Wolf Game NFTs Spark Frenzy with Sales of $52M in Five Days

Wolf Game NFTs caught fire in recent days and big names are snapping them up.

Parcel Challenges OpenSea in Bid to Rule Virtual Property in the Metaverse

Parcel is challenging NFT leader OpenSea by helping users buy virtual properties in the metaverse.

Marc Andreessen and Winklevoss Twins Back Sfermion's $100M NFT Fund

An all-star investment team backed a $100M NFT fund from Smerfion

Mekaverse Robots Top OpenSea’s Charts with $81M Surge Before Floor Price Drops

They came out of nowhere… the Mekaverse robots. Looking like metallic insects and inspired by the Japanese…
Sotheby's Ups NFT Game with Launch of Metaverse Auction Platform

Sotheby's Ups NFT Game with Launch of Metaverse Auction Platform

Maybe it’s time to retire the tulip bubble analogies.  Anyone out there who still dismisses NFTs as nothing more than a digital fetish might want to check out the announcement from Sotheby’s today.  It’s launching a dedicated marketplace for non-fungible,…
CyberKongz’ 13,000x Leap Spurs ‘Own to Earn’ NFTs But Regulatory Scrutiny Looms

CyberKongz’ 13,000x Leap Spurs ‘Own to Earn’ NFTs But Regulatory Scrutiny Looms

The lines are getting blurred between NFTs and DeFi. Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), the Ethereum-based NFT collection that exploded over the summer, has announced that it will issue a “legally compliant” token in the first quarter of 2022. The…
NFTs Are Changing Everything But Are They Built to Last? (Hint: Some Are)

NFTs Are Changing Everything But Are They Built to Last? (Hint: Some Are)

Are NFTs a bubble? That’s been the burning question ever since the first specimens of this breakthrough application on the Ethereum blockchain captured the imaginations of crypto heads and non-crypto fans alike.  In this research piece for The Defiant, we…
NFT Profile Pics on Twitter: Will @Jack’s DeFi Move be a Game Changer?

NFT Profile Pics on Twitter: Will @Jack’s DeFi Move be a Game Changer?

A growing category of social media users now prefers using cartoons rather than their own photos to identify themselves online. They especially like cartoons that are as unique as their real faces.  Non-fungible token (NFT) technology makes it easy for…
This Minivan Won't Let You Down: How Jay Pegs’ NFT Gave Birth to an Absurd Universe

This Minivan Won't Let You Down: How Jay Pegs’ NFT Gave Birth to an Absurd Universe

I was told there would be explosions. There haven’t been any explosions, though, unless you count blown minds. As everyone else in the NFT space heralds a new era in art history, a loose crew of about 10 degens took…
DAOs Accelerate Token Swaps in Push to Diversify Their Treasuries

DAOs Accelerate Token Swaps in Push to Diversify Their Treasuries

DeFi DAOs have made some serious cash in 2021 — but generally only in their native tokens. Now they’re looking to diversify. Fueled by a combination of rising token prices and an explosion in fee revenues as DeFi continues to…
New York’s Downtown Art Scene Embraces NFTs with Online Auction Site

New York’s Downtown Art Scene Embraces NFTs with Online Auction Site

If Jean-Michel Basquiat were still alive, he probably would have loved NFTs. And the American painter who captured the hip-hop, graffiti zeitgeist of 1980s’ New York probably would have been all over a new venture called ArtOfficial. Backed by serial…

OpenSea’s Struggles Embolden Rivals with New Ways to Play Booming NFT Market

The insider buying scandal at OpenSea has hit just as a crop of rivals are circling the NFT marketplace leader.  On Sept. 15, a startup called NFTX launched what it called “the world’s most liquid decentralized marketplace,” meaning the exchange…
EBay Has BitBoy But Its ‘Strange’ NFT Strategy Risks Missing a Boom for the Ages

EBay Has BitBoy But Its ‘Strange’ NFT Strategy Risks Missing a Boom for the Ages

NFTs are huge here in crypto, but the old web is not sure. Digital collectibles on the blockchain have captured the imagination of crypto heads and attracted hundreds of millions of dollars in investments. Players ranging from the Walt Disney…

Punks or Toadz? Referential Art Project No.1 in 24-Hour Trading Volume

Another day, another NFT project, but with the strong network and idiosyncratic art behind this one, it might be in it for the long haul. The new kid on the block is CrypToadz. At 4,873 ETH, over $15M, in weekly…
Digital Beauty, Asset Flipping, and a Bad Case of the Shakes: Inside the Chase for Art Blocks NFTs

Digital Beauty, Asset Flipping, and a Bad Case of the Shakes: Inside the Chase for Art Blocks NFTs

I started chasing Art Blocks NFTs on Aug. 25 during Radix’ Eccentrics 2: Orbits drop.  That may sound like gobbledygook to some, but others, including Art Blocks founder Erick Calderon, AKA Snowfro, will know that I picked the worst time…
Christie’s to Accept Live Bids in ETH for Art Blocks NFTs

Christie’s to Accept Live Bids in ETH for Art Blocks NFTs

Wall Street and Washington may be in a panic about the advent of a crypto world. But not the venerable institutions in fine art — they love DeFi.   Case in point: Christie’s, the 254-year-old auction house, announced this week that…
FTX Taps Solana and Sports Legends to Score Big in NFTs

FTX Taps Solana and Sports Legends to Score Big in NFTs

OpenSea better watch its back.  Crypto investors have known for weeks that FTX, the offshore exchange that handles about $40B in daily trading volume, was spooling up an NFT minting operation. Then word came early this week that the Hong…
Three Arrows Founders and Mysterious Collector ‘Vincent Van Dough’ Launch $100M NFT Fund

Three Arrows Founders and Mysterious Collector ‘Vincent Van Dough’ Launch $100M NFT Fund

On August 29, a prolific NFT collector who goes by the pseudonym VincentVanDough (VVD) announced that they would be launching a new NFT fund in partnership with Su Zhu and Kyle Davies, the founders of crypto hedge fund Three Arrows…
48,000% Returns? Popping the Hood on  NFT Mania

48,000% Returns? Popping the Hood on NFT Mania

On-Chain Markets Update by Lucas Outumuro, IntoTheBlock NFT mania continues to grow, with new drops popping up everyday and Ethereum’s gas prices consistently back above triple digits. The recent wave into NFTs was further amplified by Visa’s acquisition of a…
Can Anyone Say Exponential? OpenSea Doubles NFT Sales for Second Straight Month

Can Anyone Say Exponential? OpenSea Doubles NFT Sales for Second Straight Month

It wasn’t too long ago — two-and-a-half weeks, to be precise — that Nate Chastain urged restraint. The NFT market had yet to reach an inflection point, the head of product at OpenSea told The Defiant’s Camila Russo in her…
Decentralized Domain Name Sales Jump 300% Amid Budweiser’s Buy of 'Beer.eth'

Decentralized Domain Name Sales Jump 300% Amid Budweiser’s Buy of 'Beer.eth'

Anheuser-Busch InBev now owns the Web3 domain “beer.eth.” Meanwhile, no one is doing anything with Web 1.0’s beer.com. Beer.eth sold for 30 ETH on August 12, and AB InBev, which owns Budweiser, Bud Lite and many other major beer brands,…
Sad Frog NFT Holders Furie-ous After OpenSea Delisting

Sad Frog NFT Holders Furie-ous After OpenSea Delisting

A copyright battle is being waged in the NFT space.  On August 16, Sad Frogs District, a collection of 7,000 Ethereum-based non-fungible tokens (NFTs), was delisted from OpenSea, the largest NFT marketplace. According to the OpenSea team, the action was…
Inside the Data Driving Axie Infinity's Torrid Growth

Inside the Data Driving Axie Infinity's Torrid Growth

On-Chain Markets Update by Juan Pellicer, IntoTheBlock Axie Infinity has recorded unprecedented growth in the crypto space. This week the data confirmed that it surpassed more than $1 billion in sales and the equally spectacular achievement of one million daily…

Rarible Shakes Up NFT Race with New Protocol

Rarible is lowering the barrier to entry for developers looking to launch NFTs projects. On August 12, the NFT platform launched Rarible Protocol, an open-source toolkit for developers to create custom NFT storefronts and marketplaces. The tech stack includes contracts,…
Token Thieves Mint Hundreds of Illicit NFTs in Radical Heist

Token Thieves Mint Hundreds of Illicit NFTs in Radical Heist

There’s been an art theft of NFTs!  Yesterday, an attacker stole tokens from a DAO called Bright Moments and used them to mint the remaining 309 NFTs involved in the organization’s flagship project, CryptoVenetians. The project announced on Discord that…
Something Fishy is Happening on OpenSea as Bots Upset NFT Auctions

Something Fishy is Happening on OpenSea as Bots Upset NFT Auctions

The NFT marketplace OpenSea has been on a tear — at 14.61%, its primary smart contract has consumed more gas than any other on Ethereum in the last 24 hours, according to block explorer Etherscan. But there’s something strange going on…
Art Blocks NFTs Soar as Savvy Collectors Snap Up Edgy Pieces

Art Blocks NFTs Soar as Savvy Collectors Snap Up Edgy Pieces

While all eyes remain on red-hot NFT avatars like Cryptopunks and Bored Apes, some savvy collectors have been quietly amassing Art Blocks in recent  weeks. The hook? Art Blocks specializes in a revolutionary genre called Generative Art that’s been around…
Venture Round Led by a16z Makes OpenSea Latest NFT Unicorn

Venture Round Led by a16z Makes OpenSea Latest NFT Unicorn

The NFT marketplace OpenSea has reached a $1.5B valuation after a $100M Series B funding round led by a16z. This makes OpenSea the newest NFT-based unicorn, or a privately held startup company valued over $1B. A16z also led OpenSea’s $23M…

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Token Thieves Mint Hundreds of Illicit NFTs in Radical Heist

There’s been an art theft of NFTs!  Yesterday, an attacker stole tokens from a DAO called Bright Moments and used them to mint the remaining 309 NFTs involved in the organization’s flagship project, CryptoVenetians. The project announced on Discord that one of their members fell…

Something Fishy is Happening on OpenSea as Bots Upset NFT Auctions

The NFT marketplace OpenSea has been on a tear — at 14.61%, its primary smart contract has consumed more gas than any other on Ethereum in the last 24 hours, according to block explorer Etherscan. But there’s something strange going on in OpenSea’s waters. Ethereum wallets…

Art Blocks NFTs Soar as Savvy Collectors Snap Up Edgy Pieces

While all eyes remain on red-hot NFT avatars like Cryptopunks and Bored Apes, some savvy collectors have been quietly amassing Art Blocks in recent  weeks. The hook? Art Blocks specializes in a revolutionary genre called Generative Art that’s been around a long time but has…

Venture Round Led by a16z Makes OpenSea Latest NFT Unicorn

The NFT marketplace OpenSea has reached a $1.5B valuation after a $100M Series B funding round led by a16z. This makes OpenSea the newest NFT-based unicorn, or a privately held startup company valued over $1B. A16z also led OpenSea’s $23M Series A round in March.…

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