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Metaversal is a Bankless newsletter for weekly level-ups on NFTs, virtual worlds, & collectibles
Dear Bankless Nation,
Kevin Rose, a co-founder of Proof Collective and projects like Moonbirds, was tragically hacked this week.
He was tricked into signing a bad transaction that seemed legit, at which point a hacker was able to swipe out dozens of grail NFTs from one of his wallets.
The episode is an unfortunate and stark reminder that in this early crypto frontier, one slip up can be enough to give hackers the in that they need.
The good news? There is a growing field of resources people can use to prevent these sorts of NFT thefts.
For my Bankless Tactic Tuesday post next week I’ll be publishing a guide on how to double down with these security tools, so be on the lookout for that. In the meantime stay vigilante out there, thanks for reading everyone, and have a great weekend ✌️
🙏 Thanks to our sponsor ACROSS
🧠 The big picture
The cumulative market cap of the NFT space has risen to 8.8 million ETH, or ~$14.2B USD, a week-over-week climb of 6%. At a time when many mainstream critics are writing off NFTs as totally dead, the economy of digital things on Ethereum continues to thrive.
📊 This week by the numbers:
Unsurprisingly, the Sewer Pass access NFTs dominated weekly volume stats as all eyes remain on Yuga Labs’s Dookey Dash skill-based mint competition. We also saw a really strong volume showing around The Memes Collection by 6529, which has become an iconic series to watch in 2023.
🔝 7D top collections by volume
🛒 7D NFT marketplace stats
This week we saw OpenSea break out with a decisive volume lead over Blur once more. Stats-wise, X2Y2 is firmly in 3rd place right now with LooksRare a distant 4th.
🛍️ 3 biggest buys this week
There were more major Yuga Labs transactions this week. One was a BAYC sale and the other was an Otherdeed sale, and both purchases were for over the equivalent of ~$240k USD in ETH. This week we also saw a Fidenza, the crown jewel of the Art Blocks ecosystem, crack the top 3 with a Ξ145 resale.
📰 General news
Floor, the NFT price tracker service, acquired NFT analytics platform WGMI.io.
owl.eth introduced the Guardian Contract, a way to lock NFTs from being stolen.
Nounlets kicked off auctions for Noun 129, which was tributed by Beets DAO.
🏆 Digital collectibles
Pudgy Penguins launched support for cross-chain bridging Lil Pudgys.
🎨 Cryptoart & music
Folia hosted the mint for Joan Heemskerk’s CABLE, a collection of 545 on-chain SVGs representing the undersea fiber-optic cables that underpin much of the internet.
RAC released Sonhar, a limited-edition song.
Sound rolled out support for open edition (OE) mints.
🎮 Decentralized gaming
Sorare rolled out a new Capped Mode competitions.
🌐 Virtual worlds
Decentraland is hosting a Film Club 2023 contest to field 30-second videos showcasing its virtual world.
Treasure DAO voted to sunset its Atlas Mine $MAGIC staking system.
🎆 Mint spotlight: Sewer Pass
Released last week by Yuga Labs as a free claim for BAYC, MAYC, and BAKC holders, the Sewer Pass access NFTs have since undergone a trading frenzy as people have been cramming in to try the associated Dookey Dash game + speculating on what the Sewer Pass NFTs will evolve into. The collection has already done over Ξ24,000 in trading, and its highest-tiered NFTs have already reached a floor price of nearly Ξ8.
🔭 Mint watch:
Balagan — a generative art series by Sapir Cohen, Balagan’s amazing blocky aesthetics and gm.studio backing make this a compelling drop; reserved mints begin on Jan. 28th
Night Run — developed by the creators of Terraforms, Night Run is a cross between conceptual art, hypnotic music, and a procedurally-generated city driving game; pre-sale minting kicks off today with a public sale potentially slated to start on Jan. 28th if remaining supply allows
Nyan Balloons — launched by Nyan Cat creator Chris Torres, Nyan Balloons is a burn-to-redeem NFT color changing experiment that doesn’t disappoint in the cuteness department
🙇 3 insightful threads weekly to level up your NFT knowledge!
1. underground on how to trade NFTs based on market momentum:
2. GameFi Guide on how to start playing The Beacon:
3. Ian Rogers on security tips for Ledger hardware wallet users:
✨ My NFT tool of the week: Terminal
Developed by web3 launchpad Forefront, Terminal is an awesome dashboard for tokenized communities. You can use this site to track live DAO auctions, review governance proposals, sort projects by various metrics, and more. If you’re looking to keep tabs on a range of NFT DAOs, this platform is a great place to start.
💥 You might be paying more Ξ in gas than necessary!
Are you a regular MetaMask user who always uses the default gas settings when conducting your wallet transactions? Then you may be paying up to x10 more in ETH than you need to! Here rayzhu.eth suggests a priority fee of ~0.2 gwei as a more than sufficient lower alternative for your transactions:
😜 NFTs are so back…
You know how you can tell? There’s seemingly an endless stream of interesting projects to keep track of again, yet only so much time in the day to do so:
Weekly action steps
🌱 Watch Common Ground | Erik Voorhees on Green Pill
🙇 Catch up on my other write-ups from this week:
William M. Peaster is a professional writer and creator of Metaversal — a Bankless newsletter focused on the emergence of NFTs in the cryptoeconomy. He’s also recently been contributing content to Bankless, JPG, and beyond!
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