Last year we were actively following the development of the HOdlcoin (HODL) project up until there was a hardfork that essentially killed our interest in the coin. The Hardfork to version 2.0 introduced the rule that all new mined coins will automatically be staked for 1 year and also made obsolete the need of mining pools. As a result not only we lost interest, but many users that deemed the project interesting also did and from there on things pretty much started moving on a downwards spiral. Fortunately recently there was a decision for a new hardfork in order to bring back the regular mining as it was before the weird decision from the previous hardfork.

In order to get ready for the upcoming hardfork you need to upgrade to the latest HOdlcoin Core wallet version 3.0 before the network reaches a block height of 257000 when the hardfork will be activated. There is still some time left before the hardfork as the current block is 244607 and you can track how things progress via the official HODL blockchain explorer. The new wallet comes with some long awaited improvements such as tables sorting of the deposits, improved mining performance and some bugfixes.

Up until recently HOdlcoin (HODL) was only traded on the Yobit Exchange, thouhg after the announcement for the upcoming hardfork there is a new altcoin exchange on board as well – Coinexchange. There is still only one HOdlcoin Mining Pool available by Optiminer, though we might be seeing some more getting back on board after the hardfork. The latest best performing miner for HODL is the Hodlminer Optimized Optiminer fork that you can use to mine on the only available pool. Do note that before the hardfork hits all mined coins (solo or on the pool) will still be held for a 1 year term deposit in your wallet before becoming available.

The big question now is if HOdlcoin (HODL) can recover and bring back sufficient user interest after the hardfork including miners. Currently the available hashrate on the Optiminer mining pool is about 20000 H/s with just about 35 miners. The biggest problem in bringing back user interest lies in the concept that the coin initially had with high interest rates on deposits and bonuses as these are already pretty low compared to the levels they were at last year. Still we are going to be keeping an eye on HODL to see how things will develop after the hardfork…

We have already purchased games using Bitcoin (BTC) as a payment method from Steam as the popular service has been accepting purchases made with the crypto currency for more than a year already. Steam however is not the only place where you can pay for games with Bitcoin, there are others also accepting crypto currency payments and you can even get a better deal. One such example is the G2A Game Store where you can purchase game keys for a better price, including games from Steam, but not limited (they added BTC support even before Steam). The idea here is that the website does not directly sell you games, but connects you to users selling them online and only acts as an intermediary processing the payments and helping resolve any issues if there are such.

There are many different payments methods supported by the G2A Store and Bitcoin (BTC) is only one of them. You can also pay directly with a Credit Card, PayPal as well as many others. We are however most interested in Bitcoin and the payments using the crypto currency are being processed by BitPay as a payment processor (the same one as on Steam). The checkout process is quick and easy, though you might still need to wait a bit for the confirmation of the transaction (especially wit lower fee) on the Bitcoin blockchain. Regular confirmation should just take a couple of minutes, but it can take more if the blocks are currently full and recently the number of transactions has increased and the waiting queue for transactions is bigger.

If you like the game deals available on G2A we do recommend that you activate the G2A Shield service as it can help you get even better deals and if there are some trouble with your purchases it helps you resolve them faster and easier. We are especially fond the deals like 1 Random Steam Premium CD-Key deals starting at a little over $1 USD or the 10 Random Steam CD-KEY deals for a bit over $2 USD, though there are many other interesting deals and offers available. Do note that these random game deals depend on your luck and while you may geat a very sweet deal, you may also get not so great selection of games as well… then again you can also give away the keys for games that you don’t want or need.

For more information and to get some sweet game deals on G2A paying with Bitcoin…

The last couple of days were very good not only for the many altcoins that are rising in value, but also for Bitcoin as the crypto currency has pushed past the $1500 USD price point and seems to by trying to reach new heights every day. Not that we are complaining, however there are concerns regarding this serious peak as if it is a bubble getting ready to burst. The enthusiasm regarding crypto currencies such as Ethereum, ZCash and Litecoin as well as many other altcoins is nice and all, but we are seeing some overblown in terms of proportions ICO sales and that is also a reason for some concerns. On the positive side, if this trend continues we might be able to see new highs for BTC and other coins earlier than some optimistic predictions about prices…

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