data-v-64e3d832> The Block: How the Boring Ape became the foundation of the Metaverse?

  • The boring ape appeared quietly, and has now developed into a phenomenon-level culture that transcends the cryptosphere.
  • Mimicry projects will find it difficult to replicate the way the Boring Ape and the new digital communities fostered by its holders.

“Imagined communities” is a term coined by political scientist Benedict Anderson in the early 1980s to judge how we define and view a country. 

He wrote: ” Communities (communities) are to be distinguished not by their falsity or authenticity, but by their imaginary style.

Anderson argues that the concept of the nation is imaginary because it involves a sense of communication or “horizontal camaraderie”, people who often don’t know each other, or have never even met.

These words may seem abstract and even irrelevant to the internet. However, these abstractions may become familiar when trying to understand the Boring Ape Yacht Club (BAYC).

In the crypto world, it’s hard to know what’s real. The word “community” has lost a lot of its meaning due to liberal applications.

But there’s no denying that communities have sprung up around 10,000 boring-looking cartoon characters of orangutans.

This is largely thanks to the style created by project creator Yuga Labs. Now the company is making a lot of money, and the “boring ape” has become mainstream. In just one year, the collection has inspired Hollywood movies, TV series, books, clothing lines, and even themed restaurants. That also gave Yuga a $4 billion valuation.

The company’s success with the Ape series set the standard for NFT collectibles and inspired countless replica disc projects. But it’s nearly impossible for these replicas to replicate the Boring Ape community style envisioned by Yuga, or the cultural impact it has had.

gather at one destination

Yuga Labs was created by a team of four pseudonyms: Gargamel, Gordon Goner, Emperor Tomato Ketchup, and No Sass. Earlier this year, Buzzfeed News revealed that Gargamel and Gordon Goner’s real names are Greg Solano and Wylie Aronow, respectively. Yuga Labs later confirmed the aforementioned identity, and Tomato Ketchup and No Sass also revealed their names were Kerem and Zeshan.

Goner told Rolling Stone last year that he and the other three co-founders have been inspired by the community of crypto enthusiasts that have sprung up on platforms like Twitter in recent years. Those interested in the NFT world are “eager to gather in one destination,” he said .

In fact, Ape is just the first step in the process of building a digital world.

The story officially began with a relatively unpopular post on Twitter in April 2021.

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At first, Ape was priced at 0.08 ETH. In April 2022, the floor price of the series hit a new all-time high of 152 ETH before reaching around 72 ETH in mid-June amid a broader market selloff.

In the early days, as Yuga worked to provide community members with new ways to play Ape, these NFT holders connected via Twitter.

Many Ape holders use their NFTs as their avatars, which helps them discover each other. The hashtags #ApeStrongTogether and #ApeFollowApe also give guide to more connections between Ape holders.

Veratheape, a member of BAYC, purchased Ape shortly after Mint. She praised the “BAYC bathroom,” a members-only online space, as a place that brings users together. “It’s a way of bringing people together during the pandemic,” said Vera, who now holds regular in-person gatherings with other bored ape holders.

In the ‘BAYC bathroom’, users can add a new pixel to the virtual ‘wall’ every 15 minutes to create a group picture. These user works include pixelated depictions of Homer Simpson, Donkey Kong from Mario Kart, Pokémon, and other video game characters. This space was the first aspect of “utility” Yuga built in this NFT series, and it’s still evolving today.

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(“BAYC bathroom” as of October 8, 2021. Image credit: @dragonseller88)

Over time, some of the connections to Ape have also spilled over into real life.

The Boring Ape Holder party will coincide with some of the big crypto conferences like Paris Blockchain Week or Bitcoin 2022 in Miami. Users have to prove that their Ape really belongs to them when booking a party spot, and they also have to log into their wallet when joining a party.

Vera said that some Ape-holders wear clothing emblazoned with their Ape to these events. “The activities of this reality are another layer of trust through which you restore yourself.”

‘NFT OG culture’

Another thing that ties Ape holders together is a sense of common identity in the NFT world, and even in pop culture.

“Boring Ape Culture is NFT OG Culture,” explained another Ape holder, Leo Chen, “The ‘boring’ part is important because it’s more expressive than punk. It’s the first to bring more to its NFTs A project of emotion and detail,” he added.

Nicole Muniz, CEO of Yuga Labs, said in an interview with D3 Network that the Boring Ape brand appeals to people who “want to be on the fringes of culture” and “want to participate and experience the next innovation.”

Decentralization is the key to being able to define your own identity in Web3, she said. Part of the reason is that Ape can establish an online identity independent of other structures. In practice, this means that Ape holders can do what they want with the intellectual property associated with the NFT.

BAYC is unique among NFT projects in that it allows holders of the bored ape to make any changes to the image they like. Other popular NFT projects, like CryptoPunks, are quite restrictive. (Yuga Labs acquired CryptoPunks in March) 

KingShip, the world’s first Metaverse NFT pop band, may never be born if Ape holders cannot own their commercial rights.

The Kingship consists of a mutant ape and three boring apes named Ape Noët All.

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(Kingship, source: Universal Music Group)

Celine Joshua, who works on content and strategy at Universal Music, orchestrated the deal. She plans to lead the team to create new NFTs, music and “community-based” products. Bored Ape and Mutant Ape owners will have early access to all KingShip NFTs, experiences and narrative choices.

There is also an Ape called Jenkins the Valet, and a forthcoming book ghostwritten by a famous author, and about 4,100 Ape holders have signed up to participate in the project.

Following the original BAYC mint, SAFA (@seeapefollowape) and Valet Jones are producing the character in May 2021. With just an idea, Ape can be purchased outright for a few thousand dollars, with a $2,000 community grant from Yuga.

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(Original avatar for Jenkins the Valet)

Valet Jones said: “We started talking about the idea that NFTs can act like roles, they can be completely independent of the people who manage the accounts. Like, they can exist independently.”

Over the past year, Jenkins has had a Hollywood agent, a devoted fan club, and now a slew of investors. The project received $12 million in venture capital funding from investors including a16z, Dapper Labs and musician Lionel Richie. Other funding comes from the sale of “writers room” NFTs, 0.04TH paid by users during the initial mint.

According to Jenkins’ bio on Twitter, he is writing the first “community generative NFT” book, a “confessed” memoir that will be ghostwritten by author Neil Strauss.

Jenkins’ new book content will come from holders of this series of NFTs, as well as holders of writers-room NFTs. The club provides an online portal where members can vote on the storyline and license their own IP to the book. According to a note on OpenSea, it supports NFT holders who control “the story that defines the Metaverse.” For members of different levels, the project will assign exclusive member clothing and give different levels of autonomy based on who buys NFTs.

“We believe wholeheartedly that the next generation of household names will be born on the blockchain,” Valet Jones said.

Ape Planet

The growing empire of NFTs in the Jenkins the Valet series could be a glimpse into the future. Whatever the Metaverse is, Yuga has been trying to build Bored Apes shortly after launching it.

First, it introduces new characters. 

In June 2021, Yuga created the Boring Ape Kennel Club (BAKC), a new line of BAYC spinoffs. This was a novelty at the time, but is now commonplace.

A second project followed at the end of August, the next iteration: the Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC).

Yuga Labs created 20,000 MAYC NFTs. 10,000 of them will reward new NFTs based on the characteristics of the Ape held by Bored Ape holders, which are designed to mutate when Ape is exposed to “mutant serum” of different potency. Another 10,000 will be designed as lower-priced variant Ape to encourage new users to buy and enter the Boring Ape ecosystem.

Next, Bored Ape issued its own token: ApeCoin. It launched in March this year in partnership with Animoca Brands, which is also one of Yuga’s many investors. After Yuga issued coins, it rewarded its community again through airdrops. 150 million of the 1 billion token issuance were airdropped into the wallets of BAYC holders.

“The ApeCoin DAO is backed by the Ape Foundation and will help communities build blockchain games and services, host events (in the Metaverse or in reality), and create digital and physical products…and anything you can think of stuff,” Yuga said at the time.

Apecoin’s market value reached $7.5 billion at its peak, and it has been listed on major mainstream exchanges. As of mid-June, it had a market cap of $1.4 billion. Additionally, Apecoin gives its holders the right to participate in the governance of the ApeCoin DAO.

Digital real estate is the next area Yuga Labs is going into. In May, Yuga hosted a land sale for the blockchain-based virtual world Otherside. The project sold out all 55,000 “Otherdeed” NFT lands within three hours of its public sale. This panic buying has caused serious congestion in Ethereum.

The product only accepts ApeCoin payments, and is priced at 305 ApeCoins, which was worth about $5,800 at the time of mint, generating a total revenue of about 16.7 million ApeCoins ($317 million), making it a record for NFT mint transactions. The remaining 45,000 tokens were airdropped to existing holders of BAYC and MAYC NFTs.

Where does Otherside lead

As for where Otherside, and Yuga Labs itself, will go from here, no one can say. Yuga Labs declined to be interviewed for this article.

As always, the details make or break. With the launch of the latest Otherside Metaverse project, people seem to have begun to question Yuga’s evolving business model and partnership with Animoca.

As pointed out by Twitter user @punk6529, Otherdeeds are the key to acquiring the land of Otherside, the first item in the Yuga universe that does not grant commercial rights to its holder. The new contract provides only non-commercial rights with Animoca as the counterparty.

Meanwhile, Kodas creatures in Otherside can only be obtained by purchasing a piece of land. Their owners are given commercial rights to these NFTs, but more restrictive than the previous BAYC contracts.

In contrast to the Boring Ape and Mutant Ape philosophy – owning the NFT means owning all its rights – power is bound by a protocol that restricts Koda owners from creating their derivative NFTs.

This suggests that Yuga’s digital reality will be limited by intellectual property. But what other features does it have? What kind of business activities will take place? Will it be accessible with AR or VR support? Will it be exclusive to Yuga NFT holders?

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