OpenSea Byes Gem, Exclusive Nike Sneakers, Taco Goes to the Moon, and More NFT News

OpenSea and Gem

OpenSea announced the acquisition of NFT marketplace aggregator Gem. According to OpenSea director Devin Finzer, the company decided to purchase the aggregator in order to make the website more comfortable for experienced traders.

Gem allows traders to buy NFTs from different collections on multiple marketplaces at the same time. This reduces gas fees as multiple NFT purchases are made in a single transaction.

OpenSea will add popular Gem features to its platform, such as a tool for determining the minimum price of a collection and ranking based on rarity.

Rae Released a New NFT-Collection in Honor of Girls in ICT

Influencer and digital artist Rae, known on social media as “here.is.rae”, announced the release of her second NFT collection ahead of International Day of Girls in Information and Communication Technology (April 28), recognized by the United Nations.

8% of the total proceeds from the sale and royalties will go to United Women Singapore, a non-profit organization.

The collection titled “The Adventures of Tako” features Rae’s virtual pet named Tako. NFT owners of the first of the three series will receive an audio message from Rae and priority access to the launch of the second series of the collection.

Chess.com Launches NFT Marketplace

The online chess community Chess.com in partnership with crypto exchange Wyre to launch a new NFT platform called Treasure Chess. On the new platform, any chess game played on Treasure.chess.com can be converted to Treasure NFT. Users can then buy, sell, mint and collect their Treasures on the Polygon Layer 2 blockchain.

Treasure Chess generates an Ethereum address for users logging in with a Chess.com account. And with Wyre support, players can buy USD Coin (USDC), which they later use to purchase NFTs using debit cards without having to create a separate wallet.

China’s Marketplace Issued Stolen NFT 

A court in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, has upheld a copyright infringement lawsuit against BigVerse, the company behind the NFTCN NFT platform, according to SCMP.

The Qice firm in the lawsuit indicated that one of the users of the NFTCN platform stole the work of the artist Ma Qianli, minted the NFT and sold it for 899 yuan ($137 at the exchange rate at the time of writing).

According to the court order, the NFTCN platform was found guilty of “facilitating the infringement of intellectual property rights” because the company did not verify whether the user was the author of the work. BigVerse must pay 4,000 yuan ($610) in compensation to Qice and stop the distribution of NFTs.

Nike and RTFKT launch first NFT collection

Nike and RTFKT released the first NFT sneakers collection on the Ethereum blockchain. The digital sneakers are inspired by the Nike Dunk silhouette.

In February 2022, MNLTH-NFT airdrop in the Mystery Boxes format was held among the owners of the CloneX project tokens and other collections from RTFKT. A few months later they were allowed to unpack.

Users reported that the Mystery Box contained a pair of RTFKT x Nike Dunk Genesis CRYPTOKICKS, a Skin Vial digital item needed to modify the NFT, and another MNLTH.

The Sandbox bought Moonbirds NFT for $1 million

The Sandbox metaverse project bought a non-fungible token from the Moonbirds NFT collection for 350 ETH (over $1 million at the time of writing).

The seller, under the pseudonym oscuranft, listed Moonbird #2642 on the OpenSea marketplace. On April 17, he purchased this NFT for 100 ETH.

BAYC NFTs Stolen in Instagram Phishing Attack

Through an Instagram phishing attack, hackers stole NFTs from the popular Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) collection from many wallets.

According to the developers of Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), hackers hacked into the official Instagram page and shared links to a fake airdrop with the project’s subscribers.

Many fell for the “action” because this phishing attack coincided with the anniversary of the launch of BAYC. Those who connected their MetaMask wallets on the fraudulent site lost their Ape NFT.

According to unconfirmed reports on social networks, about 100 NFTs were stolen. The minimum price of each BAYC NFT is around 139 ETH, or $400,726, according to CoinGecko. The total amount of stolen tokens is, according to the lowest estimates, over $40 million.

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