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Past week: Axie Accessories arrive, BAYC’s new saga, Uniswap x MoonPay, & more!
Metaversal is a Bankless newsletter for weekly level-ups on NFTs, virtual worlds, & collectibles
Dear Bankless Nation,
I’ll be taking the last week of the year off like I did in 2021, so this is the final Metaversal of 2022!
To be sure, the past 12 months have made for a crazy ride, with both setbacks and advances aplenty around the crypto ecosystem depending on where you look.
In considering everything that’s happened, one of my overriding takeaways from 2022 is that the NFT space is now quantitatively and qualitatively teeming with compelling apps and projects like never before.
This progress will keep snowballing into bigger advances!
We NFTers really have so much to be excited about heading into the new year, but in the meantime I hope you all have a safe and relaxing holiday season with your loved ones.
For now, let’s catch you up on the past week’s NFT headlines in this EOY Friday recap — thanks for reading everyone, happy holidays ✌️🎄
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📣 General NFT News
Bankless released the final piece of the Genesis Collection of Bankless Collectibles, “Endgame” ft. Vitalik Buterin:
Blur, the NFT marketplace aggregator, recalculated its Airdrop 2 rewards.
Coinbase Ventures published an awesome primer on web3 social media.
hildobby, a data specialist, published an excellent NFT Wash Trading on Ethereum report.
Zora Editions helped ~5,800 creators release 1.3 million NFT editions this year:
🏆 Digital Collectibles
Shinsei Galverse started production of an anime based on its IP.
Tessera hosted an auction for 250 “Raes” originated from CryptoPunk 8154:
Yuga Labs, the parent company of the BAYC ecosystem, hired former Activision Blizzard (ATVI) President and COO Daniel Alegre.
Yuga Labs also launched The Trial of Jimmy the Monkey, a new lore event for the BAYC universe.
Wassies rolled out 3D VRM avatars for all holders.
Dmitri Cherniak’s The Wrapture finished its year-long collector experiment with collectors successfully maintaining the series at 50 editions. Accordingly, Cherniak auctioned The Wrapture #7 to fund gastroesophageal cancer research at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto:
🎮 Decentralized Gaming
Axie Infinity passed its Google Play Store review and launched its new Axie Accessories system:
BLVKHVND, an esports DAO, proposed transitioning to a Nounish DAO format.
Pirate Nation introduced 3D Voxel Pirates.
💽 Music NFTs
musicben.eth published an awesome recap thread covering the rise of music NFTs in 2022.
Sound added support for liking songs and playlists.
🌐 Virtual Worlds
Decentraland introduced its beta for Decentraland Worlds, which facilitates personal virtual spaces for people who don’t own LAND tokens:
💎 DeFi x NFTs
Uniswap added support for fiat onramping via MoonPay to its web app:
Weekly action steps
🆕 Read Vitalik’s Top 5 Crypto Wins of 2022 and The Future of Liquid Staking in Bankless
🌱 Watch Making ReFi Real on Green Pill
🙇 Catch up on my other write-ups from this past 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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