Edition #1 - 21 JAN 2022
Check out the full Newzoo's 2022 gaming market prediction.
gaming and metaverses
Gaming to remain the biggest metaverse trend in 2022;
Splinterlands named the top blockchain game last week, with more than 515,000 active wallets connected to the game’s smart contracts in the week commencing 10th January;
Tennis Australia has partnered with Decentraland to host the Australian Open (AO), which will be the first official tennis grand slam in the metaverse;
Microsoft bets big on the metaverse by acquiring Activision Blizzard at a 45% premium, in a deal valued $68.7 billion.
Disney is optimistic that VR will showcase a clear implementation of metaverse to the physical world;
Apple reportedly does not intend to follow Meta (formerly Facebook) in their metaverse push - instead, the company's "mixed reality" headset will be focused on shorter periods of gaming, communication, and content consumption.
zen portfolio highlight
This week we highlight our portfolio company Ertha, a real world simulation, crypto based NFT game featuring a player driven economy, wars and politics.
With a backing of top tier VC funds, 20,000 NFT sales to date and yielding an ROI of circa 2,000% since it's record breaking 4th of January listing on Huobi Prime, Ertha is already in pole position to be the leading metaverse.
The first decentralised bond market, SuperBonds, launches on Solana after raising over $3 million during an oversubscribed Seed round in November. DeFi’s debutant fixed-interest rate market aims to pioneer anchored yield instrument alternatives for stablecoin returns;
Multichain, the premier Cross Chain Router Protocol, has warned of a potential security breach affecting the platform. Two days later, reports of stolen funds emerge, with user losses reaching an estimated $3 million.
DeFi API start-up Conduit raises $17 million with a round lead by Portage Ventures, including the ex-partner of a16z, Rex Salisbury;
DeFi Alliance, a web3 start-up accelerator raises $50 million in a bid to shift to DAO structure;
Stader Labs, a Luna staking management platform, raises $12.5 million from Three Arrows, Accel and GoldenTree, closing the round at a valuation of $450 million.