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Sfermion's Collider #35

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 35th 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.

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Web3 Updates

Mastercard forms CBDC partner program with Ripple, Consensys (link)

Coinbase takes stake in Circle, launching USDC on six new blockchains (link)

Solana Pay integrates with Shopify for digital dollar currency payments (link)

USDC launching on Polygon PoS, Base and Polkadot blockchains (link)

Ex-OpenSea Exec Receives 3-Month Sentence in NFT Insider Trading Case (link)

UK Issues NFT Trademark Guidance For The Metaverse (link)

China Is Taking Its Social Credit System to the Metaverse (link)

Gaming Influencers FaZe Banks, Nadeshot Emerge as Among's Top Earners (link)

Yuga Labs slams OpenSea's shift to optional royalties (link)

Magic Eden Presents $1 Million Fund to Boost NFT Projects on Polygon (link)

Binance.US Partners with MoonPay to Regain USD Ramps (link)

Decentralized Social Media Farcaster Migrates to OP Mainnet (link)

Gaming Updates

K-Pop Titans Blackpink Launch Roblox Metaverse Experience (link)

Samsung Game Launcher lets you play mobile games over cloud without downloads (link)

Oasys and Amazon Web Services Launch Web3 Gaming Hackathon (link)

Capcom Turns Mega Man X DiVE Characters Into NFTs (link)

Star Atlas teases Solana-based SAGE Labs, the first ever web3 space economy simulation game (link)

Roblox adds avatar bodies and heads to UGC marketplace (link)

Samsung has sold over one billion more smartphones than Apple in the past 10 years (link)

Horizon Blockchain Games’ Sequence and Planet Mojo (💰) Forge Web3 Partnership (link)

RallyHere, a platform for cross-platform video games-as-a-service, has formed a partnership to provide live service support for ExoGP, a competitive flight racing game in development from Atmos Labs (💰) (link)

Aptos Foundation Forges Partnership with NEOWIZ and Intella X to Redefine Web3 Gaming (link)

NCSoft's new AI suite is trained to streamline game production (link)

Super Evil Megacorp is making a Netflix-exclusive Rebel Moon game (link)

Skillz announces $65M share repurchase program (link)

PLYXR launches PLXYER Game Portal, a new web3 game distribution platform (link)

AI Updates

Meta introduces SeamlessM4T, an AI model that translates and transcribes nearly 100 languages (link)

YouTube and Universal Music Group Join Forces to Explore the Future of AI Music (link)

Meta’s Next AI Attack on OpenAI: Free Code-Generating Software (link)

Google reportedly building A.I. that offers life advice (link)

Research & Interesting Reads

Naavik | Wreck League Crashes onto the Web3 Gaming Scene

Bixin Ventures | 3 Paradigms in Web3 Social

Konvoy | AI Non-Player Characters

Sealaunch | The network economy - where content creators' network becomes their net worth

Wolves DAO Files #18: 'Bury the Blockchain' or Shout it from the Rooftops?

NFT Drops & Updates

Mercedes announces their next collection, Mercedes-Benz NXT Icons, as they look to expand their web3 presence (link)

Patrick Mahome’s Museum of Mahomes teams with Azuki for limited edition physical card drop (link)

Reddit teams with Team Alpine for 3D Collectible Avatar Collection drop on August 23rd (link)

Eigenlayer launches EigenWorlds - EigenLayer’s second NFT collection, an open edition for all community members to mint their own names and visual emblems in the EigenLayer ecosystem. (link)

Digital fashion house The Fabricant (💰) releases The Wholeland: Primal Rave, its latest NFT fashion collection featuring items that owners can virtually wear in AR. (link)

Optimism Foundation and Base partner up for on-chain summer with a OP-themed free mint (link)

Boomland Games & Magic Eden partner for NFT chest mint on August 28th (link)

Fableborne, upcoming F2P web3 mobile ARPG x Base-Builder, announces mid-September PFP polygon mint exclusively on Magic Eden (link)

Notable Raises

Paradigm announces a seed investment into FriendTech (link)

ZetaChain, a new Layer 1 focused on interoperability, raises $27M in funding (link)

Jada AI, an artificial intelligence project that harnesses blockchain technology, has raised $25M from alternative investment group LDA Capital (link)

Japanese VTuber studio Brave group secures $13.7M funding round led by Simplex Capital to strengthen global expansion (link)

San Francisco-based crypto-native fund Momentum Capital secures $10M investment from Canada's BM Fund (link)

Ex-Meta Engineer’s Layer-1 Blockchain Linera Raises $6M in New Funding led by Borderless Capital (link)

Made on Earth Games raises $3.2M in seed funding led by GEM Capital to release their upcoming mobile title Everbright, currently in open beta. (link)

DRiP announces $3M seed round led by PlaceholderVC to accelerate the growth of collectible content & Web3 social platforms (link)

SportsVisio raises $3M round led by Sapphire Sports for AI-powered basketball analysis and more (link) Raises $3M To Help Clients Build With Generative AI (link)

Lore wages war on Etherscan with fresh $2.3M funding round led by (link)

Hungri Games, mobile gaming studio known for unique hybrid genres like Racing RPG & Action Strategy games, complete $1.9M seed investment round (link)

BingX Announces Strategic Investment in AI and Web3 Startup Moonbox (link)

Mo & Andrew's Curated

Zima Red #148 | Greg Castle - Funding Emerging Technologies at Anorak Ventures




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Curated by @mopat1214 + @AndrewSteinwold

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