🎃 Happy Halloween! 🎃 Welcome to the 41st issue of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer, your weekly source for key happenings around Ethereum art, collectibles, games, finance, and more. Subscribe here.
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For this dispatch:
🎨 Digital Art & Collectibles
Acclaimed artist beeple absolutely stormed Nifty Gateway on Friday, selling out his non-auction NFT drops in one second flat …
Artist Micah Johnson unveiled “sä-v(ə-)rən-tē,” a powerful programmable Async Art piece that’s about taking hold of your dreams and self-empowerment through tools like bitcoin …
Artnome donated “Take a Seat” by Nigerian artist Osinachi to a SuperRare charity auction, with 100% of the proceeds earmarked for the End SARS movement seeking to end police brutality in Nigeria. The piece sold to collector Eric Young for 5 ETH …
Foundation just launched its first NFT collection, spanning pieces from 25 contemporary artists …
Featuring music from DJ Lucy Snake, the Halloween Week Costume Party just kicked off in Decentraland’s Vegas Plaza …
🕹️ Blockchain Games
Axie Infinity stole the show this week with the announcement of Axie Infinity Shards (AXS), the coming governance token of the Ethereum’s most widely played game.
Speaking of Axie Infinity, crypto research firm Delphi Digital — which helped design the AXS token — just published its “Why We Spent $159k On Digital Battle Pets” report.
No-loss lottery savings game PoolTogether saw its first V3 system winner take home $1,600 in Dai, as well as +25 other tokens and 5 NFTs …
Global fantasy soccer game Sorare and OpenSea teamed up on auctions for 27 “Liquid Dream” special cards.
♦️♦️ DeFi News
Lending protocol Aave is handing off governance to the project’s community.
DeFi project Harvest Finance (which automatically generates yield for users) got blitzed by an attacker this week for millions of dollars’ worth of tokens. It’s another reminder to us all: be cautious in this space and never invest more than you can afford to lose in any crypto venture.
Roll, the social money startup built on Ethereum, successfully raised another windfall of $1 million from investors.
Rai, a sounder and more simplistic alternative to the Dai stablecoin, is on the verge of arriving in DeFi.
📰 “DAI vs. ETH - Should Non-Fungible Token Markets Adopt Stablecoins?” - Andrew Steinwold / Zima Red
📺 “Non-Fungible Token Value Drivers” - Andrew Steinwold / Zima Red
📰 “He Let Strangers Raid His Private Wallet for Art” - Camila Russo / The Defiant
Thanks for reading, and stay creative on- and off-chain!
Keep an 👁️ out for the 42nd issue of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer this time next week, too. Cheers ✌️
About DeFi Arts Intelligencer
The DeFi Arts Intelligencer is curated by me, William M. Peaster, a professional writer and editor who’s been tracking the Ethereum and DeFi beats in recent years.
I’m passionate about art and a DeFi/NFT optimist, so putting together this newsletter is both fun and informative for me. I hope others may find the content helpful, too. But be mindful, the information herein should not be construed as investment advice. I’m not a financial adviser, and these are my opinions. Always take care to seriously consider the various layers of risk you face in participating in the still-maturing cryptoeconomy.
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