Brazil Startup Success Points at Latin America Cryptocurrency Takeoff

Innovative technology is driving increasing interest in cryptocurrency and could allow Brazilian tech startups to leap frog other nations in the digital currency space.

Prosperity Coins

Combining the worlds of crowdfunding, cryptocurrency, and the idea of profit sharing with users, Brazilian start-up Prosperity Games is blazing a new trail in the crypto world with the creation of a new alt-coin in conjunction with a new gaming title.

Not only will the sale of Prosperity Coins fund the development of the new turn-based battle game Full Metal Wars, but these tokens will then go on to also become the in-game currency, whilst also offering a profit dividend to those holding them, based on the financial success of the game itself.

Allowing users to invest in a new gaming title is not new in itself, but the idea that the excitement and support a user can offer to a new game translates into a financial stake in the game's success is clearly a motivating feature.

South America, a continent with a population of 387 million, has so far played a quiet role in the development of the global cryptocurrency ecosystem. Despite having huge segments of society being under-banked, bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies have failed to take off.

Full Metal Wars

Latin America’s ‘Silicon Valley’

However, now with a growing tech scene and area likes Campina Grande being dubbed the “Silicon Valley of South America,” innovative crypto solutions are beginning to emerge from the region. In the case of Brazil's 200 million citizens, one motivating factor is the instability of the nation's fiat currency the Real (BRL) and  historically high levels of foreign currency taxation, which sat at 6% until the state dropped the rate last year in an attempt to increase foreign-direct-investment into the country.

Last October Cointelegraph spoke to Alberto Vega the regional representative of BitPay, about the potential he sees in Brazil as its citizens become more involved in the digital currency world.

“Latin America accounts for