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Weekly Roundup: Meta axes NFTs, Doodles NFT kerfuffle, Zora’s new feed, and more!
Metaversal is a Bankless newsletter for weekly level-ups on NFTs, virtual worlds, & collectibles
Dear Bankless Nation,
Top o' the mornin' to you all, and happy St. Patrick's Day!
As you dive into this week's news roundup, remember that while fortunes may rise and fall in the NFT world, a keen eye and a bit of luck can go a long way.
For instance, some of my friends joke that I’ve got a “lucky wallet” because I’ve chanced upon minting a handful of rare NFTs before in being at the right place at the right time.
Jokes aside, I really do wish you luck in all your NFT endeavors, and I hope eventually the non-fungible wonders in your wallet will become as plentiful as the shamrocks are on this festive day.
Sláinte and happy exploring in the meantime!
🧠 The big picture
The overall market cap of the NFT space shrunk for the first time in the two months since I started my Metaversal 2.0 recaps, having dropped from 10.15M ETH to 9.6M ETH for a 5% decline on the week. On the flip side, the prices of top coins like BTC and ETH just had considerable green 7D ticks, so it’s safe to assume more than a few people just fled into the perceived safety of the majors amid the recent banking chaos in the U.S.
📊 This week by the numbers:
Another week, another dominant performance by MAYC atop the 7D NFT volume charts. The Moonbirds collection also continues to see major volume activity, too, as bear market blues has lately led to surges of buy and sell pressure around the project. Azuki, Otherdeeds plots, and BAYC all facilitated over 9k ETH worth of trades on the week to round out the top five here.
🔝 7D top collections by volume
🛒 7D NFT marketplace stats
Notably, Blur’s stranglehold on the NFT economy receded some over the past week, during which its volume marketshare dropped from 77% to 72% and its trades marketshare dropped from 56% to 51%. That’s not a massive plunge, but it is stark difference from recent weeks when Blur either was gaining ground or staying steady in its dominance. Is this decline a sign that the pull of $BLUR rewards are starting to wane? For now, we’ll just have to wait and see.
🛍️ 3 biggest buys this week
It was a cryptoart-themed week for the space’s top 7D NFT sales, as a Fidenza and a classic Lost Robbie sold for 380 ETH and 260 ETH respectively. Rounding out the top three largest transactions was a 191.69 ETH sale of Azuki #3153, a rare “Spirit” type from the PFP collection.
📰 General news
Context will be discontinued effective April 15th.
Meta decided to abandon support for NFTs across Facebook and Instagram.
NFT.Storage launched the NFT Forever Project.
OpenSea intro’d proxy contracts for self-serve drops.
Zora launched a new frontpage feed system.
🏆 Digital collectibles
Doodles is “no longer an NFT project.”
Tessera unveiled Checkpoint, a tool for Checks collectors to collaborate on getting the fabled “Black Check.”
🎨 Cryptoart & music
Robbie Barrat’s AI Generated Nude Portrait #7 Frame #110, a cryptoart classic, resold for 260 ETH.
🎮 Decentralized gaming
Axie Origins kicked off its Epic Era.
DEADDROP, an in-progress extraction shooter by Dr. Disrespect’s Midnight Society studio, held its Snapshot V play reveal today.
Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, is adding 20 NFT games to its online marketplace.
🌐 Virtual worlds
Decentraland is working on new Social Features.
Uniswap V3 is now live on BNB Chain.
🎆 Mint spotlight: HV-MTL
Following up the BAYC Dookey Dash competition, this week Sewer Pass holders were able to start participating in The Summoning, from which new “Power Source” HV-MTL NFTs could be minted. The collection of 30k Mechs will be spread across 8 Power Source types and will be usable in upcoming minigames. The floor price for the basics are currently +2 ETH, but we’ve seen rares sell for as high as 45 ETH already.
🔭 Mint watch:
ZOGZ Pepe — Today Matt Furie, the creator of Pepe the Frog, is holding a open edition drop for the public on his pepe.fun website; at the time of writing it wasn’t clear when the drop was starting, so keep an eye out for an announcement
🙇 3 insightful threads weekly to level up your NFT knowledge!
1. jay on how to assess the strengths of NFT projects:
2. Jack Butcher on the ongoing opepfp experiment:
3. Giancarlo on game publisher Nexon turning its MapleStory franchise into an NFT game:
✨ My NFT tool of the week: POAP Drops
If you’re someone who’s interested in creating POAPs or already does so all the time, you’ll love the new POAP Drops resource. Designed to become your new go-to tool for creating and distributing digital mementos in web3, POAP Drops offers an optimized and intuitive interface that streamlines the entire POAP creation process, making it a breeze for anyone to create and manage POAP distributions. Check it out!
💥 ETH and NFTs have a certain unprecedented charm, don’t they…
ETH, BTC, and some NFTs put the “magic” in the “magic internet money” trifecta: they’re super secure, you’re the boss of your own funds, and folks actually value them. Sure, the cryptoeconomy is still in its infancy and can be mind boggling at times, but make no mistake: decentralized bearer assets are empowering in ways human civilization has never seen. Rest assured, this chapter in history is just beginning.
😜 My Ledger, my money…
In these early days of crypto and NFTs, holders may ride a metaphorical volatility roller coaster, but through self-custody at least we know where the safety bar is. Last weekend the world was temporarily left guessing exactly what was going to happen to some U.S. banks…
🆕 Read Everything You Need to Know About the Arbitrum Airdrop in Bankless
🙇 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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