Nifty News: Dr Disrespect unveils NFT game to mixed reaction, FC Barcelona's first NFT sells for $700K and more…

Gaming YouTube streamer “Dr Disrespect” unveiled the first sneak peek of his upcoming NFT shooter game dubbed Deadrop on July 30.

The initial reaction has been mixed, however, with some underwhelmed by the game’s lack of polish given that Dr Disrepect boasted in a now-deleted Tweet from June that it “already blows out anything” from the Call of Duty game engine.

User @Jonesy_Actual stated the game currently looks “like an arcade shooter at Chuck E Cheese” while @MemeCyptum sarcastically chimed in with: “Dr Disrespect tried making an NFT shooter and it looks like a**? I’m shocked I tell you, absolutely shocked.”

Others have called for patience, however, as the game is still in the early stages of its development and is likely to undergo many changes before the final version is complete.

“Lol this is so early in development yet people still need to hate? At least he is being clear about development, showing each stage as it comes. Just hating on the game for the sake of it clearly,” wrote @L1GHTNING96.

Dr Disrespect has more than four million subscribers on YouTube and 2.4 million followers on Twitter. He recently launched what he’s dubbed a triple-A gaming studio called Midnight Society which has partnered with Polygon Studios to develop gaming NFTs via Polygon’s Ethereum scaling network.

The early footage shows a simplistic first-person shooter-style game with a player running and shooting targets at a gun range.

The new game is expected to use NFTs to give users digital ownership of in-game items and rewards.

According to Midnight Society’s website, it recently sold out all 10,000 tokenized Founders Passes which included playable avatars for Deadrop. The NFTs also offer early access to the game, along with voting rights on game-features integrations and a host of other benefits. The Polygon-based NFTs went for $50 a pop and were used as a way to fund the game’s development.

Shiba Eternity

The team behind the Shiba Inu (SHIB) memecoin have revealed the name of the project’s upcoming mobile NFT game in partnership with PlaySide Studios.

The game is titled Shiba Eternity, and the SHIB team revealed that it will be available on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. It is being developed as part of the project’s broader goal of building a Metaverse ecosystem and will be compatible with its Shiboshi NFTs.

The game will come in two modes, a regular free-to-play mobile game and a version that incorporates NFTs and play-to-earn features.

FC Barcelona sells NFT artwork for $700k

Spanish soccer giant FC Barcelona (Barca) has sold an NFT art piece featuring club legend Johan Cruyff for $693,000 via Sotheby’s auction house in New York on July 29.

The audio and visual art piece “In a Way, Immortal” depicts a golden Cruyff scoring an iconic goal against Atletico Madrid in 1973, and was created by a team of 40 computer graphics and visual effects artists. The piece is backed by an original soundtrack that features a 30-piece orchestra.

As part of the sale, the NFT owner will now become a Barça Digital Ambassador and gain exclusive access to VIP events with the club.

Cruyff played for Barca between 1973 and 1978 and went back to coach the team for a widely successful spell between 1988 and 1996. He passed away in 2016, and is seen as one of the most important figures in the club’s history.

Barca also announced this week that it has partnered with fan token platform Socios to further the team’s blockchain, NFT and Web3 initiatives. As part of the agreement, Socios’ owner Chiliz will invest $100 million into Barca Studios and acquire a 24.5% stake in the team’s digital content creation and distribution hub.

Related: Tiffany & Co turning CryptoPunk NFTs into $50K custom pendants

Digital Avatar Funko Pops, of the air-bending variety

Funko and Paramount have teamed up to launch a series of Digital Funko Pop NFTs depicting characters from Nickelodeon’s beloved Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra series.

The collection will be available for purchase via starting on August 9 and it will include 625,000 NFTs of different rarity levels spread across standard packs of five tokens for $9.99 and premium packs of 15 tokens $29.99.

Funko are the creators of the widely successful collectibles which depict licensed content from an endless list of famous pop culture characters and people. If collectors are lucky enough to score a rare Avatar Digital Funko Pop NFT, they will be able to redeem it for a limited edition physical Funko Pop collectible figure.

Other Nifty News:

On Monday, the trading volume for CryptoPunks NFTs surged by 1,847% over 24 hours. Over 1,226.68 Ether (ETH) worth of Punk NFTs was traded during that time. The surge in interest appears to be tied to luxury jewelry retailer Tiffany & Co. launch of its own NFT collection, which has a special perk for Punk holders.

The upcoming Muse NFT album “Will of the People” will be the latest chart-eligible album format since 2015. Prior to this album concept, the last format to be accepted by international charts was album streams. NFT albums are now eligible for both United Kingdom and Australian charts.

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