The Top nine Counterparty Projects, By Consensus

The Top nine Counterparty Projects, By Consensus

For everyone confused by the drama surrounding certain blockchain projects this week, it might be time to take a break and look at some alternative platforms – embarking with Counterparty.

As examples of what the platform can do, Bitcoin.com asked Trevor Altpeter and other members of the Counterparty Foundation to name their dearest projects built using Counterparty or using its tokens. The top not-quite-ten list is below.

An Explanation

Very first, some explanation of Counterparty and the way its tokens work is necessary, as it works differently to other blockchain projects.

Counterparty was embarked as a means to create fresh digital assets and other decentralized financial while using the Bitcoin blockchain. Counterparty also has its own blockchain, which receives instructions from bitcoin’s chain via a process known as “embedded consensus.”

It interacts via its native “currency” XCP, which is not a competitor to bitcoin – and cannot exist without it. XCP value was created in January-February two thousand fourteen by sending bitcoins to unspendable addresses.

This “proof of burn” method was intended to avoid pre-mines and token sales, which are often used to raise funds for other projects, but remain controversial with some users and could raise regulators’ eyebrows.

A total two thousand one hundred BTC was “burned” in that period and the resulting amount of XCP was permanently immobile. XCP itself is burned as fuel for clever contracts, and the amount required is continually adjusted so it cannot reach zero.

Custom-built Tokens

Any Counterparty wallet holding XCP can be used to create a custom-made token (i.e. a fresh cryptocurrency). The user chooses the amount (in XCP) to spend, the total number of tokens and the name. These tokens can then be sent and received using Counterparty-compatible wallets (more about those below) and if popular, even traded on some exchanges.

Counterparty addresses look the same as Bitcoin addresses and transaction information is encoded on the Bitcoin blockchain. The tokens can be used in games, for voting and crowdfunding, authentication, decentralized applications, or simply for vanity or joy.

Top nine Projects

1. Storj

Storj is a decentralized cloud storage technology. Storj created a cryptocurrency known as SJCX that exists as a Counterparty asset. Storj is working with Counterparty developers to implement payment channel technology to enable Storj micropayments to participants on the Storj network. Storj is one of the most successful cryptocurrency projects in terms of enterprise interest – it is now a part of Microsoft Azure and generating consistent interest from corporate entities.

Two. Spells of Genesis

Spells of Genesis is a mobile game developed by Moonga and a leading innovator in the concept of in-game assets. Using Counterparty, Spells of Genesis has created an in-game medium of exchange known as BitCrystals . Spells of Genesis also makes use of in-game items in the form of trading cards (also launched via Counterparty). A total list of SOG assets can be viewed here .

Three. IndieSquare Wallet

IndieSquare is a mobile Bitcoin and Counterparty wallet with “a excellent interface and a number of unique features.” IndieSquare Wallet facilitates uses of the Counterparty Decentralized Exchange ( DEx ) permitting users to buy and sell Bitcoin, XCP, and Counterparty assets with no middleman. Users can also create and manage assets/tokens directly from the IndieSquare Wallet, assuming they have XCP and BTC stored there.

IndieSquare looks to suggest easy-to-use APIs for web and mobile services in the near future, permitting third party devs to develop powerful and creative Counterparty token integrated services beyond financial applications – such as gaming and content creation.

Four. GetGems

GetGems is a messaging app and wallet built on top of Telegram that has created a cryptocurrency on Counterparty known as GEMZ . GetGems’ fattest technological innovation to date is a patented keyboard payment solution known as “ Paykey. ”

Five. Let’s Talk Bitcoin/LTBcoin

Let’s Talk Bitcoin is one of cryptocurrency’s oldest and most popular podcasts, and for many provided an initial Bitcoin education. Hosts Adam B. Levine, Andreas Antonopoulos and Stephanie Murphy have been regulars for over three years. LTBcoin, created as a prize for podcast listeners and content creators, is the asset with the most transactions on the Counterparty network to date.

6. CoinDaddy

CoinDaddy is a site created and run by Counterparty community director Jeremy Johnson (J-Dog). It is an all-purpose Counterparty enhancement site – a cryptocurrency version of GoDaddy.com. CoinDaddy and Tokenly are expected to be increasingly significant as Counterparty gains popularity and utility.

7. Tokenly

Tokenly is created by former Counterparty community director Devon Weller and Adam B. Levine. The aim of Tokenly is to add devices that make use of Counterparty technology. Two very successful devices suggested by Tokenly are the Tokenly swapbot and token-controlled access using Counterparty tokens.

8. FoldingCoin

FoldingCoin is a prizes program that distributes tokens called FLDC to participants to the global Folding@home network. Folding@home is a program developed by Stanford University that “donates” users’ computer power to help find cures for diseases. Several projects that have launched on the Counterparty network have used merged folding as a fair distribution method.

9. Topcoin

Topcoin is a prize system focused on domain registrars and online service providers such as VPS (virtual private server) companies. Topcoin has been functioning for fairly a while under the radar, and users can spend Topcoin on Uniregistry.com today with ChunkHost – other domain registrars are expected to be added in future.

Note: the above list is as suggested by the Counterparty Foundation, and is not an official review or endorsement by Bitcoin.com of the projects included. The writer of this article does not presently hold any XCP.

Do you agree with this list, or are there any others you could suggest? What’s your opinion on the Counterparty platform in general?

The Top nine Counterparty Projects, By Consensus

The Top nine Counterparty Projects, By Consensus

For everyone confused by the drama surrounding certain blockchain projects this week, it might be time to take a break and look at some alternative platforms – beginning with Counterparty.

As examples of what the platform can do, Bitcoin.com asked Trevor Altpeter and other members of the Counterparty Foundation to name their beloved projects built using Counterparty or using its tokens. The top not-quite-ten list is below.

An Explanation

Very first, some explanation of Counterparty and the way its tokens work is necessary, as it works differently to other blockchain projects.

Counterparty was began as a means to create fresh digital assets and other decentralized financial while using the Bitcoin blockchain. Counterparty also has its own blockchain, which receives instructions from bitcoin’s chain via a process known as “embedded consensus.”

It interacts via its native “currency” XCP, which is not a competitor to bitcoin – and cannot exist without it. XCP value was created in January-February two thousand fourteen by sending bitcoins to unspendable addresses.

This “proof of burn” method was intended to avoid pre-mines and token sales, which are often used to raise funds for other projects, but remain controversial with some users and could raise regulators’ eyebrows.

A total two thousand one hundred BTC was “burned” in that period and the resulting amount of XCP was permanently immovable. XCP itself is burned as fuel for wise contracts, and the amount required is continually adjusted so it cannot reach zero.

Custom-made Tokens

Any Counterparty wallet holding XCP can be used to create a custom-made token (i.e. a fresh cryptocurrency). The user chooses the amount (in XCP) to spend, the total number of tokens and the name. These tokens can then be sent and received using Counterparty-compatible wallets (more about those below) and if popular, even traded on some exchanges.

Counterparty addresses look the same as Bitcoin addresses and transaction information is encoded on the Bitcoin blockchain. The tokens can be used in games, for voting and crowdfunding, authentication, decentralized applications, or simply for vanity or joy.

Top nine Projects

1. Storj

Storj is a decentralized cloud storage technology. Storj created a cryptocurrency known as SJCX that exists as a Counterparty asset. Storj is working with Counterparty developers to implement payment channel technology to enable Storj micropayments to participants on the Storj network. Storj is one of the most successful cryptocurrency projects in terms of enterprise interest – it is now a part of Microsoft Azure and generating consistent interest from corporate entities.

Two. Spells of Genesis

Spells of Genesis is a mobile game developed by Moonga and a leading innovator in the concept of in-game assets. Using Counterparty, Spells of Genesis has created an in-game medium of exchange known as BitCrystals . Spells of Genesis also makes use of in-game items in the form of trading cards (also launched via Counterparty). A utter list of SOG assets can be viewed here .

Three. IndieSquare Wallet

IndieSquare is a mobile Bitcoin and Counterparty wallet with “a good interface and a number of unique features.” IndieSquare Wallet facilitates uses of the Counterparty Decentralized Exchange ( DEx ) permitting users to buy and sell Bitcoin, XCP, and Counterparty assets with no middleman. Users can also create and manage assets/tokens directly from the IndieSquare Wallet, assuming they have XCP and BTC stored there.

IndieSquare looks to suggest easy-to-use APIs for web and mobile services in the near future, permitting third party devs to develop powerful and creative Counterparty token integrated services beyond financial applications – such as gaming and content creation.

Four. GetGems

GetGems is a messaging app and wallet built on top of Telegram that has created a cryptocurrency on Counterparty known as GEMZ . GetGems’ thickest technological innovation to date is a patented keyboard payment solution known as “ Paykey. ”

Five. Let’s Talk Bitcoin/LTBcoin

Let’s Talk Bitcoin is one of cryptocurrency’s oldest and most popular podcasts, and for many provided an initial Bitcoin education. Hosts Adam B. Levine, Andreas Antonopoulos and Stephanie Murphy have been regulars for over three years. LTBcoin, created as a prize for podcast listeners and content creators, is the asset with the most transactions on the Counterparty network to date.

6. CoinDaddy

CoinDaddy is a site created and run by Counterparty community director Jeremy Johnson (J-Dog). It is an all-purpose Counterparty enhancement site – a cryptocurrency version of GoDaddy.com. CoinDaddy and Tokenly are expected to be increasingly significant as Counterparty gains popularity and utility.

7. Tokenly

Tokenly is created by former Counterparty community director Devon Weller and Adam B. Levine. The purpose of Tokenly is to add contraptions that make use of Counterparty technology. Two very successful implements suggested by Tokenly are the Tokenly swapbot and token-controlled access using Counterparty tokens.

8. FoldingCoin

FoldingCoin is a prizes program that distributes tokens called FLDC to participants to the global Folding@home network. Folding@home is a program developed by Stanford University that “donates” users’ computer power to help find cures for diseases. Several projects that have launched on the Counterparty network have used merged folding as a fair distribution method.

9. Topcoin

Topcoin is a prize system focused on domain registrars and online service providers such as VPS (virtual private server) companies. Topcoin has been functioning for fairly a while under the radar, and users can spend Topcoin on Uniregistry.com today with ChunkHost – other domain registrars are expected to be added in future.

Note: the above list is as suggested by the Counterparty Foundation, and is not an official review or endorsement by Bitcoin.com of the projects included. The writer of this article does not presently hold any XCP.

Do you agree with this list, or are there any others you could suggest? What’s your opinion on the Counterparty platform in general?

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