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…

Louis Vuitton and Johnnie Walker dabble in Web3

This week’s Nifty News sees the arrival of Louis Vuitton to the nonfungible token (NFT) gaming scene, Johnnie Walker’s entry into Web3 and Elon Musk’s apparent embrace of 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.” At the time of publication, the game has been dowloaded more than 2 million times on both Android and iOS devices. “Louis: The Game” follows its protagonist, Vivienne,…

4-digit ENS domains spike in demand this week and continue soaring

Since Ethereum Name Service, or ENS, released 10,000 four-digit .eth domains ranging from 0000 to 9999, the nonfungible token collection has caused a stir among NFT investors, speculators and enthusiasts alike. After all 10,000 ENS names sold out in one day, the number of people registering for ENS names and purchasing these digit number names on secondary markets has significantly affected the market’s trading volume. According to a Dune Analytics dashboard for ENS, the spike in sales began on April 21, and the number of eth. name registrations has since…

OpenSea acquires Gem, and Chess.com makes a move into NFTs

OpenSea buys NFT market aggregator Gem In a Monday Twitter post, OpenSea announced it had acquired NFT marketplace aggregator Gem for an undisclosed price. A blog post by OpenSea chief executive officer Devin Finzer stated that the company made this move to improve the experience of its more seasoned, “pro” users.  Gem lets traders buy NFTs across various collections and multiple marketplaces in a single transaction that saves on gas fees. For now, OpenSea is adding popular Gem features such as its collection floor price sweeping tool, and rarity-based rankings to its platform. Gem…

Takeaways and reviews, what went down during Miami Tech Week

Miami Tech Week took place last week in the South Florida city as part of April’s Tech Month programming, which also included NFT Miami and the Bitcoin 2022 conference earlier in the month. Tech Week kicked off with the eMerge Americas conference and the myriad of panel discussions scheduled throughout the city that followed. Cointelegraph gathered some key insights from thought leaders who participated, and the two main themes are Miami as a hot spot for crypto folks, and crypto as a disruptor of the investment landscape. eMerge Americas is a…

Wildlife conservation efforts turn to NFT-funded initiatives

Digital twin nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, aren’t just reserved for consumer products anymore. Netherlands-based decentralized carbon credit exchange Coorest and conservation consulting firm PLCnetwork of the Southern Hemisphere teamed up to tokenize individual real-world endangered animals at game reserves and privately owned conservation areas in Africa. These wildlife NFTs enable holders to sponsor an elephant, lion, cheetah or rhino. Profits from the sales will go toward food, shelter and security for the animals they represent. Cointelegraph spoke to William ten Zijthoff, founder and chief executive officer of Coorest, to learn more…

Blockchain games are leading the DApp industry, says latest DappRadar report

Market tracker DappRadar and the Blockchain Game Alliance, or BGA, published the Blockchain Games Report for Q1 2022 on Wednesday. After citing that $720 million was invested into blockchain games and infrastructures in February in a previous report, the latest number for total Q1 investment is $2.5 billion. Venture capitalists and other investors raised $4 billion in 2021. The biggest deals listed in the report include Animoca Brands raising $360 million, bringing its valuation to $5 billion and becoming a leading Web3 brand. Sequoia Capital led a $450 million investment…

Blockchain.com co-founder thinks the EU and UK are ‘progressive’ crypto regulators

Cointelegraph reporter Joseph Hall sat down with Nicolas Cary, the co-founder and president of Blockchain.com at the Paris Blockchain Week Summit, or PBWS, last week. Cary’s other roles include founding the Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development and co-authoring a white paper called “The Future is Decentralised” for the United Nations Development Programme.  Hall and Cary discussed the regulatory landscape of the European Union and the United Kingdom, as well as Cary’s optimism for the evolution of money in the Web3 space. Cary recognized the recent “progressive” momentum of policymakers treating digital…

Andre Cronje sees a ‘necessity for regulation’ ahead of crypto’s new era

Andre Cronje, former Fantom Foundation technical adviser and Yearn.finance founder, resurfaced on Monday via Medium after announcing his departure from the DeFi and crypto space last month. In a post titled “The rise and fall of crypto culture,” Cronje expressed his lamentations of crypto culture as he called for increased regulation and legislation in the industry. When Cronje and his colleague Anton Nell tweeted about the fate of all the applications and services they had built, they offered no other details as to their personal motivations. They even proceeded to deactivate…

Making Bitcoin legal tender is Mexico will be ‘an uphill battle,’ says Ricardo Salinas

During the Bitcoin 2022 Conference in Miami, Florida, Cointelegraph caught up with Ricardo Salinas, the founder and chairman at Grupo Salinas, in an exclusive sit-down interview. As an early Bitcoin (BTC) adopter, since its $200 days, Salinas has experienced first-hand the highs and lows of the market, and learned a thing or two along the way. Salinas started off the day as a panelist at the main stage of the Miami Beach Convention Center among fellow billionaires Orlando Bravo, Marcelo Claure and Dan Tapiero. In a discussion titled “Bitcoin Billionaire Capital…