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The Creator of “The Sims” is Releasing an NFT Game that Taps Into Your Subconscious

NFT-based memories and interactions with other players will be included in the mobile “self-discovery” game “Proxi.”

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Will Wright is a notable video game creator who worked with Maxis on such masterpieces as “SimCity” and “The Sims.” Wright embraces blockchain with an experience built on NFTs for his next game, his first in more than a decade.

“Proxi” is Wright’s first new video game project since 2008’s “Spore,” and it follows in the footsteps of his other works in terms of inventiveness. It’s an artificial intelligence-driven simulation game meant to guide players on a path of self-discovery supported and strengthened by actual ownership of digital in-game assets.

“Proxi,” created by Wright’s new studio, Gallium Studios, begins with players building a personal diorama of memories using thousands of in-game components. It eventually makes a user avatar and allows them to communicate with other players. According to today’s release, Gallium hopes to help gamers “get additional insights about their subconscious” along the road.

“Proxi” focuses on user-generated content, as well as NFT items, as a trend popularized by hit games like Roblox and Fortnite. An NFT functions as a receipt for a provably scarce digital commodity. It can represent anything from photographs to video files to particular video game items that can be resold to other users.

In this example, “Proxi” will allow users to own their memory creations as NFTs and profit from the game’s sale of user-created things. According to Bloomberg, “almost everything” in the game may be converted into an NFT and resold to other players.

Gallium Studios has teamed up with Forte, a blockchain and NFT game platform, to handle the blockchain and NFT features. Users will be able to buy NFTs with US dollars, and the service is platform-agnostic, meaning it will function with a variety of blockchains. Forte raised $185 million in investment in May, valued at $1 billion.

In a statement, Wright added, “I’ve always regarded the community and their efforts a vital part of my games’ experience. We now have a secure mechanism to integrate and reward the community’s efforts thanks to Forte’s blockchain platform.”

This fall, “Proxi” will be available on mobile devices. Depending on the contents, initial starter packs of NFT collectibles are currently available for $10 or $50.

The NFT market boomed in early 2021, with a total transaction volume of $2.5 billion in the first half of the year, while the latest data imply a substantially higher total for the third quarter alone. According to Dune Analytics, the leading marketplace OpenSea had more than $3.4 billion in trade volume in August alone, with September’s book reaching $2.75 billion.

Gaming is expected to play a vital role in the growing NFT market. Axie Infinity, an Ethereum-based monster-fighting game, is currently the industry leader, with over $2.1 billion in NFT sales to date. However, there are many more crypto games on the horizon.

Another planned Ethereum game with a lot of hype is The Sandbox, an online 3D metaverse game with relationships with Snoop Dogg, The Walking Dead, Atari, and others.

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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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NFT marketplace in Solana Magic Eden completes a $130M Series B investment with a $1.6B value

Over 90% of NFT trade volume on Solana is accounted for by Magic Eden.

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On Tuesday, Magic Eden, a popular nonfungible tokens (NFTs) platform on the Solana (SOL) blockchain with 112,927 SOL ($4 million) in 24-hour trading volume, announced that it had closed a Series B round for $130 million. The funding round was led by investors such as Electric Capital, Greylock, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Paradigm and Sequoia Capital valued the firm at $1.6 billion.

The newly-infused capital will be used to expand the company’s primary and secondary marketplaces, explore multi-chain opportunities, allow new hirings, and for use in research and development. Since its inception in September 2021, the marketplace now receives an average of 22 million unique monthly sessions and sees over 40,000 NFTs traded daily.

Magic Eden’s Launchpad has also onboarded over 250 projects to date. In addition, it offers customization, marketing support, and operational execution to new NFT collections coming onto the primary market. Meanwhile, its secondary market covers over 7,000 listings and sees over 92% of all NFT volume on Solana.

Furthermore, Magic Eden has also launched over 50 games and metaverse projects. In that segment, the firm oversees 90% of all gaming NFTs on Solana traded on its marketplace. Regarding the development, Zhuoxun Yin, chief operating office and co-founder of Magic Eden, commented:

“We’re thrilled to have the continued support of our investors and community and look forward to delivering on Solana and beyond.”

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