Web3 Gaming Digest (December 9, 2022)

Jethro Sandico

Dec. 09, 2022

The week ends with a bang once again in Web3 as projects from various industries continue to make some noise on the blockchain. 

Today’s headlines feature a mix of established brands, upcoming projects, and Web3-native platforms. Making moves in the space are Starbucks, Battle Bound, Bullet Train, OKX, Iron Sail, Earn Alliance, Shibuya (a platform supported by Paris Hilton and Kevin Durant), Magic Eden, and OpenSea. 

Web3 gamers rejoice! The blockchain is teeming with life as projects such as Lucky Farmer, Cosmic Cup, Creta, Stardust, Captain Tsubasa Rivals, and Kingdom Under Fire, among others, continue to bring progress to the space.

Here are the stories that shape the world of Web3.

Top Stories

  • Coffee giant Starbucks has launched its much-awaited Starbucks Odyssey offering. The project is a Web3-based loyalty program that the company announced earlier this year. The new offering is available to an initial group of beta testers in the United States. Essentially, Odyssey features coffee-themed Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) with real-world utilities. Moreover, it also serves as an extension of the company’s existing Starbucks Rewards loyalty program (TC).

  • Digital artist Emily Yang (aka pplpleaser) and her blockchain-based film platform Shibuya, has raised $6.9 million in a funding round led by venture capital firms a16z (Andreessen Horowitz) and Variant. Celebrities such as socialite Paris Hilton and NBA star Kevin Durant also pledged their support for Yang’s project. In essence, the new platform aims to provide a Web3 service that will allow filmmakers to finance and distribute movies with the help of fans, using blockchain technology (FC).

  • Cryptocurrency platform OKX’s venture arm OKX Ventures announced its investment in virtual reality (VR) and Web3 gaming company Thirdverse Group. One of the Tokyo-headquartered game developer’s projects that OKX is supporting include the Captain Tsubasa RIVALS metaverse game. Furthermore, the partnership will also focus on building products, along with goals of driving mass adoption in the space (YF).

  • Metaverse gaming platform Creta announced details and lineup of guest speakers for the upcoming Creta Summit 2022 event. The Web3-focused conference will take place in Tokyo, Japan on December 12, 2022. Basically, the convention will showcase the platform, along with a demo of a new version of renowned strategy game Kingdom Under Fire (EIN).

Web3 Games

  • Web3 entertainment company Digital Entertainment Asset (DEA) has announced the launch of new NFT game Lucky Farmer. The project is one of the latest Play-to-Earn (P2E) titles on blockchain gaming platform PlayMining. “We are sure that Lucky Farmer will be a hit with players,” DEA co-founder/co-CEO Naohito Yoshida stated (YF).

  • Startup blockchain apps builder Whydah celebrates the 420th day since the launch of its Web3 gaming collective Iron Sail. Additionally, the team also announced some upcoming titles for 2023. According to Whydah CEO Tri Pham, the success of Iron Sail will motivate the team to maintain its “undying belief” in the metaverse and blockchain (YF).

  • Web3 game community platform Earn Alliance has raised $4.75 million in a seed funding round led by investment firms CoinFund and Fabric Ventures. The team plans to utilize the capital to connect game builders and fans all over the world. In addition, Earn Alliance is set to launch the alpha version of its platform on the 15th December, 2022 (YF).

  • Battlebound, a Web3 game studio founded by veterans from Blizzard, NCSoft, Riot Games, and Ubisoft, has announced a new game mode called Cosmic Cup. The project is a pet racing game that also offers the free minting of rare collectible NFT packs known as Purrtle Packs. Essentially, the digital assets are in-game wearables that will later evolve into avatars (NFTG).

  • NFT marketplace Magic Eden has announced the hiring of industry veteran and former VP of Electronic Arts (EA) mobile Chris Avakhan. As the platform’s first chief gaming officer, the company will task Avahkan to drive the growth of the project’s gaming partnerships. Furthermore, the new appointee is also expected to support the creation of enhanced game creator and collector experiences on Magic Eden (NFTG).

NFT News

  • News of tensions between two Solana-based NFT platforms have been spreading on Twitter as of late. Apparently, the ecosystem’s NFT standard maker Metaplex accused digital asset marketplace Magic Eden of organizing a pressure campaign. They believe the platform is trying to take control of the standard. Moreover, the entities also held contrasting views over the enforcement of NFT royalties (DC).

  • Metagood, a for-profit company that focuses on community empowerment, has secured $5 million in a pre-seed round. Companies that joined the fundraise include Animoca Brands, Morgan Creek Capital founder and CEO Mark Yusko, as well as Virgin Group investment manager Freddie Andrewes, among others. Using its decentralized autonomous organization (DAO), Metagood raises funds to support various causes (TC).

  • Japanese boy band Bullet Train is slated to release animated videos for the group’s four new members. The project is dubbed the “Bullet Train Anime Adaptation Plan-First Confession of the New Members’ Rumored Secret Stories.” The program is scheduled to premiere on television station BS TV Tokyo from December 27-30. Additionally, the video’s anime scenes will be sold as limited-edition NFTs (ANN).

  • Top NFT marketplace OpenSea is changing its policies on artist royalties after some Web3 builders lodged complaints. Previously, the platform launched a tool that creators can use for their projects. Fundamentally, the feature prevents newly launched NFTs from being traded on marketplaces that reject royalties. However, the new offering received backlash from some community members (DC).

Into the Metaverse

  • An upcoming Web3 metaverse project known as the “Carrieverse” has revealed its gameplay trailer. Built with Polygon Studios, the family-friendly platform offers educational content, video on demand (VOD), social networking service (SNS), and mini-games in a vast open world. Subsequently, Carrieverse is set for global launch in Q1 of 2023 (PRN).

  • The University of Texas at San Antonio is now offering its first metaverse course. Dubbed “Philosophy of Space Exploration,” the experimental project allowed students to use virtual reality (VR) headsets to engage in a variety of activities. This includes discussions and tours of the ISS. Furthermore, the participants also had the chance to watch rocket launch interactive videos and NASA telescope footage (GT).

  • Singaporean metaverse project Stardust has formed a significant partnership with three companies. Firstly, the start-up is set to become the official metaverse platform for Philippine-based Esports governing body Esports World Federation (ESWF). Secondly, Stardust has also signed with film production company Biome entertainment. Last but not the least, upcoming anime series “Solemn Vow” will utilize Stardust’s metaverse to produce the title (V).

Around the Blockchain

  • The Argentine government recently formed a national committee that will develop policies and solutions using blockchain technology. According to a decree, “Blockchain technologies have emerged as one of the greatest innovations in the field of information technologies.” Additionally, the committee is also tasked to gather various agencies and entities belonging to the Argentine public sector that can aid in Web3 development (CD).

  • The Texas Workgroup on Blockchain Matters, is urging the government to turn the state into a hub for crypto and blockchain technology. Basically, the group consists of members from state agencies, universities, and Web3 professionals. Moreover, the association outlined over 20 measures that could help bolster the blockchain industry in the Lone Star State (SM).

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