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A Muhammad Ali-Inspired Web3 Game Is Lacing Up Its Gloves

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The Alpha: The celebration of the 47th anniversary of Muhammad Ali’s career-defining Thrilla in Manila pay-per-view bout will go down on the metaverse, according to a press release shared with nft now. Muhammad Ali Enterprises and Non-Fungible Labs have partnered up with Altered State Machine to provide the Greatest’s loyal fanbase a truly unique AI metaverse boxing experience. This AI-driven metaverse game, called Muhammad Ali — The Next Legends, will feature digital boxing avatars equipped with Altered State Machine’s AI NFT brains. The mint for these AI boxers will go live on October 1 via a Pro-Pack bundle that features […]

Christie’s Is Going On-Chain With a New NFT Marketplace

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The Alpha: Following the hosting of several successful high-ticket NFT auctions, esteemed auction house Christie’s just announced in a press release shared with nft now the launch of Christie’s 3.0. This new platform will enable the legacy auction house to conduct fully on-chain NFT sales — ensuring that “all transactions — including post-sale processing — will be automated and on-chain,” said Christie’s Director of Digital Art Sales Nicole Sales Giles in an interview with nft now. This announcement comes in the wake of the Ethereum Merge, which cut down the Ethereum blockchain’s energy usage by more than 99 percent. Manifold, […]

Pixelmon Has New Leadership. Can It Overcome the Rug Pull Allegations?

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The Alpha: When Pixelmon first launched in February 2022 with a 10,005-piece collection of pixellated character NFTs, the NFT community quickly grew excited at the prospect of what seemed like a Web3-focused competitor to Pokémon. All that excitement swiftly turned into scorn the moment the Pixelmon team revealed what the game they were building would look like. Due to each NFT’s hefty 3 ETH price tag, the NFT community went on to call Pixelmon a “$70 million rug pull.” Pixelmon has announced the hiring of a new leadership team to help correct its course, according to an announcement initially reported […]

How WhIsBe United 24 Leading Artists for His Next Drop

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When New York-based artist WhIsBe — short for “What is beauty?” — first reignited the then-dormant flames of his creative fire in 2011, he was mostly concerned with following in the footsteps of his heroes in the traditional art world. Through graffiti, he thought, he could iterate on the works of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The result was commercial imagery intent on the disruption of public spaces — WhIsBe’s take on graffiti art. But amidst all of WhIsBe’s subversive iconography, one recurring character in his works sticks out in its biting critique of the US criminal justice system: the […]

CloneX NFTs and the Secret to Nike and RTFKT’s Success

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When Nike announced in late 2021 that it had acquired Web3 content developer RTFKT Studios, the news went right under the noses of the sneaker and apparel brand’s most die-hard fans. But the wider Web3 community took notice — particularly those tuned into the NFT space. With this new acquisition, Nike made its intent to carve a name for itself on the metaverse clear. The first step toward that lofty goal? NFTs. Today, thanks to the rapidly-growing CloneX NFT collection that launched in November 2021, it looks like Nike may reproduce its IRL cultural capital on Web3. In spite of […]

Magic Eden Opens Up About Its Controversial NFT Tool

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The debate is heating up surrounding creator royalties in the NFT space. Initially instigated in response to platforms like sudoswap, X2Y2, and Yawww emerging as opponents of cookie-cutter creator royalties, the conversation has continued to expand cross-chain, prompting Solana NFT marketplace giant Magic Eden to chime in. In support of creators taking control of their secondary sales kickbacks, Magic Eden has introduced something called MetaShield to its platform. With MetaShield, launched in partnership with NFT marketplace and aggregator Coral Cube, NFT creators now have the ability to review listings and sales of NFTs, giving them a recourse of action if collectors […]

Disney NFTs: Enter the Web3 Worlds of Marvel, Star Wars, and More

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Disney’s aggressive acquisitions of some of the most beloved IPs in existence over the recent decades have established the brand as a cultural force to be reckoned with. The Mickey Mouse logo isn’t just for kids now, and it hasn’t been for years. It’s for everyone. As such, this has enabled massive success for Disney-themed projects and collections in the NFT space. Plenty of people worldwide already center their IRL collections around all things Disney. So it only makes sense that the same has been true for digital NFT collections. So, where can you buy these fabled Disney NFTs? Even […]

A New Web3 Film Is an Experiment in Real-Time Audience Participation

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Novel developments in technology have given rise to entirely new industries. One of the greatest examples of this is the film industry: The new possibilities presented by “moving pictures” ushered in a new medium of art, expression, and storytelling. With the rise of blockchain technology, this century-old medium may see its most significant leap forward. Hoping to spearhead the coming evolution in the film and entertainment industries is actor David Bianchi. He has partnered with Gala Film to develop a series that could take the concept of audience participation to the next level. Under Gala’s film division, Bianchi hopes to […]

Exclusive: MoonPay CEO Talks Universal Partnership and the Future of NFTs

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When asked about MoonPay’s upcoming collaboration with Universal Parks & Resorts, MoonPay CEO Ivan Soto-Wright couldn’t help but look back on his childhood experiences in the theme park — particularly its long-running Halloween Horror Nights program. “[I]t’s kind of a weird full circle to me. I never actually used to go with my dad back in that day,” said Soto-Wright in an exclusive video interview with nft now. The tagline for the Horror Nights program was that “they’re there to scare the sh*t out of you […] But the point is that they’re there to scare you.” Through its numerous […]

Sell Shaming and Knee-Jerk Negativity: Why Web3 Needs to Do Better

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Criticism is easy. But it’s even easier online, where relative anonymity can tempt people into giving themselves carte blanche to condemn a topic, artistic creation, or personality that has, for whatever reason, become the target of someone’s ire. Examples abound. YouTube comment sections often require an intellectual and moral hazmat suit to navigate, Twitter discourse regularly escalates to mob mentality, and Facebook may as well be the official mascot for the most cringe-worthy political tirades. While breaking with the Web2 contentions above, Web3 isn’t wholly exempt from knee-jerk negativity. Criticism within NFT communities can be even more unsavory than in […]
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