🦄 Recap: DeFi Week of Jan. 2

Well, that was a sobering week. Wow. Color those charts red. The crypto markets took a beating over the first seven days of 2022, with ETH and BTC plunging to three-month lows. What comes next? Bear market blues? A great source of intel is Sam Haig’s weekl...

Well, that was a sobering week. Wow. Color those charts red. The crypto markets took a beating over the first seven days of 2022, with ETH and BTC plunging to three-month lows. What comes next? Bear market blues? A great source of intel is Sam Haig’s weekly Market Action report, published on Mondays. Sam breaks down trends, patterns, and surprises in the DeFi market. This week, he looked at how Curve, Convex, and MakerDAO were bright spots in the carnage.

While we’re on the topic of markets, Owen Fernau wrote how NFT investors sent volumes soaring in the last couple of weeks, a below-the-radar piece of reporting that we love at The Defiant. In our Weekend Read, Brady Dale delivers s fascinating look at how Axie Infinity isn’t resting on the performance it notched in 2021 and is prepping a land gaming mode to solidify its market dominance.

The ever industrious Robin Schmidt and his crew also produced some killer new segments on The Defiant YouTube channel, including a First Look at Terra Money’s hookup with THORChain and Olympus Pro and an explainer on web3.

In other news, The Defiant published a series of stories over the holidays chronicling the madness and biggest stories of the last year, plus the Top Defiers of 2021, biggest DeFi Debacles, and juiciest Airdrops. It was amazing to see how DeFi evolved last year. We can’t wait to see what comes next!

👉 Paid subscribers will be able to download a PDF compiling all our year-end content in a beautifully formatted report. These 97 pages deliver an in-depth overview of all the stories, people and developments that shaped 2021. If you want to start off the year prepared and knowledgeable about the latest in DeFi and web3, this is the way.

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📺 Real Vision vs. The Defiant: “EMINAPE” USHERS IN 2022 AS YEAR OF NFT CULTURE

📺 First Look: Terra Money + THORChain + Olympus Pro = Vader Protocol

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🏞 Axie Infinity to Release Land Gaming Mode in Bid to Maintain Dominance

In which Brady Dale delves into Axie Infinity’s next act.

Axie Infinity is entering another dimension. It’s not going to just be a sort of Pokémon game any longer. A new wrinkle is coming. “Land is another game mode built in the Axie universe,” Jeffrey Zirlin of Sky Mavis, the company that’s building the Axie Infinity game, told The Defiant in an interview.

On New Year’s Eve, the team published a blog post teasing gaming on Axie land — ownable plots in the Axie creatures’ world, Lunacia. The move introduces a whole new kind of gameplay for the Axie NFTs that have driven so much activity over the last year. The blog post included a short teaser trailer that allows players to have a look at the quality of art powering the game.

Axie Infinity had a giant year in 2021. It was in the vanguard of the play-to-earn revolution spawned by blockchains. Its AXS governance tokens are selling for $88, up 149X from where it was in early 2021.

It also brought in $1.3B in revenue in the last year, according to Token Terminal. But obviously the pressure is on to keep up that dominance. Axie is now a game with basically two modes: quests and battles. Both allow users to earn cryptocurrency, but some have criticized the level of gameplay for such a buzzy enterprise.

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  • Sunflower Game Throws Wrench in Polygon’s GearsFees on Ethereum scaling solution Polygon are surging to record highs. The cause? A game. Polygon gas prices spiked to an all-time high of a 410 Gwei average. That’s nearly twice as much as the previous high of 226 posted on Dec. 4, according to Polygon’s block explorer.
  • TradFi Billionaires Bet Livepeer’s DeFi Streaming Model Can Disrupt YouTubeIn the latest sign Wall Street billionaires are moving deeper into DeFi, Livepeer, an Ethereum-based video streaming network, has raised $20M in a funding round including Tiger Global, the technology investment firm led by one-time hedge fund manager Chase Coleman, and Alan Howard, the co-founder of Brevan Howard Asset Management.
  • BitGo Makes Deal with Index Coop in Bet Institutions Want ‘Thematic’ DeFi TokensBitGo, a crypto platform that caters to institutional investors, has launched support for Index Coop’s “thematic” tokens. The move signals growing demand from institutions for products that allow them to speculate on nascent segments breaking through in the DeFi and Web3 sectors, including Metaverse and data economy projects.

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Matt_CMK🦇🔊💰🏴 @MatthiasKnauthGreat insights by @CamiRusso and the Defiant team: ⍺ DeFi Alpha, by

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bit.lyNFT Investors Shake Lull and Send Market Volume to Four-Month High - The DefiantNFTs are back. Daily volume across the top Ethereum NFT marketplaces OpenSea, Rarible, Foundation, SuperRare, surpassed $231M on Jan 2, its highest level since Aug. 30.1:07 PM ∙ Jan 4, 20229Likes1Retweet

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