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PokerGO Genesis NFT Collection Mint
PokerGO, the world’s largest provider of poker content including World Series of Poker, High Stakes Poker, Super High Roller Bowl, and more, has entered Web3. The PokerGO Genesis NFT Collection features 1,326 unique, stylized NFTs representing all of the possible starting hand combinations in Texas Hold’em. NFT holders will be able to sweat their hands while watching the biggest events in the world with chances to win cash, memorabilia, and merchandise when their hand appears in winning moments. The PokerGO Genesis NFT Collection will provide benefits to poker fans and players of all types. In addition to sweating hands in live gameplay, all holders will receive a number of benefits that give direct access to the high roller lifestyle, including: * Free PokerGO Subscription * Private Events and Tournaments * Exclusive Experiences * Meet & Greets * TV Appearances * Meet Up Games * Travel Discounts & Benefits * And much more in the works NFT Stadium IO is a full-service NFT launchpad and marketplace creating innovative experiences and accessible utility for passionate fanbases across sports, esports, and entertainment. LAUNCH SCHEDULE WL Phase 1 12p PT May 31 - 12p PT June 2 Whitelisted only Max 2 per wallet WL Phase 2 12p PT June 2 - 12p PT June 4 Whitelisted only Max 5 per wallet Public Mint June 4 12p PT Open mint Max 10 per wallet Mint Price = .1 ETH
Ethopia Online Public Sale
Ethopia is a medieval fantasy play-to-earn MMORPG that takes you back in time to discover sites of outstanding beauty and rich history, captivating and cradled by many legends. The world of Ethopia is divided into different kingdoms, regions, and cities. A rich story and exciting adventure wait for those whose interests are more intellectual. Find the lost stone tablets, complete quests, train your skills, craft weapons and armour, fight enemies, discover hidden treasures, join a guild, and collect valuable artifacts. The Ethopia Online NFT Chest sale is coming!! As soon as the countdown timer on the website reaches zero (0), the mint button will appear. Once you click on this, a meta mask pop-up will appear to complete the mint. Pre-sale & Public sale (mint) location: https://ethopia.online/ EO CHEST NFTs Each EO chest represents one (1) digital real-estate house, associated tier / attributes / rarities, and one (1) Ethopian Citizen Passport. For every chest you will receive two (2) NFTs. SALE SUPPLY From the 3333 chests in total, only 3300 chests can be minted during the pre-sale. 33 chests have been removed from the original sales stock and will not be for sale. MINTING DATES & TIMES - The pre-sale is set to take place on May 28, 2022. Starting at 12:00 PM - (CEST) The WL price for one EO chest is 0.05 ETH - The public sale will happen on May 29, 30 & 31, 2022. Starting at 12:30 PM - (CEST) The Public price for one EO chest is 0.06 ETH EXLUSIVE GAME BETA LAUNCH >> June 10, 2022 << JOIN https://discord.gg/ethopia-online Web: https://ethopia.online/ <<<< ---COLLECTION--- HOUSES (ERC721) Houses found in different locations of the cities are all sold as ERC-721 NFTs. Only a set number of houses will be produced for each city and are only purchasable through our sales. Afterwards, houses can only be bought and sold through secondary marketplaces. CITIZEN PASSPORTS (ERC721) The Ethopian citizen passport is your lifetime full access ticket to Ethopia online. Everyone who mints a EO chest during the pre-sale, will receive one (1) Ethopian passport for every chest that is bought. GUILD BUILDINGS (ERC721) As soon as you own 10 houses you can mint a guild building with an associated island for free (gas fee only) Each guild receives one of the small islands that surround the mainland. Guilds will provide a massive benefit for the owner, as well as for the players that joined. --- MORE GAME INFORMATION --- PLAY TO EARN Ethopia stands out from other Play to Earn games with high quality graphics and rich, fun gameplay that allows players to earn direct income from gaming through various ways. Players are finally being compensated for all the time and effort they put into the game. ADVENTURE Players can immerse themselves in different world zones, searching for loot, ancient stone tablets, training skills, complete quests, start or join a guild, participate in multiplayer adventures, fierce player battles with in-game enemies and against other real-time players. TRUE OWNERSHIP In the era of Web 3.0, the advance of blockchain technologies makes it possible for each player to have full ownership of their in-game items. Ethopia uses Ethereum to ensure a secure, and decentralized digital asset ownership that allows players to trade their NFT assets safely. ETHOPIA DAO Ethopia Online will grow into a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) An integrated on-chain open economy, driven by on-chain decentralized player governance. Holders of our governance token Ethopia ($EPIA) will have a say in the future direction of the game’s development.
SportE Shoeboxes NFT Offering
SportE is a sports and fitness app that utilizes blockchain technology to provide users with a complete experience, blending gaming and social features in a virtual environment. This event is SportE first Shoeboxes NFT Offering for Community. Each Shoebox contains one unique NFT shoe, and is priced at 0.5 BNB. The Shoeboxes consist of NFTs in four different designs: Mystic, Sonic, Flash, Astro for Walker, Jogger, Runner and Trainer respectively, and each design may come in two rarity levels: D-Rank and C-Rank. With each NFT shoe collected, NFT holders are able to participate in SportE's Move2Earn game by walking, jogging, or running outdoors to earn in-game tokens. These tokens can be used in the game to level up their NFT shoes, or be cashed out for profit. In addition, users who collect two NFT shoes from this collection, will have the choice to burn their tokens to mint a “Shoebox” containing a brand-new NFT shoe!
First Ever NFT Soccer Team
Presenting the FIRST EVER NFT SOCCER TEAM, an Elite collection hand made in tribute to future stars, VIPs and Legends we all know and love! Every artwork is One Of A Kind and will not be replicated. New Drops are released weekly featuring the best players we see fit for our collection with help from our community. 50% We will ship out our exclusive merchandise for free to a bunch of lucky winners that holds the first ever crypto players, and will launch our online shop to purchase the merchandise as well 60% We will send out 10 lucky winners a first ever crypto players jersey signed by the creators 80% We will grant 10 El-Clásico tickets for the 2022/23 season to crypto players holders 90% we will launch our community hub, where our community members could watch games and comment on the games, together 100% We will fly out one of you to meet us at our headquarters and go together to the champions league finals, and invest back into the community by investing into low income players and helping them reach their goals
Poker Heroes Mint is live!
Mint is live! Poker Heroes is a generative art poker collection made up of 9,999 unique 3D avatars minted on the Polygon blockchain. Each avatar is rendered by combining 777 unique poker-themed traits and accessories. These avatars come with built-in utility through a partnership with the World Poker Tour Global (WPT) that gives them superpowers in the form of $100,000 free rolls, the ability to skip the waitlist and play with celebrities like Steve Aoki and get access to WPT VIP Live events. The 9,999 avatars are divided into three rarity groups: Humans (60% of total supply) Cyborgs (30% of total supply) Gods (10% of total supply) This mint is special because you can mint some special avatars that have poker celebrities traits. Recently, GAMAVRS announced 16 top poker players joining the NFT Poker Club. For more information make sure to check out: gamavrs.com
Awkward Dragons Public Mint!
A collection of 4,888 unique non-fungible tokens, comprised of 200+ possible traits, living on the Solana blockchain. We are an NFT gaming project with dope art dragons all hand drawn to look 3D! We have a huge roadmap up ahead that involves all elements of a great NFT project and P2E Games. Building for gamers, by gamers. It’s our mission to change the world with NFTs, Gaming and the Metaverse. Starting with NFT and Gaming, we'll strive to unify NFT communities through gaming, YOU can help build the future together with us. #WAGMI What we’re trying to do at Awkward Dragons is to accelerate the world’s transition towards engaging, enjoyable and sustainable P2E NFT blockchain games, namely Solana. As passionate gamers as well, we want to build great games anyone can enjoy, whilst also combining the best of DeFi and NFTs to create a truly unique and everlasting gaming value ecosystem by continuously revolutionizing and improving player earning gaming mechanics (P2E) to give back to gamers and in parallel a vision in unifying the NFT community with gaming. We want to create something lasting, a legacy. If you want to all of our latest updates and mint details, follow us on Twitter and join us in Discord. AWK AWK! https://discord.gg/kM7FhFdVyy
Move2earn Hustlers Genesis NFT Giveaway
**Move2earn Hustlers Genesis NFT Giveaway** 🔥 777 Genesis NFT Airdrop including 8 epic and 59 rare 🔥 Move2earn Hustlers is a community of people improving their physical and mental health and earning crypto at the same time. We are releasing our Genesis NFTs, that will unlock many perks to our early fellow hustlers like yourself: **😲 become a part of our future DAO,** **😱 receive alpha information from move2earn startups early** There will only be 777 genesis NFTs, including 8 epic and 59 rare and the drop will be performed in several steps. Get your Genesis NFT for free and let's get more healthy and wealthy together! 🏃‍♂️ 🏃 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ 🏃 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ 🏃 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ 🏃 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ 🏃 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ 🏃 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ 🏃 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ 🏃 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ 🏃 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ 🏃 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ 🏃 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ 🏃 🏃‍♀️
The Lunartics
The Lunartics
Ethereum
Lunartics have their Moon Bags packed! Armed with tiny bodies and even tinier minds, Lunartics have been making desperate attempts to Moon It since 1969 when Neil Armstrong unwittingly ripped them away from their home. Created by FOX Animation legend Julius Preite (Simpsons, Family Guy) and notorious Writer/Producer Dan E. Fesman (King of Queens, NCIS). Each season will launch a new series of animated videos of the Lunartics’ most futile and embarrassing missions to the moon over the past 50 years. Lunartics holders will be able to vote on upcoming missions, and even have a voice in the shape of the series! And, if they’re lucky, see their character pop up in a future episode. Go behind the scenes with two industry insiders, rub shoulders with an exclusive community of creators and animators, and be a part of the next big bang when blockchain technology converges with the world of entertainment! Ξ0.08 per NFT + gas. There is no change in mint price between whitelisted and public mint.
Bandwagon NFTs: Mint 0.1
Bandwagon NFTs are NFTs that use the ownership authentication technology of NFTs. We are creating collections for major sporting events that include, but are not limited to, baseball, basketball, hockey, american football, soccer/football, golf, etc. Each sports future bet is a collection. I.e. World Series Champion, Stanley Cup Champion, The Masters, The PGA Championship, etc. Mint 0.1 is 660 NFTs that align with the 2022 PGA Championship. Players with the highest rank from a snapshot on 4/10/22 have the move number of NFTs within the collection. If you hold an NFT of the winning player, you split the pot with holders of that NFT. There are also 7 INSTANT WIN NFTs that pay out 10x immediately following the mint. SUPPLY: 660 NFTs PRICE: 0.123 SOL INSTANT WIN PAYOUT: 1.23 SOL Payouts for player NFTs range from 2.073 SOL (Rahm) to 10.78 SOL (The Field).
Rising Baseball Stars’ NFT Presale is Going Live
Rising Baseball Stars, a digitized baseball trading card pioneer, will launch April 24th, 2022. The company’s mission is to create baseball trading cards in the form of utility-focused NFTs on the Ethereum Blockchain. To create this new fan connection, Rising Baseball Stars has partnered with the sports industry’s promising amateur baseball players to mint their personalized, virtual baseball cards as NFTs. The company’s membership offerings, to also be made available as NFTs, will enable investors to customize and enhance a host of collectible opportunities. “We’re developing a baseball trading card ecosystem like no other,” Jared Gruccio, Rising Baseball Stars Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer said about his company. Gruccio explained that the first step in establishing this ecosystem will be the release of membership NFTs. “Rising Baseball Stars is excited to be releasing three tiers of memberships, each with increasing priority status, exclusive benefits and valued opportunities to those who hold them,” he explained. With increasing levels of exclusivity, the three tiers offered by Rising Baseball Stars include: MVP, Hall of Fame, and Triple Crown. Ken Pustizzi Jr., Co-founder and Executive Vice President for RBS explained, “In addition, each of our membership tiers offer real-world utility by way of prizes and experiences as well as governance rights within the RBS Ecosystem.” “The investment experience we offer, for the experienced digital investor and/or baseball enthusiast,” Gruccio said, “promises to be unprecedented and affordable.” “However, the most valuable of the membership perks for RBS members will be their exclusive access to purchase new player NFTs,” Gruccio asserted, “ RBS members will be able to mint any given Rising Baseball Star Player Card before the general public and even buy the most coveted new player cards or NFTs at a 25% discount. Plus, they get to purchase the NFTs three days in advance of a full RBS launch.” The company’s founders touted the interactive governance offered by Rising Baseball Stars NFT to its members that allows membership holders to dictate the direction of the RBS platform. “Our members will be able to nominate the player candidates they most want to be added to the platform and eventually vote on whose baseball card NFTs should be minted,” Gruccio explained. Membership benefits outside of the digital world, according to Pustizzi, include quarterly raffles where members will be eligible for bonus awards such as signed baseball memorabilia, suite game tickets and field passes including those for the World Series - All-Star games. The company will be releasing three memberships on the Ethereum Blockchain, all with limited minting volumes and costs. “For example,” Pustizzi explained, “Our Triple Crown membership targets investors who want to guarantee their ability to buy the newest, most coveted player NFTs at the best possible price. While our MVP membership will be perfect for fans more interested in the opportunity to nominate amateur players to be added to our ecosystem.” Limited Rising Baseball Stars membership NFTs will be available for purchase during a scheduled April 24 presale and the Public Launch within two weeks of that date. “While reserves may be held for future brand development, once all initial memberships are sold out, the only way to buy an RBS membership will be on the secondary market,” Pustizzi added. Memberships will be offered at varied price points ranging from .1 to 2 in Ethereum. “These limited memberships offer a multitude of investment opportunities that appeal to the most serious members of the global baseball fan base as well as to those with a casual interest in baseball collectibles,” Pustizzi explained. For more information, visit risingbaseballstarsnft.com, join RBS on Discord or follow Rising Baseball Stars on Twitter @RBstarsNFT, Instagram @risingbaseballstarsnft, and YouTube.
Cat.Jpg
Cat.Jpg
Cardano
Cat.Jpg Collection is combination of Utility & Holy Cause. So collect from Collection of 4,444 Cat.Jpg to Become Part of Community which is sheltering cat & educating people. Let's Collect to Feel Yourself at Peace & spread Peace & Love. logoMINT Cat.Jpg Spreading peace through NFT's STORY A young artist was wandering around to find the inner peace he was looking for a state of calm which he could feel within himself. Once at a park, He was thinking about multiple ways to reach at the state of calm & then there he found a weak cat which probably haven't eat. He just picked the cat feed & shelter it & felt that peace for which he was wandering. Then he felt People need education about the adoption of cat & decided to build the community to spread education about the adoption & to shelter cats.. Cat.Jpg Collection is combination of Utility & Holy Cause. In Artist's country about 80% cats are stray. So collect from Collection of 4,444 Cat.Jpg to Become Part of Community which is sheltering cat & educating people. Let's Collect logoMINT Cat.Jpg Spreading peace through NFT's STORY A young artist was wandering around to find the inner peace he was looking for a state of calm which he could feel within himself. Once at a park, He was thinking about multiple ways to reach at the state of calm & then there he found a weak cat which probably haven't eat. He just picked the cat feed & shelter it & felt that peace for which he was wandering. Then he felt People need education about the adoption of cat & decided to build the community to spread education about the adoption & to shelter cats.. Cat.Jpg Collection is combination of Utility & Holy Cause. In Artist's country about 80% cats are stray. So collect from Collection of 4,444 Cat.Jpg to Become Part of Community which is sheltering cat & educating people. Let's Collect
DOGWALD
DOGWALD
Solana
We are glad to introduce you the NFT collection which was inspired by our dog Oswald Lee. It represents 300 types of real emotions and poses from the life of a Scotch terrier on the Solana blockchain. We have collected them throughout the life of our puppy, and we will be happy to give you a part of this huge universe. ROADMAP Phase one- •Creation of a collection of 300 Dogwald on the Solana Blockchain☑️ •Secondary market Approval (Magic Eden, Solsea)☑️ •Launch Website☑️ •Mint •Maintaining the price onthe secondary market and holding promotions for the distribution of Sol from the percentage of Royalties in our official Twitter. •Starting an NFT game development. Phase two- •Distribute the time period for the following collections to maintain balance and price. •Release of 10 new Dogwald and friends collections for a total of 3000 NFTs. •Creation of game where purchased NFTs will be used. •Creation of the Onyx token as a game currency. •Game launch •Creating and launching the Dogwald 3D NFT collection.
Holdem Heroes
Holdem Heroes
Ethereum
What is Holdem Heroes? Holdem Heroes is an on-chain poker game played with NFTs. So Holdem Heroes is both the NFT Collection of 1326 unique poker hole card combinations, and the game of on-chain Texas Hold’em played with those NFTs. The game is built, tested, and ready. Poker2Earn! Here’s the deal as we prepare to go all-in on launch… UNRUGGABLE: 100% on-chain “unruggable” poker card NFTs DYNAMIC PRICING: NFT sale with dynamic pricing with Dynamic Drops RANDOM MINTING: Minting cards is actually random with VOR (unlike 99% of so-called “generative” drops) AIRDROP: Minting on Ethereum + Airdrop onto Polygon OPEN SOURCE: Open-source card & poker contracts for more games OBJECTIVE VALUE: Not “art”. Instead: 0 % subjective value, 100 % objective value utility NFTs RANDOM: 100% on-chain verifiably random poker games with VOR NO WHITELIST: Whitelists are cheap gimmicks to fake scarcity by projects with thousands of animal cartoons. Holdem Heroes has real scarcity: exactly 1326 unique hole card combinations. ROADMAP: More games, more chains, & DAO ownership
Power Shakers
Power Shakers
Ethereum
🏋️ Get paid to workout 📈 Become a successful investor with NFT 💎 Be a valuable collector Power Shakers (PS) NFT Community has limited number of members, only 10 000 🫂 If you're lucky enough you can became a member on Pre-Sale Day 16.04.2022 🗓 Available Only 1 000 LIMITED WhiteList Spots 🎫 With PS NFT you not only have an unique work of art, with 100% intellectual property rights. You also have a lot of other advantages coming with 👇 One of the most valuable and unique benefit is that you can earn passive income while workout daily. Our members will have access to a private application who will calculate and distribute real Power Powder Tokens to all our members involved in sport training of any kind 💰 You can also use your NFT as ‘ticket’ to enter private workouts with famous athletes, bonus workout plans/routines/challenges/diets 🏋️‍♀️ This is more than a community, we are friends who share experiences/help and opportunities to gain power for new levels 💪 As community grows, possibilities are growing with it. More donations, more merchandise and supplements are going to be launched 🚀
Chillin' Ape Surf Club
2500 Chillin' Apes surfing the chain on high tides and good vibes. Our mission is to bring the surfing philosophy to the nft space. We are creating a strong and lasting community around a few simple values: Sports, good habits, love for the beach, ocean, nature and, ofc, good vibes. 🤙 🏄🏻‍♀️ ROADMAP 2022 🏄‍♂️ ... 🎁 Phase 1: ETH Giveaways 5 ETH Raffles Ξ We will raffle 2 ETH before main collection reveal among all holders. Ξ We will raffle 1 ETH before modality collections reveals among all collection holders. (Including main collection holders). -- 🪂 Phase 2: Chillin' Apes Giveaways 20 NFTs Giveaways We will airdrop 5 chillin' apes between random holders just after the reveal of every collection. -- 🏄‍♂️ Phase 3: Donations We will donate 10 ETH to Surfrider Foundation 💙 (2.5 ETH after each collection sold out) Our common objective is to protect and preserve hundreds of miles of coasts, reduce the impact of plastics in marine environments and ocean protection. 🐬 https://www.surfrider.org/ -- ❤️ Phase 4: Charity Auctions 8 unique 1/1 Chillin' Apes will be created exclusively for some of our partners and sold in auctions. 100% of the profits will be donated to charities selected by them! - Main Collection: 1 . Josh Ong: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network https://www.pancan.org/ 2. Josh Horton: Alzheimer's Association https://www.alz.org/ - Modality Collections: 3-8: TBA -- 🏝️ Phase 5: Metaverse Chillin' Apes jump to the Metaverse! 🗺️ 🎉 We will purchase an exclusive land for the community and will replicate our awesome 🏝|lore island. We'll have parties for holders with DJ's, fun games, giveaways and a lot of surprises. 🎧 -- 👕 Phase 6: Merchandising The Chillin' Ape Surf Club merch store will open its doors to all verified apes. A discount code will be sent to every holder at the opening day. -- 🛍️ Phase 7: Marketplace We will provide an exclusive platform for holders where they can buy and sell any stuff related with the project fundamentals to other club members in a secure and reliable place. 🤝 -- 🌴 Phase 8: Main Events Chillin' Ape Surf Club will periodically reinvest a part of the profits in exclusive parties and events for holders. Our intention is to create a strong and lasting community that everyone will be proud to belong to. -- 🏖️ Phase 9: Local Events The entire Chillin’ Ape Surf Club community will be split into divisions with members who live near each other. Each division will have the power to organize IRL meetings financially supported by the club treasury. 💎 Surfing, diving, hiking, having a nice lunch or dinner with other club members or just chillin' at the beach with a couple of mojitos. How awesome could that be? 🍹🍹 -- 💀 Phase 10: CURSED AZTEC GOLD 🪙 "So there is a curse. That's interesting..." 👀 🏴‍☠️ -- Extra: 🐰 Easter eggs Some surprises will be hidden inside some of the chillin' ape surf club NFTs traits. Stay tuned! Extra: 📸 Snapshots Snapshots will be taken at anytime without prior notice. Holders with 5 or more unlisted chillin apes will receive very special presents. 🎁

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Top Tier Athletes And Their Involvement In NFT World

Top Tier Athletes And Their Involvement In NFT World

Many parents support the idea of their offspring becoming athletes and sports stars. When asking a child about their career aspirations, becoming a sports star would top the list. Though reaching the pinnacle is difficult, it is one of the best careers in the world. The attraction to sports is the players' financial gain and adulation. Anyone who reaches the top of any sport will become financially free. Furthermore, players from the most popular sports are celebrities on par with actors and famous businesspeople.

The vast sums involved in sports are due to the massive interest and demand from the general public. People love sports and are willing to pay enormous money to watch sporting events. Due to the fascination, businesses not involved with sports pay massive advertising fees to become associated with the sport. There are many sports, from golf, martial arts, cycling, and racket sports to track and field events. It is an endless list.

However, some sports have better earning potential than others. Sports such as soccer, football, basketball, golf, and tennis are some lucrative sporting activities. Anyone who reaches the pinnacle in these activities will easily earn millions of dollars. There are few sports stars whose fortunes run into billions. Earnings are not limited to the salary received from the clubs. Top sports stars can accumulate wealth through endorsements, sponsorship deals, and payments from their clubs. The massive earnings are due to the player's skill set combined with their popularity. A famous, well-loved star will command the highest salaries.

Investment Options For Sport Stars

Like all wealthy people, sports stars invest their income; they use their finance to buy more wealth. It makes zero sense for money to sit idle in bank accounts. Investments take all kinds of forms. From starting their own business, investing in other companies to involvement in financial markets are some of the popular forms of investments. Cryptocurrencies and their associated technologies have become mainstream in the last few years. The portfolio of many wealthy people, including sports stars, usually has some investment in this arena.

Investing In NFTs

Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are one way to invest in cryptocurrency technologies. This field has attracted many sports stars. Some famous sports stars who hold NFTs include Stephen Curry, Serena Williams, Shaquille O'Neal, and Neymar Jr. These are just a few of the hundreds of sports stars who have become involved with NFTs.

NFTs, with their cartoon art representation, appear fun and appeal to the younger generation. Given that the sports star demographic is of the lower age bracket, it makes perfect sense for these people to invest in NFTs. Owning NFTs can help market sports stars and their brands. Becoming associated with a popular NFT collection will increase the media coverage received. For example, if an athlete buys a blue-chip NFT such as the Board Ape Yacht Club, the news will be seen on all major outlets and social media channels. This is a win-win situation for both the project and the athlete.

The more an athlete is featured in the popular media, the more it enhances their prominence. It allows them to demand more outstanding salaries and endorsements. The involvement of top-tier athletes will help drive up the price of the NFT, a good situation for the NFT project. Additionally, NFTs are an investment opportunity. Though buying NFTs is highly speculative, there is an excellent chance that blue-chip projects will see a price rise. Top-tier NFT projects such as BAYC and Azuki continue to see a price increase.

NFTs can help well-known athletes connect with their fans. The trend is for athletes to buy NFTs from significant projects to date. There will be a more significant number of athletes who will release their own NFT collections. It offers the athlete a way to bond with fans in new and innovative ways.

Holders gain the opportunity to meet the star or receive merchandise. This helps to solidify the relationship; it will lead the fans to become even more interested in the athlete's brand and helps to foster a community of fans in ways never seen before. There is also a financial benefit for the fans. Owning the NFTs of a sports star, the fan can sell these assets. Previously the relationship has been a one-way street; the athlete benefited from fans without much reciprocity.

If the perceived value of the star is on the rise, the price of the NFT will increase. It offers the opportunity for the holder to sell their NFTs for a profit.  NFTs open up all manner of possibilities in the world of sports. Sporting clubs can sell NFTs, which will offer their fans the opportunity to gain merchandise, special ticket allocation, or vote on club governance. NFTs are relatively novel, but there is no doubt that this is a field that opens up opportunities never seen before in the world of sports.

 

Apr 9, 2022
Kate
The Importance Of The Founder In NFT Projects

The Importance Of The Founder In NFT Projects

People who've followed NFTs for some time are aware of these essential considerations when buying NFTs.  Many new members of the NFT community overlook this critical aspect.

Many newbies buy NFTs without much consideration. The usual pattern is for people to hear about NFTs, find the NFT community on Social Media platforms such as Twitter, and become part of the Discord servers of various projects.

A busy server and quality artwork ensure the newbie becomes involved in the community. It leads to the person minting the NFT on launch.

Following the mint, it's common to see the price of the NFT fall in value. After a few months, the founders neglect the project, and the holders find themselves with an NFT with little value.

Since this neglect has been the standard pattern seen throughout 2021, most NFTs on the secondary market are worth less than the price paid on launch.

There have been numerous cash grabs. The founders make six figures from the NFT project, but the investors have a losing asset.

The success stories in the NFT space have received praise. For example, the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) is admired throughout the NFT community, and any NFT stories in the mainstream media feature the BAYC regularly.

For every successful project, there are far more failures.


Mistakes Made By More Experienced NFT Buyers.

After spending time in the NFT community, people become aware of the requirements of a good project. They commonly look for the following characteristics:

Doxxed Team. The team mustn't be anonymous. Anonymous groups are more prone to carry out rug pulls (where the founders close the project after launch). Investors have no idea of the identity of the founders. As a result, the groups can quickly abandon the project and scam the investors.

Great Community. There must be a sizable community behind the NFT project. People look at Social Media and Discord profiles to gauge the size of the community. Without a community, there is no one to buy the NFTs.

Good Artwork. Essential to ensure the artwork is high quality and in line with the current trends. For example, there is a great deal of admiration for the artwork by Doodles and Invisible Friends NFT projects.

Utilities. Projects need more than artwork to become a success. The only exception is if the NFTs are from an established artist such as Beeple, Banksy, or another artist with a big following in the traditional art world.

Projects without a well-established artist need to provide utilities in the form of Play To Earn games, events, staking possibilities, and more.

People seeking these factors in projects are better positioned than newbies. But many projects satisfying these conditions still fail to succeed, especially in this current climate where the NFT space is experiencing a bear market.


The Importance Of The Founder

The most critical factor in a project is the founder. Many investors entertain projects because the founder is well known. They could be a celebrity or an industry leader.

Unfortunately, many of these projects flounder in the long term. Shortly after mint, there is a pump in price. But a few months after the launch, the value has become less than the mint price.

The founders are not highly active in the project; they make no effort to immerse themselves in the community.

It leads people to conclude (probably correctly) the founders are not interested in the project. The community loses faith, sells their NFTs, and projects end up in the backwaters of the secondary market.

A successful project is one where the founder engages with the community. They should be active before and after the launch. Making themselves involved in the conversations on Discord and Ask Me Anything (AMA) or Twitter Space shows a genuine interest in the project.

An example of a successful project is VeeFriends by Gary Vee. The founder is always available. He is constantly talking about his projects on Social Media and does not go missing in action.

 

Wrapping Up

The most important consideration for any NFT collection is the founder, motives, and project vision.

Unfortunately, the NFT world has seen many cash grabs. The devs and the founders fail to take much interest following the launch.

The reality is that unless the NFT collection is by a genuine, highly established artist, the project starts after the launch.

The easy part is the stage up to the launch; it's the segment where the founders are raising capital to realize a vision. Making their promises become a reality involves hard work.

To date, in the NFT space, many founders are fond of the idea of raising capital. But dislike the effort to complete the project and make the utilities and the roadmap a reality.

Many experienced investors in the NFT community understand the situation and no longer mint NFTs easily. This is a contrasting situation to 2021, where people readily bought NFTs.

Perhaps this explains the current bear trend in the NFT world; sales volumes are significantly lower than the record-breaking numbers a few months ago.

For the investor, the best approach is to take a great deal of interest in the founder. Presenting evidence of interest by the founder ensures confidence in the community.

The involvement of a famous name does not guarantee long-term success.

 

Mar 31, 2022
Bill
Common NFT Scams: Identified

Common NFT Scams: Identified

Scams exist in many areas of life, defined as fraudulently obtaining money or goods from unsuspecting victims. 

The Internet is hugely beneficial for society and helps improve many people's lives. But it has led to criminals using it to defraud people—from phishing and fake shopping websites to dating scams. 

Cryptocurrencies use the Internet and are not exempt from scams. The anonymous nature of cryptocurrencies has made things easier for fraudsters. 

NFTs are an extension of cryptocurrencies and are an arena with frauds targeting newbies and the uninformed. Since this is a relatively new technology, most people have likely been victims of one form of scam or another.

What are some of the common NFT scams?

Rug Pulls

After a project launch, the founders exit the project with investors' funds. The founders close the assets associated with the project, such as the Discord server and Twitter account, and leave the scene. With the founders no longer involved and little trace of the project, the price of the NFTs decreases until it becomes worthless. The investors possess nothing more than NFT JPG images on the blockchain. 

The NFT space has been rife with these scams throughout 2021. As people become aware, these deceptions are becoming less common.

Anonymous founders carry out rug pulls; people have no idea of the real identity. Given the anonymity and lack of traceability with crypto wallets, it's a straightforward scam to perpetuate.

Cash Grabs 

This is rife in the NFT space. The founders of the project promise various developments for the project. 

After the launch, they fail to implement these promises. Over time, the value of the NFTs decreases, and the investors are left holding the bag. 

Nearly every NFT investor has been a victim of such activities. Such schemes are also known as a slow rug; the founders leave the project slowly. 

These schemes are difficult to classify as a fraud; the founders are in a position to kick their promises into the long grass. And many often come up with all manner of excuses why developments fail to progress. 

Pump And Dump 

This is where an individual or a group of people team up to buy large quantities of the cheapest NFTs in the collection (buying the floor price). 

They drive up the collection price, also known as "sweeping the floor" or "wash trading." After a significant price increase, the NFTs are sold for a profit, and the culprits exit the market. The value of the NFTs decreases, people are left with NFTs worth less than the price paid. 

The project founders are known to engage in such practices to drive up the price of their collection.

Project Impersonation

Fraudsters try to mimic real projects by creating websites and social media profiles with a similar appearance to the actual project. 

They aim to lure unsuspecting victims to a website and mint fake NFTs. The victim connects their wallet to mint an NFT, which turns out to be an empty file. 

Victims are targeted through direct messages or posting links in the comment section of Social Media platforms.

The problem has become rampant: fraudsters routinely hijack the real Discord server of a project, disabling the power of admins and moderators and placing links to direct members to a fake minting website. 

Customer Support Scams

This is a problem commonly seen on Discord and Telegram. Scammers contact through direct messages offering to help people mint NFTs or provide bonus airdrops.

As a customer service representative, the scammer tries to obtain wallet details such as passwords and the seed phrase. Using the information, fraudsters drain the funds from the wallet.

The problem is that NFT projects warn members not to engage in direct message conversations. Official members of staff have ceased contact with members directly through direct messages. 

Experienced people will not fall victim to such scams; newbies are the intended targets. 

Intellectual Property Theft And Fake Collections

There are projects known to take the artwork from talented artists and use it for their collection. Without agreements in place, this is a form of theft.

Projects using artwork from an artist without permission are a theme in the NFT community. 

On discovery, the reputation falls, and the value of the NFTs decline in price; it becomes a loss-making investment.

Some individuals take artwork from upcoming projects, load it to marketplaces such as Open Sea and aim to impersonate the actual project.

Buyers of these NFTs become victims of a scam.

Conclusion

Scams are common because the NFT market is new, with many new people entering the space. It allows fraudsters to exploit inexperience and vulnerabilities.

The best approach for a newbie is spending time in the NFT community, networking with others on platforms such as Discord, and becoming fully aware of the technology before major investment sprees.

Mar 24, 2022
Kate
Yuga Labs & Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) Launch ApeCoin Tokens

Yuga Labs & Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) Launch ApeCoin Tokens

Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) is the most iconic NFT collection; it's set the standard for others to follow. The nearest rival CryptoPunks, based on nothing more than artwork, was taken over by BAYC's creators, Yuga Labs, in March 2022. This acquisition has created the biggest juggernaut in the NFT world; no other project comes close in size.

BAYC 's success depends on its ability to evolve, pivot, and provide value to its holders. While many projects offer artwork and no more, BAYC has significantly contributed to the NFT world. They airdropped NFTs from other projects (such as Bored Ape Mutant Club and Bored Ape Kennel Club) to BAYC NFT owners, provided in-person events, and developed online games for its members. Yuga Labs allows the holders to use the NFT they own to create and sell merchandise.

 What is ApeCoin?

As part of this ability to grow, in March, Yuga Labs collaborated with the collective named ApeCoin DAO to drop ApeCoin ($APE) token.

ApeCoin acts as a digital currency in the same way as many other cryptocurrencies. People will be able to spend ApeCoins on upcoming products and services BAYC will offer, including the Play To Earn game launching in 2022. The hope is that ApeCoin may evolve beyond the BAYC ecosystem in the future.

There is a difference between Apecoin and cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Solana. Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Solana are native coins derived from their perspective blockchain. Apecoin does not have its blockchain and resides on the Ethereum mainnet; it's considered a token rather than a coin.

ApeCoins are not too dissimilar to Axie Infinity Shards (AXS), the native governance token of the Axie Infinity network. Axie Infinity players can buy, sell and trade using Axie Infinity Shards.


Distribution

A total of 1 billion ApeCoins were available; the allocation was as follows:

15% to the holders of Bored Ape Yacht Club and Bored Ape Mutant Club holders,

15% to Yuga Labs,

14% to the partners that helped launch the tokens,

8% to Yuga Labs founders,

1% to charitable events,

47% to ApeCoin DAO

ApeCoin DAO

ApeCoin DAO is part of the Ape Foundation, the governance behind the token. They have the power to manage the everyday running, project management, and bookkeeping of the token system. Holders of the ApeCoins and the DAO can dictate the ecosystem's future, thus making ApeCoin a decentralized system.

 ApeCoin DAO consists of leaders from the Social Media, gaming, and crypto space. These people include Alexis Ohanian (from Reddit), Amy Wu (from FTX), Dean Steinbeck (from Horizen Labs), Maaria Bajwa (from Sound Ventures), and Yat Siu (from Animoca Brands).

The BAYC project and Yuga Labs are separate entities from the ApeCoin DAO. If BAYC and Yuga Labs were closely connected, the project would come under the scrutiny of The Securities and Exchange Council of the United States. The Securities and Exchange Council is the government organization responsible for regulating Securities and protecting investors. To date, the organization has not focussed on NFT projects.

Launch 

On launch, the price of ApeCoins started at almost $40 per token. During the day, the token fell to around $6 as people who received free tokens sold their share. A few days into the launch, the price of the ApeCoin sits at around $11. The vast market cap size has meant that ApeCoin is in the top 50 of all cryptocurrencies.

The token was available on all major exchanges such as Coinbase, Binance, KuCoin, and FTX. It's unusual for new tokens to be widely known, but the popularity of the BAYC meant exchanges readily accepted ApeCoin onto their platform.

Original holders of BAYC NFTs were given 10,094 tokens for each NFT they held. This translates to nearly $400k at the price height and $60k near the bottom.

ApeCoins show that the Bored Ape Yacht Club project continually provides the holders with utilities. These utilities translate into social and financial gain. Unfortunately, the NFT space is riddled with scams and rug pulls. But Yuga Labs have set the blueprint for what makes a fantastic NFT project, an aspiration for other projects to follow.

No one can predict the price movement of digital currencies; there are no guarantees of price increases. The ecosystem created by Yuga Labs is continually expanding rapidly; it's probably a good bet to suggest ApeCoins are potentially a significant investment.

As always, do your own research before investing.

 

 

 

 

Mar 23, 2022
Dave