27/06/2022 Nifty News: Yuga Labs breaks silence, X2Y2 outpaces OpenSea and more

Over the past seven days, X2Y2 generated $144.16 million worth of NFT sales compared to OpenSea’s $117.64 million, while Crawley Town F.C. is set to launch a tokenized third kit.

Nifty News: Yuga Labs breaks silence, X2Y2 outpaces OpenSea and more

Over the past seven days, X2Y2 generated $144.16 million worth of NFT sales compared to OpenSea’s $117.64 million, while Crawley Town F.C. is set to launch a tokenized third kit.

Yuga Labs has finally broken its silence over the conspiracy theory that alleges the team embedded alt-right and Nazi memes/imagery into the artwork and branding behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC)nonfungible token (NFT)collection.

As Cointelegraph previously reported, theBAYC conspiracy theorywas once again brought into the limelight on June 20 after YouTuber Philion published a video exploring the supposed evidence that artist Ryder Ripps initially compiled at the start of this year.

In a Medium blog postsharedvia Twitter on Saturday, Yuga Labs co-founder Gordon Goner said that the team finally decided to clear the air after the theory had gotten so much attention that one of their favorite podcasters was talking about it:

“We’ve not responded in further detail to these allegations because frankly they are insanely far-fetched.”

“That said, we woke up this morning to a podcaster we respect talking about this conspiracy theory, and that was pretty surreal. Made us feel like it was time to come out and put an end to all this,” he added.

In particular, Ryder Ripps alleged the BAYC NFT artwork featured racist caricatures of Black and Asian people, and the project’s logo and branding have several nods to certain Nazi symbology and language. The artist also made a BAYC derivative NFT collection called RR/BAYC as a satire and protest against Yuga Labs.

While the team didn’t address all of the points outlined against the BAYC, it flat out denied the allegations that its logo was derived from the Nazi Totenkopf (skull and crossbones) symbol. It also reiterated that using Apes in the BAYC is a nod to crypto degens and not a racist troll. However, not everyone was pleased with their response, as several points went unaddressed.

dude’s like ‘we’re minorities’ and gets some sham cover from the ADL. Well I’m a jew and descendant of holocaust survivors and this imagery offends me but keep gaslightingpic.twitter.com/kbJlJaEYE4

— jpəġ jəđ (@h0listicrypto)June 24, 2022

In an update later that day, the Yuga Labs team also stated it had taken legal action and filed a lawsuit to “stop the continuous infringement, and other illegal attempts to bring harm” to the firm and community. Although it didn’t mention Ryder Ripps directly by name.

(1/2) The outpouring of support from our community today has been overwhelming. We will continue to be transparent with our community as we fight these slanderous claims. In order to put a stop to the continuous infringement, and other illegal attempts to bring harm to...

— Yuga Labs (@yugalabs)June 25, 2022

Volume on NFT marketplace X2Y2 surges past OpenSea

Over the past several weeks, the sales volume on Ethereum-based NFT marketplace X2Y2 has surged past the top platform in the sector OpenSea.

Accordingto data from DappRadar, X2Y2 generated $144.16 million worth of NFT sales from just 11,534 traders over the past week, compared to the $117.64 million generated from 155,734 traders on OpenSea.

cfc8b4b6-506c-446d-82b0-aba9d583fd6c.pngSeven day NFT marketplace sales volume: DappRadar

The X2YX platform launched in February earlier this year, and while it doesn’t appear to host the sale of any top-tier NFT projects, it does provide an OpenSea Sniper feature that enables users to bundle NFT purchases on both X2YX and OpenSea into one transaction.

X2YX has seen its daily volumes surge to new highs in June, with its highest ever recorded day of volume coming on June 6 with $32.92 million. One of the reasons behind the platform’s bullish growth this month appears to be its zero trading fees promo from June 1 until June 30.

Crawley Town to release soccer kits tied to NFTs

Professional English soccer club Crawley Town F.C. are rolling out a soccer kit (playing uniform) that can only be obtained by fans that purchase the corresponding NFT.

Crawley Town currently plies its trade in the fourth tier of the English professional league structure, and it was acquired by sports-focused crypto firm WAGMI late last year.

Pro-teams generally have three different kits each season, one for home games, one for away and a third alternate kit. In this instance, the third kit will be offered to fans via the sale of NFTs.

Speaking with United Kingdom news outfit the Mirror on Saturday, Crowley Town co-owner Preston Johnsonstressedthat the club is not trying to launch NFTs for a quick profit and is instead looking for ways to integrate the tech with avenues such as shirts and ticketing:

“Our NFTs are more like virtual season tickets. They’re not items we’re trying to sell to local fans.”

BCware launches NFT app in Shopify App Store

California-based Web3 tech firm BCware haslauncheda new multichain NFT application in the Shopify App Store that enables merchants to provide NFT buying and selling services from multiple blockchains in their stores.

The app is currently integrated with Ethereum, Polygon, Flow and Solana and also enables customers to pay via fiat or cryptocurrency. The firm also stated that the app will support “wallet onboarding for buyers who are new to crypto.”

The move comes the same week that Shopify rolled out an NFT-gated storefronts feature that allows brands/merchants to make their online stores more exclusive.

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— Shopify (@Shopify)June 22, 2022


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