MotoGP™ NinjaStickers Ethereum Edition, now live on OpenSea

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MotoGP™ is the oldest motorsport world championship on the planet. The first formal competition was held in 1949, and comprised of 4 classes: the 500, the 350, the 250, and the 125, with the early days dominated by European manufacturers. Legends such as Giacomo Agostini took center stage until the rise of the American MotoGP™ star in the 80s. Eddie Lawson, Freddie Spencer, Wayne Rainey, Randy Mamola, and Kevin Schwantz, are just a few names that spring to mind.

What is NinjaStickers, and what is our vision?

NinjaStickers is a technology company, whose vision is to build the history of sport online with beautifully presented and easily traded NFTs. We’ve secured the rights to MotoGP™ Intellectual Property, and we’ll be distributing exclusive stickers on OpenSea.

How does it work?

The purchase process is driven by sealed packs. The contents of packs are non-deterministic and delegated to an algorithm that picks sports stars depending on their attributes. Each pack contains 4 stickers, or Icons, as we like to call them, and the content is minted on purchase.

All Icons are organized in Classes, and for each Racing Class we’ve created an Album where all the Icons are on display. Some of the Icon properties include:

  • Stats (Fast Lap, 1st, 2nd and 3rd placements, Podiums, Team, Bike, Season, Championship Titles and more)
  • Rarity
  • Total stickers issued so far of that particular Icon
  • Total owned by the collector
  • Total number of icons to be issued to the market through sealed packs
The bike of Rider Franco Morbidelli

On our website, you can also view up to date race-by-race rankings.

Stickers and Albums

There are a total of 8 Albums and 295 Icons, divided per Racing Class and Sticker type. For each Class we have three categories:

  • Riders 
  • Bikes
  • Actions

In addition to the Season Albums, there are two additional Perpetual Albums called Legends and Circuits, both official categories in MotoGP™. There are a total of 19 Circuits and 27 Legends.

Giacomo Agostini, arguably the most successful MotoGP™ rider of all time

The Rider stickers are interactive, can be accessorized, and are organized into shareable albums.

The legendary Andrea Dovizioso

Why blockchain?

We believe blockchain is the only technology that can give life and legitimacy to digital stickers. Everything is transparent: issuance, total availability, authenticity, characteristics, and ownership. Furthermore, Ethereum is the most established technology behind tradable NFT tokens, and OpenSea is the place to be.

All our stickers are sold exclusively through sealed digital packs, but of course, collectors can trade them individually too.

Collectors can follow the live issuance on our website, and get more specific details of the categories, classes, and rarity here.

On sale now

We are starting with the 2019 Season. It is still uncertain whether the 2020 Season will start, but our vision is to go backward with selected Icons of the past years too, bringing you the whole modern era of MotoGP™, from 1995.

The issuance is quite limited. Legendary Icons are limited to 15 per card, Epic to 45, and Rare to 150, following the tables below. Legendary Icons are also only 2% of the total issuance.

We are also planning to add limited edition cards, such as the exclusive Podium Card shown below.

NinjaStickers MotoGP™ Collection is the result of a tremendous amount of work from passionate artists, developers, and entrepreneurs who believe in a shared vision. Packs are now available on our Opensea storefront, with prices rising as more are purchased. Reach out to us on Discord if you have any questions.

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Introducing…OpenSea Drops!

Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be teaming up with the most exciting creators and developers in the space, launching new and exclusive NFTs on OpenSea. From one-off art drops to metaverse land auctions, we’ll be hosting some special sales from the top tiers of the NFT world!

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How does it work?

In the next edition of The Tide, our monthly newsletter, we’ll be announcing the first partner for OpenSea Drops, and outlining how and when you can get involved. We’ll also be keeping you up to date right here on this blog and across all our social channels, so keep your eyes peeled.

It’s important to us that our community is involved from the outset, so if you have any ideas, we’re keen to hear them in Discord. Which projects are you excited about? Who would you like us to collaborate with? Don’t be afraid to let us know. Also, if you’ve got some NFTs lined up that just might generate some buzz in crypto land, fill out this form!

For the latest news, follow us on Twitter and Instagram. If you need some help navigating OpenSea, or you’re just keen to chat, reach out to us on Discord. We’re always happy to see new faces.

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Guesstimating Where We Are In The NFT Market Life Cycle

Thanks to Andrew Steinwold for publishing this article with us! If you’d like to write a guest post for our blog, let us know at [email protected]

When I ask guests on my podcast (listen here – it’s amazing) about where they think the NFT market is today, they often answer that it is similar to the crypto market of 2012 and 2013. Because so many people have given me this answer, I wanted to dive into the data and give my own solid guesstimate.

Obviously the NFT market is very different from the crypto market: NFTs are privately traded assets while cryptocurrencies are publicly traded assets. However, I think the comparison holds some merit because NFT users have a heavy exposure to crypto. I also strongly believe that NFTs will gain more users, more quickly, than crypto. NFTs are often designed to be approachable and game-like, while cryptocurrencies operate on esoteric concepts, like “money” or “value,” which are harder for the masses to grasp.

It is extremely hard to determine the number of active NFT users, but a starting point could be the number of wallets on OpenSea. User numbers could be even more accurate if we looked at “active” wallet count, but unfortunately I was unable to find that statistic. According to Richard Chen, a partner at the venture capital firm 1confirmation, stated that roughly 18,500 wallets have traded on OpenSea.

For the sake of simplicity, let’s say there are roughly 20,000 NFT users as of May 2020. Now, if we examine when had roughly 20,000 bitcoin wallets, we can guesstimate that we are currently in August 2012 when comparing NFT users to crypto users. 

The above chart shows roughly 20,000 wallets in August 2012. Note that this is likely a good gauge for the number of crypto users because at the time, was the most popular crypto wallet software so most people wanting to get bitcoin would have downloaded this wallet.

To get an even better handle on the number of early crypto users, we can look at the number of wallets on Coinbase. Coinbase is the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the United States, and at the start of 2013 it had a reported 13,000 wallets. It’s safe to assume that towards the end of 2012 there were at least 20,000 crypto users. 

NFT Market Projections

If we look forward 1.5 years, there was a rapid growth in the number of crypto wallets from August 2012 to February 2014. had a striking 1.288 million wallets and Coinbase reached 1 million users in February 2014.

If we applied the same 1.5-year growth rate to the NFT ecosystem, it could reach 1 million NFT users by November 2021.

Why The NFT Market Might Grow Slower Than The Crypto Market

Unlike cryptocurrencies, there is typically no spot price for an NFT. Bitcoin’s price is often quoted in the news and many people pay attention to this singular stat. NFTs, on the other hand, are individual assets, so there is no specific number to help get people interested and excited. As a result, NFTs are less prone to bubbles. A bubble in a publicly-traded asset is very visible and exciting. Since NFTs are less prone to wild swings in price, they naturally bring less attention to themselves compared to a more volatile asset like bitcoin. 

Why The NFT Market Might Grow Faster Than The Crypto Market

It’s also possible that the number of NFT users will likely grow faster than traditional crypto users. Let’s break it down.

  • Easier to Understand: Most NFTs are aligned with games or game-like applications, which makes them more appealing to a wider audience.
  • Fun: Games are obviously designed to be fun, and cryptocurrencies are not. More fun means that more users will likely enter at a faster pace. 
  • Infrastructure: The 2017 crypto bubble laid out much of the infrastructure for the NFT ecosystem. There are now numerous crypto exchanges all around the world where people can access cryptocurrencies and purchase them with fiat currency. There is also a robust wallet infrastructure that allows anyone with the internet to download any type of blockchain wallet. With all of this already built, the underlying crypto “rails” can be used without much infrastructure needing to be built from scratch. 

What Needs To Happen?

The NFT ecosystem needs a few things to happen in order to push its growth into warp speed. One of those things, as unfortunate as it is to admit, is for the NFT ecosystem to experience a bubble. 

If you look at this chart of Coinbase users, you can clearly see that in 2017 there was a rapid increase. This was obviously due to the 2017 crypto bubble, and while much of what happened at the time was scammy, there was also a lot of valuable technology, capital, and human brain power being devoted to the ecosystem. More people and capital means that more things will be built, so it can have a positive outcome. This amazing a16z article written by Chris Dixon and Eddy Lazzarin explains that crypto bubbles have had an immensely positive impact on the ecosystem as a whole. 

The NFT space also needs more “mainstream” media attention, including more catchy headlines from news sources like this:

The media is familiar with quoting the volatile price of bitcoin because viewers will click to find out what the price is that day. Luckily, NFTs can beat bitcoin on “clickbait factor” because NFT headlines can be absolutely absurd. What is more exciting? 

“Bitcoin reaches $20,000!” 


“Museum In Virtual World Spends $100,000 On Rare Digital Cat!” 

The bitcoin headline requires a quick google search to confirm that bitcoin indeed hit that price. The second headline requires the reader to research digital rare cats and virtual world museums. In short, the headline lures them down a rabbit hole of weird and wonderful information, where they are likely to be left wanting to learn more. 

Core blockchain infrastructure for the NFT space, which is mostly Ethereum, needs to improve. If another NFT game or application goes viral and Ethereum becomes clogged with transactions, it could become unusable and cause major issues (just like it did with CryptoKitties in 2017). Luckily not only is Ethereum upgrading to Ethereum 2.0, which will make the network faster and more powerful, but also numerous other competing blockchains are working to become bigger, faster, and stronger than Ethereum. While I am a big proponent of having most of the core ecosystem on a single blockchain so it enables seamless interoperability, it is reassuring to know that there are backups if Ethereum were to fail.

There you have it, a rough estimation on where we currently are in the NFT market life cycle and a few reasons why the growth of NFTs could be (likely) faster or (less likely) slower than anticipated. If you enjoyed this content please give me a follow on Twitter and subscribe to my newsletter, Zima Red.

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Introducing PixelChain

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What is PixelChain?

PixelChain is a decentralized app that allows any person to create 32×32 pixel art on-chain. It’s the first project in the crypto industry that enables collectors, artists, and users to easily create pixel artwork, and save 100% of the image’s information on the blockchain without depending on servers or IPFS.

Every image generated is encoded into an ERC-721 token that contains the artwork’s name, the codified pixels, the color palette, and the creator’s wallet ID. Pixelchain uses an open-source decoder built exclusively for the project. It also has a friendly UI that allows any user to create pixel art without requiring any previous technical knowledge. (Get access to the decoder here).

Pixelchain is a side project developed entirely by the CryptoMotors team. We’ve been working on this project for the last 7 months, and we’re super excited to bring it to you.

First, we’d like to give a huge thanks first to the great artist that use our platform, we are so happy that all of you can create and transact using PixelChain. Between artists, collectors, and casual users, we’ve had an incredible first month.

In this time, over 2,100 PXC NFT’s have been minted, exceeding 110 ETH sold on Opensea. As we continue to push forward and bring exciting new features to our dAPP, we hope that more artists and collectors realize the value of on-chain NFT’s. Today, over 330 unique address’s hold one PXC or more. In the coming weeks, we hope to double or triple this number.

There’s something about the simplicity of being limited to 16 colors and a 32×32 grid that pushes creativity to new areas. Users have been describing the creation process as lots of fun but still challenging. Knowing these limitations, collectors are finding value in PXC because they also have played around in the editor and know how tough it is to create a masterpiece. When people first see an artwork they love on PixelChain, they often think “wow, that must have taken a long time”. It’s easy to see the thinking behind “Time + Aesthetics = Value”.

Why On-chain pixels?

We believe NFTs are an incredible technology for proving digital ownership, scarcity, and interoperability. But what would happen if your favorite NFT project shut down? Having the metadata and artwork stored off-chain will not grant that this will be available forever.

These were enough reasons to make us think about a solution to this problem. Storing the artwork and the metadata completely on-chain, without depending on external services, makes the NFTs truly immutable, with an eternal life span.

How does it work?

PixelChain is a pixel image editor and a minting platform. OpenSea is the default marketplace to trade PXCs once minted. PixelChain’s browser image editor is developed in react and it is connected through web3 to our ethereum smart contract to serve as a minting platform.

PCX’s NFTs are composed of 4 main on-chain metadata; The Artwork Title, Artist wallet address, Pixel bytes data, and Color palette. We have developed and made open source a decoder that is used to decodify the Pixel bytes data into a human-readable image. Pixelchains can also be decoded into a 32x32x1 voxel file ready to use in CryptoVoxels.

Once again, we thank you for making the launch such a successful one, we look forward to bringing you much more enjoyment with our dApp through many new features.