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Half Life Creator Has a Bone to Pick With the Metaverse

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Remember the Half-Life franchise? Who doesn’t, right? Well, the creator of that beloved and often maligned franchise has a few things to say about the evolution of the Metaverse and the key players behind it. Gabe Newell, the creator in question, is in a position to make waves because of his status. He recently banned all NFT sales and NFT-based games on Steam, to wide-spread acclaim form the player-base.

 

“Valve reached its decision after it found the NFT and blockchain activity in some of these games to be ‘super sketchy’.”

The gamers and users of Steam and other platforms really responded positively to Gabe’s choice to stop all NFT activity on his platform. Developers, however, were not as happy. And you may be able to see both sides here. Developers who were in the process of trying to make money with NFT based games stood to lose, and have lost a lot. While gamers saw this as a win for the user-base.

Why Does This Matter?

Gabe and others in Steam have a lot of pull in the industry and may yet affect great change if allowed to continue influencing things. Only time will tell.

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    Blockchain Economy Istanbul Makes Big Impact With Top Names

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    Blockchain Economy Istanbul Makes Grand Impact with the Top Names

    The World’s Top Blockchain Event To Have On Your Radar is approaching!

    After 2 years of Covid-19 pandemic, Blockchain Economy Summit is again back in Istanbul on July 27-28, 2022 in one of Istanbul’s most prominent and renowned venues: Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel. The summit’s 2-nd Turkey edition was the last major blockchain conference held in Turkey before pandemic, and now Summit’s 4-th edition will be the first one to gather the crypto community on the bridge between Europe and Asia after the pandemic.

    The Blockchain Economy Istanbul Summit unveiled its first speaker line-up with top industry experts, famous stars and influential names.

    The first line-up of the speakers joining the event includes:

    Alex Bornyakov – The Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine

    Carl Runefelt – Entrepreneur, Crypto Investor, Forbes under 30, 1 million followers on Twitter

    Emre Aydın – Turkish Popstar

    Michael Saylor – CEO of MicroStrategy

    Engin Altan Düzyatan – Turkish Film and Television Star

    Lou Yu – Head of Kucoin Labs

    Eren Özkan – Vice President at Mastercard Turkey

    Hamza Yardımcıoğlu –  Famous TV producer and author

    Russ Batyrshin –Director of Global Business Development at Deepcoin.

    Burak Köse – Co-Founder of Uzmancoin (event’s strategic partner),

    Johann Polecsak – Co-Founder and CTO of QANplatform, and others.

     

    Blockchain Economy Istanbul Summit is a blockchain and crypto conference with engaging activities and speaker sessions designed to spread the knowledge of cryptocurrencies.

    The future of finance: Bitcoin, Web 3, NFTs, Metaverse, De-Fi, mining, regulation of cryptocurrencies, making money through investing and trading on cryptocurrencies, the implementation of blockchain technology in businesses and government, and much more are to be discussed on the Blockchain Economy Istanbul Summit Stage.

     

    Panel discussions, keynote sessions, fireside chat sessions, industry focused exhibition, NFT Art Gallery, Grand Istanbul Crypto Bazaar will also allow participants to understand the value propositions of the projects and brands, contact relevant services and  realize potential business connections and partnerships. Gate.io, KuCoin, Deepcoin, XT.com,

    Woo network and MoonGaming are just some of the companies that are listed among the sponsors of the largest blockchain conference to be held in the country with around 14 million crypto owners.

     

    On July 28 2022, only the first 1,000 standard pass holders will have a chance to join the ultimate Closing Party of the Blockchain Economy Istanbul Summit featuring internationally renowned DJ and producer Mahmut Orhan.

     

    More information is available on the Summit website: https://blockchaineconomy.istanbul/en

    Tickets are available at:

    https://blockchaineconomy.istanbul/en/tickets

    Apply the following code for a 10% discount code on the standard passes! BEIST2022

     

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    Apple May Have Changed Its Tone on The Metaverse After All

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    We know you’ve read about Apple’s hesitance, even blasé stance toward the Metaverse and all things to-do with it over the last few months. In fact, we’ve written about it ourselves more than once. But now, word is that Apple may be slyly releasing a kind of covert Metaverse endorsement. Ok, that’s not exactly the case, but they are certainly releasing some interesting tech that integrates rather cleanly with the Metaverse. For a company that has had the stance Apple

    Apple is investigating multiple ways virtual and augmented reality could be implemented into future iOS devices or new hardware products. Macrumors reported on this a few weeks prior to the writing of this article.

    Basically, Apple is rumored to be in development of a new kind of interface that will rival the failed tech of the past, such as Google Glasses and others, and that the plan to release them in the near future. They are designing a kind of contact lens (stop me if you’ve heard this one) that will interface directly with the Metaverse virtual realms.

    Is This For Real?

    According to the best sources we have, it looks like this will be little more than science fiction for at least the remainder of 2022. Honestly, if Apple does pull it off, it will represent a pretty substantial change in the tech/virtual interface market. So substantial, in fact, that we don’t really have a context to situate the potential market disruptions in.

    Despite rumors to the contrary, it seems that Apple is still working on its augmented reality glasses.

    This seems much more likely as an initial offering for the Metaverse tie-ins. Perhaps it will be somewhere in the middle, like a new operating sytem for the new iPhone and a new interface to rival Oculus and Viverse Flow.

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      A Whole Franchise From Square Enix is Coming to the Metaverse

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      Square Enix is undoubtedly one of the world’s largest game developers. They boast an almost legendary pedigree of creative directors and artistic minds, and an equally impressive catalogue of games under it’s belt. Everyone knows the heights to which games like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger  

      Game publisher Square Enix will bring its Dungeon Siege franchise into the metaverse game world of The Sandbox.” 

       

       

      CRYPTO GAMING

      Truly the next revolution in gaming, the crypto market coming to gaming platforms and pay-to-play dynamics is driving the newest advancements and marketing campaigns. Square Enix will be launching revamped versions of classics such as Dungeon Siege, and competitors will likely be launching similar game offerings around the same time to compete.   

       

      There will be a vast interactive component to the Dungeon Siege re-release as well as several other updated stylistic changes meant for the Metaverse. Although SE wasn’t the first to do something like this, they will certainly entice others to do likewise after this year’s launch. The competition is stiff and we won’t know to what degree SE will have contributed to the change in gaming until later. But here’s hoping! 

       

      Interestingly, Square Enix has also invested heavily into the Sandbox and other Metaverse land developments. This is likely to do with their plans to develop their interactive gaming platforms and offerings. 

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