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New Breed of NFT Platforms Crank Up the Volume
EARLY MOVER If you’ve bought an NFT in the past two years, chances are you purchased it on OpenSea. The NFT marketplace leader leveraged its early mover advantage and now absolutely dominates the sector with an astonishing 95% share of sales.
UNCHANGED Even so, NFT traders constantly complain about OpenSea. The website goes down at inopportune moments, newly revealed NFTs sometimes take forever to update, and the feature set and interface have remained pretty much unchanged.
AGGREGATORS Most importantly, you still can’t buy or list multiple NFTs from a single page, a feature sorely needed by active traders. Well, things are starting to change in 2022. Welcome to the dawn of NFT aggregators and the scaling of trades in the burgeoning marketplace. This new breed is plying traders with a way to buy and sell NFTs at volume in one go instead of scrolling and picking through reams of offerings.
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By Samuel Haig
LAND PLOTS Illuvium, the highly anticipated play-to-earn game, plans to sell 20,000 virtual plots on June 2, the venture said Thursday. The sale is part of a push to sell 100,000 lots in the game. Land plots are used to generate in-game fuel and elements. The team writes that “once all land sells, it will never be minted again.”
SKEPTICISM Illuvium’s token, ILV, has a market capitalization of $293M and it’s the 10th largest P2E platform, according to CoinGecko. While Illuvium’s sale has generally been well-received on social media, some onlookers have expressed skepticism.
RED FLAG ArdonLukas commented that “dumping $1000s into land of an unplayed game is [a red flag]. Anyone who did Kickstarter games knows to avoid this stuff. Best case[,] these games turn into a decade-long hype machine like Star Citizen.”
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By Samuel Haig
UPDATE The roadmap to The Merge just became clearer. On May 5, Ethereum developer, Tim Beiko, published a new update detailing what must be completed before the highly anticipated Eth2 chain-merge can be implemented on the mainnet.
FORKS The key: a final batch of tests on shadow forks of Ethereum followed by trials on the network’s public testnets. Shadow forks, which will test how Ethereum’s clients respond to the chain-merge on small-scale forks of the network, will provide highly accurate simulations of how The Merge will look on mainnet and allow developers to spot bugs.
TESTNET Public testnet deployments will also provide much-needed dress-rehearsals for the vast network coordination required to complete the upgrades. In other words, once the chain-merge has been successful on a dozen and a half more shadow forks and on three public testnets, The Merge will be ready for prime-time.
By Jason Levin
NEWS The crypto markets may be swooning, yet mainstream companies continue to embrace blockchain technology to deepen their connection with customers.
PAYMENTS The latest converts: Gucci and Starbucks. Gucci, the iconic Italian fashion house, plans to accept digital tokens — Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ether, Dogecoin, Litecoin, Shiba Inu, and several stablecoins — in select U.S. stores at the end of May.
NFTs Gucci will allow in-store crypto payments via an email sent to the customer. This email contains a QR code that allows them to execute the payment from their crypto wallet. Previously, Gucci had released an NFT collection called Supergucci as a partnership with animation studio Superplastic and an NFT collection called 10KTF Gucci Grail inspired by Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s new creative director .
LOYALTY Meanwhile, Starbucks, the gourmet coffee giant with 32,000 stories in 80 nations, is launching NFT collections to “allow for access to exclusive experiences and perks.” Translation: the company wants to use nonfungible tokens to strengthen its loyalty programs, a function that’s attracting attention from corporate marketing departments and investors.
By Owen Fernau
INTEREST RATES For a second there it seemed like everything was going to be alright. With many investors concerned about a surprise 0.75% hike in policy interest rates by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the market breathed a sigh of relief when the Fed announced a 0.50% increase in a policy statement on May 4.
DROPS While the global market cap of crypto assets jumped 5.6% to $1.9T on May 4, those gains were erased the following day. In early morning trading New York time on Friday, the crypto market cap had slipped to $1.8T. BTC has dropped 8.4%in the last seven days, and ETH is down 6.7%, according to CoinGecko. And every other smart contract platform in the top ten by market cap has fallen at least 4%.
APE Down 13.2%, ApeCoin, the token of Yuga Labs’ ecosystem which had been red hot leading up to the associated Otherdeeds sale, is the second-worst performer in the last 24 hours. STEPN, of the recent “Move2Earn” phenomena, has bled the most among the top 100 coins, shedding 17.3%.
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