Slips Update

We haven’t featured an update from the Slips team in the last few editions of this newsletter and it seems a lot has changed with the team in the last few months. When we previously spoke to them, they had just finished their tough three month stint participating in a San Francisco based incubator.

Since then, Husain has relocated to Bangkok to continue working on the project meanwhile Kyle as mentioned in the Discord previously has left Slips to continue working on his own projects. This change in structure was a big reason we have not heard from them recently but it looks like there’s a number of new developments.


First of all they have released a polished new deck which explains in further detail their new pivot which will help them launch the product we’ve been eagerly expecting in places where they cannot legally allow users to gamble. You can take a look at the deck which looks extremely polished here: http://bit.ly/2LK6fsa


Secondly, they have a new concept which came about as a result of some of their marketing efforts. The idea which takes some rather early efforts by the likes of FirstBlood.io, Play2live and other blockchain based projects and adds a completely new dimension is an ambitious effort to launch a blockchain powered esports league. There is a nice pitch deck which gives a brief overview of the concept here: http://bit.ly/2OhLEgO and a longer whitepaper which goes into detail about how the tokenomics of the project will work: http://bit.ly/2Mn4EIn

In addition to this, Slips has a new automated marketing system that is up and running and will allow them to increase their reach and attract streamers to the project. The system which was built completely in-house downloads a list of followers from Twitter and then sends canned messages directing people into Slips’ user acquisition funnel. Initial runs have yielded an impressive 30% response rate!

They’ve also managed to put on some exciting tournaments for gaming fans with many challenges being made using Slips. The biggest disappointment is that they weren’t able to offer real betting with Expanse as initially planned but the tournaments were still a resounding success and created some interesting content and clips which you can view here: https://www.twitch.tv/officialslipshq/clips?filter=clips&range=30d

We look forward to seeing how these new ideas take shape in the next few months.

Slips Update

Demo Day

The last time you heard from us we were preparing for demo day in San Francisco. In under a week we had prepared a brand new pitch deck and rehearsed an absolutely dynamite pitch for a room of peers and potential investors. Along with the other six start-ups in the cohort, Slips shined and was able to impress everyone in the room.

Calendar

We have designed and implemented a brand new feature into Slips. A calendar is about to be unveiled where Slips streamers can schedule and advertise their very own events and streams. It’s not just any old calendar; streamers can customize their posts with a range of colors and images and have their event or stream featured on the front-page of Slips!

Leaderboard

You can now see who the high rollers are on the Slips platform. A leaderboard has been created to show the pecking order on a wide variety of braggable (or even shameful) achievements. Slips members can now see the top ten of who has the biggest balance of Slips, most bets won, most bets lost, biggest bets, most subscribers, and who has the most badge points. If a Slips member is at the top of the list, they will be granted an exclusive badge for the leaderboard achievements.

Tournament

We are proud to unveil a new series of weekly Slips gaming tournaments. Eight lucky contestants will compete on a variety of games and stream the action live. The winners will rack up points and receive a slips bonus for their achievements. This week we are having an Apex tournament. If you are interested in joining, click on this link and sign up now: https://slips.io/register/EXP-RWCPV2BX

Twitch Chat

We are always listening to our community to make the Slips platform even better for gamers and streamers alike. One of the key points for streamers using Slips is that they have to monitor multiple chats in order to engage with their audience. We reacted quickly and our MVP developer Emad created an ingenious solution to embed Twitch’s chat directly into the Slips channel. Now streamers monitoring Slips challenges can easily manage the two chat feeds on one screen.

Slips Update

For those of you following Slips, our very ambitious EXP.Grants recipient, the founders are on the move and settling into their new environment in San Francisco. Let the networking begin!

Co-founder Kyle O’Neill attended a Bay Area Live meetup and met up with members of the SF streaming community and staff from Twitch, as well. Bay Area Live is the longest established Twitch meetup group.

If you are interested in finding out more about Slips:

Slips Update

As you may know, the Slips team is in the process of transitioning into the next phase of their project. The initial development goals are met, and they are entering the world of ensuring that legal and financing requirements are in place. Their key team members are relocating in order to maximize their exposure to get things done. It’s a very exciting time for Slips, and we look forward to continuing to partner with them and to provide updates about their progress along the way.


Lola prepares for moving to her new home in San Francisco with the rest of the Slips team.

Slips Update

The  Slips team spent the last week working on a project plan to outline what they want to do over the next two months. As mentioned in the last update, they managed to raise a seed round a few weeks ago (in addition to the pre-seed funding they received from Expanse through the EXP Grants program). So now with added funds, the team wants to create a plan for how they will spend the money. They intend to build the shop, add voice chat and some other cool features, but they are now looking on an April timeline, during which time they are also hoping to raise their Series A round of financing.

Kyle recently moved to San Francisco and has been speaking with investors and other potential stakeholders about Slips. Husain is currently sorting his arrangements for the move and will be joining Kyle next week. The reaction they have received so far has been amazing, and it seems that there’s a lot of appetite in Silicon Valley for a product like Slips.

The team has also finalized deals with a number of parties, e.g., the developers they were working with last year are on board again, (which was a big deal for continuity’s sake!), and they’ve also got some marketing lined up so people will start to use Slips in the next few weeks.

Slips also plans to introduce Tokenlab to the community they are working with to promote Slips, so this is definitely good news for LAB stakeholders. The team is busy with lots of behind-the-scenes work, which is extremely complicated (legal, shop compliance, etc.). This is primarily what is holding up the official release of Slips.

The Slips team has still not sorted all the bugs out, but it’s getting closer. They need more volunteers to do test sessions on Slips and report issues. The more times they can test Slips, the quicker they would be able to spot and fix problems, which is hampering their launch. They request interested individuals to help them in testing Slips. Please contact them on the Slips channel on Discord.

The entire Expanse community has been asking about when Slips will be released. The team knows the excitement that is surrounding their progress and launch, but they have had a slow start to the year. Trying to raise funding was a complicated process and they also had to factor in big moves (new state for Kyle, new continent for Husain), which slowed them down further. But, the team is finally building up momentum, and lots of interesting things will start to fall into place.

We need to appreciate that while many people in blockchain fall into the anarchist camp, unfortunately, a gambling-related platform like Slips cannot be non-compliant to existing regulations. And getting all the legal and regulatory boxes ticked is lot of work, that is both time- and resource-intensive.

One major issue the team is concerned about is the fact that although the Slips user experience is quite nice, it also means they might be seen as a money transmitter since they directly handle user funds by having access to the private keys. So they will need to do a lot of re-working their existing code for the sake of appeasing the country where most of their userbase will reside. If you are interested, this document is fascinating reading about Virtual Currencies and Online Gambling in the US:

https://cloudfront.escholarship.org/dist/prd/content/qt4m93289m/qt4m93289m.pdf

So on the whole, the team is doing a lot of uninteresting work at the backstage to lay the foundations for a successful fund-raise and release in the next few months. Stay tuned, and thanks for the support.

Slips Update

The SLIPS team is currently busy with testing and bug-fixing. There is a “bug bounty” where people can join the SLIPS Discord channel and help with the testing and in turn, earn some EXP in rewards.

The team has decided to add voice chat to the app as it makes a huge difference and a lot of people mentioned during testing that this would be a great and a very helpful feature.

Husain is also busy talking with lawyers about the shop functionality and whether it can be a workaround for the betting issues, until they get a license to run a full-fledged betting platform.

SLIPS was also successful in raising a small seed round and they will be moving to SF as a result to try and raise another round in a few months’ time.

The arbitration and smart contract development has been delayed until they can go live and their focus right now is on fixing existing bugs and improving UI.

Slips Update

The good news – SLIPS is ready! Check out slips.io. The team has burnt the midnight oil to create an awesome platform we are all proud of.

Next step? To be able to function as a full-fledged gaming site, they need a gaming license. Now, in the last newsletter, as also in Husain’s Medium post, we had informed you that the process of acquiring a gaming license is a time-consuming and costly affair. From setting up a company in a gaming regulations-friendly country (Malta, preferably) to hiring legal assistance and paying fees for a license, it is a tough way ahead.
However, the team has found a clever, albeit temporary, workaround that would still allow you to play and bet on SLIPS. They have created a shop which they call the WarChest. They have just finished working on the design for the WarChest.

This is SLIPS’ brand new shop that will be bolted onto SLIPS and lets you spend all your EXP and Slips Lite balances to buy cool stuff like clothing, hardware, games, etc.

We hear that it was Christopher’s idea. While the team works its way around the gaming license problem, they needed a sink for people who buy and bet on the SLIPS platform with EXP (you can’t yet withdraw it) so this shop concept was created.

There are some items in the store you can purchase with crypto and mark up. There will be other items that will be bought by SLIPS and offered to players in very limited stock (e.g., gift cards). Gaming fans will love things like crates, which give you a random probability of items. So hopefully this little feature will give SLIPS a way to go “live” and test the product out without running a full gambling shop.

There is obviously a lot of work to be done – building the CMS, APIs and the front end, etc,. – but the design, as always, looks great! Check out slips.io and do not hesitate to ask questions on the SLIPS Discord channel. We hope SLIPS gets all the regulatory licenses and starts a full-fledged gaming platform soon.   

EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vol. 3, No. 23 – 12/15/2018

Welcome to the twenty third edition of the Expanse Newsletter for 2018. This publication is a bi-monthly newsletter issued on the 1st and 15th of each month to share happenings within our community. Here are a few highlights in this edition:  

  • Tokenlab Beta-Test Begins
  • Expanse Added to Guarda Wallet
  • PIRL to List on EXPEX
  • Behind the Tech – Farina Ashfaq
  • Islamabad Office Goes Hollywood
  • Gameboard Gets New Office Space
  • Slips Update
  • Chinese Community Update

Tokenlab Beta-Test Begins

Today is a big day for many of us who have remained committed to Tokenlab. The beta-test url has been posted for community members who signed up to test it. (The URL cannot be shared outside of this group of testers.)

We will keep you abreast of feedback and progress in the other Expanse Discord channels. This release is directly focused on the Token Wizard, which is a utility that creates and manages new tokens, then launches them on the Expanse blockchain. We will continue to add new features and refine existing ones during the test period. In the interim, we will be creating and communicating launch plans with dates. Stay tuned!


Expanse Added to Guarda Wallet

Guarda (@GuardaWallet) has welcomed Expanse to its mobile crypto wallet. Guarda is here to solve the daily multitasking issue. You can now store all your currencies in one light application with the ability to access them instantly.

Among its robust features, is that the wallet and the transaction history is available on any device. Restore the wallets, check the transactions or manage coins anywhere, at any time.

The wallet backup gets conveniently synchronised on multiple devices. To eliminate all the possible threats, the fresh data is available in the most recent backup. Enjoy!

iOS – https://t.co/rnRQSAGZiY
Android – https://t.co/YoTCcKrvpk


PIRL to List on EXPEX

Applications are rolling in from projects who would like to list on the EXPEX DEX. Listing is free for the first ten utility tokens accepted.  

Among tokens approved this week is PIRL. PIRL is a community based project that introduces the first Ethash Based Masternode to the blockchain ecosystem. The projects combines state of the art technologies to achieve the first complete DApps hosting platform.

PIRL is a ethereum based blockchain that strives to improve the accessibility of cryptocurrency and its related technologies; spurring an evolution of the crypto space through research, innovation, and dedication.

PIRL goals are centered around the idea of the Poseidon platform, a place which simplifies the process, and creates a more intuitive experience for everyone accesible through a single point of entry. Various features for Decentralized File Storage, Communication, Entertainment and Escrow protected trading will soon be available.

A multi-tiered masternode network will lay the foundation for this process, bringing the concepts of decentralized currency, applications, and governance to a higher echelon.

If you know of a project that we should consider for listing on EXPEX, please pass along the listing application link. The first ten approved tokens list free:

Listing application


Behind the Tech – Farina Ashfaq

Hello People!

In this edition of Behind the Tech, we are featuring Farina Ashfaq, a leader in the Islamabad office of Expanse.

Farina received her degree in Software Engineering from Capital University of Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan. Pretty early in life, she decided to make a career in the technology field. Soon after completing high school, Farina joined the Bachelors program to learn software engineering. “I was so fascinated with what I was learning that I remember studying during my vacations when my friends were chilling out!” As a result, by the time Farina completed her 4-year course, she had also mastered many different programming languages.

When you are passionate about something, you are usually good at it. Farina worked as a freelancer during college and gained valuable experience while other students were learning whatever was needed to pass the exams. Soon after her graduation, she joined Team Expanse and started working as a Front-End Developer.

Farina first heard about Blockchain tech during her college days from her elder brother, Asim, Architect and Senior Developer at Expanse. “Frankly, I found it quite fascinating. I owe it to my brother for bringing me into this field,” says Farina.

It has been almost a year since Farina joined Expanse. Her responsibilities included being the frontend developer of Tokenlab.. She also worked as a frontend developer for Gander and full-stack developer for Luna Wallet. She was recently promoted as Project Manager of Tokenlab.

On being asked what is the one thing about Expanse that excites her, Farina says, “Everything about Expanse excites me – the technologies we use, the awesome learning environment and cutting-edge projects that we are working on.” She loves getting challenged at every step of the way. “What we are doing is an extremely challenging, yet fun process. The more challenges you face, the better you get at what you are doing. It is an opportunity to learn and be better than you were. Good is not enough, you need to aspire to be the best.”

On being asked about her future plans, Farina says that she enjoys being a blockchain professional. “In my opinion, blockchain technology holds the key for an explosion of innovations in the next few years. I am glad to be on the bleeding-edge of those advancements.” She plans to study further and maybe get a master’s degree in blockchain tech in the near future.

Farina is super-positive about the future of Expanse. There are so many good things about Expanse that she wishes to mention that she feels will drive its growth in the coming years. “The vision, the team, the camaraderie, the great learning atmosphere, the helpful nature of everyone in the team, the awesome community and a shared belief that we are building something extraordinary – I think all of these things will matter as we step into the new year and further. I see a brilliant future for blockchain tech and Expanse, in particular.”

I think Christopher is a great visionary and I thank him deeply for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Expanse team. All of us here at the Islamabad office might be miles and hours away from him, but his vision resonates with all of us and we are completely aligned with what he wants Expanse to be,” says Farina, as she signs off.


Islamabad Office Goes Hollywood

Asim, our Architect and Senior Developer, is a true-blue blockchain evangelist. His passion to educate people about the glory of blockchain tech in general and Expanse in particular has given rise to an exciting idea that is taking shape in the Islamabad office.

The idea is to create an in-house studio to create videos that will inform and educate people (developers,blockchain enthusiasts and just about anybody who wants to know more about this exciting field) about Expanse – what it is and how it can be used to “create a world you wish to live in.”

Asim also plans to create tutorials, targeting the developer community, that will educate them on how to use Expanse to build high-quality disruptive and transformative dApps, as well as on core blockchain development. “These educational materials will publicize Expanse as well as help developers to easily implement business use case on blockchain,” explains Asim. We will have more info as this idea develops. Here’s a snap of how the studio is shaping up.


Gameboard Gets New Office Space

A new adventure begins!

While developing the technical aspects of Gameboard are a key focus now, the team is also planning the other vital issues of image, exposure and marketing. These are equally important to the success of the platform.

As part of the go-to-market positioning, Andres Garcia, the CFO of Gameboard, decided to found a new office in Guatemala. (Gameboard already has an established office in Florida for projects in the U.S. developed through Gameboard Corp, a company founded and established under the laws of Florida.)

After a thorough search, the team found the right spot in a location that is dubbed the “Silicon Valley Latino,” the TEC Campus Tecnologico in Guatemala City. TEC is a hub of technological innovation in Guatemala City  that seeks to recreate the platform of innovation and success of Silicon Valley in California.

The TEC, however, has its own concept, adapted to the realities of Guatemala and Latin America. The TEC offers an entire ecosystem – offices, library, co-working spaces, venues for events. It is located in 4 Grados Norte, in Zone 4 of Guatemala City. Cuatro Grados has been an area in the city that has always attracted new ideas and trends.

The TEC offers entrepreneurs, engineers, programmers, students, mentors, investors and anyone interested in technology, a platform where they can achieve their dreams of innovation and eventual business success.

The multiple resources present in the TEC, combined with the critical mass of people present innovating, training, investing, designing and inventing, make TEC the ideal point to launch our technology project. It seeks to turn Guatemala into a global Technology Hub by 2020. Soon TEC will expand to neighboring regions to this unique, integrated platform in neighboring countries.

We are pleased to tell you that the Gameboard office has been inaugurated into the TEC campus at the request of some large local companies we will start working with in January. (Stay tuned for more exciting news in this regard in the next issue of our newsletter).

Gameboard will use part of the EXP Grant awarded for the remodeling. Gameboard continues its march forward with the warm support from the Expanse community, You can be assured that there are some awesome things coming to market in the very near future.


Slips Update

The SLIPS team have just launched a new page: https://gigs.slips.io/. Its key objective is to recruit people who wanted to earn money by settling disputed bets on gaming streams. The arbitration service is something the team will be working on next year. So currently, this page is an opportunity to get interested people on board.

SLIPS does have an arbitration service at the moment. If a bet gets disputed, the team handles it themselves and resolves the bet. However, with an increase in users and a subsequent increase in disputes bets, the team wants to have dedicated resources to help solve those issues.

Eventually the team envisions this dispute process will be replaced by a blockchain-based smart contract in which users deposit funds, and based on the funds staked and their reputation, they get jobs.Take a look at the “how it works” section on gigs.slips.io for more information.

The  team has also launched a new homepage. The key improvements are,

  • Better header area with a stronger call to action, targeting our two main user groups.
  • Explanation of how SLIPS works and what it is.
  • News from the blog featured on the homepage to highlight information regarding the team’s content strategy.
  • A feature where users with the most “liked” statuses also get featured on the homepage, providing an incentive for people to use their profiles.

On the business side, SLIPS has incorporated their company (yayyy!) and have opened their bank account. Now, they are working fully on securing more investment so they can start applying for a gaming license (which will cost them around $40k).. One thing at a time. Stay tuned for more exciting news (and hopefully for the launch date!).


Chinese Community Update

Although the Chinese community is small, it is busy and growing steadily! Alex reports that they are now 3000+ strong and planning to open the Expanse office in China on January 1, 2019.

For those of you engaged in the Chinese cryptosphere, you can now find Expanse information and updates on the followingsites:

Another recent accomplishment is the approval to post Expanse news on the following media sites. These posts have been approved by the Chinese government, which is a requirement:

Congrats to Alex and all of the Chinese team members. We look forward to further growth and visibility.


Join our Discord

Expanse Discord is live and kicking! Discord is a great communication platform, better than Slack. Join our growing community on Discord and you can also speak directly with the Expanse team or others in the Expanse community. Sign up for Discord today!. Thank you.

https://Discord.me/expanse


The Expanse Ambassador Program is designed to provide support and guidance for those of you who would like to help us spread the word about Expanse by hosting local meet-ups—wherever you are in the world.

Getting involved is easy. Simply download and complete the Ambassador Program application at this link: https://expanse.tech/join-the-ambassador-program/

The Expanse team are available to answer your questions and will also assist you by:

  • Providing Expanse-branded apparel for the meet-up host (the ambassador).
  • Guiding you through the process of selecting a location.
  • Supplying Expanse giveaways for drawings or contests.
  • Assisting with presentation materials.
  • Providing a small allowance for food and libations for your meet-up guests.

Expanse is thrilled to have you in the Expanse Army. Be sure to join Discord if you are not already part of it at this link: https://Discord.me/expanse – and grateful to all who would like to join the Ambassador Program!

 

EXPANSE NEWSLETTER Vol. 3, No. 17 – 09/15/2018

Welcome to the seventeenth edition of the Expanse Newsletter for 2018. This publication is a bi-monthly newsletter issued on the 1st and 15th of each month to share happenings within our community. Here are a few highlights in this edition:  

  • The PEX Airdrop Happened. What now?
  • New Expanse Luna Wallet Now Public
  • New Chinese Expanse Website
  • Gameboard – We Believe in a World Where People Want to Play
  • Slips Partnership – A Winning Proposition for EXP-holders
  • Call for Tokenlab Beta-Testers
  • SomosExpanse our Digital Magazine in Spanish
  • Community News – Current Crypto Market Conditions – What’s Happening?

The PEX Airdrop Happened. What now?


As you know, the EXP team just airdropped a new token, PEX,  to the Expanse and Tokenlab community. Airdrops are a straightforward way to bootstrap a user base for a new product, in this case, the Expanse Decentralized Exchange, EXPEX.

The airdrop piloted the Tokenlab Airdrop module, one of the applications that comprise the Tokenlab self-service suite of products designed for ICO management. It went off without a hitch. (If you have not found your PEX, email [email protected])

Expanse secured the services of an external development team to create EXPEX, and the final code has been delivered. We are in the process of branding the UI and will publish a launch date soon.  So, hang onto your PEX!


Read more detail here about how it all works:  https://expanse.tech/understanding-pex-token-utility/


New Expanse Luna Wallet Now Public

The new Expanse wallet, Luna, is now public and ready for download. The download links are on the Expanse.tech website or you can use this link:  https://expanse.tech/downloads/

The existing Expanse Mist wallet is a fork of the Ethereum Mist wallet. However, Luna is a wallet we developed with our own original code, and promises to be one of the most feature-rich wallets out there once all of the development is complete. For now, feel free to use either Mist or Luna. We will give you plenty of notice when or if we discontinue support of the Mist wallet version.

Many thanks to all of the Expanse Army 1st Lieutenants who participated in the beta-test. Please continue to report any bugs that may have not shook out during testing.


New Chinese Expanse Website to Launch October 1

Our Chinese marketing team, led by Community Manager Alex Zhao, is putting the final touches on the Chinese version of the Expanse website. They project a 10/1 launch date.

Some of their other accomplishments include:

  • WeChat membership increased to 350.
  • QQ group increased to 500 members.
  • Submitted applications to two exchanges in China.
  • Participate as active beta-tester for Luna wallet.

Gameboard – We Believe in a World Where People Want to Play!

Gameboard is an EXP.Grants partner. We asked their team to help us understand the gamification principles behind the Gameboard dApp. We learned that there are indeed scientific theories behind all of this play.

When talking about Gamification you automatically think about adding points to a platform to make it “fun.” However, there are many more factors that affect the degree of fun or interest in a game on the part of the players.

Many applications that have come onto the market use the basic principles of gamification as part of the design. We have covered them in other Expanse articles: Frameworks as Octalysis or 6D approach of gamification. It is important to establish that there are two important parts in the application of Gamification to a platform or system: Dynamics and Mechanics.

Dynamics consist of all the activities added to the game based on the actions of the players:

  1. Discovery phase: Listening, reading, observing and navigating to generate interest.
  2. Onboarding phase: In this phase, the user feels that he/she is advancing in a simple and orderly manner; he gets hooked.
  3. Scaffolding phase: After the user is already immersed in the game, he/she then seeks to improve and win. During this phase, users develop the greatest amount of challenges and require constant feedback.
  4. Endgame phase: Finally, we must give a closure to each activity. This is the end of the game, which is an important action—a huge challenge—that allows the user to feel that he/she has conquered the game. This phase is called Endgame. Just when the user is about to feel that he/she is finishing, we invite him/her to a new challenge, to a new objective—phase 2 or the next level.

In the design stage of a game (pertaining to the dynamics) the User persona is also established to model potential users. The needs, the objectives, the emotions and the feelings are also established during this phase of design.

I have the Dynamics, now what?

This is the part where Gameboard comes into play and where the mechanics are necessary. The mechanics allow for establishing the points, levels, badges, challenges and other forms of measurement. The activities within the gamified process are recorded in this part. Without this, we would not have analysis of the information.

Gameboard saves and stores the information generated by the dynamics so that it can be analyzed and collaborate in the decision making. Even more important, it allows for recordkeeping and control of the actions of each player.

The fact that users can receive rewards is one of the most important features, especially because it is the way of measuring performance in terms of

  • Budget
  • How much the company has improved in performance (assuming that this was the goal)
  • Each award in time
  • Objects that have direct involvement with money

The Gamification Playground on the Blockchain

By integrating Expanse blockchain technology, Gameboard safely stores each record of points earned by the player, these being value transactions that rely on the security and permanence of the blockchain to store and redeem points for the players.

There are two current lines of business for Gameboard:

  • Custom – The customized approach is based on integrations into existing platforms created by other companies or ventures. If they already have a system, Gameboard is integrated into this system and keeps track of points earned.
  • Standard – Add-ons, plugins or components in platforms that already exist in the market. We create these integrations to enter those markets. This will increase the number of transactions on the platform and users that interact in it.

For both options, Gameboard provides information analysis, progress, behavior and motivation across any of the different platforms. Gameboard respects the anonymity of the players, so it does not store sensitive information about its users.

Currently, we have finished the Gameboard base engine, the API that allows integration, and the user and administration platforms. Each section of the system is customizable so that it has the look and feel of your company or platform.

We are very close to launching the new functionalities including the integration with Expanse’s technology. So, stayed tuned!

We believe in a world where people want to play!!


Slips Partnership – A Winning Proposition for EXP-holders

We continue to be excited about the potential of the Slips project, which was one of the first batch of projects to receive grant funding from Expanse.

Did you know that straight out of the gate, EXP (Expanse) is the only payment option for the Slips platform? When the platform launches, people will only be able to make real money bets with the EXP token. Now would be a very good time load up on Expanse in advance of their launch!

As one community member surmised, “This is a great example of what makes the Slips partnership so awesome—Slips gamers will have to settle bets in EXP. People who have never had any interest in crypto won’t have a choice but to buy EXP if they want to use the platform for something that has already been demonstrated as a need in the online gaming community.”


A quick reminder to those who aren’t up to speed on what Slips is hoping to achieve. The team are working on a project which will allow gaming fans to use the Expanse network to challenge each other to bets whilst watching their favorite streamers on platforms like Twitch.

In the last newsletter, we mentioned that it was possible for users to create channels and explore what was available on the Slips platform. Now you can even create your own profile. We decided to give the functionality a quick spin earlier and were amazed by how nice it looked!

As well as being able to make our profile look the way we wanted, we were able to post status updates, link our existing social media accounts, manage the official Expanse channel on Slips and even follow other users.

Take a look at the Expanse profile on Slips here https://slips.network/profile/EXP/home:

If you are feeling adventurous (or curious!) why not register and make your own profile? The Slips team mentioned in an announcement in their Discord channel (https://discord.gg/mJHJ88U) that they are looking for help from users to iron out any bugs.

Meanwhile after successfully launching the profile feature, they are continuing to work hard to get the proof of concept released. They’ve spent the last week finalizing specifications and requirements for the next milestone in the project. The UI work has already begun and coding will also resume next week. We have a few sneak previews that we obtained below:

 



We look forward to the launch of their dApp on the Expanse network.


Call for Tokenlab Beta-Testers

Per the dev team, we are close to releasing some of the applications that comprise the Tokenlab self-service suite of products designed for ICO management. Recently we put out a call for testers to try out the beta versions of the Luna wallet. The response was overwhelming, and we qualified nearly 40 testers. These same testers have access to the private channels for Tokenlab beta testing. If you did not apply and want to test Tokenlab, complete the application form here

Beta-testers receive a promotion to 1st Lieutenant in the Expanse Army.

SomosExpanse. Our Digital Magazine in Spanish

Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the world. The market continues to grow—especially for the Expanse community. To that end, we have created SomosExpanse (We are Expanse).

SomosExpanse is a digital magazine whose purpose is to inform and educate about blockchain technology. The project is born from a motivated community, integrated and growing. To accomplish this, we have added a dedicated Spanish-speaking communications team to the Expanse infrastructure.

All of the Expanse project content routinely created in English (news, blogs, newsletters, social media posts) is translated and placed on the SomosExpanse platform. We also integrate articles  from reliable sources, such as Criptonoticas and CoinCrispy, in order to offer more robust content.

We are focused on creating an interactive media strategy with valuable content, as well as constant updates about Expanse and the world of the blockchain. We developed a progressive APP for you to have it directly on your phone with notifications and amazing content.

This strategy is complemented by postings to social networks, including Diiscord, Instagram, Twitter and Steemit. We invite you to follow (and like) us on these social networks:

We have plans to replicate this communication strategy in many other languages, including Chinese and Japanese. We invite you to participate by suggesting other languages for the concept or by serving as an ambassador to help provide content. If you are interested or have any suggestions, please write to [email protected]

We are Expanse.


Community News

Usually, we provide a list of compelling quotes gathered from community discussions. This time, we decided to feed back a narration of an important discussion that took place last week regarding the current crypto market conditions. In case you missed it, I’m sure you’ll agree that we have one of the most insightful, clever communities around.

Current Crypto Market Conditions – What’s Happening?

“What’s happening to crypto?” “What’s causing the prices to tank?” These are obvious questions on everybody’s minds these days as prices begin to tumble. Bitcoin lost close to $1000 in the last 10 days and Ether has lost almost 25% of its value in the last month. The situation is even grimmer for other altcoins. So what is really happening?

The Expanse Discord channel, if you know, is one of the most vociferous and active crypto communities out there and most of its members are astute students and passionate followers of the crypto phenomenon It was only fair that similar questions arose during an avid round of discussions and there were some interesting points of view from across the aisle regarding what was happening.

It started with a member saying that he thought that the end of crypto is near. He was worried that too many scams had taken their toll on a fascinating and promising phenomenon that has the ability to change our lives forever. However many projects gave false hopes and people lost a lot of money and in turn, their faith. The negativity that is being experienced in the market was a result of this disappointment and people trying to cash out their crypto assets as fast as possible. This would probably signal the collapse of a lot of altcoins. The member went on to predict that most coins will stop all development or activity before the year is over because cryptocurrencies just won’t be able to hold their value and people are seeing this more clearly with each passing day, fuelling the circle of fear and mass dumping.

To this, another member had an interesting observation. He said that what was currently happening to crypto is similar to what happened to dotcom in 2000. After the “dotcom bubble” burst, what was left were companies with real value, like Google that came out with  a few bruises but emerged winners. Many companies followed what Google had done – build real value, rather than hype – and made a fortune for themselves, while transforming the industry.

A member observed that nobody is buying anything and he was surprised people are still selling at these prices. He thought it was kinda late in the game to think people are going to save what they have left.

The EXP token has also bore the brunt of this haphazard volatility. Market and volume patterns suggest that someone is buying EXP from the sell side just to sell into the buy side to strip the market of its BTC. Unfortunately, this strategy seems to be working pretty successfully.

A member, however, dismissed that people were specifically targeting EXP and said that while he agreed that there was a repeating pattern, it was market-wide. Most of the top coins have already lost around 88-95%of their January high values and many coins, especially the lower value ones, are hitting their introductory prices or even less.

He went on to further say that some people were dumping not just Exp, but everything from the lowest coin on the list all the way up to Ethereum. He called this action as a “purge” because it is likely that some of the projects will fail economically or just fail completely. To understand the severity of the situation, consider this. A project that raised $10M worth of Ethereum in an ICO in January 2018, now only had around $1.2M if they didn’t liquidate immediately. Most projects held their Ethereum reserves and have seen a severe erosion of their funds. Likewise, the value of the projects coins themselves are becoming worthless.

If you look at wallet balances on most projects, the top 100 wallets hold well over 90% of the total coins in any given project. Keeping in mind that some of these wallets are exchange wallets, that is still a little disheartening. The bitcoin whales are alive and are absorbing this tirade pretty well. They have so much BTC, they can’t cash it out so for them it is more of a game.

A member had an interesting take on the scenario. In his opinion, manipulators periodically use BTC to harvest altcoins from weak hands. Blockchain IS the future and some of them will become zillionaires sooner or later. Since blockchain is the future, there probably are governments, 3-letter agencies, armies, secret societies, hackers and criminals involved. In his opinion, anyone mining EXP currently and selling it is obviously a moron!

To this a member added a personal experience that he stopped mining EXP in April, because at the current price, with 1.1GH/s, he made 90¢ per day, after paying for electricity costs. This is obviously unviable. So the question he had is that if everybody bought EXP at a higher rate, who’s selling them at these rates? It is quite likely that they are selling at a huge loss.

There, apparently, are people who sold recently at 8¢ on the dollar to exit the market completely. They are done. They think the crypto market is dead. This was what is known in financial terms as “market capitulation.”

By definition, capitulation means to surrender or give up. In financial circles (from Investopedia), this term is used to indicate the point in time when investors have decided to give up on trying to recapture lost gains as a result of falling stock prices. Suppose a stock you own has dropped by 10%. There are two options that can be taken: you can wait it out and hope the stock begins to appreciate, or you can realize the loss by selling the stock. If the majority of investors decides to wait it out, then stock price will likely remain relatively stable. However, if the majority of investors decides to capitulate and give up on the stock, then there will be a sharp decline in its price. When this occurrence is significant across the entire market, it is known as market capitulation.

The longer a market stays in a state of capitulation, the longer it takes for investors to regain enough trust in that market to jump back in. This is what causes recessions. Once a recession has run for an extended period and market confidence is still low, it becomes a depression. This is when people like Warren Buffet would swoop in and buy anything and everything people were selling. His now famous adage says, “Be fearful when people are greedy and be greedy when people are fearful.” While it is difficult to agree with his brand of investing, but when it comes to financial advice, this one line reigns supreme. And this is exactly what’s going on right now.

One member found it funny when BTC purists say that BTC was created to replace the “corrupt” fiat system. They then look down at altcoins but at same time practically beg investors like Goldman Sachs or Buffet to invest in crypto. BTC forums are full of people like that, and you even get 50 merit points for simply saying “BTC rocks, all alts are shitcoins!”

At the end of the discussion, there was some sage and positive advice from a veteran – “Just gotta keep developing. Eventually crypto will have utility, it’s just taking forever because it’s so new. Right now people are buying on promises. We need promises to be kept in this space so that people have to buy out of necessity.”

Another member ended the discussion saying that while the crypto markets certainly look grim right now, everybody needs to understand that all markets move in cycles. What goes up will come down and judging from previous cycles, the crypto markets will certainly go back up again. Of course, not everything will go back up, but projects like Expanse, that have active development and goals they are working toward, will. The question is how long are you willing to wait?

 


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The Expanse Ambassador Program is designed to provide support and guidance for those of you who would like to help us spread the word about Expanse by hosting local meet-ups—wherever you are in the world.

Getting involved is easy. Simply download and complete the Ambassador Program application at this link: https://expanse.tech/join-the-ambassador-program/

The Expanse team are available to answer your questions and will also assist you by:

  • Providing Expanse-branded apparel for the meet-up host (the ambassador).
  • Guiding you through the process of selecting a location.
  • Supplying Expanse giveaways for drawings or contests.
  • Assisting with presentation materials.
  • Providing a small allowance for food and libations for your meet-up guests.

Expanse is thrilled to have you in the Expanse Army. Be sure to join Discord if you are not already part of it at this link: https://Discord.me/expanse – and grateful to all who would like to join the Ambassador Program!