Forte partners with five game developers to boost operations

Forte, a California-based blockchain platform developer for games and Ripple partner, is teaming up with five game developing companies to provide best-in-class gaming experiences based on the distributed ledger technology.

The five companies are US-based Hi-Rez Studios and nWay, Canadian social games provider Magmic, and German gaming companies DECA Games and Netmarble, that will follow their previously joined collaborators Disruptor Beam, Other Ocean and...

EY, ConsenSys and Microsoft team up for Baseline enterprise Ethereum project

Ernst & Young (EY), ConsenSys and Microsoft are coming together to form a protocol which aims to make Ethereum ‘safe and effective’ for enterprise usage.

Making blockchain technologies enterprise-friendly has long been a goal of the industry; the key part being increasing the transaction speed to deal with complex organisational goals. The efforts of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) and Foundation aside, Ethereum has so far struggled on this front, although...

R3 paints optimistic look on enterprise blockchain adoption as companies become ‘smarter’

A new report from R3 paints an optimistic picture for enterprise blockchain initiatives, with companies learning more around how the technology works and delivery increasing.

The report, titled ‘Blockchain: 2020 Vision’, argues that delivery issues, rather than disillusionment, led to the slowdown. In other words, putting these things together takes time; companies who have been working on privacy, performance, and enterprise integration in 2018 and 2019 will see success in...

John Calian, SVP, Deutsche Telekom: How blockchain brings trust to the emerging M2M economy

“Think about all of your interactions, whether it’s humans dealing with humans or humans dealing with machines,” John Calian, senior vice president and head of T-Labs at Deutsche Telekom, explains. “How do you trust things?”

The concept of trust, so central to the rise in blockchain technologies, is one where consumers are increasingly gaining power. But there is a long way to go. A report from the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights in September predicted...

Forbes’ Blockchain 50 reveals enterprises ‘embracing’ multiple providers

Forbes has published its latest Blockchain 50 list; a half-century of the largest companies with significant blockchain technology initiatives, in a year the publisher has described as one where enterprises have ‘embraced’ the technology.

The list, for which qualification sits upon on either generating revenues or having a valuation in seven figures, can be seen as something of an important milestone. Forbes’ Cloud 100 for instance, a yearly evaluation of the most...

Blockchain technologies and media: How to rebuild trust in a landscape of fake news

If the one main cause of social media and Internet-based technologies is a democratisation of the court of opinion, then the erosion of trust is its effect.

An accidental effect? You be the judge. Information is everywhere today, so where should we look for the most trustworthy, the most up-to-date? Are the old bulwarks still up to the job? Naturally, amid such uncertainty, purveyors of disinformation and distortion run rampant – and the media industry, therefore, is facing a...

Mercedes-Benz looking to blockchain to provide transparency for CO2 emissions

Mercedes-Benz is planning for a carbon neutral new passenger car fleet as part of its ‘Ambition2039’ initiative, which is part of the company’s proposed path to sustainable mobility. To achieve its goal, the luxury automobile manufacturer has started by piloting for transparency on CO2 emissions in the cobalt supply chain.

The organisation has collaborated with Circulor, a London-based startup which aims to use blockchain and AI technologies to establish a new global...

Most supply chain blockchain initiatives to remain pilots until at least 2022, warns Gartner

The latest study from analyst firm Gartner argues that 80% of supply chain blockchain projects will remain either proof of concepts (POC) or pilots through 2022.

The study, titled “Leverage Blockchain Developments as Catalysts for Strategic Technology Planning Across the Supply Chain”, notes that early blockchain pilots for supply chain pursued technology-oriented models that have been successful in other sectors, such as banking and insurance, is the main reason for the...

World Economic Forum launches self-service blockchain track and trace platform

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has announced the launch of the first neutral and public traceability platform that is capable of visualising blockchain-based supply chain data from multiple organisations and sources. The platform has been developed to assist businesses across industries address the consumer demands for ethical and sustainable products.

Until today, before the launch of the WEF platform, organisations have published this kind of data by themselves or depended...

China blockchain investments fell sharply in 2019 – but hope for ‘healthier development’ ahead

China’s blockchain startups saw cumulative funding to the tune of just under $3.5 billion in 2019, according to a new report.

The study, from Xinhua Finance and Rhino Data, found that a total of 245 investments had taken place with a total figure of approximately 24 billion yuan ($3.48bn, £2.66bn). The volume of investments, as well as the money raised, represent a roughly 50% decrease from 2018. The report notes hope for healthier development in 2020 with more rational capital...