El Bitcoin no fue la criptodivisa que más brilló el año pasado pese a su sorprendente crecimiento de más de 1,000% durante 2017, sin embargo, a nueve años de su creación, sigue manteniendo la corona de la criptomoneda que posee el mayor valor.
La plataforma de data The Atlas enlistó a varias criptodivisas a partir de su incremento, siendo el Ripple la que mayor crecimiento registró en el año.
De acuerdo con la información recopilada, esta criptodivisa, creada en 2012, tuvo un aumento en su valor de 36,018%. Pasó de los 0.00600 dólares a los 2.4 dólares por Ripple.
De acuerdo con el sitio de Ripple, esta criptodivisa tiene el objetivo de aportar ventajas a los bancos para ofrecer nuevos servicios financieros y reducir los costos, por ejemplo, de transacciones transfronterizas.
La segunda mayor moneda con crecimiento es el NEM (New Economy Movement). El valor de esta criptodivisa se basa en que es una solución empresarial que se empodera a partir de la economía de blockchain.
Creada en 2015, el blockchain de NEM permite potenciar un Sistema Inteligente de Bienes, destinado a ser una solución de cadenas abierta de bloques y personalizada para cualquier número de casos de uso.
La mayor ventaja del sistema de esta criptodivisa es que está construído bajo un sistema simple de APIs. Es decir que su adopción para soluciones empresariales puede ser más fácil de adopción, en gran parte por su componente de APIs.
Según la información recabada, esta criptodivisa tuvo un crecimiento de 29,842%. Hoy en día su precio es de 1.29 dólares.
En tercer lugar está el Ardor, que reportó un crecimiento de 16,809%. El costo, principalmente basado en bitcoin, es de 0.000273472 bitcoins.
El crecimiento de valor se sustenta en su arquitectura, que permite a las empresas construir sus productos y servicios usando cadenas secundarias o nuevas mientras que éstas son respaldadas por la seguridad que otorga la cadena matriz.
Estas cadenas secundarias se pueden eliminar del blockchain una vez que se confirman, lo que permite mantener en la cadena matriz una operación más ligera y eficiente.
Por otra parte, la plataforma Ardor emplea un algoritmo de consenso que elimina la competencia de minería como funciona en Bitcoin. Por lo tanto, para crear y sustentar los nodos, estos pueden usar hardware económico además de que elimina el alto consumo de energía.
Cardano Climbs Above 0.061727 Level, Up 3%
Investing.com – Cardano rose above the $0.061727 threshold on Sunday. Cardano was trading at 0.061727 by 02:14 (07:14 GMT) on the Investing.com Index, up 3.46% on the day. It was the largest one-day percentage gain since February 5.
The move upwards pushed Cardano’s market cap up to $1.60054B, or 0.54% of the total cryptocurrency market cap. At its highest, Cardano’s market cap was $23.91700B.
Cardano had traded in a range of $0.060029 to $0.061959 in the previous twenty-four hours.
Over the past seven days, Cardano has seen a rise in value, as it gained 7.68%. The volume of Cardano traded in the twenty-four hours to time of writing was $127.15397M or 0.09% of the total volume of all cryptocurrencies. It has traded in a range of $0.0553 to $0.0627 in the past 7 days.
At its current price, Cardano is still down 95.43% from its all-time high of $1.35 set on January 4, 2018.
Elsewhere in cryptocurrency trading
Bitcoin was last at $10,102.8 on the Investing.com Index, up 3.34% on the day.
Ethereum was trading at $228.60 on the Investing.com Index, a gain of 3.61%.
Bitcoin’s market cap was last at $183.69694B or 62.45% of the total cryptocurrency market cap, while Ethereum’s market cap totaled $25.10960B or 8.54% of the total cryptocurrency market value.
Russian Central Bank Head Says “No Obvious Need” to Issue a National Cryptocurrency
Speaking at the Finopolis forum of innovative financial technologies, Elvira Nabiullina, Russian economist and head of the Central Bank of the country said the regulator doesn’t see a need to issue a national cryptocurrency, reported Russian News Agency, Tass.
“As Russia’s Central Bank, we have been studying this topic and the need to issue a national cryptocurrency is not obvious for us,”
said Nabiullina addressing Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China Fan Yifei.
“Not only for technological reasons, but also because it is (difficult) to really estimate what advantages will the national digital currency give, for example, in comparison with existing electronic non-cash payments. There are many risks, and the advantages may not be obvious enough,”
Back in July, Nabiullina said that one day the institution could launch its own digital currency but the technology must ensure “reliability and continuity.” But at that time as well, she said that fiat currency settlement systems are improving and already have
She has repeatedly pointed out in the past that the regulator does not support the legalization of cryptocurrencies as a legitimate payment facility.
Earlier the lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma adopted a bill on digital assets.
Meanwhile, Fan Yifei said China is exploring the possibility of creating a national cryptocurrency. He believes it is important to cooperate with other countries so that regulatory standards could be developed.
After five years of research, China is finally ready with its cryptocurrency which is expected to launch soon.
Fan YiFei didn’t specify the launch date but said first there is a need to conduct studies and also take into account other countries’ experience.
Cryptocurrencies and esports: reshaping modern gambling
Over the course of many centuries, gambling has proven to be very versatile and adaptive to innovations. Presently, it is going through the phase of transition from being reliant on brick-and-mortar casinos, with their limited capacity, regulatory issues, and inability to reach a broad audience, to running the operations solely on online platforms. The emergence of blockchain only incentivized the process of digitization of this industry.
Cryptocurrencies are the next evolutionary step for gambling
While Bitcoin, the first and the most influential cryptocurrency that still exerts total dominance over all other coins, wasn’t created to serve the needs of the gambling industry specifically, it paved the way for other representatives of this space.
Projects like TRON and EOS are fundamentally designed to disrupt the world of gambling by providing it with such tech solutions as provably fair algorithms for casino games, decentralized gambling applications, and, of course, cryptocurrencies to fuel these ecosystems.
But in order to apprehend the benefits of a symbiosis between cryptocurrencies and the industry of gambling, it is necessary to understand what is crypto, how it works, and what it can bring to the table.
A cryptocurrency is a type of digital asset with strong cryptography features at its core, designed to eliminate the need for a trusted third party, such as banks, to confirm and/or carry out the financial transactions. But what makes crypto and gambling go together like peanut butter and jelly is the nearly total anonymity of digital currencies, the promptness and cheapness of transactions, and the substantially enhanced security. While traditional casinos demand plenty of sensitive information from gamblers (i.e., banking details, real name, date of birth), the crypto enthusiasts have to reveal nothing but public keys when making a deposit/withdrawals. The transactions usually take no longer than a few minutes and are carried out at an almost negligent fee.
These are the primary reasons why the industry is currently witnessing the emergence of all-for-crypto gambling platforms, such as 1xBit which accepts more than 30 cryptocurrencies, assures total anonymity through the provision of the one-click registration, effortless and low-cost deposits/withdrawals, and, of course, an abundance of casino games and sports betting opportunities.
1xBit places a particular emphasis on esports since this up-and-coming phenomenon represents another disruptive factor for the gambling industry that moves in parallel with the adoption of cryptocurrencies.
Esports make the grand entrance
For decades, video games have been considered as nothing more than a form of recreation. However, the rapid development of Internet technologies and the overall sophistication of online games, along with the acquisition of the global audience, had turned this form of activity into a fully-fledged sport.
Nowadays, world championships in such disciplines as Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and League of Legends draw millions of spectators from around the globe. The recognition of esports has reached such a level that the International Olympic Committee considers introducing esports to the official program of the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Such an unprecedented surge in popularity made esports one of the main destinations for tech-savvy online sports bettors who are well aware of the benefits that cryptocurrencies will bring to this space. The crypto-oriented platforms, particularly 1xBit, took on the task of being a meeting point for cryptocurrencies, esports, and betting. There is no doubt that this combination will shape the future of the gambling industry.