This week in the metaverse: Yuga Labs launches Sewer Passes while Trump NFTs make an unexpected comeback

January 20, 2023, 4:51 PM UTC
The creator of Bored Ape Yacht Club, Yuga Labs, launched a new type of NFT called Sewer Pass this week.
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One of the most notable companies in NFTs, Yuga Labs, released their first big project of 2022 this week, a collection of NFTs called Sewer Passes. The NFTs, which were gifted to existing Bored Ape Yacht Club and Mutant Ape Yacht Club owners, and have yielded more than $27 million (around 18,000 ETH), in secondary sales after it launched on Jan. 18. 

The NFTs give buyers access to a new game from Yuga called Dookey Dash, which is open until Feb. 8. A player’s score on Dookey Dash will apparently be incorporated later on in a hazy but potentially exciting narrative experience called “Chapter 1.” 

Although some were confused as to why people would pay money for a Yuga NFT to play Dookey Dash, others said the game was addictive. 

The price floor for the Sewer Passes on OpenSea was 2 Ether, or about $3100 as of Friday. The NFTs come in four tiers that were originally doled out based on the existing Yuga NFTs in your wallet. The higher the tier, the higher the bonus percentage added to your score in Dookey Dash.

Meanwhile, the NFT project launched by former President Donald Trump is seeing a revival, with prices skyrocketing 800% this week despite no update in the collection.

The widely ridiculed digital collectibles that feature Trump’s face superimposed onto the bodies of an astronaut and superhero, among others, sold out during their initial launch and raised $4.5 million. After excitement waned, trading volume slumped 99%, although the price of the cheapest NFT on the secondary market was still double its initial price.

From Tuesday to Wednesday total daily sales volume for the collection jumped to $306,000 from $34,000 over 24 hours, Decrypt reported. The boost in activity pushed its average sales price in January to $374, according to CryptoSlam, up from last month and a 277% increase from their initial $99 price tag. 

In other news: 

L’oreal-owned brand NYX Professional Makeup will release an NFT access pass to GORJS, a DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) dedicated to beauty. The NFTs will unlock perks for the DAO’s founding members. The goal of the DAO is to empower “a community of digital beauty artists, allowing them to create and share their ideas, while retaining full ownership of their work and earning royalties,” according to a statement. 

South Korea has finally brought us the long-awaited metaverse version of its capital city Seoul this week. The goal of the project is to improve public services, but it won’t be fully finished until 2026. As part of its initial launch, citizens will be able to get their tax questions answered, get small business support, and read e-books. The project is part of South Korea’s “Digital New Deal” initiative.

Blockchain analytics firm DappRadar released its Blockchain and Dapp Adoption Report 2022 this week and found that more than 101 million NFTs sold in 2022 across all blockchains. More than 21.2 million NFTs were sold on the Ethereum blockchain, followed by Wax (14.5 million) and Flow (11.9  million). It concluded that the once high-flying DeFi sector is waning in terms of new decentralized application activity, while there has been a boost in NFT and gaming dapps. 

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