South African National Blockchain Alliance Holds Online Launch

The South African National Blockchain Alliance carried out an online livestream launch while the country is in the midst of a 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The organization was due to be launched at the beginning of April in Johannesburg but had to be taken online as South Africa and the world tackles a global health crisis. The launch happened during a livestream on YouTube on April 3, which included a panel of speakers elaborating on how SANBA will help nurture blockchain-focused startups and companies…

GTA 6 Won’t Be a Next-Gen Launch Title, but It Will Come Shortly After

GTA 6 might release shortly after the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. It probably won’t be a launch title, but a 2021 release is looking more and more likely. GTA 6 is bound to take advantage of new hardware, unlike GTA 5’s “remaster.” Grand Theft Auto 6 might release sooner than you think. A group of financial analysts from Intrepid Capital Funds predicts the title will launch shortly after the launch of next-generation consoles. For once, we have some GTA 6 news that isn’t a baseless rumor. This claim…

Binance to Launch Crypto Exchange Supporting KRW-Backed Stablecoin

Crypto exchange Binance is preparing to enter the Korean market for the first time. According to a company blog post on March 31, the Malta-based exchange will soon open Binance KR for trading. The crypto-to-crypto exchange is so named for South Korean traders.  Binance KR will be launched on Binance Cloud and offer the “market’s deepest spot trading liquidity, most robust matching engine, and most advanced state-of-the-art security, custody, and risk controls.” The exchange will also support Binance KRW (BKRW), a stablecoin backed by the South Korean Won (KRW). Users…

First Game Built on Tezos Blockchain Preparing for Alpha Launch

Tezos (XTZ) co-founder Kathleen Breitman is preparing to launch the alpha version of the game built on top of Tezos — a crypto-powered collectible card game called ‘Emergents.’ Emergents’ in-game cards will comprise non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that players have full ownership over. Coase intends to comprise both the primary and secondary marketplace for the cards. The company will also act as both a buyer and a seller for the NFTs. Emergents to launch in alpha next month While Breitman has been planning the game since 2018, she announced Coase —…

Will China Launch its Blockchain Service Network Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Numerous cryptocurrency media outlets have published recent reports asserting that China’s Blockchain Service Network will launch in April 2020. However, these predictions appear to be based on local reports published prior to China’s first official fatality resulting from COVID-19. China’s Blockchain Service Network commences testing in October 2019 On October 15, 2019, Chinese state-operated media outlet, Xinhua news, reported that the country’s Blockchain Service Network, or BSN, had commenced testing. The project’s six-month internal testing phase was initially scheduled to finish at the end of March 2020. The development of…

South Korea’s Largest Bank Launch a Crypto Custodial Service

Major South Korean bank KB Kookmin Bank is expected to launch a cryptocurrency custody service in the near future. According to a report from local news outlet Digital Today on March 27, the bank filed a trademark application for KBDAC, referring to a proposed Digital Asset Custody subsidiary, at the end of January, 2020. KBDAC trademark application for crypto-related industries In the application to the Korean Intellectual Property Office, the bank expresses its desire to trademark KBDAC in over 20 areas, all relating to the cryptocurrency industry. These include trading,…

Telegram Is Losing to the US SEC, TON Community Can Launch Network Regardless

As Telegram’s legal battle with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission continues to unfold, the U.S. authorities have convinced the judge to bar the company from issuing Gram tokens — at least in the near future. On March 24, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York judge said that the SEC “has shown a substantial likelihood of success” in proving that Telegram, the firm behind the eponymous open-source encrypted messenger, distributed unregistered securities.” As a result, the federal judge granted a preliminary injunction against the…

Payment Provider NetCents Readies Cryptocurrency Credit Card for Launch

Canadian cryptocurrency payments provider, NetCents, has completed the technical integration of its consumer credit card into its proprietary ecosystem. NetCents announced March 20 that it had begun edge-case scenario testing in real-world environments in order to ready the card for launch. Not like other crypto credit cards The NetCents credit card promises users will not have to pre-load cryptocurrency onto their cards, differing from otherwise-similar products already on the market. Cards which require pre-loading can sometimes rob users of crypto value appreciation they would have otherwise received in the interim…

PegNet Has Moved $500M Through Its Network Since Launch

Today stablecoin network PegNet cleared $500 million dollars in conversions, according to data from PegNetMarketCap.com. This means a half-billion dollars in value has moved over the platform’s rails since it launched in August 2019. PegNet is a decentralized non-custodial network of tokens that are pegged to different world currencies and assets, including gold, the euro, and the US dollar. PegNet maintains the auditable, non-custodial network that allows for transferring value and simplifying the conversion process from one asset to another. The platform runs on top of Factom, an unalterable record-keeping…

Binance to Launch Fiat Support in South Africa, Donate $1M to Blockchain Education

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao has announced that the company will launch a fiat gateway for South African users, allowing them to make Rand deposits. The announcement was made on day one of the Blockchain Africa conference being held in Johannesburg this week. CZ confirmed that South African traders would soon be able to make Rand deposits on the platform through the Binance website. This is part of an ongoing push into Africa that started in Uganda in 2018: “Africa illustrates one of the largest demands and instrumental use cases for…