Japanese Company GMO to run In-game Bitcoin Rewards

Japanese internet services giant GMO Internet Inc. reveiled its plans to launch a bitcoin-based application for in-game rewards in August of 2018
01 June 2018   1825

Named CryptoChips, this new application will provide a way of rewarding players who achieve a certain advance or milestone, will start with bitcoin support for now. As reported, the product will be piloted in the GMO-developed game Whimsical War.

The company in its press release in both English and Japanese had this to add:

CryptoChips can be mounted on the game application and allows players to receive cryptocurrency as remuneration within the game – like a ‘secret pocket money’ – depending on the players’ rankings or when players have achieved missions or acquired items.
GMO Internet Group
Company, Japan

This step is the latest measure into the cryptocurrency sphere for GMO, that already launches its own crypto exchange, mining operation and even pays a portion of staff wages in Bitcoin.

Earlier this year, in March, the GMO firm’s exchange promised to develop and refine  data safety after regulators found its security lacking. That fact was confirmed during cross-industry inspections that were held on the heels of January’s $530 million hack of fellow Japanese crypto exchange Coincheck.

BTC Futures Didn't Collapse Market in 2017, - CME

According to the managing director of CME Group, they "didn’t have that wherewithal, that ability to drive that impact"
14 November 2019   176

Tim McCourt, managing director of CME Group, has denied the widespread theory that the alleged launch of regulated bitcoin futures caused a market crash after the 2017 rally.

A lot of times, people ask us, ‘Did futures cause the price to decline from $20,000 to $3,000?’ And the answer is ‘no,’.
 

Tim McCourt

Global head of equity index and alternative investment products, CME Group

He recalled that at first the turnover of bitcoin futures on CME was 1,100 contracts, which is equivalent to 5300-5500 BTC or about $ 100 million at prices at the end of 2017.

There is no way over that period of time, given the size of the Bitcoin market, in terms of spot trading or the ability to mine Bitcoin, that futures could cause that impact. These things are governed by the law of supply and demand. We just didn’t have that wherewithal, that ability to drive that impact.
 

Tim McCourt

Global head of equity index and alternative investment products, CME Group

Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Bitcoin Futures was launched on December 18, 2017. A day earlier, the price of bitcoin reached a historic high in the region of $ 20,000, but soon plummeted.

Despite the sharp change of mood and the bear market, the volume of bitcoin futures trading on CME grew - by May of this year, the average daily turnover reached 13,600 contracts, corresponding to 68,000 BTC or $ 515 million at the exchange rate at that time.

We certainly play a role in the price discovery because people can freely express their demand to buy and sell at CME and transact with one another, but I wouldn’t necessarily say we are impacting price.
 

Tim McCourt

Global head of equity index and alternative investment products, CME Group

Among other things, a CME representative said that he is an ardent supporter of Bitcoin ETF and hopes to see such products on the market soon.

ETF providers and asset managers are our customers at CME. They use our futures products to create other ETFs, to hedge structure projects, and we’re certainly trying to enable them to do the same type of strategy on Bitcoin. We want to make sure they have the risk-management tools they need to be successful in managing their risk. We’re working with them to make sure they have what they need for trying to introduce products such as an ETF.
 

Tim McCourt

Global head of equity index and alternative investment products, CME Grou

Recently, Christopher Giancarlo, the former head of the Commodity Exchange Commodity Trading Commission (CFTC), said recently that the launch of the CME Bitcoin Futures was a targeted action by the Donald Trump administration to eliminate the bubble in the cryptocurrency market.