DeFi Arts Intelligencer - Oct. 17th, 2020
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For this dispatch:
🎨 Digital Art & Collectibles
This week’s 7-day volume toppers among collectibles projects per NonFungible: SuperRare (~$394k), MakersPlace ($271k), CryptoPunks ($173k), CryptoKitties ($77k), and Avastars ($44k).
Artists Jose Delbo and Trevor Jones made +540 ETH in sales in their latest Batman-themed collab drops on MakersPlace. The highest single-edition sale was a whopping 302.5 ETH (~$111k) for “Genesis” 🎉
Acclaimed songwriter and music producer Boys Noize released P̷̖̟͉̼͗̅̄̅̇͋̌V̷N̶X̷, the artist’s first NFT on SuperRare. The piece’s standing high bid is 7.5 ETH …
Avastars Gen1 Series 2 ended, and Series 3 kicked off. What’re you waiting for, get to scrolling!
The WIP Season 3 premiered on Thursday, featuring guests Skeenee, pet3rpan, Jake Brukhman, and more.
This week’s Decentraland Fashion Show 2.0 featured 15 collections from talented metaverse creators. We also just saw NFT marketplace Rarible launch its gallery in Decentraland …
Nifty Gateway has drops lined up from amazing cryptoartists this week, including works by Goldweard and Giant Swan on Oct. 19th. and by Metageist on Oct. 22nd.
NFT marketplace OpenSea has introduced a new category functionality for sectors like art, virtual worlds, trading cards, and more.
Rarible held its first community call on Thursday.
Cargo’s Gems arrived, and with it the token’s unique NFT staking model. The project’s already seen more than 840,000 Gems staked in Cargo NFTs.
Matt McKegg put on another epic synth performance in Cryptovoxels …Live-streaming synth noodles in VR for the next hour or so. Join me in the metaverse with your web browser: cryptovoxels.com/play?coords=E@…pscp.tvMatt McKegg @MattMcKeggLive-streaming synth noodles in VR for the next hour or so. Join me in the metaverse with your web browser: https://www.cryptovoxels.com/play?coords=E@58E,27S
Bluekirby.eth came to DeFi + NFTs, saw, conquered, scammed, and then maybe returned again? If you’re as confused as everyone else about the episode, be sure to check my new TokenSmart Humpday Post primer on the saga.
🕹️ Blockchain Games
Season 12 of the Axie Infinity PvP Arena is now live.
According to State of the Dapps, Axie Infinity is currently the fifth most-used Ethereum dapp with over 1,100 daily active users.
Italian artist duo Hackatao and a team of collaborators designed Hack the Tao, a game created through The Sandbox’s Game Maker engine.
WhaleShark’s eSports apparel brand E1337 commissioned artist Daniel Ignacio to create a series of Cyberpunk-inspired pieces to commemorate the enterprise’s launch.
Ethereum global fantasty football game Sorare has partnered with fan engagement project Socios. The tldr? Stake fan tokens to earn the chance to win rare Sorare cards.
CryptoMotors teased two awesome-looking new maps …
♦️♦️ DeFi News
Tokenized bitcoin project WBTC was listed on Coinbase Pro.
Popular charts service TradingView has added support for Uniswap, DeFi’s reigning trading protocol.
Speaking of Uniswap and ERC-20 bitcoin, there’s now ~29,000 tokenized bitcoin — roughly 0.15% of the entire BTC supply — sitting in Uniswap liquidity pools presently.
I just showed Bankless readers how to migrate their LEND to AAVE for Safety Module staking. In other words, defend Aave to earn AAVE!
The smart contract specialists at OpenZeppelin and Quantstamp are booked up for the foreseeable future as the ongoing DeFi boom has the space’s few auditors in huge demand.
Heath Tarbert, Chairman of the U.S. CFTC, said of DeFi this week:
“The whole idea of DeFi really is, number one, it’s obviously revolutionary, and I think at the end of the day could lead to a massive disintermediation of the financial system and the traditional players.”
🎶“Pranksy Part 1 - How He Made Half A Million Dollars Trading NFTs” - Andrew Steinwold with Zima Red
🎶“Pranksy Part 2 - How He Made Half A Million Dollars Trading NFTs” - Andrew Steinwold with Zima Red
📰“Non-Fungible Token (NFT) Farming” - Andrew Steinwold with Zima Red
📰“Weekly Top 10 Picks” - SuperRare’s An Loremi
📰“Top 10 NFT sales of the week, October 4th – 11th” - OpenSea’s Hamish Barnes
📺“Behind the Screens with Ann Ahoy” - KnownOrigin
🎶“[Special Interview] Katy Arrington, Crypto Artist” - The Matthew and Rizzle Show
🎶“EP45: OpenSea with Devi Finzer 2020 Edition” - Wizard of Dapps
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Thanks for reading, and stay creative on- and off-chain!
Keep an 👁️ out for the 40th 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 DeFi beats in recent years.
I’m passionate about art and a DeFi/NFT 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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