Anime and Animoca Brands
Blockchain gaming and Metaverse company Animoca Brands has launched a strategic subsidiary in Japan after raising $10 million in seed funding. The new subsidiary, Animoca Brands KK plans to expand Japanese content into nonfungible coins (NFTs), Metaverse, and fungible tokens via Web3 applications. This content includes anime like My Hero Academia , Dragon Ball ,, and other art and sports.
Funds for this latest expansion were raised in a $10 million seed round led by Japanese investment firm MCP Asset Management’s MCP IPX One Fund. Yat Siu, co-founder of Animoca Brands and executive chairman of the company, stated to Cointelegraph that this round was “really big” due to the amount of content and the number of firms involved.
Siu also said in the official announcement from Tuesday:
“Our Japanese division will focus on partnering with IP owners in Japan to enable them to offer new Web3 products and services in the open Metaverse.”
Animoca’s other major investments in NFTs and the Metaverse include The Sandbox, Axie Infinity and Dapper Labs.
Rarible and Cyber create VR platform for NFTs
Virtual reality platform Cyber and NFT marketplace Rarible have teamed up to create a fully immersive virtual NFT marketplace.
The marketplace works with the Oculus headset for mobile devices . It allows collectors to view their collections in a 3D Metaverse environment. Cyber’s marketplace allows users to list their NFTs on Rarible.
— On CYBER (@oncyber_io) February 15, 2022
Rarible is the 19th-biggest NFT marketplace, with $47,000 in trading volume over the past 24 hours according to DappRadar.
DJ Steve Aoki’s NFT income surpasses music career
“Azukita” song performer Steve Aoki revealed that he makes more from trading NFTs than he has from 10 years of selling studio albums.
Aoki has been selling NFTs on the OpenSea NFT marketplace since March 2021, when his “Steve Aoki” collection dropped. Since then, the collection has enjoyed 547 Ether (ETH) in volume traded among 953 owners.
At a private Gala Music event on Feb. 10, Aoki said:
“If I was to really break down, OK, in the 10 years I’ve been making music, six albums, and you culminate all those advances, what I did in one drop last year in NFTs, I made more money.”
Aoki’s collection demonstrates his keen sense of the NFT industry. A Yat serves as his URL. He has also collected numerous Adidas Originals NFTs and Bored Ape Yacht Clubs. The “Aok1verse” Metaverse is his latest venture in NFT.
Samsung S22 pre-sale offer includes NFT drop for Koreans
Samsung’s latest update to its S-series of smartphones hit the market with fanfare in South Korea, where early buyers were treated with several benefits including an exclusive NFT.
Presale buyers of the S22 phones and Tablet S8 will receive an NFT from Theta Labs, which has had a long-standing partnership with Samsung. Theta hopes the offer will drive users to its ThetaDrop NFT marketplace, where people must go to claim their NFT.
Presale orders for the S22 exceeded those for the S21 by a factor of three to four, according to a report from Korean news agency Yonhap News.
Other Nifty News
The New York Stock Exchange may be diving into the Metaverse soon, as the exchange has registered to trademark the NYSE name on several blockchains and crypto products. This application covers virtual reality, augmented reality, NFTs and online marketplaces.
The CryptoPunks community is up in arms over allegations that Larva Labs sold dozens of v1 CryptoPunks on OpenSea before withdrawing recognition of their authenticity. The smart contract exploit in the v1 collection was fixed by issuing a v2 collection.