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BREAKING THE CHAIN Blockchain sceptics rightly point out that there


are still some significant barriers to overcome before blockchain is a genuinely mainstream element of the modern gaming experience. Perhaps the biggest problem is performance; an inevitable issue as the number of users of any given blockchain grows, thanks to the decentralised design and the way in which changes have to be notified to every node on the network.


Tis is a particular problem in the banking world, where financial organisations have long since discovered that the Bitcoin network simply can’t support the volume of real-time transactions required for large-scale service offerings. Gaming organisations are aware that poor performance has a negative impact on their users, whether that’s in the game-play itself, in payouts, or in settlements. Smaller private blockchains and alternative cryptocurrencies go some way towards solving these problems, but soon become victims of their own success; a casino that runs quickly with a thousand players may be considerably less playable with ten thousand.


Tere’s also a big question mark around exactly what role existing payments providers such as Paysafe will play in a new blockchain-enabled world. At some point, players need to put money into a gaming platform and want to be able to take it out again to spend in the real world. And it goes without saying that casinos and other game platforms need to make that as easy as possible if they’re to attract players – as easy as the digital wallets and direct debits they already use.


Today’s cryptocurrency exchange processes and apps are often extremely cumbersome, involving considerable technical knowhow and, often, a serious leap of faith. Perhaps the biggest benefits that payments processors such as Paysafe can bring to the blockchain party are confidence and ease of use; both critical factors in their own success in the fiat world.


Despite some concerns about the sustainability of blockchain-based platforms, they seem sure to be an ever-growing force in the gaming world for the foreseeable future. While instability in the price of Bitcoin and a general cautiousness around a currency without any underlying


Perhaps the biggest benefits that payments processors such as Paysafe can bring to the blockchain party are confidence and ease of use; both critical factors in their own success in the fiat world.


assets to support it are causing some observers to question the value of blockchain generally, ICOs are offering good alternatives and promise to reduce the specific set of risks that Bitcoin offers. Whether their concerns will carry any weight remains to be seen; for now, the potential of blockchain has created an unstoppable momentum in the development of the technology, if not yet its broader adoption. But if the pace of evolution in the gaming world is anything to go by, it really is only a matter of time.


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