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Counterparty Newsletter 06-12-2019

June 12, 2019

June sees some big steps forward in terms of community strengthening, strategically positioning counterparty for a positive future alignment and beginning groundwork to structure the project for longevity.

Ecosystem Updates:

The twelth MAFIACASH rewards distribution has been completed – all players of the mafia themed, blockchain based idle accumulation game have been rewarded with MAFIACASH token distributions. A full breakdown of the distribution stats including changes in family membership and current profits can be found here: https://mafiawars.io/news/mafiacash-distribution-12#

Wallet updates

The easy to use Counterparty Cryptogoods Chrome Extension Wallet, Freeport by has received several further updates, including a bugfix affecting asset divisibility and improved logic for fee estimation

Check it out on the Chrome Extension store or Github at https://freeport.io https://github.com/loon3/Freeport-extension

CounterParty community

A popular thread on CounterParty talk forum was started by community member CryptoAlan where a number of participants discussed a future reboot of a community driven, community comprised foundation in order to more effectively establish soft governance and generally steer CounterParty forward. As counterparty is an open source, grass-roots decentralized project, each individuals voice is important and is listened to. Please feel free to peruse the full thread below, and consider contributing your viewpoint if you haven’t already https://counterpartytalk.org/t/counterparty-foundation-in-2019-new-updates/5446/67

Ultimately discussions originating from the thread above spurred the announcement of the newly formed CounterParty foundation; by community member J-Dog and marks the start of the first election for the new entity. Below is a description of the stated goals and directions

The Counterparty Foundation is a group dedicated to advancing the Counterparty protocol and its products, educating the community on the Counterparty technology, driving global Counterparty awareness, and ensuring Counterparty remains a successful and growing platform.

The Foundation is governed by five Community Directors.

Today, we’re happy to announce the start of the Counterparty Foundation Community Directors 2019 election.

For the next three weeks, from June 10th till July 1st, we are inviting everyone to participate in the election process by nominating candidates to fill five Community Director seats. The only requirement for the nomination is that the candidate hold at least 50 XCP and prove this by broadcasting a message from his or her address with the name of the nominee.

If you would like to nominate yourself or another candidate, please reply to this thread with the following candidate information:

After the two week long voting period, at the voting closing block, the top five addresses that receive the highest number of votes will be announced as winners, and their owners receive Community Director positions for the term of one year.

The forum thread for contributing to the ongoing 2019 election is as follows: https://counterpartytalk.org/t/ann-start-of-the-counterparty-foundation-2019-election-nomination-period-jun-10th-july-1st/5535

Please feel free to chime in with suggestions, votes and nominations. Again, as a grass roots project- there is no costly financial barrier or restriction- anybody is free to nominate themselves.

Community member monkey has also set upon creating a thread that aims to work towards documenting and facilitating a community editable interface for the more efficient outreach to exchanges, with a goal to to improve liquidity and discoverability of the base token. Monkey mentions that as of early June, two exchanges have been contacted and are currently looking into listing counterparty, with further dialogue and dialogue with other exchanges to follow. The thread is as follows

https://counterpartytalk.org/t/exchange-outreach/5514

In meatspace news, The second Rare AF (Rare Art Festival) took place last month during Blockchain week NYC. The digital art festival featured from Ethereum, EOS, and CounterParty community and builders, artists and buyers involved in the nascent NFT (Non fungible token) space. A RAREAF afterparty took place with admission tickets available on the blockchain, and DEX– tokenized via the counterparty protocol

Development news

In development news, counterparty developers, in collaboration with IndieSquare are gearing up for an announcement of a major signature project– HAZAMA.

HAZAMA is a bitcoin side chain technology built using the federated peg model. It allows the 2 way peg of BTC, Counterparty and other blockchain assets such as ERC-20 to a cheaper and faster side chain. HAZAMA has no HAZAMA token nor native asset/ICO, it only supports 1:1 pegging of existing assets (for example XCP and other assets running on top of counterparty).
A current complaint of leveraging main-chain bitcoin/ethereum for asset transfer is high transaction fees and slow confirmation times in periods of peak congestion or spam attacks

Hazama allows dAPPS the ability to let users transfer digital assets & tokens with faster throughput and much lower fees. Peg in and Peg out at anytime.

Due to the instant confirmation property of Lightning and Hazama users will be able to instantly buy and sell HAZAMA assets for BTC. This opens up a world of new use-cases for counterparty assets.

https://www.hazama.indiesquare.me/

Core Counterparty development

Two new CIP’s (CounterParty Improvement Protocols) were publicized, fully funded and are currently in development due to be released on the next development milestone.

CIP 20: Segwit address sweep

CIP 20 Will provide a way for users to easily sweep legacy accounts onto Segwit accounts operating on counterparty protocol.

Counterparty has been receiving multiple fixes and enhancements, Counterparty was one of the few projects that has been updated with Segwit support.

However, moving assets and ownerships between addresses in large batches (e.g to a segwit enabled address) has been cumbersome and expensive in the past due to how Counterparty addresses are encoded.

SegWit adoption has proven to reduce the burden of on-chain transactions by a huge factor on the main chain, and as users of the “commons” we must set forth an example of “good citizenship” on the usage of the limited resource that is blockchain storage. Using and promoting SegWit addresses only prove to be a winning move for lower fees, but it will also show to the main core detractors that we’re well behaved inside the parent blockchain.

This CIP (CIP 20) Provides a simple, fast migration path from legacy accounts to Segwit for counterparty users.

The github repo for the CIP 20 (Segwit address sweep) can be found here: https://github.com/CounterpartyXCP/cips/blob/cip21/cip-0020.md
Discussion on CIP 20 (segwit address sweep): Can be found here: https://counterpartytalk.org/t/cip20-address-sweep/5487

CIP 21: BTC Dispenser

CIP 21 details a clever mechanism to swap arbitary tokens for on-chain BTC without the need for a third signed message, unlike the current BTCPay implementation that existing on-chain BTC sends currently use that mandates the counterparty sending BTC must remain online in order to trustlessly sign the transaction authorizing the send of the BTC to the recipient on theother end within a certain timeframe.

This elegant new solution allows the set-up of non interactive ‘offline’ ‘dispensers’ that simply swap amount of a particular asset upon receipt of BTC, avoiding counterparty risk

The github repo for the CIP 21 (BTC Dispenser) can be found here: https://github.com/CounterpartyXCP/cips/blob/cip21/cip-0021.md
Discussion on CIP 21 (BTC Dispenser) Can be found here: https://counterpartytalk.org/t/cip21-dispensers/5488

To stay up to date with any pending and currently developing CIPs check out their Github pages and the official Counterparty donate page here.

If you have a project that you’d like included in our newsletter please contact us at projects@counterparty.io

Please share or RT Counterparty CIPs on social media so we can help fulfill them faster!

We have also recently opened up a press channel for any media inquiries and would ask any media outlets to contact press@Counterparty.io.

Please join the @Counterparty_XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation!



Disclaimer: This newsletter is sent as an informational piece, and no part of it should be taken as financial advice.




Counterparty Newsletter 05-01-2019

May 1, 2019

It’s been a buzzing couple of weeks all round in the Counterparty space. Check out a snippet of what’s been happening in the past month via the updates below.

Ecosystem Updates:

The eleventh MAFIACASH rewards distribution has been completed – all players of the mafia themed, blockchain based idle accumulation game have been rewarded with MAFIACASH token distributions. A full breakdown of the distribution stats including changes in family membership and current profits can be found here: https://mafiawars.io/news/mafiacash-distribution-11#

Elsewhere, some continued good news for fans of Bitcrystals following last newsletters Gems news. BCY; The native token of the popular Blockchain based card game Bitcrystals has recently been listed on the Alterdice exchange!

Alterdice is a Singaporean cryptocurrency trading platform established in 2018 currently listing 20 cryptocurrencies and 70 trading pairs. It offers relatively low fees (0.2%) mobile and web based trading, and offers clients various crypto and fiat pairings.

Alterdice is listed on CoinMarketCap and other aggregators with healthy reported volumes. And as of today, BYC joins the likes of Ethereum and LTC on the exchange with it’s successful listing. BCY markets are currently available for customers to trade with BTC (with the full range of USD, BTC, and ETH pairings reportedly being rolled out.)

The Bitcrystals team have also been very busy networking with a meeting in Paris with French Gaming Giant Ubisoft as part of the blockchain gaming startup incubator program, Paris Blockchain week summit and a talk by the CEO @ShabanShaame at the Crypto Games Conference in Minsk, Belarus


In other ecosystem news, as mentioned in the April newsletter Augmentors took the step to remove their app from the app stores earlier this year and redesign the game from scratch. The first phase of their redesign was to start by build an MVP (minimum viable product)

The team has been reporting progress on their MVP coming to fruition and is offering a closed Alpha testing. The testing period will run from 14:00 UTC on Friday, 10 May 2019; until Monday, 13 May 2019 14:00 UTC. Those who have registered to be a tester will receive an email on Friday 10 May with instructions on how to install the app for testing. You can find full details of their testing process below.


Freeport updates

The easy to use Cryptogoods Chrome Extension Wallet, Freeport by developer and rockstar CounterParty contributor Joe Looney that was first showcased in last months newsletter has received several updates, minor bugfixes and general improvements– including dust and transaction format fixes (allowing spending from unspent UTXO’s) , the addition of twitter verification (linking a cryptogood address to a twitter handle) and various smaller UI and UX cleanups.

Check it out on the Chrome Extension store or Github at https://freeport.io

CounterParty in the news

The website CardRates, with input from CounterParty contributor and speaker Theo Goodman has published an excellent article on CounterParty entitled “Open-Source Counterparty Pushes Blockchain Capabilities Beyond Money Transfers” where they cover the wide range of applications of Blockchain beyond simply “store of value” and specifically hone in on how CounterParty has, since 2014 enabled transformative token economies by writing in the margin of traditional Bitcoin transactions– citing a number of innovative projects running on the platform and expanding on Counterparty’s vision for the future.

Read the full article here: https://www.cardrates.com/news/open-source-counterparty-pushes-blockchain-beyond-money-transfers/

Theo also speaks at the seminal Consensus NYC blockchain conference (13-15th May) with a talk entitled “Cutesy Cats: Tokens Come to Gaming and Betting”

In more conference news, the second Rare AF (Rare Art Festival) is scheduled to run on May 18th during Blockchain week NYC. The digital art festival features pundits from Ethereum, EOS, and CounterParty community and builders, artists and buyers involved in the nascent NFT (Non fungible token) space

NFT’s designed for digital collectible platforms like counterparty-based farming phenomenon Bitcorn Crops are among some of the artwork that has been accepted in submissions.

A new DEX emerges

Raizer DEX- An new alternate implementation of a Decentralized exchange for CounterParty assets/tokens has been launched, with a view to letting users not just trade tokenized Counterparty assets/assets via an intuitive web-based interface but Bitcoin too via a similar process to wrapped Ethereum (WETH) that various Decentralized exchanges incorporate on the Ethereum ecosystem (albeit more centralized).

The team states in their website their design goal is letting have the same user experience and interface as traditional stock exchanges they may be used to. By incorporating XCP and BTC markets into their online exchange frontend (via a process of exchanging BTC into representative tokens exchangeable for their equivalent Raizer BTC token the stated goal is to facilitate more frictionless trading of the liquid BTC asset). Several pairs are currently active.

The Raizer team has an official twitter account which can be found here where they also link to their telegram and discord communities

You can find a link to the Decentralized exchange implementation itself here https://raizer.cc/ (where the answer to several FAQ’s also lie)

editors note: counterparty.io cannot vouch nor endorse for the safety or trustworthiness of alternative implementations of DEX frontend by third parties. We would urge end-users, as they would on any new platform to be cautious about re-using existing seeds or transferring large balances when evaluating wallets published by external sources

CounterParty behind the bar

Avacus is a Purse like system with it’s flagship token, VACUS operating atop of the counterparty protocol. Avacus connects people who want to shop for great deals using cryptocurrency and people who want to get cryptocurrency more conveniently without using an exchange, all through the Amazon wish list. The service primarily caters to the Japanese market segment but has a view of expanding to international markets in future. You can find more info on Avacus here.

In May 2018 Avacus launched it’s own pop-up sake bar concept, AVA-SAKE with a view to providing an avenue for like-minded cryptocurrency enthusiasts to mingle. In addition to payment in Yen (naturally) the bar also accepts Avacus and XCP tokens as payment for it’s range of Sake, whiskey and other potions.

AVA-SAKE’S 1 year anniversary has now been reached, and to mark the occasion a special collaborative event was recently held at Bar the WU in Shibuya Tokyo, Japan, with limited edition beer mats, special brews and other swag available in exchange for various tokens.

Development news

Pebble – IndieSquares latest counterparty supported, lightning wallet – has continued to see developmental updates with the announcement of easy to use channel funds recovery feature (restore from cloud services) as a feature soon to be added.

Elsewhere in other counterparty related development initiatives Developers at Circuits of Value (Coval) have recently developed and published an API that aims to simplify the process of integration and management of XCP and other tokens running on top of the Counterparty protocol. This is especially helpful for those exchanges or other services seeking to integrate CounterParty assets into their ecosystem

The NodeJS API handles transaction construction, transaction signing and wallet management and is purported to be near feature-complete and in continued development
The code has been published on Open source Mecca Github for interested persons to download, inspect and play with at their leisure.

In internal generalized development focus, work continues on the following CIP’s

CIP 6 – P2SH data encoding:
P2SH data encoding will allow Counterparty to utilize more space for transactions. CIP 6 will be beneficial to large transactions and is a prerequisite in supporting some of the more advanced send types, such as multi-peer-multi-asset (MPMA) and Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT).

CIP 10 – Multi-Peer Multi-Asset Sends (MPMA):

Multi-Peer Multi-Assets sends will allow many assets to be sent to many peers in a single transaction, simplifying batch transactions, and reducing transaction fees even further.


CIP 13 – Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT):
MCAT will allow Counterparty users to group their transactions with those of other Counterparty users, to reduce their send costs considerably. Most users will be able to utilize this feature to send transactions for less than the cost of a single bitcoin transaction.

CIP 13 will also allow Counterparty users to utilize MCAT nodes, to send assets across the Counterparty Network, and pay for the transaction fees in an asset other than BTC.

Counterparty is an open-source, community-funded project which progresses solely through the generous time and monetary donations of others.

To stay up to date with any pending and currently developing CIPs check out their Github pages and the official Counterparty donate page here.

If you have a project that you’d like included in our newsletter please contact us at projects@counterparty.io

Please share or RT Counterparty CIPs on social media so we can help fulfill them faster!

We have also recently opened up a press channel for any media inquiries and would ask any media outlets to contact press@Counterparty.io.

Please join the @Counterparty_XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation!



Disclaimer: This newsletter is sent as an informational piece, and no part of it should be taken as financial advice.




Counterparty Newsletter 04-01-2019

April 1, 2019

It’s been a quiet month all round for the Counterparty community. Nevertheless, check out the updates below.

Ecosystem Updates:

Mafia Wars completed both their 10th distribution of MAFIACASH this past month. In another successful month for the COLOMBO family, the family grew by 56%; adding 545 new members. The GENOVESE family lost a member but still maintained their number 2 ranking. The Mafia Wars team is continuously promoting new card designs via their twitter handle. You can find out more information on how to purchase them here as well as check some out below:

BitCrystals has some positive news following last month’s announcement to discontinue the progression of Spells of Genesis. Spells of Genesis players can now use the BitCrystals currency (BCY) to purchase one of the in-game currencies; Gems. Previously, Gems could only be bought using fiat currencies, and allow players to purchase speciality card packs and refill their stamina during gameplay. Spells of Genesis also celebrated the sale of more than 40,000 cards via Book of Orbs.

The BitCrystals team also launched their ‘Bloom Campaign’ this past month, to incentivize users to download the multi-chain wallet; Casa Tookan. Ending April 30th, players will be rewarded with BCY the more they use Casa Tookan. Read more here.

The team has also promoted their Satoshi edition, Spells of Genesis themed cold storage ledger. Check it out:

In other news, Spells of Genesis held the number 1 spot on Digirare at one point over the last month:

Lastly, BitCrystals and EverdreamSoft CEO; Shaban Shaame, will be speaking at Belarus’ Crypto Games Conference.

FoldingCoin shared via social media that FNTS; a cloud solutions service, was providing free cloud sharing services to help with the computer power distributing process.

FoldingCoin was recently added by a bilingual stat service to their project. Available in English and Dutch, the blockspot service analyzes the FLDC token in its circulation.

Augmentors continues to engage its community with some major news over the past month. The game has temporarily been removed from the app store whilst the team rehauls the game as a whole; following feedback to make the game more engaging and fun. The main point of focus for the team is to increase user retention within the game and VR experience, and as a result, any roadmapped blockchain progress has also been delayed.

Two upcoming improvements to the game include the feature that allows for multiple creatures in battle, as well as the testing of turn mechanics to determine which creature will feature first in a battle and how often.

This is currently dependent on the creature’s speed. Existing and new creatures in the game are also being redeveloped to be more unique. You can check out all of the team’s community updates here.

Age of Rust follows on from last month as their social media recaps their presence at San Francisco’s Game Developer’s Conference (GDC).

The team also highlighted how the project was getting some attention in Korea:

Freewallet, an opensource Bitcoin and Counterparty wallet, powers through with another update this month. Version 0.1.9 includes some bug fixes and increases wallet stability:

Freeport.io is an app created by Rare Pepe Wallet founder; Joe Looney. Available as a Google Chrome extension, allows users to create cryptogoods- much like the beloved Rare Pepe – via the Bitcoin Blockchain. Freeport promotes image anchoring to ensure the authenticity of any asset created. Check out more here:

Counterparty in the News:

Pebble – as mentioned last month to be IndieSquares latest counterparty supported, lightning wallet – was mentioned by the bitcoin merchant directory as one of seven lightning wallets to try out.

With RareAF2 taking place on May 18th in New York City, submissions of rare art for the event were held (and closed) last month. To learn more about the event and who will be selecting the art from all of the entries click here.

In a new video by Bitcoin Weird; sponsored by Bitcorn Crops, JScrilla lends his experience to the discussion, and also talks Rare Pepes:

Development News:

Development news is quiet this month as our team continues to work on the current CIPs as listed below:



CIP 6 – P2SH data encoding:
P2SH data encoding will allow Counterparty to utilize more space for transactions. CIP 6 will be beneficial to large transactions and is a prerequisite in supporting some of the more advanced send types, such as multi-peer-multi-asset (MPMA) and Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT).

CIP 10 – Multi-Peer Multi-Asset Sends (MPMA):
Multi-Peer Multi-Assets sends will allow many assets to be sent to many peers in a single transaction, simplifying batch transactions, and reducing transaction fees even further.


CIP 13 – Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT):
MCAT will allow Counterparty users to group their transactions with those of other Counterparty users, to reduce their send costs considerably. Most users will be able to utilize this feature to send transactions for less than the cost of a single bitcoin transaction.

CIP 13 will also allow Counterparty users to utilize MCAT nodes, to send assets across the Counterparty Network, and pay for the transaction fees in an asset other than BTC.

Counterparty is an open-source, community-funded project which progresses solely through the generous time and monetary donations of others.

To stay up to date with any pending and currently developing CIPs check out their Github pages and the official Counterparty donate page here.

If you have a project that you’d like included in our newsletter please contact us at projects@counterparty.io

Please share or RT Counterparty CIPs on social media so we can help fulfill them faster!

We have also recently opened up a press channel for any media inquiries and would ask any media outlets to contact press@Counterparty.io.

Please join the @Counterparty_XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation!



Disclaimer: This newsletter is sent as an informational piece, and no part of it should be taken as financial advice.




Counterparty Newsletter 05/02/2019

March 5, 2019

This month’s update is full of exciting updates, as projects within the Counterparty ecosystem continue to take progressive steps forwards within the community.

Ecosystem Updates:

IndieSquare has announced plans to launch their new lightning network supported wallet. Known as Pebble Wallet, IndieSquare aims to help integrate Bitcoin micropayments within projects.

Pebble Wallet is currently in beta and will feature a LAPP browser, allowing users to access lightning web apps such as YALLs directly from within the wallet.


The beta version can be found via the Pebble homepage.

Mafia Wars completed their 9th distribution of MAFIACASH this month; celebrating the final sale of all remaining family tokens from the token sale (exceeding 2,500XCP).  The Colombo family gained the majority of new players this month, although the total number of players added to the game grew by over 330; totalling 900 so far. Adding to their success, Mafia Wars took the number 1 ranking on DigiRare in celebration. Furthermore, the team also released a new card. You can check out ‘the Undertaker’ and more news regarding the monthly distributions and card design contests here.

BitCrystals has some unfortunate news this past month. With some tough decisions having been made within the Everdreamsoft parent community – progression on the development of Spells of Genesis has ceased for the time being. Monthly campaigns will also be removed as of March 8th. Taking a refocused initiative on Blockchain tools and end-user tools, Casa Tookan and Book of Orbs will remain, as the BitCrystals community continues to develop more blockchain tools.

The team is also working to get BitCrystals listed on several exchanges to allow for the selling, buying and trading of the token.

FoldingCoin has small news this month, with less than 20 days of their raffle initiative with CureCoin remaining. To learn more, click here.

Augmentors released a community update reviewing their tutorials and user engagement plans. With plans to weave more of the game’s intricately told narrative into the game’s tutorials, the update moves on to discuss development plans for the game.

With plans to improve the AR technology for both iOS and Android, the Augmentors team have roadmapped improvements for UI and UX (user interface and experience) in the near future. Check out the rest of the update here.

Age of Rust announced that they were heading to the GDC (Game Developers Conference this month in San Francisco. You can learn more about the conference, that takes place March 18-22 here. Check out a demo the team put together for the event below:

To partner with the demo, the Age of Rust team also published a piece covering their intentions for GDC 2019; acting as a message for their community and newcomers alike.

The team also continues to preview development updates via their twitter handle, check them out:

Freewallet, an open-source Bitcoin and Counterparty wallet, recently released version 0.0.9 of their desktop and mobile wallet; designed to increase overall stability across all platforms.

Counterparty in the News:

The first piece of Counterparty news this month comes from an article discussing the tokenization of art of on two Blockchains. In a continuation of the discussion of rare art, the piece compares art on the counterparty protocol vs Ethereum’s ERC-721. Counterparty is mentioned with an appreciative backstory regarding the protocol; giving a nod to the streamlined efficiency of the protocol in regards to making assets and distributing them. In terms of the author’s counterparty use, he mainstreams his asset use in tokenizing Digital art for collectable game items and art pieces in Bitcorn Crops and Mafia Wars. Ultimately, they cite both Ethereum and Counterparty as great protocols for Art scarcity. Multiple projects within the Counterparty community, such as Rare Pepe, Spells of Genesis and Book of Orbs, are listed as references for the piece. Check it out here.


The second piece of Counterparty news comes from Artnome entitled  “How to Launch Your Own Blockchain Art Marketplace”; and discusses how the Blockchain is being developed to allow artists to tokenize their art without coding. For Counterparty traders, this tool is known as Freeport.io and is currently in its pre-alpha. Within the post, Joe Looney’s; who has created Freeport, Rare Pepe Wallet, draws a notable mention. Also mentioned is Dan Anderson’s DigiRare and Bitcorn Crops. Check out the piece here.

Counterparty is also highlighted via the newly formed #LNTorch campaign; created by Joe Looney and started in order to bring more awareness to the Counterparty community. More specifically involving cryptogoods, the Rare Pepe Wallet founder started the ‘#passtheDUTCHIE’ campaign – wherein users on social media post their Counterparty address to receive the torch – to get news of the community circulating.

In other exciting news this past month, a Bitcoin satellite transmitted the first meme in space. With Rare Pepe doing the honors, Blockstream’s satellite sent an encrypted Pepe meme via the Lightning Network.

In another piece by Breaker Mag, Jessica Klein writes that on February 27th 2019, the image ‘Pimentoloaf’ was transmitted. She goes on to explain that Rare Pepes are rare because each card has a unique smart contract that dictates the supply of each card. Check out more here.


Other news this month surrounds the recent TAB conference. You can check out a recent Hodlcast with JScrilla; with nods to Bitcorn Crops below:

J Scrilla also wrote about his experience at the conference over on Hacker Noon; that mentions Bitcorn Crops and some references to Rare Pepe in regards to how mainstreaming Bitcoin fits in with Counterparty. Check it out at the jump.

Development News:

In development news, Counterparty released a very important Hotfix this past month. Counterparty-lib 9.56.1 resolves an issue that would stop a Counterparty server from operating normally.  Please upgrade as soon as possible.


Counterparty’s current and future CIPs are as follows:



CIP 6 – P2SH data encoding:
P2SH data encoding will allow Counterparty to utilize more space for transactions. CIP 6 will be beneficial to large transactions and is a prerequisite in supporting some of the more advanced send types, such as multi-peer-multi-asset (MPMA) and Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT).

CIP 10 – Multi-Peer Multi-Asset Sends (MPMA):
Multi-Peer Multi-Assets sends will allow many assets to be sent to many peers in a single transaction, simplifying batch transactions, and reducing transaction fees even further.


CIP 13 – Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT):
MCAT will allow Counterparty users to group their transactions with those of other Counterparty users, to reduce their send costs considerably. Most users will be able to utilize this feature to send transactions for less than the cost of a single bitcoin transaction.

CIP 13 will also allow Counterparty users to utilize MCAT nodes, to send assets across the Counterparty Network, and pay for the transaction fees in an asset other than BTC.

Counterparty is an open-source, community-funded project which progresses solely through the generous time and monetary donations of others.

To stay up to date with any pending and currently developing CIPs check out their Github pages and the official Counterparty donate page here.

If you have a project that you’d like included in our newsletter please contact us at projects@counterparty.io

Please share or RT Counterparty CIPs on social media so we can help fulfill them faster!

We have also recently opened up a press channel for any media inquiries and would ask any media outlets to contact press@Counterparty.io.

Please join the @Counterparty_XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation!



Disclaimer: This newsletter is sent as an informational piece, and no part of it should be taken as financial advice.



Counterparty Newsletter 01/07/2019

January 7, 2019

Happy New Year to the Counterparty Community! As it is with the holidays, it has been quiet on most fronts from projects within the ecosystem but nevertheless, let’s continue with this month’s updates:

Ecosystem Updates:

Mandel Duck paired with HashHub Tokyo to release the beta version of SaruTobi Lightning for android. As mentioned last month, the beta version features lightning payments and tipping for users. Over 3000 tips have been sent so far.

Mandel Duck also teased the release of SaruTobi RakuGaki mode, check out a sneak peek below:

Mafia Wars started the new year with a reward for any new members. Offering 1,000 MAFIACASH to help them get started in the game, as well as, the opportunity to join a crime family for free, new users need to sign up to the Mafia Wars telegram group to proceed:

Continuing on, the team has continued to release new card designs via their social media platforms that you can purchase here. The team also completed their 7th distribution of MAFIACASH (their first of the new year).

BitCrystals has had a quiet month with only an update from the Spells of Genesis team. This update involves an updated version of the game. Version 1.2.21  includes a new victory/defeat screen alongside additional ways to earn in-game currency.

Resident BitCrystals artist; Joey Chips has also recently released another card design for the CrystalsCraft environment. He recently published a piece on his portfolio of work, check it out here.

FoldingCoin has a few updates this month as Executive Director of the project; Bill Beard met with the CFO of a major healthcare organization, with plans to follow up concerning both funding and the affiliation of a research organization.

The team has also made it to the next level of selection on the echoing green grant.

The FoldingCoin development team has been working with getting Humber College set up to conduct usability studies on their installer and product, to improve ease of use.

For more news, check out the team’s public meeting below:

Augmentors recently posted a year-in-review via their medium publication.  

Highlighting their achievements of the year that include the launch of their open beta in August, as well as, most recently, their feature by Apple’s app store. Check it out in the jump.

Age of Rust continues to tease their community with sneak peeks of their game via their twitter handle. Game developer; Space Pirate, will feature counterparty and BTC rewards that are also cross-platform (as they have done in their previous Beta release) in-game. Below are a few in-game previews that demonstrate how players will discover their rewards:

Infi.space, a project still in its roots as a collectible trade card game and strategy project, recently shared a call for users to join their telegram group via social media.
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Counterparty in the News:

In a piece by Rare Pepe Wallet founder Joe Looney, “the real cost of Cryptogoods” discusses the altered value of tokens aka ‘cryptogoods’ depending on the platform. Going beyond gaming items, Looney’s work often includes nonfungible tokens and cryptoart too – mentioning that this emerging media can often be overwhelming to newcomers.

The article begins to discuss the platform and longevity of cryptogoods as a basis for its realness and value. He begins with a history lesson going back to 2015, citing Counterparty and the popularity of trading cards via the protocol on the bitcoin blockchain. This lesson draws popular mentions to projects such as Bitcorns and Rare Pepes.

With his definition that “a cryptogood is a token issued by an artist, game developer, musician, etc. that is generally represented by an image, video or text” Looney goes on to point out they are not representative of currencies or physical goods.  After going on to discuss his original points – comparing the issuance of cryptogoods via Counterparty vs Ethereum – Looney ends rather open-ended with a fair warning to users not to get caught up in mass opinion. A worthwhile read, check it out here.

In other exciting news, the Rare Digital Art Festival is returning to New York on May 18th, 2019! Expanding on Looney’s article, “Rare digital art is a movement to take internet assets that have previously been infinitely copyable (songs, memes, etc) and turn them into provably rare, tradable blockchain assets”. (source)

Development News:

Counterparty 9.56.0 was released just before the new year! Alongside immediate support for Segwit (CIP15) on testnet, and mainnet (which activated at block 557236). 9.56.0 is also updated to use Bitcoin Core 0.16.3 and includes the changes listed within CIP19 as mentioned below (to replace the addrindex patch):

  • Faster blockchain sync and parsing
  • Segwit support for lower fees

  • Hash Timelocked Contracts (HTLCs) which enable atomic swaps and lightning

  • Better fee estimation

All users and projects within the Counterparty ecosystem are encouraged to have upgraded by today (January 7th, 2019) for the hardfork.


Again, here is a reminder of current and future CIPs, following this upgrade:



CIP 6 – P2SH data encoding:
P2SH data encoding will allow Counterparty to utilize more space for transactions. CIP 6 will be beneficial to large transactions and is a prerequisite in supporting some of the more advanced send types, such as multi-peer-multi-asset (MPMA) and Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT).

CIP 10 – Multi-Peer Multi-Asset Sends (MPMA):
Multi-Peer Multi-Assets sends will allow many assets to be sent to many peers in a single transaction, simplifying batch transactions, and reducing transaction fees even further.


CIP 13 – Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT):
MCAT will allow Counterparty users to group their transactions with those of other Counterparty users, to reduce their send costs considerably. Most users will be able to utilize this feature to send transactions for less than the cost of a single bitcoin transaction.

CIP 13 will also allow Counterparty users to utilize MCAT nodes, to send assets across the Counterparty Network, and pay for the transaction fees in an asset other than BTC.

Counterparty is an open-source, community-funded project which progresses solely through the generous time and monetary donations of others.

To stay up to date with any pending and currently developing CIPs check out their Github pages and the official Counterparty donate page here.

If you have a project that you’d like included in our newsletter please contact us at projects@counterparty.io

Please share or RT Counterparty CIPs on social media so we can help fulfill them faster!

We have also recently opened up a press channel for any media inquiries and would ask any media outlets to contact press@Counterparty.io.


Please join the @Counterparty_XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation!

Disclaimer: This newsletter is sent as an informational piece, and no part of it should be taken as financial advice.



Counterparty Newsletter 08/01/18

August 1, 2018

Ecosystem Updates:

Although it has been another quiet month for the community, a few projects are making strides towards some exciting changes in the months ahead as new projects get their start and others are set to begin as we end the summer.

Spells of Genesis recently celebrated 2134 blockchainizations of their in-game cards on July 3rd.

For those who aren’t aware, the term ‘blockchainization’ refers to the method that allows Spells of Genesis players to take an in-game item and make a blockchain asset. Whilst there were already blockchain items that players could use in-game, this method requires users to ensure that their cards are quad-fused and fully leveled up. Players can also only blockchainize 3 cards per month with Parent company, EverdreamSoft, taking on all fees. These in-game items would then appear in any Counterparty supporting wallet.
To stay up to date with Spells of Genesis follow their public roadmap.

In further news from parent company, EverdreamSoft; Founder, Shaban Shaame, is giving the Spells of Genesis and BitCrystals community 4 days to submit ideas as to how to better serve and use their gaming community. As a reward, Shaame will distribute a reward of $200USD in Bitcoin. To read more click here.

BitCrystals launched a blockchain asset creator this past month. With the online tool, the team behind the project has produced an easy guide alongside the tool, to allow users to publish their designs as blockchain tokens. The tool falls in line with the design-heavy nature of BitCrystals’ CrystalsCraft environment on Book of Orbs, and the upcoming Soap Arena project. To learn more, click here.

Soap Arena, as mentioned, is EverdreamSoft’s and BitCrystals’ latest venture into Blockchain publishing. Currently described as a “2D strategic brawler”, Soap Arena will utilize BitCrystals within pixel art graphics, with hero characters for users to lead throughout gameplay. For more news as it happens, follow Soap Arena on Twitter!

Book of Orbs news follows with a couple of articles via the project’s medium platform.
The first comes in the form of a how-to guide for users wishing to use Book of Orbs’ relatively new Web application and its RBF function. RBF – aka replace by fee – is a handy function for users utilizing the custom fee setting, when making a transaction. The guide is a useful tool for less advanced users, who don’t wish to use in-app fee presets. Check it out here.

The second article welcomes Casa Tookan to the BitCrystals ecosystem. As mentioned in the last newsletter, Casa Tookan is a multi-chain wallet and third-party hosting application, launching this September. This article contextualizes Casa Tookan for Book of Orbs users; especially given the prevention of new installs of the app, for the iOS app store. Check it out here.

In other news, the Bitcrystals team published a guide on how to obtain BitCrystals from both Bittrex and Poloniex recently. However, news sadly follows that BCY (BitCrystals) is being delisted from Poloniex alongside some other cryptocurrencies.

IndieSquare continues to progress with their recently launched ‘WebXCP’ standard. The protocol that allows developers to make XCP web apps has since reflected these changes within its own wallet. Having started to list decentralized apps – aka DApps – the IndieSquare Wallet is set to feature many Counterparty-based applications. Separated into two groups, you will ultimately find both in-wallet apps such as Pepe Arcade, and native iOS apps (and Android alike) such as Spells of Genesis and Takara. IndieSquare Wallet also supports Ethereum-based apps with this new standards, with lightning network apps and wallet functionality soon to be added also.

SaruTobi Island launched chapter 3 recently. In this third edition of the RPG (role play game), SaruTobi is tasked with stealing a crystal from the confines of a castle. The next chapter of SaruTobi Island will also feature a collaboration with Age of Chains. In a recent tweet from developer Mandel Duck, he also provided a few developments on the Sarutobi Universe as a whole. The original 8-bit game featuring the Monster Rancher Monkey is now in beta for its lightning network, web mini-game edition. You can try it here. As the thread from the tweet continued, he revealed that a planned development for a mobile edition and tipping system is coming in the near future.

FoldingCoin has some unfortunate news this month. FLDC – the project’s currency – is sadly being delisted from Poloniex alongside BCY. The FoldingCoin team is advising its community to withdraw their funds, urging those who fold directly to a Poloniex address, to change their FLDC address in their Folding username as soon as possible, or their funds will be continued to be sent to Poloniex addresses – despite this news.

In other news, the FoldingCoin team has been working with Tokenly to update Merged Folding to integrate with their new API and has begun a discussion to create a stats page with Tokenly.

For more about FoldingCoin, please attend their public meeting this Saturday at 10am EST here.

Age of Rust is hosting a new logo design contest. With 47 designs to choose from, click here to help the team decide which logo will front the game upon its release.

Continuing to celebrate the progress of the game so far, the Space Pirate team behind Age of Rust tweeted some before and during graphics of the game’s progression. The tweet really celebrates the strides of indie game production within the Counterparty community.

In a development update on medium, the team elaborates more on what gameplay will be like; making a point to stand apart from other projects on the blockchain. Self-described as a “first person adventure game where you solve puzzles, explore vast areas, and if your [sic] lucky, find a treasure in cryptocurrency”. Age of Rust compares itself to Myst. The post goes on to expand upon its premise and gameplay, as well as explain its in-game currency and rewards.

Finally, the team teased a week ago about some big news coming soon! Be sure to follow the Age of Rust project on Twitter to find out the news as it’s revealed!

Augmentors’ alpha battles campaign starts today, ending August 7th. Featuring a revamped UI (user interface), some players will have experienced a similar campaign back in March. For more details click here.

Mafia Wars has been gaining traction in the Counterparty community recently. Earlier this week, a whale – a term for someone with money to spend – bought up 20% of the game. Additionally, more than 100 cards have been created for the game of idleness in the last month alone. As usual, these cards are featured via the project’s Twitter page. Notably, a lot of Rare Pepe designs have popped up, with the Frog being highly popular within the Counterparty community.

Rare Pepe Wallet developer; Joe Looney, previewed a new application via his Twitter account recently. The application teases the combination of the long popular Rare Pepes with the new and upcoming Bitcorns. Check it out below:

Counterparty in the News:

In Counterparty news this month, Age of Chains was interviewed by Cryptobit games. The article discusses the project’s origin and premise before discussing Age of Chains’ roadmap for the future. Check it out here.

Spells of Genesis was covered in an article on Gadget Helpline. The article covers the game’s premise with some suggested tips from the writer as to how to get started. Also mentioned, is Book of Orbs and the BitCrystals economy, following reference to the game’s blockchainization element. Check out the article   here.

Spells of Genesis was also mentioned among other projects in an article by Bit Starz, discussing how blockchain will change the video game industry. The article goes on to discuss how the mainstream gaming industry such as Microsoft and XBOX, is starting to embrace the blockchain and tokenization, and what this could mean. Check it out here.

In more news from the EverdreamSoft family, BitCrystals was featured in an article on blockchain gamer.biz, mentioning their recently launched ‘blockchain gaming market sector’ map.

The rare digital art discussion has also made the rounds again this month as further discussion from the ATL Blockchain has been released. The video features discussion surrounding Bitcorn Crops and Rare Pepe Party; check it out below:

In other news, Jason Bailey recently published an article on Art Nome covering a recent visit to Christie’s; a 250-year-old auction house, summit on Art and Technology.

There, Bailey covered a panel called, “Exploring Blockchain — Is the Art World Ready For Consensus?”. Bailey’s article compliments Christie’s concise understanding of Blockchain’s ethics and methodology but disagrees that art mediums such as Christie’s auction house are ready for the Blockchain.

To read exactly why Bailey thinks this (with a swift nod to Rare Pepe Wallet and its founder Joe Looney), check out the article via the jump.

Counterparty Development News:

Counterparty continues to work towards improving its protocol and progress with CIP development; with the development efforts coming from John Villar, FoldingCoin, and IndieSquare. Thank you again for your patience during this slow time. Please stay up to date with our social networks regarding any other CIP-related matters. Notes for meetings Dan Anderson recently held for interested developers to attend can be found here.

Going forward, development status on future CIPs are as follows:

1) Work has started on integrating the indexd branch to master as this will allow XCP to use the latest features from the Bitcoin daemon and lower the maintenance burden. (Special thanks is extended to btcdrak for all their support during these years with their txindex fork).
2) The FoldingCoin team has started to devote some of their workforce to maintenance duties on the code, namely PR review on the latest CIPs.

3) Chris Moss (aka Mandelduck) is going to get full commit access to the repos thanks to his long-standing record of positive collaboration with the ecosystem.
4) The RarePepe.party team is working on getting MPMA (CIP10) ready for the release of the indexd support, so the booster pack sales start functioning right away.
5) A new project is using Counterparty technology in private blockchains to create an advanced and secure trading platform called Virtual EXchange Engine (VEX for short). The main advantage of this is that their changes could bring “controlled” markets and special trading pairs with fees that feedback to the token owner.

You can stay up to date with current and future CIPs, as well as links to relevant GitHub pages via the Counterparty donate page.

CIP 6 – P2SH data encoding

P2SH data encoding will allow Counterparty to utilize more space for transactions. CIP 6 will be beneficial to large transactions and is a prerequisite in supporting some of the more advanced send types, such as multi-peer-multi-asset (MPMA) and Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT).

CIP 10 – Multi-Peer Multi-Asset Sends (MPMA)

Multi-Peer Multi-Assets sends will allow many assets to be sent to many peers in a single transaction, simplifying batch transactions, and reducing transaction fees even further.

CIP 15- Segwit Support

Enabling Segwit support within Counterparty will enable users to spend less on transaction fees and enables potential future enhancements. Updating Counterwallet will allow users to choose if they want to send assets to a segwit enabled address or a traditional address.

CIPs planned for release this year:

CIP 13 – Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT)

MCAT will allow Counterparty users to group their transactions with those of other Counterparty users, to reduce their sends costs considerably. Most users will be able to utilize this feature to send transactions for less than the cost of a single bitcoin transaction.

CIP 13 will also allow Counterparty users to utilize MCAT nodes, to send assets across the Counterparty Network, and pay for the transaction fees in an asset other than BTC.

Counterparty is an open-source, community-funded project which progresses solely through the generous time and monetary donations of others.

Again, please visit our donations page to stay up to date on the current bounty and development status of any CIPS, and consider making a donation to support their continued development. Alternatively, please share or RT Counterparty CIPs on social media so we can help fulfill them faster!

We have also recently opened up a press channel for any media inquiries and would ask any media outlets to contact press@Counterparty.io.

Please join the @Counterparty_XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation!

Disclaimer: This newsletter is sent as an informational piece, and no part of it should be taken as financial advice.



Counterparty Update 06/06/16

June 6, 2016

Ecosystem News

On June 1st, Storj attended Decentralized and Encrypted in Berlin, Germany. The Blueyard Capital event was self-described as “The mission to upgrade the internet & an open conversation with Edward Snowden”. Storj’s Shawn Wilkinson gave a presentation titled “A decentralized vision of object storage”. A video of the presentation will be made available by the event in about a week.

Over the next two days Storj held their Open Beta Launch Party in Berlin followed by a Global Open Beta Launch for those who were unable to make it to Germany. The Global Open Beta Launch was held via Slack and Google Hangouts to answer questions in real-time. Watch a recording of the hangout here.

Storj put an update out on June 2nd titled “How Storj is increasing security exponentially”. It is an important piece from the Storj team and I recommend reading it in full.

Map of Storj Nodes

Congratulations to the GetGems project on reaching their final funding milestone. GetGems upgraded to Android version 3.0 to comply with Telegram 3.8.1. This update added a “Hide Message Read” function and the ability to change the color theme among other chat and GetGems settings improvements.

GetGems is closing their BitcoinTalk forum in favor of a Telegram channel for general discussion.

GetGems defined a roadmap going forward and added bounties for GetGems translations.

“The overall direction for GetGems is to leverage the Telegram ecosystem.”

Read the full GetGems update here.

The Counterparty DEx (Decentralized Exchange) removes the need for Counterparty assets to be listed on centralized exchanges. Being on a centralized exchange can be a benefit to some projects for the sake of visibility, if you support GetGems open a ticket on Poloniex to demonstrate your support for the project.

“Yes, if we receive enough requests from the GEMZ community there is a chance we won’t delist it, ” – Poloniex support

CoinDaddy.io is a service that will be increasingly important as Counterparty gains popularity. CoinDaddy, a company run by Counterparty director Jeremy Johnson (widely known as J-Dog), is similar to GoDaddy with a stated goal as follows: “CoinDaddy is a crypto 2.0 services company that makes blockchain technologies easier to understand and use. Our goal is to help users understand the power of blockchain technologies and provide tools to help them use it today to benefit their lives.”

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CoinDaddy is a project that will be covered in detail in a future update.

Several weeks ago Let’s Talk Bitcoin and Tokenly made a podcast titled “Putting the Pieces Together with Tokenly”.

Tokenly is service that offers modular, open-source, server-based tools with the goal of making features facilitated by Counterparty tokens more accessible to non-technical users. The project is led by long-time Counterparty community member Adam B. Levine and former community director Devon Weller.   

Counterparty Content

Long-time Counterparty community members Dan Anderson and Dante made a highly entertaining podcast on domains and ventured into domain discussion related to Counterparty for the majority of the podcast. The podcast is titled “Raiders of the Lost Episode” on account of the episode being recorded in April and released weeks later.

Counterparty coverage starts at 16:15 but I recommend listening to the entire episode if you are interested in domains.

The full release of Spells of Genesis is coming in Fall of 2016. Bitcoinist.com went into detail on the full release here.

Christian Moss wrote an article on Medium about Counterparty tokens leading the digital asset revolution by making in-game assets fungible in the real world and transferrable between distinct games.

Counterparty News

Counterparty held a community meeting on June 1st. There are several points of interest from community directors.

Koji Higashi had some thoughts to share about expanding Counterparty’s growing presence in Japan.

“As a quick update from me, my main focus as a community director is to expand the community to more countries and areas in the world, most notably Japan and China. I’m in close communication with some Japanese exchanges for example for CP assets listed and beyond and I’m hoping to report some good news in the near future.”

Matt Young talked about his ecosystem outreach and stated his goals as the following:

1) To get any feedback and feature requests available to us from folks that are using the platform/protocol so that we may improve it.

2) To enlist help from companies in the development of the features they’d most like to see.

3) Keep an open avenue of communication for the projects/businesses built on Counterparty.

Matt can be contacted at matt.young@counterparty.io with any relevant ecosystem or project information.

Trevor Altpeter shared some general information of interest to the Counterparty community.

“I’ll kick it off by addressing Poloniex withdrawal problems. It is something we are aware of but ultimately a problem on their end. Bittrex is an alternative option that is having very few reported problems.”

Trevor continued on to explain Counterparty outreach efforts.

“We have made an outreach group to improve distribution of Counterparty content to our community and primarily to assist in the creation of new Counterparty content. Whether that means writing it ourselves or helping other journalists learn about Counterparty we are going to do what it takes.”

“We are also pursuing language translations for Counterparty content as that is likely the best way to expand the use of Counterparty globally”

The Counterparty Slack added a new public channel called “assets-and-domains” in response to requests from several domain specialists in our community.

Counterparty recently passed 50k created assets and we are nearing 500k transactions! An update on this significant milestone will be forthcoming.

Core Development Updates

Additional information regarding the EVM will be available this week.

Progress continues on P2SH. Ruben De Vries’ P2SH branch has recently been merged into the counterparty-lib develop branch, where it is undergoing some additional testing.

Since the code in develop changes the Counterparty protocol in several spaces, Counterparty will be setting a block number for the changes to go active in the next few weeks. Under ideal circumstances P2SH should be live on mainnet within the month.

Another exciting development update that is close to being finished is a revamped build system that is based on Docker and Docker Compose. The changes do away with the old linux setup script, and make it much easier to get started running the Counterparty software. Full documentation is almost complete and will be released shortly. For a sneak peek, see here.

Ruben has created a demo project to compose P2SH transactions, for testing purposes. Impressively, it also contains the basic components to demonstrate an atomic swap between BTC and XCP! This is an incredibly exciting development that will have more news forthcoming soon. Check out the project here.

In addition, Storj’s @f483 has created a library to implement unidirectional micropayment channels. His work can be found here.

Join the Counterparty XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation.



Counterparty Update 05/23/16

May 23, 2016

Ecosystem News

Spells of Genesis is a popular Android and iOS game that makes use of Counterparty to create in-game assets. Spells of Genesis posted a project roadmap that outlines the steps needed to complete the game by the estimated full release in September 2016. Project lead, Shaban Shaame, posted a project update on Youtube as well.

Storj is having a launch party on June 2nd in Berlin, Germany. The purpose of the launch party is to announce the open beta of the Storj network.

Storj is one of nine partners in Microsoft Azure’s BaaS (Blockchain as a Service) program. Robert Tiger gave a short description of Storj’s offering in a recent Bitcoin.com article:

“Storj nodes sell resources to store and transfer data. In the process, nodes earn Storjcoin X or other select cryptocurrencies in exchange for services. In short, an individual could earn an income by leasing or renting hard drive space or extra bandwidth. Storj has created a data storage system that can not be censored, and is cheaper, faster, and more secure than traditional cloud storage platforms.”

The rest of the article about the BaaS ecosystem can be read here and an earlier CoinTelegraph article on the subject can be read here.

MandelDuck recently released an Android version of their popular iOS game known as “SaruTobi”. According to Jon Southurst of Bitcoin.com:

“MandelDuck also produces the iOS ‘geocaching’ app Takara, in which users ‘drop’ small amounts of bitcoin in specific locations for others to pick up if they visit that location. It has seen users travel physically to coffee shops, houses, bridges and even islands to collect the dropped ‘treasure’.

SaruTobi (which means ‘monkey fly’ in Japanese) uses Counterparty tokens as in-game items, and connects to the IndieSquare Counterparty Wallet. This allows users to receive bitcoin tips and even share items from different games.”

Read more of Jon’s article here.

SaruTobi features a collaboration with the IndieSquare wallet to facilitate the use of Counterparty tokens within the game. Indiesquare shared some thoughts on the partnership in a Medium post:

“The more intriguing addition, however, is the ability to connect to IndieSquare Wallet not only to receive bitcoin tips, but also to use some of the Spells of Genesis blockchain cards as powerups in SaruTobi. Players who hold SoG cards in their IndieSquare Wallet accounts can connect the wallet with SaruTobi easily and enjoy using the game items across the two games seamlessly.”

An interesting aspect of this partnership is the ability to use in-game items across different games. In-game items created as Counterparty tokens exist autonomously allowing for their use on different platforms. Spells of Genesis and SaruTobi are leading the way for this rapidly developing trend in gaming. Counterparty, and by extension Bitcoin, is the technology best positioned to accommodate this niche.

“This kind of cross-game collaboration is possible through the use of Counterparty tokens as game items due to blockchain’s open nature. The SaruTobi and SoG are spearheading this new and exciting field of tokenized game items on the blockchain.”

The full IndieSquare post can be read here.

The SaruTobi game features a Counterparty token called NINJASUIT. The token can be viewed on the Blockchain here.

Adam B Levine’s Let’s Talk Bitcoin continues to create some of the best Bitcoin content available. Jonathan Mohan interviewed York Rhodes of Microsoft to discuss blockchains, technology and the growth in enterprise adoption. Microsoft Azure has nine partners in its BaaS (Blockchain as a Service) Ecosystem, one of which is Counterparty’s Storj project. Listen to Episode 294 here.

Counterparty Content

Counterparty Director Koji Higashi wrote a blog post on the state of Bitcoin and Counterparty in Japan.

A follow-up article to Koji’s blog post was published on Bitcoin.com several days later.

“Not only are we seeing a massive growth of Bitcoin adoption and media coverage here but also Japan has turned into a very interesting place for Bitcoin 2.0 experiments and the token economy.” – Koji Higashi, Counterparty Foundation

CryptoHustle published a speculative blog post on their belief that XCP is primed for a ”Bull Run”.

The Counterparty Foundation published a piece titled “Proposal for Ethereum Smart Contracts on Counterparty Mainnet”.

Counterparty News

A Counterparty Group has recently started on Telegram. It is a public group and all Counterparty users are encouraged to join. The group will remain public for at least the first 200 users. Check it out here.

The Counterparty Foundation released an update several days ago.

The first Counterparty Community Meeting is coming up on June 1st. Community meetings are held once per month on the first Wednesday of the month. Meetings are conducted via Google Hangouts with real-time input from Slack. An agenda for the June 1st meeting will be posted to Slack a few days before.

Core Development Updates

P2SH will be live on Counterparty within 6 weeks!

“We are looking forward to merging P2SH which will facilitate the use of Bitcoin multisig addresses (which start with a ‘3’ instead of a ‘1’) following the industry standard while laying the groundwork for more complex scripts and payment channels.” – Counterparty Core Developer Ruben de Vries