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Sfermion's Collider #31

Curated news and updates from the world of web3 and gaming.

Sfermion is an investment firm focused on backing the founders building the metaverse.

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Welcome to the 31st edition of Sfermion’s Collider where we highlight the latest & greatest news in the world of web3 and gaming!

Weekly, we aim to drop a curated list of the most exciting stories & updates that we believe are enabling the emergence of the metaverse.

Feels great to be back in action everyone :)

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Web3 Updates

Gnosis & Visa | Gnosis launches Visa card that lets you spend self-custody crypto in Europe, soon US and Hong Kong

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Wants Bitcoin Backed U.S. Dollars and Tax Breaks for Investors

Gensler | Gensler wants fresh $109 million to help SEC rein in 'Wild West' of crypto : Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler asked senators for additional funding for enforcement and technology at the markets regulator, in part for its enforcement activity in crypto markets.

Microsoft & Meta | Forging Long-term AI Partnership

Chainlink | Cross-Chain Interoperability Protocol Mainnet Launch : CCIP enters Mainnet Early Access phase on the Avalanche, Ethereum, Optimism, and Polygon blockchains.

Polygon | Polygon 2.0 Tokenomics Released

Starknet | Appchain Framework Announcement : Ethereum Layer 2 Starknet introduced “appchains,” a framework facilitating the creation of multiple application-specific blockchains within its ecosystem.

OpenSea | Introducing Deals

Solana | Introducing Solang : Solana announces Solang, a compiler enabling developers to write smart contracts on Solana in Solidity, the primary programming language of Ethereum.

Tezos | Introduces EtherLink : Etherlink allows developers, projects, and users to experience the power of a fully decentralized, EVM-compatible L2 solution on Tezos. Designed to empower developers and businesses, it opens up a world of secure and scalable applications.

Christie’s & Gucci | Gen Art Collaboration : Christie’s and Gucci are teaming on a collaborative auction dubbed “Future Frequencies: Explorations in Generative Art and Fashion.” The auction will be open for bidding from July 18 until July 25 and offer 21 NFTs from leading talents in the digital art space

Thirdweb | Acquiring Paper : Web3 Infra provider Thirdweb has acquired Paper, an industry-leading web3 wallet & checkout solution.

MetaMundo (💰) | Launches Avatar One - Next Gen Avatar Platform

Soho (💰) | Android App Launch

Paragraph (💰) | Wallet-based Newsletter Delivery

Lens Protocol | Introducing Lens V2

Mantle Network | Mainnet Launch

Push Protocol | Push Protocol announces web3 Twitter Spaces competitor ‘Push Spaces‘

Gaming Updates

Google | Changes Play Store Policy and Allows NFTs in Apps and Games

Neopets | Cancels NFT Game After Raising Money From Polygon, Avalanche

Sony & Microsoft | Both Parties sign deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation

Microsoft | Extends Activision Blizzard merger deadline by 3 months

Kahoot | Kahoot gets acquired in a $1.7B deal led by Goldman Sachs, Lego and more

Roblox | Introduces Developer Subscriptions and Real-World Goods Purchasing

Roblox | Open Beta Launch on Meta Quest VR Headsets

Crunchyroll | One Punch Man game for PC and mobile

Ubisoft | Becomes Cronos Blockchain Validator

Might Action Heroes (💰) | Open Beta Launch

Saga | Draws 224 projects to its Web3 scaling platform in less than a year

GameOn & PFL | GameOn Partners With Professional Fighters League (PFL) to Launch Next-Gen Fantasy Games | Mobile gaming market in H1 2023 showed a further decline in revenue

Research & Interesting Reads

Drake Star | Global Gaming Report Q2 2023

Bitkraft | The State of Web3 Game Developer Tooling

a16z | The NeverEnding Game: How AI Will Create a New Category of Games

Konvoy | LatAm Gaming Market

Naavik | What Big Publishers Think of Blockchain Gaming

Nansen | Arbitrum and Optimism Updates: L2s in Action

Molecule | IPTs: A gain of function for IP-NFTs

Fuel Labs | Account Abstraction for Everyone Else

BlockPI | How to Empower Infrastructure to Service a Billion-Strong User Base with Account Abstraction

Deconstructor of Fun | Lessons Learned From My Startup Journey

Everyrealm | Gaming a Shared Universal Language

NFT Drops & Updates

Louis Vuitton & Pharrell | Phygital LV Bag Drop

Patrick Mahomes | Unveils Museum of Mahomes

OpenSea & Skyborne Legacy | Genesis Free Mint

PROOF | Announces Grails IV

DEAFBEEF & Bright Moments | Collab Drop in August Teaser

Notable Raises

Siemens Invests €1bn in Erlangen Industrial Metaverse Hub

Polychain Capital | $200m raise

CoinFund | $152m raise

Karat Financials | $70m raise

Futureverse | $54m raise

Cosmic Wire | $30m raise

Embrace | $20m raise

SKYPLAY | $10m raise

GGWP | $10m raise

Scalo | $3.5m raise

Eyeball Games | $1.5m raise

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