Battle to be the Best. Become the Destined.
A new dimension in gaming has arrived. Unseen by many, controlled by the highest-ranking Creature Tamer, it’s where reality and illusion collide as you summon your creatures into the real world to do your bidding. Only the strongest succeed as you trade, sell and buy creatures, relics and potions in the battle to be the greatest! Augmentors is the first augmented reality games based on the Bitcoin blockchain.
FIRST SHARK TANK DEAL DONE IN BITCOIN!
Shark Tank has recognized the huge potential of Augmentors, as the first Blockchain-based augmented reality game in existence. One of the five sharks is Vinny Lingham, a South African entrepreneur known for a string of companies including Gyft, Yola and now blockchain startup Civic. He also happens to be one of the most vocal supporters of bitcoin, having incorporated it into past products.
Joining Vinny on the deal is Gil Oved, he is the group co-CEO of The Creative Counsel, the largest African advertising agency. He is also a board member on South Africa’s second biggest venture capital tech fund, Grotech, giving him insight into South Africa’s most exciting venture capital companies.
In the clip, made available online by television network M-Net, Lingham tells the Augmentors founders: “The problem you’re trying to solve around creating rarity … can better be solved by using the bitcoin blockchain. So, my offer will be 500,000 ZAR, or roughly 59 bitcoins, for 20% of your business.” Vinny explained he was given confidence in his investment by the success of games like Spells of Genesis, a trading card game that integrates a blockchain-based token.
Watch the episode: Here
WHO IS INVOLVED:
Vinny Lingham is an internet entrepreneur originally from South Africa. He is best known as co-founder and CEO of Gyft, a mobile gift card company backed by Google. Lingham is a big advocate for Bitcoin, and Gyft was one of the early adopters amongst the businesses to accept Bitcoin as payment.
Other than his work with Gyft, Lingham is the founder and former CEO of Yola, Inc. (SynthaSite), a start-up that provides free website building, publishing, and hosting, and a co-founder of SiliconCape.com, an NGO based in South Africa that serves to turn Cape Town into a technology hub. But that isn’t all, he also is the founder and form CEO of incuBeta and Clicks2Customers, which provide search engine marketing software services.
He was chosen as a Young Global Leader Honoree 2009 by the World Economic Forum & has been recognized as a high-impact entrepreneur by Endeavor Global and awarded the 2006 Top Young IT Entrepreneur. He also was elected and serves as a Director of Bitcoin Foundation since 2014.
Llew brings many years of international tech experience in the areas of marketing & product management. He is the Executive Director of The Bitcoin Foundation, a US-based not-for-profit and the oldest and largest Bitcoin advocacy organization in the world.
The Bitcoin Foundation coordinates the efforts of the members of the Bitcoin community, helping to create awareness of the benefits of Bitcoin, how to use it and its related technology requirements, for technologists, regulators, the media and everyone else globally.
Board members include Brock Pierce of Blockchain Capital (Board Chair), Bobby Lee of BTCC (Board Vice-Chair), Elizabeth McCauley of Coinsecure, Vinny Lingham of Civic, Michael Perklin of C4, Francis Pouliot of Satoshi Portal and Bruce Fenton of Atlantic Financial.
Gil Oved is a South African entrepreneur who is the co-founder and co-CEO of The Creative Counsel, South Africa’s largest advertising agency. He is a member of the global Young Presidents’ Organisation where he is the Johannesburg chapter chair as well as the Africa regional forum officer. He is one of the Dragons on the hugely popular television reality show Dragons’ Den South Africa which premiered in the last quarter of 2014 on DSTV. In 2016 Oved was chosen as the first “Shark” on the new series of Shark Tank on M-NET.
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