This week's Nifty News sees the arrival of Louis Vuitton to the NFT gaming scene, Johnnie Walker's entry into Web3 and Elon Musk's apparent embrace of Bored Ape Yacht Club.
Louis Vuitton makes its mark in the NFT gaming scene
To commemorate Louis Vuitton’s bicentennial birthday in late 2021, the French luxury brand launched an NFT game called Louis The Game. At the time of publication, the game has been dowloaded more than 2 million times on both Android and iOS devices. Louis The Game follows its protagonist, Vivienne, as she overcomes challenges and acquires candles and other collectibles. NFT artist Beeple designed 30 NFTs embedded within the game, which can be won by players. At the end of April, new levels were released and with them new opportunities to win NFTs that will be distributed via a raffle through August 4.
Larva Labs deletes all of its tweets
In a curious and quiet move, the Twitter account handled by the founders of Larva Labs (LL) reset its tweet count to zero on May 2. Since Yuga Labs acquired Larva Labs' CryptoPunks and Meebits NFT collections in March, most tweets concerning these collections have been moved to the cryptopunksnfts and MeebitsNFTs accounts.
However, LL founders Matt Hall and John Watkinson, stated that they would continue posting on the LarvaLabs account. The company continues to run various other Web3 projects under its belt, including Autoglyphs, as well as some mobile apps.
We’ve changed our handle following the acquisition announcement. Follow along here for CryptoPunks updates, and keep up with Meebits over at @MeebitsNFTs. The projects’ founders, Matt & John, will keep posting as @larvalabs.— CryptoPunks (@cryptopunksnfts) March 22, 2022
For fans nostalgic about the OG NFT collection, one user known as “swissdegen” has backed up all of Larva Labs’ Tweets since 2017. Why? “For the culture,” they tweeted.
Is Elon Musk embracing NFTs?
Twitter's new owner, Elon Musk, changed his Twitter profile picture (PFP) to a collage of Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs for less than one day and caused quite a stir on Crypto Twitter. Musk’s profile photo also sent soaring the value of ApeCoin, Yuga Labs' cryptocurrency. The image has since been deleted because Michael Bouhanna, a Sotheby's executive, had originally created it for the Sotheby’s sale of the NFT and requested credit for it.
@elonmusk as much I admire your work I’d like you to remove your pfp that I created for our Sotheby’s sale. Or you credit me . Happy to send you the original file minted with the buyer approval pic.twitter.com/e83ZyxWGH5— Michael Bouhanna (@michaelbouhanna) May 4, 2022
Users who traced some of the NFTs in the profile pic confirmed that Elon indeed has an impressive collection of Bored Apes, including three gold apes. The wallet also holds Doodles, Azuki and Moonbirds, all transferred from MoonPay's vault. However, some of the Bored Apes in the PFP collage are not owned by Elon Musk, as user “franklinisbored" pointed out, raising concerns of copyright breaches.
VeeFriends partners with Johnnie Walker
Scotch whiskey brand Johnnie Walker and parent company Diageo partnered with Gary Vaynerchuk's NFT project, VeeFriends, to provide holders of the Gift Goat VeeFriends NFTs with spirits-related offerings. Gift Goat is one of the 268 characters in the original VeeFriends collection. There are 555 Gift Goat tokens in total.
All Gift Goat tokens will unlock 18 luxury gift experiences curated by Gary Vaynerchuk over the course of three years. Each experience combines a bespoke physical gift with a unique NFT from a notable artist in the space. The Johnnie Walker collaboration will also set up a special activation at the upcoming VeeCon NFT-ticketed conference.
Other Nifty News
Two weeks after Coinbase launched the closed beta version of its new NFT marketplace, the crypto exchange opened the beta for all users on Wednesday. Coinbase clarified on Twitter that having an open beta means that more features will continuously be added, but with the help of the public.
The last week of April saw a sudden surge in the demand for three- and four-digit Ethereum Name Service (ENS) domain names, marking a trend of NFT investors who prefer a shorter NFT token ID. Coinciding with new registrations was a sharp price increase for ENS token. Additionally, secondary sales for ENS names on OpenSea reached a peak 446 Ether (ETH) worth of volume in the last week.