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🎨 Digital Art & Collectibles
A collaborative meld among Italian artist duo Hackatao, CryptoKittes, and programmable art platform Async Art? Yes please! And that’s what we got this week in HaCKittieZ. The piece’s master token sold for 50 ETH today …humbled and grateful to own this piece by my favorite cryptoartist the master is on display at HQ in – post-vaccine, we will have a "golden ticket" for any NFT owner to visit and interact with our collection in person
Async Art @AsyncArt"HaCKittieZ" Master by @Hackatao auction ending in 5 min at: 1:50 pm PDT. This #ProgrammableArt image is determined by settings determined by individual Layer owners. https://t.co/LqBlPbGq9N
Ethereum data project Dune Analytics has a new stats dashboard out for NFT marketplace Rarible (be sure to sign up/login to view).
NFT marketplace OpenSea added support for audio NFTs.
SSX3LAU, a collab between 3LAU and Slimesunday, released their first SuperRare piece this week in “яєƒℓє¢тισηѕ.” At the time of writing, the standing high bid was 22 ETH.
Avastars has a fun 3x Legendary bounty out right now, so you better get to scrolling …
The Cryptovoxels specialists at VoxelArchitects are making some stunning builds lately. Check out the new 💯xARt art gallery they just completed.
Foundation, "culture’s stock exchange,” is going layer-two (L2) with its move to xDai Chain.
🕹️ Blockchain Games
Oracle project Chainlink launched Chainlink VRF, a decentralized randomness generator that’s particularly useful for blockchain games. For example, no loss-savings game PoolTogether just rolled out its v3 system, which relies on Chainlink VRF to randomly select prize winners.
Speaking of PoolTogether, its new system supports NFT rewards. Axie Infinity co-founder Jeffrey Zirlin demonstrated the new mechanic by donating an Axie to the project’s prize pool contract …
Axie Infinity is booming: according to DappRadar the game’s monthly active users (MAUs) and monthly volume are up 97% and 953% respectively over the last 30 days.
Global fantasy football game Sorare saw a 2020-21 Neymar Unique card sell for 74.4 ETH this week …This week broke the record for largest sale reported on CryptoSlam.io! A 2020-21 Unique sold for 74.416 ETH ($27k), breaking record of 68.86 ETH ($20k at the time) for Trophy One set 2 years ago.
♦️♦️ DeFi News
Decentralized music streaming platform Audius launched its $AUDIO community token …
As of this week, Ethereum is powering double the daily transaction volume that Bitcoin is.
📰 “Into the Metaverse” - Andrew Steinwold in Bankless
📺 “The Defiant guide to Digital Art and NFTs” - The Defiant
Thanks for reading, and stay creative on- and off-chain!
Keep an 👁️ out for the 41st 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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