DeFi Arts Intelligencer - Aug. 1st, 2020

Welcome to the 28th issue of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer, your weekly source for key happenings around Ethereum art, collectibles, games, and more. Subscribe here.


For this dispatch:

🎨 Digital Art & Collectibles

🕹️ Blockchain Games

  • Fuel Labs, the team behind the Fuel optimistic rollup implementation, has revived the “Ethereum Plays Pokemon” game project with, you guessed it, Fuel support. The move comes as Fuel v1 is now live on Ethereum’s Rinkeby testnet. Scaling is coming! Scaling is coming!

  • Axie Infinity co-founder Jeffrey Zirlin, a.k.a The Jiho, was a guest on the Into the Ether podcast this week. Don’t miss this one! I was particularly interested when the convo turned to Ronin, the Ethereum sidechain the Axie team is building.

  • As of this week, fantasy soccer game Sorare had 25% more active wallets than CryptoKitties or Axie Infinity.

♦️♦️ DeFi News

  • Uniswap facilitated $126 million in trade volume between July 29th and July 30th 🦄🦄🦄. As Qiao Wang put it on Twitter: “This is 1/3 of Coinbase. 1/2 of Kraken. More than Gemini, Polo, and Binance US combined … Pretty incredible TBH.”

  • The Synthetix protocol is now under the control of 3 separate DAOs: grantsDAO, protocolDAO, and synthetixDAO.

  • DeFi lending giant MakerDAO now secures over $1 billion dollars’ worth of assets.

  • MANA, Decentraland’s native token, is now a supported collateral type in the MakerDAO.

  • MakerDAO’s Dai stablecoin is now the “exclusive stablecoin” of Polyient Games’s upcoming $PGFK NFT sale.

  • Augur V2 launched. The decentralized prediction marketplace now supports Dai-denominated markets among other improvements.

  • Lending project Aave is looking to pivot to Aavenomics, a program to decentralize the Aave protocol and update its tokenomics.

  • Decentralized brand factory METAFACTORY rolled out first-edition YFI SUPPLY hoodies.

📰Fresh Content

Thanks for reading, and stay creative on- and off-chain!

Keep an 👁️ out for the 29th issue of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer this time next week, too. Cheers ✌️


About DeFi Arts Intelligencer

The DeFi Arts Intelligencer is curated by me, William M. Peaster, a professional writer and editor who’s been tracking the Ethereum and Dai beats in recent years.

I’m passionate about art and a DeFi optimist, so putting together this newsletter is both fun and informative for me. I hope others may find the content helpful, too. But be mindful, the information herein should not be construed as investment advice. I’m not a financial adviser, and these are my opinions. Always take care to seriously consider the various layers of risk you face in participating in the still-maturing cryptoeconomy.

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