Ankr and Matter Labs launch zkSync Era Nodes & Hyperchain on Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Societe Generale-FORGE receives first French crypto license. Bitdeer ranks 2nd in VanEck Crypto & Blockchain ETF.

Ankr and Matter Labs launch zkSync Era Nodes & Hyperchain on Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Societe Generale-FORGE receives first French crypto license. Bitdeer ranks 2nd in VanEck Crypto & Blockchain ETF.

The Blockchain Industry: News and Insights

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In this article, we will explore the latest news and developments in the blockchain industry. From decentralized finance (DeFi) to regulatory advancements, ETF inclusion, investment funding, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and gaming, we will delve into the various aspects of this exciting and rapidly evolving field.

DeFi News

Web3 developer hub Ankr and Matter Labs, the team behind zkSync, have joined forces to launch dedicated zkSync Era Nodes and Hyperchain blockchain solutions on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. This collaboration aims to integrate technology from all parties, combining Ankr’s specialized solutions, zkSync Era’s scalable blockchain network, and Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure. The zkSync Era node deployment service will enable enterprises and Web3 projects to connect to or build apps on top of zkSync Era, a zkEVM Ethereum Layer-2 scaling protocol. Additionally, the future zkSync Era Hyperchains solution will allow enterprises to build and launch their own customizable dedicated Hyperchain blockchain.

Fantom, on the other hand, has introduced a quarterly bonus reward for projects participating in its gas monetization program. This program offers dapps a 15% share of the gas fees they generate, allowing them to increase their passive income. The program has already seen success, with participating projects earning over FTM 70,000 ($18,000), and the top-earning project bringing in over FTM 14,000 ($3,600).

Regulation News

Societe Generale’s cryptocurrency division, SG-FORGE, has become the first company to receive a license to offer crypto services in France. The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), the country’s financial regulator, has granted SG-FORGE the license to provide buying, selling, exchange, and custody of digital assets. SG-FORGE anticipates the implementation of the European MiCA regulation, which aims to regulate and secure the crypto-asset market at the European Union level by 2024.

ETF News

Bitdeer Technologies Group, a Singapore-based technology company for the crypto mining community, is now included in the VanEck Crypto and Blockchain Innovators UCITS ETF. With a weight of 8.13%, Bitdeer represents the second-largest constituent of the fund, following Coinbase as of June 30. Marathon Digital Holdings is in third place with 6.81%.

Investment News

Crypto mining firm Argo Blockchain has raised £5.75 million ($7.4 million) from a concurrent institutional and retail share sale. The oversubscribed sale involved the placement of 51,340,000 new ordinary shares with institutional investors and offering 6,160,000 new ordinary shares to retail investors. This funding will support Argo Blockchain’s growth and expansion.

P0x labs, the cryptographic development team behind Manta Network, has announced a $25 million Series A funding round led by Polychain Capital and Qiming Venture Partners. This funding brings Manta Network’s valuation to $500 million and will be used to scale the project’s network, user base, and use cases for Manta Pacific, its Layer 2 for ZK applications. The expansion will focus on key Asian markets.

NFT News

Blockchain network operator Theta Labs has partnered with the 90s collectible brand POG, now known as POG Digital. POG will launch a highly customized Theta Metachain subchain and a custom TNT20 utility token. This partnership allows the 165 million Millennials and GenZs who collected Pogs worldwide to access hyper limited-edition POG collectibles that integrate digital and physical experiences. These collectibles will be exclusively available through a Theta-patented POG Collector platform.

Gaming News

Galaxy Commanders, an upcoming competitive Web3-based mobile/PC game founded by Electronic Arts, NCSoft, and Nexon veterans, has teamed up with Web3 gaming platform Immutable. The partnership aims to build out the game’s vision for the Interstellar odyssey via Immutable zkEVM, an Ethereum Layer-2 scaling solution. The game will feature various types of upgrades in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and its in-game currency, Dimensium, will play a key role in supporting the game’s internal economy.


In conclusion, the blockchain industry continues to witness exciting developments across various sectors. From the integration of technology in decentralized finance to regulatory advancements, ETF inclusion, investment funding, non-fungible tokens, and gaming, the blockchain industry is at the forefront of innovation. These recent news and insights provide a glimpse into the ever-evolving landscape of blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize multiple industries.