Chart of the Week
Bitcoin NFTs have gained considerable popularity and traction since the launch of the Ordinals protocol, which has made it possible to mint NFTs directly on the Bitcoin blockchain. At the time of writing, the number of Ordinals inscriptions reached 7.65 million.
Readers may check out our new report, Bitcoin’s Expanding Ecosystem: Layer-2, DeFi, NFT.
New Project Spotlight
[COMING SOON] Crypto.com is launching ‘Crypto.com Expedition Gear’ backpack NFTs via an airdrop and sale. One random mystery package will be airdropped for every ‘Crypto.com Land – The First Frontier’ NFT owned. Meanwhile, ‘Loaded Lions’ and ‘Cyber Cubs’ NFT holders will be eligible for the Early Access sale.
[COMING SOON] ‘aelfen’ is a collection by 3D artist Farruk Murad. This drop explores the harmony between the ælfen (forest dwellers) and nature. The collection goes live on Crypto.com NFT on 26 May.
[COMING SOON] D.G.Pals is releasing a free-to-play game, Merge Defence, where players can assemble a team of four friends to defend Panterra against waves of mythical rogues. The game will be available on 20 May.
[LIVE] Croskull launched its Ordinals NFT collection, ‘bitCroSkull’, on 18 May. The bitCroSkulls will be available for minting in two whitelist stages, followed by a public mint.
The following table shows select top collections (by weekly sales volume on each platform) and a sample of their art:
|Platform||Collection||Sales Volume (USD)||Floor Price |
|OpenSea||Mutant Ape Yacht Club||$21,588,000|
|OpenSea||Bored Ape Yacht Club||$12,744,000|
|Crypto.com NFT||Crypto.com Land – The First Frontier||$67,500|
|Crypto.com NFT||Loaded Lions||$52,200|
|Minted||VVS Miner Mole||$19,300|
|Minted||Mutant Aiko Beanz||$7,100|
Blockchain Game Metrics
The following table shows select top games by weekly Unique Active Wallets (UAW):
|Axie Infinity||Ronin, Ethereum||32K|
Gaming Token Performance
The total market cap for gaming tokens now stands at US$11.25 billion, up +7% from last week.
- The Pepe-themed ‘Bitcoin Frogs’ have become one of the most traded NFTs amid the Bitcoin Ordinals hype, temporarily surpassing prominent collections such as Bored Ape Yacht Club. The collection features 10,000 unique frog collectibles minted directly on the Bitcoin blockchain and has generated more than US$2 million in trading volume from nearly 700 transactions.
- Gaming giant Epic Games and LEGO Group are collaborating to build a fun and family-friendly metaverse that is enjoyable and safe for all ages. Epic Games recently also announced a $2 billion round of funding to advance the company’s vision to build and support the growth of the metaverse.
- Video game publisher Ubisoft is partnering with Reality Labs to create a limited-edition NFT collection for the popular game Assassin’s Creed. Collectors will be able to purchase custom ‘Assassin’s Creed Smart Collectibles’, as well as order a 3D-printed version of their NFTs encased in a clear cube.
- The Axie Infinity game is set to launch on the Apple App Store in key markets across Latin America and Asia. The game’s developer, Sky Mavis, is also launching Mavis Market, a curated NFT marketplace powered by the company’s Ronin blockchain.
Recent Research Reports
|Monthly Research Roundup (April 2023): In this issue, we feature trending market insights, and our latest research reports take a closer look into Bitcoin’s expanding ecosystem, specifically Layer 2s, DeFi, and NFTs.||Alpha Navigator: Quest for Alpha [April 2023]: Asset classes were generally flat in April, with cryptocurrency outperforming other assets. The US Federal Reserve could be on the cusp of ending its interest rate hike cycle.||Bitcoin’s Expanding Ecosystem: Layer-2, DeFi, NFT: The landscape of the latest projects building on top of Bitcoin is expanding beyond payments. It now includes Layer-2 scaling solutions and key application categories like DeFi and NFTs.|
Latest University Articles
|What Is the BRC-20 Token Standard for Bitcoin?: Learn about the BRC-20 token standard for the Bitcoin blockchain and the tokens that have been minted on it so far.||What Are ERC-20 Tokens? All About Ethereum’s Most Important Token Standard]: ERC-20 is a token standard for fungible tokens on Ethereum. Learn what it is and how cryptocurrencies can be minted with it.||Ethereum vs Ethereum Classic — What Is the Difference?: They may share the name, but Ethereum and Ethereum Classic are different in many ways. Here’s a comparison of both chains|
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