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Top NFT News Today – 16 January, 2024

Every day in the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) is anything but dull.

In today’s NFT updates, discover the unique NFT collection introduced by South Korean Starbucks, delve into the release of the Nyan Heroes game on the Epic Games Store, and witness Pudgy Penguins swiftly climbing into the ranks of the day’s top five collections.

For further details, continue reading below.

Starbucks Korea Reveals New NFT Project

Starbucks is forging ahead on its NFT path, with Starbucks Korea unveiling its pioneering NFT venture, ‘STARBUCKS STAR★LIGHT’ – a first-of-its-kind endeavor for the company in Asia.

The initiative encourages patrons to integrate their personal cups into their daily routines by providing exclusive limited-edition NFTs as incentives.

Commencing on January 16, Starbucks will bestow NFTs upon Rewards customers who place beverage orders via the Siren Order (mobile ordering) platform while utilizing their own reusable cups.

Significantly, for each purchase, customers will accrue an Eco Stamp, with a daily maximum of three stamps per person.

The collectible NFTs come in three distinct tiers:

1. BASIC: Customers have the opportunity to redeem one NFT by accumulating five Eco Stamps.

2. CREATIVE: Collecting a total of fifteen Eco Stamps will unlock this limited edition, boasting a pool of 20,000 NFTs.

3. ARTIST: The pinnacle tier, attainable with twenty Eco Stamps, provides access to a limited edition set of 1,000 NFTs.

Notably, these NFTs have been crafted through a collaboration with South Korea’s prominent digital art platform, ‘Print Bakery.’ They prominently feature the artistic creations of DADAZ and numerous local artists.

These NFTs showcase a diverse array of digital artworks centered around the theme of ‘My Own Cup,’ highlighting reusable cups and tumblers, as stated in the press release.

It’s important to note that the Starbucks NFTs will have limited functionality, with constraints on gifting, selling, or trading.

The Nyan Heroes Coming to Epic Games Store

The Nyan Heroes team has grabbed the spotlight in today’s NFT news with the exciting announcement that their forthcoming PC battle royale shooter will be released on the prominent digital distribution platform, Epic Games Store – the creators of the immensely popular Fortnite.

As per the FAQ provided, Nyan Heroes is a free-to-play, third-person hero shooter that revolves around intelligent cats operating formidable mechs known as Guardians.

While the game does incorporate NFTs, their usage remains optional. The team clarified that, “Primarily, NFTs will serve as an ownership layer for specific digital assets acquired or purchased within the game.”

Nyan Heroes has plans to introduce a marketplace where users can engage in the trading of in-game items, both for utilization within gameplay and beyond, as mentioned.

Notably, the game is built on the Solana blockchain and does not necessitate the use of an external wallet. However, it does support collections via the Phantom Wallet.

While an official release date remains undisclosed, a “coming soon” page has been prepared, indicating that the game is in Early Access, implying it is still in development and subject to potential changes. Moreover, it will be offered as a free-to-play experience.

Pudgy Penguins NFT News: Today’s Best Performers

The popular NFT collection, Pudgy Penguins, is currently leading the pack as the top performer among the top 5 collections by sales volume today.

According to data from CryptoSlam, Pudgy Penguins has witnessed a remarkable surge in sales volume, soaring by 153% within the past 24 hours, consequently claiming the fourth position in rankings.

Transaction activity has also experienced an impressive increase of 114%, with the number of buyers rising by 38% and sellers by 67%.

Pudgy Penguins is entering a significant phase in its project’s evolution. In December, they unveiled plans for the alpha launch of Pudgy World, a Web3 game built on the Ethereum Layer 2 network zkSync Era. This new game is described as “an immersive, digital environment” accessible to Pudgy Penguins NFT holders, Pudgy Toy owners, and all adventurous gamers alike. The alpha launch is anticipated in Q1 of this year.

Moreover, the team recently announced a partnership with Old Master Q (老夫子) to celebrate the latter’s 60th Anniversary. This collaboration with the 60-year legacy of Old Master Q introduces the Pudgy Penguins brand to a fresh audience in Asia. Notably, Hong Kong artist Joseph Wong, the creator of Old Master Q, and Dato’ Joyce Yap, the CEO of Malaysia’s shopping giant Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, will jointly host a month-long pop-up event and exhibition.

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