First Mover Asia: Taiwan GameFi Company Gets a Boost in Its Quest To Develop a More Entertaining Game; Altcoins Stand Out

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First Mover Asia: Taiwan GameFi Company Gets a Boost in Its Quest To Develop a More Entertaining Game; Altcoins Stand Out

By James Rubin, Damanick Dantes

Red Door Digital will use the $5 million seed round from several high-profile venture firms to create games that are technologically superior but also entertaining; bitcoin also rose solidly.

Prices: Bitcoin and ether rose, but several major altcoins had even bigger days.

Insights: A Taiwan-based GameFi company’s $5 million seed round will help its efforts to create technologically advanced – and entertaining – games.

Technician’s take: BTC momentum signals are on the verge of turning positive for the first time since August 2021.

Prices

Bitcoin (BTC): $44,020 +3.4%

Ether (ETH): $3,115 +3.3%

Top Gainers

Asset Ticker Returns Sector
Ethereum Classic ETC +9.6% Smart Contract Platform
Solana SOL +9.1% Smart Contract Platform
Cardano ADA +8.6% Smart Contract Platform

Top Losers

There are no losers in CoinDesk 20 today.

Bitcoin has a good day; several altcoins even better ones

Bitcoin and most other major cryptos spent most of Thursday well into the green, seemingly buoyed by remarks at one point by a high-ranking member of Russia’s national legislature, who said that the country might accept bitcoin from countries on which it is on good terms as payment for oil and other resources.

The largest crypto by market cap had recently gained over 3.4% over the past 24 hours and was trading over $44,000, a threshold it crossed earlier in the day as many investors seemed at least temporarily willing to commit to riskier assets.

Ether, the second-largest crypto by market cap, had risen similarly, and was changing hands at over 3,100. Several altcoins fared even better, including popular meme coin DOGE, which spiked over 7% at one point, and SOL, which climbed over 8.5%.

The comments by Russian Duma deputy Pavel Zavalny, who said that countries could pay “in hard currency,” or in different currencies, including bitcoin, underlined arguments that bitcoin is useful as a means of exchange that is not subject to centralized financial services organizations. It also supported critics’ contention that Russia will use cryptocurrency to evade economic sanctions from countries who oppose its unprovoked invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

At the summit of world leaders in Brussels, U.S. President Joe Biden raised the possibility of removing Russia from the G20, the forum of largely industrialized countries that addresses global economic issues. Biden said the U.S. would donate $1 billion to help with the exodus of Ukrainians – now at over three million – escaping their war-torn country, and take in 100,000 immigrants from Ukraine.

Crypto received an additional boost when Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock (BLK), confirmed that the world’s largest asset manager was exploring how to serve clients with digital currencies. Fink cited increasing interest from clients around digital currencies in a letter to shareholders Thursday. Fink’s comments countered his previous assessment of client interest in crypto last July when he said that he was not seeing much demand for digital assets.

“This is a trend that started in January last year by most accounts, and that ongoing drumbeat of adoption – acceptance by the traditional finance of banks through wealth management firms, brokerage houses, asset managers – is absolutely a trend that catalyzed and propelled a lot of price action that we saw in Bitcoin and other cryptos last year,” Lopresti said. “Institutional adoption of a new asset class almost always drives appreciation of the price and the value in the short- and medium-term and 99% of the time over the long term.”

Markets

S&P 500: 4,520 +1.4%

DJIA: 34,707 +1.0%

Nasdaq: 14,901 +1.9%

Gold: 1,957 +0.6%

Insights

See Wan Toong received a boost on Thursday in his quest to create online games that are technologically superior to their predecessors but also fun.

The chief technology officer for Taiwan-based gaming company Red Door Digital closed a $5 million seed round to build high-quality games for the Web 3 ecosystem. The company will use the funding from M6, Shima Capital, Maven Capital, Cryptology Asset Group and LucidBlue Ventures to build out the studio’s proprietary game-theory models, which the company said will “drive the scalability and sustainability of the in-game economy.”

“Web 3 and the metaverse might be buzzwords right now, but more immersive online interactions is the undeniable trajectory for gaming, and we want to make games that bring mainstream gamers onboard,” Red Door Digital CEO Joseph Derflinger told CoinDesk.

In an interview with CoinDesk’s First Mover Asia newsletter last week, Toong bemoaned many recent games’ inability to entertain players, even as he was praising the improvements that GameFi is bringing to the space. This failure to engage users threatens to undermine the user experience, yet many gaming companies have hesitated to take creative risks that might not pay off.

Toong spoke longingly of the earlier, console era of gaming when “everyone was trying to outperform each other and find creative ways to make interesting games that capture attention.” He added: “It [gaming] seems to be consolidated and has become a more corporate, money-making thing rather than more creative. I think everyone’s trying to survive or trying to be very conservative in their approach.”

Red Door Digital has three games in development, with the first, Reign of Terror, set for release in the summer of 2022. Toong is hoping that at least one of them, or a future project, will become a masterpiece to rival World of Warcraft and Everquest, two games from the massively multiplayer online game boom that followed the console era but also was able to take advantage of technology breakthroughs while keeping sight of gaming’s purpose to delight.

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A win for the stablecoin community

Proponents of stablecoins enjoyed the announcement that Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) had teamed up with crypto custodian Fireblocks to mint a stablecoin pegged to the Australian dollar.

The bank said that it was the first time a major bank has been involved in the creation of a stablecoin. ANZ said that it had created the stablecoin for Victor Smorgon Group, a large family office based in Australia, which plans to use it to trade on the Melbourne-based exchange Zerocap.

“An ANZ-issued Australian dollar stablecoin is a first step in enabling our customers to find a safe and secure gateway to the digital economy,” said ANZ Banking Services Portfolio Lead Nigel Dobson in a press release.

Technician’s take

Bitcoin Strengthens Above $43K; Resistance at $46K-$51K


Bitcoin daily price chart shows support/resistance, with RSI on bottom. (Damanick Dantes/CoinDesk, TradingView)

Bitcoin (BTC) continues to gather upside momentum after breaking above minor resistance at $43,500. The cryptocurrency could see further upside toward $46,700, a price level where prior rallies have stalled.

The relative strength index (RSI) on the daily chart is not yet overbought, which means buyers could remain active into the Asia trading day. On the weekly chart, the RSI is neutral, which typically supports an upswing in price, albeit within a year-long trading range between $30,000 and $68,000.

Further, momentum signals are a few days away from turning positive on the weekly chart for the first time since August 2021. That could encourage short-term price strength, consistent with relief rallies in equities.

Still, upside could be limited around the $51,000 resistance level, especially given negative momentum signals on the monthly chart.

 

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