Enjin: Does Blockchain Actually Matter for Gaming? | Asia Series, Ep. 74
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Why do so many believe gaming will bring crypto mainstream? Is "blockchain in gaming" just a gimmick? For this week's Blockcrunch Asia Series, we talk to Andy Anderson, Blockchain Developer Strategist at Singapore gaming company, Enjin, about;

  • How blockchain benefits games
  • How non-crypto games achieve inteoperability
  • Incentives for large game cos. to adopt blockchain
  • How Enjin's NFTs work

Host: Jason Choi (@MrJasonChoi). If you enjoyed the show, consider tipping! This show is not financial advice.

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  • ETH: 0xdec40AA30B9C562aB4b839529BfC290C1B5Da61E

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Disclaimer: Jason Choi is an investor at Spartan Capital, the hedge fund arm of The Spartan Group. All opinions expressed by Jason and podcast guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of The Spartan Group and any of its subsidiaries and personnel. This podcast is for information purposes only and should not be relied upon as a basis for investment decisions. The Spartan Group and its clients may hold positions in assets described in the episode. Detailed disclaimers available at jasonchoi.me and spartangroup.io/disclaimer. This episode is sponsored by eToro, Celsius Network and SALT Lending

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