Crypto got slightly better known this Six Nations rugby weekend as Italy played (and were trounced by) Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. While the Azzurri didn’t exactly have much luck being down two players, their sponsor, Austrian based crypto exchange Bitpanda got plenty of screentime throughout the match as the headline sponsor of the team. While crypto took over the superbowl, and there have been a few british football teams that have been sponsored by crypto companies, it’s the first time in my knowledge that a team sponsored by a crypto company has made it into Ireland’s national stadium.
Flagship investigative journalism show Prime Time on Ireland’s national broadcaster RTÉ ran a pre-Christmas piece on cryptocurrencies this week. Going by the title, “Into the Cryptoverse”, and available here (embedded from RTE Player so it might not be accessible outside of Ireland), the piece interviewed a range of people in the industry. The piece took a somewhat Dickensian approach, taking a lead from A Christmas Carol and looking at the past, present and future of crypto. It contained contributions rom financial planners who were somewhat skeptical of crypto, talking to people on the streets of Dublin, including a mix of
As we reported about two weeks ago, the Floki Inu memecoin ran an extensive advertising campaign around Dublin for it’s coin. We had flagged in our article that we expected a lot of complaints, given that there were no risk warnings, and we’re not alone. As reported in The Times, hundreds of members of the public complained about the campaign to the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland. How this pans out we’ll have to see, as it’s likely that remnants of the campaign will continue to be driven around the capital for the next couple of weeks until the ads