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CoinGeek TV takes us to New York for new insights on metaverse and investments in Bitcoin SV

This article was originally published on CoinGeek on October 13, 2021.

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Patrick Thompson caught up with Calvin Ayre, the founder of CoinGeek and the main event sponsor via his VC firm Ayre Ventures, for the first installment of CoinGeek TV on Day 1 of the CoinGeek Conference in New York.

Speaking at the conclusion of the morning session, Ayre said he was particularly inspired by the discussions around BSV and gaming. Coming from the gaming industry, Ayre stated he is trying to get his friends in the sector to understand how powerful BSV is as a technology. While that mission has been complicated by the fog of digital currency, he said it was refreshing to see the power behind the movement towards adoption in gambling and gaming at the CoinGeek Conference.

He predicted the New York conference would come to be seen as a tipping point for the technology, with big changes to how the world will look at Bitcoin SV coming down the track.

Calvin Ayre

On the choice of pitching up in New York, Ayre said it was time to get more exposure to the U.S. market. New York was chosen as the center of media, finance, large industry, and the largest population base in the U.S., giving CoinGeek a strong platform to spread the word about Bitcoin SV.

Addressing the rapid pace of change in the sector, even since CoinGeek Zurich, Ayre said it was refreshing to see gaming apps adopting BSV so readily. While this is the way it should be, he commented that so many people couldn’t see the vision he was articulating for BSV in gaming until recently, which he marked as a point of personal satisfaction.

He gave the example of CryptoFights, which as a single app is bigger than the entire Ethereum platform. In fact, during some spikes, it is bigger than the whole digital currency ecosystem, through this one app powered by Bitcoin SV alone.

Ayre wrapped up by saying the epiphany for so many people in the sector is going to be the realization Bitcoin SV will take over, and there will be no reason for digital currency to exist at all, because this one platform can do it all and more.

Robert Rice

Next up, Thompson was joined by Robert Rice, a familiar face in the Bitcoin space, to discuss AR, VR and the Omniscape metaverse. Rice said the only tech that ties all these pieces of new technology together is BSV, presenting a platform that was like Pokemon Go for brands.

Rice explained the metaverse as the idea of all the things around us—augmented reality, virtual reality, data, IoT, blockchain, and bringing this whole world of data into a 3D format.

At present, Omniscape has apps available for all the different legs of this—for 3D, for AR, and so on. The next focus was on linking them up, so users can see all these elements in the same place, or can visit anywhere in the world through the VR interface, with access to the full suite of features.

Interactions in AR are currently through smartphones, allowing users to see 3D objects, click on them, rotate them, pick them up, and much more. But in the near future, Rice sees this moving a step forward, with the likes of 3D glasses from Microsoft, Apple, and Facebook. Over time, he said, these interactions will become way more natural, moving far beyond the mobile-first world they currently inhabit.

Asked about the exciting developments going on with Omniscape, Rice said it was hard to narrow it down. The company is currently in the middle of a seed round, which he stated had led to amazing investors coming on board, and a rapid scaling and acceleration of the development roadmap.

He also spoke about the 3D scanner, a scanner that creates photorealistic 3D copies of people, animates them, and tokenizes them, creating a digital avatar that can be seen in AR via the app—just another example of what’s going on at Omniscape.

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Calvin Ayre: CoinGeek New York a tipping point for Bitcoin SV

This article was originally published on CoinGeek on October 8, 2021.

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In a year’s time, we will look back at CoinGeek New York as the tipping point after which Bitcoin SV exploded and showed the world just what’s possible on Bitcoin. This was the message from Calvin Ayre, the founder of Ayre Group and CoinGeek. Ayre joined CoinGeek Backstage to talk about why ‘It’s About Time’ for Bitcoin SV and what the future holds for the industry.

CoinGeek Conferences have been held at a number of cities across the globe, from Seoul to Zurich and London. However, none of them can match New York’s importance to global finance and media industries, Ayre told CoinGeek’s Stephanie Tower.

“There’s a big media concentration here, there’s a financial concentration, the surrounding areas have got a lot of industries and this technology [BSV blockchain] can be used to solve data problems for anybody that touches big data, and nowadays, that’s a lot of different industries. It’s a good place for us to be getting a footprint,” he stated.

Bitcoin SV is at a point in which it has attained a critical mass of people that understand and appreciate Bitcoin, Ayre said. While other blockchain projects have gone after cheap gains from speculation, Bitcoin SV has focused on solving data challenges, and finally, the world is noticing.

“We’re going to look back at this being a tipping point, where the momentum of people that understand this technology is going to become a weight upon itself,” Ayre said.

The theme for CoinGeek New York was “It’s About Time,” and Ayre believes that it couldn’t have been more apt. It’s about time the world realizes that the BSV enterprise blockchain can solve the data challenges that affect almost every other industry. As the world gets into a digital era with phenomena such as the Metaverse, only Bitcoin SV can power the next frontier, the gambling industry legend noted.

“This is the start of a gold rush,” Ayre said. “This technology is going to take on a life of its own.”

He compared what’s happening in Bitcoin right now to the early 2000s when the Internet was in its infancy and some of today’s trillion-dollar Internet behemoths were being launched. Those who don’t get into Bitcoin today will regret a few years down the line when the early adopters will be seeing their ventures become global brands.

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BuzzCast Secures $4.35M Seed Round to Integrate NFTs into Premium Virtual Events

This article was originally published on CoinGeek on October 7, 2021.

Round led by blockchain visionary Ayre Ventures with participation from TheSyndicate.com

Los Angeles, CA – October 7, 2021 – BuzzCast, the premium virtual events platform, today announced that it has closed a $4.35 million seed round that it will use to integrate NFTs into premium virtual events. The round was led by Ayre Ventures with participation from The Syndicate, a group of 9,000+ accredited investors led by Jason Calacanis.

BuzzCast recently emerged from stealth mode as an established player in the high-end of the virtual and hybrid event landscape. The platform is unique in that it delivers a broadcast-quality experience, can scale to support hundreds of thousands of attendees with zero down-time, and supports complex tracks and formats with advanced networking features. BuzzCast clients include global brands and organizations, including Anthem, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Trade and Tourism Council, Just for Laughs, and Uber.

“We are producing high-profile conferences and industry events where the interactions between attendees can change the world or move markets,” said Ryan Byrne, co-founder and CEO of BuzzCast. “Our vision is to make ticketing and transactions highly secure and non-fungible, so there is a clear record of all of the people who attended and the digital interactions that took place at a BuzzCast event. The BSV enterprise blockchain is known for its safety and security, low transaction costs and ability to scale, which make it a natural choice for what we want to build as the next generation of our platform.”

BuzzCast will also allow event hosts and sponsors to gamify the attendee experience in both virtual and hybrid events, enabling them to drive behavior, reward visitors with prizes and incentives, and extend their interaction with guests before, during and after the event, all built on BSV. The low transaction price and large block size will enable us to turn content, rewards and contact information into micro-NFTs that visitors can collect and trade at will.

Ayre Ventures founder Calvin Ayre said, “BuzzCast has uncovered an exciting market opportunity that has the potential to transform how virtual and hybrid events are produced, setting a new quality standard for sponsors and attendees. BuzzCast embodies the possibilities that BSV’s infinite scaling capacity offers to forward-looking enterprises.”

Said Jason Calacanis, of The Syndicate, “We’re excited with BuzzCast’s early progress and excited to see where this funding takes them.”

To learn more about BuzzCast, attend (in person or virtually) the CoinGeek New York conference, the year’s biggest BSV blockchain event (October 5-7, 2021), at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. BuzzCast CEO Ryan Byrne will participate in the A Better Internet Experience using Blockchain panel on Thursday, October 7. 

About BuzzCast

BuzzCast is the premium virtual events platform, powering the world’s most buzzworthy events. Trusted by global brands including Anthem, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Trade and Tourism Council and Uber, BuzzCast delivers a broadcast-quality experience with zero downtime – 100% of the time. BuzzCast features advanced networking capabilities and supports complex ticketing access, tracks and formats, making it an ideal platform for global summits, investor conferences and high-profile industry events. 

BuzzCast recently won a Gold Stevie Award® for Start-up of the Year 2021 in the 18th Annual International Business Awards®. The award recognizes best-in-class virtual events that were held in 2020 when the event industry was forced to rapidly innovate in response to the global pandemic. For more information, visit BuzzCast.com or read BuzzCast’s five-star customer reviews on G2.

About BSV

The BSV network is an enterprise-grade public blockchain that benefits from its ability to scale unbounded, offering greater data capacity and functionality, in addition to super-low transaction fees (the median transaction fee on the BSV network in 2020 was less than 1/100 of a U.S. cent), enabling it to serve as a powerful global data ledger for business, as well as a fast and efficient peer-to-peer electronic cash system.

About Ayre Ventures

Ayre Ventures, founded by celebrated entrepreneur and philanthropist Calvin Ayre, provides capital to scalable, high-growth businesses within the BSV blockchain ecosystem, the only infinitely scaling enterprise public blockchain. The Group targets investment in innovative ideas and ambitious projects that are ‘positively disruptive’, supporting their expansion with the Group’s extensive network and industry partners.

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FYX Gaming announces follow-on seed round financing

This article was originally published on CoinGeek on October 1, 2021.

FYX Gaming, the Raleigh-based esports infrastructure and technology provider behind the popular skill-based strategic fighting game CryptoFights, has announced follow-on seed round financing. FYX has attracted commitments from several prominent investors as part of the ongoing funding round, including Ventek Ventures and Ayre Ventures, with opportunities now available for new participants to join the round.

CryptoFights, which allows players to enter real-money tournaments using its native cash on the BSV blockchain, has already attracted over 100,000 registered users. These users are currently generating hundreds of thousands of transactions each day, a feat made possible by the BSV blockchain’s unbounded scaling capacity.

This latest funding round involves a mix of new and existing investors, with the former led by Los Angeles-based Ventek Ventures, an early stage cross-border venture capital fund focusing on the US, China, and Southeast Asia.

Ventek founding partner Tony Zhang said: “There’s a lot of hype surrounding the Metaverse and NFTs right now, but there are also a few innovative Play to Earn companies creating actual value for users. FYX is one of them. By combining best of class game play with a sophisticated virtual economy based on years of experience in gaming, FYX has figured out a way to make games both fun and lucrative. We are proud to partner with FYX as it continues to reward players by building a powerful, inclusive platform that players can leverage to generating more income.”

Among the existing investors raising their stake is Ayre Ventures, whose founder Calvin Ayre expressed delight in renewing his support for FYX. Ayre called CryptoFights’ daily transaction volume “emphatic proof of the possibilities that can only be achieved on the BSV Enterprise Blockchain. CryptoFights is an engaging product with unlimited growth potential thanks to BSV and the dedication of the FYX team.”

FYX CEO Adam Kling said he was pleased that his company had “joined the growing ranks of gaming companies, including Mythical Games and Sky Mavis, that are sparking investors’ interest.” Kling added that FYX was looking forward to closing its Series A funding next year.

Kling says FYX will use capital raised via the current funding round on new hires to grow its infrastructure and boost CryptoFights’ capacity to handle millions of users. The FYX platform recently expanded players’ funding options through the addition of Simplex, for fiat-to-BSV transactions, and will soon launch Fabriik’s Weave API, for crypto-to-BSV transactions. This will enable players to more easily fund their game play and to buy and sell non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on the FYX marketplace. Additional capabilities to allow users to create their own NFTs are in the works.

To learn more about FYX, attend (in person or virtually) the CoinGeek New York conference, the year’s biggest BSV blockchain event (October 5-7, 2021), at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. FYX CEO Adam Kling will participate in the Licensing IP for NFTs: Graphic Novels, Comic Books & Brands panel on Wednesday, October 6.

About FYX

FYX Gaming is an esports infrastructure and technology provider, specializing in the development and implementation of blockchain technologies. The company offers a full suite of specialized esports products and services, with innovative solutions spanning game monetization, integrity, data and analytics. In 2020, FYX was admitted as a member of the esports Integrity Commission (ESIC).

About Ventek Ventures

Ventek Ventures is an early stage cross-border venture capital fund focusing on companies with the technology, team and timing to capture sustainable markets in the US, China, and Southeast Asia.

About Ayre Ventures

Ayre Ventures, founded by celebrated entrepreneur and philanthropist Calvin Ayre, provides capital to scalable, high-growth businesses within the BSV blockchain ecosystem, the only infinitely scaling enterprise public blockchain. The Group targets investment in innovative ideas and ambitious projects that are ‘positively disruptive’, supporting their expansion with the Group’s extensive network and industry partners.

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