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Illuvium Co-founder Flips Axie Infinity Virtual Estate for a 9,200 Percent Gain in a Year

Kieran Warwick, co-founder of Illuvium, sold a virtual property piece in Axie Infinity for $28,000 after purchasing it for $300 last year.

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Kieran Warwick, the co-founder of the upcoming NFT-powered gaming metaverse Illuvium, has stated that he achieved a profit of over 9,000 percent by flipping a virtual parcel of land he bought from the Axie Infinity metaverse.

Warwick, Synthetix founder Kain’s brother, recalls purchasing the plots in mid-2020, adding that there “weren’t too many use cases” for digital land at the time, with in-metaverse advertising and mining still being uncommon as virtual property utilities.

He paid $300 for the land and announced the sale a year later on July 13 for $28,000.

Despite the seeming lack of utility, Warwick put “quite a bit of money” into Axie Infinity because of “the promise that they will develop up the metaverse.” While players wait for Axie to finish developing its land, Kieran points out that the plots have increased in value by thousands of percent in the last year.

“Basically, it was guesswork; I just assumed that play-to-earn, which is a new gaming paradigm that is now gaining traction, would attract a large number of players to our game. Whatever the case may be, if I purchase a unique piece of property, it will be valuable,” he said.

Warwick has put money into four metaverse initiatives but mentioned only Axie Infinity and Mars.

“I want to have land in all of the different games that I think are […] going to grow in the next few years.”

He compares his investment method to physical real estate, stating that when predicting whether property values in a certain suburb would rise, investors look for new developments and other expansion signals.

“It’s the same principle in the metaverse,” Warwick explained. “If you believe there will be a lot of interest and other people developing next to you […], then buying these land parcels is a no-brainer.” But, on the other hand, they’re quite unusual in practically every case.”

“You can see how the scarcity will actually create some allure if they mint 10,000 land plots, and then all of a sudden, there are a million players.”

Land Can Be A Productive Asset

Beyond speculative buy-and-hold strategies, Warwick underlines that virtual real estate investors can put their land to work by hosting advertisements on their plots in Decentraland.

While Warwick believes that “advertising opportunities are probably the biggest use case” at the moment, he believes that as metaverses evolve, the possibilities for virtual land will be “endless.”

Warwick also stated that his own project, Illuvium, will begin selling land soon, underlining that the virtual parcels will have “a use case from day one.”

Illuvium, he claimed, will have a mini-game that will allow virtual landowners to mine for an in-game mineral that will be used to mint products in the game.

“You can only mine it if you have land,” Warwick explained, underlining that he doesn’t want Illuvium’s real estate to be used solely for speculation: “just a stagnant thing where people buy, and it’s only important if someone else wants to buy it.”

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At a London event, an NFT vending machine will increase accessibility to digital art

The NFT vending machine at this year’s NFT.London event will give its profits to a good cause.

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The first-ever physical nonfungible token (NFT) vending machine will be on display at this year’s NFT.London conference, which is set for November 2-4.

The NFT platform aims to give anyone who wish to start buying and trading digital assets a simple and accessible way to do so without requiring them to have a thorough understanding of the Web3 sector. Users won’t need to have a digital wallet to buy an NFT from the vending machine.

Users must choose one of the shown envelopes before entering the code to acquire an NFT from the myNFT vending machine. After making their purchase, users can scan the QR code on the envelope to access an invitation to create a myNFT account, which includes an NFT wallet where they can store their NFT.

“The most convenient method to buy anything is through a vending machine, so we’re shattering the impression that buying an NFT is difficult with this campaign,” said Hugo Mcdonaugh, CEO of myNFT.

The first collection of contributed NFTs from myNFT, which includes names like Dr. Who Worlds Apart, Thunderbirds, and Delft Blue Night Watch, will be available for purchase by interested participants.

The actual NFT vending machine will be situated outside the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster, London, which is where the NFT.London conference will take place.

The revenue from the NFT vending machine will go to two charities: Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which provides specialized nurses to seriously ill children, and Giveth, a blockchain-based philanthropic community that supports public goods, services, and education in developing countries.

The Solana, California-based NFT marketplace Neon introduced a 24-hour NFT vending machine in the financial sector of New York City in February, according to Cointelegraph. This machine took credit and debit card payments. However, people complained that neither the NFT vending machine nor the NFT performed as promised after a week had passed after its introduction.

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Could this trademark application indicate that PayPal is developing an NFT market? 

A trademark application for blockchain and cryptocurrency technology has been submitted by PayPal. Some claim that the file has something to do with Web3 and the metaverse, although it may be tied to an NFT marketplace.

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A recent trademark application by PayPal has been found, and it suggests the development of a service pertaining to several facets of blockchain technology. The file, which was made on October 18, makes a notable allusion to the potential introduction of a non-fungible token (NFT) market.

For its logo, PayPal submitted two trademark applications. The first one concerns “downloadable software” for cryptocurrency trading and storage. The second discusses cryptocurrency-related payment processing services.

Although users may currently buy cryptocurrencies on PayPal’s platform, this filing suggests that there may be more to come. The concept of assets is substantially broader in the filing’s terminology. Mike Kondoudis, a trademark lawyer licensed by the USPTO, claimed on Twitter that this filing relates to NFTs and the metaverse.

Although there is no proof to support this, it would not be shocking if it were true. The finance business would be adding its name to a lengthy list of businesses that are starting to make inroads into the Web3 and metaverse spaces.

PayPal is investing more in cryptocurrency.
Over the past two years, PayPal has intensified its focus on cryptocurrencies. First, the company made a huge announcement for the industry by saying that consumers would be able to purchase cryptocurrency on its platform.

However, it didn’t start enabling users to move those funds into wallets outside of the network until recently. It indicated that it would roll out additional crypto-related features in the latter part of last year. One of those additions might be an NFT marketplace.

It teamed up with Coinbase’s TRUST network more recently. This was viewed by many as an endorsement of the sector. The TRUST network upholds consumer security and privacy while adhering to the banking industry’s Travel Rule.

Increased Criticism of Payment Giant
Additionally, PayPal has been in the spotlight for all the incorrect reasons. The business has recently come under fire for a contentious policy that penalized users for disseminating false information. Later, it claimed that false information was released with the amended policy. Crypto aficionados, however, were eager to point to this as evidence of the value of decentralization.

PayPal established a blockchain and cryptocurrency advisory committee earlier this year. According to the company’s management, working with governments is essential to overcoming obstacles and seizing possibilities.

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Seba Bank, a cryptocurrency company, aims to store valuable NFTs

Seba Bank, a cryptocurrency company, has launched its first NFT service, a blue-chip NFT-specific institutional-grade, certified, and independently audited hot and cold storage custody product.

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The launch comes in response to requests from customers to keep their NFTs with the bank alongside other crypto assets, such as the already-approved Bored Ape Yacht Club, Cryptopunk, and Clone X NFTs. The bank stated that new collections would be added based on customer demand.

With its newest offering, Seba Bank seeks to entice investors who view NFTs as an asset class and crypto natives. Not your keys, not your bitcoin is a well-known phrase in the crypto sphere, and adherents of this maxim could object to having their Apes or Punks stored with a third-party custodian.

Urs Bernegger, co-head of markets and investment solutions at Seba Bank, however, highlights a growing group of NFT holders who are more at ease handing up their NFTs and private keys to a company.

They don’t want the key because they aren’t even aware of how to handle and store it. He claimed that they’re more concerned with damaging the key than giving it to a bank.

It’s a significant issue. Between 2.3 million and 3.7 million bitcoins, according to Chainalysis, are trapped in inaccessible wallets. Numerous accounts of people have lost millions owing to losing private keys, including Russian officials, students, and engineers. Families have also been prevented from accessing substantial quantities of money following sudden deaths in which wallet owners had not disclosed their private keys.

Bernegger asserts institutional custody can be advantageous for native crypto users as well. There has been an increase in businesses providing services that employ NFTs as collateral for conventional banking services like loans.

Seba Bank is thinking about implementing these features in the future. Based in the crypto-friendly Swiss town of Zug, the four-year-old bank already backs several investing, credit, lending, and staking options for cryptocurrencies and might extend them to NFTs.

“Instead of traveling to the market, for instance, we could create a club for collectors and assist them in finding other collectors. There are a few things we have in mind, but we laid the groundwork by storing NFTs securely at first, “explained he.

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