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Presenting CryptoLeague: Pokemon Cards of the Crypto World

Tadej Gašparič and his team created CryptoLeague which gives the common crypto term a new dimension in the form of trading cards.

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If you have ever been involved in the world of cryptocurrencies, you must have heard of terms such as Bitcoin whale or trader. But have you heard about bag holders or tribalists? These guys are well known to the crypto veterans, and they play a key role in the world of cryptocurrencies.

Project Crypto League personalizes different crypto terms into 41 exciting and fun characters that you can trade and collect in the form of a digital trading card.

Tadej Gašparič started creating at an early age: first Legos, then drawings, later music production, and stage design. He used to keep a sketchbook in school in which he drew logos from famous brands and bands. The sketchbook was passed between his schoolmates many times, and quite a few found it fascinating.

After school, he forgot about drawing and focused more on music and setting up an adult life. You know, get a real job, buy a car, move out of your parent’s house, etc. But he says he is grateful that the child in him did not die, and it was not long after he picked up a pencil again. This time it was the digital one, the one in Photoshop to be exact. In early 2015, Tadej started working on poster design and quickly expanded his work in logo design and branding. Since then, he has helped more than hundreds of people and businesses with his design creations. You can find his portfolio here: www.studio-naboo.com.

“Around 2017, I came across cryptocurrencies but got more heavily involved in November 2020, when I found out about the crazy world of NFTs and the endless possibilities that it offers. During the next few months, I learned many different crypto terms, such as Bitcoin whale or crypto miner. I found these terms interesting that I came up with the Crypto League project, which personalizes different crypto terms into 41 interesting and fun characters. For example, bag holder, hodler, panic seller, trader, miner etc.”

When starting the project, he asked himself a few crucial questions. “What do I wish this art to tell, who or what I want to address, what is the story of the project?” Tadej always believed the more compelling the story, the more immersive the art can be. “In Crypto League, the story is the world of cryptocurrencies itself, so basically what I am doing is just gathering all the facts and putting them together in a unique characterized way.”

Tadej knew what he wanted the characters to feel like but was also aware that he does not possess the technical or artistic skill to produce them. That is why he asked Mark to help out. Mark is a professional Illustrator and has been in business for many years. He worked for companies like Mercedes, Milka, Peugeot, and Gorenje. You can see his art here: www.markjordanstudio.com. He had sent him rough sketches and backstory, and after few sketches, they had the concept outlined.

The characters themselves tell many stories, and there are some hidden clues in each card. Still, the artwork would not be complete without an appealing story explaining all the facts about a specific character. Here is where Tadej reached out to Inga. She is a story writer and helped out to put all the points into a fun read story. This way, collecting the cards is not just fun but also educational.

“When starting this project 4 months ago, I had zero clues on how NFTs work, how the minting process happens, and what marketplace is the best. All I knew is that you can collect NFTs like you would collect Pokémon cards. My initial idea was to design and send it to Nifty Gateway to get some help with the minting and promotion process. But since I got no reply, I decided to learn it myself.”

Tadej reached out to a YouTuber called Earth Bound, and he was helpful with the process. In the end, he also made a video about CryptoLeague project, which you can see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLe8grj_M94.

Crypto League characters come to blockchain in trading cards, fully digitalized and with underlying software that proves their authenticity. They can be bought, sold, traded, or function as financial instruments to investors. 3 out of 41 characters are already available for purchase on Opensea

(https://opensea.io/collection/collectcryptoleague). There are 25 Miner cards, 25 Whale cards, and 7 gold Satoshi Nakamoto cards available. You can also expect 3 to 5 new characters approximately every 45 days, and CryptoLeague aims to drop the last card on 23th of June of 2022, one year after the first card was minted. The last character will be the gold “Founders” card and will be limited to 7 cards. This card will not be for sale but rather distributed among the lucky 7 people who already own all the other 40 characters.

“I believe this project sums up all the knowledge I gathered over the past 10 years. Drawing, designing, illustrating, branding, marketing, project management, web design, and writing. It is like I have been collecting puzzles for all my life and I can now finally put all the pieces together.“

To learn more about the project you can visit cryptoleague.cards.

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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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The NFT album maker for Kings of Leon now includes a metaverse music venue

YellowHeart, a Web3 ticketing startup, is opening a metaverse music venue in an effort to transform how performers, teams, and event organizers distribute tickets and interact with fans.

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The facility, constructed on Spatial, will feature Grammy-nominated blues musician G.Love as its opening act later this year. Fans can communicate with one another, participate in meet-and-greets before and after performances, and use several screens to view what is happening in various areas of the stadium simultaneously.

They will soon be able to order meals and drinks before the event, which will also be available as digital things.

The idea of an online concert has so far primarily been popularized by big gaming companies. The most well-liked virtual competitions have occurred on sites like Fortnite and Roblox. Ariana Grande’s Fortnite concert in August 2021 received 78 million viewers. Next month, Decentraland will host its second Metaverse Music Festival. Over 100 musicians are on the lineup, including well-known performers like Ozzy Osbourne and Soulja Boy.

In addition to throwing an event, YellowHeart, which assisted Kings of Leon in releasing an NFT version of their most recent album, stated that it hoped to accomplish more. It was established in 2017 with the lofty goal of revolutionizing the music ticketing sector as a whole, which has historically been dominated by powerful reselling organizations and exclusive ticketing relationships. These alliances frequently impose limitations on what purchasers can and cannot do with their tickets. Trying to resell a ticket for a concert you can’t go to might be a headache.

YellowHeart believes these issues can be resolved by returning control to artists and fans via web3 technology. Additionally, it may provide advantages that cannot be programmed into conventional tickets.

“These range from complete albums to personalized vinyl records, exclusive merchandise, and immersive visual art. Web3 tickets also allow performers to update fans on new tour dates, music releases, giveaway possibilities, and much more, according to the business.

It has already collaborated with well-known figures, including Julian Lennon, Maroon 5, and MGM Resorts. Contrary to the non-NFT versions offered on Spotify, iTunes, and other platforms, those obtained through YellowHeart entailed particular customer benefits.

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