The Sandbox launches partnership with Ledger to educate metaverse users on crypto safety
Ledger, the global leader in security for critical digital assets and Web3, has launched its first metaverse initiative on The Sandbox, co-created with metaverse creative agency Swipe Back, to support, protect and educate users regarding all aspects of digital ownership and cryptocurrency.
The initiative is a timely one; an estimated $14 billion was lost to scams in the crypto space in 2021.
Ledger’s first virtual space, the Ledgerverse, is an immersive map built by Swipe Back and features the “School of Block” (the first of several Sandbox maps), which educates users to ensure they’re ‘metaverse-ready’. This includes how to identify scammer threats and phishing traps that they might encounter online through a storyline that’s complete with characters, virtual missions, and secrets to uncover.
The space is curated to reflect The Sandbox’s methods by blending the “School of Block” with gamification. Users will be able to play games with unique rewards while learning about protection in the metaverse, making the games not only enjoyable, but truly useful.
The partnership also includes co-branded Ledger hardware that enables users to have the ultimate protection of their own digital collectibles, so that the experience itself is safeguarded.
Max Vedel, co-founder at Swipe Back, says: “The big challenge for brands entering the metaverse is telling their stories in meaningful ways that can’t be done in real life. We’re really excited to team up with Ledger to build surreal adventures that educate users on the growing threat of crypto scams, and to create storylines they’ll remember.
“The Sandbox is famous for its ability to curate gaming experiences and opportunities to monetise and win from them. It was an ideal canvas to help Ledger build this attractive virtual destination that offers an escape from the day-to-day, as well as highlighting the brand’s benefits and insights.”
Mo El-Sayed, Head of Education and Community at Ledger, adds: “Education today is outdated, boring, and overly complex. We are thrilled to bring truly Web3 educational tools to our Ledgerverse with game architects like Swipe Back and a truly immersive platform such as The Sandbox.
“Ledger is your universal key to keeping digital assets safe in the metaverse. Now you can learn about your metaverse and explore your digital identity through our immersive games.”
Ariel Wengroff, Global VP Communications at Ledger, concludes: “Ledger will not compromise on using Web3 innovation to educate the masses. Our partnership with The Sandbox and Swipe Back is the beginning of a long commitment to building a more inclusive future for users.”
Blockchain Technology: A Game Changer for Online Gaming?
The world of online gaming is in a state of constant evolution, with emerging technologies playing a significant role in shaping the future of the industry. One such technology is blockchain. Known primarily as the backbone of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, blockchain’s potential extends far beyond digital currencies. Its potential in the realm of online gaming is particularly intriguing and stands to dramatically reshape the industry.
Understanding Blockchain and its Relevance to Online Gaming
Blockchain technology is a decentralized digital ledger that records transactions across multiple computers. This decentralization ensures the data’s security and transparency. For the online gaming sector, blockchain’s promise lies in its ability to offer a higher degree of fairness and transparency — a crucial aspect for games such as online slots, where players need to trust the system’s impartiality.
Instilling Trust and Enhancing Fairness
In traditional online gaming platforms, players used to place their trust in gaming operators, believing that the system was fair. The introduction of blockchain disrupted this model by allowing the game mechanics to be audited and verified by the players themselves. This level of transparency is possible because the blockchain is a public ledger, where all transactions and changes are recorded and accessible to anyone. Through this, the players can verify the fairness of in-game purchases, loot drops, and even the randomness of outcomes in games, directly reducing the potential for unjust practices. Moreover, the use of blockchain technology also provides enhanced security, reducing the risk of fraud and hacking that can be rampant in traditional online gaming platforms.
Cryptocurrencies and the New Gaming Economy
The integration of blockchain technology in online gaming extends beyond fairness, opening the possibility of using cryptocurrencies for transactions. Cryptocurrencies, with their swift, secure, and low-cost transactions, could revolutionize how players purchase in-game items or credits. Furthermore, blockchain could facilitate true ownership of these digital assets, allowing players to trade them freely on blockchain marketplaces.
The Rising Popularity of Decentralized Gaming
Blockchain’s influence is already visible in the emergence of decentralized gaming — games built entirely on blockchain technology. These games allow players to have complete ownership of their in-game assets, which can be traded or sold independently of the game. This not only enhances the gaming experience but also opens up new economic opportunities for players.
Non-fungible Tokens (NFTs) and Gaming
The rise of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), a byproduct of blockchain technology, presents another exciting avenue within the gaming sector. NFTs are unique digital assets that can represent ownership of a particular item or piece of content. In online gaming, NFTs can be used to represent a piece of evidence for assets, such as: characters, equipment, or even virtual real estate.
Future Potential and Challenges
The adoption of blockchain in the online gaming industry is still in its infancy, but the potential is enormous. However, like any disruptive technology, blockchain isn’t without its challenges. Issues such as scalability, regulatory acceptance, and technical complexity need to be addressed for its widespread adoption.
Blockchain technology’s potential to create a more transparent, fair, and user-friendly online gaming experience is undeniable. As the industry continues to explore and embrace this technology, both players and gaming companies stand to reap significant benefits. Navigating the challenges and leveraging the opportunities, blockchain might indeed become a game-changer in online gaming’s evolutionary journey.
19% Crypto Bets Growth: SOFTSWISS Reveals Digital Coin Results for Q1 2023
In January 2023, SOFTSWISS, the leading technology provider for iGaming, was recognised as ‘Crypto Company of the Year’ by the prestigious International Gaming Awards. As a pioneer in crypto gaming, every quarter, the company analyses the crypto gaming market and shares valuable industry insights. This time, among key indicators, the expert team unveils what the average crypto player portrait looks like.
The Q1 crypto results are based on the data from over 700 brands powered by the SOFTSWISS Game Aggregator and the SOFTSWISS Casino Platform.
Q1 2023: The Big Picture
In Q1 2023 the Total Bets indicator increased by 44.66% compared to the same quarter the previous year and by 2.24% compared to the preceding quarter. This data demonstrates a steady growth trend in the iGaming market.
In absolute terms, the sum of wagers in crypto also shows positive growth over the course of the last year. In the first quarter of 2023, the share of bets in digital coins accounted for 30%. Q4 of 2022 showed 9% volume growth in Total Bets in crypto compared to the first quarter of the same year. Q1 of 2023, on the other hand, showed a more significant volume growth – 19%.
Andrey Starovoitov, Co-CEO at SOFTSWISS comments: “Despite the global events of 2022, which have undoubtedly caused most digital coins to fall in value, we are now seeing them rise in value again. For that reason, we are observing both growth in the iGaming market in general and also an increase in the sum of bets made by crypto players. We expect digital coins to remain in stable use by players in 2023 and could see more significant growth with a combination of two factors: competent retention of players and the absence of strong volatility in the crypto market.”
Most Used Digital Coins
Compared to Q4 2022, the top 3 most used digital coins remain the same: Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and Litecoin (LTC). However, their shares have changed – Bitcoin is up by 1.9 p.p. at the expense of smaller digital currencies, while Ethereum remained the same.
Looking at the development of digital coins over a longer period, the changes in the shares of digital coins are more substantial. From Q1 2022, BTC increased by 3.72 p.p., whereas ETH lost 5.01 p.p. The fall in the share of the third leading digital coin, LTC, occurred by 1.36 p.p.
The final shares for Q1 2023 are as follows:
- BTC – 76.5%
- ETH – 8.4%
- LTC – 5.1%
Tether (USDT) took a share of 5.1% for the first time, in turn, Dogecoin (DOGE) rates fell by 1 p.p. compared to the previous quarter, taking a 2.5% share at the end of Q1 2023.
Among other currencies that showed an increase in the share of Total Bets – Ripple (XRP), Tron (TRX) and Cardano (ADA).
The Crypto Player Portrait
Diving deeper into the industry insights, SOFTSWISS has defined the average crypto player portrait. Based on the Q1 data and available data from player profiles, 65% of the crypto audience is male and 35% female.
The percentage of age groups of the crypto players who have indicated their age on their online casino profile is as follows:
Thus, the core audience of digital coins in iGaming is in the 31-50 age range. It makes up 70% of the audience that uses crypto.
Moreover, more than half of crypto GGR per Q1 was formed by bets made on mobile devices: 64% of mobile users vs. 32% of desktop ones.
This data may become crucial when choosing a strategy for growing an existing iGaming brand or launching a new one. As SOFTSWISS experts note, interest in starting crypto projects is high, even when crypto demonstrates quick changes and might be unpredictable. Nevertheless, Q1 statistics indicate that 2023 is shaping up to be a year of positive development for projects related to digital coins.
Max Trafimovich, Chief Commercial Officer at SOFTSWISS, summarises: “Over the last few years we have seen a steady increase in demand for crypto-ready solutions, be it for launching a casino or a sports betting venture. It’s undeniable that some crypto iGaming operators have drawn much attention and accolades on a global level. Besides crypto, such operators also happen to be at the forefront of various other innovations, those going beyond the payments aspect. SOFTSWISS will remain the ultimate partner on this frontier with new crypto-oriented technologies, top-level service, and security.”
SOFTSWISS is an international iGaming company supplying certified software solutions for managing gambling operations. The expert team, which counts 1,500+ employees, is based in Malta, Poland, Georgia, and Belarus. SOFTSWISS holds a number of gaming licences and provides one-stop-shop iGaming software solutions. The company has a vast product portfolio, including the Online Casino Platform, the Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, the Sportsbook Platform and the Jackpot Aggregator. In 2013, SOFTSWISS was the first in the world to introduce a Bitcoin-optimised online casino solution.
Crypto Casino: How to Play Safely?
The surge in popularity of digital currencies has resulted in a corresponding increase in the
number of online casinos that accept cryptocurrencies. This trend has been impressive, with
available statistics demonstrating its extent. According to Ahrefs.com, globally, bitcoin
casino-related searches average 30,000 per month, with ‘crypto casino’ receiving 15,000
searches. The term “Bitcoin” alone receives over 1 million monthly searches.
As of 2023, the global casino industry is worth approximately $280 billion, with 4% of all
gambling activities being conducted through cryptocurrencies. With the rise in the number of
hybrid casinos, the global crypto gambling market is expected to increase in value.
Since 2014, players have wagered more than $4.5 billion in Bitcoin, and crypto gamblers bet
$3 million worth of cryptocurrency daily. Notably, around 60% of all Bitcoin transactions are
related to gambling, as reported by Bitcoin Chaser.
One significant reason behind the growth of crypto-casinos is the high level of security they
provide. Cryptocurrencies utilize blockchain technology, which ensures secure and
anonymous transactions, making it challenging for hackers to access and steal funds.
Additionally, crypto-casinos offer quick and easy deposits and withdrawals, with lower
transaction fees compared to traditional payment methods like credit cards and bank
However, it is important to note that using cryptocurrencies for online gambling is a relatively
new concept, and in many countries, crypto-casinos remain unregulated. Therefore, it is vital
for players to exercise caution when selecting a crypto-casino and ensure that it is licensed,
reputable, and offers fair games.
One of the risks associated with crypto-casinos is the lack of regulation, which means that
they may not have the same level of oversight and consumer protections as traditional
casinos. While many crypto-casinos have advanced encryption and security measures, there
is always a risk of hacking and theft. Hence, it is crucial to select a reputable crypto-casino
with a proven track record of security and reliability.
Another potential risk is the volatility of cryptocurrencies, which can lead to significant
fluctuations in the value of deposits and winnings. Therefore, it is essential to research the
casino reputation, licensing, and security measures before beginning to play. Fortunately,
some services provide this information and offer ready-made ratings to assist players in
making informed decisions.
Crypto-casinos are most popular in countries where online gambling is legal and
cryptocurrencies are widely accepted, such as the United States, Canada, and Australia.
But, if you are located in other countries, you can use services that provide information about
the best licensed cryptocasinos depending on the country, for example, France –
fr-casinospot.com, Germany – casinospot.de.
Although the crypto gambling market currently lacks regulation, it is likely that governments
will eventually attempt to regulate and tax crypto casinos. This move would enable licensed
crypto casinos to operate legally in more regions, allowing millions of new players to join
without fear of repercussions from governments or concerns about having their funds seized
by the casino.
However, it is essential to note that playing in a crypto-casino does not guarantee anonymity,
as most crypto-casinos require some level of identification and verification. Furthermore,
playing in a crypto-casino can be addictive and lead to problem gambling. Therefore, it is
crucial to set limits and seek help if gambling becomes a problem.
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