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Video Game Artists of the Top Choose NFTs to Help Ukraine. Collection to be Released on Official MetaHistory Museum

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Since the end of the Russian-Ukrainian War, celebrities, social activities and visual artists have joined the League of Supporting Ukraine with Cryptocurrencies and NFT Artifacts. The trend continues. A group of talented artists have created the avatar NFT series, which brings the support and devotion to an entirely new level. These artworks are distinguished by their stunning visuals, the horrific images, the hauntingly real resemblance to the ongoing cruelty, as well as the unending power of resilience.

Avatars for Ukraine + MetaHistory

A group of top video game industry professionals, credited for game hits Rainbow Six, Warframe, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. , and a billion-downloaded Asphalt franchise, together with the most talented Ukrainian digital artists created a charity NFT collection to help Ukraine. The collection will be released MAY 19 2022 on MetaHistory, an official Ukrainian charity NFT platform that has already raised 260 ETH / $722k for Ukraine. Their initiative is supported by the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, a Ukrainian government institution known for its pro-crypto position, that has already raised more than 60 million for Ukraine in crypto donations.

The charity NFT collection is named Avatars for Ukraine. The title refers back to the original meaning for the word “avatar”, which is translated from Sanskrit as “incarnation”. These stunning artworks depict the incarnations that free Ukraine represents: its soul, spirit and wisdom, as well as love. This collection is unique, and not just in its name. The artworks emerged during 2 months of war and were created by 50 of the most talented and acclaimed Ukrainian digital artists from both game and movie industries. Volodymyr Bondar (Europe’s top science fiction illustrator), was awarded a EuroCon award. He contributed an original artwork. Volodymyr is a symbol of spirit, having risked his life to evacuate dozens from Kharkiv’s heavily shelled city. Curators of the collection, lead artist and the art director behind a billion-downloaded Asphalt game franchise, both have the same name, Kateryna. The one Kateryna was able to hide in the subway for days with her cats while the other took refuge in Romania.

Many NFT collections are exclusively interested in the money aspect of it, and the speculative mentality of both buyers and sellers fuels the controversy around the market. The Avatars collection’s purpose is noble for the ideologists behind it. Alexey Savchenko (UK), ex-business development manager at Epic and former PR manager at GSC , says: “We felt that if we were to do NFT for Ukraine, we should do so in the same manner as we do our game universes. We should use high production values and have the best talent around us. Epic Games, the company that will most likely be the first one to build the ‘real metaverse’, raised $150 million for Ukraine”. Dmitry Tarabanov (Canada), game designer credited for game hits Rainbow Six and Warframe“: “Both game and movie industries allow you to experience universes worth millions in production, at a price of a few bucks, somewhat the opposite to the NFT culture. All can enjoy the stunning artwork created by these artists. Yet if there is a historic artwork, like a sketch of the first AT-AT walker from Star Wars, its original is priceless. These artworks are also historic. All money, regardless of price, goes to Ukraine

MetaHistory NFT platform helped the team by shaping the NFT technology to their high standards. MetaHistory is a recognized charity NFT platform that was officially approved by Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation. This pro-crypto government institution has raised millions of crypto for Ukraine and previously teamed up to bring Starlink to Ukraine. This NFT collection is unprecedented in terms of the cooperation between crypto industry and electronic entertainment, as well as the contexts behind it. “We hope there won’t be any more artworks made in the most significant war since WWII. We hope that there won’t be any famous artists who paint while their cities are being bombarded. We wish there will be no more than 70 items in this collection, because every day this war has been adding one more artwork. These NFTs are still here to fulfill their destiny, which is the noblest cause of this technology that anyone can think of: “To help good prevail, invest in the future, and to follow the right direction in history,” their joint statement states.

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A Chinese author with extensive experience in art, music and tech. Bitcoin.com News sent her to the metaverse in order to capture the feeling that a pioneer is entering this new reality.

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E-commerce giant Ebay files trademark applications covering a wide range of Metaverse and NFT Services

Ebay Files Trademark Applications Covering Wide Range of Metaverse, NFT Services

E-commerce giant Ebay has filed two trademark applications covering a wide range of products and services relating to the metaverse and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Ebay’s NFT, Metaverse Trademark Applications

Ebay Inc., Nasdaq:EBAY), filed two trademark applications last week with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. They covered a wide variety of products and services that relate to non-fungible tokens and the metaverse.

Mike Kondoudis (USPTO-licensed trademark lawyer), tweeted Tuesday that eBay Inc. was coming to the metaverse. He said that the filings indicated the e-commerce giant’s plans to create virtual good marketplaces and online retail stores selling actual and virtual goods. NFTs, NFT Exchanges and NFT Trading are some of the NFT plans. The applications’ serial numbers are 97473696 and 97473620.

One day before Ebay filed the two trademark applications, the company announced that it has acquired NFT marketplace Knownorigin. According to Ebay, the two companies signed and closed the deal on June 21.

Ebay CEO Jamie Iannone described at the time: “Ebay is the first stop for people across the globe who are searching for that perfect, hard-to-find, or unique addition to their collection and, with this acquisition, we will remain a leading site as our community is increasingly adding digital collectibles.”

The e-commerce platform began allowing NFT sales in May last year, citing a “massive wave of attention” in the area.

This month, McKinsey and Company said that the metaverse could generate $5 trillion by 2030. “By 2030, it is entirely plausible that more than 50 percent of live events could be held in the metaverse,” the company noted.

In addition, a survey conducted in April showed that the metaverse will be the most popular place for crypto, with 70% of respondents agreeing that “cryptocurrency and blockchain technology advancements will be critical to shaping the future of the metaverse.” Moreover, Citigroup predicted that the metaverse could be a $13 trillion opportunity with 5 billion users by 2030 while Goldman Sachs sees the metaverse as an $8 trillion opportunity.

What do you think about Ebay filing trademark applications covering metaverse and NFT services? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Cryptoys raises $23 million to mix NFTs, Gaming and Virtual Toys

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Cryptoys, an NFT-based startup, announced it has raised $23 million in a Series A funding round led by a16z. The company, which aims to combine NFTs with the worlds of gaming and virtual toys will create a “cryptoyverse” where it will implement play-to earn features and issue its tokens.

Cryptoys Raises $23 Million in Series A Round

The NFT market is in a slump phase, which is affecting both the prices and popularity of NFT project. There are still projects that have survived and thrived. Cryptoys is one such startup. It has just announced that it had closed a successful funding round.

The Series A funding round, which raised $23 million, was led by a16z crypto, with the participation of other companies and firms including Mattel, Dapper Labs, Draper & Associates, Acrew Capital, Coinfund, Animoca Brands, and Sound Ventures.

The company will use these funds to further develop its own platform, dubbed “cryptoyverse,” which aims to entice a younger crown to engage with NFTs and play-to-earn services on top of the Flow blockchain, the same tech used by Dapper Labs to deploy its well known NBA Top Shot app.

Cryptoys CEO Will Weinraub spoke out about the inclusion of younger users on this gaming and play-to-earn platform.

You have to step back from the Web3 maximalism. It’s necessary to start small to get millions or millions of people on board with these new paradigms.

Arianna Simpson, a general partner of a16z, who also participated in the seed round of the company, stated:

The high-quality storytelling and creative work of the Cryptoys team will delight and excite future generations of collectors and consumers.

Operations and Partnerships

The company also stated that it will pursue other activities such as gaming, where users can win NFTs in order to gain access to the platform. The platform plans to issue two tokens for monetization: Binary Dust and Toyken.

Cryptoys has recently entered into a partnership agreement with Mattel. This funding round also saw the addition of some of the company’s classic toys. According to reports, these IPs might include toys like Hot Wheels, Barbie, and Masters of the Universe, but none have been confirmed as of yet by the company. These avatars will be sold to be used in Cryptoys’ cryptoyverse.

What do you think about Cryptoys’ $23 million Series A funding round? Please leave your comments below.

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E-Commerce Giant Ebay Acquires NFT Marketplace Knownorigin

E-Commerce Giant Ebay Acquires NFT Marketplace Knownorigin

The e-commerce and online auction giant Ebay has announced the company has acquired the non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace Knownorigin. Ebay declared that the acquisition is an “important step in Ebay’s tech-led reimagination.”

Ebay Purchases NFT Marketplace in Order to Make E-Commerce Site the World’s Top Destination for Collectibles

Ebay revealed on Wednesday that the company has purchased the NFT marketplace Knownorigin. Last February, Ebay’s chief executive officer, Jamie Iannone, discussed NFTs, cryptocurrencies, and how the company continues to “evaluate other forms of payments.” Knownorigin is a UK-based company and according to dappradar.com stats, the marketplace has seen $7.8 million in all-time sales.

The e-commerce and online auction corporation said on Wednesday that the acquisition is an “important step in Ebay’s tech-led reimagination, ushering in a new era of digital collecting to the world’s top destination for collectibles.” CEO Jamie Iannone also spoke about the acquisition and said that the NFT marketplace was a leader in the digital collectibles industry. Ebay, however, did not disclose the financials behind the deal and the company said the deal was ​​signed and closed on June 22, 2022.

“Ebay is the first stop for people across the globe who are searching for that perfect, hard-to-find, or unique addition to their collection and, with this acquisition, we will remain a leading site as our community is increasingly adding digital collectibles,” Iannone explained in a statement. The Ebay CEO added:

Knownorigin has built up an impressive, passionate, and loyal group of artists and collectors making them a perfect addition to our community of sellers and buyers. We look forward to welcoming these innovators as they join the Ebay community.

Ebay’s Knownorigin acquisition comes during the crypto winter, and a time when many believe there will be quite a bit of mergers and acquisitions within the crypto industry. During the first week of June, Ripple Labs CEO, Brad Garlinghouse said: “I think there’ll be an uptick in M&A in the blockchain and crypto space.” Additionally, FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried explained at the end of May that FTX is ready to deploy billions on acquisitions.

Two days before the Knownorigin acquisition, the company that operates the decentralized exchange (dex) Uniswap, Uniswap Labs, announced that it acquired the NFT aggregation platform Genie. “In pursuit of our mission to unlock universal ownership and exchange, today we’re expanding our products to include both ERC-20s and NFTs,” Uniswap Labs detailed. “We’re excited to announce that we’ve acquired Genie, the first NFT marketplace aggregator, which lets anyone discover and trade NFTs across most platforms.”

What do you think about Ebay acquiring Knownorigin? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

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