Your NFT edge
Coinbase NFT opens, Yuga Labs looks beyond Ethereum, Azuki BEANS, and more!
Metaversal is a Bankless newsletter for weekly level-ups on NFTs, virtual worlds, & collectibles
Dear Bankless Nation,
Your NFT edge is doing your homework.
What I mean is that earlier this week traditional news outlets reported the NFT market was collapsing thanks to very incomplete data from a single NFT analytics service.
Turns out if you check the chain, it’s clear the NFT market is teeming lately and even setting new activity records here and there.
So no, the NFT collapse isn’t upon us. But the inertia from the initial reporting is still spreading out through meatspace and many people won’t see the story has already been debunked.
That’s your edge, then. While many people in the mainstream are still writing off NFTs because they don’t understand them or know how to, you’ve a head start because you do understand the basics. You’ve searched Dune Analytics before. You know how to dig in, as it were.
There are many arbitrages and opportunities to be made in that gap between us and the mainstream. The gap is closing by the day as NFTs continue to take over the world, so keep doing your homework here and making the most of it while you can. In the meantime, have a great weekend ✌️
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🛒 NFT News & Platforms
Coinbase NFT is now open to everyone.
Kraken is launching Kraken NFT:
Starbucks plans to release NFTs that offer unique customer experiences later this year.
Yuga Labs asserted that “ApeCoin will need to migrate to its own chain in order to properly scale.”
Zora Labs, the builders of Zora, raised $50M in a new funding round.
🏆 Digital Collectibles
Azuki kicked off the BEANZ reveal:
Moonbirds is launching public profiles next week.
Takashi Murakami launched his Murakami.Flowers collection.
Cool Cats introduced a new UI for Cooltopia.
Doodles welcomed Julian Holguin, previously the President of Billboard, as its new CEO.
Forgotten Runes Wizard’s Cult published an epic new trailer:
🎨 NFT art
Fingerprints, a blockchain art collector group, just celebrated its 1st birthday and interviewed OG blockchain artist and NFTer Rhea Myers.
Sofia Crespo released Chimerical Stories on BrainDrops:
0xphiiil released Zupermat on Art Blocks earlier today:
🎮 NFT Gaming
Ancient8 Research, a new GameFi research portal, just launched.
Axie Infinity published an overview of its progress on land staking.
Illuvium is conducting its first NFT land sale in June 2022.
Coopahtroopa.eth published This Week in Music NFTs - May 1st.
RAC kicked off a token-gated guild via Guild, an NFT membership management project:
🌐 Virtual Worlds
Yuga Labs refunded ETH to everyone whose transactions failed during the Otherdeeds mint event.
Webaverse appeared on the Delphi Digital podcast this week.
Cryptovoxels rebranded to Voxels.
Decentraland published a Decentraland Security Update.
💎 DeFi x NFTs
Deadfellaz invested in Syndicate, a web3 investment infrastructure project.
Drops DAO, an NFT lending project, arrived on mainnet.
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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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