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🔥 Might 3AC crash the NFT market?

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  • Snapchat eyes NFT integration

  • Huobi on what lies forward for NFTs

  • Magic Eden’s new gaming enterprise arm

  • PROOF acquires Divergence

  • OpenSea lays off 20% of its workforce




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The combination would permit artists to point out off their NFTs as AR filters. Within the trial run, artists will mint NFTs on one other platform earlier than importing them into Snapchat as Lenses. Snap doesn’t plan to take any cash from the artist however quite give them a strategy to monetize their artwork.

Huobi Analysis, the analysis arm of the crypto alternate Huobi, launched a report exploring the doable impacts of three massive strikes within the NFT house.

  1. Uniswap and OpenSea’s acquisition of Genie and Gem, respectively

  2. eBay’s acquisition of KnownOrigin

  3. Shopify’s New NFT Storefront

Uniswap Acquires Genie – why Uniswap needs an NFT platform

Genie is an NFT market aggregator. Uniswap will combine Genie into its internet app and start cross-selling NFT merchandise to its 170,000 month-to-month lively customers starting this fall. With this userbase and fame, Uniswap may very well be a powerful competitor to OpenSea. Nonetheless, OpenSea’s new acquisition, Gem, is thrashing Genie in each approach doable

Gem Vs. Genie (Might 30, 2022 – June 30, 2022) by way of Huobi Analysis

Compatibility is 👑

As extra NFT marketplaces emerge, the necessity for aggregators will develop exponentially. The metrics bear out simply how necessary it’s for market aggregators to realize compatibility with new marketplaces as quickly as doable

Gem turned suitable with LooksRare simply 10 days after the latter’s launch, whereas Genie took months. Regardless of its first mover benefit, Genie was overtaken by Gem because the main NFT market aggregator in February resulting from its incompatibility with Seems Uncommon.

Aggregator Shares in whole NFT trades by way of Huobi Analysis, Dune @sohwak

Fee flexibility will turn out to be the norm

Most NFT marketplaces right this moment solely take ETH as fee. Uniswap is anticipated to simply accept any cryptocurrency as fee, even permitting NFTs to be priced in a number of forms of tokens on the identical time. Gem already accepts all ERC-20 tokens as fee.

Fixing the liquidity downside

Liquidity is among the greatest issues going through the NFT market as every commerce requires a novel purchaser. This downside will be resolved with NFT liquidity swimming pools by permitting customers to commerce instantly with a liquidity pool with out the necessity to discover an precise purchaser. Uniswap is already experimenting with NFT liquidity swimming pools by way of Unisocks.

Competitors advantages shoppers

Competitors amongst NFT marketplaces issues performance, stability, and transaction charges. The competitors will power marketplaces to maintain charges low whereas on the identical time providing strong platforms with excessive performance – or danger dying by abandonment.

E-commerce 🤝 NFT integration

eBay acquired KnownOrigin – an NFT market with few customers or quantity.


Ebay has the customers and quantity – simply not the platform or know-how.

The acquisition will convey NFTs to eBay’s 150M+ lively customers.

The primary market eBay will reportedly sort out is digital buying and selling playing cards. eBay has a really giant userbase of card merchants.

Shopify’s GM store

Shopify constructed an in-house storefront platform focusing on current NFT initiatives. This might assist many initiatives unlock the second part of worth creation – changing into life-style manufacturers.

So, what lies forward for NFTs?

  • Extra conventional -commerce platforms integrating NFTs into their shops

  • The demand for NFT market aggregators will develop

  • OpenSea and Uniswap have positioned themselves as main NFT buying and selling platforms

  • Competitors between marketplaces will result in extra advantages for NFT merchants

Magic Ventures plans to make use of the fund to make strategic Investments and onboard builders. The corporate employed Tony Zhao – formally of Tencent – to guide its gaming investments.

Zhao stated that the fund’s investments are “purely strategic in nature”

“We’re not excited about returns – by no means have and by no means will”

Zhao and Magic Ventures need to assist Magic Eden cement itself because the go-to platform for NFT sport builders.

PROOF introduced that it has acqui-hired a web3 engineering staff known as Divergence. The staff beforehand labored on PROOF’s sensible contracts in addition to different initiatives like PREMINT and Admit One.

Earlier than deciding to hitch PROOF, Divergence was planning to lift cash and proceed independently. The staff reportedly had an “A-Listing slate of traders” lined up – together with PROOF founder Kevin Rose by way of his agency, True Ventures.

The OpenSea day by day quantity continues to stay within the vary of $10-$20M. NFT curiosity by way of Google traits is about flat close to the lows. NFTs are buying and selling a bit decrease, however that’s doubtless because of the short-term rally in ETH/USD.

  • Punks are doing nice (scroll down for extra)

  • OtherDeeds continues to be flat at round 2.85 ETH regardless of the Otherside sport demo going reside

  • STEPN shoeboxes are performing nicely within the quick time period

  • Generative artwork challenge Faktura is performing very nicely

    • Notable collectors ledger, Tyler Hobbs, XCOPY, and Punk6529 all minted/purchased one

Their fund owns ~1000 NFTs with some very high-priced collectibles

The authorized docs are open, however it nonetheless isn’t clear if Vincent Van Dough’s Starry Evening NFT fund is technically a part of 3AC or whether it is separate. If it’s separate, then it may very well be okay, but when it’s not, then it would most likely be liquidated like the remainder of 3AC.

What affect may this have in the marketplace?

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Ape flooring – 94 ETH

Punks flooring – 83.75 ETH

The CryptoPunks flooring is closing the hole on Bored Ape Yacht Membership. The Punks flooring has practically doubled within the span of the previous couple of months. Sentiment surrounding the challenge on CT is actually excessive, and we’re even seeing holders of different blue chips promote to purchase extra Punks.

The run-up can largely be attributed to Noah Davis leaving Christie’s to take over as CryptoPunk’s Model lead.

Pudgy Penguin holders can now license their NFTs to be made into toys. Not all NFTs will likely be chosen, nevertheless. This baked-in monetization scheme for holders is one thing to look at. Pudgy Penguins didn’t elude to their choice standards apart from it’s depending on in the event that they really feel it suits the product line finest.

Andreesen Horowitz accomplice Arianna Simpson spoke with Enterprise Beat concerning the intersection of web3 and gaming.

Listed here are the takeaways:

  • a16z believes gaming will likely be an enormous catalyst able to bringing thousands and thousands of individuals into the web3 house

  • Most of the finest companies had been inbuilt a bear market

  • NFT criticisms are sometimes unfounded

“That is the apparent reply. I can’t consider the rest. It simply makes a lot sense. This solves so many issues.”

– One gaming trade veteran on web3 in line with a16z

Regardless of the market massacre, Animoca managed to keep away from taking a down spherical – they raised at a better valuation ($5.9B) than that they had earlier than the crash.

Though the spherical is at a barely greater valuation in comparison with its final, $5.9B vs. $5B, it’s considerably smaller. They beforehand raised $359M and $139M in separate raises. The financing will go in direction of new acquisitions, investments, and “fashionable mental properties.”

Otherside opened up its first journey reside sport demo on July sixteenth. Individuals who participated had been usually fairly impressed.

Otherside additionally dropped its lite paper – learn it right here

The Sandbox has partnered with Playboy to create a Playboy MetaMansion social sport inside The Sandbox. The sport will characteristic particular NFTs and experiences.

Andrew spoke with one of many web3 house’s biggest minds, @0xfoobar

Foobar is a polymath concerned with all elements of web3 constructing, investing, studying, and educating – we focus on all of it on this episode, and you’ll’t miss it!

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