Malta authorities propose rules for blockchain gaming

Malta Gaming Authority has presented a list of recommended guidelines for the blockchain gaming operators, plans to open test environment for optimization
30 March 2018   713

Blockchain has been rapidly invading all the aspects of our everyday live and gaming companies haven't been left outside of the trend. Now the companies would have to contend with the new, as of now, “proposed guidelines” to make their games with distributed ledger technology available in Malta.

Right now the regulations presented by Malta Gaming Authority are just a series of recommended guidelines for the game developers to follow. The authorities are open for feedback regarding their new proposals and they established “sandbox” environment for testing out the impact of new regulations on the industry. Ultimately, this sandbox will become not only a testing stage but the foundation for the new set of regulations for the Malta's remote gaming ecosystem.

Right now, the proposed rules for utilizing the blockchain for gaming is quite lax. The developers have to satisfy the specific range of conditions for them to be receiving cryptocurrency. In particular, they would have to provide the certain financial and technological value in return for the said funds and the services or goods they provide in return have to be freely tradeable on exchanges with “competitive market capitalization”. Also, the cryptocurrency must be integral to the company's use case.

As part of the current “sandbox mode” all the games hosted should “maintain the transparency and prove the fairness of these games” through utilizing accessible distributed ledger.

The proposed guidelines cover this and other points, including the risks involved in usage of cryptocurrencies or custom tokens as a funding method.

SEC to Accuse Veritaseum ICO of Fraud

SEC believes that project's tokensale, thru which it raised $14.8M back in 2017-2018 had a signs of scam and company misled the investors
14 August 2019   271

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sued New Yorker  and Veritaseum-related companies that have been caught by the agency in conducting an unregistered ICO with signs of fraud. It is reported by Cointelegraph.

According to documents published on the network, the SEC intends to hold Reggie Middleton accountable and immediately freeze the assets of Veritaseum Inc. and Veritaseum LLC.

The Commission claims that the defendants raised about $ 14.8 million through an initial coin offering (ICO) in 2017 - early 2018. At the same time, many investors were misled, as the company distorted information about the conditions of the token sale and deliberately hid some significant details.

The American regulator claims that the project still has about $ 8 million of illegally raised funds. According to the SEC, these assets must be frozen immediately.

Amid this news, the Veritaseum (VERI) rate has fallen by 70%. Now the coin is trading near the $ 5 mark, although at the beginning of 2018 its rate was approaching $ 500.

Veritaseum was created as a financial p2p platform, involving the movement of capital without traditional intermediaries. Also, VERI was positioned as a utility token for use in consulting services and access to various research works.

In 2017, Veritaseum blockchain startup fell victim to hackers, having lost $ 8.4 million from ICO investors.