Welcome to the 8th 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
Programmable cryptoart platform Async.art saw its 1st wave of Layer token auctions fetch 263 ETH. That’s on the heels of the project’s inaugural master work, “First Supper,” selling for 103.4 ETH last week. “[T]he entire NFT community believes in this movement,” Async.art CEO Conlan Rios said.
Speaking of Async.art, the project just opened up applications to new artists, too.
Upon artist Lawrence Lee starting a community discussion about royalties, collector and patron WhaleShark committed to paying “5% minimum royalty on any future secondary sale of artwork that I execute.” SuperRare and MakersPlace are all aboard.
SuperRare activated support for MP4 and Webm files.
Saint Fame DAO, the “first internet-owned fashion house,” unveiled Zora, a new marketplace on Ethereum for buying and selling limited-edition, dynamically-priced goods.
Artist Trevor Jones had a stunning debut on KnownOrigin with “The Hodler.”
Crypto exchange Gemini is launching an upgraded version of Nifty Gateway, an NFT marketplace it acquired last year, later this month.
The Avastars Founders Sale concluded on March 7th …
Rocket dispensed its biggest loan yet: 20,000 Dai against 421 Decentraland parcels valued at $100,000 USD.
Virtual world Cryptovoxels, which just released v3.0.0, topped the NFT market this week. Image below courtesy of awesome analytics site NonFungible.
🕹️ Blockchain Games
The first Axie Infinity Leeky Cup was a success. Cheers to more to come!
Dev studio Horizon Blockchain Games raised $5 million for its “SkyWeaver” trading card game built on Ethereum.
The latest winner of the no-loss lotto game PoolTogether took home ~$1,500 after having purchased only $5 worth of tickets.
The Sandbox Game Maker is rising.
♦️♦️ DeFi News
Ethereum banking portal InstaDApp is rolling out DeFi Smart Accounts, a new system that will let users customize their DeFi activities like never before.
The new Compound governance token, COMP, has been deployed.
DeFi projects like Maker and Chainlink are teaming up with mainstream giants Microsoft, AMD, EY, and more on Baseline Protocol, a tool that will make it easy for businesses to operate on Ethereum.
Vitalik Buterin is hot on Chai …
DeFi ETFs are coming thanks to PieDAO.
The builders at Alethio have an amazing new DeFi graphic out …Updated Network graph (past 3 months) built on top of our DeFi API: docs.aleth.io/api#tag/DeFi. Living version coming soon! Check out our DeFi dashboard @ aleth.io/data/defi in the meantime (more protocols & visuals being added each week!). A couple key takeaways below...
“Seminal Moments in Crypto Art History” - matthew.cent.eth
“How to Whale #8: A Blueprint for NFT Success” - WhaleShark
“Why I’m Stewarding the One Million Developers Movement” - Billy Luedtke
“Axie Infinity Damage & Shield Explained” - Binary Assets
“Semaphore, a zero-knowledge gadget for Ethereum” - Koh Wei Jie
“ProgPoW: The Ethereum Community Speaks” - Hudson Jameson
This week, a fellow creator asked about the possibility of tokenizing a graphic novel as an NFT. I’ve also been thinking lately on the question as I have a novel Devils in the Black Egg, which is about three gods playing a game between the real world and a strange land, that will be done soon and could be a fruitful avenue for NFT exploration (e.g. caking the cover artist’s royalty right into a smart contract). If you have any ideas on how it could work, feel free to ping me.
Camila Russo’s Ethereum book The Infinite Machine is nearing.
If you’re a novice to DeFi and want to learn more, this new “Ivan on Tech” interview with Bankless creator Ryan Sean Adams is a decent start.
Thanks for reading, and stay creative on- and off-chain!
Keep an 👁️ out for the 9th 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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