DeFi Arts Intelligencer - Jan. 18th, 2020

Welcome to the inaugural 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

  • Decentraland is β€œopening the gates” to the first metropolis of its Metaverse, Genesis City, on Feb. 20th, 2020.

  • Splinterlands cards started trading on the OpenSea marketplace.

  • The Binance β€œExchange the World” crypto-collectible just sold for 29.8 ETH.

πŸ•ΉοΈ Blockchain Games

  • DeFi giant MakerDAO sponsored an Axie Infinity tournament that was streamed on popular streaming platform Twitch β€” is it the first of many such campaigns to come?

  • Ethereum social coordination game MetaGame has racked up some 10,000 Dai in matched donations amid the current Gitcoin open-source fundraising round.

♦️♦️ DeFi News

  • Rocket Bank has launched, a new decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) effort that will offer under-collateralized DeFi loans backed by NFT collectibles, e.g. CryptoKitties.

  • The first DeFi flash loan has occurred, courtesy of the new Aave lending protocol.

  • Liquidity on the Uniswap DEX is acutely booming.

  • Social currencies are starting to explode as services like Roll are on the rise.

  • The economic bandwidth of Ethereum is currently around $32 billion USD.

  • NBA player Spencer Dinwiddie is tokenizing his contract on Ethereum.

  • The Sacramento Kings are auctioning one of their star’s jerseys through Ethereum.

πŸ“° Fresh Reads

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

Keep an πŸ‘οΈ out for the 2nd 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. Always take care to seriously consider the various layers of risk you face in participating in the still-maturing cryptoeconomy.

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