Web3 Gaming News Roundup (November 3, 2022)

Jethro Sandico

Nov. 03, 2022

Headlining today’s Web3 stories are some industry heavyweights and their plans to venture into the world of blockchain. Popular social media platform Instagram, along with established brands such as HBO, JP Morgan, Microsoft, and Warner, all made huge waves in the space. 

Non-Fungible Token (NFT) collections, Play-to-Earn (P2E) games, and other projects, are on the move with some partnerships and developments. Notable names making noise today include CryptoPunks, Kana Hanazawa, MetaMask, Polygon, Ripple XRP Ledger, and Tiny World, to name a few. 

Interestingly, former world leader Boris Johnson and Dick Cheney have also joined the fray.

Let’s take a deeper look at the happenings in Web3 today.

Top Stories

  • Meta Platforms-owned social networking service Instagram recently introduced some new NFT creator features. Artists can now mint and sell their digital works on the popular photo and video sharing platform (P2EA).
  • Technology giant Microsoft has thrown in its support for South Korean video game developer Wemade. The company is best-known for Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) The Legend of Mir. According to a press release, Wemade raised $46 million from Microsoft (TC).
  • Entertainment companies Warner Bros. Discovery and HBO have partnered with NFT platform Nifty to launch the Game of Thrones: Build Your Realm NFT experience. The project allows fans of the highly successful television series to collect GOT avatars and customize them with weapons and other gears (TC).
  • Investment bank and financial services company JPMorgan recently utilized the Polygon blockchain to trade tokenized deposits. According to Aave Companies CEO Stani Kulechov, the trade was a “monumental step forward for DeFi (Decentralized Finance)” (BW).
  • Ex-UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as well as former US vice-president Dick Cheney, will appear as keynote speakers at the International Symposium of Blockchain Advancements (ISBA) in Singapore this December (YN).

Web3 Gaming News

  • NEAR Foundation, the organization behind blockchain network NEAR Protocol, opened its regional hub in South Korea. The expansion aims to boost Web3 growth in the region (NFTG).
  • Fashion gaming startup Muus Collective has partnered with fashion retail brand Revolve Group. The collaboration aims to offer Web3 games to fashion enthusiasts (VB).
  • Ethereum-based cryptocurrency wallet MetaMask signed a deal with game developer Game7 to introduce Web3-native game launcher HyperPlay (BWKS).
  • PlayMining announced the launch of new Play-to-Earn (P2E) title Graffiti Racer on its NFT game platform (GNW).
  • Gaming X LA, a summit dedicated to gaming, music, and entertainment, will bring together some of the biggest names in Web3. This includes The Sandbox, Splinterlands, and Enjinstarter, among others (BW).
  • Multimedia platform for avatar creation Second Life has secured $7.5 million in a seed funding round. The company will use the capital to build AvatarLife, a casual P2E gaming parlor for the metaverse (HGB).
  • Open-world MMORPG My Meta Farm announced its upcoming partnership with Arcaden. Arcaden is a Web3 utility arcade supported by P2E ecosystem builder Salad Ventures (TW).
  • Play-to-Earn metaverse game Tiny World is partnering with cryptocurrency exchange Binance’s BNB Chain ecosystem. The collaboration launched a “Football Fiesta” event, which will give away $500,000 in prizes (TW).
  • In a bid to increase earnings for the community, collectible Role-Playing Game (RPG) CryptoBlades launched a #BladesGiving campaign for the month of November on the BNB Chain protocol (TW).
  • Polygon-based Play-to-Earn cryptoverse One World Nation teased an upcoming collaboration with war-themed Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game War Legends (TW).

NFT News

  • Crypto wallet MetaMask has integrated NFT portfolio management platform NFTBank into its system. The management and valuation engine will provide pricing information for digital assets, as well as remove pricing complications (CS).
  • Prolific Japanese voice actress/singer Kana Hazawa’s audio NFT collection sold out after minting started on NFT/SocialFi platform UneMeta’s Launchpad (BIC).
  • Leading NFT marketplace OpenSea announced that it will start freezing sales for suspected pieces to stop scammers from reselling stolen digital assets (TV). 
  • Ripple’s XRP Ledger (XRPL) blockchain ecosystem recently integrated NFTs, as well as Euro-pegged stablecoin Stasis Euro ($EURS) (CS).
  • Generative art collection CryptoPunks proved that the project is still one of the top blue chip NFTs in the space after a piece was sold at 81.95 $ETH ($126,872) (B).
  • The San Antonio Fiesta Commission, a non-profit organization behind the annual “Fiesta San Antonio” in Texas, launched its very first Fiesta Medal NFTs. The project is part of the 2022 Taste of Fiesta event (SAC).

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