Memes could catapult Augur into the mainstream. Veil, a new peer-to-peer predictions and derivatives platform, is making its mainnet debut on Jan. 15. The betting platform, built on Augur, 0x and Ethereum, is currently in alpha format. In addition to the usual fare, one of the current betting markets is on the popularity of internet memes.
Users can vote on the future popularity of viral images, based on the number of upvotes they receive on Reddit.Source: Kovan.Veil.co
Yes, someone actually made money by guessing that this image wouldn’t reach 500 upvotes. Finally, the meme economy is returning dividends.Veil Offers Instant Settlements
Veil is built on Augur, which is built on Ethereum. But, as many dApp builders have found, Ethereum is not an easy platform to build on. To reach mainstream adoption, a slow network simply won’t do.
So they decided to build on the 0x protocol, “to speed up trading and minimize the number of transactions you need to send,” Veil explained in a Medium post. Veil orders occur off-chain, and “Veil pays gas to persist trades to Ethereum.” Developers also introduced an “instant settlement” feature that lets users settle up once the market expires, meaning winners can get Augur (REP) and ETH into their wallets sooner than later. In contrast, regular bets on Augur can take weeks to become finalized.
After a widely anticipated launch, the Augur project has been stuck in the doldrums, boasting fewer than two dozen users in the last 24 hours, according to dappradar. That’s a bit embarrassing for a project that once boasted a billion-dollar market cap. Once the king of decentralized applications (dApps) on Ethereum, Augur has since been dethroned by the likes of Blockchain Cuties.
Speaking of cuties, why not create a market for this adorable pooch learning to skateboard?
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