NFT collectors sent $37B to marketplaces in 2022, nearly equaling 2021 already

Collectors of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have already sent more than $37 billion in value to NFT marketplaces this year (as of May 1), a figure that nearly exceeds the total amount in all of 2021.  According to a report from Chainalysis, investors sent $40 billion worth of cryptocurrency to smart contracts associated with NFT collections and marketplaces throughout 2021. Source: Chainalysis Since the beginning of last year, NFT transaction volume has grown considerably, but the overall growth of the industry has been inconsistent. The report outlines that NFT transaction volume…

Ethereum Takes Hit, Why ETH Could Plunge Below $2,700

Ethereum started a major decline from the $2,970 zone against the US Dollar. ETH dived below $2,800 and might accelerate lower below the $2,700 support. Ethereum started a major decline after it failed to surpass $2,970. The price is now trading below $2,800 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. There was a break below a key bullish trend line with support near $2,900 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). The pair could decline further if there is a close below the $2,700 support zone. Ethereum…

Argentina’s central bank steps in to block new crypto offerings from banks

The central bank of Argentina (BCRA) has put the kibosh on financial institutions offering crypto trading only days after two of the country’s largest banks signaled they were opening up to digital assets. On May 5 the BCRA said the move was to mitigate the risks crypto poses to users and “to the financial system as a whole” citing crypto’s high volatility, use in money laundering and absence of regulatory safeguards. The news came hot on the heels of an announcement on Monday from two of the countries largest banks,…

Bitcoin Price Breakdown Looks Real, Why BTC Could Dive Below $35K

Bitcoin started a strong decline from the $40,000 resistance against the US Dollar. BTC broke the key $37,500 support to move into a bearish zone. Bitcoin started a strong decline below the $37,500 and $36,500 levels. The price is now trading below $37,500 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. There was a break below a key bullish trend line with support near $39,250 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The pair might accelerate further lower below the $35,000 support zone in the near…

‘If you’re going to crash the Web3 party, you’ve got to be brilliant’: PHD’s Stephenson

Speaking at a PHD’s SHIFT event in Melbourne last night, the agency’s global chief marketing officer, Chris Stephenson highlighted the early advice the media agency is offering to marketers on “crashing the Web3 party”. Speaking to Mumbrella following the event, Stephenson said: “With hindsight, if we look back at Web2 which is where we are now effectively, it’s been a great party if you’re in a high consideration category, long purchase cycles, lots of research, lots of data points, and lots of data generated. If you have all that Web2…

Tilting Point partners with Polygon Studios, and LootRush raises $12M

SpongeBob and Warhammer mobile game scores Polygon partnership Free-to-play mobile games publisher Tilting Point has entered a multiyear partnership with Polygon Studios to launch 10 Web3 games over the next two years. Polygon Studios and Tilting Point plan to help both native Web3 game developers scale their games alongside free-to-play developer partners, and studios who want to bridge from Web2 to Web3 gaming. The first three titles in the works are interstellar strategy game “Astrokings” from Korean developer AN games, which Tilting Point acquired earlier this year; virtual slot game “The…

Vector Finance (VTX) TVL hits a record high as the Curve Wars shift to Avalanche

The battle to attract stablecoin liquidity has been a trending theme across the cryptocurrency landscape for the past year, especially as decentralized finance users have come to realize the hefty APY that can be earned on dollar-peg assets. While Curve Finance remains the undisputed leader in interest bearing stablecoin liquidity pools, several new entrants have begun to climb the ranks, including Vector Finance (VTX), a protocol that enables Avalanche network users to generate boosted yields on their stablecoin positions. Data from CoinGecko shows that the price of VTX recently underwent…