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According to CNBC, Softbank's Yahoo Japan, which reigns supreme in search and shopping departments, is merging with the local messaging giant Line. This would be yet another jewel in the crown of tech conglomerate Softbank Group.  

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Huge exposure for MoneyTap

Line's official statement states the deal is still up in the air. Despite Softbank acquiring a majority stake in Line's mobile unit in 2018, the company is struggling to find a path to profitability after three quarters of losses.

The "XRP Research Center" Twitter account, which monitors the development of Ripple's ecosystem, claims that Line could take advantage of PayPay's integration with Money Tap.

On Oct. 30, Tokyo-based financial company SBI Holdings, which created the MoneyTap app in partnership with Ripple, inked a deal SoftBank’s PayPay. Meanwhile, Line Pay is able to reach out to around 82 mln users. That essentially means that the two biggest QR-code payment apps could be using Ripple's technology.  

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Japan runs on Ripple

Money Tap is, which relies on Ripple's blockchain technology for conducting bank-to-bank transfers, is gradually becoming more popular in Japan despite being snubbed by Resona, the country's fifth largest bank. Four more regional Japanese banks started using the app back in September.     

On Nov. 11, SBI Holdings also formed an alliance with Fukushima Bank. As part of its plan to become profitable, the struggling bank plans to integrate MoneyTap.   

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San Francisco-based company Forte, which formed a $100 mln fund in partnership with Ripple's investment arm Xpring back in March, keeps working on applying the blockchain technology in gaming.

Recently, Forte co-founder Brett Seyler explained the benefits of using XRP.  

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Blockchain-based gaming economies  

Forte is helmed by top-tier industry executives (including its founding CEO Kevin Chou) who are not focused on creating new powerful economies within the $140 bln gaming while making it more decentralized. 

There have been multiple attempts at creating a killer gaming dApp, but the technology is still way too cumbersome for the average Joe. Forte wants to address the adoption problem by making such games more approachable.       

“Creating game economies with multi-sided participation, open markets and increased transparency offer a potent solution to the challenge of the complexity plaguing game developers that result in stagnant economy design,” said Seyler.  

Blockchain is a perfect tool for creating peer-to-peer gaming economies since it could make in-game transactions easy, fast, and transparent.       

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The impact of XRP  

In order to make the magic happen, Forte utilizes the Interledger protocol (ILP) that was created by former Ripple CTO Stephan Thomas for establishing connections between multiple blockchains. 

On top of that, the startup also uses XRP for increasing the level of interoperability as well as security and liquidity.  

Since its inception, Xpring invested more than $500 mln in around 20 companies to streamline the adoption of XRP.  

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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