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OpenSea launches new marketplace protocol dubbed ‘Seaport’

Popular NFT marketplace OpenSea just launched a new marketplace protocol to buy and sell NFTs.  The news, which was first made apparent by an address linked to OpenSea on Etherscan earlier Friday, was confirmed in a blog post by the company. The protocol, dubbed Seaport, allows users to acquire NFTs in a range of new ways. Bidders who use Seaport can bundle different assets in exchange for an NFT, unlike now where only crypto can be exchanged for an NFT. …

NFT platform Autograph raises $170 million in Series B funding

Autograph, a sports and entertainment non-fungible token (NFT) platform created by American football player Tom Brady, announced Wednesday that it received $170 million in Series B funding.  The crypto-focused investment firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) and the American venture firm Kleiner Perkins co-led the funding round. Additional participants include the venture firm 01A, Nicole Quinn from Lightspeed Partner and Katie Haun, who recently left a16z to run her own crypto fund.  Haun will joining the Autograph board along with a16z general …

The Associated Press is launching an NFT marketplace for photography

The Associated Press, the leading global news wire service, is looking to non-fungible tokens to monetize its photojournalism. Per a January 10 announcement from the AP, the NFT marketplace will go live on January 31. Blockchain-as-a-service firm Xooa has built out the marketplace, minting the NFTs on Polygon (formerly Matic), an Ethereum-tied network that the AP identifies as “environmentally friendly.” “As a not-for-profit news cooperative, proceeds go back into funding factual, unbiased AP journalism,” the announcement says, optimistic that collectors …

NFT marketplace LooksRare goes live with vampire attack on OpenSea

An upstart NFT platform called LooksRare has gone live today, as more marketplaces continue to crop up to try to take on market leader OpenSea. LooksRare claims to be a community-focused marketplace that will develop new features based on what its users want. The marketplace explained in a blog post that it indexes all NFTs that exist on the Ethereum blockchain so that they can be traded straightaway — and offers can already be made on them. It also lets users buy …

The gaming-focused NFT platform Fractal officially launches

The gaming-focused non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace Fractal —  launched by the video game streaming platform Twitch co-founder Justin Kan and other media entrepreneurs Robin Chan, David Wurtz and Mike Angell — officially went live today. Fractal is a primary and secondary market for NFTs that have utility in games, as The Block previously reported. Game companies can mint and drop gaming NFTs for its fans, and players can sell NFTs to each other in the peer-to-peer marketplace.  “NFT’s are like …

Twitch co-founder Justin Kan launches a gaming NFT marketplace

Justin Kan, the co-founder of the video game livestreaming service Twitch, and other gaming industry entrepreneurs are launching a Solana-based marketplace designed for gaming non-fungible tokens (NFTs) called Fractal. Fractal will act as a primary market, in which gaming companies can drop new products for fans, as well as a secondary market where users can sell their NFTs to each other. The Fractal team also hopes to develop new use cases for NFTs in gaming, Kan wrote in a Medium …

Blockchain.com launches beta version of its own NFT marketplace

Crypto finance company Blockchain.com announced Thursday that it is going to be launching its own non-fungible token (NFT) platform, which will be powered by OpenSea.  While its NFT marketplace is still in the beta stage and requires individuals to sign up on a waiting list, Blockchain.com now joins one of many other crypto firms entering the NFT market. The firm’s forthcoming NFT marketplace will enable individuals to purchase, sell, and store NFTs inside their Blockchain.com wallet.  “The growth and excitement …