The ENS short name auction is starting soon on OpenSea!

We’re excited to announce that the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) short name auction will be conducted on OpenSea, starting on September 1. (That’s less than 4 hours from this post!)

For those who aren’t already familiar, ENS is an open naming system based on the Ethereum blockchain. In some ways, it’s similar to DNS, the system that makes it possible to type “google.com” or “facebook.com” into your web browser and reach the relevant web page.

ENS turns human-readable names like “alice.eth” into identifiers such as Ethereum addresses, content hashes, and metadata. For example, instead of sending tokens (or an NFT) to a complicated, impossible-to-remember hash, you can simply send things to an easy-to-remember name.

OpenSea currently powers a marketplace for ENS names, allowing owners to buy and sell these names in a variety of formats, including eBay-style auctions, Dutch auctions, and bundle sales. But today we’re excited to tell you about the initial sale of brand new ENS names on OpenSea!

Introducing Short Names

The ENS team is releasing 3–6 character names (like “bob.eth” or “hello.eth”) through English auctions (similar to eBay) on OpenSea. Interested bidders will bid for a period of time, and the final and highest winning bid will win the name. The exact details on how these auctions will work and details on how to participate can be found here.

We’ve long admired the work the ENS team has done pioneering open standards on the Ethereum blockchain. We’re incredibly excited and honored to be working with the team — and to help get ENS in the hands of more users and developers!

Auctions will kick off September 1 at 00:00 UTC here. Happy bidding!


Somnium Space is Coming to OpenSea!

Somnium Space describes itself as “an open, social & persistent VR world built on blockchain.” Let’s unpack that a bit. First off, a VR world is a digital space that gives you the ability to immerse yourself completely into a new dimension. Somnium Space’s take on the format includes spatial sound, dynamically changing weather, real time shadows, and a real sense of presence.

But what makes VR world open? An open world allows users to move about a digital landscape freely without running into invisible walls, being forced to teleport to a neighboring region, or waiting on a loading screen as you move you from one region to another. It’s critical to maintaining the experience of being in a real place. It might be a digital place, but if it behaves like the real world and doesn’t break immersion, it feels real.

What makes a VR world social? In Somnium’s case, it means that features enabling interactions with other inhabitants are prioritized; you won’t be walking around a ghost town or a village of mutes. And because Somnium Space is a world built by its users, it’s constantly changing.

What makes a VR world persistent? Here, it means that there’s a single, shared state of the Somnium Space world that all users experience across sessions. The Somnium world keeps on turning and changing even while you’re away.

Somnium Space is a digital reality where you can move around freely, interact with others, and (except where other denizens have been at work enriching the environment) count on seeing roughly the same world each time you visit. In other words, Somnium Space offers a digital facsimile of real life!

But a digital world, even one that looks real and feels immersive, can feel pretty low stakes if nothing hurts and can seem somewhat bland without the resource constraints that we take for granted in the physical world. To bring the Somnium Space universe one significant step closer to real life, Somnium Space is building its in world economy on Ethereum. Resources and objects, including land itself, will be verifiably scarce NFTs. Call it a tragedy of the human experience if you will, but it’s much easier for us to make sense of our place in a world of scarcity and a real ownership rather than one of perfect abundance. Like the way it’s not as much to play a game where you can walk through walls, it’s not as much fun to inhabit a world where everything is free.

OpenSea is proud to provide the infrastructure that powers Somnium’s secure, user-friendly, and persistent economy. OpenSea is the first and largest peer-to-peer marketplace for blockchain-based assets, which include collectibles, gaming items, and other assets backed by blockchain. Since our beta launch in December 2017, OpenSea has processed over 25,000 ETH worth of digital assets through our marketplace. We can’t wait to start seeing Somnium Space items in the mix.

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Stay tuned for more announcements leading up to Somnium Space’s Initial Land Offering in early October and join their Discord or follow them on Twitter for the latest updates!


Trade Marble cards on OpenSea using Marblecoin and Wrapped Marble cards!

We’re excited to announce that Marble cards are tradable on OpenSea in two new currencies!

Marble cards is always moving the ball forward and most recently, they’ve rolled out Marblecoin and Wrapped Marble cards, two new ERC20s that fans can use to purchase Marble cards on OpenSea. On top of using Marblecoin on OpenSea, Marblecoin holders will be able to pay for fees and predictions in the Arena, “remarble” cards, crop cards, and marble new cards on the Marble cards site.

Wrapped Marble cards is an ERC20 inspired by the much-hyped Wrapped CryptoKitties token. Marble card holders can put their Marble card NFTs into a smart contract, which mints them a fungible token in exchange. For those scratching their heads, consider digging deep into this thread:

For those who’ve been asking “what the hell is a Marble card?” all along, check out the Marble cards landing page and FAQ. In short, it’s a dapp that allows you to turn your favorite web pages into NFTs. But it’s so much more than that. It has depth, nuance, and complexity that will leave even ardent skeptics impressed. Take a deep breath, prepare to get meta, and check out the full selection on OpenSea. Once you’ve seen what’s available, try marbling a card yourself.

Why list your Marble cards on OpenSea?

Keep your items in your wallet while they’re on sale

You can create an auction for a Marble card but keep it in your own wallet while it’s on sale. That way, you can still keep your Marble card in your wallet while it’s on the market! You can learn more about this feature here.

List Marble cards without paying gas

Once you’ve set up your OpenSea account, you can list your Marble cards without paying gas or waiting for confirmations from the blockchain. When you list a Marble card, you just sign the listing with MetaMask. When the item is purchased, the buyer submits a transaction, and the deal is done.

Accept bids for your Marble cards

Not sure how to price your Marble card? You don’t have to! Other users can bid on a Marble card (even if it’s not on sale!) without any action from its owner. The owner can immediately fulfill these bids, receiving WETH in exchange for the Marble card.

Sell Marble cards by the bundle

Sellers on OpenSea can sell multiple assets in one transaction. If you’ve got a load of surplus Marble cards, you can group them into a single listing for a single price. Plus, it’s gas-less! Just put together the bundle listing and sign it with MetaMask. For more details, check out our Medium post.

Get more exposure

Thousands of users browse OpenSea for all sorts of game items, collectibles, digital artwork, and more. By listing your Marble card alongside other collectibles, you gain a ton of exposure.

Interested in joining the Marble cards discussion? Check out their Discord server. Or to see what else is brewing in the world of NFTs, join us over at the OpenSea Discord server.