News from June 27 to July 3

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Game developer and publisher Square Enix plans to develop story-focused NFT games. Head of the company Yosuke Matsuda stressed that it is too early to consider making Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy games on blockchain. Although Square Enix continues to incorporate blockchain technology into game development, the president of the corporation said that the revenue will be used to strengthen the company’s core game business.

The Boston Museum has put rarely-exhibited French Impressionist paintings on sale at NFT to raise funds for the preservation of Edgar Degas’ Edmondo and Teresa Morbilli (1865) and Degas’ Father Listens to Lorenzo Pagan Playing the Guitar (1869–1872). According to director Eric Woods, their first NFT was created to find common ground with audiences after the pandemic.The gallery is collaborating with the French platform La Collection, which is not the first time that it has helped museums realize projects in the metaclassical universe. The exhibition opens on July 29 in Giverny.

Mouse Belt Labs has launched a marketplace called “Boredjobs”. It will host 10,000 BAYC NFTs, which can be rented. But only tokens whose owners have registered on this platform can be rented. The platform opened on June 29 and has already received more than 200 applications for confirmation of BAYC ownership.

“We’re launching NFT on Facebook!” — Meta Technical Program Manager Navdeep Singh announced Thursday in a tweet. A “digital collectibles” tab will appear on Facebook where owners’ NFTs can be viewed. In May, Meta also launched a test of non-fungible tokens on Instagram. WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger will eventually be able to display NFTs, too.

The Axie Infinity-linked Ronin Bridge is back up and running after video game developer Sky Mavis put a daily withdrawal limit on the system. On March 29, the bridge was hacked and suffered $600 million in damages. The Ronin bridge is an Ethereum sidechain created for Axie Infinity. It allows users to transfer assets between the main Ethereum network and the sidechain. Sky Mavis announced Tuesday that after three checks (one internal, two external), full compensation for stolen user assets, and a design update, the Ronin bridge is back up and running.

World of Women will collaborate with Hasbro and WS Game Company. They plan to create a digital version of the game “Monopoly”. This will include illustrations from the WoW Galaxy NFT collection. To achieve exclusivity, a restriction will be introduced. Monopoly will only be available to World of Women and World of Women Galaxy holders. Production and distribution of limited edition game will be done by WS Game Company. It will be sold as NFT, which can be exchanged for the physical version of the board game.

Actor Kevin Hart and his media company HARTBEAT Media are launching a special edition on Roku, a collection of NFTs and a curated cryptocurrency wallet. The TV special will premiere on Kevin’s birthday, July 6. The show will be a 30-minute animated anthology based on Hart’s popular IGTV series of the same name. And it will be called Confessions from the Hart. The first NFT collection will feature images of the actor himself and characters from his animated special. Owners of NFT Confessions from the Hart will have access to Hart’s IRL and metaverse events, including tickets to his upcoming comedy tour. Sales of the collection will begin July 7.


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