Multistate Order for Defrauding Issued Against Metaverse Casino
Authorities of 5 US states accused Flamingo Casino Club of fraudulently soliciting NFTs.
Authorities stated that the virtual casino has ties to Russia to halt the sale of NFTs.
The club deceived users into lucrative offers to become metaverse millionaires
Regulators of five US states have filed a 22-page emergency cease-and-desist order against a metaverse casino of scam and ties with Russia. The law case was filed on Wednesday as the main charge was fraud using non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
The five prosecutors are the Texas State Securities Board, New Jersey Bureau of Securities, Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions, Alabama Security Commission, and Wisconsin Department of Financial Institution.
The Press Release issued by the prosecutors mentioned that the casino claims NFTs tied to ownership rights as the website invites users to play virtual concerts, blackjack, roulette, poker tournaments, along with other common casino games with an avatar that they create.
Additionally, the Texas State Securities Board’s Director of Enforcement stated that the casino’s pledge to donate a portion of NFT profits to Ukraine war victims is false.
The NFT holders were deceptively promised 50% of the profits generated from the casino as passive income. It also entices users by offering an opportunity to win exorbitant prizes like iPhones and Teslas through its randomized lotteries.
Flamingo Casino Club persuaded the solicited investors through social media by recruiting influencers to promote NFT sales of the casino. These NFTs were then marketed to investors through the company’s website and social media accounts instead of financial professionals.
Prosecutors have also accused the club of making false claims to be partnered with Flamingo Las Vegas, a brick and mortar casino whose namesake has been operating in L.V since 1946.
Investors began scrutinizing the casino shortly after it began operating in March 2022 and assert they were able to trace the people behind it to Moscow, Russia. The enforcement actions also accused the club of ‘deception and fraud’ for claiming a partnership with MarketWatch and Yahoo.
On-chain data shows that the current market cycle is unique, with more Bitcoiners transacting peer-to-peer and outside the realm of exchanges.
One of the principal aspects of on-chain analysis is to examine transactions over the network. Unlike exchange-involved transactions, which often lead to price volatility, transactions outside of exchanges demonstrate the network utility as possible payments among users. It makes a positive contribution to the development of the network over the long term if users are interacting with one another. Therefore, it is essential to examine the transaction behavior over the network.
Regarding the sum of all exchange in-house transactions, the number of transactions circulated within the exchanges’ wallets have been trending lower from the May 2021 peak. That means there is not as much transfer activity through the marketplace. It looks different from the previous price cycles when this number was strongly correlated to the price action.
Meanwhile, the total number of deposits and withdrawals to and from exchanges has plunged downwards, demonstrating that people may be less engaged in the exchanges.
Additionally, the number of transactions from all exchanges to derivatives exchanges has plummeted as a clue that derivatives trades are not very attractive at the moment.
In the meantime, there is no further possibility of cumulative selling pressure due to the substantial drop in the number of transactions from all exchanges to spot exchanges. This offers the slightest of encouragement and mitigates bearish sentiment among stakeholders.
Concurrently, the sum count of transactions has moved up in contrast to the downtrend in exchange-related transactions. It implies an increased supply/demand outside of exchanges, resulting in a high usage of the Bitcoin network.
Network value-to-transaction (NVT) is the ratio of market capitalization divided by transaction volume. That helps gauge the relativity between network value and network usage as transaction volume represents network usage. A falling NVT proves that the velocity of coins circulating in the bitcoin economy has risen, and the network value is relatively undervalued compared to its high utility.
It is clear how quickly and proportionally transactions are conducted on the network in and outside of exchanges. We should pay attention to the sum of unique active addresses, including both senders and receivers. The sum of active addresses has gradually increased since the July 2021 bottom. This has been a good indicator for the development of network activity since Bitcoin’s inception.
Ultimately, long-term investors are concerned about the digital attributes to the velocity of bitcoin usage in the economy rather than its trading price. With limited supply and increasing demand, an increase of transactions and active addresses over time demonstrates the growth of the Bitcoin network’s utility.
The key feature of the on-chain analysis is the HODLing behavior of long-term investors. One of the most reliable indicators is UTXO value bands which illustrate the distribution of all UTXOs in terms of their size. All studied UTXO bands herein represent the total value of all UTXOs ranging from 10 to more than 10,000 bitcoin, which focuses on the behavior of whales. As seen in the following figure, more UTXOs have been held in enormous quantities suggesting that whales are not distributing coins and are instead accumulating.
In addition, UTXO age bands display the number of UTXOs that last moved within a specified duration. All considered bands (over six months) have been maintained and gradually expanded. This implies that more investors have been holding and accumulating more coins.
The UTXO count age bands and value bands suggest that short-term liquidity is dominant throughout the market, whereas long-term liquidity is still virtually dormant and slightly increasing. Simply put, long-standing HODLers are calmly confident regardless of the short-term volatility in bitcoin’s price.
On balance, the utility of the Bitcoin network has been growing during the recent semi-bear market. The transaction behavior outside of exchanges has been carried out as a feasible payment process, and the Bitcoin community has adopted the HODLing attitude.
This is a guest post by Dang Quan Vuong. Opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc. or Bitcoin Magazine.