NBA’s Dallas Mavericks Tickets to be Sold via Bitcoin

The owner of Dallas Mavericks basketball team tweeted that tickets to NBA games of the team will start selling for Bitcoin from the next season
17 January 2018   537

The tickets to Dallas Mavericks, an American professional basketball team based in Texas, and a member of the National Basketball Association (NBA), are reportely going to be sold for Bitcoin starting from the next season.

Mark Cuban, an American businessman, investor and the owner of the National Basketball Association's Dallas Mavericks team, has been asked about accepting cryptocurrency for games tickets by multiple users, and on January 16 he tweeted that the fans will soon be able to purchase Mavericks tickets with Bitcoin.

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The Dallas Mavericks will not be the first basketball team to accept BTC as means of payment for the tickets, as Sacramento Kings team has been accepting BTC cryptocurrency from 2014, letting users buy tickets along with promotional goods with BTC.

At the moment of press, these are main market parameters of Bitcoin:

  • Average price: $10 412,70
  • Marketcap: $175 020 045 728
  • 24h volume: $16 320 200 000

ACINQ to Release Lightning API For Bitcoin Mainnet

Strike is API for easy acception of Lightning network payments
25 May 2018   33

Developers from ACINQ presented a version of Strike API for Lightning-payments in the main bitcoin network.

Strike is an API for easy acception of Lightning payments. From a technical point of view, the service works as follows: ACINQ receives and aggregates incoming payments, and then periodically sends transactions to the recipient's wallet. In other words, companies can offer their clients instant and low-cost payments, receiving funds through the usual cash transaction.

We take a 1% fee on payments, and that’s it. Automated payouts to your Bitcoin wallet are free of charge, because we batch them among merchants. The threshold for automated withdrawals can be set between 0.1–1 BTC.
 

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Also, users can make a payment to the wallet manually, however in this case you will have to pay a commission of 0.5 mBTC.

According to ACINQ representatives, although using Strike and assuming the need to trust a third party, the level of risk is minimal, since the service sends an onchain-transaction every time the total amount of payments reaches a user-adjustable threshold.

The developers noted that the Strike integration with the WooCommerce plugin is currently underway. In addition, ACINQ is considering the possibility of partnership with the Canadian Internet company Shopify, which specializes in developing software for online and retail stores. The company serves 500,000 trading companies with a combined turnover of $ 45 billion.