🗽 This is what went down at NFT.NYC


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1000’s traveled as much as the Massive Apple final week for NFT.NYC. Regardless of the market, the vibes have been nonetheless tremendous constructive and other people have been as exuberant as ever.

Whereas there may be an excessive amount of to cowl every thing, right here have been the primary themes:

The NFT.NYC convention

NFT.NYC has develop into much less targeted on the precise convention and extra on a slew of aspect occasions, events, and completely happy hours occurring concurrently across the metropolis all through the week.

We, like many, have been in New York final weekend however didn’t attend the convention. Of people who did, many expressed disappointment.

Blue chips go all out

Mainly, each blue-chip threw an enormous get together for its holders. Clearly, there was Ape Fest; a three-day extravaganza clad with A-list performers and celebrities.

Additionally, persons are reselling nearly every thing from it.

The Doodles occasion was paying homage to a giant tech product launch. CEO Julian Holguin delivered what almost definitely was the first-ever NFT keynote. Whereas all of those collections are utilizing these large-scale occasions to amplify their model, Doodles’ strategy of showing somewhat extra polished was attention-grabbing. However in addition they nonetheless threw a celebration and an immersion as properly.

Cool Cats placed on a extremely interactive gamified quest for merch referred to as Cooltopia.

The Azuki Alley get together was apparently the most effective events of all the week.

Goblintown threw a grungy get together the place they gave out cheeseburgers and Beeble needed posters. They appeared to have benefitted probably the most with their ground rising 43% post-party.

There was nonetheless quite a lot of cringe + pretend Snoop Dogg?

The Solana-based NFT alternate, Magic Eden, raised $130M at a $1.6B valuation. The corporate is barely 9 months outdated and utterly dominates the Solana NFT market.

Even after OpenSea launched assist for Solana, Magic Eden nonetheless routinely does equal or higher gross sales quantity. In addition they have over double the variety of energetic customers and nonetheless crush everybody in each day transactions on Solana.

One of many firm’s founders additionally shared an inspiring story of how he went from being broke and dwelling on a sailboat to beginning Magic Eden.

eBay has been seeking to broaden into NFTs for fairly a while and the acquisition of KnownOrigin and their staff will definitely speed up these efforts. KnownOrigin has been round since 2018 however has flown somewhat underneath the radar specializing in 1/1 artwork from outstanding artists as a substitute of PFPS.

Shopify is implementing NFTs into its platform by way of a brand new initiative referred to as Tokengated Experiences.

It’s going to primarily give manufacturers the flexibility to make a retailer that requires an NFT to enter. Tasks like Cool Cats and Doodles are already utilizing it to supply unique entry to merch and occasions. It’s going to additionally enable manufacturers to mint customized NFTs to record and promote proper from their shops.

That is actually cool as a result of it received’t simply be siloed off to giant tasks like Doodles and Cool Cats. Quickly this know-how can be accessible to hundreds of small companies utilizing Shopify, hopefully accelerating the business’s adoption.

Not Boring’s Packy McCormick interviewed Shopify’s Alex Danco about a few of their plans for tokengated commerce and it’s price a learn.

The NFT market is down awfully dangerous since January. Day by day buying and selling volumes sit at $20M, off 98% from their peak of $1B.

Seems Uncommon’s share of the NFT alternate market has dropped to twenty% – from 70% in January. There may be additionally a giant Seems token unlock slated for July.

ETH gaming weekly energetic customers have dropped from 12k in November to 2k now. Decentraland and Sandbox nonetheless maintain the lion’s share of customers. Most video games have watched their consumer base drop 30-40% within the final 6-10 months, besides Sandbox which is barely down round 3%. Gaming tokens are all down 60% no less than.

Extra takeaways from the NFT market in 2022:

  • ETH and NFT flooring have been tightly correlated

  • NFTs are momentum property, that means that ground costs usually tend to go up as we speak in the event that they went up yesterday however will go down most days

  • Flooring of most airdrops have been down or flat

  • The concept decrease ETH is sweet for NFT flooring has been a fable

Yuga alleged that Ryder Ripps has infringed on their unregistered phrase and design marks by primarily promoting a knock-off Bored Ape assortment. He created a “re-contextualized” model of BAYC referred to as RR/BAYC by re-minting Apes and itemizing them on Basis. The RR/BAYC assortment seems equivalent to the unique and racked up $3.5M in gross sales quantity on OpenSea earlier than it was faraway from the platform following “a declare of mental property infringement.”

So Yuga has enlisted the assistance of famed SF legislation agency Fenwick & West to deliver Ryder Ripps to justice. The important thing allegation is that Ryder Ripps is utilizing Yuga’s phrase and design marks to promote NFTs – which he’s.

Brian L. Frye wrote a terrific thread additional breaking down the case in addition to Ryder Ripps’ potential protection.

“That is no mere monkey enterprise”

– Yuga Labs really wrote this in a authorized doc

Extra Yuga Information

The corporate’s founders launched a weblog publish rebuking claims that they’re secretly Nazis.

Doodles took the stage at NFT.NYC to announce the challenge’s subsequent section:

  • Reddit co-founder (and Serena Williams’ husband 🎾) Alexis Ohanian’s VC agency Seven Six Ventures will lead Doodle’s first spherical of outdoor funding.

  • Music legend Pharrell Williams is becoming a member of as Doodle’s Chief Model Officer and a board member. He’s additionally the manager producer for Doodles Data: Quantity 1.

  • Doodles are launching a second assortment

Doodles 2

The challenge’s second assortment is aimed to scale and decrease the barrier to entry for the Doodles ecosystem. The NYC announcement targeted on the important thing variations between Doodles 2 and the Genesis assortment.

  • Scarce —> Accessible

  • 1000’s —> Hundreds of thousands

  • JPEG —> Audio/Visible

  • ETH —> Not ETH??

There can be tens of millions of mass-market, identity-focused Doodles 2 NFTs in a position to be custom-made utilizing wearables, animated characters, fully-licensed music, and extra with out fuel charges.


The announcement additionally make clear the Doodles Dooplicator. CEO Julian Holguin stated that the Dooplicator will present “perpetual utility” and that duplicating traits from the unique assortment [over to Doodles 2] is “not the one, however the first use case.”

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Many are speculating that GTA will implement a cryptocurrency ecosystem inside GTA 6. A lot of the hypothesis stems from an article printed by Display Rant that features this quote:

Different in style rumors surrounding Grand Theft Auto 6 embrace the sport that includes a number of playable characters (together with the primary playable feminine protagonist within the historical past of the GTA franchise), the introduction of a Bitcoin-like cryptocurrency system, and intercontinental journey throughout a number of time intervals.

That is actually big-if-true however at the moment it’s only a rumor.

Messari researcher Kel Eleje did a write-up analyzing the circumstances for and towards crypto gaming.

Instances towards crypto gaming

Instances for crypto gaming

  • Large TAM

  • Crypto video games have to date been the most effective drivers of progress for blockchain ecosystems

  • Most of the circumstances towards crypto gaming could be eliminated or mitigated with an enchancment to mechanism design

Charles & Zunk are the co-founders of the web3-powered, open, social sport world Nifty Island.

On this episode we chat:

  • Their progress because the final time they have been on the podcast 1 yr in the past

  • Why gaming is important for digital worlds

  • Remixing NFTs and different property

  • Significance of Person-generated content material

  • What position does curation and constructing play in Nifty Island

  • Why giving customers targets is vital for digital world adoption


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