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10 Games Join Qudo, A Proof-of-Gameplay Reward Mechanism and Cryptocurrency Powered by the Telos Blockchain

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Qudo helps developers improve their games while rewarding players in cryptocurrency, with no blockchain experience necessary

QUDO, a proof-of-gameplay reward mechanism and cryptocurrency for the gaming industry, today announced 10 games have joined its platform. Qudo helps developers grow their audiences and improve their games by rewarding players in cryptocurrency for their time, scores, and other achievements, all with no blockchain experience necessary.

Qudo is powered by Telos, the second most active blockchain platform in the world. Telos has achieved significant traction in the gaming sector for its high-capacity network and advanced governance features. Qudo opted to build its reward mechanism on Telos because of the network’s speed, low fees, and community support.

“At Qudo, we strongly believe that people shouldn’t have to understand blockchain technology to start experiencing its benefits, especially when it comes to gaming,” said João Abrantes, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Block Bastards, the company behind Qudo. “With the help of Telos, we’ve made it easy for gamers to register on Qudo and create a wallet without any background knowledge of crypto. We’re converting everyday players and game developers into blockchain users with an easy-to-use, rewards-driven platform. We’ve noticed significant growing interest in Qudo from both games and players, which reinforces our confidence that we’re going in the right direction.”

Qudo is compatible with any game using the Unity engine, and offers an SDK that makes it easy for developers to seamlessly onboard their games and customize their rewards. Developers can also purchase services with cryptocurrency directly through the Qudo marketplace, such as 3D artwork, modeling, animation, sound engineering, voiceovers and programming. Qudo’s rewards mechanism will also allow game developers to monetize without intrusive ads, and to improve their games by offering rewards for spotting bugs, which provides valuable real-time feedback.

A community of more than 1,000 players have already joined Qudo, earning crypto-based rewards for time spent playing, reaching new high scores, and other achievements offered by individual games. Players benefit from never having to transact with PayPal or credit cards, thus avoiding high fees and fraudulent activities.

“Qudo has been a great partner for Telos in demonstrating the network’s ability to meet the needs of any developer, including in the gaming sector,” said Douglas Horn, Telos Chief Architect. “By giving game developers easy access to Telos-based blockchain features from the Unity development environment, Qudo makes it possible for tens of thousands of games worldwide to quickly add crypto features, expanding the usership for Qudo.”

The games now live or coming soon to Qudo include CubiX Fragment, Blox, V8ORS – Flying Rat, FreeBoom, Wizard Rob, Cloud Runner, Versus, AceOfSpace, Time Hardly Waits, SEEDINA, Operation:BoomSlang!, and MoneyLords. Each game is available on mobile, and Qudo plans to expand support for PC games in the near future. Qudo’s Alpha version is operating on the Telos testnet, with plans to launch its mainnet version in Q2 2021.

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The Sandbox Attracts Strategic Gaming & Silicon Valley Partners to build Virtual Lands in its NFT Metaverse

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Uken Games, Bill Lee, Ken Howery, Galaxy Interactive, Tyler Winklevoss, Gemini Frontier Fund, Nifty Gateway, Avenged Sevenfold, and others entered into strategic partnerships to acquire LAND and build experiences in The Sandbox’s NFT-based metaverse

The Sandbox, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands and the leading decentralized social metaverse platform, announced that it has added multiple partners from the NFT, investment, and music industries to its growing list of partners. As with previous partners, the new entrants have joined in The Sandbox’s virtual real estate by acquiring LAND NFTs in the open metaverse and committed to building experiences across the metaverse. To celebrate the new partners, The Sandbox will launch a new LAND sale on April 14 that allows players to purchase choice spots near partner LANDS.

The partners who acquired LAND in The Sandbox’s metaverse include crypto projects such as Nifty Gateway, 21x, and Gemini, as well as renowned Silicon Valley based VCs and investment partners including Galaxy Interactive (Global gaming VC and investors in over 50 companies across the interactive landscape, including RTFKT, Bitski, Mythical Games, Immutable, and WHALE), Bill Lee (Co-Founder of Craft Ventures, former Board Director of Big Fish Games, and early investor in Cloud9, Coinbase, Opensea, and Tesla), Ken Howery (Co-Founder and former managing partner at Founders Fund, Co-Founder of PayPal), Sundeep Madra (Serial entrepreneur and investor), Gemini Frontier Fund (Founded by Tyler & Cameron Winklevoss), Chris Ye (CEO of Uken Games and creator of top-grossing mobile games Bingo Pop, Ava’s Manor, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire), Alex Reece (Early investor in Unity, Draft Kings and Lyft), Michael Witz (Founder of Redemption Games and creator of top-grossing mobile games Cookie Jam and Sweet Escapes), Edward Saatchi (Founder of Virtual Beings company Fable) and Patricio Fuks (Serial Entrepreneur & Investor), and heavy metal band, Avenged Sevenfold.

“As a vibrant, growing NFT-based gaming metaverse, The Sandbox is attracting strong and diverse new partners each day, from gaming studios to IP brands to artists to celebrities to visionary entrepreneurs to technology companies,” said Sebastien BORGET, COO & Co-Founder of The Sandbox. “We’re shaping our virtual world to be an experience rich place where partners can plant a flag with virtual destination experiences on their LANDS in a powerful new entertainment community where creators, players and brands can build and grow alongside each other.”

The involvement of the partners announced follows the beta launch of The Sandbox’s NFT marketplace, which gives anyone the opportunity to earn SAND, The Sandbox’s utility token, by monetizing voxel-based NFT creations created with the dedicated software VoxEdit. Each NFT can be used inside the game platform in the future or used to build custom game experiences. LAND NFTs are the main gateway to publishing games in The Sandbox, as the platform prepares for opening its first public beta for players later this year. The Sandbox was recently featured by the Wall Street Journal and CNBC as a pioneer in the space.

The Sandbox is becoming a prime entertainment destination where brands, IPs, and celebrities can engage with their fans and offer virtual experiences including games, live performances, and social experiences. Brands will coexist through neighboring lands, able to function as digital concert arenas, theme parks, or malls that users of The Sandbox can visit and experience by themselves or with friends. Reflecting on this potential, partner VCs, investors, and celebrity brands share their thoughts below on what attracted them to The Sandbox:

“We have been tracking the progress of The Sandbox ecosystem from its earliest days, and have been impressed by the founding team’s consistent execution towards their mission of developing a community-owned sandbox of creativity and fun. We are delighted to do our part to develop the community through the land we’ve acquired, directly and through our portfolio companies, and cannot wait to witness how the broader ecosystem evolves,” said Richard Kim, GP at Galaxy Interactive.

“Gaming is a killer use case for the metaverse, and The Sandbox is the only metaverse tuned for high-quality games with a decentralized monetization ecosystem for developers, asset makers, and passionate gamers,” said Bill Lee, Co-Founder of Craft Ventures. “21x will be developing all of our parcels into THE premiere gaming destinations across any metaverse — stay tuned!“

“The Sandbox is revolutionizing gaming by empowering users to build, own, and monetize their gaming experiences in a virtual world that is decentralized,” said Tyler Winklevoss, Co-Founder of Gemini Exchange. “We plan to extend our existing platforms into The Sandbox and develop unique experiences on our properties that advance our mission of empowering the individual through crypto.”

“We have officially purchased LAND in The Sandbox and are excited to build out a virtual space for our friends to explore,” said heavy metal band, Avenged Sevenfold. “Digital ownership and the metaverse have become increasingly interesting to us and The Sandbox felt like the right fit to enter this new world.”

Upcoming LAND Sale
The Sandbox’s upcoming LAND sale event on April 14th, 2021 will offer additional premium LAND located near the partners announced today. Each purchasable LAND will include exclusive premium NFTs and have the possibility to host events, gaming experiences, or social hubs when the game is released later in 2021. The Sandbox has already sold 45% of its 166,464 LAND NFTs, releasing them in successive waves that usually sell out in seconds. Existing LAND owners include Binance, CoinCheck, Metakovan, Pranksy, Socios, and CoinMarketCap among others.

The Sandbox has secured over 60 partnerships, including The Smurfs, Care Bears, Atari, CryptoKitties, and Shaun the Sheep, to build a fun, creative “play-to-earn” platform that offers virtual worlds and game experiences owned and created by players. The play-to-earn model gives players true ownership of anything they collect in the game, allowing them to trade it to other players (including outside the game on other websites), transfer it to other players, or even resell it.

The Sandbox is scheduled to launch its full Alpha for players in Q2 2021, enabling anyone to experience a social hub and gain the power to build a fantastic collection of fantasy and role-playing adventures that can be traded as NFTs with other players, creators, and artists on the platform.

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Veloce partners with NFT and blockchain gaming conglomerate Animoca Brands

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Veloce signs a long-term, broad-reaching partnership with Animoca Brands

Animoca Brands subscribes to Veloce’s pre-IPO funding round
 Animoca Brands invests the REVV utility token as a component of the agreement

Veloce, the world’s leading esports & racing growth platform, today announced it will combine its strength in the rapidly expanding global esports space with Animoca Brands, the company leading a period of unprecedented growth in the blockchain and NFT sector — an industry witnessing vast revenues and highly captivating, lucrative transactions.

Under the partnership agreement, Animoca Brands has invested REVV, its branded motorsports utility token, into Veloce’s recently announced pre-IPO funding round. Beyond Animoca Brands’ investment, the partnership spans Veloce’s extensive esports operations, including over 10 teams, 40 channels, 215 million monthly views and unique racing leagues like Squadsprint.

The partnership also covers sister company Veloce Racing — competing in the innovative electric racing Extreme E series — and in doing so, represents the first real-world global motorsport outfit to be partly funded by REVV tokens.

Jack Clarke, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer for Veloce commented “I’m incredibly excited about the partnership we’re building with Animoca Brands. With a concentrated focus on blockchain integrated gaming, we see an immense future for tokenised gaming and sport. No organisation matches Animoca Brands’ breadth and portfolio within the blockchain gaming space, and we are excited to leverage our 200 million plus monthly viewership to build a truly integrated ecosystem for our combined digital audiences.”

Animoca Brands, whose partners include Formula 1®, Formula E and Moto GP™, has a vast network of platforms, games and tokens across the rapidly growing NFT and gaming landscape.

Yat Siu, co-founder and chairman of Animoca Brands, added “Veloce and Animoca Brands have clear synergies: aside from considering Veloce as a highly valuable investment opportunity, we are incredibly excited to develop a partnership that spans blockchain integrated gaming as well as real-life sport in Extreme E.”

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Casino Betting Coin launches pioneering no-loss lottery via PoolTogether

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Casino Betting Coin (CBC), the cryptocurrency for the global gaming market, has launched its own no-loss lottery via disruptive blockchain-based platform PoolTogether.

PoolTogether is a fast-growing disruptor within the decentralized finance (defi) space. Its open-source protocol for no-loss prize games currently has more than $160 million worth of cryptocurrency locked, with holders competing for almost $200,000 in weekly no-loss prizes.

The CBC no-loss lottery challenges users to stake their CBC holdings on the platform for a chance to win a weekly jackpot. The first week’s jackpot stands at 14,250 CBC (around $1,000 at current market price) and will be split between two winners on Monday, April 5. The weekly jackpot will scale as more CBC is locked in the pool.

Players receive their entry to the lottery with no risk; they can withdraw the CBC they staked at any time. The protocol offers users the chance to build their CBC holdings without having to risk their initial capital, and the launch marks the first opportunity to stake CBC.

The pool can be accessed at: https://community.pooltogether.com/pools/mainnet/0x7A0eebB278fA0A9dd804Ca8387Eecbce6d423693/home

Ed Brennan, President of Casino Betting Coin, said: “The Casino Betting Coin team is always looking for innovative ways to create genuine utility for our fast-growing user base, and PoolTogether offers precisely that.

“We have been watching the protocol closely as its no-loss lottery concept has captured the imagination of cryptocurrency hodlers. PoolTogether allows us to offer CBC holders the chance to win addition tokens at n

“CBC is a natural fit for a community pool, and we are certain that our users will be thrilled for the opportunity to win additional CBC without having to risk their initial holdings.”

The launch of a CBC pool is Casino Betting Coin’s first move into defi and staking, as the brand continues to build utility for its token.

Casino Betting Coin was recently integrated into leading social casino GameTwist. Last year, the interactive division of casino giant Novomatic, Greentube, acquired a majority of the CBC cryptocurrency in a landmark deal at the intersection of blockchain and gaming.

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