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GoT NFTs & their wonky fingers
Brazil ♥️ stablecoins
FTX has recovered billions of dollars in assets
Twitter usernames going on sale soon? 👀
GAME OF THRONES NFTS JUST DROPPED
You know those 2008 Guinness World Record photos?
Of the woman with the long curled fingernails?
It’s hard to unsee that in the new Game of Thrones NFT collection.
The longest fingernails belonged to Lee Redmond(USA), who started to grow them in 1979 with total length of 8.65m https://t.co/AoYbarPRnK
— A. A (@JuniorminjaAlex)
Dec 11, 2015
Warner Bros. + Nifty (NFT platform) + Daz 3D (firm that designed the NFTs) launched a collection Wednesday based on the show
They’re random avatars in GoT-looking attire, story cards, resource cards, & “Hero Boxes” comprised of one of each
Twitter users are cracking up because the designs are awful
which was worse, the ending of Game of Thrones or the Game of Thrones NFT? https://t.co/MNcXy7LaQz
— camol (@camolNFT)
Jan 11, 2023
Just checked, it’s canon https://t.co/7Bo9C6y4P5
— Bryan Brinkman (@bryanbrinkman)
Jan 10, 2023
This Game of Thrones NFT collection is just like the the last season of the show.
No creative vision and terrible https://t.co/I0v7cXai5N
— Justin Taylor (@TheSmarmyBum)
Jan 11, 2023
Mock all you want, but this collection got the Trump NFT effect:
The first drop sold out in 7 hours, despite the NFTs’ ridiculous look.
Ain’t nothin like that GoT fanbase.
Nifty even had to post on Twitter that it paused its sale for a sec because so many people were wanting to buy.
Some users complained of hours-long delays in getting their NFT…
…by which time, the floor price (lowest price of an NFT) plummeted, despite paying a premium.
The second drop is coming to OpenSea soon; one of those “Hero Boxes” is listed for ~$183m at the moment. Others for $13,000, and $93 on the low end.
A reminder that Trump’s NFTs were selling for $99, spiked to ~$1,000 in value, and then sunk back down to ~$242.
So…if you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.
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BRAZIL IS LOVIN' STABLECOINS
If you think U.S. inflation is bad, it has nothing on Brazil.
It’s a nation facing political turmoil & economic volatility.
Which crypto, in theory, could help citizens hedge against.
So it makes sense that stablecoin activity spiked BIG time in 2022.
Stablecoin trading grew by 85% last year, the CEO of Bitso (crypto exchange) said
More than $14b was moved via USDT, a dollar-pegged stablecoin, in August 2022
And USDT orders grew 3x from 877.5m in October to 2.381b in December
Exhibit A, ladies & gents, for why LatAm is the poster child market for crypto adoption.
NEW FTX TEAM RECOVERS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF ASSETS
The FTX fiasco is a lot like the Energizer Bunny… just when you think the story’s over, it just keeps going & going & going.
Yesterday, the bankrupt crypto company made the headlines again. But don’t worry. This time, it was ✨good✨ news.
1/ FTX’s restructuring team has recovered billions of dollars in assets
$5b+ in assets (cash, liquid tokens, stocks, etc.) has been recovered, according to FTX’s attorneys
Dozens of illiquid assets were also recovered, but attorneys say they can’t sell those assets because their supply is so large it would tank the market for those tokens
It's still unclear how much is actually owed to FTXs’ 9m customers and how much more will actually be recovered
So what? If true, this is a big step towards getting customers refunded. More money recovered = more money back to creditors.
But some people are questioning how much the FTX team actually recouped. A month ago, the FTX team estimated they’d only be able to recover ~$1b. Now they claim they’ve suddenly found 5x that. (I guess they looked in between the sofa cushions.)
The Neighborhood Blockchain Watch says they’ve gone through every single public crypto wallet linked to FTX & Alameda Research and the numbers don’t add up to $5b. (FTX’s attorneys apparently forgot about Milk Road Rule #47: Never do math in public.)
2/ The bankruptcy judge rules whether or not to keep FTX’s customers’ info private
The decision is in …*gavel hits table*…THE INFO WILL REMAIN SEALED.
The judge added that he’d revisit the decision in 3 months, but for now, FTX customers’ info will remain private.
So what? FTX users have already been victims of deception & theft; the last thing they’d want is their private info (name, wallet balance, etc.) being aired out like dirty laundry.
So for now, FTX creditors get to avoid bankruptcy's version of the Walk of Shame.
COOKIES AND MILK
Investigation watch: The Department of Justice is probing the Saber Labs founders and their roles in certain De-Fi and stablecoin projects. It’s rumored that the founders created a web of 11 pseudonymous identities to build an ecosystem of financial products around Saber.
That's a wrap for today. Stay thirsty & see ya tomorrow! If you want more, be sure to follow our Twitter (@MilkRoadDaily)
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