Axie Infinity Homeland, Rolls Royce NFTs, Shrapnel Short Film

Jethro Sandico

Dec. 29, 2022

Today’s Web3 digest will feature brands and titles across various industries, from gaming to car manufacturing. This includes names such as Rolls Royce, Microsoft, Kia, and Axie Infinity, to name a few.

The blockchain keeps on growing every day, despite unfavorable market conditions. Moreover, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and metaverse platforms continue to serve the needs of companies and customers. Web3-based projects that made headlines as of late include AquaCity, Crypto-Gin, and Interality, among others.

Meanwhile, content creators like Brycent, Cagy, Hustle, and Spike, are working passionately every day to provide entertaining and informative material to gamers. 

Last but not least, Web3 games are making noise with several developments and offerings. Titles that made some moves in the space include Crabada, Immersys, Rumble Kong League, Shrapnel, and Thetan Arena.

Here are the stories that shape Web3.

Top Stories

  • Luxury automobile giant Rolls Royce recently teamed up with prominent British contemporary artist Sacha Jafri to launch a new NFT collection. Dubbed “The Six Elements,” the project features six artworks inspired by the company’s newly released Phantom car model. Essentially, the NFTs will represent the following elements: earth, wind, air, fire, water, and humanity (B2C).

  • Tech corporation Microsoft is extending access to augmented reality (AR) headset HoloLens 2’s capabilities using the mixed-reality application Dynamics 365 Guides. The company aims to increase HoloLens2 adoption among industrial metaverse clients. Moreover, the latest updates combine Dynamics 365 with Microsoft Teams and OneDrive, in addition to existing platforms Azure and Power Platform (N).

  • Play-to-Earn (P2E) game Axie Infinity has announced the alpha release of Axie Infinity: Homeland, which will serve as the project’s “flagship land-based experience.” The latest offering is available for all landholders via the Mavis Hub for PC and Mac users. Basically, the new feature allows players to guide their Axies in developing their property through activities such as harvesting, crafting, and building (AXS).

  • The United States Department of Justice is investigating a November 11 hack on Sam Bankman-Fried’s collapsed cryptocurrency exchange FTX. According to reports, an estimated $650 million worth of crypto went missing right after the company filed for bankruptcy. Federal prosecutors are already tracking the digital assets and have frozen a small portion of the total amount (DC).

  • South Korean vehicle manufacturer Kia’s US arm Kia America has donated $500,000 to The Petfinder Foundation to aid in the adoption of 22,422 shelter animals. A significant portion of the funds came from the car company’s sales of the “Robo Dog” NFT collection, which features the mascot of Kia’s Super Bowl ad (PRN).

Web3 Games

  • AAA first-person shooter (FPS) game Shrapnel has released a live-action short film. For the project, the team invited the Seattle-based film studio, All is Well to create their own story. The result was “Solitarius Lupus,” a movie that tells the tale of an independent Operator and her efforts to survive in the dangerous “Sacrifice Zone” (TW).

  • The upcoming collectible sports game Rumble Kong League (RKL) shared 15 of the project’s “truly epic moments” in 2022. “From legendary updates and Kong-strong partnerships, this year has been one for the ages,” the team said on Twitter. Some of RKL’s 2022 highlights include the introduction of Athlos, Rookies, and Kongcubator, as well as an appearance on basketball magazine Slam, to name a few (TW).

  • Immersys, a Wax blockchain-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), recently held a “sneak peak” stream. Basically, the session introduced some improvements to the project. The upcoming updates include armor and weapon stats, combat stances, new combat skills, damage calculations, and overall combat levels (TW).

  • Battle royale fantasy game Thetan Arena’s “Giftmas Fortune Wheel” has a few days to go before the offer ends. Running until the 3rd of January, 2023, the contest allows participants to “spin the wheel” for a chance to win a share of the $15,000 prize pool. Aside from cash prizes, lucky winners can also take home some gift items such as a Nintendo Switch or an iPad Air, among others (TW).

  • Autobattler idle game Crabada has announced that its Battle Game v2.0.0 update is now live. The latest version introduced Adventure: Hard Mode, and it is available on iOS, Android, Windows, and MacOS. “Players that have defeated Craniba in the Soulful Seaway and completed Normal Mode can now step their game up and experience Hard Mode!” the team tweeted (TW).

NFT News

  • China is launching its first regulated NFT marketplace on January 1, 2023. The state-approved platform will also allow the trade of digital asset copyrights. According to authorities, the initiative aims to regulate and eliminate “excessive speculation” in secondary NFT markets. Behind the platform’s creation are government-owned entities Chinese Technology Exchange and Art Exhibitions China, as well as private corporation Digital Copyrights Ltd (CT).

  • Web3-focused liquor brand Crypto-Gin recently partnered with anti-counterfeiting and authentication solution provider Authentic Vision for an NFT launch. The project will feature 100 physical gin bottles and their digital representations, which will exist on the IOTA network. Basically, IOTA is an open-source distributed ledger built for the “Internet of Things” (CNF).

  • Popular media franchise Pokemon’s parent company The Pokémon Company International (TPCI), recently scored a victory against Kotiota Studio. Following TPCI’s hiring of private investigators to track down the Parramatta-based company, a federal court in Australia has barred the entity from launching its unlicensed Pokemon NFT project (CG).

Into the Metaverse

  • According to the latest study by research firm Uswitch, the Netherlands possesses the most favorable conditions for Web3 metaverse adoption. Certain criteria, such as the country’s highest average fixed broadband speed of 106.51Mbps and its per capita production of high-tech exports ($6,000 per person in 2021), play a huge factor in nurturing metaverse growth (F).

  • AquaCity has launched its metaverse platform in several Asian countries, including China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Web3 project’s initial phase will see the creation of 2D games. The addition of 3D and P2E titles will follow in the second and third phases. Furthermore, AquaCity will also establish its own decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) called “AquaCity DAO” (GNW).

  • Mixed reality metaverse engine Interality is set to release on December 30, a Kannada film in the virtual world. Titled “Made in Bengaluru,” the Indian movie will offer viewers the option to interact with avatars of the film’s cast. Fans can also explore famous spots in Bengaluru (aka Bangalore), play games, and participate in a movie quiz (IT).

Web3 Content Creators

  • Brycent: Brycent hosted free-to-play gridiron football game STG Football for his Web3 gaming live show. The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) licenses the project. The session also features a partnership with tech and e-commerce company Amazon’s streaming service Amazon Prime.

  • Cagy: In a bid to merge followers of his Web3 gaming and travel YouTube channel, Cagy has announced that he is “experimenting” with “free claim” NFTs of photos from his travels. “I am not exactly sure where this experiment will take me, but if I grow a significant traveling audience, I can use these collectibles to reward the early supporters,” Cagy stated.

  • Jonny: Crypto Banter’s Jonny aka Hustle, teased an upcoming collaboration with digital asset investor hub Steady Stack NFT and its founder RPH (Ready Player H). “On the phone with @readyplayerh masterminding for what’s around the corner,” Hustle said in a Tweet. RPH responded by stating that Hustle has “always supported the vision from the start. “OG is an understatement,” RPH said, referring to Hustle.

  • Spike: Adam Rivera aka Spike, recently professed his support for mobile and Esports games, which he firmly believes will “pop off” in 2023. Additionally, the Web3 gamer claims that “mobile will onboard millions of casual gamers,” while “Esports will onboard millions of hardcore PC and console gamers.”