Move Over CryptoKitties, Gambling Apps Now Rule the Roost in Blockchain World

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Aug/10/2018

It turns out that gambling, not buying digital kittens, is one of the most popular applications on the blockchain, Bloomberg News reports Friday.

Sites can make it easier for participants to remain anonymous but are mostly unregulated and some turn out to be scams.

By comparison, the online gambling sector in Costa Rica has matured after 20 years and is mostly self-regulated but considered much safer.  A large chunk of the sector features companies in business between 10 and 20 years now.  Bookmaker.eu begun in 1986 as a call center sports book.

The dangers in the "bitcoin-only" sector are significant with several failures occurring in the past three years. With more exposure comes more stiff jobs, and it is likely to only get worse.

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Gambling ICO funding last month was 776 million, compared to just 3 million in May and 47 million in April. 328 million was obtained in March.

From Bloomberg News:

Over a recent 24-hour period, the Fomo3D app attracted more than five times the number of users than CryptoKitties, the game involving breeding cats that famously clogged up the Ethereum network last year. The gambling app, in which contestants try to fleece others via a fictional coin offering, is also lucrative. Players sent more than $40 million on the distributed application since the first version was launched in July, according to the game’s lead designer.

Fomo3D is hardly the only blockchain-based gambling app. Of the top 10 distributed apps by money received, gambling as a category is only second to exchanges, according to DappRadar, which tracks applications that run on blockchain. Gambling-related token sales also continue to gather steam: Dragon Coin and another ICO raised nearly $1 billion, while a total of 21 other projects have garnered another $300 million through initial coin offerings, according to Autonomous Research.

Many of the gambling efforts originate from questionable and anonymous teams, including a former Macau gangster.

- Aaron Goldstein, Gambling911.com

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