Blur: Efficiency in the NFT Market
Blur is a NFT marketplace aggregator that has quickly become a leading player in the space, consistently dethroning OpenSea in volume. The team behind Blur consists of talent from organizations such as MIT and Citadel, and the platform is backed by crypto venture firm Paradigm. Blur’s seed round raised a total of $11 million with participation from notable figures in the NFT and crypto space such as Punk 6529, Cozomo de’ Medici, and Zeneca.
Polygon: A Game Changer for Web3 Gaming and NFTs
When it comes to choosing a scaling solution for Ethereum, Polygon is among the top choices for builders and investors. Polygon, previously known as Matic Network, is a layer 2 blockchain built on Ethereum that aims to serve as Ethereum's Internet of Blockchains (like Cosmos and Polkadot), providing child chains for transactions to reduce the load on the Ethereum parent chain. The rebrand shifted Polygon's focus to exclusively serve as a scaling solution for Ethereum.
RTFKT: The Metaverse’s Next Supreme in the Fashion Industry
RTFKT was founded in early 2020 by three veterans, Benoit Pagotto, Steven Valisev and Chris Le, whose experiences intertwined between gaming, fashion and branding. They came together and shared a vision to push the boundaries of fashion to the next level. In less than two years of operation, RTFKT was able to secure a total of $9.5 million in VC funding, including an $8 million seed round from renowned investors such as Andreessen Horowitz, Galaxy Digital, Larry Warsh, and Ledger.
Game Engines: Driving the Future of Gaming
Gaming generated $180 billion in revenue in 2020 and is expected to be worth over 200 billion USD by 2023. An underlying factor powering much of this success is the proliferation of reliable, accessible, and full-featured gaming engines. These tools reduce the complexity of game development, and they’ve empowered millions of developers to create visually stunning worlds, tell impactful stories, and immerse players in new universes.
When AI Sparks into Web3 Games & Metaverse
Along with the massive growth of the Internet from the 1990s until now, various innovative technologies have been created to bring users breathtaking experiences through virtual interactions in cyberspace. Among such technologies, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has come to play an important role in processing big data to enhance immersive experience in our everyday lives over the last decade.
Nyan Heroes (NH) is a 3rd person NFT shooter built on Solana. Players can collect Nyans and their robot mechs and earn rewards through PVP battles in the NH metaverse game world. Players can play for free in PvE mode, but their experience and progress will be limited without owning and upgrading their own NFT characters.
Azuki - The Rise, The Fall and The Future
Azuki is a collection of 10,000 avatars released by a Los Angeles-based group of artists on January 12, 2022. Azuki, which features anime-inspired artwork, has been called a mix between the 3D action role-playing game The World Ends with You and the stylistic sensibilities of the iconic skateboarding magazine Thrasher. Azuki then quickly became a brand that resonates with many – from avid NFT collectors to regular folks.