On Sunday (June 2, 00:10 UTC), Coinbase announced that "Coinbase Earn", its educational service that rewards users for learning about different cryptocurrencies, has added support for EOS.
As CryptoGlobe reported, Coinbase Earn was originally launched in "invite-only mode" on 19 December 2018, giving a few lucky users the chance to learn 0x (ZRX) as they learn about it.
Here is how Coinbase explained the motivation behind Coinbase Earn back then:
"Coinbase Earn allows users to earn cryptocurrencies, while learning about them in a simple and engaging way. The idea is for users to understand more about an asset’s utility and its underlying technology, while getting a bit of the asset to try out."
The basic idea is that in each lesson, you watch a short video (usually a couple of minutes long) after which you can perform educational takes (such as taking a multiple-choice quiz) for which you are rewarded a certain amount of crypto (usually, around $2 in a particular cryptocurrency for each lesson that you prove you have learned by passing its associated quiz).
Although Coinbase Earn is available now in the 100+ jurisdictions in which Coinbase operates, only eligible users (those who have passed KYC Levels 1 and 2) in the following jurisdictions can currently join Coinbase Earn and start earning crypto: United States (excluding residents of New York or Hawaii state), United Kingdom, many countries in the European Union (Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Ireland, Germany, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden), Canada, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Korea, and Taiwan. Users in other jurisdictions in which Coinbase operates can join a waiting list, and they will get notified when Coinbase becomes available there.
At the moment, Coinbase Earn offers the opportunity to earn EOS, Stellar Lumens (XLM), Zcash (ZEC), Basic Attention Token (BAT), and 0x (ZRX), but Coinbase says it plans to extend the set of cryptoassets on offer soon.
Coinbase's blog post says that Coinbase customers around the world can earn $10 in EOS by learning about the EOSIO protocol and the EOS cryptoasset. Here is howit describes EOS:
"EOS is a cryptocurrency built on the EOSIO protocol and designed to support large-scale decentralized applications. There are no fees to send or receive EOS tokens or use the applications built on it. Instead, by being an EOS token holder, you utilize the blockchain’s resources to interact with and operate applications on the network. In order to compensate the entities that run the network, they are periodically given new EOS tokens generated by the protocol, effectively substituting inflation for transaction fees. This creates an ecosystem where fees are effectively paid by the network as a whole rather than by individual users every time they make a transaction."
Coinbase Earn's "EOS Course" currently offers five video lessons:
- What are EOSIO and EOS? ($2)
- What is Delegated Proof of Stake? ($2)
- What is the EOS token? ($2)
- CPU, NET, and RAM: Resources on EOSIO ($2)
- Developing apps with EOSIO ($2)
What Coinbase Earn does is quite unique because it allows people new to the cryptocurrency space not only to learn, at a very gentle pace, for free, the basic ideas behind some of the most popular cryptocurrencies, but to become a lot more interested/involved in the space since it provides them with a way to have some "skin in the game" with very little and at zero cost. Also, they won't have to worry about the ups and downs of the crypto markets since their cost of acquiring crypto via Coinbase Earn is zero, which makes it more likely for them to learn about the concept of HODLing.
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