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Another Fan Token | WestHam Soccer Club Signs with Socios.com

Back in September, Juventus Soccer Club launched its own ‘fan token’. Now, the partner behind that token, Socios.com, is buddying up with West Ham United.

The Socios.com Fan Token

Socios.com is a “new app for football fans.” It allows its users to vote on club matters by collecting the fan token that is issued by the Socios blockchain and tradeable against the platform’s native cryptocurrency ChiliZ (CHZ).

As stated, Juventus signed up last September. Paris St. Germain soon followed, inking its deal two weeks later. West Ham is the first Premier League club to sign.

The CHZ fan token has already received significant investment from Binance and Bancor.

According to Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO and Founder of Socios.com:

“We’re building a strong eco-system of top-tier clubs from the best and most exciting leagues across the world and are very excited to have West Ham United as the first Premier League club to drive the evolution of football fan engagement.”

User-Base Potential

West Ham boasts a fan base of 40 million supporters. Should the ability to vote on club decisions and gain access to exclusive rewards whet their appetite, then the platform has huge potential ahead.

Further, the fan token has launched in time for the 2019/2020 season. Fans will be able to buy, collect, and “hunt” for them and the more tokens a user has, the more influence they have over club decisions.

Fans can also cash in their tokens for “once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”

West Ham’s official announcement described the blockchain initiative as:

“A first-of-its-kind mobile app for football fans, where fans acquire the ability to vote – by buying, earning or hunting for Fan Tokens – on selected club decisions, earn club rewards and compete for once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”

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The Takeaway

Another established football club putting its name to a blockchain and cryptocurrency venture only helps to increase adoption for the technology as a whole. As West Ham sits in the Premier League, it may entice other bigger clubs to follow in its footsteps.

What do you think? Do you think the Socios.com fan token will garner more teams? Will it take off?

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Ripple

Ripple Reports Major Growth in XRP Sales in First Quarter

American financial technology firm Ripple, which is responsible for the development of the cryptocurrency XRP, has declared its fiscal first-quarter results.

The company, which was founded in 2012, is the largest holder of XRP, the third biggest cryptocurrency in the world, and is based in San Francisco, California. It has offices located around the world. The currency XRP, in itself, is decentralized. According to the Q1 2019 results, the company reported major growth in XRP sales, and that is positive news for the broader crypto market, which has been largely subdued this year.

XRP Sales

The sales of the billions of units of XRP held by the company is its biggest source of income, and in the first quarter, Ripple sold XRP for $169.42 million. However, it is far more important to note that out of those total sales, $61.93 million worth of XRP was bought by institutions and this is a clear indicator that some major players in the financial sector might finally be moving into crypto.

XRP is supposed to be used as a bridge currency for international payments, and so it is not surprising that institutions have bought the cryptocurrency. More importantly, the total sales reflect a rise of as much as 54% in XRP sales from the previous quarter.

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Beyond the Numbers

Although the quarter on quarter growth in sales is certainly a huge breakthrough for the company, it needs to be pointed out that growth in year-on-year sales in XRP is not significant at all. In the same quarter in 2018, Ripple sold $167.7 million worth of XRP and once compared with the figures of the last quarter, the overall growth is merely a little over 1%.

In addition to that, the volume of XRP trade on a global level declined on a quarter-on-quarter basis. In the previous quarter, the total traded volume was $54.82 billion, while in Q1 2019 it stood at $53.85 billion. This reflects a 2% drop in traded volume. However, it cannot be denied that it has not been a particularly great year for cryptocurrencies and hence, the quarter-on-quarter sales growth is being looked upon in a positive light.

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XRPayments

Ripple Startup Launches XRPayments App

It’s no secret Ripple has been looking for more mainstream adoption. And, based on XRPL Labs’ recent announcement, it appears XRP is on its way to achieving just that. News surfaced this week that XRPL Labs, a Ripple-backed startup, has rolled out a new payments app called XRPayments.

Here’s why the app is important.

XRPayments App Available on iOS and Android

The launch of the app makes considerable sense. Not just because Ripple itself is trying to bring more attention to XRP, though. XRPL Labs has also been trying for more use and adoption of the token. And by turning compatible devices into PoS systems, which allows retailers to accept the digital asset in stores, this is sure to bring more attention to XRP.

The app is available on iOS through the App Store. It is also available on Android via the Google Play Store.

Wietse Wind, the co-founder of the Ripple-backed startup, first tweeted the news on April 18, writing: “Our XRPayments app was just accepted by Google and Apple. You can get the app now from the Apple iOS or Google Play store, and start accepting $XRP for payments in your physical store!”

More Good News for Ripple

On top of the launch of XRPayments, Ripple enthusiasts have been met with even more good news. Last week, it was announced that Ripple was included on the Forbes Blockchain 50 list.

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Ripple: Here to Stay?

Some people are always going to remain bearish on the topic of cryptocurrencies. While justified at times, XRP and Ripple have been doing reasonably well in 2019, and the launch of XRPayments indicates there are more good things coming not only to the company but the crypto community as well.

What do you think, though? Do you think XRPayments will change the game for retail owners? Let us know in the comments below.

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FBCoin

Facebook Set to Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency Coin

In 2018, and early this year, Bitcoin experienced a bearish market that riled the interest of several parties and social media companies such as Facebook. As a result, Facebook has since entered the blockchain space with its own cryptocurrency known as FBCoin.

FBCoin and WhatsApp Users

“FBCoin” is an unofficial name for the crypto asset that the social media giant has designed for its users. Facebook intends to unveil the technology to billions of its users, along with the real name.

Besides Facebook, several technology companies have acknowledged the potential and power of crypto technology to revolutionize economic and financial systems. Cryptocurrencies are decentralized in nature, and as a result, Bitcoin has become vital to fintech in recent years. Facebook’s token is looking to compete with the best, including Bitcoin.

According to reports, FBCoin has been slated to appeal first to WhatsApp users in India for purposes of satisfying the domestic need for digital payments that has grown to prominence in places like China. The FBCoin will be developed on the stablecoin-esque model, backed to the cryptocurrency industry through external assets. It is not yet known whether the FBCoin will operate on a blockchain but on a number of occasions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has alluded to distributed ledger technologies.

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Facebook Could Reach $19 Billion Windfall

Most cryptocurrency analysts believe that the FBCoin could garner massive traction in the coming years. In a note, Barclays’ Ross Sandler indicated that the coin could reach $19 billion in revenue windfall by 2021. The decentralized nature of Facebook and the coin’s status has left many crypto enthusiasts with questions regarding its potential.

Interoperability of FBCoin with other crypto assets is vital for its success, but the coin is seen as an intranet of money while other assets use the internet of money system. FBCoin will soon be launched as the company has been in discussions with other cryptocurrency exchanges.

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Bitcoin SV

Bitcoin SV Delisted from Binance Amid Craig Wright Controversy

One of the largest crypto exchanges in the world, Binance, has delisted Bitcoin SV (BSV), it announced earlier today. The move comes after a week of controversy surrounding the cryptocurrency’s founder Craig Wright.

Bitcoin SV

Earlier today, the world’s largest crypto exchange by market volume announced it will be delisting all BSV trading pairs on April 22nd. It will continue to support BSV withdrawals, however, until July 22nd.

Binance CEO, Changpeng Zhao (CZ), first threatened the move last week. It came after Wright attacked several Twitter users who said he is not the person behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.

Nakamoto

Wright has claimed for many years that he is Nakamoto; however, his claim has been challenged many times over and is widely disputed.

For those who don’t know, Satoshi Nakamoto is considered the creator of Bitcoin. However, exactly who this person or persons is/are remains a mystery. Over the years, several prominent names have been suggested including Elon Musk—who denied the claim.

Twitter Attacks

In recent weeks, Wright has been attacking Twitter users. Amongst these is hodlonaut—the creator of the Lightning Network ‘Torch’. Specifically, Wright placed a bounty on hodlonaut’s identity after he claimed that Wright is not Satoshi.

Binance’s announcement earlier today said that the exchange “periodically review[s] each digital asset we list to ensure that it continues to meet the high level of standard we expect.”

Standards include a team committed to the project, developmental activity, network and smart contract stability, and public communication, among other things.

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While the exchange alludes that delisting Bitcoin SV is a responsive decision for not meeting Binance’s standards, it is believed that this is only partially the reason. Many assume the coin is being delisted mainly due to Wright’s Twitter attacks.

Following the news, CZ has cemented the latter belief with a series of Tweets in which he refers to Wright as “a fraud.”

Hodlonaut has not been the only victim of Wright’s wrath. The latter has sent legal cease-and-desist letters to other individuals such as Peter McCormack for saying that he is not Satoshi.

Bitcoin SV: Price Plunges

The news has rocked BSV price, which has plunged only hours after the announcement was made. The coin has already shed almost $100 million from its market, with the price below $65 now, down from over $70 earlier today.

Whoever said the cryptocurrency sphere wasn’t a drama-fest?

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