Fortnite Meets Bitcoin Lightning Network in New ‘Lightnite’ Video Game

Bitcoin-enabled (BTC) games startup Satoshis Games announced the development of a Fortnite-like game with built-in Lightning Network microtransactions dubbed Lightnite on Oct. 19. Shoot to earn Bitcoin Per the announcement, all in-game interactions between players trigger a monetary reward or penalty for the user. Satoshis Games provides some examples: “In simple words, players earn Bitcoin…

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With New Exchange Features, Wallets Aren’t Just for Storing Bitcoin Anymore

Bitcoin wallets play an essential role in facilitating every user’s interactions with the blockchain. They can connect to full nodes, store public and private keys, sign transactions and ultimately make it easy to store, send and receive bitcoin. In a nutshell, these software applications complete complex cryptographic functions under a friendly disguise: They offer an…

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Sparkswap Desktop Lets Users Deposit Bitcoin Directly Into Their Lightning Wallets

Lightning service provider Sparkswap now features a desktop application with a first-of-its-kind killer feature: USD-to-bitcoin purchases that deposit sats directly into a user’s Lightning wallet. Dubbed “Sparkswap Desktop,” the new product “allows consumers for the first time ever to buy bitcoin directly into their Lightning wallets using USD,” according to a press release shared with…

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Video Interview: Ricardo Pérez-Marco on Lightning Network Routing and Bitcoin

Ricardo Pérez-Marco is a Spanish university professor who teaches mathematics at the Paris Diderot University in France. Since discovering Bitcoin sometime in 2011 and realizing that the cryptography and math were unassailable, he has dedicated a significant amount of time to researching Satoshi Nakamoto’s creation. At one point in 2013, he attempted to create a…

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Dr. Maxim Orlovsky on Storm and Bitcoin L2/L3 File Storage

On August 16, 2019, Dr. Maxim Orlovsky presented the Storm concept to the world: A decentralized file storage protocol that’s built on top of the Lightning Network and makes use of specific financial incentives.  After revealing the project’s GitHub repository and starting an interesting conversation on Reddit, Orlovsky has quickly turned to Bitcoin developers for…

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They Biked, Ran and Swam Over 200 Miles Across Europe – All for Bitcoin

A group of bitcoin enthusiasts just ran, biked and swam across Europe, all to promote the cryptocurrency they believe is leaving a powerful, positive mark on the world. The first “Satoshi Freeathlon” officially finished this weekend, in which a group of seven bitcoin enthusiasts flexing their athletic abilities by journeying from Switzerland’s “Crypto Valley” in…

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Coders Are Trying to Connect Bitcoin’s Lightning Network to Ethereum

While bitcoin and ethereum enthusiasts might not always get along, one enterprising gaming startup is attempting to bring the two cryptocurrencies closer together. Blockade Games announced on July 31 that it has successfully bridged the two networks by sending a bitcoin lightning transaction in such a way that it can cause an ethereum smart contract to…

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