CalvinAyre.com, the gambling news site, will no longer be updated. That is according to a statement on the website published today.
The site was the brainchild of billionaire owner Calvin Ayre who launched the site in 2009, calling it the “premier global gambling news site.”
At the time, Ayre wasn’t satisfied with the way other gambling news sites were publishing stories, suggesting that they were too respectful of the industry’s biggest companies, so decided to create his own.
Now the site is ceasing operations, with a team of contributors and writers left to say their goodbyes, including lead poker writer Paul Seaton
Focus Switches to Cryptocurrency
The announcement on the website states that the site is shutting down due to Ayre’s primary focus having changed, from gambling to cryptocurrency.
“I used to do an annual predictions piece for the site, and as far back as 2011 I was predicting a sea change in online payments through the rise of Bitcoin. It’s taken longer than I originally projected, in part because Satoshi Nakamoto’s original vision for Bitcoin got hijacked by individuals too wedded to the status quo and their own self-interest. (Just like those gambling media sites CalvinAyre.com sought to dethrone.)”
Ayre has been heavily involved in the cryptocurrency world for the past five years and this is clearly where his focus now lies.
In May 2016, Dr Craig Wright revealed Ayre was part of his business operation and had financially backed him to the tune of $30 million. Dr Wright claims to be the real person behind Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin’s creator. Those claims are widely regarded as being false by the media and the cryptocurrency community, however.
Calvin Ayre and Coingeek
Ayre acquired Coingeek.com, a cryptocurrency news site, in August 2017 and threw his weight behind Bitcoin Cash. Reports suggest Ayre’s Coingeek mining operations were the largest Bitcoin Cash miner in the world by July 2018.
Four months later, Ayre decided Bitcoin SV is the future of cryptocurrency and gave it his full support and backing.
“Fortunately, Bitcoin was given new life through Satoshi’s re-emergence – in the more tangible form of Dr. Craig Wright – and the release of Bitcoin SV (BSV), the only technology that remains true to the vision Satoshi outlined in his famous white paper (released one year before CalvinAyre.com’s launch). But BSV isn’t just a frictionless payments solution; its unparalleled scaling capacity offers heretofore unthinkable possibilities for data management. BSV also heralds the arrival of the Metanet, Dr. Wright’s concept for a protocol that merges data and content for tracking, monetization and ownership in a peer-to-peer system.”
Bodog CEO Calvin Ayre Announces Retirement
Gambling Articles To Remain Live, But For How Long?
Ayre signed off his message by stating “you never forget your first love” and by informing readers that the gambling articles will remain archived on CalvinAyre.com.
The site is currently awash with writers and contributors saying their goodbyes and leaving their contact details. The likes of Paul Seaton, Erik Gibbs, and Editor-in-Chief Bill Beatty have all posted their final articles on Ayre’s now-defunct platform.
Lead image courtesy of CalvinAyre.com