NFT News Roundup – 11/09/22

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We’re changing things up a bit and moving our NFT roundup to Sundays, although this doesn’t mean it will be any less gripping and intense. Onwards!

Queen Elizabeth’s Passing Marked in NFTs

The passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has led to an outpouring of tributes through a very modern medium – NFTs. Opensea saw the ‘RIP Queen Elizabeth’ collection spring up within hours of the monarch’s passing, while existing project QueenE held its final Gen1 artwork auction following her death.

The latter has produced dozens of pieces of Queen Elizabeth II tribute artwork over the last two months, suggesting fortune timing, inside knowledge, or, and here’s a thought…complicity.

Just throwing it out there.

Fifa Collect + Breaks New Ground

FIFA’s groundbreaking Web 3.0 experiment FIFA+ Collect will launch later this month ahead of the World Cup in Qatar. The project, launched on the Algorand blockchain, will see the sport’s governing body enter the Web 3.0 arena for the first time, offering digital collectibles, captures of seminal moments in past world cups, player cards and more.

If the project is a success we can expect many more such ventures as the Web 3.0 world expands, allowing us to look back at this world cup not as the nadir of Fifa’s corruption and hypocrisy, whose members were bought off by an oil-rich government for the sole purpose of sports-washing, but was instead the moment that a global institution embraced Web 3.0 and NFTs for the first time.

Much better.

Quentin Tarantino Buries the Hatchet With Miramax

Quentin Tarantino has ended his dispute with Miramax over the rights to a physical copy of the Pulp Fiction script, which the director wanted to sell as NFTs. Tarantino first mooted the idea of selling the script in NFT form, which had been sitting in a drawer for decades, in November last year, but Miramax tried to stop him, saying it was technically their property.

The first NFT was put up for auction early this year, selling for over a million dollars, but further auctions were scrapped after Miramax sued Tarantino. It seemed like acrimony would ensue, but last week both parties agreed an undisclosed settlement over the matter and “agreed to put this matter behind them and look forward to collaborating with each other on future projects, including possible NFTs.”

Aaah, bless.