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Banning cryptocurrency ads is “short-sighted”But firms preparing for token sales remain confident they will raise the funds they seekJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 3rd April 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareAn ongoing pushback against cryptocurrencies by major platforms threatens to endanger start-ups’ ability to finance their projects, but some players remain determined to push on.Twitter, Facebook and Google have all imposed a blanket ban on any companies using their sites to advertise the sale of cryptocurrencies, particularly in the context of an Initial Coin Offering or Token Sale – an increasingly common means of raising funds ahead of a venture’s launch.Their decision to distance themselves from crypto vendors no doubt stems from the rapid devaluing of prominent currency Bitcoin, as well as studies that show more than half of all projects funded by ICOs last year have either failed, are on course to fail or disappeared entirely.The ban means that any firms hoping to use a Token Sale to secure finance for games or games-related projects will need to seek alternative means now that paid advertising is no longer an option.J. D. Seraphine, Vision TreeJ. D. Seraphine – head of Vision Tree, the film production firm behind the upcoming cryptocurrency-funded biopic on Atari founder Nolan Bushnell – decried the move, stating that leading platforms shouldn’t be swayed by the negative elements of what he deems to be a promising technology.”It’s a new disruptive market, and with that there will certainly be some bad players,” he tells GamesIndustry.biz. “Cryptocurrency companies that act in an unethical way, while utilising deceptive and misleading practices to promote their projects and related fundraising campaigns should be targeted and held accountable. “However, to blindly block all crypto companies from promoting their token sales on those platforms is short sighted and tantamount to throwing the baby out with the bath water. Investment bankers nearly tanked the entire global economy in 2008 while investors lost billions of dollars, yet these same platforms did not ban those companies from continuing to promote themselves to prospective investors and clients.”He went to accuse legacy platforms of being “understandably afraid” of a disruptive technology that could threaten their dominance, suggesting this ban is a step to “proactively stymie this innovation before it loosens their grip on their respective market sectors.” “The very nature of the cryptocurrency industry and space makes it very difficult to stop because it is largely decentralized with multiple major players who are adept at pivoting quickly to respond to market forces, and the shifting regulatory environment,” he continues. “I believe they would be best served to embrace the change, though in reality, many of the major players are actively pursuing their own cryptocurrency and blockchain ventures while using the errors of a minority of bad actors as an excuse to clamp down industry-wide.””There is a stigma over ICO ‘scams’ in particular and the cryptocurrency world in general. A little like when the internet first became the Next Big Thing, and it was tainted by the proliferation of porn.” Gary Bracey, Terra VirtuaGames industry veteran Gary Bracey tells us he “can understand” the reasoning behind the ban, although it speaks to a larger issue in the cryptocurrency space. Bracey is CEO of the newly-unveiled Terra Virtua, a subscription-based virtual reality platform due to launch later this year with a token sale kicking off this month. “There is a stigma over ICO ‘scams’ in particular and the cryptocurrency world in general,” he observes. “A little like when the internet first became the Next Big Thing, and it was tainted by the proliferation of porn. “In a different way, the blockchain has become tarnished by the dark side of its use – money laundering, etc. In time, the legitimate businesses like ourselves, who can leverage genuine advantages from the technology, will become more widespread and the stigma will – hopefully – wither and die.”He stresses that this does not affect Terra Virtua’s plans – the token sale is going ahead as scheduled. This is partly because direct advertising via Twitter, Facebook and the like was never paramount to the start-ups strategy.”It’s a pretty cluttered space and we are targeting more mainstream media and press in order to create awareness,” says Bracey. “The challenge is conveying the legitimacy of your proposition, amongst the countless whitepaper nonsense that seems to be proliferating the space. Awareness is one thing; but unless it is backed by credibility then no amount of paid advertising is going to attract the serious investors.”Even Bitcoin’s troubles, which could be argued as a black mark on the future of cryptocurrency in general, has failed to dissuade Terra Virtua or Vision Tree from banking on token sales – and both firms are confident their audiences have not been deterred either.Gary Bracey, Terra Virtua”Many crypto-investors have already become very wealthy and the smart ones are not backing away from the sector,” says Bracey. “But they are however, becoming a lot more selective and diligent over what they want to put their money into.”Seraphine asserts that leading platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Google aren’t instrinsic to how crypto-investors discover their next venture anyway. Furthermore, he believes these platforms’ days as a powerhouse are numbered as more people become aware of the potential blockchain technology holds.”The efficacy and performance of paid advertisements for this market, especially on those social media platforms, is questionable,” he says. “There is room for innovation driven by blockchain technology to create more efficient and transparent systems for major brands and ad buyers including those in the burgeoning cryptocurrency space to reach their audience directly.”We expect that new ad engines powered by blockchain technology will revolutionize the digital advertising ecosystem.”In lieu of paid advertising on established platforms, Vision Tree opted for a more ambitious way to drive interest in the project’s Bushnell Token. The firm created a digital engagement site that rewards users with cryptocurrency for promoting various partner products. Through this, the firm aims to generate community engagement around production on the film and spread the word via social media.”All of which is largely unaffected by the changes announced by those platforms,” Seraphine adds.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Similarly, Terra Virtua will be reaching out to potential investors via active engagement on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, rather than paid advertising. The firm is also attempting to attract the mainstream press and media to gain broader coverage, having already started with an official launch event GamesIndustry.biz attended in London last week. “When you have a tangible business to shout about and can demonstrate the ability and experience to execute and succeed then investors will take notice,” says Bracey. “However, this is not such a simple task, nor is it inexpensive! He continues: “There are a number of really smart, compelling and exciting ICO companies who will demonstrate the long-term viability of their proposition and prove to be a savvy investment. Unfortunately, I think these are still way outnumbered by the companies who see this as ‘Kickstarter v2.0’ and just looking for a way to make a quick buck without having any real substance other than a whitepaper and a bunch of pretty faces on their advisory team – this is creating the clutter, distraction and perpetuating the aforementioned stigma.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 4 hours agoUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 8 hours agoLatest comments (1)Ron Dippold Software/Firmware Engineer 3 years ago ‘Short-sighted’ is a good thing when 95% of everything involved with cryptocurrency is a scam (like Sturgeon’s Law, that number may be low). This is why Google just banned all cryptominer extensions – they’re overwhelmingly fast buck scammers.If your cryptocurrency is as good as you claim it is you won’t need any advertising. Which is what these guys are saying with one face while also bemoaning their advertising being cut off with the other face.I’m guessing the Atari cryptocurrency, like the Kodak cryptocurrency, won’t be in the ‘so good it doesn’t need to be advertised on Coast to Coast with George Noory’, so you really do need to bemoan your lack of ads targeting gullible saps. And the other prime tell of a scam is saying all the other guys are scammers, but we’re legit for sure. I hear that one on the radio about 20 times a day.
Stagecoach East Scotland has promoted its Commercial Director Douglas Robertson to the role of Managing Director.The appointment follows the death of former East Scotland Managing Director Paul Thomas last year.Douglas has more than 20 years’ experience within the bus industry, having started his career as with Stagecoach Bluebird in 1998. He then held management positions at a number of different organisations within the industry including First Edinburgh, Stagecoach Fife, Falkirk Council and Preston Bus before joining Transdev Blazefield in 2009.After taking on the roles of Business Director and Commercial Director at Transdev Blazefield he returned to Stagecoach in 2015 as Commercial Director with Stagecoach East Scotland.Robert Andrew, Stagecoach UK Bus Managing Director for Scotland, says: “Having been part of the East Scotland team for the past four years, Douglas has a vast knowledge of the business, the people and the network which will be of great benefit in his new role.“I’d also like to thank Jon Oakey for his work as Interim Managing Director. Jon will now return to his position as Financial Director, Scotland.”
Yentob, who has faced calls to resign since August, said in a statement Thursday: “The BBC is going through particularly challenging times and I have come to believe that the speculation about Kids Company and the media coverage revolving around my role is proving a serious distraction.”He will stand down from his executive role as creative director, for which he receives around £180,000 annually, at the end of the year. However, Yentob will continue as a presenter, including fronting the arts series Imagine.Yentob, 68, has been at the BBC since the late 1960s and held numerous senior positions. He is one of the best-connected figures in Britain’s television industry. But he is also one of its most controversial, regularly attacked by the corporation’s critics in the press for enjoying a “fat cat” lifestyle at the public’s expense.A major source of criticism has been that he draws more than one income from the BBC: his executive salary and another for his presenting work that does not have to be disclosed for commercial and creative reasons.Yentob was accused of interfering with the BBC’s coverage of the Kids Company scandal, but Lord Hall of Birkenhead, the BBC’s director-general, said Thursday that the BBC had concluded this was not true.“Alan is a towering figure in television, the arts, and a creative force for good in Britain,” Hall said in a statement. “I am pleased that Alan will be continuing his brilliant work as a programme maker at the BBC in the future.” LONDON — The BBC’s creative director has resigned, saying that the ongoing coverage about his involvement with a failed children’s charity had become a “serious distraction” for the U.K.’s public broadcaster.Alan Yentob, one of the BBC’s most senior executives, has been embroiled in controversy for months after Kids Company, a charity for disadvantaged and vulnerable children, shut down amid allegations of financial mismanagement.The collapse of the high-profile charity, where Yentob was chairman, has reverberated through Britain’s political establishment. Revelations that the Prime Minister David Cameron intervened to keep the charity afloat, despite repeated warnings from civil servants, raised questions about favoritism.
Break Science is getting ready to drop their new album, Seven Bridges, tomorrow (October 1st). This is the first full-length album for the Brooklyn-based duo of Adam Deitch (drums, programming) and Borahm Lee (keys, DJ, programming). Fusing the electronic, bass, trap, and hip-hop genres into their own unique sound, Break Science is poised to bridge gaps between the past & present, present & future, and between influence and imagination.Seven Bridges will be available via the Pretty Lights Music (PLM) record label on Tuesday, October 1st.Check out the Live for Live Music Exclusive release of the Break Science track “Way I Feel” ft. Danielle Parente:Here is the track listing for Seven Bridges, which features appearances from Redman, Lettuce (Deitch’s funk outfit), Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic, Sonya Kitchell and more:1. Brain Reaction (feat. Redman and Lettuce)2. Now You Want More (feat. Citizen Chance)3. Breath of Space (feat. Sonya Kitchell)4. Way I Feel (feat. Danielle Parente)5. Chronovisor6. Trapeze (feat. CX)7. Look Into The Hourglass (feat. Jahdan Blakkamore)8. 40 Days Interlude (feat. CX)9. Take It To The Floor (feat. Dominic Lalli)10. Nasty11. Connected (feat. Citizen Chance)12. Once In A While (feat. Sonya Kitchell)13. Who Got It (feat. Redman)Enter Contest: Win A Meet & Greet with Break Science, Signed Drum Sticks from Adam Deitch, Two FREE Tickets to ANY Break Science show (non festival), and a copy of Seven Bridges on CD & Vinyl:
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThough thousands of families in the southeastern United States are fleeing their homes because of Hurricane Matthew’s devastation, thousands more homes are opening their doors to let them in.Thanks to Airbnb’s Disaster Response Program, hosts nearby the danger zone have been emailed requests to nullify their fees for hurricane evacuees – and many are rising to the occasion. The program started in October 2012 following the destruction of Hurricane Sandy on the East coast because of one host in Brooklyn offering his home up for free. Over 1,000 other New Yorkers followed his example and welcomed victims and families into their own homes.Through collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Airbnb has been educating hosts on proper response and procedure following natural disasters.RELATED: ‘Airbnb’ for Refugees Matches Migrants To Europeans Volunteering HomesThe program also helps on-site disaster relief volunteers find housing near their target areas.“Throughout my career, I’ve seen the terrible devastation that disasters can inflict, but I’ve also seen the powerful ways that communities come together to respond and recover,” says Kellie Bentz, Airbnb’s Head of Global Disaster Relief. “At Airbnb we have a real opportunity to use our disaster response program to help these communities in a time of need. We look forward to collaborating more with agencies like FEMA around the world.”Spread The Good News: Click To Share Ears Ringing? Doctor: if You Have Tinnitus, Do This Immediately! healthtoday x Sponsored by RevcontentFind Out More >77,084AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Next Up Doris was born February 2, 1922 in Honey Island, Texas to James Sheffield and Hazel James Sheffield. She was a lifelong area resident, homemaker and member of the Baptist faith.She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. H. O. Dickerson; and her brothers and sisters.Survivors include her daughter, Melanie D. Ghanim of Houston; son, Harold Dickerson of Anahuac; grandchildren, Michelle Larriet, Deanna Hooker, Mohammed Ghanim, Haley Rothwell and Chelsea Dickerson; and several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.A visitation for family and friends will begin at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves followed by the funeral service at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Doris Sheffield Dickerson, 94, of Groves, Texas passed away Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Oak Groves Nursing Home.
Choir Boy Manhattan Theatre Club has announced a weeklong extension to Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Broadway-debut play Choir Boy. Originally announced to run through February 17, the play will now conclude its engagement at the Friedman Theatre on February 24.Choir Boy centers on the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, which for a half a century has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men. One talented student has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the school’s legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?The play arrives on Broadway five years after an acclaimed 2013 off-off-Broadway production at City Center Stage II. The Broadway mounting is led by original stars Jeremy Pope, Tony winner Chuck Cooper and Tony nominee Austin Pendleton.The cast also includes Nicholas L. Ashe, Daniel Bellomy, Jonathan Burke, Gerald Caesar, John Clay III, Caleb Eberhardt, Marcus Gladney and J. Quinton Johnson.Trip Cullman directs the production, which began previews on December 12 and officially opened on January 8. Jeremy Pope & Chuck Cooper in “Choir Boy”(Photo: Joan Marcus) Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 10, 2019 View Comments
Representatives Peter Welch and Chris Gibson (R-NY) will join together on Tuesday for two bipartisan roundtables focused on expanding a successful veterans outreach program pioneered by the Vermont National Guard. The events will take place in Rutland and Saratoga Springs.Welch and Gibson are working to pass a bipartisan bill to expand nationwide the Vermont Guard Outreach Program, which provides assistancewith the post-deployment transition to returning service members and their families. At the roundtable in Rutland, Welch and Gibson will hear from service members and their families as well as representatives of the Vermont National Guard, Vermont Small Business Development Committee and Veterans of Foreign Wars to get a clear understanding of how the outreach program works and why it merits expansion. Welch and Gibson will then travel to Saratoga Springs to conduct the second roundtable of the day with veterans and service members from New York. The Congressmen will bring the information they gather back to Washington to continue the push to pass their legislation. Gibson sits on the House Armed Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over the bill.Office of Representative Welch. 3.12.2012.
The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) has today announced that it will provide a €15,000 professional prize purse for the SKODA TriGames on 18th October 2020 at Mandelieu in the south of France.The middle distance event is the latest event to benefit from a PTO prize fund injection. PTO has supported the Huntington Triathlon in Indiana and the Spanish Triathlon Championships this month. Two events in the UK – Outlaw X and the Helvellyn Triathlon – also recently received support from PTO. Other prize fund initiatives have benefited events in Germany, the USA, Canada and Switzerland.PTO is also putting up a US$1 million prize purse for the middle distance pro athlete event at Challenge Daytona, currently scheduled to take place later this year.Charles Adamo, Executive Chairman of PTO, said, “Once again our PTO Professionals have worked together to find opportunities to support local and regional races and our triathlon community. The PTO is pleased to support the SKODA TriGames with a €15,000 prize purse.“We are grateful to Race Director Sylvain Lebret and for all the hard work required to have a race in this environment; and are and looking forward to a great day in the Cote d’Azur.”PTO male athletes currently on the start list include double Olympic Champion, Alistair Brownlee, as well as Ruedi Wild, Tim Don, Andi Boecherer, Rudy Von Berg, Peter Heemeryck, Arnaud Guilloux and Romain Guillaume.The women’s line-up includes current IRONMAN World Champion, Anne Haug, as well as Emma Bilham, Lucy Hall, French Long-Distance Champion, Jeanne Collonge, and middle-distance rising star, Justine Mathieux.Sylvain Lebret, Director of SKODA TriGames said “It is a privilege to be able to hold our event in this climate. Our team has worked tirelessly to provide athletes with the opportunity to race safely. It will be great to see professionals and amateur athletes unite for a fantastic race.“We are very excited about the partnership with PTO Professionals and the support of the PTO to add to a professional field at TriGames.”PTO World number four, Anne Haug commented, “I am delighted to unite and help support the PTO, my fellow professional athletes and the great triathlon community. We are very grateful to have the chance to be able to race at the SKODA TriGames and for the opportunity to support the wider triathlon community in this challenging environment.“It is a tribute to Sylvain Lebret and his TriGames team that they are able to host this event in what has been a very difficult year and I am delighted to be able to support it.”Mandelieu is home to the Esterel National park in The Cote d’Azur and is a protected area of natural beauty. Following a 1.9 km swim from Robinson beach, athletes will embark on a technical 90km bike course between the sea and the mountains. Competitors complete the famous Tanneron climb twice on each 45-bike loop and finish their journey with a 4-loop, flat 20km run along the beach from Siange riverside to the Marina at Mandelieu.Spaces are still available in the both professional and age-grouper fields. Professionals interested should contact Jane.hansom[at]protriathletes.org while age-groupers can register online.www.protriathletes.orgwww.trigames.fr Related