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Purpose-Driven NFTs: Purple Penguin x Project Ark release Pebble and Friends by Mercenary Art Studio

Supporting climate conservation through crypto, NFTs and games

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Introducing Pebble, Manaaki, and Hau — three penguin friends who journey across the planet to learn how climate change endangers all animals.

Pebble and Friends Genesis NFTs

Purple Penguin and Project Ark’s Genesis NFT have been brought to life by renowned creator Jun Primero of Mercenary Art Studio, whose work has been featured in the DC and Marvel universes, Upper Deck products, and more.

Carbon-Negative Minting

Each Pebble and Friends NFT is minted sustainably on Polygon, offering energy-efficient transactions backed by the security of Ethereum.

Donations offset any trace carbon emissions generated to Gaia Together in support of their Mangrove Restoration Project.

Two Genesis NFTs of these loveable characters can be minted at Project Ark’s website and OpenSea, the first and largest digital marketplace.

  • Each NFT minted is an entry for a chance to win 5 passes to your local zoo

                        ○   1 Prize winner per NFT

                        ○   2 Prize winners total

  • Each Genesis NFT will be mintable for 0.016 ETH (approximately $50 USD)
  • Each NFT from the Genesis drop will only have 500 copies available (1000 total)
  • 30% of proceeds will be donated to savingpenguins.org

These purpose-driven penguin NFTs will help save the last 1% of African penguins from extinction, with 30% of proceeds donated to Saving Penguins. In addition, the team at Saving Penguins has developed an artificial nest capable of providing the precise micro-climate necessary for African penguins to recognize their new nest as a safe shelter to lay eggs and raise their chicks.

This penguin trio marks the beginning of Purple Penguin’s mission to tackle climate change. To thank our early supporters for helping us donate to the oceans and penguins, the Genesis NFT release with Project Ark has a bonus utility.

Vagrant Penguins Generative NFTs

These Genesis NFTs will serve as your Early Access Gamer Pass for the gamified NFTs we call Vagrant Penguins! Our Vagrant Penguins Generative NFTs aren’t your ordinary chubby penguins… these penguins are Battle Royale ready!!!

We will be releasing our second series of NFTs later this year with The Nemesis as 3D rendered, interactive and upgradeable characters via Battle Arena games, based on new concept artwork by Mercenary Art Studio.

  • Mercenary Art Studio will design a limited run of badass comic book and video-game inspired Vagant Penguins based on Vagrant Penguins NFTs airdropped to lucky holders
  • 1 Free Vagrant Penguin NFT + Gas to Tuxedo Club $PEBBLE Holders

We proudly present Pebble, Manaaki, and Hau — the Genesis NFT from Purple Penguin, Mercenary Art Studio, and Project Ark.

Purple Penguin: https://purplepenguin.finance/

Pebble & Friends NFT: https://opensea.io/collection/pebble-and-friends

Mercenary Art Studio: https://mercenaryartstudio.com/

Project Ark: https://project-ark.co/

The Nemesis: https://thenemesis.io/

Gaia Together: https://gaiatogether.com/mangroves.html

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OpenSea and Kakao’s Klaytn collaborate to expand NFT across Asia

Klaytn, a Singapore-based public blockchain platform, and OpenSea, a non-fungible token (NFT) market, established a cooperation on Friday to support the Asian NFT ecosystem.

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  • In order to showcase Asian NFT initiatives to a worldwide audience, the alliance involves conference collaborations and ecosystem awards.
  • The largest NFT marketplace in the world supports four blockchains: Klaytn, Polygon, Solana, and Ethereum.
  • The blockchain subsidiary of South Korean internet behemoth Kakao, Ground X, founded the Klaytn Foundation.
  • On its central bank digital currency (CBDC) pilot project, the Bank of Korea collaborates with Ground X.

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Shopify Expands Online Retailers’ NFT-Gated Options

Brands are able to increase the exclusivity of their shops thanks to the e-commerce platform.

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The future of e-commerce, according to Shopify, is in NFTs.

As a new option for brands wishing to make their stores more exclusive, the online retail behemoth, which enables small businesses to construct customized e-commerce shops, is providing NFT-gated storefronts, Shopify announced on Wednesday.

In the Shopify introduction video, which includes a skating woman who passes through a pastel portal and transforms into a Doodles NFT, a voiceover urges viewers to “invite their communities into a world that acknowledges and rewards devotion.”

The video explains that token holders can access special shopping opportunities by connecting a cryptocurrency wallet, including early access to drops and limited collections as well as one-of-a-kind experiences and other surprises.

Only individuals with existing NFT collections are able to apply for early access to Shopify’s “gm” shop, which is a gated merchandise store and a play on the Crypto Twitter acronym for “good morning.”

However, those that haven’t received approval yet can still integrate NFT token-gating apps like Shopthru or Single into their Shopify sites.

Shopify announced that it has already collaborated with the Adam Bomb Squad, Doodles, World of Women, Invisible Friends, Superplastic, Stapleverse, and Cool Cats NFT collections to develop token-gated shops as part of its token-gated business launch.

Shopify is introducing “IRL” token-gating in brick-and-mortar stores in addition to online token-gating, which restricts access to certain merchandise to authorized NFT holders exclusively.

Why is this important? The future of Web3 commerce will focus on exclusivity, for one thing. NFTs, which are distinctive blockchain tokens that denote ownership over an asset, are increasingly employed as membership cards, tickets to events, and “keys” to open benefits, despite the fact that they are frequently oversimplified as digital art or “jpgs.”

Additionally, this isn’t Shopify’s first venture into NFTs: The business has been involved with Web3 since last year, when it announced the launch of NFT sales on its platform. Brands can mine and sell NFTs on Shopify to clients using the Ethereum, Polygon, Solana, or Flow platforms.

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OpenSea, beware—Uniswap is pushing into NFTs

The NFT aggregation platform Genie is being purchased by Uniswap Labs, the organization that created the Ethereum-based decentralized exchange Uniswap.

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In a Bankless interview on Tuesday, Uniswap founder and CEO Hayden Adams said, “We’re attempting to transfer what we brought to the ERC-20 market to the NFT sector.”

You can buy NFTs—individual blockchain tokens that represent ownership—on a variety of different marketplaces, such as OpenSea, LooksRare, or Coinbase NFT. However, few allow consumers to buy many things at once, and none provide aggregation tools that let traders view listings on competing marketplaces.

According to Uniswap Labs on Twitter, “We see NFTs as another form of value in the burgeoning digital economy, and it’s a no-brainer for us to integrate them.”

The NFT aggregator Gem, which also enables customers to acquire numerous NFTs in a single transaction, was purchased by OpenSea just two months prior to the announcement of its acquisition by Genie. OpenSea intends to incorporate NFT aggregation functions into its primary platform, just like Uniswap.

A new tab dedicated to NFTs will be added to Uniswap’s main website later this year as part of the company’s push into NFTs, according to a statement from the company. Additionally, NFTs will be included in its developers’ APIs and widgets.

Uniswap Labs intends to airdrop an unspecified quantity of the stablecoin USDC to Genie’s early backers as a way to commemorate its acquisition. By April 15th, USDC will be given to everybody who had utilized the platform at least once or owned a Genie Genesis NFT. (The business had earlier tweeted that Genie Gem owners were eligible for the airdrop.)

Uniswap entered the NFT market for the first time in 2019 with Unisocks, an NFT that granted holders access to a real pair of socks.

The largest NFT market, OpenSea, has a floor price for Unisocks of 13 ETH (about $15,300) at the time of writing.

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