Grand Theft Auto VI crypto rumors

Rumors that the upcoming Grand Theft Auto VI (GTA 6) will incorporate cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have as soon as once more surfaced, sparking hypothesis amongst followers.

Posts shared on Twitter recommend that GTA 6 will likely be a play-to-earn sport and that in-game objects corresponding to vehicles and weapons will likely be NFTs.

GTA creators Rockstar Video games are but to weigh in on whether or not there’s any fact to those claims, however there appears to be little strong proof backing the rumors.

The corporate cracked down on using crypto in GTA in November final 12 months and despatched stop and desist letters to corporations working public servers with blockchain integrations — a blow to a number of sport makers that had constructed their video games on the platform.

A lambo from GTA 5
A lambo from GTA 5. (Steam/Rockstar Video games)

On condition that GTA 5, launched in 2015, has offered over 180 million copies and generated a staggering $8 billion in income, it seems unlikely that Rockstar would drastically alter the profitable system of the franchise, the most recent instalment of which is anticipated subsequent 12 months or in 2025.

After all, there could possibly be a crypto ingredient however not essentially the one crypto bros need. Sport Rant means that it’s extra possible for Rockstar Video games to make use of crypto because the butt of its in-game jokes.

Physician Who, Prime Gear be part of The Sandbox

Sci-fi sequence Physician Who and British motoring present Prime Gear, each common BBC franchises, will enter the metaverse through The Sandbox after asserting a collaboration with the digital world platform.

In partnership with Web3 firm Actuality+, is ready to launch the area later this 12 months.

Nicki Sheard, President Manufacturers & Licensing, BBC Studios believes that whereas the metaverse remains to be in its infancy, it might form how we devour and expertise leisure sooner or later.

Dr Who
Jodie Whittaker because the Physician in hit sci-fi sequence Physician Who. (BBC)

“I’m wanting ahead to seeing how followers work together with our manufacturers on this area. This undertaking kinds a part of BBC Studios broader bold plans to develop our manufacturers into new classes, with revolutionary expertise and platforms forming an integral a part of this,” she stated.

BBC Studios, which is a business manufacturing firm underneath the BBC umbrella, will be part of 400 different leisure manufacturers that The Sandbox has labored with together with Warner Music Group, Ubisoft, Gucci, The Strolling Useless and Adidas.

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STEPN integrates Apple Pay for its NFTs

Transfer-to-earn app STEPN is making it simpler to purchase NFTs for its sport by including an in-app Apple Pay cost possibility.

Customers will have the ability to purchase SPARK credit utilizing fiat, with ten spark credit being equal to 1 USDC, which may then be used to buy the NFTs.

“It eliminates the necessity to join a separate crypto pockets and streamlines the cost course of, making it simpler than ever for our group to entry our choices,” stated STEPN on Medium.

STEPN customers will have the ability to pay with Apple Pay. (STEPN)

The catch is that buying sneakers with fiat will likely be extra expensive, which STEPN attributes to the “taxation” on every in-app buy.

Onboarding has lengthy been a problem for wider adoption of Web3 video games, and STEPN just isn’t an exception. Its onboarding course of is cumbersome and customers have to purchase the sneaker NFTs — understanding which one is greatest for you is a activity and a half itself — from a third-party market and switch it into the in-wallet app.

However the firm might have extra within the works on the subject of making onboarding simpler.

“Our integration with Apple Pay is only the start of our imaginative and prescient to make Web3 expertise accessible to all,” it added.

Battle of Titans dev competitors again for second season

MatchboxDAO is bringing again its Battle of Titans Web3 racing sport again for a second season this week.

Launched on Sunday, dev groups from over 60 Web3 corporations together with Immutable, Starknet and Fantom will compete in a totally on-chain Mario Kart-Model sport.

Polygon car
The Polygon dev staff’s automobile. (MatchboxDAO)

Every automobile is a brilliant contract that have to be programmed to get to the tip of the observe whereas factoring in attacking and defending in opposition to different gamers utilizing bananas, shells and shields.

The first edition of the sport in January included groups from Ledger, Polygon, NEAR, Yield Guild Video games and extra, with a dev staff from Uniswap rising because the winners.

The brand new season may also add a group part the place viewers will have the ability to vote for his or her favorite staff.

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Captain Tsubasa Web3 sport debuts governance token

Captain Tsubasa — Rivals, a soccer sport primarily based on the favored manga Captain Tsubasa, has launched a governance token.

Web3 corporations Thirdverse Group and BLOCKSMITH&Co debuted the sport in January 2023. Gamers can practice characters from the manga and play in opposition to one another in matches.

Sport producer Shun Fujiyoshi, who at present heads BLOCKSMITH&Co, stated that varied mechanisms are in place to take care of the worth of utility tokens.

“These measures embody in-game consumption factors and mechanisms to manage value fluctuations attributable to speculative buying and selling,” he stated in a press release.

Created in 1981 by Yoichi Takahashi, 70 million copies of the unique Captain Tsubasa manga have been offered in Japan alone. It has been translated into over 20 languages.

Illuvium raises further $10M in funding

Crypto enterprise agency Framework Ventures has invested $10 million in gaming studio Illuvium, which will likely be used to speed up the event of the Illuvium Universe.

Australia-based Illuvium stated that the brand new funding would give them a cushty runway via the launch of the open beta and past.

It’s planning an upcoming open beta that includes its metropolis builder Zero, open-world monster hunter Overworld and autobattler Area.

The corporate beforehand raised $5m in a Framework Ventures-backed seed spherical in March 2021. It additionally made $72 million throughout an NFT land sale in June final 12 months.

Sizzling take: Accumulating NFTs for a tiny little bit of Thai rooster

This version I caught a Web3 undertaking within the wild.

Queueing for tickets to go up the MahaNakhon, Thailand’s tallest skyscraper, a poster off to 1 facet subsequent to a espresso advert and emergency defibrillator caught my consideration: Superb Thailand NFTs season 2. Journey to earn superb expat NFTs.

NFT advert in Bangkok, Thailand. Supply: Callan Quinn

Simply persuaded, I downloaded the app.

In mid-April this 12 months the Tourism Administration of Thailand (TAT) launched the second spherical of NFTs for an NFT tourism undertaking it’s piloting. Utilizing an app referred to as YAK, vacationers can examine in at varied places across the nation and in return obtain a journey NFT.

PokemonGo for backpackers and passport stamp addicts sounds interesting. The fact is a little more irritating.

Crypto people gained’t like how a lot private data you must put in to get arrange. Not simply an e mail, but in addition your telephone quantity and a one time passcode.

The app and I disagreed a number of occasions as as to if I used to be inside the required radius of the websites I visited. Whereas the MahaNakhon NFT was obtained with out fuss, I one way or the other acquired an NFT for Pattaya Metropolis and Phuket, despite the fact that I didn’t go to both.

Superb Thailand NFT. Supply: Superb Thailand/YAK App

The concept is that you simply “earn” whereas travelling by getting reductions relying on what number of NFTs you get. In lots of instances, getting the supply appears to require shopping for one thing else corresponding to getting two free items of rooster when you spend over 1,000 Thai baht ($29) in a restaurant — a tall order in a rustic the place you possibly can have a pleasant meal for a fifth of that.

In reality, most of the presents didn’t appear to be unique to the NFT app in any respect and had been relevant with out the app.

Now, apparently — although it didn’t say so on the poster — the sport was solely presupposed to run till the tip of April so perhaps all the great presents had been gone, I can’t make sure.

However for me the most important query was methods to get the NFTs out of the app. They appear to be on a local chain of Thailand-based cryptocurrency platform Bitkub. So far as I might inform, it required creating Bitkub account to maneuver them, which in flip required a Thai telephone quantity to obtain the one time passcode.

General it wanted a little bit of tweaking however I favored the idea of with the ability to accumulate POAPs for locations I’ve visited as a vacationer. The reductions had been awful however probably not mandatory: when you really obtained the NFT akin to the place you visited, accumulating for the sake of accumulating would have been sufficient.

A revamped, world model can be good please.

Different stuff

— Gods Unchained unveiled a new roadmap on Might 23. Amongst its plans are some for brand new sport modes, a creator program, a tender launch for cellular and new card units.

— Blockchain gaming platform Gala Video games will launch a Web3 poker platform with PokerGO, with a beta slated for launch in June 2023.

— Sport retailer GameStop will distribute Telos-based video games on its upcoming Web3 gaming launchpad GameStop Playr.

— Gaming metaverse Star Atlas launched the most recent model of its showroom on June 1 with new flyable ships, single-player floor racing and an up to date dogfighting area.

— Web3 sport writer Fenix Video games is teaming up with platform Immutable to assist sport studios by “curating, advising and publishing best-in-class stay companies to Immutable’s ecosystem of video games.”

— Nike’s NFTs will begin being incorporated into EA Sports games, based on a June 1 assertion from the corporate. No phrase but on which titles.

Callan Quinn

Callan Quinn is a British freelance journalist masking crypto and tech. She has labored as a enterprise journalist in China, the UK, Somaliland and the republic of Georgia. Beforehand, she was additionally an NFTs, gaming and metaverse reporter at The Block.

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