Web3 Gaming Digest (November 29, 2022)

Jethro Sandico

Nov. 29, 2022

Welcome to P2E Analytics’ daily Web3 gaming digest where we cover developments that shape the blockchain space.

Today’s news digest features some heavyweights making waves in the industry. Some of the established names that made headlines recently include Marvel, Time Magazine, and Baidu Group. However, the latest reports reveal that tech giants Meta, Microsoft, Samsung, Apple, and Sony, have also been increasing their stakes in Web3 for the past few years.

Moreover, Blockchain-native projects are making significant moves in the scene. From ecosystems such as Avalanche and Polygon, to metaverse projects such as Elynxir and VRJAM, there is no shortage of Web3 updates today. Additionally, gamers are also in for a treat with titles such as Aurory, Shrapnel, Big Time, Life Beyond, Crabada, and many more, breathing life into the world of blockchain. 

Let’s take a look at the latest stories in Web3.

Top Stories

  • Pixelynx, a music metaverse company co-founded by electronic music luminaries Deadmau5 and Richie Hawtin, has kicked off its Non-Fungible Token (NFT) scavenger hunt “Go Astral” in Miami. Basically, the augmented reality (AR) event is part of music metaverse gaming platform Elynxir’s launch. Moreover, Pixelynx co-founder and CEO Inder Phull describes the hunt as a “Rock Band meets Pokémon Go experience” (DC).

  • In celebration of the post-Thanksgiving “Cyber Monday” shopping event, the Avalanche network has kicked off its own “Cyber Week” special on its merch store. The team is offering 25% discounts on all Avalanche products (no coupon code required). Fans can click here to avail of the offer from November 29 – December 3, 2022 (TW).

  • Crypto startup MoonPay has hired news magazine Time’s president Keith Grossman as its president of enterprise. Grossman is best-known for initiating the company’s NFT project “TIMEPieces.” Prior to his stint with TIME, the staunch blockchain proponent also held leadership roles at major media outlets such as Bloomberg and Wired (CNBC).

  • Web3 decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) Game7 launched a $100 million grant program to help accelerate blockchain-enabled games. With widespread adoption in sight, the project aims to improve various facets of the nascent technology, including scaling and interoperability (CD).

  • Marvel Studios’ Visual Development Concept Artist Anthony Francisco is one of the prominent talents who will grace the stage at the Philippine Blockchain Week (November 28 – December 4). The renowned illustrator is best-known for his works on Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films such as Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, Doctor Strange, and Guardians of the Galaxy, to name a few (CG).

Web3 Games

  • Action/adventure RPG Big Time holds the distinction of having the most nominations in this year’s GAM3 Awards. The Ethereum-based project was included in the following categories: Game of the Year, Best Graphics, Best Adventure Game, Best RPG, Best Multiplayer Game, and Best Action Game (TW).

  • Web3 gaming guild Ancient8 and first-person shooter (FPS) game Shrapnel recently partnered for a “Guild Partnership” event. The project is giving away 100 whitelist spots for Shrapnel’s Sigma Containment Unit (SCU) NFTs, along with a $1,000 prize pool (TW).

  • MMORPG metaverse game My Meta Farm has formed a partnership with gaming NFT marketplace Playdex. Basically, the platform allows gamers and guilds to play, earn, train and grow communities, without having to obtain expensive NFTs. Moreover, Playdex also offers NFT owners a way to earn passively from their collection (TW).

  • Venture capital firm Animoca Brands’ MMORPG project Life Beyond has announced the mint date for its upcoming “Agent Zero Jacket” NFT drop. The collection has a limited supply of 1,000 NFTs, with a mint price of $135. The private mint is on November 30 and the public mint is on December 1 (TW).

  • Autobattler idle game Crabada has introduced a Weekly Bounty Challenge dubbed “The Champion of Champions.” Basically, the tournament pits players against Arena winners. Moreover, winners will receive in-game rewards including Rubies, Spinach, Crystal Shells, and Player XP, etc (M).

  • Game developer/publisher Tilting Point and Polygon blockchain’s developer Polygon Studios, have added India’s IndiGG to their strategic agreement. IndiGG is India’s largest Web3 gaming DAO (ADM).

NFTs

  • Wanderers, the creators behind the Wanderers NFT collection, announced that it has secured $2 million in a seed funding round. Investors that led the capital raise are Animoca Brands and GameFi Ventures. The team will use the funds to build a game in partnership with game dev company Blowfish Studios (M).

  • Chinese tech company Baidu Group’s Japanese arm Baidu Japan Inc., has launched a kaomoji avatar NFT project called “CryptoSimeji.” Basically, the collection uses keyboard app Simeji’s mushroom logo as the intellectual property (IP) model. Moreover, the latest offering is Baidu Japan’s first foray into the world of Web3 (PRN).

  • US-based kickboxing studio KickHouse has launched its second virtual art offering. The project attaches a free NFT for every purchase of the gym’s limited-edition KickHouse hoodie. Moreover, the collection will feature drawings of self-taught digital artist Nettie Bella, and will be minted on NFT platform The Blue Marble (PRN).

  • NFT toolkit Galaxis launches an invitation-only beta version of its platform. Basically, the project allows users to create digital assets without using code, as well as easily manage their own communities. Previously, Galaxis released utility-driven NFT projects with celebrities such as Mike Tyson, Steve Aoki, and Val Kilmer (CT).

  • America’s largest grantmaker Fidelity Charitable has launched an NFT raffle. The charity’s initiative will give contestants the chance to obtain a digital asset. Additionally, 50 participants will win $1,000 to donate through a donor advised fund at Fidelity (ABC).

Metaverse

  • VRJAM, a metaverse platform for creators, has announced the launch of its initial exchange offering (IEO) for its native currency VRJAM Coin. Basically, the project offers artists, culture brands, content creators, and celebrities a virtual space to hold live performances, as well as engage with fans (Y).

  • Morehouse College, a historically black men’s liberal arts college in Atlanta, Georgia, is set to teach Black history using the metaverse this coming spring. Titled “History of the African Diaspora Since 1800,” the course will make use of virtual reality (VR) headsets, which the students can use to interact with one another using avatars (NBC).

  • Dallas, Texas-based commercial real estate and investment firm CBRE Group is currently experimenting with the metaverse. The company aims to use virtual Web3 technology to manage employees, properties, and clients. CBRE’s awareness of the industry’s constant evolution sparked its interest in using innovative ways in providing better services (DN).

  • According to recent reports, companies based in the U.S. and South Korea have filed for more than 75% of patent applications related to the metaverse and VR and AR technologies since 2016. Korean electronic companies Samsung and LG Electronics lead the top 20 metaverse patent applicants. Moreover, US-based tech giants Meta, Microsoft, Intel and Apple, also joined the list, along with China’s Huawei and Japan’s Sony (FK).

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