A major player in gaming is integrating NFTs into its products. Will gamers be welcoming to this development?
American Express’ Amex Ventures, Visa, Citi Ventures, DRW Venture Capital, Jump Capital, Marshall Wace, Block (formerly Square Inc.), and Paypal Ventures are among investors in the latest funding round of crypto transaction monitoring and forensics platform TRM. Amex, Visa, Citi, Paypal Invest in TRM Platform Crypto transaction monitoring and forensics platform TRM announced Tuesday investments […]
Fear runs deep in the crypto market as major cryptocurrencies re-test critical support levels. On December 3rd, Bitcoin’s price wicked into the lows at $40,000 resulting in a record number of liquidated positions across exchange platforms. Related Reading | Crypto Market Analysis: December 6, 2021 At the time of writing, almost every cryptocurrency, but Bitcoin in the top 10 by market cap seems to show signs of recovery. The benchmark crypto trades at barely north of $50,000 after it was rejected at $51,500 with small losses in the past 24-hours. Data from Arcane Research shows that the Fear and Greed Index has been fluctuating with the price of large crypto by market cap. During the last week, this metric stood in the “Fear” levels right up until Friday’s crash when it dipped further into “Extreme Fear”. Although the metric was able to bounce from a low at 16 it now scores a 25 in the metric, almost 50 points less than in November when it stood at Greed with 73. The index is still close to its yearly lows, and closer to post-May 2021 levels when an increase in selling pressure slumped the prices of every major crypto. These levels remained at their lows from that moment until mid-August, when Bitcoin finally broke above $40,000 and into an all-time high at $69,000. Arcane Research noted the following: (…) panic spread across the market following the weekend sell-off. We haven’t seen such a fearful market in almost four months. The market sentiment bounced off the lows on Tuesday as the market recovered strongly, but we are still in the “fear” area (…). A “Fear and Greed” Index on Extreme Fear levels, according to certain analysts, has historically preceded crypto market local bottoms. However, a run into new highs could see an obstacle as the macro-economic outlook turn complex. The Crypto Market At Risk For Macro Factors? QCP Capital believes the selloff was caused by fear of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, inflation concerns, weakness in the Chinese stock market, and the possibility that the U.S. FED begins to taper its asset purchasing program. Related Reading | How Crypto Champions can help you increase the rarity of your NFT The Chinese crypto market, in particular, holds concerns. This has translated into persistent negative funding rates across exchanges platforms. QCP Capital claimed: This indicates persistent selling out of China. In contrast, funding rates in other exchanges normalised very quickly (…). With the persistent negative funding in Chinese exchanges, we reckon a push higher in spot could actually trigger a short-squeeze. The crypto market already shows signs of this short squeeze, but it could face more downside due to the aforementioned macroeconomic factors.
NFTs in gaming have been a hot topic in recent months, but one that hasn’t yet truly seen the light of day – outside of crypto-dedicated projects. While traditional gaming brands and properties have generally shared some sort of sentiment around NFTs, none have made any real splash into the blockchain space yet. That could […]
Last week, the price of Bitcoin crashed to below $50K. This signaled that the market might finally be nearing the dreaded bear market as billions of dollars in longs were liquidated with prices plunging to $45K. The bitcoin crash, as always, brought down the whole market with it and most altcoins suffered one of their […]
Christmas is just around the corner and Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson is already in the Christmas spirit. The founder went live on YouTube on Monday to do another surprise AMA where he answered questions from the community. As usual, Hoskinson responded to a number of questions from community members who asked about the Cardano project. What Cardano Founder Wants For Christmas During the AMA, Hoskinson gave a rundown of what he would like for Christmas and it was not your usual itemized list of stuff people want for Christmas. Instead, Hoskinson decided to address a pressing issue in the crypto space and that is the divide that is very much present among investors of different projects. Related Reading | Cardano Records Over 20 Million Transactions Ahead of DEX Launches Cardano has been one of the harder hit projects when it has come to FUDs in recent times. The project had been subjected to what can be described as hateful comments all-around social media especially since its token ADA began its two-month-long decline. To this end, Hoskinson wants everyone in the crypto industry to start getting along. “The one thing I want for Christmas is for everyone to start getting along in our industry. It’s extraordinary to me that when people are so close in philosophy and viewpoint, and in some cases technology, they can be so far apart as people. It’s extraordinary,” the founder said. ADA trending low at $1.4 | Source: ADAUSD on TradingView.com Pushing For Better Systems Going Forward Hoskinson also addressed the systems that have kept investors against each other for years. He said that the crypto space is where this is more prominent as other industries do not see as much hate between each other as the crypto industry. Related Reading | Number Of Cardano Wallets Staking ADA Crosses 1 Million “You don’t see this in other industries,” Hoskinson said. “You don’t see in physics or biology, or cellphone manufacturing, or whatever, pick an industry, the amount of tribalism, hate, and vitriol that our industry has for each other.” The founder went on to explain that as long as people keep hating each other, there will be no way to fight the real enemy, which he identified as the legacy systems. He said this system has held down three billion people and will continue to do so. The founder also acknowledged that this will not be easy as there will always be those who try to divide others in the space. Hoskinson explains that there will be books and podcasters saying things to divide people. Even on social media, where the majority of the vitriol will be spilled. However, it is up to everyone in the industry to take a stand and put a stop to the hate. “That has to stop and the only way it’s going to stop is if we get better systems that are more fair. And the only way we do that, is we have to work together. So, we’ll see, 2022, whether that’s accomplished.” Featured image from Yahoo Money, chart from TradingView.com
As Bitcoin (BTC) is coming out of a harsh weekend with a 5% drop and a huge sellout, ether (ETH) still maintains its strength in comparison, which has been happening since October. Arcane Research’s weekly update shows that the ETHBTC pair reached its highest level since May 2018 reaching 0.085 BTC, seeing possible signals of maturity and an upcoming alt-season. In 2021, ETH has shown greater strength than bitcoin. The cryptocurrency could be signaling its maturity as it sees higher lows –compared to BTC– than it did in 2017 and 2018. However, Arcane Research noted that back in 2021 and 2018 the strength of ETH and altcoins’ performances in periods when BTC saw lows also signaled lower prices to come, so a similar scenario could happen during 2021’s fourth quarter. The current ETHBTC pair peak is similar to the one seen in May, which was followed by May 19th’s crash during massive liquidations and new buyers panic –which some users called the second worse day ever for Ethereum, although similar phenomenons had happened in earlier years–. Then, the ETHBTC pair saw another spike at the beginning of September as Bitcoin saw lows on the 7th. Furthermore, we could be facing froth in the market as altcoin’s strength has signaled before. Ether was also down on Saturday but surged to the mentioned 0.086 Bitcoin high during Sunday. The price dropped 5.5% on Monday to $3,965, and overall, it traded down by 0.51% in the past week compared to BTC’s 10.06% decline. Today, the Ethereum price is up again around $4,352.74, up 2.93% in the day-to-day, surging more than 24% from the low. Even though it’s 9% away from its all-time high, it is also 496% up in comparison to 2021’s early days. ETH also shows a 24-hour trading volume of $23,566,690,676 and a market cap of $512,648,545,331. Related Reading | Ethereum “Accumulation” Nears Liftoff Phase: What This Could Mean For Bitcoin Bitcoin Dominance Sees New Lows Today, Bitcoin’s dominance is 40.65%, seeing no increase over the day. It had fallen towards 40% on December 5th as it saw its newest bloodshed. BTC also saw its dominance drop in September and May, but it has not seen other lows alike since May 2018. As the crypto market started to fall on Friday –with 372,000 liquidated crypto accounts by Monday totaling $2.3 billion-, Saturday’s early morning saw bitcoin drop $10,000 in price, going from around $57,000 to $47,000. Over the weekend, the drop reached a $14,000 loss and experts saw no clear reason for it, but since then traders have suggested a connection with the fear around the Omicron variant plus market moves exaggerated by lower trading liquidity. Compared to its November all-time-high, BTC is down by $21,000, but also up over 75% in all 2021. The price has climbed back up to over $50,000, more than 4% higher, and the total crypto market cap surged 5% to $2.5 trillion. Some expect a hard end of the year for Bitcoin as it has not shown its regular strength, but at the same CNBC quoted Will Clemente, insights analyst at Blockware Solutions, who thinks these dynamics are “healthy and show supply continues to move to long term investors” and BTC could actually see a new bull run at the start of next year: There’s a reasonable case that we could see the opposite effect heading into Q1, as funds are willing to take on more risk for the new year with fresh profit and loss, … This effect assisted in bitcoin’s massive move in January 2021. Related Reading | Ethereum Lacks Momentum Above $4,200, But Dips Likely To Be Limited
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NFT marketplace Nifty Gateway announced they will be launching a new wallet-to-wallet trading feature to Buy and Sell NFTs directly from the user’s Ethereum wallet, which allegedly will allow saving “up to 75% on gas fees compared to other platforms.” The digital art platform claimed to have been working on making the non-fungible tokens trading […]
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