The NFT Spring 🌼

CryptoPunks and Meebits grab headlines, eBay adds NFT support, an Axie doc drops, & more!
William M. Peaster William M. Peaster May 14, 20212 min read
The NFT Spring 🌼

Dear Bankless Nation,

It’s certainly springtime in the NFT ecosystem, as NFT projects big and small, known and unknown, are currently blooming toward the sun and teeming with possibility.

Here, I’m reminded of a great line from Chaucer’s Cantebury Tales, from The General Prologue. It says spring “stirs them in their hearts / Then folks long to go on pilgrimages.”

In our space, a new spring has brought us renewal, hope, and growth. And we long to trek to even newer horizons, to the incredible possibilities that we know lie directly ahead of us.

Everything in due time, though, right. Patience, and doing good work in the here and now, is how we get to the new horizons. Just some food for thought! Have a great weekend everyone!


🏆 Digital Collectibles

  • Researchers from University Nicosia and the Institute For the Future (IFF) concluded this week that CryptoPunks now have a valuation of ~$1.9B, or +476k ETH.
  • The first CryptoPunks auction at Christie’s brought in +$16.9M! I say first, because more will surely come.
  • CryptoPunks-inspired comic PUNKS saw its genesis issues released this week!
  • A rare Dissected Meebit just sold for 700 ETH.
  • Speaking of rare Meebits, someone created a custom contract to exploit the randomness of Meebits generations and thereby claimed one of the project’s most prized avatars 😵
  • Want to convert your Meebits into VRM, a popular open standard for VR avatars? jin has you covered!

🎨 Cryptoart

  • The artist fabiello just released Remixable Reclining Nude on Async Art. The creator has provided an amazing app that lets you randomize the piece’s Layer NFTs to explore the work’s 1,296 possible Masters!
  • Cryptoart platform SuperRare is launching SuperRare Classes, a series of cryptoart-themed lectures and workshops based around “art curation, edition, career management,” and more.
  • This morning the artists Han and Nicolas Daniel released AlgoRythyms as an Art Blocks Curated drop 🎊

🕹️ Blockchain Games

  • Axie Infinity creators Sky Mavis just raised $7.5M in Series A funding. That’s a great treasury boost that’ll help the team evolve Axie Infinity that much further from here!
  • Don’t miss Play-to-Earn, the first community-made Axie Infinity documentary 🎥
  • Global fantasy ⚽ game Sorare is implementing a scaling solution that is set to be in place by the end of July 2021.

🌐 Virtual Worlds

  • There’s a new Cryptovoxels area adjacent to Far Far Away: Vibes.
  • Check out PunKit, a shop in Cryptovoxels for custom-made CryptoPunks avatars and wearables 👚
  • NFT gallery network Zardoz Club is building a new virtual hub in The Sandbox 🏖️

🛒 NFT Platforms

  • eBay officially rolled out NFT support 🤯
  • Upshot activated its Open Beta, which allows anyone to try appraising NFTs on the platform.
  • NFT scaling solution Immutable X is seeing an activity boom …

💎 DeFi x NFTs

  • NFT trading protocol NFT20 is now live on Ethereum’s Polygon sidechain.
  • NFTfi just facilitated the largest NFT-backed loan to date for 200,069 DAI ...

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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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