Welcome to the 4th 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 platform MakersPlace opened a new VR gallery in the Doom District of Cryptovoxels. Notably, Cryptovoxels overtook Decentraland in trading volume for the first time this week. The virtual real estate market is heating up!
A buyer bought 37 adjacent Cryptovoxels parcels for 500 ETH.
Jason Bailey just crossed the “25 pieces sold” mark in his excellent SAMOGAN series hosted by SuperRare. Artists on SuperRare have now collectively earned more than $600,000.
The first DeFi loan backed by crypto art? It’s under consideration by the Rocket team.
Enjin will be powering new digital collectibles for fan tokens project Socios.com.
Generative on-chain art play Avastars launched this week.
In music news, DAORecords has arrived.
Want to get in touch with your inner crypto whale?Artist duo Hackatao has you covered.
The OpenSea marketplace added support for Apple Pay.
Twitter’s Archillect is now on SuperRare.
A new era of art really is upon us …
🕹️ Blockchain Games
Ethereum no-loss lottery game PoolTogether just awarded its largest prize ever — worth $1,648 in Dai — to a player that only owned 10 tickets. Lucky!
The Axie Infinity team just released a new update for their alpha and undertook their first “soft-ban wave.” Separately, users can now trade Axie’s Small Love Potion (SLP) tokens on the Leverj decentralized exchange. Check out the Axie Infinity Fight Night Qualifier, too.
♦️♦️ DeFi News
The Ethereum community celebrated this week after the total value locked (TVL) in DeFi projects crossed the $1 billion USD mark for the first time.
Blockchain data website Blocklytics is auctioning ad space via an NFT on OpenSea.
Gelato Finance activated an alpha version of their “Personal Ethereum Bot” for DeFi users.
Investing in startups via DeFi? The San Francisco-based Fairmint is on it, having just launched a Continuous Securities Offering (CSO) platform.
Running an Ethereum 2.0 node on mobile? Check.
Decentralized lending and margin trading dapp Fulcrum is growing.
Meet the collateral swap: built from the DeFi money legos of Maker, Aave, and Uniswap, this prototype tools lets users swap collateral in Maker Vaults within a single transaction.
Decentralized exchange Uniswap isn’t messing around …💀 No funds are ever safe on centralized exchanges 💀 Use a decentralized exchange that allows you to custody your own funds. From now on we will be retweeting all centralized exchange hacks. Here's #1cS
Altsbit @altsbitDear users, Unfortunately we have to notify you with the fact that our exchange was hacked during the night and almost all funds from BTC, ETH, ARRR and VRSC were stolen. A small part of the funds are safe on cold wallets.
Out of Left (Brained) Field #3: What’s in my cryptoart portfolio? - WhaleShark.Pro
1,000 True Fans? Try 100 - Li Jin
Text Mining Crypto Art - Massimo Franceschet
NFT Proof-of-Work Feb. 2020 - Andrew Steinwold
MetaCartel Ecosystem Update 2020 - Peter ‘pet3rpan’
How to accept crypto payments - Bankless
Ganar Eth Jugando Axie Infinity, Si! es posible! - Araragi Koyomi
This week I was pondering the possibility of a hypothetical on-chain art collector group, or even just a gallery, that’s operated through a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) and secured by tools like the Gnosis Multisignature Wallet. What a time to be alive, right?
Thanks for reading, and stay creative on- and off-chain!
Keep an 👁️ out for the 5th 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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“Martian Drive-In” - by me, generative/mixed media