Makersplace Plans to Drop World’s First 2pac NFT Collection Authorized by the Shakur Estate

Makersplace Plans to Drop World’s First 2pac NFT Collection Authorized by the Shakur Estate

On December 15, the non-fungible token (NFT) market platform Makersplace will drop an assortment of NFTs based on Tupac Shakur’s most well-known jewelry pieces. Makersplace and the NFT artists and curators Impossible Brief and Digital Arts & Sciences worked closely with Shakur’s estate in order to drop the NFT collectibles called “The Immortal Collection.”

Tupac’s ‘The Immortal Collection’ to Drop on December 15

Fans of the rap legend Tupac Shakur (also known by his stage names 2pac and Makaveli) will soon be able to bid on non-fungible tokens (NFTs) officially backed by the Shakur estate. The NFTs will feature rare jewelry inspired by some of the pieces the influential rap star wore before his death on September 7, 1996. The NFTs for the drop hosted on Makersplace were designed by the NFT artist Impossible Brief, and curated by Digital Arts & Sciences in conjunction with the Shakur estate.

“[‘The Immortal Collection‘ is] set for release on December 15, this drop will feature an NFT jewelry collection based on some of Tupac’s most well-known pieces from his 2pac and diamond solitaire rings, to his Makaveli bracelet and the medallion he wore in the last photo ever taken of him,” the announcement details.

Makersplace Plans to Drop World’s First 2pac NFT Collection Authorized by the Shakur Estate

The NFTs are based on some of the Tupac artifacts and personal items that will be featured in the upcoming Tupac museum experience. The museum show will be called “Tupac Shakur: Wake Me When I’m Free,” which will premiere in January 2022.

Makersplace Plans to Drop World’s First 2pac NFT Collection Authorized by the Shakur Estate

The NFT artist Impossible Brief and curators Digital Arts & Sciences were able to select pieces from the rap legend’s archives with approval from the Shakur estate. The announcement details it will be “the world’s first NFT [collection] authorized by the Shakur estate.”

2pac NFT Jewelry Collection Dubbed: ‘Artist, Activist, Sinner, Saint’

The collection will feature four pieces of Tupac’s jewelry and will be called “Artist, Activist, Sinner, Saint.” The NFTs have “some of the deepest meanings and intentions attached to them,” the announcement details.

Makersplace Plans to Drop World’s First 2pac NFT Collection Authorized by the Shakur Estate

Tupac Shakur is widely considered the most influential rap artist of all time and he sold more than 75 million records worldwide. Approximately five full albums were released since Shakur’s death, and every album was certified Platinum.

“The four-piece Immortal Collection is based on and connected to what Tupac saw in himself, in the stories he felt were worthy of telling, and what connects everyone to each other,” the collection description concludes.

In 2020, the Shakur estate was estimated to be worth around $40 million. His mother, Afeni Shakur, managed his estate until she passed away in 2016. According to reports, trustees of Tupac’s estate are now managing the rapper’s inheritance. Despite being worth $40 million, it has also been reported that Tupac owed his record label three albums in exchange for bail funds to get out of prison.

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Ross Ulbricht NFT Collection Raises Over $6 Million in Ethereum, Free Ross DAO Wins Auction

Ross Ulbricht NFT Collection Raises Over $6 Million in Ethereum, Free Ross DAO Wins Auction

The Ross Ulbricht Genesis non-fungible token (NFT) collection auction has come to an end and the auction winner was the “Free Ross DAO,” backed by the Pleasrdao project. The NFT collection raised 1,446 ether or $6.27 million at the time of settlement.

Free Ross Decentralized Autonomous Organization Wins Ross Ulbricht’s NFT Auction, DAO Plans to Fractionalize NFT Collection

  • Four days ago, Bitcoin.com News reported on the Ross Ulbricht Genesis NFT collection amassing millions of dollars worth of ethereum (ETH) bids on the Superrare NFT marketplace.
  • At the time, there were some very high bids from an individual called “@toxicbitcoinmaxi.” However, the report also explained that the Pleasrdao project also got involved in the bidding war for the collection and formed a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) called the “Free Ross DAO.”
  • The Free Ross DAO raised 1,446 ETH or $6.27 million at the time of exchange. According to the DAO, the NFT collection will be “fractionalized between the 500 Free Ross DAO contributors.”
  • The NFT collection was an assortment of writings and ten artworks produced by Ross Ulbricht and it includes an animation developed by the NFT artist Levitate. Ulbricht also did the voice-over for the animated work. The NFT collection was curated by Entoptic and proceeds will be handed by the Art4giving fund, and efforts to free Ulbricht.
  • “From the beginning with this NFT, I’ve wanted to help kids travel to see their moms and dads in prison,” Ulbricht said. “But with such high bids, we can now have a real impact on many other important causes as well.”
  • Information concerning Ross Ulbricht’s case can be found at freeross.org and Ulbricht’s clemency petition hosted on change.org is getting awfully close to reaching 500,000 signatures. The petition is 42,014 signatures away from reaching the half-million signature milestone.

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Gamer-hate: Ubisoft’s new NFT project vid gets 96% dislike ratio

The top comment on Ubisoft’s YouTube video introducing its NFTs has more likes than the actual video, and slams the firm for “milking” money from its customers.

French gaming giant Ubisoft Entertainment SA’s new nonfungbile token (NFT) project Quartz is facing strong pushback from the gaming community.

Ubisoft unveiled the Beta launch of Quartz via a brief YouTube video on Dec. 8 that has 214,721 views at the time of writing. The project aims to combine NFTs and blockchain technology with existing Triple-A game titles, and announced Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint as its first game to officially integrate NFTs.

The video introduces Quartz as a platform that enables gamers to “collect the first playable and energy-efficient Ubisoft NFTs” that are dubbed as “Digits.”

YouTube recently changed its policy to hide the number of dislikes a video on the platform gets, however the number can still be accessed by Google Chrome extensions. Upon using an extension, the video currently shows 1,400 likes and 37,000 dislikes which equates to a dislike ratio of roughly 96%.

One of the top comments on the video from user “OperatorDrewski” currently has 2,600 likes with zero dislikes, and blasts Ubisoft’s NFT project as a quick cash grab as opposed to improving the overall gaming experience:

“To me, this is a blatant signal that you’re just milking the Ghost Recon franchise for literally every cent while putting in minimal effort into the actual game itself. Not playing a GR game in the future if there’s this level of degeneracy in the team.”

“You took a solid franchise and absolutely made it a laughing stock,” they added.

This opinion appears to be shared by a significant number of the community, with users on Twitter also lashing out at the firm in response to its latest announcement as they threatened to uninstall the firm’s games and boycott Ubisoft completely.

A Dec. 8 post over on the r/gaming page on Reddit shows a concerted effort to boycott the new NFT project. The post titled “do not support “Quartz”, the new NFT Ubisoft marketplace” from “u/WolverineKuzuri93” currently has 2,500 comments and an upvote ratio of 93% at more than 13,400 upvotes.

The Redditor highlights similar issues to the top commenter on YouTube, noting that:

“We have to stand against this practice. […] This is just another way to nickel and dime players with cosmetics rather than focusing on making quality products with depth. We have to let companies know this is anti-consumer.”

“I’m not entirely against the concept of using an NFT style system for digital games. For example, actually owning your digital copy rather than just a license so you can sell it to another user’s account. That’s actually the future of digital gaming. What I’m against is how Ubisoft are doing it with in-game items,” they added.

Gamer backlash to NFTs

This is not the first time a major firm has been flamed for looking at, or launching into the world of NFTs. Cointelegraph reported last month that community messaging app Discord was forced to walk back its Ethereum-based NFT integration plans, after the gamer community bombarded CEO Jason Citron.

Citron initially teased his firm’s plans via a screenshot of a beta feature showing Ethereum NFT wallet support, however he was promptly hounded with thousands of comments calling on him to abandon the plans along with users threatening to cancel their paid Nitro subscriptions.

Reddit: OpenSea walks back on IPO plan following community backlash

Unlike the case of Ubisoft, where the community appears to be peeved by what they assert is a cash grab, the crypto-skeptics on Discord believe NFTs are a Ponzi scheme and damage the environment due to the energy required to mine cryptocurrencies.

Cointelegraph has reached out to Ubisoft representatives for comment, and will update the story if they respond.

Pepsi-Cola Celebrates the Soft Drink’s Birth Year With 1,893 Generative NFTs

Pepsi-Cola Celebrates the Soft Drink's Birth Year With 1,893 Generative NFTs

The carbonated soft drink manufacturer Pepsi has revealed the company is stepping into the world of blockchain with its first collection of non-fungible token (NFT) assets. Pepsi introduced the “Pepsi Mic Drop” genesis NFT collection on Thursday, which features 1,893 generative NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain. Pepsi aims to create a real-time community of NFT holders with the NFTs that feature designs like the classic blue Pepsi, silver Diet Pepsi, red Pepsi Wild Cherry, black Pepsi Zero Sugar, and Crystal Pepsi.

Pepsi Introduces the Company’s First NFT Collection

Pepsi-Cola is a well-known soft drink manufacturer that was created and developed back in 1893 by Caleb Bradham. When the soft drink first came out it was called “Brad’s Drink,” but was rebranded to Pepsi-Cola in 1898. These days both Pepsi-Cola and Coca-Cola are the two most popular cola-flavored drinks on the market.

In order to celebrate the birth year of Pepsi-Cola, Pepsi has launched a genesis collection of non-fungible token (NFT) collectibles. The collection is called the “Pepsi Mic Drop” genesis NFT collection and features 1,893 unique generative NFTs that feature variations of a microphone visual and iconic Pepsi flavors.

Pepsi-Cola Celebrates the Soft Drink's Birth Year With 1,893 Generative NFTs

The NFT collection from Pepsi is hosted on the web portal micdrop.pepsi.com and Vaynernft helped the company produce the NFT collectibles. The waitlist for a wallet will start on Friday, December 10 at 12:00 p.m. (EST) and the “approved will be able to mint their Pepsi Mic Drop genesis NFT free of charge (not including Ethereum gas fees) on Tuesday, December 14 at 12:30 p.m. (EST).”

“The exclusive generative traits of the Pepsi Mic Drop genesis NFT collection, generated randomly by an algorithm so each NFT is totally unique and different, pay homage to the brand’s storied history in music and the suite of Pepsi flavors that have captivated unapologetic cola-loving consumers for decades,” Pepsi’s NFT announcement details.

“Pepsi has always been a brand with a strong heritage in music and pop culture, so it’s only fitting for us to bring that legacy into the new world of NFTs with a ‘mic drop’ of epic proportions,” Todd Kaplan, Pepsi’s vice president of marketing said in a statement sent to Bitcoin.com News. Kaplan further added:

We created the Pepsi Mic Drop genesis NFT collection for our fans, putting their interests and needs at the forefront by ensuring the NFTs are all free of charge and presented equitably as an inclusive and accessible opportunity for anyone to experience the exciting world of NFTs. This collectible series of microphones is not only inspired by our history, but also represents the scale and scope of how accessible we see this space becoming in the future.

Pepsi follows the many brands getting into the NFT space including Arizona Iced Tea, Budweiser, Coca Cola, and more. For instance, the popular American-style pale lager produced by Anheuser-Busch, Budweiser, launched 1,936 NFTs last week to celebrate the birth of the Budweiser beer can.

Adidas revealed last week as well that the sneaker and sportswear company was teaming up with Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC). Concluding the announcement, Pepsi says that the firm is “implementing a carbon offset program for the launch of the Pepsi Mic Drop NFT to ensure a net carbon footprint of zero.”

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Beeple’s Latest NFT ‘Human One’ Sells for $29M, Artist Plans to ‘Enhance the Displayed Artwork’ During His Lifetime

Beeple's Latest NFT 'Human One' Sells for $29M, Artist Plans to 'Enhance the Displayed Artwork' During His Lifetime

This year the American artist Michael Winkelmann, otherwise known as Beeple, made history when he sold his non-fungible token (NFT) artwork “Everydays” for $69.3 million on March 11. Beeple’s latest NFT called “Human One” is a life-sized NFT sculpture that sold for $29 million, and the artist will update the NFT during the course of the rest of his existence on earth.

Beeple’s ‘Human One’ NFT Fetches $29 Million, Artist Plans to Update Art Remotely for the Rest of His Life

Beeple is making headlines again after he sold another multi-million dollar non-fungible token (NFT) called “Human One” for $29 million at Christie’s 21st Century Evening Sale. Beeple (whose birth name is Michael Winkelmann) is one of the most well-known NFT artists today because his “Everydays: The First 5,000 Days” NFT sold for $69.3 million. This made Beeple’s artwork one of the most expensive pieces of art in the world and the most costly NFT sold to date.

“Everydays” was sold via a Christie’s auction on March 11, 2021, and Beeple’s latest multi-million-dollar NFT sale was also through the luxury auction house. Beeple’s new art is a life-sized 3D sculpture and an NFT that was minted on October 28, 2021. Christie’s describes it as a “kinetic video sculpture—four video screens (16k resolution), polished aluminum metal, mahogany wood frame, dual media servers; endless video with corresponding dynamic non-fungible token.”

Human One: ‘A Portrait of a Human Born in the Metaverse’

Beeple describes his latest NFT art as “the first portrait of a human born in the metaverse.” The interesting thing about Beeple’s “Human One” is that he aims to change it over the course of his lifetime.

This means that the owner, Ryan Zurrer, and any owners thereafter, may see the “Human One” artwork change to whatever Beeple wants to add. The changes could depend on his mood and could represent something the artist is thinking about.

At the moment, the life-sized 3D sculpture NFT shows an individual in a silver-colored space suit with boots, a helmet, and a backpack. The 21st Century Evening Sale auction of “Human One” ended on November 8, with a realized price of $28,985,000.

“The physical element is designed to continuously display the artwork. Beeple will maintain remote access to the physical element to ensure proper functionality and/or enhance the displayed artwork,” Christie’s concludes. “Beeple warrants that the physical element does not contain any features designed to impair the continuous display of the artwork.”

What do you think about Beeple’s latest “Human One” NFT sale that he plans to update continuously for the rest of his life? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

Video Game Giant Ubisoft Launches NFT Platform, Software Firm’s Blockchain-Tech Runs on Tezos

Video Game Giant Ubisoft Launches NFT Platform, Software Firm's Blockchain-Tech Runs on Tezos

The French video game manufacturer based in Montreuil, Ubisoft Entertainment SA, has announced the company has launched a blockchain-based platform called Ubisoft Quartz. According to the company, the platform will enhance specific games with playable and energy-efficient non-fungible token (NFT) assets.

Ubisoft Quartz Revealed

For quite some time, video game companies have shown strong interest in NFT technology and blockchain-based games. Earlier this year, firms like Square Enix, Ubisoft, and Electronic Arts have been hinting at moving in the NFT direction. Now Ubisoft has announced it has launched a platform that will leverage the Tezos (XTZ) blockchain to utilize NFT technology.

“Introducing Ubisoft Quartz,” the gaming company tweeted on Tuesday. “We’re bringing the first energy-efficient NFTs playable in a AAA game to Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. Try it in the beta from December 9 with three free cosmetic drops.”

Video Game Giant Ubisoft Launches NFT Platform, Software Firm's Blockchain-Tech Runs on Tezos

Ubisoft is well known for its franchise gaming titles like “Assassin’s Creed,” “Prince of Persia,” the Tom Clancy game franchise, “Rabbids Invasion,” and “Just Dance.” The Ubisoft Quartz website notes that the platform is a “place where you can acquire Digits, the first Ubisoft NFTs (non-fungible tokens), playable in an HD game and rely[ing] on an energy-efficient technology.” The company adds:

Digits will allow you to complete your missions in style.

Tezos Native Token Skyrockets Following Ubisoft’s Announcement, Ubisoft’s Digit NFTs Aim to Be Unique

The web portal shows a few items that could help a player compete in style with NFT items like an M4A1 tactical rifle, an enhanced helmet, and enhanced pants, all of which are limited edition. Meanwhile, after Ubisoft revealed the NFT platform and disclosed the company was working with Tezos, the crypto asset XTZ skyrocketed in value during the last 24 hours. At the time of writing on Wednesday, December 8, XTZ is up 26% in USD value.

The three NFT drops for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon game are free, the web portal details, but only Ghost Recon Breakpoint Ubisoft Connect PC players can acquire and play with Digits. “Every single Digit features a serial number,” Ubisoft says. “This serial number is displayed on the collectible and on the in-game item. Each Digit will also be tied to the player names of all its previous and current owners.” Ubisoft’s NFT platform description also notes:

The combination of a serial number and ownership history makes each Digit truly unique.

What do you think about Ubisoft entering into the world of NFT technology with Tezos and the Ubisoft Quartz gaming platform? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

Bitwise CIO Says $100K Bitcoin a Difficult Prediction to Make, Calls Ethereum the ‘Asset of the Year’

Bitwise CIO Says $100K Bitcoin a Difficult Prediction to Make, Calls Ethereum the 'Asset of the Year'

While there’s been an awful lot of calls for bitcoin to reach six-digits in value in 2021, as the end of the year draws closer, it doesn’t seem like $100K per bitcoin will happen. Bitwise Asset Management’s chief investment officer Matt Hougan told the press on Monday that “$100,000 by the end of the year is a difficult prediction to make.”

$100K Bitcoin Prices May Be Unattainable in 2021 — Bitwise Exec Says Next Year ‘Investors Are Going to Be Looking at Ethereum’

For a good portion of the year, many bitcoin advocates, experts, luminaries, and analysts predicted that bitcoin (BTC) would surely hit the $100K per unit range in 2021. One of the most popular forecasts belongs to Plan B, the creator of the stock-to-flow (S2F) bitcoin price model. Plan B said based on the pseudonymous analyst’s “worst case scenario for 2021 (price/on-chain based)” would be “Aug>47K, Sep>43K, Oct>63K, Nov>98K, Dec>135K.”

However, November’s price call missed and the $135K prediction looks like it will miss as well. Bitcoin would have to double in value over the next 24 days gathering a touch over 96% during that time. Plan B is not the only one that has predicted BTC could hit six-digits in USD value by the year’s end. The financial institution Standard Chartered predicted at the beginning of September that bitcoin’s value could reach $100K by the end of the year.

Yahoo Finance contributor, Javier David, said on October 21, that “suddenly, a bitcoin move to $100K doesn’t seem so farfetched.” In fact there’s a great number of analysts that have said that at some point in the future, bitcoin prices will touch the six-digit zone or $100,000 or more per unit. Speaking with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang, Bitwise Asset Management’s CIO Matt Hougan explains that bitcoin hitting $100K will be difficult in 2021. Hougan further explained that ethereum (ETH) was the “asset of the year” in 2021.

“I think as we look into 2022, we still have these fundamental drivers, the institutions we speak to every day at Bitwise,” Hougan explained. “$100,000 by the end of the year is a difficult prediction to make — I think $100,000 could be in target in 2022 but this year, I’m not so sure,” Hougan remarked.

Hougan Predicts an ‘Explosion of Activity Built on Ethereum’

As far as the second-largest crypto asset by market capitalization, ethereum (ETH), Hougan thinks 2021 was the digital currency’s year. While noting to Bloomberg’s Chang that ethereum was the “asset of the year,” Hougan also stressed that there will be an “explosion of activity built on Ethereum” next year. But investors will be looking at other smart contract blockchain networks as well, the Bitwise CIO said. Hougan added:

Investors are going to be looking at Ethereum, Solana, or Polygon. Investors are starting to realize there’s more to crypto than just Bitcoin. If there’s one bigger story for next year, it’s going to be everything else: crypto as defi, NFTs, Web3, or metaverse.

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Virtual Metaverse Plots Outpace Top NFT Collection Sales, Play-to-Earn Tokens Surged in Value This Year

Virtual Metaverse Plots Outpace Top NFT Collection Sales, Play-to-Earn Tokens Surged in Value This Year

During the last seven days, virtual lands sold in the metaverse have outpaced a great number of non-fungible token (NFT) sales. Moreover, metaverse native crypto tokens like axie infinity, sandbox and decentraland and play-to-earn digital assets in general have jumped significantly in value this year.

Metaverse Properties Outpace NFT Collections — Play-to-Earn Tokens Rise


Following the meme-crypto hype, the decentralized finance (defi) trend, and the non-fungible token (NFT) craze, the metaverse has become a big deal. Essentially, a metaverse is a different version of the internet that supports virtual environments, items, collectibles, weapons, and sometimes play-to-earn features. Virtual worlds like Second Life, Minecraft, and Roblox can be considered iterations of the metaverse but in recent times, blockchain technology has entered the realm.

For instance, out of the $2.3 trillion crypto economy, $25 billion of it belongs to play-to-earn (P2E) digital assets. Axie infinity (AXS) is the largest P2E token in terms of market capitalization with a valuation of around $6.5 billion.

While AXS has lost 25% during the last week, AXS is up 20,824% year-to-date (YTD). The second largest P2E token is sandbox (SAND) with a $4.6 billion market valuation. SAND lost 32% this past week but has gained 11,597% YTD.

The third-largest market valuation in terms of P2E assets is decentraland (MANA) with a market cap of around $4.4 billion. MANA has lost 32% this week as well but has gained 3,693% YTD in USD value. Other top P2E tokens in terms of market cap size include gala (GALA), wax (WAXP), illuvium (ILV), and mobox (MBOX).

Staking Land in the Metaverse Can be Expensive — The Sandbox Captures $70M in Weekly Sales


In addition to metaverse and P2E tokens gathering massive value during the last year, in recent times land in the metaverse has been a hot commodity. Metrics from nonfungible.com indicate that the NFT market history for the last seven days shows The Sandbox has been the top contender. Sales stemming from The Sandbox metaverse saw more than $70 million in sales during the last seven days.

Virtual Metaverse Plots Outpace Top NFT Collection Sales, Play-to-Earn Tokens Surged in Value This Year

That’s about $10 million more than the sales produced by the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFT collection which saw $59 million. Moreover, The Sandbox sales are much larger than the Cryptopunks NFT collection sales which captured $17 million last week. The virtual reality platform powered by the Ethereum blockchain, Decentraland has seen the sixth largest number of weekly sales with $6.6 million last week.

The biggest sales on Decentraland were land plots and estates worth between $289K to $758K. While The Sandbox outpaced Decentraland sales, land plots sold for much lower values as land exchanged hands this past week for $44K to $68K per plot. However, virtual land adjacent to Snoop Dogg’s Sandbox estate recently sold for $450K in ethereum. The average USD price for The Sandbox metaverse products during the last week was $15K across more than 4,400 sales.

What do you think about the metaverse and P2E tokens gaining a lot of value this year? What do you think about all the metaverse land sales? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.