This week’s Web3 Gaming Digest kicks off with stories of prominent brands staking their claim in the space. Established names such as Amazon, Aston Martin, and Tencent topped the headlines in today’s blockchain news report.
Non-Fungible Token (NFT) projects are also gaining more traction despite the negative attention that former US president Donald Trump has been attracting as of late. Under the radar, entities such as Brots, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and White Castle, continue to employ Web3 technology to provide better experiences.
As always, Web3 gaming maintains its productivity with various developments happening in the space. Projects that deserve the spotlight include Chikn Game, Crabada, Decentraland, Infinite Drive, Pulsar, Star Atlas, and Ultra Games, among others.
Here are the stories that shape Web3.
- Tech giant Amazon’s new series ‘NFTMe’ recently debuted on content subscription platform Amazon Prime. Basically, the project focuses on how brands are leveraging NFTs to reach new audiences, specifically the younger generation. Moreover, the episodes also tackle topics such as tokenization, metaverse, and the importance of NFTs to creators worldwide (CT).
- Technology and entertainment conglomerate Tencent’s cloud-focused arm Tencent Cloud announced its partnership with video game publisher Nexon Co., Ltd. The collaboration aims to support the launch of the mobile app Nexon Town. Essentially, Nexon Town is a metaverse platform that features virtual camp sites, classrooms, and conference halls. The aforementioned spaces allows users to interact using avatars from Nexon’s portfolio of titles (KH).
- Mobile NFT racing platform Infinite Drive has announced that its private whitelist sale is now live. The sale will end in 23 hours, starting on December 19, 2022. Users who already have a whitelist for the exclusive Aston Martin Vantage Collection can start minting to obtain their luxury sports car NFTs on Solana-based NFT marketplace Magic Eden (TW).
- Web3 gaming platform Ultra has unveiled seven titles for inclusion in Wave 3 of the Ultra Games’ closed beta. In essence, the third wave is the project’s final testing phases, which will be followed by the app’s official release. The games added to Wave 3 are as follows: Dark Country, Deep Sky Derelicts, Emitters, Horror Story: Hallowseed, Mythic Protocol, Secret Government, and Terrain of Magical Expertise (TW).
- Web3 sports fantasy platform Sorare registered a record 585,000 new sign-ups, as the 2022 Qatar World Cup drew to its close. Reports state that the numbers were the highest for any blockchain-based sports gaming project. Users started to flock to Sorare after the company released its free-to-play Global Cup ‘22 championship game in November (NFTE).
- Upcoming sci-fi game Pulsar has announced the release of its OSX Launcher and Miner Tutorial. “The OSX Launcher and Miner Tutorial is LIVE! Thank you everyone for patiently waiting while our team worked out the kinks for this build,” the team announced on Twitter. Based on Avalanche, Pulsar combines elements of Massively Multiplayer Online MMO) and Real-Time Shooter (RTS) games (TW).
- Much-awaited space MMO game Star Atlas recently launched its Pre-season (aka “R2”) with a new version of the “Volant Station.” The improved showroom now has a multiplayer preview, as well as features that allow air track racing and dogfighting in space. Moreover, players who already have access to the first Showroom (R1), can easily enter the new one (M).
- Robot NFT battler game Mech has announced its “Mech Land Sale,” which will take place on December 21. The plots of land are divided into three categories, with varying sizes and benefits. Here are the tiers and their corresponding prices: Small Lot ($500), Medium Lot: ($1,000), Large Lot ($1,500). Additionally, every plot of land also comes with one free Mech Zero NFT (TW).
- Autobattler idle game Crabada has launched the 25th installment of its Weekly Arena Challenge. The tournament will run from December 19-25 and will offer “new and exciting” rewards. The game’s additional offerings include variable $USDC rewards for the top 10 Arena players. In addition, this week’s challenge will also reward Rubies to the 500 top-ranked Arena participants (M).
- GameFi breeding title Chikn Game has announced its final release for 2022. According to the team “Blueprint” NFTs can now be discovered in the WormFarm. In essence, Blueprints are “buried beneath” the game’s FarmLand NFTs, and they allow holders to craft items that they can use either in-game or on-chain (TW).
- Ex-president Donald Trump’s recently launched NFT collection “Trump Digital Trading Cards,” continues to trend days after its release. This previous weekend, the Trump collectibles became the subject of national ridicule when late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live parodized the former head of state’s NFT collection announcement (DC).
- American hamburger chain White Castle has announced plans to donate $25,000 from its NFT sale to staff members, through the company’s Team Member Relief Fund. A year ago, the restaurant launched an NFT collection to commemorate its 100th anniversary. Basically, the Web3-based project consists of 5,001 pixel style images of the chain’s menu items, as rendered by digital artist Che-Yu Wu (RB).
- The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has introduced an NFT collection featuring one of its most revered Muay Thai fighters Buakaw Banchamek. Dubbed ‘NFT BUAKAW 1 x Amazing Thailand Exclusive Collection,’ the digital pieces are available in five of the country’s major tourist attractions including Bangkok’s ChinaTown, Wat Arun, Giant Swing, and Siam Square, as well as the Ancient City in Samut Prakan (BTN).
- Music NFT mobile app Brots hosted an experience called “//REFRACTED SOUND.” Essentially, the project is a music NFT experience formed in conjunction with London-based design studio REALITY IS__ and Milan-based independent record label Asian Fake. Featuring songs from Asian Fake Record Label artists such as ALDA, Deriansky, and GINEVRA, the experience also offers unique visual artworks for every track (PRN).
Across the Metaverse
- Virtual Reality (VR) John Carmack, has announced that he is leaving social media giant Meta. In a recent post, the 52-year old technologist criticized the company for running things at “half the effectiveness.” Carmack is best-known for his work as chief technology officer for VR company Oculus, which Facebook bought for $2 billion in 2014 (NYT).
- Prominent architecture studios Grimshaw, HWKN, WHY, and Farshid Moussavi have teamed up with metaverse company Pax.world. The partnership aims to build a series of virtual hubs that draws its concepts from the roadside inns of the ancient Silk Road called “caravanserai.” Dubbed “metaserai,” the portal is a place inside the metaverse where people can trade, attend events, and form a community (DZ).
- The second Metaverse Fashion Week is set to happen from March 28-31, 2023 on Ethereum-based virtual world Decentraland. The event’s inaugural edition featured presentations from illustrious brands such as Etro, Dolce & Gabbana, and Tommy Hilfiger, to name a few. For the 2023 installment, the four-day exposition will also host the digital version of the Miami Fashion Week (WP).
Around the Blockchain
- London-based blockchain startup Aztec Network announced that it has raised $100 million in an Andreessen Horowitz-led Series B funding round. The company plans to utilize the capital to acquire additional manpower, as well as accelerate product development projects. Aztec Network is building an encrypted version of the Ethereum blockchain. The team believes this model makes the protocol suited for financial applications due to its more private nature (SA).
- Despite fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) swirling around cryptocurrency exchange Binance, the platform’s ecosystem BNB Chain experienced a sudden spike in network activity over the weekend. Ranking number one among well-known Web3 protocols such as Avalanche, Polygon and Solana, BNB registered 1.1 million users (as of December 17). Meanwhile, Ethereum came in second with a distant 402,000 users (UT).
- Microsoft-backed game developer Wemade recently unveiled a new project called “WeKonomy.” The new initiative aims to offer Web3-based services such as decentralized finance (DeFi) and NFTs, among others. The platform will include lending protocol KLEVA, collateral-back crypto dollar service Kurrency, decentralized exchange (DEX) Konverter, decentralized derivatives exchange Wezard. Moreover, Wekonomy will also introduce NFT marketplace Weshlist (PRN).
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