WAX Announces Advisory Board, Partners to Expand Blockchain Platform for In-Game Virtual Items

WAX Adds Ethereum Co-Founder, Call of Duty Creator, Interplay Founder, and more to Advisory Board

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The Worldwide Asset eXchange (WAX), a decentralized Blockchain platform for the development of secure and transparent online in-game virtual item exchanges, today announced the additions of Anthony Di Iorio, Dave Anthony, and Brian Fargo to its advisory board. Developed by OPSkins, the global leader in the $50 billion gaming “skins” market with over 150 million transactions, WAX will begin its public token pre-sale on October 10, 2017. WAX pre-sale token sale participants include Pantera Capital, Galaxy Digital Asset Fund, HyperChain Capital, and Bo Shen, founding partner of Fenbushi Capital and Blockassets, to help guide the overall direction of the WAX platform.

Anthony Di Iorio, co-founder of Ethereum, joins WAX with a mastery of Blockchain technology. Anthony is a serial entrepreneur, VC, and thought leader in the field of decentralized technologies. Anthony is the former Chief Digital Officer of the TMX Group and Toronto Stock Exchange, founder and CEO of Decentral, a software development company focused on Blockchain technologies, and founder and CEO of Jaxx. WAX is proud to have one of the foremost leaders in the Blockchain space to help guide the project to success.

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Dave Anthony, a creator and developer behind Call of Duty, will bring his creative and logistical expertise to OPSkins and WAX. As a visionary behind one of the world’s most profitable video game franchises at over 250 million copies sold, Dave will guide WAX in facilitating the influx of a potential 400 million new gamers on the Blockchain.

“I’ve aligned myself with OPSkins because I trust its vision, and believe the WAX platform will be instrumental in onboarding the immense gaming community on to the Blockchain,” said Dave Anthony. “We’re at a pivotal point where the benefits for gamers and creators is well balanced, and I’m grateful to be a part of the team leading the charge into the gaming world’s newest frontier.”

Brian Fargo, founder of Interplay Entertainment and inXile Entertainment, will add a deep understanding of game development and distribution. Fargo’s mastery will guide WAX to become the first functional Blockchain-based virtual item exchange platform, offering gamers a clever new way to enjoy and monetize their gaming experience.

“We are extraordinarily proud to have these leading experts in the realms of business growth, gaming and cryptocurrency on our advisory team,” said WAX President and OPSkins CIO Malcolm CasSelle. “With experience serving millions of gamers and profound knowledge of Blockchain and finance, Anthony, Dave and Brian will use their respective talents to help us revolutionize the gaming industry through the Worldwide Asset eXchange.”

About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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