Nafty has launched an erotic-themed NFT marketplace, while DeviantArt is tracking down art theft on NFT marketplaces, and the Rugby League World Cup is dropping NFT collectibles.
Nafty, a blockchain firm that produces decentralized, “not safe for work” (NSFW) platforms, such as OnlyFans competitor Nafty.tv, launched an erotic-themed nonfungible token (NFT) marketplace dubbed “NaftyArt” on Thursday.
NaftyArt aims to provide a platform for erotic artists and adult-content creators to promote and sell their tokenized works without fears of it being removed or their accounts shadowbanned. It may also give some NFT proponents an excuse for out-laying large sums of money on NSFW content. The announcement read:
“Erotic Artists and Adult Content creators have been struggling for some time to get their work prominently featured on mainstream NFT marketplaces. A lot have found their work is removed as it contains nudity or at best they are shadowbanned, with potential buyers unable to see their work.”
Nafty is also promoting the platform as a way to generate an additional revenue stream outside of the subscription model and noted the move was brought on by OnlyFans’ recent policy controversy in which it announced plans to ban adult content before it revoked the decision:
“This way of content monetization was boosted by the recent announcement from fansite OnlyFans regarding their policies on explicit content. Although the decision was subsequently suspended, many adult creators are looking for a more secure way to earn from content.”
DJ Don Diablo is dabbling in NFTs
Dutch DJ Don Diablo is working on an ambitious NFT project called Hexhibit that will include a “real word chamber” or room related to the artwork depicted in the token.
The NFT contains an audiovisual file that depicts a UFO-like machine landing in an imaginary world. Diablo told Rolling Stone on Monday that he is building the physical chamber of the UFO machine so that the holder can actually stand in the artwork depicted in the NFT.
“I thought, ‘Why not actually build the thing?’ Of course, that’s pretty ludicrous, because it would weigh a couple of tons…. [but] I said, ‘What if you could stand inside an NFT, literally? That hasn’t been done before,’” he said.
While he didn’t reveal specific details of the chamber, he hinted it could be anything from a “mini club” to a “mini cinema” and claimed that he is spending an equivalent amount of money to purchase a house in building the NFT chamber.
The NFT is slated to go up for auction on Sotheby’s sometime this fall. To date, Diablo has generated $3.5 million from a total of four NFT sales, including a one-of-one tokenized audio-visual file that sold for $2.2 million in April.
DeviantArt using AI to track token art theft
With copycat NFT projects in the news and outright art theft also appearing to be an issue, DeviantArt has quietly expanded its artificial intelligence software to spot theft on NFT marketplaces.
DeviantArt launched its AI-based image recognition tool to spot copyright infringement on its own platform in July. However, earlier this month, it expanded the scope to ERC-721 and ERC-1155 tokens.
The program is called “DeviantArt Protect,” and it appears to be helping some users already, with digital artist Akreon revealing on Twitter that it had notified him of an NFT using his art on OpenSea.
Ruby League World Cup dropping collectibles
The Rugby League World Cup 2021 (postponed until November 2022) has partnered with NuArca to launch an NFT marketplace for tokenized rugby collectibles.
The NFT collectibles will depict historic moments, players, nations, stars and milestones from the second-oldest World Cup tournament across all codes. The marketplace will also provide fan engagement features such as quests and “earn experiences” for users to obtain select NFT drops.
Some NFTs will also be bundled into collectible card packs, however, the price points and launch dates are yet to be revealed. Rugby fans can now register for the drop on the RLWC website.
“We believe the launch of our NFT partnership is a first for the sport of Rugby League. NFTs will provide fans with an opportunity to show their passion and loyalty for the sport, and alongside collectors, give them the chance to own a piece of Rugby League history,” said Jonathan Neill, commercial director at RLWC 2021.
OpenSea executive Nate Chastain has been outed for hyping NFTs he purchased and then featuring them on the homepage of the popular NFT marketplace. OpenSea confirmed the allegations in a blog post on Wednesday and noted that “this is incredibly disappointing. We want to be clear that this behavior does not represent our values as a team.”
Cointelegraph reported on Tuesday that Google had partnered with Dapper Labs to help support the development of new Web 3.0 products and services, including NFTs and gaming.