2023 is a make-or-break year for blockchain gaming: Play-to-own

Will 2023 finally see an explosion of crypto gaming? The signs are mixed, with former play-to-earn darling Axie Infinity falling out of favor and hemorrhaging players, while mainstream gamers report that Web3 games still have playability issues. The bright spot is that AAA games are finally starting to emerge in Web3, with projects like Illuvium […]

China’s 180M digital yuan airdrop, Devastation in Turkey, Laos’ CBDC: Asia Express

Our weekly roundup of news from East Asia curates the industry’s most important developments. China airdrops 180 million digital yuan to celebrate Lunar New Year  According to state-owned media Global Times, Chinese cities airdropped a total of 180 million digital yuan (e-CNY) worth $26.6 million to boost consumption during the Lunar New Year celebrations between […]

Justin Aversano makes a quantum leap for NFT photography

Artist name: Justin AversanoLocation: Los AngelesDate minted first NFT: Feb. 15, 2021Which blockchains? Ethereum Bio: Unintentionally, the healing process of losing his twin sister at birth sparked Justin Aversano’s career to become the poster child for NFT photography. His most famous collection, “Twin Flames,” has 5,900 ETH in total sales volume on OpenSea and multiple […]

Huawei NFTs, Toyota’s hackathon, North Korea vs. Blockchain: Asia Express 

Our weekly roundup of news from East Asia curates the industry’s most important developments. Huawei moves to trademark its NFTs According to a Jan. 28 report by Sina News, Chinese telecom giant Huawei has recently filed for eight trademarks related to its Huawei “YunYunBao” nonfungible tokens (NFT) series. The trademarks include digital collectibles in the […]

Is the Metaverse really turning out like ‘Snow Crash’?

‘Snow Crash’ by Neal Stephenson Neal Stephenson’s science fiction novel Snow Crash predicted the Metaverse in 1992. This cult book has the amusingly-named Hiro Protagonist running around in an artificial cyber world, trying to stop a virus that wipes minds, aided by his hacker friend Y.T. Reality is a place to escape from, a neoliberal […]

Tiffany Fong flames Celsius, FTX and NY Post: Hall of Flame

Name: Tiffany FongAnonymous: No Twitter followers: 51.7K Known for: Breaking leaked info on Celsius and interviewing Sam Bankman-Fried after the FTX collapse  Who is Tiffany Fong anyway?  Tiffany Fong is 28 years old, has a background in marketing, and describes herself as a “reluctant crypto content creator” who developed a following after $100,000 worth of her crypto […]