Enter the afterlife in style, Solana NFT game demo hits Epic store and more

The company behind the Spartan Race has launched a collection of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that will immortalize the initial holders’ names in stone, with plans to build a 35ft (10.5m) statue of the former Sparta surrounded with 15,000 stones engraved with the name. .

Sparta founder and CEO Joe De Sena plans to bury his ashes under his stone at the site called the Spartan 300 Memorial, which will pay tribute to the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which 300 Spartans are said to have they fought and died.

Of the 15,000 NFTs, 300 will be “Super Rare”, and holders of such NFTs have the option to scatter their ashes on the monument after their death, which could make it one of the first col NFT lessons to grant someone a final resting place. .

Owners can sell their NFT on marketplaces like OpenSea, but it is unclear if this burial advantage is transferred to the new owner.

The passes sell for $3,000 and also give holders up to nine years of unlimited access to all Spartan-branded events, including its 70-hour Death Race and Obstacle Course Tough Mudder, as well as exclusive product releases.

NFT holders will also have access to an exclusive annual event where they can train with professional athletes along with testing the fitness brands’ products and obstacles.

Star Atlas releases a demo on the Epic Games Store

The Solana-based NFT game Star Atlas released its first playable pre-alpha on September 29 through the Epic Games Store for owners of their NFTs, allowing them to see the in-game vehicles they’ve purchased within the games environment.

Star Atlas is an open-world space exploration strategy game set in the year 2620 in which players can buy and sell NFTs representing vehicles such as spaceships, players also mine resources to sell on the in-game market and join to political factions.

The Showroom pre-alpha demo is powered by Unreal Engine 5, a 3D creation tool released in April by Epic Games, and used in its flagship game Fortnite.

Star Atlas developers have also released an open source tool, The Foundation Software Development Kit (F-KIT), which allows Unreal Engine 5 developers to more easily integrate their titles into the Solana blockchain.

Build-A-Bear enters Web3

Stuffed animal retailer Build-A-Bear Workshop is entering Web3, partnering with NFT marketplace Sweet to launch its first NFT collection in celebration of its 25th year in business.

The NFTs will be minted on the Polygon blockchain and will begin with the October auction of a physical and digital bundle that includes a one-of-a-kind physical teddy bear with Swarovski crystals along with its NFT counterpart.

A second November auction will offer five Silver Teddy Bear NFTs also accompanied by matching physical counterparts before a December release of 5,000 NFTs becomes available to the public mint.

CryptoPunk sells for 3,300 ETH

A rare CryptoPunk has been sold on the OpenSea NFT market for 3,300 Ether (ETH), worth more than $4.4 million, to an anonymous buyer on September 28, marking the fourth highest sale in terms of ETH spent, according to data from DappRadar.

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CryptoPunk #2924 features rare attributes such as being a “monkey” type, of which only 24 exist in the 10,000 person collection. He also has an “accessory” – a hoodie that’s a rarity in the collection, and what’s more, it’s the only “suit” to feature one.

The most expensive CryptoPunk ever sold was bought for 124,457 ETH, worth over $530 million at the time of purchase in October 2021

More nifty news:

Warner Music Group announced a partnership with NFT marketplace OpenSea to enable select artists to launch NFT collections on customizable, dedicated landing pages to build their Web3 presence.

Facebook and Instagram users from 100 countries can connect their crypto wallets to publish and share NFTs on both platforms with parent company Meta supporting digital assets from Ethereum, Polygon and Flow blockchains.