Sorry to say this but I have some really BAT news for many of you!
If you have been earning BAT tokens using Brave, but do not have a custodial wallet linked to your Brave account, you are about to lose all your BAT tokens.
Brave is planning to stop using the VBAT (virtual BAT tokens), VBAT tokens are whatever you see in your browser. These tokens are not part of the real supply. They only become part of it when at the end of the month your BAT tokens are sent to your Gemini or Uphold wallet.
Now Gemini only applies to the US and has its fair share of problems, but for users outside of the US Uphold was the place to go. Although according to many not their favorite place, more like a necessary evil place. If you could go at all, because Uphold has been listing and delisting many countries over the last couple of years.
If you are in a supported country as per the list below, great! You can KYC and keep earning BAT from Brave. If you are not, or not willing to KYC February is probably going to be the last month you will earn BAT for using the Brave Browser.
The so-called lucky ones
- Cayman Islands
- Colombia *
- Costa Rica
- Czechia (Czech Republic)
- Ecuador *
- Hong Kong
- Jamaica *
- New Zealand
- Nicaragua *
- South Africa
- Türkiye *
- United Kingdom
- United States (excluding New York state)
* Uphold no longer offering new accounts in regions marked with *
Now the thing is that the list of countries not supported is twice as long! The people living in those countries will not only no longer earn BAT, but also lose all the BAT they are holding in their Brave Browser. And that can be a lot I have seen people with close to 100 BAT in their browser wallet. All VBAT and all about to disappear.
List of countries without any available custodial option for Brave Rewards:
- American Samoa
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Bouvet Island
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Côte d'Ivoire
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Dominican Republic
- Equatorial Guinea
- French Southern and Antarctic Lands
- Heard Island and McDonald Islands
- Myanmar (Burma)
- North Korea
- Republic of the Congo
- Russian Federation
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United States Minor Outlying Islands
So What Can I Do?
Well first DYOR and don´t let a Baby online be your only source of truth; hence here is what is changing https://brave.com/rewards-changes/#whats-changing-for-users
How Can I Still Get Something For My BAT?
Well if you know me then you know these next weeks, probably till you get your last bit of BAT in early March, you can use my diabolical deal.
Almost a year ago I found out that many people can not monetize their BAT due to being in a region that was not supported by Uphold, or because they did not want to do the Uphold KYC.
So I came up with this little win/win idea.
It´s very simple if you have no Uphold wallet, you don´t make a cent from the BAT in your Browser. But you can tip a Twitter account or YouTube channel. If you do that, 5% goes to Brave and 95% to the content creator that owns the channel,
Well, and as it happens I had a channel or two to be tipped.
Over the course of this year, I started with little 3-8 BAT deals, of which the person tipping me would get 66,6% in BCH from me. the other 33,3% would be 5% to Brave and 1% for fees. Leaving me with a nice little revenue as well, everybody wins.
Now that little business grew so fast. From 10 BAT in that first month to 260+BAT in December 2022 and all happy customers:
I could make a whole post with these references and maybe I should, but not today.
Today is just a warning, a gentle reminder, and an initial heads-up. To:
WAKE UP & TAKE ACTION
Whatever you do, even if you wanna throw away your BAT tipping Logan Paul I don't care but do something with it or be ready to lose it all. So as a wise man once said "Use it Or Lose It" and don´t tell me I did not warn you!
The Good News
Yes, there is some good news! Although it will not help you get any wealthier from the Brave ads.
That good news is that in a month or two you will see no more screaming babies willing to take your BAT and give you BCH or HIVE for it in return. I will do a little campaign over the next 4 weeks or so to make sure everyone gets a fair chance to monetize the BAT they are still holding in their Brave Browser but after that, BATCoin Baby will hide in the shadows forever.
So if you are interested in monetizing your BAT just read this and give me a call if you are ready to take the deal:
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐨 𝐒𝐰𝐚𝐩 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐁𝐀𝐓 𝐭𝐨 𝐁𝐢𝐭𝐜𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐂𝐚𝐬𝐡 (𝐁𝐂𝐇) 𝐨𝐫 𝐇𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐔𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐝
More about my BAT Deal and how it almost went bust you can read here:
𝗨𝗽𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗱 𝗦𝘂𝗰𝗸𝘀 - Make money from Brave Ads without Uphold
Hope this did not come as to big a shock as I know that for many people this was just a nice little extra every month. But maybe the thought about not seeing me dress up as BATBABY is that little bit of sugar that helps the medicine go down. If you want to swap just leave me a comment, reach out to me in chat on TORUM https://www.torum.com/u/bitcoinbaby or drop me a note in discord: BitcoinBaby#3310
Just make sure to monetize that BAT before the VBAT is removed from your browser.