Pixel Penguin alleged ‘charity project rug’
The Pixel Penguin non-fungible token (NFT) project has caused a stir this week on what one blockchain researcher, ZachXBT, has alleged is a “charity project rug”.
The project launched quietly in February, but drew a lot of attention on May 31 following a Twitter thread by Web3 influencer Andrew Wang.
Woke up today to see one of my friends trending on Twitter, @Hopeexist1. she did a collection to help herself fight cancer and some amazing people from web3 featured her today so i would like to add her pic.twitter.com/Fr5Mcu26eR
– Andrew Wang (@andr3w) May 30, 2023
Wang claimed that her friend Sarah, known online as Hopeexist1, was the creator of the Pixel Penguins, noting that she had “created a collection to help herself fight cancer.”
At a mint price of $13, Wang claimed that 20% of the proceeds would go to charity, while the other 80% would go towards Hopeexist1’s alleged cancer treatment.
“I will put my representative on the line to say that this is real amidst all the scams in our space,” Wang said, adding: “I often talk to her art teacher when she has gone for treatment and he says that she is the best student. she ever had, that her talent is too valuable, that she must survive”.
Following this, Pixel Penguins NFTs sold out quickly, with the floor price skyrocketing from 0.0099 Ether (ETH) to around 0.0126 ETH worth about $130. However, community members NFT did some digging and alleged that the creator had been profiting from selling stolen art in the past, and was potentially lying about having cancer.
Within a couple of hours, the collection was sold out and started trending #1 on OpenSea.
With so much attention, people began to delve into who this person really was.
Turns out they had been selling stolen art and even lying about having cancer.
— Arcane (@ArcanicNFT) May 31, 2023
ZachXBT then found the Pixel Penguin smart contract containing over $117,000 worth of ETH, and followed those funds as they were diverted to two new wallet addresses.
Hopeexist1 later deleted his Twitter account and went AWOL. Since then, the minimum price for NFTs has plummeted to 0.004 ETH, or $7.
“I’ll put my rep on the line to say this is real amidst all the scams in our space”
It turns out that she stole the art and deactivated her account. pic.twitter.com/q4HivGBLMY
— ZachXBT (@zachxbt) May 31, 2023
Epic Games Store will add more blockchain games
Fortnite developers Epic Games will soon be releasing two new blockchain games on their store, adding to the five already available to play.
@Elrond_Mafia‘s “Project Red” is a mafia-themed FPS game with AAA graphics in an open world.
Free-to-play all the way.
Buying a mobster (NFT) will level up your game.
— MANI (@Mani_NFTz) May 27, 2023
One of the upcoming games is called Defimons, a Pokémon-inspired free-to-play multiplayer RPG with turn-based combat.
The game will have an in-game currency and NFT battle monster characters with the same name as the title. Epic Games Store does not include a release date.
Welcome to Defimons!
️ Explore an ever-expanding world
Fight and tame monsters
⚒️ Craft items and farm crops
Free MMORPG to play
-Defimons (@TheDefimons) May 8, 2023
The other blockchain game is called Project Red, which seems to have open-world elements inspired by games like Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row, along with a first-person shooter gameplay too.
Early gameplay snippets reveal that people will need to purchase Mobster NFT to navigate through the higher levels and interact with play-to-win in-game elements.
Epic Games initially listed Blankos Block Party as the first Web3 game on its store in September 2022, and while these types of games still receive strong skepticism from many traditional gamers, the company is not shying away from this space.
Epic Games recently told Axios in March that it plans to add approximately 20 new blockchain games over the course of 2023 and early 2024.
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Three Arrows NFT Garage Sale Part Two
After the first auction of $2.5 million NFTs belonging to the defunct cryptocurrency hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC), the second round is scheduled for this month.
3AC’s NFT collection is called Grails and features a long list of tokens from major projects like CrytoPunks, Tyler Hobbs’ Fidenzas, and Dmitri Cherniak’s Ringers.
In the second round scheduled for June 15, Sotheby’s will auction 37 of 3AC’s NFTs in what it describes as “the largest live digital art auction in history.”
NFTs sold in the first part of the auction. Source: Sotheby’s
Kellogg’s sieves in the metaverse
Kellogg’s has reportedly applied for a long list of trademarks for several of its food brands related to Metaverse, NFTs, collectibles, and crypto tokens.
Some of the brands include Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, Special K, and Pop-Tarts.
According to US Patent and Trademark Office trademark attorney Mike Kondoudis, the firm has shown interest in releasing anything from NFT avatars to crypto collectibles, virtual environments, and VR games revolving around the cryptography.
#Kelloggs is coming to the metaverse!
The food giant has filed 12 trademarks for some of its biggest snack and breakfast food brands, alleging plans to:
—Mike Kondoudis (@KondoudisLaw) May 30, 2023
Other witty news
Some of the most sought-after NFT collections of 2022 have taken a huge hit in value over the past year, with investments in major projects like Doodles, Invisible Friends, Moonbirds, and Goblintown all losing up to 95% of their value in ETH.
On May 31, Web3 wallet-as-a-service provider Magic announced that it had successfully raised $52 million in a strategic funding round led by PayPal Ventures. The funding round also saw participation from venture firms Cherubic, Synchrony, KX, Northzone and Volt Capital, bringing Magic’s total funds raised to more than $80 million.
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