Ethereum Co-founder Gets On Board With Atari-Token

Avi Rosten
  • The crypto entrepeneur has been named as honorary co-founder of Atari's blockchain project
  • While not yet specifiying how the Atari-token will be used, the company seems very serious about blockchain

Anthony Di Iorio - co-founder of Ethereum and cryptocurrency wallet Jaxx - has been named as part of the team behind Atari’s new cryptocurrency.

According to the report in Fortune, the leading crypto-entrepenuer has been named as honorary co-founder of Atari’s blockchain project that encompasses the Atari Token and the Atari Platform Network - after he invested his own funds in the network.

In a statement, the crypto veteran explained:

“As someone who grew up in the Atari age, and who understands the importance of how products are designed and developed, it’s extremely encouraging to see teams with vast experience creating systems that are not just user-friendly, but scalable and functional,”

Anthony Di Iorio

While specifics about the new token are not clear, the token is believed to be designed for use with digital gaming platforms, while another token being worked on by the platform - Pong token - will be used for online casinos.

Atari’s plans

Declaring their crypto plans in February, shares in Atari surged more than 60% following their announcement. CEO and Chairman Frederic Chesnais emphasised how the company sees blockchain figuring prominently in their future:

“Blockchain technology is poised to take a very important place in our environment and to transform, if not revolutionize, the current economic ecosystem, especially in the areas of the video game industry and online transactions.”

Frederic Chesnais

One of the pioneering video-game companies of the 1970s, Atari was responsible for bringing gaming to a mass audience, before the company collapsed catastrophically in the early 80s. Now based in Paris, this latest foray into the Blockchain space by the former giant will no doubt benefit from having such an experienced crypto veteran on board.

Opera Browser Adds Direct Bitcoin Payment to Its Built-in Cryptocurrency Wallet

The popular Opera web browser has added bitcoin e-commerce support and integrated TRON into its built-in cryptocurrency wallet on Android devices.

According to the company’s press release, the built-in crypto wallet on Opera for Android, which was launched last year, now supports bitcoin payments directly, and allows users to interact with decentralized applications on the TRON blockchain using TRX.

The browser claims to have a total of 350 million users, which can now have access to these two cryptocurrencies. The company’s crypto wallet started off with Ethereum support in a bid to offer users access to “web 3.0.”

Charles Hamel, the head of crypto at Opera, was quoted as saying:

We believe that opening our browser to more blockchains, including Bitcoin, is the logical next step to making our solution more relevant to anyone who has a Bitcoin crypto wallet and would like to do things with their cryptocurrencies beyond just keeping them in an account.

As CryptoGlobe reported the browser firm has partnered with HTC – which recently announced a new budget smartphone with bitcoin node features – to add its app to it. It has also revealed it was looking to add “multiple blockchains” in the near future.

The company added in its press releases that by adding TRON its exposes TRX and its decentralized applications to “millions of daily active users across 120 countries,” as TRX’s ecosystem includes BitTorrent as well.

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