Welcome to the 5th issue of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer, your weekly source for key happenings around blockchain art, collectibles, and games. Subscribe here.
For this dispatch:
🎨 Digital Art & Collectibles
Art duo Hackatao’s new series, “The Whale,” sold out in hours for right under 17 ETH.
SuperRare artist Pak sold “Rubik’s Misery” to WhaleShark for 25.75 ETH 🐳
Are you an artist that wants to launch a gallery in Cryptovoxels? The aforementioned art collector and patron WhaleShark has offered rent-free CV parcels for yearlong leases to those interested.
Speaking of Cryptovoxels, its world is having its first charity auction on February 29th.
Osinachi has a beautiful new piece, “The Thinker Gets Flowers,” out.
Piano Power, the 2nd album from the virtual Algorithmic Jazz Alliance group, has been released and with it a handful of commemorative NFTs to celebrate.
OpenSea hosted an epic ETHDenver 2020 Art Gallery Auction.
Cryptoart market rising: to date SuperRare pieces have generated 2,846 ETH in total volume (for a rise of 23% on the week), Known Origin’s pieces 83 ETH (up 360% on the week), and MakersPlace’s pieces 181 ETH (up 8 percent on the week). Per OpenSea, these platforms’ current average sales prices are 0.73 ETH, 0.32 ETH, and 0.21 ETH respectively.
According to NFT tracker site NonFungible, the projects with the most trade volume this week were Decentraland ($635k), The Sandbox ($181k), Gods Unchained ($76k), Cryptovoxels ($44k), and SuperRare ($37k).
Mintbase now has 300 markets.
The NFT space a leading indicator of crypto trends? Dapper Labs’s Brian Flynn thinks so.
Decentraland has a new naming system that’s integrated with the Ethereum Name Service (ENS).
The Avastar project is off to a hot start.
Madrid-based Belgian artist Skeenee, creator of the $SKULL personal token, put out an awesome new series 💀The binaryRefinery() series is mostly going to be a $SKULL exclusive available on : opensea.io/assets/binaryr… Prices will start at 5000 $SKULL and will triple on each sale! 2 have already sold, tx guys!👊 Buy some $SKULL & grab a cheap NFT! F
🕹️ Blockchain Games
Meet MetaClan: the first eSports DAO.
Gamers competing for rare digital items that gain, or are good for, Dai prizes? It’s on the horizon!ICYMI, ‘Charged Particles’ = one of my favorite Token experiments atm - for example, this code could allow gamers to compete and win rare digital items that accrue interest through DSR (‘charge’) / can be burned for $DAI Loot ⚡️💸V
robsecord.eth @robsecordWish I were at #ETHDenver right with all of you but I'm still hacking away at home! New landing page up, thoughts? #ChargedParticles https://t.co/9U8Tk2AJyI
The team behind the no-loss lotto game PoolTogether clarified how winners are selected.
Using the DeFiZap project’s newest tool, users can easily become Uniswap liquidity providers for Axie Infinity’s Small Love Potions (SLP).
♦️♦️ DeFi News
The Ethereum browser wallet Metamask crossed 1 million users.
tBTC, a trustless ERC20 version of bitcoin, is live on Ethereum’s Ropsten testnet.
A governance-minimized alternative to the Dai, Meta, has been proposed.
The opyn project now offers insurance for deposits on Compound.
Want to create Ethereum-powered React apps? Sablier’s Paul Berg has you covered.
Decentralized exchange Uniswap is shooting for the stars …
MetaCartel Ventures, a community investment DAO, launched with support for an initial set of tokens, including MetaGame’s $SEED, Axie Infinity’s Small Love Potions (SLP), and personal tokens like $MAGIC and $PEW.
The new Authereum platform is bringing DeFi toward mainstream audiences.
An assailant executed a sophisticated market manipulation attack on the decentralized trading platform Fulcrum, apparently making off with some $350k in profit. The backers of Fulcrum are conducting a post-mortem and have said users’ funds are safe.
“Art for Space” - Massimo Franceschet
“Out of Left (Brained) Field #5: How I Buy My Art” - WhaleShark
“Tokens, Gaming, and Forking Gardens” - Mareen Gläske
“Crypto memes and adoption” - Linda Xie
“Optimistic Virtual Machine Alpha” - Optimism PBC
“SuperRare Art Release” - Micah Johnson
Thanks for reading, and stay creative on- and off-chain!
Keep an 👁️ out for the 6th 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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🖌️Things I tokenized on OpenSea this week🖌️
Two ponds split like eyes
A crane walks between the gaze
Rain ripples the stare