Welcome to the 31st issue of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer, your weekly source for key happenings around Ethereum art, collectibles, games, finance, and more. Subscribe here.
For this dispatch:
🎨 Digital Art & Collectibles
Artist XCOPY sold the Master token of “The Rabble” on Async Art for 32 ETH. Total sales for the piece’s Master and Layer tokens brought in +85 ETH …
Speaking of Async Art, artists on the platform are going beast mode: 6 artists brought in +197 ETH across 100 Master and Layer token sales last weekend.
Acclaimed comic book artist José Delbo is collaborating with artist PR1MAL CYPHER on a new MakersPlace piece …I am very excited to announce my next drop on including a collaboration with ! Coming 8/27! rare.makersplace.com/2020/08/21/upc… Featuring this guy:
MakersPlace @makersplaceco🔥UPCOMING DROPS Get ready for the latest from comic legend @Jose_Delbo including a collab w/ @primal_cypher! The battle against COVID continues, this time in the darkness of the night, in the big city Take a peek👇 https://t.co/LSnoYY6GcY Learn more👇 https://t.co/nCsUfqABCM https://t.co/yeAhoh7Ffw
Art platform SuperRare is holding a 3D VR exhibit dubbed #Atlantis in VRChat, featuring artists like Metageist, Scobot, VRRosie, Trippyogi, and more.
Artist etiene sold “How to Disappear Completely” on SuperRare for 5 ETH …
On the heels of starting a $WHALE liquidity mining program, the collector WhaleShark also started an “NFT mining” campaign.
Generative on-chain art project Avastars is issuing a native token that will be required for minting Replicants, which are synthetic Avastars that can only be created by melding previous Primes.
When you buy an Avastar, you own the license to its image. Artist duo Hackatao once again this week showed how this dynamic can be creatively used …
New NFT minting project Cargo introduced Cargo Gems, a new utility token for the platform.
Artists XCOPY, Perry Copper, and Yonat Vaks had NFT drops on Nifty Gateway this week.
Actor and entrepreneur Ashton Kutcher auctioned off an NFT art piece for charity via Cryptograph.
The Coinbase Wallet team gave NFT marketplace OpenSea a shoutout this week. Respect!
Virtual world Cryptovoxels is becoming more beautiful with each passing day …
🕹️ Blockchain Games
Some of the best players of Gods Unchained, the biggest Ethereum trading card game, are going head to head in a showmatch on August 23rd.
Virtual game world Decentraland is getting ready to kick off its Game Jam festivities, starting September 1st.
The “Battle for Hautclere” Axie Infinity tournament began today. The prize pool is composed of 1,000 HAUT, which are fractional shards of the legendary Hautclere Axie 💎
Fantasy soccer game Sorare rolled out a new league structure for its Gaming Arena. The game also topped weekly volume in the NFT economy with +$143,000 in sales.
♦️♦️ DeFi News
Aave and Curve became the 2nd and 3rd DeFi protocols to reach $1 billion in crypto assets under management.
The treasury of the yearn.finance yield aggregator project has reached $500,000.
Decentralized exchange dYdX is embracing StarkWare’s Layer-2 scaling solution, StarkEx.
Decentralized exchange 1inch announced its 1INCH token and an associated liquidity mining campaign.
$WHALE became the first social money to reach a market cap of $10 million.
“Non-Fungible Tokens Directly Touch Upon Innate Pieces Of Human Nature” - Andrew Steinwold
“What is ‘wash trading’ and why is it negative for non-fungible tokens?” - dafky2000 via NonFunbile
“Token-Curated Communities” - me
“defiprime Post #4” - me
Check out the Intelligencer’s new meet-and-greet build in Cryptovoxels!
I collected the piece “HIROSHIMA” from the artist Eburgami this week for 0.6 ETH. I’ve always been a pained student of that episode in history. I think Eburgami brilliantly conveyed so many complex elements around the bombing in truly signature and minimalistic fashion. What an NFT … sometimes art hurts, you know?
Thanks for reading, and stay creative on- and off-chain!
Keep an 👁️ out for the 32nd 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 DeFi beats in recent years.
I’m passionate about art and a DeFi/NFT 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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