The trading platform Ebay is buying the crypto exchange KnownOrigin. After looking around the crypto market last year and already enabling crypto trading, Ebay is now buying a trading platform that, although rather small in terms of trading volume at around US$7.8 million compared to OpenSea at US$30.43 billion, it hopes to gain much better access to the crypto and NFT market and thus compete with OpenSea in the long term. Nevertheless, the company hopes to gain much better access to the crypto and NFT market and thus compete with OpenSea in the long run. An interesting move by the group, which now seems to want to focus even more on crypto.
The Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots e.V. (ACTP) is poaching Spix’s Macaws in Brazil. The special thing: The fundraising project Unextinct started on the day the parrots were released. Funds are collected for the project via NFT. The animal photographer Tim Flach created high-concept animal photos of the birds, which can be purchased securitised as NFT. Spix’s Macaws, considered the national animal of Brazil, have long been extinct in the wild. With the help of donations and now also through the fundraising project, money is being raised to enable the reintroduction of the species into Brazil’s forests. This will pay for reintroduction stations, keepers, forest plots and much more. Since 11 June 2022, there are now eight parrots in the wild again. The NFT’s income thus benefits species conservation.
Hertha BSC footballer Kevin-Prince Boateng is getting married in the Metaverse. After the first virtual wedding last year, Boateng and his fiancée are now getting married in the metaverse. A fictitious space venue was created for this purpose. Tickets for the wedding can be bought via NFT, but access is limited. While the actual location of the wedding is not yet public, supporters will be able to watch the wedding live. In this way, the virtual and real worlds are slowly merging.
After Instagram, Spotify also wants to integrate NFT on its platform in the future. Artists will be allowed to integrate NFT offers on the platform and advertise them. In this way, listeners of certain artists could buy NFT. Users would then be redirected to third-party platforms and could buy NFT there.
MetaBrewSociety, a Munich-based company, wants to open a hybrid brewery using NFT. The company’s goal is to buy a brewery with the help of the purchased NFT, which will then be transferred one-to-one to the metaverse. According to the company, arrangements for this are already complete. The special feature: Owners of an NFT can have a voice in certain business decisions and receive at a minimum one hundred bottles of real beer per year, which they can either drink themselves or sell to others via the NFT. They will also receive other benefits such as VIP tours of the brewery, discounts and tickets to other events. The MetaBrewSociety NFT thus enables participation in the reinvention of beer, the company says on its website.
Universal Music Group will release music-related NFT in the future. Fans will now be able to buy NFTs from labels such as Motown Records, Virgin Music or Def Jam Records. The background is not only the idea of creating another possibility of contacting fans, but also “generate new sources of income for artists in the post-pandemic world”, according to a press release.