DeFi Arts Intelligencer - Mar. 7th, 2020
Welcome to the 8th issue of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer, your weekly source for key happenings around blockchain art, collectibles, and games. Subscribe here.
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🎨 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.”Please welcome my very first #NFT to @KnownOrigin_io! Bid on it at 👉 knownorigin.io/edition/145200 'The Hodler', created from my oil and wax painting on canvas, 105 x 140 cm Find out more about the painting and it's meaning at my @Cent post bit.ly/beta_centM
Artists Alotta Money and Skeenee have teamed up with decentralized brand creation project MetaFactory.
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 …@WhaleShark_Pro @AvaStarsNFT tomorrow our founder sale comes to an end with our Genesis Pair #0 & #1 being auctioned off. the founder sale has been a huge success, with an average price of over 4 ETH per founder. time to stop sleeping on these if you haven't checked them out yet. dapp launches very soon!
Rocket dispensed its biggest loan yet: 20,000 Dai against 421 Decentraland parcels valued at $100,000 USD.
Osinachi just sold another beautiful piece, “AM,” on OpenSea. His debut solo show just previewed, too 🥂
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
Axie Infinity activated Patch 1.0.0n. Season 2 is coming soon.
The first Axie Infinity Leeky Cup was a success. Cheers to more to come!
The AXIE.GG team is holding an Axie Infinity beauty pageant on March 14th. The group also just released their first breeding guide.
Dev studio Horizon Blockchain Games raised $5 million for its “SkyWeaver” trading card game built on Ethereum.
A “dark mode” board is coming to Gods Unchained. The Official GU Marketplace has been optimized, too.
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
“The Cheapest Way to Transfer Money Internationally? Send Crypto!” - Maker Blog
“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.@blackboxdotart @skeenee_art @An0nym0usNobody @mintbase @MattKaneArtist @cryptovoxels @WhaleShark_Pro @makersplaceco @KnownOrigin_io @opensea Hey Sparrow - I'm a graphic novelist. Any thoughts on how to NFT a 64-100 page graphic novel? Also, I could use a contact list for gallery owners in Cryptovoxels to speak with them about any possible openings to promote the project or even put a chapter on display in gallery.
Follow Mordecai and Andrei Taraschuk’s artbots on Twitter, their curations are amazing.
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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