Microsoft’s Minecraft Meal could provide Bitcoin Pathway

So minecraft has been bought by microsoft for $2.5 billion, not that long after oculus rift was purchased by facebook for a cool $2 billion and minecraft support pulled.

Most of the focus has been on the multibillion sum for games and microsoft’s strategy in the tech world.

Microsoft has been rather receptive of bitcoin, putting it on bing, not banning it on their apps store or phones.

Eating up Notch’s Minecraft Mojang might allow bitcoin to rise one notch in the microsoft system.

Already, there is some bubbles of social bitcoin-minecraft integration where “mining” in one arena bleeds over into the other as people try to “crossover” the two. (not unlike minecraft servers for real money, except bitcoins)

e.g. avatar shop: http://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/show-your-creation/shops-and-requests/art-shops/1722869-paid-pituskys-mojang-style-avatar-shop

The EULA of mojang “recognizes” or at least calls bitcoin real money.

What do you mean by “hard currency” compared to “soft currency”?

Hard currency is real money or anything that can be converted into real money, including Bitcoins. Soft currency is available in-game only, and has no real-world value. The restriction in the EULA only apply to hard currency; you may unlock anything with soft currency.
http://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/minecraft-discussion/minecraft-news/2101865-eula-revisited-an-updated-q-a-from-mojang

Notch himself has dabbled into cryptocurrencies. Dogecoins being accepted for early access for the game Cliffhorse, a parody of skyrim horses.

And he is on record for loving cryptocurrency

http://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/notch-accepts-dogecoin-donations-cliffhorse/

“I love cryptocurrency, and I love the way Dogecoin deals with it.”

Note too that Mojang(minecraft)’s old law firm (or current if Microsoft keeps it) Sheridans accepts bitcoins. It also happens to be coindesk’s law firm.

http://www.mandmglobal.com/news/11-02-14/media-law-firm-sheridans-to-start-accepting-b.aspx

With all these cryptocurrency links, it seems like the bitcoin game will really be taken up a notch in Microsoft by Notch, even as Notch leaves Mojang to do his own stuff.

 

 

 

Other reading:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-09-15-microsoft-buys-mojang-and-minecraft

 

  • I was at home with a bad cold a couple of weeks ago when the internet exploded with hate against me over some kind of EULA situation that I had nothing to do with. I was confused. I didn’t understand. I tweeted this in frustration. Later on, I watched the This is Phil Fish video on YouTube and started to realize I didn’t have the connection to my fans I thought I had. I’ve become a symbol. I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don’t understand, that I don’t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me. I’m not an entrepreneur. I’m not a CEO. I’m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter.
  • As soon as this deal is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments. If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I’ll probably abandon it immediately.
  • I’m aware this goes against a lot of what I’ve said in public. I have no good response to that. I’m also aware a lot of you were using me as a symbol of some perceived struggle. I’m not. I’m a person, and I’m right there struggling with you.
  • I love you. All of you. Thank you for turning Minecraft into what it has become, but there are too many of you, and I can’t be responsible for something this big. In one sense, it belongs to Microsoft now. In a much bigger sense, it’s belonged to all of you for a long time, and that will never change.
  • It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity.

WSJ has compared it to other big buys like supercell and instagram

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/09/10/game-makers-valuations-comparing-mojang-king-rovio-and-supercell/

 

Bitcoin’s Braintree assimilation paves way to eBay-Paypal

Braintree was a startup purchased for half a billion pounds (800m usd or so) that was for mobile payments integration. Now it seems to have been assimilated by the bitcoin blockchain overmind.

It gives a good shot at paypal ebay, which is looking like an alibaba yahoo scenario.

At the least, you might be seeing it in Uber to pay for deadmau5 maclarens or a bed at airbnb

CEO of Braintree just moments ago (self.Bitcoin)

submitted by qwsazxcde1

“Demand from merchants, and the raise of ability in ease of use have contributed to us supporting bitcoin and the blockchain”

” we are ebays first foree into bitcoin, and its known that john donahoe is definately interested in it. much like AirBNB’s CEO”

 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-08/ebay-s-paypal-unit-to-start-accepting-bitcoin-payments.html

Braintree provides payment capabilities on websites and in mobile apps such as mobile car-booking service Uber Technologies Inc. and Airbnb Inc., the short-term home rental service for travelers. EBay acquired Braintree for $800 million in cash last year to expand its mobile-transactions business. PayPal and Braintree will work with bitcoin payment-service provider Coinbase Inc. to enable payments in the virtual currency, Ready said.

http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/2fw9io/paypals_support_is_the_best_thing_that_could/

[–]IkmoIkmo 13 points

The cool thing is that the CEO of Braintree basically said that they had lots of interest from the ‘top’ merchants (without specifying names), which is a list that consists of the likes of AirBnb and Uber, who’ve said they’d like bitcoin payments and accept it, but that doing so is not worth completely restructuring their payments infrastructure with Braintree. But that if Braintree would integrate it, they’d turn it on.

That’s how a lot of this started, with Braintree essentially seeing this demand.

Besides this, it’s obvious the VCs are pushing behind the scenes. This isn’t the first time Coinbase struck a deal with another company that Andreessen Horowitz (who back Coinbase) backs. (with Andreessen also on the board of Paypal) Not just a payments deal either, Coinbase already acquired a former Andreessen Horowitz startup into their team. And there’s lots of mingling in SV, with e.g. the CEO of Coinbase having worked at AirBnb, and surely has contacts there for example.

So it’s very possible that we’ll be seeing the likes of Uber and AirBnB (perhaps not them specifically) accept bitcoin in early 2015 once their payments processor Braintree finishes implementing it, because it’s these type of top companies that actually voiced this demand.

http://www.wired.com/2014/09/paypals-support-is-the-best-thing-that-could-happen-to-bitcoin/

http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/2fwi9o/bbc_news_website_prominent_coverage_of_bitcoin/

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29124997

Some on reddit are gearing up for the payments war

http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/2fw3hg/internet_payment_war_begins/

Internet Payment War Begins (self.Bitcoin)

submitted by PiusX

EBAY / Paypal first mover

Facebook

Google

Apple

Amazon

Who else have I missed?

Now that EBay/Paypal has announced Bitcoin integration all the other big boys I guarantee are strategically planning their counterattack/hedge/alternative.

I think some of the following strategies will occur.

1) As a hedge one or more company will begin buying bitcoins. If price rises this will hedge being late to Bitcoin integration. Amazon and Facebook could use this strategy. Realize to buy 10% of bitcoins would cost 1-4 billion if done secretly. This is pennies to Facebook who’s market cap is 200 billion.

2) Some internet company who wants to make sure internet stays decentralized begins buying bitcoins. I would see Google using this strategy. Google I see using this strategy. This could be there way of penetrating Facebook. If Bitcoin becomes internet payment choice even if Facebook flourishes Google would benefit with rise in bitcoin price.

3) centralized internet player buys bitcoins to hedge the decentralized/centralized risk. Apple and Facebook are the two companies who could use this strategy.

What are your thoughts?

Update

Someone mentioned Alibaba so I added a link

http://projects.wsj.com/alibaba/

Recall China’s war for the internet

Zerohedge has also picked up braintree news

Bitcoin has become more stable in recent months…

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And now we have “Apple Pay”

  • *’APPLE PAY’ WORKS WITH NEW IPHONE 6 MODELS
  • *APPLE SAYS APPLE PAY USES NFC, THE VERGE REPORTS
  • *APPLE PAY WORKS W/ STORES SUCH AS SUBWAY, STAPLES, WHOLE FOODS
  • *’APPLE PAY’ AVAILABLE WITH MCDONALD’S, INCLUDING DRIVE THROUGHS
  • *APPLE PAY WORKING WITH BANKS INCLUDING BOFA, WELLS FARGO, JPM
  • *’APPLE PAY’ ALSO AVAILABLE FOR MAKING ONLINE ORDERS
  • *APPLE PAY WORKING WITH VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS
  • *APPLE PAY WORKS WITH CITI, CHASE, BARCLAYS, CAPITAL ONE, PNC
  • *’APPLE PAY’ AVAILABLE FOR DEVELOPERS TO MAKE APPS WITH
  • *’APPLE PAY’ TO BE OFFERED IN THE U.S. STARTING NEXT MONTH

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-09/ebays-paypal-starts-accepting-bitcoin-apple-pay-unveiled

 

Channel News Asia: Bitcoin Boom or Bust?

Features Bartini and the Robocoin ATM

Compares bitcoin to traditional payments such as cash, cheques and credit cards.

Also talks about ANX in Hong Kong, Libor rigging in UK, Sumit Agarwal (Professor of Finance Nus Business School) on money printing, Coindesk, Berlin.

Bartini witnessed an increase in bitcoin transactions from 2% to 3-5% of revenue.

Also has some coverage on global jurisdictions treatment of bitcoins and cryptocurrencies

CNN Money: Why Merlini left Chicago Trading for Dota, Makes more Gaming than on Wall Street

Dota 2 is making some waves as CNN Money interviews Merlini (Ben Wu) on his path from a Chicago trader into dota.

Headlines are probably also made from Amazon’s acquisition of Twitch (after google-youtube’s failed bid due to antitrust)

http://money.cnn.com/2014/08/28/investing/ben-wu-dota-video-games/index.html

When Ben Wu graduated from college in 2009, many young people couldn’t even get a job. But the biomedical engineering major landed a coveted spot at a trading firm in Chicago.

He found the work fast paced and it paid well, but something was missing. He asked for some time off in 2012. He quit a week later to become a full-time video game player.

Growth of eSports: Thousands of people watch Wu’s every move in his online gaming tutorials on YouTube and Twitch, the streaming service that Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) just bought for nearly $1 billion.

The stakes are higher today. At a key DotA tournament in July known as The International, the winning team from China walked away with $5 million.

Wu laments what his professional career might have been if he were only a few years younger, but the reality is he’s making more money on the gaming “scene” today than he did as a Wall Street-type trader.

Coinhako makes Techinasia and Straits Times

Yusho, co-founder of Coinhako (previously coinsupermart before a pivot) with Gerry, has been featured on both techinasia and straits times.

They managed to secure Boost VC’s startup incubation program, and flew to San Fran from Singapore. Currently, they have raised $50,000 and are looking for a further $150,000.

http://www.techinasia.com/bitcoin-startup-asia-valley-boost-vc/

(Andrew Ng who co-founded Coursera is from Singapore too!)

Straits Times (11 sep) No digital

Coinhako’s twitter: https://twitter.com/coinhako

FB: https://www.facebook.com/coinhako

All the best for this team from Singapore!

Updated Datamined Drop Rates Legendaries from Korea (Diablo 3)

An update to the previous datamine drop rates for 2.1

Updated Link:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16HCfzoijS_Xpzdrtg-C03b7oY97lb15XP5yztWNzH6Y/edit#gid=337453186

독수리 흉갑 Aquila Cuirass 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 10.53% 10.53% 9.52% 9.52% 10.53% 10.00%
무쇠 심장 Heart of Iron 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 10.53% 10.53% 9.52% 9.52% 10.53% 10.00%
향의 Chaingmail 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 10.53% 10.53% 9.52% 9.52% 10.53% 10.00%
황금 가죽 Goldskin 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 10.53% 10.53% 9.52% 9.52% 10.53% 10.00%
잉걸불 외투 Cindercoat 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 5.26% 5.26% 4.76% 4.76% 5.26% 5.00%
티리엘의 권능 Tyrael’s Might 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 10.53% 10.53% 9.52% 9.52% 10.53% 10.00%
불멸왕의 영원한 통치 Immortal King’s Eternal Reign 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 10.53% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
탈 라샤의 끈질긴 추구 Tal Rasha’s Relentless Pursuit 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 0.00% 9.52% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
인나의 광대한 영역 Inna’s Vast Expanse 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 10.53% 0.00%
주니마사의 골수 Zunimassa’s Marrow 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 9.52% 0.00% 0.00%
블랙손의 겉옷 Blackthorne’s Surcoat 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 10.53% 10.53% 9.52% 9.52% 10.53% 10.00%
시 미즈의 도복 Shi Mizu’s Haori 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 10.53% 10.53% 9.52% 9.52% 10.53% 10.00%
친절한 섭정의 갑옷 Armor of the Kind Regent 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 5.00%
래코르의 심장 Raekor’s Heart 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 10.53% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
불새의 가슴 Firebird’s Breast 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 0.00% 9.52% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
습격자의 돌가죽 Marauder’s Carapace 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 10.53% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
몰아치는 파도의 심장 Heart of the Crashing Wave 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 10.53% 0.00%
비취 수확자의 평화 Jade Harvester’s Peace 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 9.52% 0.00% 0.00%
아크칸의 가슴보호갑 Breastplate of Akkhan 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 10.00%

 

독수리 흉갑 Aquila Cuirass 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 10.53% 10.53% 9.52% 9.52% 10.53% 10.00%
무쇠 심장 Heart of Iron 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 10.53% 10.53% 9.52% 9.52% 10.53% 10.00%
향의 Chaingmail 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 10.53% 10.53% 9.52% 9.52% 10.53% 10.00%
황금 가죽 Goldskin 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 10.53% 10.53% 9.52% 9.52% 10.53% 10.00%
잉걸불 외투 Cindercoat 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 5.26% 5.26% 4.76% 4.76% 5.26% 5.00%
티리엘의 권능 Tyrael’s Might 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 10.53% 10.53% 9.52% 9.52% 10.53% 10.00%
불멸왕의 영원한 통치 Immortal King’s Eternal Reign 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 10.53% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
탈 라샤의 끈질긴 추구 Tal Rasha’s Relentless Pursuit 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 0.00% 9.52% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
인나의 광대한 영역 Inna’s Vast Expanse 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 10.53% 0.00%
주니마사의 골수 Zunimassa’s Marrow 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 9.52% 0.00% 0.00%
블랙손의 겉옷 Blackthorne’s Surcoat 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 10.53% 10.53% 9.52% 9.52% 10.53% 10.00%
시 미즈의 도복 Shi Mizu’s Haori 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 10.53% 10.53% 9.52% 9.52% 10.53% 10.00%
친절한 섭정의 갑옷 Armor of the Kind Regent 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 5.00%
래코르의 심장 Raekor’s Heart 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 10.53% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
불새의 가슴 Firebird’s Breast 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 0.00% 9.52% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
습격자의 돌가죽 Marauder’s Carapace 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 10.53% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
몰아치는 파도의 심장 Heart of the Crashing Wave 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 10.53% 0.00%
비취 수확자의 평화 Jade Harvester’s Peace 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 9.52% 0.00% 0.00%
아크칸의 가슴보호갑 Breastplate of Akkhan 가슴 방어구 Chest Armor 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 10.00%

http://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comments/2fxz4h/datamined_drop_rates_of_all_legendaries/

Datamined drop rates of all legendaries (self.Diablo)

submitted by friedkale

Full credit goes to 데이터를거두는자 of Ilbe http://www.ilbe.com/4267496581


Source: GameBalance/Items_Legendary.gam From Diablo III (Build 26451), Blizzard Entertainment, 2014 Datamined by 데이터를거두는자 ILBE.com/diablo3

Google docs link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1d0DpfF_g6WnlI2dGpNo6ZnqJ0yShV5ZHVP1KQTVoP8c/edit#gid=222897432 (click on the tabs below to browse)

The percentage you see is the chance of getting the item when a legendary item of the category is found. In other words, the drop rates of all items under a single category add up to ~100%. Also keep in mind the numbers for the same item may vary between classes.

[–]isospeedrix 47 points

Observations:

-All class set items are common
-Some neutral legendaries that got abilities, like The Swami, are now uncommon
-All immunity amulets are RARE 0.7% except countess julia’s cameo uncommon 3.5%. Star of Az is still ultra rare 0.17%
-SOJ promoted to uncommon (4% -> 2%)
-Focus/Restraint demoted to common (0.7% -> 4%)
-Mask of Jeram promoted to uncommon (18% -> 9%)
-Magefist promoted to uncommon
-Strongarms and Warzhecian (nooo!!!) promoted to uncommon
-Wrath of the Bone King promoted to uncommon
-Vile Ward promoted to uncommon
-Sacred Harvester, Dagger of Darts are uncommon
-The Grand Vizier promoted to uncommon
-Leoric’s Crown promoted to uncommon (but I believe it’s a guaranteed drop off leoric in campaign)
-Uskang, Etryu promoted to uncommon

TL;DR:
-Set items are common
-Seasonal legendaries are uncommon
-Items that had no ability but gained one are promoted to uncommon

http://www.ilbe.com/4267496581

Source: GameBalance/Items_Legendary.gam

From Diablo III (Build 26451), Blizzard Entertainment, 2014

Datamined by 데이터를거두는자

ILBE.com/diablo3

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업뎃1: 선조의 은총 하코 전용으로 확인, 스탠-하코로 탭 세분화함 (HC=하코)

구글로 바로보기 ==> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16HCfzoijS_Xpzdrtg-C03b7oY97lb15XP5yztWNzH6Y/edit?usp=sharing

Diablo 3 2.1 Seasons Tips (Gearing and Leveling) miner’s gold

With seasons out, some people may be looking at going about a fresh slate of things. Here are some tips that might help as you rush to level 70 and step onto the paragon ladder.

(to enter seasons, create new character and click on the seasons button that looks like a leaf besides the hardcore option)

Use Adventure Mode:
A seasons character will start in campaign on default, remember to change to adventure mode as that is the fastest way to level. If you enter act 3 in adventure in level 1 you also unlock all the artisans.

Some of the old tricks are still useable, others have been patched nerfed.

The easiest and most efficient (but very boring) method is to use miner’s gold

Gearing:
You will start with no gems. This means socket will be much less useful to you for a long while.

Go for stats, you will want your main stat and vit, followed by experience. Modifiers like crit and cd and ias and ele % are rather useless leveling.

Use available sources of gear, check the shops especially for blue rings and amulets. If you see a champ pack take them out for the added chance of rare drops. Since rares are actually useful now starting afresh, you can also check shops once they spawn rares. (Note that items like mantle shoulders and head helms and trinkets have a minimum level to spawn or be sold) Blacksmith is useless in general as it is too much of a gold sink to keep up with your level. (exception is if you get a really good recipe). You can also try mystic since enchanting is cheap!

Leveling:
If you get bored of Adventure you can probably open a normal rift to clear some mobs and maybe get some legendaries to break up the pace.

Would be good to play with friends or enter a public game sometimes too for the multiplayer bonus. (no red head socket gems or legendary hellfire rings and leorics in seasons)

 

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