DeFi Arts Intelligencer - May 9th, 2020

Welcome to the 17th 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

πŸ•ΉοΈ Blockchain Games

  • Immutable, the team behind the Gods Unchained digital trading card game, is working with the scaling wizards at StarkWare to build Immutable X, an NFT exchange that can efficiently power more than 200 million trades per day.

  • Axie Infinity’s Jeffrey Zirin talked β€œplay to earn” gaming during "The State of Gaming on Ethereum" panel at the Ethereal Virtual Summit.

  • Game-centric virtual world project The Sandbox partnered with Paladin Studios, a Dutch gaming studio.

♦️♦️ DeFi News

  • The Ethereum blockchain reached a block height of 10 million. Cheers πŸŽ‰

  • Per DeFi Pulse, the total value locked (TVL) in DeFi is approaching the $1 billion USD market once again.

  • Decentralized assets project Synthetix teamed up with Optimism PBC to release a demo of Syntethix.Exchange powered by optimistic rollups tech. Such rollups, or ORUs, are like highly scalable sidechains.

  • Meet Strike, a decentralized perpetual swaps trading protocol.

  • Yield Protocol unveiled yTokens, which are akin to β€œzero-coupon bonds” for DeFi.

  • Liquity, an interest-free and low-collateral decentralized borrowing protocol, introduced its new USD-pegged LQTY stablecoin.

πŸ“°Fresh Content

πŸ–ŒοΈExtra, Extra

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

Keep an πŸ‘οΈ out for the 18th 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 or on Telegram at @wmpeaster.

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