Catch up on the non-fungible token (NFT) news this week as Cointelegraph rounds up the stories you don’t want to miss.
Bored monkeys are represented in TV series
The Red Ape Family (TRAF) is a new animated comedy series centered around the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFTs. Episodes are sold as single NFTs and last five to 10 minutes. The plot revolves around a family of bored monkeys that escape from Earth to live on the surface of Mars.
OpenSea is already reselling Episode 1 and the as-yet-unreleased Episode 2 is available to the mint. A token holder from Episode 1 received a Bored Ape character, three token holders won two Mutant Apes, and a sticker, gravity sneakers, and a discount were dropped on Mint Episode 2.
The cast, made up mostly of boring monkeys, will also include Mutant Apes, Bored Ape Ape Kennel Club, Coolcats, Craniums, and Lions. Rapper 2 Chains Executive Producer. Episode 1 is available on YouTube:
The Weeknd drops the animated NFT collection on Autograph
The Weeknd’s song “Blinding Lights” became the #1 song on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All Time Hot 100 chart and to mark the achievement, the artist and Billboard released a series of NFTs this week.
The seven-piece NFT set includes a one-on-one NFT featuring the November 2021 Billboard cover of The Weeknd, as well as three trading cards, each in two versions, inspired by the “Blinding Lights” music video. Each piece is signed by The Weeknd.
Fans can purchase NFTs from Tom Brady’s Autograph Marketplace.
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– Autograph December 20 2021
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Mini Royale Adds 2 Million Players
Mini Royale: Nations, a web-based first-person shooter, has become the first live multiplayer game to run on Solana after being devoid of blockchain integration for months. After the first in-game NFT items were released, the number of active players doubled.
– Mini Royal: Nations (MiniNations) December 16, 2021
However, Mini Royale is not a win-win game. NFT acts as an in-game avatar and owners can get benefits, including an upcoming CHEDDAR token for the game. To date, Mini Royale NFTs have been sold for 17,637 SOL, worth approximately $3.2 million, on the Magic Eden Market.
RadioShack returns to cryptocurrency
After filing for bankruptcy twice in 2015 and 2017, the century-old former electronics retailer plans to launch RADIO tokens as part of a “RadioShack DeFi” that will enable users to trade tokens via the Atlas USV protocol. Atlas USV is a project that attempts to build a global backbone for the DeFi sector.
RadioShack December 19 2021
According to its proposal, RadioShack’s new mission is “to be the first protocol to bridge the gap in mainstream use of DeFi.” By targeting “big companies, big companies” and helping them transition to blockchain companies, RadioShack wants to educate CEOs and the older generation of crypto users.
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Other news Nifty
As the year draws to a close, Cointelegraph has compiled the ten largest NFT projects for 2021 based on turnover and communities.
For a more in-depth look at the prices behind the higher clusters, the Cointelegraph Research team has released an 80-page report on NFTs. It found that CryptoPunks had the highest collector return since 2017, while Bored Ape Yacht Club had the highest collector return in 2021.