This week’s Nifty News features Louis Vuitton’s entrance to the nonfungible token (NFT), Johnnie Walker’s entrance into Web3 and Elon Musk’s apparent embrace for Bored Ape Yacht Club.
Louis Vuitton makes its mark in the NFT gaming scene
To commemorate Louis Vuitton’s bicentennial birthday in late 2021, the French luxury brand launched a NFT game called “Louis: The Game.” The game been downloaded more that 2 million times since its publication date on iOS and Android devices. “Louis: The Game” is the story of Vivienne, the protagonist. She overcomes obstacles and collects candles as well as other collectibles. NFT artist Beeple designed 30 NFTs embedded within the game, which are up for winning. At the end of April, new levels were released and with it new opportunities to win NFTs that will be distributed via a raffle through August 4, 2022.
Larva Labs deletes all of their tweets
In a curious and quiet move, the Twitter account handled by the founders of Larva Labs (LL) reset its Tweet count to zero on May 2. Since Yuga Labs purchased Larva Labs collections CryptoPunks and Meebits, most tweets about these collections were moved to @cryptopunksnfts or @MeebitsNFTs accounts.
However, LL founders Matt and John stated that they would still post on @LarvaLabs. The company still runs several other Web3 projects, including Autoglyphs and some mobile apps.
We’ve changed our handle following the acquisition announcement. Follow along here for CryptoPunks updates, and keep up with Meebits over at @MeebitsNFTs. The projects’ founders, Matt & John, will keep posting as @larvalabs.
— CryptoPunks (@cryptopunksnfts) March 22, 2022
For fans nostalgic about the OG NFT collection, one user known as “@swissdegen” has backed up all of Larva Labs’ Tweets since 2017. Why? He tweeted, “For the culture.”
Is Elon Musk open to NFTs?
Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, changed his Twitter profile picture (PFP) to a collage of Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs for less than one day and caused quite a stir on Crypto Twitter. Musk’s profile photo sent the value of ApeCoin (Yuga Labs’ cryptocurrency) skyrocketing. This image was deleted after Michael Bouhanna (a Sotheby’s executive) requested credit.
@elonmusk as much I admire your work I’d like you to remove your pfp that I created for our Sotheby’s sale. You can credit me. Happy to send you the original file minted with the buyer approval pic.twitter.com/e83ZyxWGH5
— Michael Bouhanna (@michaelbouhanna) May 4, 2022
Users, who traced some NFTs in Elon’s profile pic, confirmed that Elon does indeed have an impressive collection Bored Apes. This includes three gold apes. Doodles and Azuki, as well as Moonbirds, are also stored in the wallet, which was all transferred from MoonPay’s vault. However, some of the Bored Apes in the PFP collage are not owned by Elon Musk, as user “@franklinisbored” pointed out, raising concerns of copyright breaches.
VeeFriends partners with Johnnie Walker
Scotch Whiskey Johnnie Walker and parent company DIAGEO partnered with Gary Vaynerchuk’s NFT project VeeFriends to provide holders of the Gift Goat VeeFriends NFTs with spirits-related offerings. Gift Goat is one of the 268 characters in the original VeeFriends collection. There are 555 Gift Goat tokens in total.
All Gift Goat tokens will unlock 18 luxury gifting experiences curated by Gary Vaynerchuk over the course of three years. Each experience includes a custom-made physical gift and a unique NFT from an artist in the space. Johnnie Walker will be activating at the VeeCon NFT-ticketed conference.
Other Nifty News
Two weeks after Coinbase launched the beta version of its NFT marketplace, the crypto exchange opened it up for everyone on Wednesday. Coinbase clarified on Twitter that having an open beta means that more features will continuously be added, but with the help of the public.
The last week of April saw a sudden surge in the demand for 3- and 4-digit Ethereum Name Service, or ENS, domain names, marking a trend of NFT investors who prefer a shorter NFT token ID. Coinciding with new registrations was a sharp price increase for ENS token. Additionally, secondary sales for ENS names on OpenSea reached a peak 446 Ether (ETH) worth of volume in the last week.