NFTs Are Cool 😎

Jay-Z goes NFT, Reddit launches CryptoSnoos, Tencent may be working on NFTs, & more!
William M. Peaster William M. Peaster Jun 25, 20212 min read
NFTs Are Cool 😎

Dear Bankless Nation,

Jay-Z is getting into NFTs, Reddit just launched an NFT collectibles system, and Tencent may be working on an NFT platform.

Nascent NFT markets may slide up and down, but it’s clear that NFTs are cool and here to stay. Some of the most influential figures and firms in the world are starting to pay attention accordingly.

Yet things are still so early that you’ve beat most of the world’s biggest brains and biggest wallets to NFTs — that’s your alpha, so use it wisely!

In the meantime, have a great weekend and happy birthday to CryptoPunks, which turned four years old this week 🎂🎂🎂🎂


🏆 Digital Collectibles

  • Musician and businessman Jay-Z changed his Twitter profile picture to a CryptoPunk, acquired the hov.eth ENS NFT, and now has his own bespoke NFT minting smart contract 🔥
  • Reddit, the “front page of the internet,” released an NFT contract for CryptoSnoos, a new NFT feature within the popular site’s avatar builder system.
  • Twitter user Zeneca_33 has the latest daily price floor updates for top NFT collectibles projects ...

🎨 Cryptoart

  • CryptOGs - The Pioneers of NFT art, a curated auction presented by SuperRare and Bonhams, began this week.
  • Casey REAS, co-creator of the Processing Foundation, released CENTURY, an Art Blocks Curated Drop, today.

🕹️ NFT Games

  • Axie Infinity upgraded its servers to increase the hit NFT game’s “capacity and stability.”
  • DeFi-staked NFT collectibles game Aavegotchi published the v1 litepaper of the upcoming Gotchiverse Realm.
  • NFT trading card game Gods Unchained is releasing GODS, an ERC20 token that will be used to “craft NFTs, purchase packs … and even earn more rewards by holding the tokens in Immutable X.”

🌐 Virtual Worlds

  • For its Curation Week festivities, programmable art platform Async Art held an art tour in its new Cryptovoxels HQ build.

🛒 NFT Platforms

  • Sino Global Capital CEO Matthew Graham says a rumor’s afoot in China that Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent is building out an NFT platform.
  • NFT marketplace Rarible just raised $14.2 million in new funding.

💎 DeFi x NFTs

  • Yield Guild Games is launching its YGG token through Sushi’s MISO token launchpad system.
  • UMA Protocol + Yam Finance just launched uPUNKS, a derivative token that can be used to long or short the value of CryptoPunks.
  • MetaCartel DAO has released an experimental new community token dubbed CHILI. Holders will be able to “roast” their CHILI to earn rCHILI, and rCHILI can be exchanged for special community NFTs.
  •, a new P2P NFT trading dapp, went live this week.

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William M. Peaster

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William M. Peaster, Senior Writer, has been with Bankless since January 2021. Immersed in Ethereum since 2017, he writes the Metaversal newsletter on the onchain frontier, covering everything from AI projects to crypto games, as the team’s lead NFT analyst. With a background in creative writing, he writes fiction and publishes art on Ethereum in his free time. He lives in Washington.

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