Today’s Web3 digest will cover the entire space including games, cryptocurrencies, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and the metaverse.
Names that made waves in Web3 include DBS Bank, KIA Germany, NDO Champ, NFL, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Novotel Bahrain Al Dana Resort, Puma, Riot Energy, and Roy Jones Jr.
Web3-native projects also continue to bring life to the space. Blockchain entities that headlined today include Avalanche, Bitcoin, DigiDaigaku, Engage XR, Galaxy Arena, ImmutableX, and XP Foundry, among others.
Last but not least, Web3 games are making noise in the blockchain with several developments. Notable titles include Alaska Gold Rush, AlterVerse, Ascenders, Cross the Ages, Deadrop, Delysium, Heroes of Mavia, Rooniverse, and Web3War.
Here are the stories that shape Web3.
- Puma: Footwear giant Puma recently teased the release of its “Super Puma” profile picture (PFP) NFT project. Launching sometime in February, the collection is part of the company’s 75th anniversary celebration. Basically, the digital collectibles are inspired by the Super Puma comics of the ‘70s (CT).
- KIA Germany: Virtual reality (VR) company Engage XR has partnered with automobile manufacturer KIA Germany to launch the car brand’s first dealership in the metaverse. The platform’s grand opening will kick off with a live interactive event on February 23. Attendees will be able to explore the Kia Sportage lineup of sport utility vehicles using an avatar (GNW).
- Bitcoin: According to data from Web3 analytics firm Dune Analytics, Bitcoin ($BTC) miners have raked in nearly $600 million since the Ordinals launch in December 2022. Essentially, the protocol enabled the inscription of 74,000 NFTs on Bitcoin’s blockchain, which led to the accumulation of $574,000 in BTC transaction fees (CT).
- Galaxy Arena/Roy Jones Jr: Metaverse entertainment platform Galaxy Arena is hosting a “Phygital” fight between boxing icon Roy Jones Jr. vs professional bodybuilder NDO Champ. The project plans to capture the real-world fight volumetrically and stream it into the metaverse. Furthermore, the Galaxy Arena ecosystem will feature a gym and a financial hub, to go along with the entertainment venue (GNW).
- Omen/Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: Web3 adventure game Omen is currently in talks with Game of Thrones (GoT) star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau for a collaboration. Coster-Waldau is best-known for his role as Jamie Lannister in the HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Fire and Ice.” The partnership will allow Omen to feature the GoT character in the game (CT).
- Ascenders: To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Avalanche-powered role-playing game (RPG) Ascenders has launched a giveaway campaign. The offering is a collaborative effort with TaskOn, a Web3 task collaboration platform for marketing and operations. Running until February 20, the promo requires participants to accomplish tasks for a shot at the giveaway whitelist spots (TW).
- ImmutableX/Rooniverse: Web3 game studio XP Foundry is migrating its mobile title Rooniverse’s assets into the ImmutableX ecosystem. The Solana-based project is described as a free-to-play (F2P) “hyper-royale mobile game.” Led by co-CEO and game director James Finley (formerly of Unity Studios), XP Foundry’s talent pool boasts a collective portfolio of titles including Call of Duty, Game of Thrones, and Sonic the Hedgehog, to name a few (VB).
- Zilliqa Research: Zilliqa blockchain developers Zilliqa Research has completed the spin-off of its gaming division into a new standalone business. Known as “Roll1ng Thund3rz” (RTz), the company will release its first-person shooter (FPS) game Web3War on the 31st of March. According to reports, the project has so far drawn 7,000 players in the ongoing open beta phase (PRN).
- Cross the Ages: Fantasy trading card game Cross the Ages recently released its first NFT collection on ImmutableX marketplaces. Less than 24 hours after the launch, the project recorded 750,000 in sales and became the top three traded card collections on the platform (CT).
- Delysium: Open-world adventure game Delysium has been nominated for the Blockchain Life Awards’ ‘Best GameFi Project’ category. The title is currently leading the ongoing polls with 4,413 votes. Comfortably ahead of Sidus Heroes’ 2,724, and Alien Worlds’ 1,762 votes, Delysium’s community support overwhelmed Blockchain Life Awards’ website at one point in the voting process (TW).
- DigiDaigaku: NFT collection DigiDaigaku saw a surge in price following the airing of its $6.5 million Super Bowl ad. Along with the advertisement is a free mint of the project’s “Dragon Eggs” NFT collection. The digital collectibles recorded a floor price of 0.31 $ETH ($466.72 as of this writing) on NFT marketplace OpenSea. Currently, the Limit Break-developed project has a total volume of 1,233 $ETH (CD).
- Coggi NFT: Fahura Digital Arts’ Coggi NFT collection is launching on February 17, on the Miidas Core DAO digital collectible marketplace. The release is a follow-up to the first two NFT projects. Users will be able to obtain the collection on the Core mainnet on a first-come-first-served basis. Basically, the starting price for each NFT is 5 $CORE (Core DAO’s native token) (BSCN).
- Cozomo de’ Medici: NFT collector and influencer Cozomo de’ Medici is donating his digital artworks to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). According to de’ Medici, his contribution is composed of 22 works by 13 artists. Included are artificial intelligence (AI) artist Claire Silver, as well as Larva Labs’ CryptoPunks, among others (CD).
Into the Metaverse
- Technavio: Market research and advisory company Technavio’s latest report reveals that the global metaverse in the entertainment market has the potential to grow by $33 billion by 2027. The firm also predicted that North America will account for 33% of the projected growth. Moreover, Technavio also enumerated key factors that could make the market bloom. This includes adoption of augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) gaming, among others (PRN).
- Orlando City: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has announced the opening of 2,500 jobs dedicated to building the metaverse. The initiative is one of the city’s moves to establish itself as a hub for the emerging technology. “The density of talent, investment, industry, and creativity in Orlando has made the city ground zero for metaverse development,” Orlando Economic Partnership Chief Innovation Officer David Adelson stated (AR).
- AlterVerse/Riot Energy: Expansive metaverse game experience AlterVerse has partnered with “plant-powered” energy drink Riot Energy. The team-up aims to build a storefront for Riot in AlterVerse’s virtual world known as ‘Sky City.’ The shop will allow players to buy drinks for their avatars, power up their vitals, or interact with other individuals in the metaverse (BN).
Around the Blockchain
- DBS Bank: State-owned Singaporean banking corporation DBS Bank has revealed plans to offer cryptocurrency services to Hong Kong. DBS is planning to apply for a license in China’s special administrative region. This will enable the bank to offer digital assets in the area. In addition, DBS bank is also looking at future possibilities of introducing crypto lending to HK customers (CT).
- Interactive Brokers: In other related news, automated electronic broker Interactive Brokers, has launched its cryptocurrency trading offerings in Hong Kong. The new service will allow “Professional Investor” clients to trade Bitcoin ($BTC) and Ether ($ETH). Residents of HK with over HKD 8 million ($1,019,087) in investable assets or institutions with assets greater than HKD 40 million ($5,095,436), are eligible to take part in the program (BW).
- Novotel Bahrain Al Dana Resort: The Novotel Bahrain Al Dana Resort in the capital city of Manama has announced that it will start accepting cryptocurrency payments. To make this possible, the hotel has partnered with payment services company EazyPay. In essence, the firm leverages crypto exchange Binance’s mobile app to set up the system (AM).
Web3 Content Creator
- Brycent: Brycent shared his latest livestream on Twitch. The Web3 content creator completed 100% of the challenges on Hogwarts Legacy, with the difficulty setting at its hardest. In addition, the influencer also highlighted popular video game streamer Dr. Disrespect’s vertical extraction shooter (VES) game Deadrop. “They are doing everything with a game-first focus,” Brycent said.
- Cagy: Web3 gaming YouTuber Cagy recently set his sights on an open-world fighting/strategy game called “Alaska Gold Rush.” I am extremely bullish on @alaska_game,” Cagy tweeted. “I have been playing RUST everyday for 12 hours and I am looking to replace it with a native web3 game,” he added.
- Hustle: Jonny aka Hustle’s NFT gaming collective This Thing Of Ours (TTOO) has announced a set of new “Treasury Acquisitions.” On February 12, the group obtained ten land plots from the Ethereum-based MMO tower defense title Heroes of Mavia. According to Hustle, each parcel of land will grant the team with game access, as well as a yield of 0.75 $MAVIA tokens each.
- Spike: Esports player Spike went to Twitter to give props to Avalanche blockchain’s official gaming account on Twitter. “I’m bullish on the @GamingOnAvax twitter page,” Spike stated. The Web3 gaming expert praised the team for putting out “amazing Web3 content” as well as “supporting/promoting Web3 content creators.”
- Stache: Around the Metaverse’s latest edition with Stache focused on the aftermath (and hangover) of the NFL Super Bowl weekend. Web3 gaming personalities Dom, Dub, Meezees, and NFTYQ, joined Stache for the episode. One of the central topics of the session include Limit Break’s DigiDaigaku NFT ad, which Stache believes “failed to deliver.”