Could GameFi and carbon currencies reverse blockchain’s climate stigma?

Nonfungible tokens (NFT) and blockchain technology have developed an unfortunate stigma in some sections of the community for being bad for the environment — but could that perception be changed by integrating carbon offsets into NFT gaming? GameFi, or gaming finance, marry NFTs and gaming. Blockchain games account for nearly $12 million in daily volume from over a million gamers according to app tracker DappRadar. Toucan Protocol COO Rob Schmitt thinks that volume and those users could be harnessed to benefit the environment. Schmitt told Cointelegraph that using carbon offsets…

Layer-2 adoption could spur the next crypto turning point

A mysterious Redditor has made a data-driven prediction that the next major phase of development in the blockchain space will be in layer-2 solutions, primarily on Ethereum. The May 22 post explains that “We’re at a turning point” where the industry is moving away from bridging between L1 blockchains towards L2’s which are “right out of the gate, more secure and decentralized than alt-L1s and are built to use sound money on a credibly neutral platform.” “L2 adoption is happening now, even if it is slow and in bursts. Behind…

The Dept. of Commerce has 17 questions to help develop a crypto framework

The US Department of Commerce is calling for submissions on how it can establish a framework that will bolster American economic competitiveness in digital assets including crypto and stablecoins. The Department of Commerce (DoC) intends on publishing a series of 17 questions in a request for comment through the International Trade Administration. The request will be published in the Federal Register on May 19. The questions pertain to the DoC’s efforts to develop a framework for challenges to the growth of American economics regarding digital assets, as requested by President…

‘Grim Reapers’ financial crimes unit revived to investigate Terra collapse

Legal troubles are mounting for the co-founder of failed Terra crypto project Do Kwon as the South Korean government revives the dormant “Grim Reapers of Yeoui-do” to investigate Terra’s fall. The special investigative and prosecutorial team consists of members from various financial regulators, and is designed to prosecute securities fraud and unfair trading schemes. Potentially at risk are co-founders Do Kwon and Shin Hyun-seong, along with core members of the Terra team. Yeoui-do is the financial center of Seoul. Today: Korea’s “Grim Reapers of Yeouido” – Financial and Securities Crime…

Portugal to lose crypto tax haven status as state announces gains duties

To the chagrin of many Golden Visa seekers, Portuguese Finance Minister Fernando Medina has confirmed that his country will begin taxing cryptocurrency but has not committed to a date. The move to start taxing crypto was seconded by Secretary of State for Tax Affairs António Mendonça Mendes on May 13 according to Sapo, a local news outlet. There is not yet an effective date for the tax to start or a set rate, however. It will be levied on investment gains made from cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC), the largest crypto…

Could the SEC case against Ripple falter over a conflict of interest?

Newly discovered documents could pose a major roadblock for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in its case against Ripple if they prove a former commission official had a conflict of interest. The SEC has been embroiled in a legal battle against blockchain company Ripple (XRP) since 2020 in which the crypto company and senior executives Brad Garlinghouse and Christian Larsen were charged with selling XRP tokens as unregistered securities. In a May 10 announcement, corruption watchdog Empower Oversight claimed that documents obtained under a Freedom Of Information request suggested…

Top Shot creator unveils $725M fund to support Flow ecosystem

The Flow ecosystem is set to get a boost in support from a new $725 million fund that will be used to invest in the growth of the nonfungible token network. Flow (FLOW) is a layer-1 blockchain developed by Dapper Labs and purpose-made for NFTs. Dapper Labs also created the popular NBA Top Shot NFT collection. Flow utilizes an eco-friendly proof of stake (PoS) consensus algorithm. The new fund was backed by 17 firms that have experience backing other Web3 companies, including large investment firms a16z, Spartan Group, and CoinFund.…

Bitcoin whales jumping ship as exchange inflows reach 3-month high

The number of Bitcoin whales is rapidly decreasing to levels not seen since earlier this year, possibly due to the three-month high of coin inflows to centralized exchanges (CEXs). Bitcoin (BTC) market tracker Glassnode has issued several bearish indicators for the largest cryptocurrency by market cap, including data suggesting a market exit for whales holding at least 1,000 coins, and exchange inflows of more than 1.7 million coins, the most since February. #Bitcoin $BTC Exchange Inflow Volume (7d MA) just reached a 3-month high of 1,755.021 BTC Previous 3-month high…

Socios signs up Major League Soccer — but it’s not a token effort yet

Fan token platform Socios has partnered with 26 Major League Soccer (MLS) teams to offer fan engagement experiences and rewards, but so far no fan tokens have been announced. The biggest pro soccer league in the U.S. made a joint announcement with Socios on Wednesday detailing that the partnership will help fans gain access to “exclusive rewards, polls, and opportunities” for the 26 partnered MLS clubs. Welcome to https://t.co/2FROhSNgw8, @MLS. pic.twitter.com/340He1OzQA — Socios.com (@socios) May 4, 2022 Although the announcement did not mention any specific fan engagement events, it stated…

Bitcoin-friendly Republican candidate JD Vance wins Ohio Senate primary

JD Vance has won the Ohio Republican Senate primary election, making him the GOP’s candidate in the highly anticipated Senate race against Democrat Tim Ryan in which both parties are trotting out crypto-friendly candidates. The Guardian reported that Vance may have been pushed to victory on Tuesday by a last-minute endorsement from former President Donald Trump on Apr. 23, helping him beat out presumed front-runner, the former state treasurer Josh Mandel. Both Vance and Mandel are crypto supporters, with Mandel famously tweeting “Ohio must be a pro-God, pro-family, pro-Bitcoin state.”.…