NFTY NEWS [December 3, 2018]

NFTY NEWS is a weekly newsletter covering the latest developments of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in the blockchain space – collectibles, games, new platforms, and much more. NFTY NEWS is created by contributor Brian Flynn and adapted from his Medium page. For more information on NFTs, check out Brian’s reading list to get you up to speed on crypto digital assets.

NFTY #28: Bye MetaMask

Bitski, NIFTYgateway, and Staking Cryptogames

We’re rapidly moving the pendulum to more usable consumer applications, and a few companies have been really pushing the needle. Bitski announced their SDK this week and NIFTYgateway has enabled anyone to buy a NFT with just a credit card inside of their own marketplace.

I’ve also been thinking about the intersection of staking-as-a-service/consumer mining companies in the context of cryptogames — I try to answer the question: why would anyone pay more money to make less money?

This week’s releases 🎊

Bitski releases their SDK

Great to see this product finally come out behind the woodworks. Bitski has known from the start that usability will be one of the biggest issues with decentralized applications. Bitski is providing an alternative to MetaMask with a single sign-on.

With Bitski, as a user, you don’t need to worry about private keys. As a developer, you can deploy your contracts straight to the wallet and take in-app payments. Donnie Dinch the CEO describes Bitski as a lockbock for digital goods, as opposed to a bank (Coinbase).

Buy (any) NFT with a credit card with NIFTYgateway.

NIFTYgateway has launched their NFT marketplace, and now even your grandma can make money selling & trading NFTs. Now, anyone can buy and sell an NFT with just a credit card. Cash out in USDC — avoids the hassle of payment gateways. A minimum selling fee is in place (payment processing fee + t/x fee) to ensure selling price is not higher than processing costs.

I’m super fascinated where this ones goes — I’m a big proponent of onboarding users into the world of consumer crypto, and by enabling users to trade cryptogoods without ever touching Ethereum or downloading MetaMask is a huge step forward.

Thoughts this week 💭

Staking-as-a-service & consumer mining companies as brands

If staking as-a-service and consumer at-home-mining becomes consumerized, will companies eventually compete on brand, user experiences, or highest potential profit for the consumer? Take Coinmine for example. Coinmine takes an exorbitant amount of fees compared to other at-home mining/staking-as-a-service companies.

But these fees are warranted. Coinmine is a gamified product — the ultimate work-play station. Users are drawn to a beautiful interface, the experience akin to Robinhood or other applications. Users can make a ROI and bet on cryptocurrencies with no skin-in-the-game besides opportunity cost by choosing what they want to mine.

But there’s an opportunity looming in the horizon —

Mining & staking services can be bundled with cryptogaming products to create gamified experiences to earn money within games without the need to create a new token. Consumer mining and staking-as-as-service companies have an opportunity to embrace games as a marketing medium for consumers. Future profit earnings for providing work to a network can be hidden as prizes in games for consumers, encouraging them to do more work in the network.

For example, if rent-seekers like consumer-mining companies take 10% ETH as a fee for mining ETH, users will be able to “earn” back 5% by completing certain levels within a game. Hardware mining/staking devices will be able to power games and distribute various cryptocurrencies using state channels/LN throughout games and provide an additional incentive to keep mining or staking.

With this model, entertainment will slowly blend with work. But are we willing to sacrifice some additional earnings for our own entertainment? Or will we want to maximize on revenues? My gut is the former in the long run.

If you are working on creative use cases, or working on trying to get more people into crypto and reaching end users using non-fungible tokens, I would love to talk about how I can help. Reach out to me on twitter @flynnjamm, my DMs are always open.

Contributor Name: Brian Flynn

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