News of the week. Friday, December 31

Friday, December 31. The week is coming to an end, so we can talk about the most interesting news in the crypto industry over the past day.

More than 80% of crypto investors made a profit in 2021

In the past year, almost 80% of cryptocurrency investors received income from their investments. 3015 people took part in the survey, of which 87% own digital assets. 32% acquired cryptocurrency in 2016-2017, about 27% – 2018-2020, and this year 24% of people have added to the number of crypto-investors.

The most popular digital assets among investors are Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Almost all respondents perceive cryptocurrency as a long-term prospect of making money on investments.

In addition, analysts from FinExpertiza called Bitcoin the most profitable investment in 2021.

A survey among crypto traders shows that almost half prefer centralized exchanges

Among the 3015 residents of the survey, 66% of people are engaged in trading. Of these, 47% use centralized exchanges for trading and consider it a profitable business.

The most popular cryptocurrency exchange among those surveyed is Binance. 70% of traders are traded on it.

Decentralized exchanges (DEX) are used by about 30% of respondents, 18% combine them with centralized platforms.

According to the calculations of CryptoRank analysts, there are 1.3 million BTC on the addresses of the centralized trading platforms – 6.5% of the total market supply.

Pavel Durov’s fortune increased by $13.8 billion in 2021

According to Forbes, the fortune of the founder of the Telegram messenger grew 5.1 times, to $17.2 billion in 2021. Thus, Pavel Durov was ahead of other Russian billionaires in terms of wealth growth in the past year.

One of the main reasons why such a growth dynamic occurred, journalists consider the failure of Facebook (Meta). In October, there was a large-scale failure in all services owned by Facebook (Meta), due to which there was a strong increase in the audience in Telegram by 70 million users.

Recall that in December 2021, Durov supported the developers of the Toncoin project, one of the projects based on the TON code.

GameFi Apps Revive Interest in Blockchain Games

The research arm of cryptocurrency exchange Huobi Research believes that interest in blockchain gaming is returning thanks to the development of GameFi.

GameFi implies the use of NFT, DeFi and other elements within the Play-to-Earn concept.

The researchers mentioned that in 2017, the popular game CryptoKitties, which is powered by Ethereum, peaked at 140 000 daily active users and 180 000 daily transactions. However, within a few months, both indicators fell by more than 90%.

Huobi Research notes that since the early summer of 2021, there has been a strong growth in GameFi projects based on the blockchain. Experts cited the Axie Infinity NFT game as an example. Just a few months after the start of the game, its daily profit reached $9.72 million, thus surpassing Tencent’s Honor of Kings.

The concept of Play and Earn has been around for a long time. It has been in the gaming industry for several years, for example, the implementation of Play-to-Earn happened in World of Warcraft and League of Legends. However, the researchers believe that the success of the new generation of blockchain games was ensured precisely by the elements of GameFi, which allow transferring profits into the real world.

Huobi Research has identified the main success factor – reducing transaction costs in the in-game economy.

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