Photographs shared from the Consensus 2019 event in New York have sparked fresh rumors of yet another internet giant following Facebook down the crypto rabbit hole, this time online marketplace eBay.
Hackernoon reported on a Tweet from an event participant shows several banner ads from the retail giant carrying slogans such as “Virtual Currency. It’s happening on eBay.” and “Digital Collectibles. It’s happening on eBay”.
Looks like adoption is going to be a common word in this industry in 2019… https://t.co/YJumSsiJBF
— Mappo – Head of aelf Content (@mappopk_crypto) May 13, 2019
The first looks like an obvious reference to cryptocurrency, since the term “virtual currency” has been used by several jurisdictions to refer to crypto such as Bitcoin. The last phrase is perhaps even more curious as it talks about “digital collectibles”, something that blockchain-based games such as CryptoKitties have introduced via specialized tokens created using the Ethereum protocol.
eBay was one of the sponsors for Consensus 2019 alongside many other huge companies, most already dabbling at least in blockchain technology ventures, such as Deloitte, IBM, Microsoft, Australian Federal Government, Citi, AWS and Accenture.
With the likes of Facebook also seemingly intent on creating its own stablecoin, and banking mammoth JP Morgan already hot on the trails of private crypto, it might come as little surprise others are also joining the corporate queue at the blockchain line.
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