Stefania Barbaglio was joined by a panel of three experts working on innovative projects based on blockchain and other disruptive technologies. They discussed the internet of blockchain and recent developments of digital assets. The panel included Josiah Spackman, Chief Fun Officer of DigiByte, who has been central to DGB’s project development and awareness. With over 9 million blocks and a reduced transaction time of under 15 seconds, DigiByte is one of the longest, secure UTXO blockchains available in crypto. The second guest was Jean Paul Beaudet, the tech guru and the brains behind the Canadian blockchain developer Zeu Crypto Networks, a tech company working on the next generation of blockchain. The third guest, Emal Safi, is the CEO of Aircoins, the largest Augmented Reality (AR) Crypto platform in the world.

Web 3.0: The Internet of Blockchain

“There are a lot more things we can do with blockchains that just payments. This is just one of the many uses of blockchain,” said Josiah about the possibility of a decentralised internet. Blockchain is a dynamic and scalable technology; once applied to the structure of the web, it is poised to turn it into a decentralised platform, challenging the role of the big tech companies.

Building on blockchain, Internet 3.0 would not require centralised servers to store information, as it is structured in a peer-to-peer network of nodes. On this network, data is then distributed across the participant nodes. This is a more efficient architecture because it offers better verification processes and it is less susceptible to corruption on corporate and regulatory levels.

At the moment, projects are being developed and discussions are taking place, but the internet of blockchain is yet to become a reality. As much as this new phase of the internet is a real possibility, it is still in its development stage, so it is necessary to create connectors that will allow different blockchain protocols to interact and work together, Jean Paul from ZeU Networks points out: “Blockchain is indeed a revolutionary technology, and the distributed ledger internet is on its way but it still needs a big industry solution to connect the old world and the new world.”

One major concern affecting the widespread adoption of blockchains is limited privacy: although blockchain provides pseudo anonymisations by analysing the transaction graph and related other information, it is often possible to link users to transactions. Once one transaction is linked to a user, all of that user’s transactions become known. Since blockchain transaction data is public or shared across a larger group, in the case of permissioned-blockchain, blockchain is riskier than using a credit card in terms of privacy. This could be a factor preventing mass adoption. Digibyte has solved this issue by inventing the Dandelion feature, which aids in obfuscating the sender’s IP address in the DigiByte blockchain. Launched in May, the Dandelion made DigiByte the first major UTXO blockchain to implement such a privacy-enhancement tool.

Enhancing operability of blockchain

Jean Paul, from ZeU Crypto Networks, highlighted the limitations of current blockchain technology, such as scalability and interoperability. Most of the current forms of blockchains face problems of scalability and interoperability due to the mechanism of the distributed ledger technology, which means that processes are lengthier than they should be and different ecosystems may experience problems working together.

ZeU has been working on solutions to this and has released a blockchain patent that paves the way for the next generation of blockchain technology. The company filed a patent for a decentralised transactional communication protocol, which promises to be a breakthrough in the decentralised ledger technology. The New Internet Communication Protocol will enable a smoother transition of legacy systems into the distributed digital economy, or Web 3.0.

The new protocol announced by ZeU marks the chapter of a new era in the distributed ledger technology (DLT) as it aims at total decentralisation and smart contract use cases. Developed by ZeU, the Decentralised Transactional Communication Protocol (DTCP) is a grassroots alternative to tackle DLT-based industry problems such as interoperability and scalability. It enables any number of participants to communicate in a transactional way. Blockchain applications are complex and difficult to understand for developers, so ZeU offers a modular framework for dapps to be built on the ZeU blockchain in an easy and efficient manner as the the new protocol DTCP helps with the interoperability.

“DTCP is a tokenless and blockless scalable economic model to enable the legacy system to offer a smooth transition into the new distributed digital economy,” says Jean Paul Beaudet.

The evolution of digital assets

The speakers also discussed the growing role of digital assets and the integration of new technologies into blockchain platform to create improved experiences.

In this respect, Aircoins has been a major force in combining augmented reality with cryptocurrency. It recently partnered with cryptocurrency Dash to distribute the coin in various parts of the world via their Augmented Reality app. This innovative model opens up new engagement forms and improves user experience.

Talking about Aircoins, CEO Emal talked about augmented reality (AR), an increasingly present technology. The Aircoins App is a modern-day treasure hunt that uses 3D and AR/VR technology to ‘capture’ cryptocurrencies with one’s mobile phone. With the app, users can hunt, collect and send cryptocurrencies to one another.

Aircoins’ aim is to bring more people into the cryptocurrency world, and they decided to do so by engaging with the audience in a fun and interactive manner: “There are different ways to work with digital assets and cryptocurrencies. We are doing it with rewards points in augmented reality. AR brings a new memorable, visual experience,” said Emal.

There are plenty of digital channels an organisation can use to reach more people, and digital assets can improve user experience. Josiah gives the example of producing content online and rewarding users with digital assets as a way of interacting with online communities.

Emal highlights the potential in the gaming sector of looking at the value of digital and crypto assets. Gamers are essentially very tech-savvy and are used to handling tokens and virtual money: “Gamers are very inclined towards how the new economy is working,” Emal said. The gaming industry is growing at a fast pace: in 2018, it generated nearly $135 billion in revenue. This value can be unlocked with the use of digital assets, revealing the potential value digital assets could bring to businesses, services and users.

In terms of about the importance of digital assets, the panel noted that increasingly, blockchain technology is playing a role in the tracking and recording of ownership of physical real-world assets, such as documents, contracts, precious objects, and even real estate, effectively digitising them as well. Since blockchains are tamper-resistant, making it impossible to meddle with a record once it’s been broadcast to the network, blockchain is a highly efficient system for proving ownership and authenticity. Blockchain can remove the middlemen and the potential for data tampering at any stage. This means it can also remove any doubt over the authenticity of ownership. Blockchains can be the perfect means for tracking ownership of just about anything from luxury goods to private equity.

Watch the full interview to learn more about internet of blockchains and digital assets, and hear about these innovative projects

Fashion companies focused on Supply Chain Transparency and Blockchain

Transparency is a pressing issue in the fashion industry today. As a solution to this hot topic, blockchain in the fashion industry is being increasingly used to not only increase intellectual property protection for designers and companies but also to rapidly trace the entire journey of the finished product as it travels through the distribution chain right from the initial raw material stage up until it reaches the consumer, thereby giving rise to greater clarity about its origins for both brands and consumers alike. Companies are thus steadily working towards ensuring greater visibility and transparency of the workers in supply chains, the business relationships therein and publicly communicating about the initiatives they are taking to ensure sustainability across the supply chain.

In 2019, 200 fashion brands and retailers took part in the Fashion Transparency Index study which showed that sportwear and outdoor brands were leading the way on the transparency front. The 5 brands who scored the highest on their supply chain transparency are Adidas, Reebok, Patagonia, each scoring 64%, Esprit with 62%, and fast-fashion clothing chain H&M scoring 61%.

As of 2019, only 10 brands are disclosing information regarding where and who are they getting their supply of raw materials like viscose, wool, etc. The brands are:

ASOS

C&A

Esprit

Lululemon

Marks & Spencer

Patagonia

The North Face (VF Corporation)

Timberland (VF Corporation)

Vans (VF Corporation)

Wrangler (VF Corporation)

Brands who have shown the highest improvement since 2018 in their level of disclosure of supplier lists overall to the public are Dior (up by 22%), Sainsbury’s Tu Clothing (up by 21%), Nike (up by 21%), New Balance (up by 18%), and Marc Jacobs (up by 17%).

This statistic shows the willingness of consumers to buy sustainable fashion worldwide in 2018. In 2018, 60 percent of respondents stated that they would buy sustainable fashion if it were the same price as normal fashion.

A blockchain software company named Provenance collaborated with London-based designer Martine Jarlgaard to produce, using blockchain technology, the world’s first tracked garment. Consumers in store, after scanning the label on the clothing items, could witness the history of the product and be certain about the sustainability of the raw material sources.

Courtesy : KPMG

Luxury brands, for example LVMH which is the world’s largest luxury conglomerate, are also embracing this technology to track luxury goods and prove their authenticity. Louis Vuitton and Parfums Christian Dior are the first two brands to go on board with LVMH’s blockchain platform called ‘Aura.’

Courtesy : Louis Vuitton

In the highly competitive luxury fashion sphere, the main role of blockchain is to help brands and retailers connect with each other who wouldn’t otherwise disclose information to their rivals.

In the diamond industry too, brands like De Beers and small start-ups like Taylor & Hart are making use of blockchain ‘to help trace their supply chains from mine to shop floor.’ While De Beers developed Tracr, an open-source blockchain platform by collaborating with five other diamond manufacturers, Taylor & Hart united with blockchain start-up Everledger to validate the provenance of its diamonds.

Also, built upon blockchain technology in the form of a peer-to-peer ecosystem is Fashion Coin, which is designed in such a way that allows a consumer to directly get in touch with any member involved in the garment creation process like the designer, model, stylist, etc. and be a part of the journey and invest in the early stages of product designing, while being incentivized via a specially built token.

As a defense to fakery, e-commerce giant Alibaba as well is developing a blockchain application which allows buyers to trace the journey of the product from the factory to their front door by scanning it, thus knowing if it is an original piece or not. Similarly, very recently the payments giant, Mastercard, announced about its new blockchain-based product tracking solution which, it says, would ‘provide a clear record of traceability’ as it is ‘designed to contribute to consumer confidence and trust by creating awareness of the authenticity of the product.’

The impact that blockchain is set to have on the fashion industry is huge but for that to materialize, considerable investment is required to construct the systems to support it. The real-time access to streamlined product information that blockchain technology provides will inevitably enable retailers to scrutinize stock status as well as customer feedback. Eventually, because of the surge in the blockchain-based platforms, deals struck with middlemen can be expected to slowly come to a halt as there will be more transparent communication between manufacturers, brands and the consumers.

As technologies are becoming more and more advanced and data privacy issues becoming a sensational topic, growing concerns about the revelations of personal data and its subsequent use for marketing purposes, are but rampant. Thus, secure and guarded technology platforms should be built and consumers should be given extensive insights into the workings of blockchain to ensure its success in the future.

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Fashion companies focused on Supply Chain Transparency and Blockchain

Transparency is a pressing issue in the fashion industry today. As a solution to this hot topic, blockchain in the fashion industry is being increasingly used to not only increase intellectual property protection for designers and companies but also to rapidly trace the entire journey of the finished product as it travels through the distribution chain right from the initial raw material stage up until it reaches the consumer, thereby giving rise to greater clarity about its origins for both brands and consumers alike. Companies are thus steadily working towards ensuring greater visibility and transparency of the workers in supply chains, the business relationships therein and publicly communicating about the initiatives they are taking to ensure sustainability across the supply chain.

In 2019, 200 fashion brands and retailers took part in the Fashion Transparency Index study which showed that sportwear and outdoor brands were leading the way on the transparency front. The 5 brands who scored the highest on their supply chain transparency are Adidas, Reebok, Patagonia, each scoring 64%, Esprit with 62%, and fast-fashion clothing chain H&M scoring 61%.

As of 2019, only 10 brands are disclosing information regarding where and who are they getting their supply of raw materials like viscose, wool, etc. The brands are:

ASOS

C&A

Esprit

Lululemon

Marks & Spencer

Patagonia

The North Face (VF Corporation)

Timberland (VF Corporation)

Vans (VF Corporation)

Wrangler (VF Corporation)

Brands who have shown the highest improvement since 2018 in their level of disclosure of supplier lists overall to the public are Dior (up by 22%), Sainsbury’s Tu Clothing (up by 21%), Nike (up by 21%), New Balance (up by 18%), and Marc Jacobs (up by 17%).

This statistic shows the willingness of consumers to buy sustainable fashion worldwide in 2018. In 2018, 60 percent of respondents stated that they would buy sustainable fashion if it were the same price as normal fashion.

A blockchain software company named Provenance collaborated with London-based designer Martine Jarlgaard to produce, using blockchain technology, the world’s first tracked garment. Consumers in store, after scanning the label on the clothing items, could witness the history of the product and be certain about the sustainability of the raw material sources.

Courtesy : KPMG

Luxury brands, for example LVMH which is the world’s largest luxury conglomerate, are also embracing this technology to track luxury goods and prove their authenticity. Louis Vuitton and Parfums Christian Dior are the first two brands to go on board with LVMH’s blockchain platform called ‘Aura.’

Courtesy : Louis Vuitton

In the highly competitive luxury fashion sphere, the main role of blockchain is to help brands and retailers connect with each other who wouldn’t otherwise disclose information to their rivals.

In the diamond industry too, brands like De Beers and small start-ups like Taylor & Hart are making use of blockchain ‘to help trace their supply chains from mine to shop floor.’ While De Beers developed Tracr, an open-source blockchain platform by collaborating with five other diamond manufacturers, Taylor & Hart united with blockchain start-up Everledger to validate the provenance of its diamonds.

Also, built upon blockchain technology in the form of a peer-to-peer ecosystem is Fashion Coin, which is designed in such a way that allows a consumer to directly get in touch with any member involved in the garment creation process like the designer, model, stylist, etc. and be a part of the journey and invest in the early stages of product designing, while being incentivized via a specially built token.

As a defense to fakery, e-commerce giant Alibaba as well is developing a blockchain application which allows buyers to trace the journey of the product from the factory to their front door by scanning it, thus knowing if it is an original piece or not. Similarly, very recently the payments giant, Mastercard, announced about its new blockchain-based product tracking solution which, it says, would ‘provide a clear record of traceability’ as it is ‘designed to contribute to consumer confidence and trust by creating awareness of the authenticity of the product.’

The impact that blockchain is set to have on the fashion industry is huge but for that to materialize, considerable investment is required to construct the systems to support it. The real-time access to streamlined product information that blockchain technology provides will inevitably enable retailers to scrutinize stock status as well as customer feedback. Eventually, because of the surge in the blockchain-based platforms, deals struck with middlemen can be expected to slowly come to a halt as there will be more transparent communication between manufacturers, brands and the consumers.

As technologies are becoming more and more advanced and data privacy issues becoming a sensational topic, growing concerns about the revelations of personal data and its subsequent use for marketing purposes, are but rampant. Thus, secure and guarded technology platforms should be built and consumers should be given extensive insights into the workings of blockchain to ensure its success in the future.

For more such engaging content, please follow us on Twitter @Cassiopeia_ltd @_FinancialFox and subscribe to our YouTube channel: Cassiopeia Services PLC