Welcome to the 16th 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 WhaleShark is launching a social currency, $WHALE, with help from the Roll and NonFungible.com teams. The token will be underpinned by the rare cryptoart and digital collectibles held in “The Vault.”
Virtual world Cryptovoxels has islands incoming.
NFT maestro Pranksy is turning their 35 Cryptovoxels plots, dubbed Pranksyland, into a cryptoart hub in collaboration with artists in the ecosystem.
Artist Alotta Money is auctioning “The Voxel Hotel” on OpenSea.
Artist Osinachi listed a new piece, “Tennis Player,” on MakersPlace ...
In a new update, NFT marketplace Nifty Gateway noted around 70 percent of its buyers to date have been “new to the NFT space.”
Check out InfiNFT, a new token minting platform aimed at securing NFTs in perpetuity.
Artist Twisted Vacancy’s piece “Motel for Cosmic Debris” saw a secondary sale on SuperRare for 7.4 ETH …
The upstart PixelChain project is approaching the milestone of 2,000 mints.
Decentralized fashion label MetaFactory held a sudden death 24-hour auction for its final two membership slots.
🕹️ Blockchain Games
MetaClan DAO launched on the Ethereum mainnet.
The Gods Unchained team analyzed recent top-selling GU cards across the Genesis and Core sets.
Axie Infinity’s Season 4 concluded on May 2nd.
♦️♦️ DeFi News
Bitcoin-pegged Ethereum token tBTC started its public roll out.
The LAO, a decentralized venture fund that’s a combination of a DAO and a Delaware-based LLC, went live.
Meet Gnosis Safe apps, an easy way for Gnosis Safe multi-sig users to interact with Ethereum dapps.
The Decentraland community has applied to have the MANA token approved as collateral within MakerDAO’s Multi-Collateral Dai (MCD) system. Separately, Maker stakeholders voted to add the bitcoin-pegged WBTC token to MCD on May 1st.
DeFi synthetic assets project UMA Protocol listed 2% of the total supply of its $UMA token on the Uniswap decentralized exchange. The token’s early price action caused some controversy.
DeFi lending dapp Compound now supports the Tether (USDT) stablecoin.
Ethereum privacy project Tornado.cash began its Trusted Setup Ceremony.
The ENS name crypto.eth sold for 60 ETH on OpenSea.
“Thoughts on Virtual Events” - matthew.cent.eth
“NFT Art - Secondary Sale Valuation” - Andrew Steinwold
“Async Artist Spotlight: Osinachi” - Async Art
“rhyolight gallery” - Alan Smale a.k.a. Puffin
“Can Machine Learning Predict the Price of Art at Auction?” - Jason Bailey
“Building on Ethereum in 2020” - Austin Griffith
I have a couple new pieces up on OpenSea ✌️
Thanks for reading, and stay creative on- and off-chain!
Keep an 👁️ out for the 17th 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.
If you have a DeFi tip or lead, questions or comments, or would be interested in commissioning me for a writing gig, you can ping me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Telegram at @wmpeaster.