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Lootex Raises $9 Million to Build Out Gamer-Centric Metaverse Marketplace

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Lootex, a GameFi platform to purchase NFTs and in-game assets across multiple blockchains, is proud to announce their seed round of funding has officially closed. Lootex raised US$9 million from a number of venture capital firms and strategic partners.

The platform has taken a big step towards realizing this vision, raising a $9 million round of funding led by industry titans including Spartan Capital, Infinity Ventures Crypto, LD Capital and Akatsuki. The round also saw the participation of SweeperDAO, YGG SEA, Polygon Studio, HTC, Huobi Ventures, OKEx Blockdream Ventures, Avocado Guild, Cherubic Ventures, Palm Drive Capital, Evernew Capital, Morningstar Ventures, NGC Ventures, Petrock Capital, Panony, Yolo Investments, Kosmos Ventures and more. From PKO Investments syndicate, Twitch’s co-founder, Kevin Lin, Kabam’s co-founder, Holly Liu, Patrick Lee, Co-founder of Rotten Tomatoes, and Kun Gao, Co-founder of Crunchyroll also all participated in the round.

Investors said they participated in the round because they believe in Lootex’s potential to make a meaningful impact in both the GameFi and NFT ecosystems.

“It is very important to activate the NFT marketplace for GameFi in order for NFT gamers to have ownership and move autonomously. We believe Lootex will contribute to the expansion of the GameFi ecosystem,” said Yuji Kumagai, Director of Akatsuki Inc.

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“IVC is thrilled to support Lootex’s vision and mission to create a transparent and decentralized NFT marketplace – a pioneering step towards facilitating people’s virtual assets,” said Brian Lu, Founding Partner at Infinity Ventures Crypto.

Dan Wang, Head of Investments at YGG SEA, sees Lootex’s marketplace as an important platform for the guild’s gamers. “YGG SEA’s top priority is our scholars. We make all decisions that, we believe, are in the best interests of the everyday gamers who want to get involved in the P2E space. Lootex’s platform contains comprehensive information, statistics, and reviews on in-game items and NFTs that present a unique advantage for our scholars,” Wang said.

These partnerships, as well as several others in the works, will allow Lootex to further develop its cross-chain NFT trading platform as it looks to build the ultimate gamer-centric marketplace, where players can easily trade in-game assets across multiple blockchains. Lootex’s marketplace currently features over 12,000 NFTs, spread out among over 500 collections. Its easy-to-use interface allows gamers to browse and purchase what they need, and even monetize their skills, without any technical knowledge necessary.

“Our mission is to liberate game asset ownership and connect blockchain games to traditional players. By providing a game-oriented NFT marketplace, players are able to trade and discover the value of their hard work and accomplishments,” said Justine Lu, CEO and co-founder of Lootex.

As the metaverse becomes more a part of our everyday reality, Lootex is positioning itself at the forefront of the play-to-earn, move-to-earn, and share-to-earn gaming revolution. It’s already built up an active and enthusiastic community of more than 80,000 monthly active users, and in November Lootex announced monthly sales volume exceeding $2 million. Lootex has partnered with more than 50 blockchain-based games so far, including RPS League, Block Monster, Dungeon Swap, and Olympus Royale.

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PayPal receives New York crypto trust charter

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The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has granted PayPal Digital a limited purpose trust charter, a designation typically held by digital asset custodians and some stablecoin issuers.

Last August, PayPal launched its PYUSD stablecoin, marking the first stablecoin from a BigTech company. Paxos Trust Company, which also holds an NYDFS limited trust charter, currently issues the PYUSD stablecoin. Paxos has been PayPal’s partner for its cryptocurrency services since inception. Consequently, the new trust charter may signal PayPal’s intention to take over the custody of its clients’ crypto-assets and potentially move the issuance of PYUSD in-house.

Despite reaching out to PayPal for clarification on the purpose of the trust charter, no response was received before publication.

The PYUSD stablecoin is still in its early stages, with its recent integration for cross-border payments via PayPal’s Xoom app. The stablecoin’s market capitalization has grown to nearly $400 million, up from $190 million in early April. Notably, wallets associated with the issuer Paxos hold over $125 million, possibly on behalf of PayPal. The top five wallets constitute 71% of the stablecoin balance, with 17 wallets holding $1 million or more, accounting for 97% of the total holdings.

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The largest holders include Paxos, Crypto.com, Curve (DeFi), Defiance Capital, and Frax (DeFi). Among these, Crypto.com holds a balance of $103 million and Bullish holds $23 million.

Additionally, in November, the SEC’s enforcement division issued a subpoena requesting documents related to the issuance of the PYUSD stablecoin.

Source: ledgerinsights.com

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Hong Kong SFC to conduct compliance checks on crypto firms

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The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has announced that it will conduct on-site compliance checks on local virtual asset trading platforms (VATPs) that are still completing their regulatory applications following the June 1 licensing deadline.

In a notice issued on May 28, the SFC emphasized that all local crypto trading platforms must be either licensed or “deemed-to-be-licensed” by the regulatory body before the June 1 deadline. Operating an unlicensed VATP in Hong Kong after this date will be considered a criminal offense, and the SFC will actively pursue non-compliant companies.

In the coming months, the SFC will perform on-site inspections of deemed-to-be-licensed VATP applicants to evaluate their compliance with regulatory requirements. These inspections will focus on how firms safeguard client assets and implement Know Your Customer (KYC) processes.

The SFC urged investors to trade cryptocurrencies only on SFC-licensed platforms to ensure their protection. It also cautioned companies seeking licenses against actively marketing their services or onboarding new retail clients until they are formally licensed. Additionally, firms must prevent mainland Chinese residents from accessing their services, adhering to China’s ban on cryptocurrency trading.

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Earlier this month, it was reported that the number of crypto exchanges seeking operational licenses in Hong Kong had been decreasing. Eleven crypto companies and exchanges, including well-known platforms like OKX and Huobi’s local arm, withdrew their applications ahead of the deadline. Currently, only 18 applications remain pending approval.

In response to the upcoming licensing requirements, some crypto firms have proactively taken steps to ensure compliance. For example, Gate.HK, a crypto exchange, halted all activities related to acquiring new users and marketing, prevented existing users from making deposits, and began delisting tokens on May 23. The exchange plans to relaunch its services after restructuring its platform to comply with Hong Kong’s regulatory requirements.

According to the SFC, only two companies, OSL Digital Securities Limited and Hash Blockchain Limited, have been granted licenses to operate in Hong Kong so far.

Source: tradingview.com

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Argentina crypto group plans to set up a blockchain valley in Buenos Aires

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The crypto community in Argentina is planning to establish a “blockchain valley” in Buenos Aires as part of the Crecimiento movement, which has a following of 500 individuals.

This group includes prominent figures in the country’s crypto ecosystem, such as Diego Guitérrez, co-founder of Bitcoin Layer 2 Rootstock; Marcelo Cavazzoli, CEO and co-founder of Lemon Cash, a leading crypto purchasing app in Latin America; and Elian Alvarez, a general partner at Ripio Ventures.

Significantly, Crecimiento’s core team has the support of advisors to Argentina’s new libertarian president, Javier Milei.

Crecimiento aims to create a hub for crypto and technology-oriented business founders in the capital, offering a comprehensive three-dimensional plan. This includes bringing 5 to 10 million people on-chain by offering exclusive items, boosting the number of tech-related startups, and providing necessary support.

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The group’s mission is to work with Argentina’s newly crypto-friendly government to bolster the cryptocurrency sector through initiatives like tax rebates, industry investment, and simplified regulations.

During his campaign, President Milei highlighted the benefits of Bitcoin, associating it with a sense of freedom, though no formal statements have been made on the subject. Nonetheless, the group has been actively collaborating with officials to establish their crypto center in Buenos Aires.

Maria Milagros Santamaria, a Web3 lawyer, noted that regulators are showing a high level of positivity toward their proposals and are requesting specific plans regarding the crypto sector to move forward. She mentioned that there are only a few individuals opposed to the initiative, and fortunately, their numbers are minimal.

Source: cryptonewsz.com

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