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Dear Bankless Nation,
Happy April Fool’s Day!
As you can imagine, there’s been a lot of fun pranks around the NFT ecosystem today. My favorite this year was dealt by the Azuki project, which airdropped mysterious NFTs to Azuki holders and then told everyone to refresh the NFTs’ metadata.
Upon refreshing this morning, the NFTs’ art turned into opened boxes of dust. Ouch! Of course, Azuki won’t leave everyone hanging, there’s surely another refresh event coming. They definitely surprised a few people at first, though!
The prank is fun, but it’s also a great reminder to always pay attention to how NFT projects approach metadata. There’s no right or wrong way per se, though some avenues are indeed mutable.
Anyways, I hope everyone has a great weekend, and thanks kindly for reading Metaversal. Be well and stay creative!
🛒 NFT News & Platforms
Blur, an upstart NFT marketplace for pro traders, has raised $11M.
Nansen NFT analytics are now free.
Opensea is nearing support for Solana NFTs.
Upshot Analytics, a new data dashboard for NFT data, is now out as a beta release.
WeChat starts suspending NFT accounts.
🏆 Digital Collectibles
Azuki airdropped Something Official NFTs to collection holders (x2 each!).
Prop House, an NFT fundraising project centered around Nouns, kicked off this week.
The Museum of Modern Art, or MoMA, is looking to hire a web3/NFT specialist.
EDG is releasing the series Mazinaw via Art Blocks Factory:
🎮 NFT Gaming
Sky Mavis has replaced all of its Ronin validators in the wake of the ~$600M Ronin bridge attack this week, and the NFT gaming studio plans to add more validators soon.
Axie Infinity’s Origin Launch Week festivities have begun.
Catalog now has a dedicated Dune Analytics dashboard courtesy of Richard Chen:
Coopahtroopa.eth published This Week in Music NFTs - March 28th.
🌐 Virtual Worlds
Cryptovoxels faced a Discord scam attack that cost some of its users their parcels.
Decentraland opened up its in-world builder to everyone, not just LAND owners.
The Sandox Alpha Season 2 started yesterday.
💎 DeFi x NFTs
LooksRare launched the LOOKS Compounder, which lets LOOKS stakers automatically compound WETH rewards into LOOKS.
nftperp, a perpetual futures DEX where you can short blue-chip NFTs, is nearing.
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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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