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Zilliqa Teases Web3 Game Console, Funko Teams Up With Warner Bros. and more

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Blockchain company Zilliqa is launching a Web3-focused console with a cryptocurrency wallet and mining capabilities, along with game titles from the company.

Prototype images were released on Friday showing a range of ports, including HDMI, Ethernet and USB connections, though full hardware specs and the price of the device remain under surveillance. The console itself looks like something from Xbox, but has two green panels on top.

Zilliqa has said that the console is focused on usability and similar to conventional game titles will incentivize users to complete game missions, quests and tasks to mine the native token ZIL as a reward.

Beta testing on the console will begin in October, with units expected to be available for pre-order in Q1 2023. Zilliqa is a layer-1 blockchain designed for creating smart contracts and decentralized applications (DApps), it has 15 gaming projects, according to its website.

In July, Web3 gaming startup Polium announced its comparable console, Polium One, which supports gaming nonfungible tokens (NFT) across eight blockchains, though the Polium One won’t be released until Q3 2024.

Funko and Warner Bros. Collaborate on Walmart Exclusive NFTs

Pop culture brand Funko has partnered with entertainment company Warner Bros. to offer bundled physical and NFT collectibles exclusively through US retail giant Walmart.

The bundle includes a physical comic book cover and a Funko figurine for DC Comics The Brave and the Bold, known to fans for introducing the concept of the popular Justice League superhero team, along with a matching Funko Digital Pop! NFT.

Funko’s Brave and the Bold physical bundle.

The collection is limited to 30,000 units and will debut at Walmart’s Collector Con in October, the NFTs will be minted on the WAX ​​blockchain.

Funko has continued to expand the NFT counterpart of its flagship Pop! figurine line, which began in August 2021 with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collection. Funko CEO Andrew Perlmutter has stated that the company is creating NFTs to meet the demand of younger collectors who value digital goods and assets.

New England Patriots Get Web3 Partner in Chain

Web3 software company Chain has become the official blockchain and Web3 sponsor of the National Football League (NFL) team New England Patriots, the professional football team New England Revolution and the home of both teams, Gillette Stadium.

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Chain has entered into a multi-year agreement with Kraft Sports + Entertainment, the owner of both professional teams and the stadium, to develop what it calls “state-of-the-art Web3 experiences” using Chain’s product suite, but not exact details about his plans.

However, Chain CEO Deepak Thapliyal stated that the company is committed to “building advanced experiences for stadium audiences” as part of Chain’s product range of support for NFTs.

Christina Aguilera Files for NFT and Metaverse Trademarks

submission shared by trademark attorney Mike Kondoudis reveals that singer Christina Aguilera has filed trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for multiple NFTs, metaverse and crypto-related products.

The filings reveal plans for the star to create audio, video and music files “authenticated by NFTs” along with “blockchain-based non-functioning assets” such as virtual avatars, clothing, beauty products, other virtual merchandise and “crypto collectibles” .

A section of the application also mentions that Aguilera provides music performances, concerts, and games “in the Metaverse and other virtual environments”.

More useful news:

NFT marketplace OpenSea Thursday announced the implementation of OpenRarity, a protocol that provides verifiable rarity calculations for NFTs within its platform. The protocol uses a transparent mathematical approach for calculating rarity.

Web3 technology company nameless is set to launch an NFT software product that will allow developers to test their smart NFT contracts on completely private test nets.