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NFT Innovation Digest #8

Welcome to NFT Innovation Digest! Every Thursday, we bring you a curated digest of the most innovative and relevant topics of the NFT space.
NFT Innovation Digest #8
Image: Steve Johnson

Most innovative (author's pick)

Image: Bluzelle

Bluezelle, a decentralized storage network, announced the release of its file storage solution on Ethereum mainnet. The solution was created to enhance the decentralization of NFTs and their data.


  • The solution was created amid concerns about the lack of immutability on InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) protocol, transitioning from a raw data storage provider to becoming a hosting platform for all types of files that require high security, unmatched availability, and censorship resistance;
  • The company will provide a solution for saving immutable files on decentralized storage improving cost and speed of storage;
  • Bluezelle solution is already been used by industry leaders such as Mintable and several others in the testing phase.

Most discussed

Image: Discord

Discord CEO and co-founder Jason Citron tweeted an image of a possible Ethereum wallet integration.  Part of the Discord community showed resistance to the idea.


  • Citron's tweet came in response to a blog post called "Discord: Imagine a Place". The post calls the platform “the coordination platform of choice for all manner of projects including NFTs, DAOs, crypto investing groups, and crypto startups.”.

Image: Twitter

Twitter is creating a Web3 team to explore integrations with decentralized applications. Tess Rinearson, formerly involved with the Cosmos blockchain, revealed that she will lead the team.


  • The Web3 team will work with Twitter's decentralized media project Bluesky;
  • As in the reveal, Tess that the team will "be working to figure out what crypto can do for Twitter, as well as what Twitter can do for crypto. Twitter truly “gets” crypto (hello bitcoin tipping & NFTs!) but there’s so much more to explore here".

Mainstream Adoption

Image: Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone Magazine mints first-ever NFTs with Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) collection. The magazine enters into the NFT space auctioning two digital magazine covers created in partnership with BAYC.


  • The collaboration first launched last week with the instant sale of 2,500 limited-edition paper zines featuring a Bored Ape into the magazine cover;
  • The same magazine cover is being auctioned on the marketplace SoRare alongside a "Mutant Ape" version from the Mutant Ape Yacht Club.

Image: OddKey

Steve Aoki and Todd McFarlane announced a collaboration on OddKey, a curated NFT marketplace on Solana. The marketplace will be focused only on creator-owned properties.


  • OddKey will not allow third-party licenses or knock-off projects to be sold on the platform;
  • The creators choose to use Solana due to the low transaction fees and better energy consumption from its proof-of-stake consensus model.

Image: Reddit

Reddit to turn 500 million users' karma points into ERC-20 tokens, reports company's engineer Rahul Kothari. Karma points are awarded to users if their post threads gather votes.


  • According to the engineer, Reddit aims to decentralize the Internet that could benefit the individuals and communities that thrive on the platform;
  • In July 2021, the platform had launched its L2 using Arbitrum technology for its reward points, called Community Points.

New products and ideas

Image: Axie Infinity

Axie Infinity launched its decentralized exchange Katana on the Ronin sidechain. Katana will enable users to swap assets within the Axie Infinity ecosystem.


  • Alongside Katana, the Ronin chain ecosystem token Ron was unveiled. The token will eventually be used to pay gas fees and secure the network for both Axie Infinity and future games/products hosted on the chain;
  • At the launch it is possible to provide liquidity and trade between AXS, SLP, USDC, and WETH;
  • Just 4 days after the launch, Katana breaks $1B in TVL.

Image: Coinbase

Coinbase launched a standalone browser extension for Coinbase Wallet. The extension allows users to directly access decentralized apps and NFTs from their browser without the need to confirm transactions with the smartphone.


  • With the launch, the Coinbase Wallet now competes directly with wallets like MetaMask;
  • Coinbase's product manager Sid Coelho-Prabhu said the company will keep working "to empower everyone to use dapps and web3 by building the easiest-to-use and most accessible self-custody wallet in the ecosystem".

New podcasts and shows

  • The Defiant Podcast: In this episode, the NFT investor Zeneca talks about his journey into the crypto space and why he believes gaming is setting up to be the next big movement in NFTs;
  • Unchained Podcast: This episode, is a recording of a panel at the NFCastle 2021 where four experts debate about the hottest topics on the Metaverse;  
  • The Scoop Podcast: In this episode, Adam Goldberg, co-founder of Standard Crypto discusses his work in crypto as a VC and how his company is also looking closely at NFTs.

Save the date

  • 30th November - 1st December: DCENTRAL Miami is the largest NFT & DeFi conference in Miami, don't miss it!

NFT space in numbers

The values below are from 5th - 11th November 2021. Source: DappRadar.

Top Marketplaces

Marketplace Blockchain Volume Traders
OpenSea ETH, Polygon $283.38M
Axie Infinity ETH, RONIN $231.78M
CryptoPunks ETH $40.82M
AtomicMarket WAX $32.84M
Solanart Solana $10.3M

Top Sales

NFT Collection Price
A Coin for the Ferryman - $6.02M
1.33k ETH
CryptoPunk #561 CryptoPunks $2.39M
500 ETH
CryptoPunk #9129 CryptoPunks $1.86M
387 ETH
CryptoPunk #810 CryptoPunks $1.48M
311 ETH
Solana Monkey Business - $1.43M
6k SOL

Top Collections

Collection Volume Traders Sales
Axie Infinity $231.73M
CryptoPunks $40.82M
Farmers World $23.26M
Art Blocks $18.58M
Bored Ape Yacht Club $17.86M
Inertial Moment $16.86M
2+2 Genesis $11.79M
Neo Tokyo Identities $11.65M
Mutant Ape Yacht Club $11.08M
Divine Anarchy [NEW] $10.6M

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