Welcome to the 18th 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
Collector Moderats purchased Hackatao’s “I’ve got the power” on SuperRare’s secondary market for 45 ETH 🥂
Avastars Series 1 sold out, and Series 2 is coming soon …
Collector WhaleShark’s social currency $WHALE goes live on May 18th. Also, the specialists at NonFungible.com just completed their audit of the ~3,000 NFT assets in WhaleShark’s “Vault.”
Art platform Known Origin added its latest wave of artists.
🕹️ Blockchain Games
The Gods Unchained team introduced some major changes to the game’s “Ranked Weekends” format. Read all about them here.
Season 5 of Axie Infinity began, and the project also unveiled the first phase of the Mavis Hub launcher, a consolidated suite for app updates, news, and more. Moreover, Land in the game’s Quadrant 1 sold out this week.
DeFi lending giant MakerDAO partnered with Decentral Games, which will now support Maker’s Dai stablecoin in its gaming ecosystem.
♦️♦️ DeFi News
2020, Year of the Stablecoin: the total market cap of stablecoins is now over $10 billion, an unprecedented milestone.
Financial services powerhouse Visa filed a patent application for a digital fiat currency that could have an embodiment on Ethereum.
Rising crypto derivatives platform ErisX launched the first CFTC-regulated ETH futures products.
Top 20 website Reddit rolled out a beta Community Points system in two subreddits, r/Cryptocurrency and r/FortNiteBR, that relies on Ethereum tokens.
DeFi on-chain liquidity aggregator Kyber Network crossed its first $1 billion in trades.
Ethereum privacy tool Tornado Cash completed its Trusted Setup Ceremony. Next stop: complete decentralization.
New bitcoin token project tBTC is now live on the Ethereum mainnet …
“Known Origin Featured Artworks #2” — Guest editor Jason Bailey
“[Spotlight] Peeking Into the Process of Bryan Brinkman” - matthew.cent.eth
“NFT Data Dump Sundays - April 2020” - Andrew Steinwold
“$WHALE Launch and Renewed Tokenomics” - WhaleShark
I sold Bryan Brinkman’s “Immolation” on SuperRare this week for 1.2 ETH. Amazing to see him automatically get a royalty from the secondary sale! Thanks Ethereum 🎉
Thanks for reading, and stay creative on- and off-chain!
Keep an 👁️ out for the 19th 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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