Virtual Reality and Cryptocurrency: Volexus and Uphold Join Forces

Virtual reality is an artificial environment that is created with software and presented to the user in such a way that makes it look as a real environment. The virtual reality industry is expanding faster than ever as new investments are being made to support future VR-based applications. The industry is now making big efforts to develop new approaches and new tools to improve the usability and allow anyone to explore the full potential of this new technology.
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Virtual Reality also seems to be the perfect place to use virtual currencies and now two companies are trying to bring digital currencies and virtual currency together to start a whole new niche of development.
Uphold, a Cloud-based financial service and Voxelus, a virtual reality-based platform, have announced a partnership to enable Voxel users to purchase Voxels (VOX), which is the official currency of the virtual reality content creation platform. By using an Uphold account, Voxelus members will now be able to purchase Voxels directly from their Uphold wallet with no fee costs associated. Uphold also allows VOX to be moved, converted, held and traded as any form of digital currency. Voxels are designed to be used for the purchase, sale, payment and settlement of all content, products, services and awards within the Voxelus platform.
Halsey Minor, Voxelus Founder and CEO told Bitcoinist:
“Since I am the founder and majority shareholder of Uphold and co-founder and majority shareholder of Voxelus, this allows me to combine the best innovations from both companies.”  
Bringing Digital Currency and Virtual Reality Closer
Voxelus is a virtual reality-based platform that allows for its users to play virtual reality games, easily create content and share it without having to know how to code.
Halsey Minor, Voxelus Founder and CEO says:
“Virtual currencies arose from in-game currencies. That’s where the ideas came from. Our goal was to create an in game currency that could create a real ecosystem where people creating cool content for the game can get paid in money that can actually buy things in the real world.”
The platform is trying to strengthen the ties between the two technologies and understands that both industries can benefit from each other. Besides the Internet of Things, these two industries are expected to go on full growth for the next years.
Minor stresses:
“The next 10 years is all about FinTech and VR. Two of the largest industries in the world: TV and banking & finance are going to get disrupted. Honestly, what could possibly be more exciting to watch than that, happen!”
Digital currency and Virtual reality – the perfect synergy
Halsey Minor also considers that VR and digital currencies are two new industries that are still giving its first steps and can learn from each other:
“There is no reason that virtual worlds cannot have their own currency, tuned to their own needs. Soon, virtual worlds and real ones will start to converge and one can expect things like money in the real world to have their virtual counterparts in VR. If there was ever a great place for a virtual currency, it’s clearly a virtual world.”
Founded in 2015, Voxelus is a revolutionary platform that allows anyone to create Virtual Reality games, experiences and virtual spaces without having coding skills. The platform consists in three basic fundamentals: Content creation, Game Play, and a Voxelus Marketplace, where creators and users can negotiate virtual reality content and games inside the Voxelus ecosystem, with Voxels. Voxelus also supports real-time multiplayer and is compatible with both Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear. The system resembles Second Life, as content designers are also rewarded for their content with an in-game currency – the Linden dollar.
Voxelus members can buy VOX directly on Uphold using bitcoin, bank transfer, credit or debit card, and hold VOX safely and securely in their Uphold Wallet for free. Voxelus is scheduled to fully launch before April 2016, and currently, Voxels are only accessible via beta pre­sale only.
With this partnership, the two companies become pioneers in a cooperation that will certainly bring a lot of innovation for both industries.
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LimoPlay to Announce Cutting Edge Game at LAC 2016

LimoPlay stands out from its online gambling competitors by bringing a feeling of luxury to every one of its customers. Created by a team of “iGaming professionals, with more than 15 years of experience,” LimoPlay believes that its services trump all others, giving its players “the best games and offering you the biggest rewards.” The company expects to improve their player experience even further after the London Affiliates Conference 2016 (LAC) on February 4 through 7, where it will reveal exciting new games and Services.
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LimoPlay at LAC 2016: Introducing Johnny the Octopus
This conference will be a big opportunity for LimoPlay to increase the number of affiliates working with bitcoin casinos. Since the company also has a large fiat userbase, LimoPlay representative Jay Simons believes that they will be able to draw in affiliates they wouldn’t be able to get otherwise.
In addition to presenting special offers to potential affiliates, LimoPlay will use LAC 2016 as an opportunity to announce its new game, “Johnny the Octopus.” Simons claims that this new game is “the world’s very first online slot game based on WebGL, a technology that delivers real 3D graphics across multiple devices.” By using the webGL technology, “Johnny the Octopus” will feature 3D graphics, making it extremely “lively.” “You will notice the ocean bed is ‘alive’,” says Simons, describing the visual features present in the 3D slot game, including “tiny bubbles of air, plankton, [and] sun beaming through the ocean waters. This new game is a revolutionary concept both among bitcoin casinos and fiat online casinos
“Jonny the Octopus” has an interesting story to go along with its cutting-edge technology. The game’s main character, Johnny, is a retired octopus pirate. Johnny “once spread horror all over the Atlantic Ocean. His brutal power and bravery knew no limits.” After retiring around 200 years ago, though, he has mellowed out a lot, and wants to share his treasure. LimoPlay customers will get a chance to claim their share of the treasure by playing this slot game, which will be added to the company’s long list of games very soon. Together with more than 500 other games, LimoPlay offers large variety of entertainment to its customers.
LimoPlay hopes that this game will help them grow their user base of Bitcoiners and fiat currency users. LimoPlay expects “Johnny the Octopus” to uphold the company’s “luxury” gaming reputation, which it has built by offering “more than 500 games from the best providers.” The online casino’s work has earned it a spot among “the top of the list” of bitcoin casinos, as well as recognition among fiat-based services. Simons says:
Placing our care on the player’s needs is one of our core values and we believe that this is the way to provide different and unique gaming experience
LAC 2016 will be held from February 4 to the 7th, 2016, at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. If you are interested in attending, you can register as an individual or as part of a group on the LAC section of the IGB Affiliate website. Tickets for non-affiliates start at 559 GBP.
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Gamerholic, the First ‘Billion Dollar Gaming Company’? A Q&A With Anari Sengbe

Gamerholic is an online, competitive gaming platform that uses cryptocurrency as the fuel behind its services. Members of Gamerholic can enter tournaments and competition or make wagers on games using “Gamerholic coin,” the platform’s own cryptocurrency.
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Gamerholic: A Platform for Crypto Gaming
Users can purchase Gamerholic coin on the Bittrex exchange, which has an exchange rate of  0.00000473 BTC ($0.0018 USD) as of press time. With this cryptocurrency, will get 20% off on purchases made on Gamerholic.com, they will be able to participate in all of the website’s games and tournaments, and they can exchange their coins back to bitcoin on the Bittrex exchange.
For all you altcoin nerds, here are the specs for Gamerholic coin as listed on the Gamerholic website:
Algo: SHA-256D
POW/POS Hybrid
Avg 60 second block time
4% annual interest
8 hour stake age
Emission Schedule
Block – 10,000: 100GHC
Block 10,001 – Infinity: 2.5GHC
250 blocks to maturity
Although the website is fairly bare at the moment, with the service in its early stages of life, it is clear that Gamerholic has an interesting idea going on. There are several games that are played natively on the website. The most visible one is “Grabbit” and its several variables, where players can compete with one another to “grab” the prize. Grabbit prizes span across a wide range of gaming and tech merchandise, with things like PlayStation Store and Blizzard gift cards, console games, and even an iPhone 6S Plus up for “grabs.”
For more competitive gamers, Gamerholic offers a console and PC tournament section on their website, where it picks a game and sets up a tournament for its customers. At press time, the current tournament is for Madden ’16 on PlayStation 4. This tournament has 3 prizes, similar to the prizes for other tournaments hosted on Gamerholic. First place gets 1 bitcoin and 1,000 Gamerholic coins (GHC); second place gets 0.50 btc and 1,000 GHC; and third place will receive 0.25 btc and 1,000 GHC.
Unfortunately, the website doesn’t seem to be fully functional just yet, as the link buttons to the rules and registration for the console and PC tournaments do not seem to work, as nothing happens when they are clicked. With such a new and seemingly complex service though, minor bugs like this are to be expected, so we’ll give Gamerholic the benefit of the doubt and assume that the website will become more functional as the project progresses.
I got to ask Gamerholic Founder Anari Sengbe a few questions about Gamerholic, as well as other projects his team has worked on in the past.

We don’t claim it to be better than bitcoin, we don’t claim it can do what bitcoin can’t. It’s a coin for gaming, with it’s [sic] own unique api sets.

Tell us a little bit about Gamerholic.
Gamerholic is a competition as a service gaming platform.
Natural competition is part of gaming, you want to beat the computer, your friend or a stranger gamer hundreds of miles away.
Gamerholic enhances natural competition with real world prizes, not points and badges.
Digital currencies like bitcoin and Gamerholic coin are perfect for gaming. Buy in-game items at a fraction of the cost, or participate in robust gaming economies.
What is the inspiration behind this project?
Gamerholic Founder Anari Senge in Gamerholic’s pitch for Shark Tank
Years ago when PS2 1st allowed play over the internet, it made sense that friendly wagers over the internet would be next. The problem with that is chargebacks, when I learned about bitcoin, instinctively I believed micro payments and gaming go hand in hand, bitcoin and the immense brainpower behind it is great, but a crypto currency you can dedicate to gaming would be pretty cool as well.
How competitive is Gamerholic, is it a place for professional gamers, or is it meant for casual competition?
It’s a bit of both, the important thing about the Gamerholic platform, we don’t make games, We simply provide an API for game developers to accept Gamerholic coin within their games. So in theory there should be more than enough games to choose from and with expanded creativity, you should see more competitive games.
The one game we did make is called Grabbit, a fun shopping game with real prizes. You win bitcoin for FREE or xbox live point cards, video games and more. There’s always something awesome up for grabs in the grabbit game. That game can get REALLY competitive.
 Tell us about Gamerholic coin.
I love Gamerholic coin, I can’t wait to see game developers rush to it. It’s really just a fun crypto currency for gaming. We don’t claim it to be better than bitcoin, we don’t claim it can do what bitcoin can’t. It’s a coin for gaming, with it’s own unique api sets.
The biggest value of Gamerholic coin will be noticed by game developers who can create more dynamic situations within their games. The coin is going up on the exchange, what should happen in your game? the coin is going down on the exchange and so on. This includes education games, Gamerholic coin is a real world incentive for young people to do well in math, or history games, or biology games.
What makes Gamerholic unique from other gaming projects that integrate cryptocurrency?
I think the strength for us is the brand, Gamerholic is a persona, everyone loves the brand. From t-shirts, to hats, to gaming accessories… we have more avenues to get Gamerholic coin in the hands of gamers. Competitively, that’s our advantage and that will keep us going long enough to best the technology advantages other gaming projects offer.
If you don’t mind me asking, has Gamerholic gotten much traffic since you guys started it?
There is an education hurdle for sure, I knew that during the transition to crypto currency. I think we’ll continue to play the role of introducing a demographic to crypto currency for a couple of years.
What is your ultimate goal for this project?
My fulfillment will come when I see Gamerholic coin applied to education games and young people in sierra leone where I’m from can make money from learning. That for