🐧 Pudgy Penguin Holders Eye Coup Amid Acquisition Talks

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🐧 Fire on the Iceberg: Pudgy Penguin Holders Eye Coup Amid Acquisition Talks

DEAL It’s getting hot inside the igloo. Pudgy Penguin owners are revolting against the team of four that created the cute penguin profile picture (PFP) NFTs, known collectively as 309Labs. This weekend, Luca Netz of Netz Capital held a Twitter spaces event suggesting his team was very close to closing a deal to acquire the Pudgy Penguins project for 750 ETH, but official confirmation of that has not come out on an official penguin channel.

HUDDLE Meanwhile, frustrated penguin owners (who refer to themselves collectively as “the huddle”) have an alternative course of action. With the help of the team at Metadrop, a startup that helps launch new NFTs, community members now have a smart contract on Ethereum that gives them an option to wrap their penguins in a way that allows owners to stay liquid but deny the project’s creators of royalties from trades. The idea here is that doing so would show the creators that they have lost the support of penguin owners and should turn the project over to the community.


Taco Tuesday, Penguin style.

COMMUNITY NFTs started as a way for creative types to find new revenue streams but they have evolved into the seeds of community, most visibly in the profile picture (PFP) trend, and the penguins have been one the most recognizable such brands, alongside Bored Ape Yacht Club and Crypto Punks.


Market Action

🔥ETH Burn Rate Surges Amid Market Chaos and Record NFT Volume

BURN RATE Ethereum’s burn rate has seen a dramatic resurgence this week amid market volatility and renewed NFT volume, averaging 8.58 ETH every minute for the past seven days.

LOWEST LEVEL The spiking burn rate has come at a cost for Ethereum holders, with the asset losing 7% of its value to trade at its lowest level since September 2021. The heavy losses sustained by many leading DeFi tokens likely contributed to the burn rate too, as traders rushed to reduce exposure to many mid-cap crypto assets.

VOLUME OpenSea was the largest source of burned ETH by far, with 15,507 destroyed for 18% of the network’s total. (OpenSea posted a new record for daily volume on Jan. 9 according to Dune Analytics, with $261M worth of NFTs changing hands).


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