In today’s blockchain field, the most eye-catching is undoubtedly the NFT sector. With the emergence of NFT blind box projects, more and more DeFi users, encryption users, and even people outside the encryption world have begun to pay attention to and join this field.
With the repeated record highs of NFT transaction volume and the number of users, coupled with the frequent news of huge financing of NFT projects, many NFT players have begun to expect that NFT projects can also issue coins and airdrops to NFT players like DeFi projects.
Just today, the veteran crypto art platform SuperRare tweeted: “We need to talk about tokens. An exciting news will be announced on Thursday.” Many users began to discuss this may be the birth of this company. The OG platform in 2018 hinted at the news that tokens will be issued.
So in the NFT field, there are still those high-quality projects that have not yet issued coins, and users may be able to get airdrop rewards that may be issued in the future through early interaction? Rhythm BlockBeats has compiled 10 NFT platforms and projects that have not yet issued tokens, which are summarized as follows.
1 、 SuperRare
SuperRare was born in 2018 and is one of the three oldest crypto art platforms. It is currently the most comprehensive crypto art platform. Artists need to go through strict screening to settle in SuperRare, and because the platform was born earlier, it is now popular Almost all crypto artists have settled in SuperRare.
SuperRare completed $9 million in Series A financing in March. Velvet Sea and 1confirmation led the investment. Dallas Mavericks owner, billionaire Mark Cuban, chairman of Virgin Galactic, Golden State Warriors owner Chamath Palihapitiya, and Marc Benioff also participated This round of financing. It also tweeted on August 11 that it might issue coins.
Opensea is currently the largest NFT trading platform, covering various types of NFTs such as artworks, collectibles, game assets, virtual lands, domain names, etc. In the first ten days of August 2021, the turnover was as high as US$627 million, a record high, and about twice the turnover in the entire month of July.
OpenSea completed a $100 million Series B financing in July. This round of financing was led by a16z. After completing this round of financing, OpenSea’s valuation reached $1.5 billion.
MakersPlace is also a veteran encrypted art platform that focuses on the introduction of external IP and also supports new artists on the platform. Jose Delbo, the author of DC comics “Wonder Woman”, once published NFT encrypted art works on this platform. Recently, because of Beeple’s $1 panic buying activity, it has gained a lot of traffic. In addition, MakersPlace also introduces social attributes, and creators can learn about their popularity through data such as “likes”, “follows”, and “views”.
MakersPlace completed a US$30 million Series A financing in August, led by Bessemer Venture Partners and Pantera Capital, and participated in the investment by Uncork Capital, Coinbase Ventures, and Sony Music Entertainment.
Foundation is an invitation-based encrypted art platform. Unlike Zora, artists need to successfully sell a work on the platform before they can get two invitations. On the one hand, it has increased the difficulty of entering, and on the other hand, it has strengthened the review mechanism. Only artists whose works are recognized by buyers can invite others.
From the perspective of Foundation’s operating model, Foundation attaches great importance to the community, and decentralizes the artist invitation and review mechanism to the community. Therefore, it is possible to issue governance tokens in the future to decentralize more power to the community.
Zora is an invitation-based encrypted art platform. Each new artist has 3 invitations. You can invite your friends or other artists you admire. On the one hand, it enhanced the social attributes of the platform, and on the other hand, it improved the review mechanism, from reviewing by the staff to being reviewed by the artists themselves.
On April 6, 2021, Zora Labs, the company behind Zora, submitted a document to the SEC showing that Zora Labs has raised nearly US$8 million through equity sales. In October 2020, Zora announced the completion of a $2 million seed round of financing, led by Kindred Ventures, and other individuals or institutions such as Trevor McFedries, Alice Lloyd George, Jeff Staple and Coinbase Ventures participated in the investment.
6 、 RTFKT
RTFKT is an emerging trend brand, the products are virtual sneakers and virtual trend clothing. RTFKT will auction a pair of sneakers on the website every month, and users can bid with cryptocurrency. Winning bidders will have exclusive access to customized AR filters to display on Snapchat, Instagram and other social platforms. RTFKT previously stated in the community AMA that it will prepare to issue a token $DRIP and use the token to power the discord creative community.
In May 2021, RTFKT announced the completion of USD 8 million financing, with a valuation of USD 33.3 million. The financing was led by A16Z with participation from C Ventures, Galaxy Digital, Shrug Capital, Riot Games co-founder Marc Merrill, Behance co-founder Scott Belsky, artist Fewocious, and former LVMH chief digital officer Ian Rogers.
7 、 ENS
Ethereum Name Service (ENS) is a secure domain name service platform in the decentralized field. The ENS domain provides a way for users to map human-readable names to blockchain and non-blockchain resources, such as Ethereum addresses, IPFS hashes, or website URLs. ENS domain names can be bought and sold on the secondary market.
Zed Run is an on-chain horse racing game developed by Sydney entertainment startup Virtually Human Studio. Users can purchase NFT horses of different levels for breeding and competition. On August 9, Zed Run announced that it has reached a cooperation with the National Modified Car Race (NASCAR). The NASCAR brand horse racing will be launched in the game in the future. Other specific cooperation details are still under discussion.
On July 21, 2021, Zed Run’s parent company Virtually Human Studio received a US$20 million Series A financing led by TCG, with participation from a16z and Red Beard Ventures.
Sorare is an Ethereum-based fantasy football game launched in March 2019. Players can form their own teams by purchasing NFT player cards and participate in virtual competitions.
In May 2019, Sorare received a seed round of 500,000 euros. The French billionaire Xavier Niel led the investment, and ConsenSys and Seedcamp participated in the investment. A year later, the 2014 Brazil World Cup champion German athlete André Schürrle, Ubisoft, E-Ventures, Partech and Consensys and other institutions and investors invested US$4 million in Sorare. Subsequently. In December 2020, Barcelona Football Club star Gerard Piqué invested US$4.3 million. On February 25, 2021, Sorare completed $50 million in financing. Benchmark led the investment. Accel, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and famous football player Antoine Griezmann participated in the investment.
Art Blocks is a digital artwork generation platform based on the Ethereum blockchain. Unlike other platforms, Art Blocks is the first platform to generate artworks through procedural algorithms. Collectors also participate in the generation process while purchasing artworks, and they will be automatically closed when the number of works generated reaches the upper limit. On the Art Blocks platform, artists cast artworks for free, the platform charges 10% of the sales revenue, and the remaining 90% is allocated by the artists themselves.
Art Blocks was launched by Erick Snowfro in November 2020 and has received investment from Collab Currency, Libertus Capital and The LAO.
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