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December 14, 2020

Ethereum’s rapidly growing NFT ecosystem has really taken off over the past few months. At the beginning of December 2020, the top five players in the NFT sector had seen over $1.2M USD in volume over the past seven days. 

From gaming to real estate, NFTs are making waves—but regardless of the sector, they are fundamentally changing how we think about digital ownership. In this post, we cover some of our favorite projects that are gaining traction and driving a new digital economy. We explain how: 

Aavegotchi: Unique Crypto Collectables Powered by DeFi

They’re more than cute pixelated ghosts—Aavegotchi are digital collectibles backed by interest-bearing aTokens from Aave, a lending protocol with $1.49B+ in TVL. One way NFTs derive monetary value is through scarcity—and in the Aavegotchi world, the unique traits of each Aavegotchi determine their value. By taking part in minigames and governance, users can increase the initial random rarity level assigned by Chainlink’s VRF back when their Aavegotchi was first summoned. Staking GHST, Aavegotchi’s utility token, is another way to obtain higher rarity levels, generate profit, and interact with the metaverse, helping grow the DeFi space through gamification. A proportion of GHST transactions are funneled into the AavegotchiDAO treasury, governed by the Aavegotchi community. 

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Axie Infinity: A Digital Pet Universe With a Player-Owned Economy

Axie Infinity is an NFT gaming dapp currently in 1st place among the most-used Ethereum games. In what might be compared to Pokemon, Axie Infinity creates a digital pet community where users can breed, raise, battle and trade digital creatures called Axies.

The game has gained impressive momentum both due to growing interest in NFTs and the ability to earn cryptocurrency by leveling up Axies through battle. In the Philippines and Indonesia, Axie Infinity has made some serious waves with their “play to earn” model, letting users earn tokens worth approximately $4-7 per hour. In the midst of a global pandemic, this is a meaningful income for many Axie players.

Axie has continued to gain momentum through its growing community and strategic partnerships. Earlier this year, Axie partnered with Aave to let Axie players battle to win a share of $10,000 in $AAVE. In November, they announced a partnership and integration with Chainlink’s decentralized price feeds and verifiable randomness tool. BloomX Org, Philippines’ leading OTC and crypto-powered remittance platform, recently celebrated a milestone of 1M pesos traded within only a week of launching their cash-in/cash-out service.

Axie’s Head of Growth Jeffrey Zirlin says it’s much more than a game. “It’s a budding nation with a jobs market and a complex economy.”

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OpenSea: The World’s Largest Marketplace for NFTs

OpenSea is a peer-to-peer marketplace for rare digital collectibles, often described as the world’s first and largest marketplace for NFTs. This year, OpenSea averaged over $1 million in monthly trading volume, which increased significantly in September and October and now stands at $3.5M.

While the average seller on OpenSea has sold just over $1k worth of digital assets, OpenSea has frequently made headlines as some very unique, famous, or expensive items have sold via the marketplace. Recently, the opportunity to add investment-grade diamonds to your portfolio via NFT tokens was announced.

At the end of November, LA Blockchain Summit collaborated with Giveback Heroes and OpenSea to launch a COVID-19 Relief NFT Auction. Releasing 265 conference speaker-inspired NFTs for purchase, all auction proceeds go to first responders and frontline workers impacted by COVID-19.

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Sequence: Infrastructure for Digital Ownership in Gaming

Skyweaver is a digital trading card game where players can battle using cards they’ve bought, earned or traded. In an effort to shift the perception of ownership in games, Horizon Blockchain Games is using Skyweaver to showcase this concept and leverage Ethereum to create true digital ownership of in-game items. 

Cards in Skyweaver get stored in a player’s wallet on the blockchain. Backed by Initialized Capital, DCG, and Polychain, Horizon has built Sequence—previously known as Arcadeum—to provide a seamless user and developer experience for Ethereum. A combination of a friendly smart contract wallet, SDK and APIs, Sequence handles in-game assets and allows items to be verifiably traded, sold, or given from player to player. If the player chooses, cards can be transferred to any other Ethereum-based wallet.

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SuperRare: Digital Art Marketplace for Single Edition Work

SuperRare is a digital art marketplace and social network for art creators and collectors. Authenticated, single edition digital artwork are tokenized on the Ethereum blockchain, preventing forgery and providing an immutable record of ownership. Once a piece is purchased, it can be sold in the secondary market to other digital art collectors, or held as a long-term investment. Using smart contracts, royalties go back to the original creator as digital art is bought and traded. SuperRare has gotten a significant amount of real use and activity, consistently among the top ten NFT marketplaces in terms of volume.

SuperRare recently partnered with Lilmiquela, a CGI singer, activist, and model with an instagram following of almost 3 million. Described as “one of the most interesting metaverse experiments in the industry,” Lilmiquela recently raised over $80,000 for the nonprofit Black Girls Code with her first drop on SuperRare.

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Upland: Trade Virtual Property Mapped to Real-World Addresses

Upland is a place to buy, sell, and trade virtual real estate based on real-world addresses.  It originally began as a Monopoly-like property trading game where users could take over—and truly own—real-world locations. By advancing this concept to a metaverse based on blockchain and NFTs, it allows the value of virtual goods to be converted back into real-world money.

Previously, players were limited to conducting transactions in UPX, Upland’s in-game cryptocurrency. With the recent integration of Tilia Pay, players can now buy real-world properties and sell them for actual US dollars to other players. Today, users flip properties and potentially benefit from significant markups. In the future, Uplanders will be able to import, display and trade NFTs  from other blockchains. Starting in 2021, they will also be able to develop their properties with structures and earn money by operating their own virtual businesses.

Upland already has over 20,000 monthly active users and is well-positioned for further growth. The game can be played from any location, allowing it to build a large global audience. Unlike many other blockchain games, funds can be withdrawn without blockchain knowledge and played on both iOS and Android, making it that much more appealing to mainstream users. 

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Zora: Increasing Liquidity for Limited Edition Goods

Zora is a marketplace to buy, sell, and trade limited-edition goods. Backed by VTF Capital and Variant Fund, Zora is building tools for creators to issue tokens around their creative practices. By tokenizing these goods, prices can be dynamic (changing based on demand), and fractionally traded (a fraction of the item can be bought or sold).  

Zora believes that corporations and platforms have had a monopoly on creative ownership for too long. From the recording industry to fashion, typically creators are only rewarded for their work once, even if the secondary economy continues to generate value. If an artist sells a piece of work for a certain price, and it later has 10x its original value, the original creator will never see that money. Following a philosophy of “sustainable economics for creators,”  Zora allows creators to launch products and continue to be rewarded for their value in a secondary market. One success story on the Zora marketplace is the Coca-Cola x Staple Pigeon Nike SB Dunk by Reverseland. After launching in August with only 30 sneakers available, the value rose significantly before selling out.

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What’s Next for NFTs

The powerful use cases for NFTs have garnered a lot of attention, with trading volume hitting an incredible $13 million in October. While they have applications across a myriad of industries, they’ve recently seen the most hype within the art and gaming sectors. 

Of course, with any new technology, there are challenges. With NFTs primarily built on Ethereum, scalability challenges will undoubtedly roll over to the NFT space. However, the outlook looks promising. December 1 marked a huge milestone with the long-awaited ETH 2.0 Beacon Chain launch, a major network upgrade aimed at improving ETH scalability and known as Phase 0 on the Ethereum roadmap.  Phase 1 and the transition of mainnet Ethereum to a proof-of-stake shard is expected by 2021, with Phase 2 following shortly after. In the meantime, numerous Layer 2 solutions have emerged to improve the handling of off-chain transactions, improving scalability until the ETH 2.0 mainnet becomes fully operational.

Despite the challenges, it is clear that NFTs are more than a trend. New use cases are emerging all the time, unlocking new revenue streams and continuing to drive growth in the blockchain space. From DeFi collectibles to digital real estate, these projects are changing the way we think about digital ownership. Quantstamp is proud to secure these innovative projects that are unlocking a new digital economy.

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在过去的几个月里,Ethereum快速增长的NFT生态系统真正起飞了。在2020年12月初,NFT领域的前五名玩家在过去七天的交易量 超过120万美元





Axie Infinity》。一个数字宠物宇宙与玩家拥有的经济。

Axie Infinity是一款NFT游戏dapp,目前在使用率最高的Ethereum游戏中排名第一。在可以和《口袋妖怪》相提并论的情况下,Axie Infinity创建了一个数字宠物社区,用户可以在这个社区中繁殖、饲养、战斗和交易名为Axies的数字生物。

这款游戏获得了令人印象深刻的势头,这既是因为人们对NFTs的兴趣越来越大,也是因为可以通过战斗提升Axies的等级来赚取加密货币。在菲律宾和印度尼西亚,Axie Infinity以其"玩到赚"的模式掀起了一些严重的浪潮,让用户每小时赚取价值约4-7美元的代币。在全球流行的情况下,这对许多Axie玩家来说是一笔有意义的收入。

Axie通过不断发展的社区和战略合作伙伴关系,不断获得发展动力。今年早些时候,Axie与Aave合作,让Axie玩家为赢得$AAVE中的10000美元份额而战。11月,他们宣布与Chainlink的去中心化价格馈送和可验证的随机性工具合作并整合。菲律宾领先的场外交易和加密动力汇款平台BloomX Org最近庆祝了一个里程碑,即在推出他们的现金输入/现金输出服务后仅一周内就有100万比索的交易量。

Axie的增长主管Jeffrey Zirlin表示,这不仅仅是一款游戏。"这是一个新兴的国家,有一个就业市场和复杂的经济。"





11月底,洛杉矶区块链峰会与Giveback Heroes和OpenSea合作,推出了COVID-19救援NFT拍卖。放出265个会议演讲者启发的NFT供购买,所有拍卖所得将捐给受COVID-19影响的第一响应者和一线工人。




Skyweaver中的卡片会被存储在区块链上的玩家钱包中。在Initialized Capital、DCG和Polychain的支持下,Horizon已经建立了Sequence--以前称为Arcadeum--为Ethereum提供无缝的用户和开发者体验。Sequence是一个友好的智能合约钱包、SDK和API的组合,它处理游戏中的资产,并允许物品在玩家之间进行可验证的交易、出售或给予。如果玩家选择,卡片可以转移到任何其他基于Ethereum的钱包。

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SuperRare最近与Lilmiquela合作,Lilmiquela是一位CGI歌手、活动家和模特,在instagram上拥有近300万粉丝。Lilmiquela被描述为"业内最有趣的元气实验之一",最近她在SuperRare上的首次投放为非营利组织Black Girls Code筹集了8万多美元。



Upland是一个根据现实世界的地址来购买、出售和交易虚拟房地产的地方。 它最初是一个类似于大富翁的财产交易游戏,用户可以接管--并且真正拥有现实世界的地点。通过将这一概念推进到基于区块链和NFTs的metaverse,它允许虚拟商品的价值转换回现实世界的货币。

此前,玩家只能用UPX(Upland的游戏内货币)进行交易。随着最近Tilia Pay的整合,玩家现在可以购买现实世界的房产,并以实际的美元出售给其他玩家。如今,用户翻阅房产,可能会从大量的加价中获益。未来,Uplanders将能够从其他区块链中导入、展示和交易NFT。从2021年开始,他们还可以用结构开发自己的房产,并通过经营自己的虚拟业务赚钱。



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Zora是一个购买、出售和交易限量版商品的市场。在VTF Capital和Variant Fund的支持下,Zora正在为创作者打造工具,围绕他们的创作实践发行代币。通过将这些商品代币化,价格可以是动态的(根据需求变化),并且可以进行零碎交易(可以买卖商品的一部分)。

佐拉认为,企业和平台对创意所有权的垄断已经太久了。从唱片业到时尚界,通常创作者的作品只得到一次回报,即使二次经济继续产生价值。如果一个艺术家以一定的价格卖出一件作品,后来它的价值是原来的10倍,那么原创作者就永远看不到这笔钱了。遵循"创作者可持续经济"的理念,Zora让创作者推出产品,并在二级市场上继续获得价值回报。Zora市场上的一个成功案例是Reverseland的Coca-Cola x Staple Pigeon Nike SB Dunk。在8月推出仅有30双运动鞋后,价值大幅上升,然后就销售一空。




当然,任何新技术都会面临挑战。由于NFT主要建立在Ethereum上,可扩展性的挑战无疑会延续到NFT领域。然而,前景看起来很有希望。12月1日是一个巨大的里程碑,期待已久的ETH 2.0 Beacon Chain发布,这是一次重大的网络升级,旨在提高ETH的可扩展性,在Ethereum路线图上被称为0阶段。 第1阶段和主网Ethereum向股权证明碎片的过渡预计将在2021年完成,第2阶段将在不久之后完成。与此同时,出现了众多的第2层解决方案,以改善链外交易的处理,提高可扩展性,直到ETH 2.0主网全面运行。

尽管面临挑战,但很明显,NFTs不仅仅是一种趋势。新的用例一直在涌现,释放新的收入流,并继续推动区块链领域的增长。从DeFi收藏品到数字房地产,这些项目正在改变我们对数字所有权的思考方式。Quantstamp ,很荣幸能够为这些正在解锁新数字经济的创新项目提供保障。

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