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:

๐ŸŽจ Digital Art & Collectibles

๐Ÿ•น๏ธ Blockchain Games

  • Fuel Labs, the team behind the Fuel optimistic rollup implementation, has revived the โ€œEthereum Plays Pokemonโ€ game project with, you guessed it, Fuel support. The move comes as Fuel v1 is now live on Ethereumโ€™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. Donโ€™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.

โ™ฆ๏ธโ™ฆ๏ธ DeFi News

  • Uniswap facilitated $126 million in trade volume between July 29th and July 30th ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ„. As Qiao Wang put it on Twitter: โ€œThis is 1/3 of Coinbase. 1/2 of Kraken. More than Gemini, Polo, and Binance US combined โ€ฆ Pretty incredible TBH.โ€

  • 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 dollarsโ€™ worth of assets.

  • MANA, Decentralandโ€™s native token, is now a supported collateral type in the MakerDAO.

  • MakerDAOโ€™s Dai stablecoin is now the โ€œexclusive stablecoinโ€ of Polyient Gamesโ€™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.

๐Ÿ“ฐFresh Content

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

Keep an ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ out for the 29th issue of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer this time next week, too. Cheers โœŒ๏ธ


About DeFi Arts Intelligencer

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

Iโ€™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. Iโ€™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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