Newsletter #133

This week’s featured collector is Cyericlee

Cyericlee has a stellar curated collection of Ethereum NFTs, including a Bored Ape along with Gutter Cats. Check it out at

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The results of last week’s poll: Which blockchain do you think will have the most NFT sales in November?

The results of last week poll indicate that a near majority of respondents, 44%, believe Ethereum will lead in NFT sales in November, reflecting its established position in the NFT market. Bitcoin, with 22%, is considered the second most likely, suggesting a growing interest in its NFT capabilities. Surprisingly, 8% of respondents anticipate a different blockchain altogether leading in sales, pointing to the possibility of emerging or less mainstream platforms gaining traction.

NFTs in Pop Culture and Gaming: A Look at Recent NFT Trends

The NFT world, ever dynamic and interwoven with popular culture and technological advancements, has recently experienced a series of promising developments. Let’s explore this week’s main events and their potential implications for NFT collectors and enthusiasts.

The Simpsons’ Satirical Nod to NFTs

The iconic TV show “The Simpsons” recently aired a Halloween episode humorously featuring NFTs and Web3. The segment, “Wild Barts Can’t be Token,” where Bart Simpson becomes an NFT, has been well-received in the NFT community, sparking a flurry of memes and creative responses.

The episode inspired the creation of NFTs like the free-to-mint Springfield Punks collection and rekindled interest in Simpson-themed NFT derivatives. The episode is seen as good news for the NFT community as it underscores how NFTs have permeated mainstream culture, ultimately leading to broader acceptance and understanding.

Square Enix Enters the NFT Gaming Arena

Artwork from Symbiogenesis. Image: Square Enix

Square Enix, known for creating “Final Fantasy,” is launching “Symbiogenesis,” an NFT-based game on the Ethereum and Polygon networks. This move breathes new life into the hope of a major shift in the gaming industry towards integrating blockchain technology.

The game’s launch involves an allowlist campaign via Discord, encouraging community engagement and participation. This method of distribution and interaction could set a precedent for future NFT-based games.

Square Enix’s venture into NFT gaming is the latest in a larger trend among traditional gaming companies who are exploring blockchain and NFTs because of its potential to transform how digital gaming assets are valued and traded.

Yuga Labs Co-founder’s Spending Spree

Wylie Aronow, aka Gordon Goner, of Yuga Labs recently embarked on a significant NFT buying spree, investing over $1.5 million in various collections. This move has been seen as an attempt to inject momentum into the NFT market. Moreover, by investing in a range of NFTs, Aronow is not only diversifying his portfolio but also fostering connections with multiple NFT communities, strengthening the overall ecosystem.

Surge in NFT Trading Volume

Recent data shows a considerable jump in NFT trading volume, raising the question of whether the market is regaining its strength.

The 5x increase in volume from mid-October suggests a rebound in market activity, reflecting resilience and sustained interest in NFTs despite past volatility. This uptick might indicate a renewed optimism in the NFT space, but it’s essential for collectors and investors to remain cautious and informed, as the market is known for its rapid fluctuations.

Final Thoughts

The NFT landscape is continuously evolving, influenced by cultural phenomena, technological advancements, and the actions of key players. For collectors and investors, staying attuned to these developments is crucial for navigating the market effectively. While the recent surge in activity and interest is promising, the NFT market remains complex and unpredictable, requiring careful consideration and strategy.

This week’s poll: Is the recent spike in NFT trading volume a sign of a sustained market recovery, or just a temporary surge?

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