NFT Review #12: An Unfamiliar Future

Axie Infinity reaches 1 billion, UN partners with Unique Network, Lionel Messi joins the NFT mania, and more...

NFT Review is a weekly newsletter covering NFTs in the Web3 ecosystem on Polkadot’s side of the woods. The newsletter is put together by Bruno Škvorc and gbaci.

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Dear NFT enthusiast,

Have you ever wondered what a future of a thriving play-to-earn industry will look like, what aspects of society it will change? 

If you’ve been following this newsletter for a while then you won’t be surprised that Axie Infinity is once again the cause of this line of reasoning. This time, the terrific news is that Axie became the first project to reach $1 billion in all-time trading volume. Crazy right? We thought DeFi would be crypto's killer app (and it probably is/will be), but Axie’s run is making us rethink. 

Back to the consideration. 

What do you think will happen? Will more people in developing countries (~countries with weak economies and currencies) choose the play-to-earn mode of work over traditional employment? Will parents force/encourage their kids to learn how to become better gamers just as they force/encourage them to chase blue-collar jobs? We often quip that “the future is a very unfamiliar place”, and on this account, this seems true enough. 

This is without taking into account the far-reaching impact of the Metaverse idea catching on. Whew! That is a consideration for another day.

Thank you for reading, and have a great week.

— NFT Review

👨🏼‍🎨  RMRK Artist Spotlight:  Ruben Topia and his Isometric Worlds

In this week's episode of RAS, we chatted with Ruben Topia, an extremely talented digital artist and illustrator from the Netherlands. His artworks are so loaded with detail you can't help getting sucked into them.

In our talk with him, we saw that underneath the simple complexity in his works was a refined mind that's not afraid to dream big--not just in the material accomplishment sense of the word, but also in its relation with higher human values.

Read the interview

📬 NFT News from Kusama & Polkadot

🗞 NFT News from Ethereum and Beyond

That’s all for this week, see you in the next edition! Got some links to share with us, artists to feature, NFTs to sell, jobs to promote, or events to popularize? Get in touch with Bruno or gbaci!