Budweiser nabs a Noun, OpenSea acquires Dharma, Gem launches, & more!
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Dear Bankless Nation,
Twitter. Meta and Instagram. Walmart. The world’s biggest brands are starting to move into NFTs in big ways.
These sorts of major pivots are inevitable as NFTs continue to make serious inroads into the mainstream.
Yet at the same time, let’s never ever forget how we got here. And that’s by innovating for ourselves grassroots style with DIY decentralized infrastructure. Infra that for many has provided direct avenues of escape from the various suffocations of corporate hegemonies.
So yeah, us NFTers are cultural trendsetters, and the rest of the world’s just now catching up. We’re not crusading to make everyone use NFTs; rather, in the not so distant future it’ll just be silly not to.
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🛒 NFT News & Platforms
OpenSea acquired Dharma.
POAP: the creators of the popular NFT badge system raised $10M.
StockX, an online marketplace and clothes reseller, added support for a NFT Vault system.
Statista: a new study indicates women “make up almost half of NFT ownership across all age ranges.”
Zora holds its first Zorb community vote.
🏆 Digital Collectibles
Nouns are going to the Super Bowl! Budweiser acquired beer-headed Noun 179 per Nouns DAO Prop 33 and made it the profile pic of the Bud Light Twitter account.
CrypToadz now has a community grants program, kicked off with a 40 ETH allocation.
CryptoBatz sold out in rapid fashion.
Cool Pets, the Cool Cats expansion collection, will have a mint price of 0.5 ETH.
Sarah Zucker released the Promethea collection on Nifty Gateway.
Circular Art, a generative art platform on the Optimism L2, launched the Octavas collection.
🎮 NFT Games
Axie Infinity rolled out a new Builders Program. The leading NFT game also just unveiled its Axie Releasing mechanic and said a RON launch date has been set.🛠️ We've received over 1300 applications for the Builders Program! Only a few will be chosen in the initial batch. Lots of competition 🔥 axie.substack.com/p/axie-infinit…axie.substack.comAxie Infinity Builders Program!Today, we take an important step in our mission to build Axie alongside the community. We’re excited to announce the launch of the Axie Infinity Builders Program! Through this initial experiment, we want to provide resources, promotion, support, and tools for community developers to continue buildin…
Chainfaces Arena has now seen +1,600 rounds!
Layer Zero: this week Bankless co-host David Hoffman interviewed Jonathan Mann, a.k.a. Song-A-Day-Man.
sound.xyz: the platform’s first 25 releases have all sold out within one minute flat!
🌐 Virtual Worlds
NFTBank.ai now tracks Cryptovoxels parcels in its mobile app.
Decentraland rolled out a new My Store marketplace section.
The Sandbox launched a dedicated Twitter account for The Sandbox Marketplace.
EnterDAO’s land renting marketplace is live.
💎 DeFi x NFTs
Abracadabra.money introduces NFT peer-to-peer loan service.
Gem, a super efficient NFT marketplace aggregator, is now live.
NFTX launches inventory staking! Now you can earn yields on the platform while avoiding the risk of impermanent loss (IL).
Vesper Earn: a new Vesper opp will let you earn yield on your DAI in the form of NFTX PUNK tokens.
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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, DeFi Pulse, JPG, and beyond!
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