Bitcoin Vs Ethereum: Here’s What You Need to Know 8 5510

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While Bitcoin hogged the headlines last year, Ethereum is entering the mainstream consciousness as well. Although it was established in 2015, the wider public is only recently starting to hear it used more often. But, what’s the difference between Bitcoin vs Ethereum? Here’s what you need to know:

Let’s Start with Bitcoin

In what many say was a response to the financial crisis of 2008, Bitcoin emerged as a way to allow people to control their own wealth. They were open to transact freely, without the intervention or permission of any centralized institution (at a time when trust in banks was at an all-time low).

Bitcoin’s creator is widely believed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the author of a white paper explaining the goals and purposes of the currency. He has denied being the creator, however.

What are the main objectives of Bitcoin? To offer lower transaction fees, remove the need for currency conversion, therefore allowing for global transactions in near real time, and removing the need for any centralized governing body. You will never hold a Bitcoin in your hand. It exists in digital form only.

The debate over the legality and legitimacy of Bitcoin rages on, with some countries banning it, and others allowing it. But its galloping volatility has rendered its use as a currency impractical, to say the least.

Moreover, because of its sudden surge in value last year, many people started to see it as an alternative investment vehicle. They started buying Bitcoin in the hope of it rising further in value and then cashing out later.

So, can you pay for things with Bitcoin? In some places, yes, but the list is shorter every day, since its price is so unstable.

Now for Ethereum

Bitcoin is produced by authorized miners though a technology called the blockchain. Lately people across all industries are awakening to the possibilities of the blockchain due to its immutability (somewhat debated), decentralization, and possibilities for greater efficiency in all areas.

Using cryptography, once a Bitcoin or a transaction is carried out on blockchain, it cannot be tampered with, unlike a real dollar that can be forged.

Ethereum is now the second largest and well-known cryptocurrency running on its own software platform. It has several improvements over Bitcoin. One of which is the invention of “smart contracts,” that enable transactions to happen automatically, improving on the speed of Bitcoin transactions, and reducing the need for middlemen at many points in the supply chain. No human interaction is needed.

In fact, Ethereum is both a platform and a programming language that, like Bitcoin, runs on a blockchain.

Bitcoin Vs Ethereum – Why Should You Care?

Bitcoin vs Ethereum serve two different purposes. Ethereum is mainly traded and used as a digital currency, but it is also used inside the Ethereum platform to run applications. According to Ethereum, it can be used to “codify, decentralize, secure and trade just about anything.”

While both digital currencies use cryptography, Bitcoin and Ether use two different programming languages. Ethereum transactions can be confirmed in seconds, whereas Bitcoin transactions can take several minutes. The main difference however is their purpose.

Bitcoin was created as an alternative to fiat currency, as a store of value, or means of payment. Ether exists to facilitate peer to peer contracts and applications. Ether’s primary purpose is not to be used as a payment alternative, but to enable developers to build and run distributed apps.

Still Confused?

Think of it this way. Ethereum takes the basic design and principal of Bitcoin and improves it in some ways, without competing directly, since the two exist for different reasons. That said, with the popularity of Ether on the rise and the wider public beginning to see it as an investment vehicle as well, Ethereum is giving Bitcoin a run for its (digital) money.

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Christina is a technology and business communicator who has worked with high profile ICOs and blockchain influencers to break industry news.

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Stakester Brings New Experiences and Royalties to Gamers with NFTs Comments Off on Stakester Brings New Experiences and Royalties to Gamers with NFTs 418

A cheat code NFT allows owners to accrue money, prizes and royalties in the context of popular games.

On Tuesday, Stakester announced its intention to launch a VIP pass in the form of NFTs that it says will enhance the experience for users of its popular gaming app. 

The app, which pairs gamers with real-life opponents, allows players to stake real cash and prizes on their competitive skills in popular games like FIFA 21 and Call of Duty: Warzone. It’s seen significant growth since its launch in 2020, and touts 100,000 members across 31 countries. 

With the forthcoming NFT drop, users will now unlock the potential for larger prizes, access to VIP arenas, and 50% of royalties on the secondary market.

“The NFTs embody Stakester’s vision of delivering electrifying gaming experiences through the thrill of competition,” says Tom Fairey, Founder and CEO of Stakester. “NFT holders will help us shape new, undreamt-of entertainment experiences as gaming becomes ever more powerful and immersive.”

Two levels of NFTs will be offered. At .1 and .25 ETH, respectively, the barrier to entry is high, but Stakester is hoping gamers will see the value of layered experiences and unlocking additional incentives with real-world value. 

“The idea of earning rewards, just like a normal reward scheme but built around NFTs, is totally fit for the future,” says Mike White, CEO and Strategist of immersive entertainment marketing agency, Lively.  “The whole idea of royalties is truly exciting.” 

Stakester’s 50% royalty incentive, Fairey believes, will create stakeholders out of the players on his platform.

 “As well as the increase in gaming utility, the NFT drops provide Stakester users with a chance to invest in the future of the company and, for VIP Legendary holders, there’s also an opportunity to benefit from a royalty share from certain competitions and to make a passive income from NFTs, regardless of whether they go up in value or not,” he says. “Stakester is one of the only platforms to offer this kind of bonus.”

White points out that Gala Games is doing something similar with Nodes which allow gamers to receive rewards like NFTs when they contribute meaningfully to the Gala Network.

He predicts that legacy gaming companies will be adopting similar NFT models, but the winners in the NFT gaming race are hard to predict, particularly since there’s so much attention around NFTs that it’s hard to differentiate between hype and long-term value. 

“I’m sure it will be an immediate success,” he says. “Will it be a long-term thing? We can only wait and see.”

Why Is Everyone Talking About NFTs? Comments Off on Why Is Everyone Talking About NFTs? 47

In this writer’s opinion the NFT hype is warranted — but not for the reason most people are investing. 

For those who’ve been in the space since Bitcoin’s early surge, you’ll remember the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) boom of 2017. The crowdfunding vehicle, which mirrored an IPO on the public market, brought with it massive amounts of investment into the blockchain space that seemed to mirror Bitcoin’s rapidly increasing value. 

In retrospect, none of it made sense. 

With all the hype, the investment in the space didn’t match due diligence. As of August 2018, investors had lost nearly $100M in ICO exit scams, a major reason we no longer hear about ICOs. 

From there, crowdfunding through token sales was rebranded alongside SEC regulation as Security Token Offerings (STOs). Additional fundraising iterations to enter the scene are Initial DEX Offerings (IDOs) and Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs).

NFTs are having a similar moment to the immature and potentially reckless ICO market of 2017. The danger can be credited to a mix of hype and a widely unregulated environment with various points of entry and gatekeepers that are not incentivized to shore up fraud. 

As a result, many purchasers of NFTs are falling victim to a spectrum that spans undeserving projects on the mild end and outright scams at the extreme. Meanwhile, hackers are exploiting the unregulated environment. 

Just yesterday, $3 million in NFTs were stolen via an Instagram phishing scam. 

This writer, however, is still bullish on NFTs — just not the ones that are getting all the attention.

NFTs represent a concrete entry-point into the blockchain with a tangible utility and infinite disruptive implications. 

Here are a few.

Digital Assets as Social Proof 

As a Millennial, I personally have a hard time understanding the notion of owning and assigning value to a digital asset, but my kids don’t. 

I’ve written about how Gen Z has already adopted the concept of social proof in digital environments by assigning socially relevant value to digital assets like video game skins. 

As Gen Z ages and becomes an increasingly powerful consumer population, this experience will matter. Whether or not their purchase behavior translates to adulthood remains to be seen, but our kids are already leveraging digital assets in the metaverse to exhibit their position in the social hierarchy in the same way that my generation assigned value to Jansport-brand backpacks. 

Their concept of digital assets will be fundamentally different from ours, and NFTs are likely to benefit. 

But Why Are NFTs Relevant to Me Now?

Social proof is far from the most interesting use case for NFTs. 

In the near-term, NFTs can be utilized to store sale information of physical goods on the blockchain in order to eliminate nefarious actors in fraud-riddled industries like fine wine and art. 

Moreover, NFTs can disrupt any industry with a substantial secondary market. By coding royalties into the smart contract of NFTs, original sellers of wine, art and other trade-susceptible brands and industries can ensure they’ll capture a fee anytime an item is transferred. 

This solves a major problem for creators like photographers, artists and musicians that are notoriously underpaid in comparison to the value they create for brokers. It also has the potential to cut out middlemen like auction houses, record labels, and galleries to democratize the creator economy. 

Other Innovators Have Introduced Creative Use Cases for NFTs

Gary Vaynerchuk utilizes NFTs as tickets for events and other value-adds to his community. Forbes introduced a series of NFT Billionaires that will update alongside the real-time NYSE to gamify their user’s NFT experience in a way that’s brand-relevant. Foxies.art is using a gamified version of NFTs to fundraise blockchain education for women. 

The utility of NFTs is confined only by the imagination of our innovators. Whether or not NFT headlines today will remain relevant is yet to be seen, but one thing is certain: the disruption is only beginning. 

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