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STUDIO90ies’ First NFT Collection: SADBUNZ

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STUDIO90ies is an independent “3Decentralized” Art studio and artist collective, co-founded by Guy Jonathan Kazumba and Joy Katharina Lorck-Schierning, with an ambition to unify an ever-growing, globally positioned group of digital creators from diverse backgrounds to enable cross-collaboration and provide a supportive community for the next generation of Artists defining the modern-day Renaissance Era which we “arguably” find ourselves in once more, enabled through Blockchain and the emergence of NFTs. STUDIO90ies active project portfolio includes NFTs, Art, music, animation, fashion, Metaverse gear, game development, and more, to name a few. 

The first collectible NFT to launch under the STUDIO90ies name is the novel figurine SADBUNZ, authored by Pikazo 21, working in collaboration with Marley XXI, resident artists of the studio. However, the collectible game extends beyond merely being a standalone figurine. The figurine spins, unique music NFT soundtrack integrations play, produced exclusively by Kijana and Graphix Sounds, resident artists of the studio, for the SADBUNZ 1st Edition 2021 collectible series.  

SADBUNZ is an ethos, paying tribute to sadness by an innovative, sophisticated, first-of-its-kind NFT collectible figurine and collectors game hosted exclusively on OpenSea. The SADBUNZ 1st Edition (2021) series comprises 1,000 SADBUNZ NFT figurines available to collect, featuring a combined mixture of 12 distinct colors, textures, rarity, music, and unique attributes including four unlockable figurine ‘Mystery Boxes’ (yet to be revealed).

The game is run in the form of the SADBUNZ NFT Treasure Hunt, whereby figurines are released in limited and unpredictable quantities, with different colors and levels of rarity. The Treasure Hunt is estimated to run over the next 4 months, concluding in December when the winners will be awarded unique SADBUNZ NFT Trophies. Winners will have had to collect as many SADBUNZ NFT figurines as possible and ranked up the quickest in the members club: THE MELANCHOLY CLUB. 

The SADBUNZ community experience is expected to be in the vanguard of the NFT collectibles revolution, as the collection of distinctive SADBUNZ figurines qualifies collectors to become honored members of ‘THE MELANCHOLY CLUB’: an exclusive “for collectors only” membership club featuring complimentary minted NFT membership cards with benefits attached. 

The premium NFT membership cards offer a tiered membership ranking system, boasting exclusive perks for its members, each level unlocking more than the previous, thereby rewarding the savvy collector with every purchase. The larger the SADBUNZ NFT collection, the greater the membership status and benefits. A glimpse at what membership offers collectors includes early access to SADBUNZ events, metaverse gear, drops, premium digital frames, physical figurine releases (and at discounted prices), to name a few. 

For a deeper dive into the rules and stages of the game, visit the “Roadmap to the SADBUNZ Metaverse” here for more and follow the official SADBUNZ social media channels, especially Discord, because the creators have intentionally made social media and community channels integral parts to play the collectible game properly and to maximize what members get out of being apart of THE MELANCHOLY CLUB. 

When Pikazo, the author, was young, he loved to draw characters and create stories in his mind to bring his creations to life. Through being the self-defeating prophecy of his sadness and fear, he now lives his dream as a creator, full time, unapologetically. 

The message that should always be received when looking at SADBUNZ is that there is always a choice in life to feel sad or to challenge what makes you feel sad and work on doing what makes you feel good. 

Identifying your Sadness and defining the root cause should be the beginning of an inner,  self-reflecting, self-healing journey. Whatever reason it may be why you are feeling sad, OWN IT. Challenge it at THE MELANCHOLY CLUB #weownoursadness. 

The SADBUNZ digital exhibition is available for all of the public to see and experience. The “Guess Who” Game Campaign is being hosted on Instagram at @sadbunz, which will play out (over time) which started in August 2021.

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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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