Cameo expands from personalized video messages to NFTs

Guest post by Cameo (Oliver Maroney and Devon Townsend)



For years, Cameo has been the place that delivers unique, personalized, and authentic fan experiences to millions across the world. We make the impossible happen. Web3 is about making connections – connections that become surprisingly meaningful and impactful over time. For a long time, our talent and community have been asking us when we are going to start building in Web3. But our approach to Web3 has been thoughtful and deliberate. Today, we’re so excited to announce the public launch of our genesis collection, Cameo Pass

An NFT where art from our favorite artists in the world acts as a pass to Cameo’s unique platform, celebrity access, events and more. The art represents the three phases of the day and gives holders something awesome on day one that gets better over time. Partnering with artists BurntToast, Vinnie Hager, and Luke McGarry, we’ve created a limited supply of 6,000 NFTs. We believe it’s in everyone’s best interests to focus on a high-quality, limited community. Pass-holders will become the starting audience for anything Cameo does in Web3 and RL. 

Our team has worked tirelessly to put a project together that represents the values of both the projects we look up to and our own personal beliefs. We’re not here to be another project. We’re here to be the gold standard of NFT collections and a place that allows Web3 enthusiasts, fans and celebrities to engage, create and move this space forward. We truly believe we have a chance to change the narrative and push the boundaries of what can be done in this space.

Stay tuned for more updates in this space in the coming months on the Cameo Pass website and follow us on Twitter @CAMEOPASS!



Announcing a contract upgrade

Update: as of 2/25/22 our contract upgrade is completed.

TL;DR – We’re upgrading the smart contract we use to help address the inactive listings issue on Ethereum. The upgrade ensures that old, inactive listings expire, enables bulk cancellation with a single, low cost transaction, and allows us to roll out new features like bulk cancellation and more descriptive signatures. There are a few actions required of anyone with active listings:

As of today, Friday, February 18 at 3pm ET, you can start migrating your listings to the new Wyvern smart contract. You will have 1 week to move all your existing listings to the new contract. At 2pm ET on Friday, February 25, any listings you have not migrated will expire. If you miss the window to migrate your listings to the new contract, you will be able to re-list your expired listings without incurring any additional fees (including gas fees). Any new listings made during this 7-day migration period will automatically be set to the new contract (so no additional effort is required for new listings).

Check out this video for a sneak peek of what you need to do:

Our team is here to support you and answer any questions you have along the way. We’ll post reminders to Twitter and send email updates over the course of the next 7 days to keep you informed.

And if you have additional questions, please let us know at [email protected] or find us on Discord.


NFT tax help has arrived – through our partnership with CoinTracker

NFTs entered the mainstream in 2021, so this is the first year that many people will navigate NFT-related taxes. As the world’s leading peer-to-peer marketplace for NFTs, a big part of our mission is to include more people in this movement by making it easy and delightful to create, buy, and sell NFTs. 

That’s why we’re helping OpenSea’s community navigate the last mile of NFT ownership in partnership with leading crypto tax experts, CoinTracker. Now, people on OpenSea can access an end-to-end solution for NFT tax preparation, provided by CoinTracker. 

If you’ve used OpenSea to purchase NFTs, you’re eligible for an exclusive CoinTracker offer: free tax reports on up to 50 NFT and crypto transactions, and an additional 10% discount on CoinTracker’s premium NFT tax packages.

Taxes are already hard – and NFT taxes can add another level of complexity. But through our partnership with CoinTracker, they don’t have to! Please visit our tax resources page or www.cointracker.io/opensea to learn more.



OpenSea’s ecosystem investments

We’re at the beginning of a brand new internet: NFTs are the consumer entry point to crypto and represent the basic building blocks for the peer-to-peer economies of the future. Our long-term vision is to empower creators and communities of all kinds to achieve economic independence in a new digital economy. While empowerment comes in many forms, we believe that deeper connections and collaboration among the NFT community is crucial.

So today, we’re excited to announce two new community investment programs – Ecosystem Grants and OpenSea Ventures – aimed at supporting the creators, teams, and emerging technologies advancing the global growth of web3 and NFTs.

Introducing OpenSea Ventures

Launched today, OpenSea Ventures is our brand new investment arm supporting the next generation of founders building protocols, companies, teams, and ideas that will power the future of open web3 economies. Led by OpenSea co-founder Alex Atallah, OpenSea Ventures will help the most promising developers and creators realize their visions to grow Web3 through NFTs, decentralized systems, and other novel blockchain uses. OpenSea Ventures will invest across the web3 ecosystem but focus investments across four main themes:

  • The continued shift to a multichain world, both for fungible and non-fungible items
  • Creating and supporting NFT-related protocols
  • Social and gaming projects serving as distribution mechanisms for crypto and NFT elements
  • The emergence of NFT aggregators and analytics supporting activity on OpenSea and other NFT marketplace platforms

As the world’s leading peer-to-peer marketplace for NFTs, we’re excited to back builders who share our vision for the role of NFTs in web3 adoption, and who align with our core operating principles of trust, inclusivity, and choice.

Benefits for portfolio companies

In an effort to advance the future of NFTs, OpenSea Ventures will offer strategic capital, backed by resources and connections across our global partners. Specifically, teams will have:

  • Direct access to OpenSea leadership
  • Access to OpenSea’s most helpful strategic and venture partners, including a16z, Paradigm, Standard Crypto, Animoca Brands, Electric Capital, Alchemy Ventures, A* Capital (Kevin Hartz), 1confirmation, Katie Haun, 3LAU, and more
  • Assistance with NFT security and improving NFT standards, and integration with docs.opensea.io, where appropriate
  • Guest blog posts on opensea.io/blog, where appropriate
  • Connections with leading NFT creators and OpenSea Ecosystem Grant recipients 

We hope that OpenSea Ventures will provide Web3 developers and NFT creators around the world with the resources they need to build new decentralized economies that give creators, developers, and consumers greater freedom and ownership.

…and our ecosystem grants program!

Also introduced today, we’re thrilled to share our new Ecosystem Grants program: aimed at elevating creators, developers, and passionate community members working to enrich and expand the NFT ecosystem. 

We see Ecosystem Grants as a way to kickstart community ideas and provide ongoing financial support to initiatives that we believe have the potential to expand web3 and the NFT universe. In the spirit of our company mission, we look forward to allocating grants across three main categories, which we plan to broaden as we receive community feedback: 

  • Usability and tooling: Improving the user experience of buying, selling and transferring NFTs, as well as tooling that empowers and unlocks creativity for NFT creators.
  • Community Education: Resources and support to onboard and educate new users to make NFTs and web3 more approachable.
  • Accessibility and inclusivity: Creating a space where all individuals have access to the opportunity and promise of NFTs.

Given the range and diversity of eligible projects, funding amounts will vary. We will review and distribute Grants through a rolling selection process, considering project scope and relevance, potential impact, team composition, long-term sustainability, and speed (we’re looking for projects that can be initially executed within at least 2 quarters of receiving the grant). Our ambition is to make the review process as transparent and interactive as possible: we’ll start the program by selecting our review committee, refining our funding criteria, then we’ll introduce opportunities to engage with the committee, meet OpenSea grantees, and shape future categories and challenges.

We’re building toward a future in which creators and communities are empowered to achieve economic independence in a new digital economy. We’re excited to introduce OpenSea Ventures and Ecosystem Grants programs to help us forge deeper, more collaborative relationships with the community of Web3 and NFT builders.

This space moves quickly, and so will we. More to come here soon! In the meantime, if you’re a builder, founder, or creator focused on advancing the NFT and Web3 space, we’d love to meet you. For more information about OpenSea Ventures, click here. To get involved with Ecosystem Grants, apply here.

We look forward to helping advance the NFT ecosystem and building alongside talented community members who share similar dreams.



Wyvern 2.3: Developer Upgrade Guide

Wyvern 2.3 will soon be the new marketplace contract for OpenSea, and is located here.

We will be making some platform changes to go along with the new contract. These changes have implications for developers building on top of the OpenSea.js SDK and our API. The primary takeaways:

  • orders made on OpenSea now require v2 of the SDK to fulfill,
  • new orders will require v2 on February 18th and old orders will stop functioning on February 25th,
  • we’re introducing cursor-based pagination for events on the API, and
  • a few API parameters will be changing.

Read below to learn more about the upgrade and how you might be affected.

About the Upgrade

On February 1, we deployed and proposed the upgrade of OpenSea’s marketplace contract, called Wyvern. OpenSea has leveraged Wyvern to conduct sales of NFT since March of 2018; since then, it has grown to the most-used smart contract on Ethereum:

Wyvern was the first smart contract we found with an off-chain order architecture for NFTs. It offered a flexible view for the future of NFT liquidity, including gas-free listings and schema-agnostic transfers, so we used it as our contract. But in the past few years, it started to show some limitations, including the inability to cancel offers in bulk.

Wyvern 2.3 fixes some of these limitations, introducing:

  • EIP-1271: Smart contract wallets can now sign orders and submit them to OpenSea without paying gas. This also enables a host of new apps to work with OpenSea, including Argent, Skyweaver’s Sequence wallet, and many others.
  • Bulk cancellations: You can listen to the new NonceIncremented event yourself to see when a user bulk-cancels orders

Timeline

On February 4, we initiated a mandatory two-week on-chain switchover period to transition to the new contract.

On February 18th, the old contract for Wyvern 2.2 will begin a seven-day shutdown process. Older versions of our SDK will no longer be able to post orders to OpenSea (more on that below).

On February 25th, orders made on the old contract will no longer be fulfillable on-chain, and we will no longer make them available to consumers of our API.

SDK Changes

Today we launched a new version (2.0) of our SDK to take advantage of Wyvern 2.3. While function signatures have not changed, there are a few breaking changes that require an update:

  1. Prior versions of the SDK will continue to function, but orders created using the new SDK (and on opensea.io starting yesterday, Feb 9) will not be fulfillable using the old SDK. An upgrade will be required to match them.
  2. On February 18th, versions of the SDK older than 2.0 will no longer be able to create new orders. OpenSea will not accept them. This new version of the SDK will start automatically signing and submitting orders for Wyvern 2.3.
  3. The Ethereum provider passed into the SDK must either support eth_signTypedData or eth_signTypedData_v4. It will try v4 first and then fall back to the former.

Read more about our SDK here: https://github.com/ProjectOpenSea/opensea-js

API Changes

We’re making three changes to our API: introducing cursor pagination, removing last-sale sorting parameters, and creating a scrollable endpoint to get orders on a single item.

1. Cursors

We will be rolling out an update to one of our API endpoints, the events API, to introduce cursor-based pagination.

We are taking a slow and steady approach of enabling backwards compatibility for a few weeks to transition over and give developers the opportunity to slowly switch.

This means that existing requests won’t suddenly fail; they’ll just stop behaving the way they normally do. We will fully deprecate these fields and you should expect them to no longer work by March 1, 2022.

What changes were made? The /events endpoint will now by default return next and previous cursors, which will be ready-to-use links to the next page in the resulting dataset.

This will lead to significantly faster API response times for you and less intensive APIs for us (and therefore less platform instability!). If you choose to, you will be able to continue using limit, offset, and occurred_after for a period of time in order to not break any existing API calls you might be making now. The occurred_before field will remain to allow you to start your search at a particular point in time.

Eventually, we will deprecate these fields completely. These four fields, which are being used by API users to get the next page of results, will now only be retained for backwards compatibility. The API response for this endpoint will now have two new fields:

{
	"asset_events": [...], <- existing field with data
	"next_page:": "<https://api.opensea.io/api/v1/events?cursor=cj0xJnA9MjAyMi0wMi0wMiswMiUzQTQ1JTNBMTIuNjQ3MDM2>", <- new field
	"previous_page": "<https://api.opensea.io/api/v1/events?cursor=cD0yMDIyLTAyLTAyKzAxJTNBNDglM0EzNC4xMzE4Nzk%3D>", <- new field
}

When users want to get to the next page, they will need to use the next page as the request endpoint.

Why? This update not only simplifies things for users wanting to get to the next page but also leads to much faster response times. Additionally, you will also not be restricted to a smaller result dataset of 10,000 with this change. This is a design limitation of how offset-based queries work, which is not the case with cursor-based pagination.

We are focused on improving operational excellence this will improve the experience for our users, leading to improved performance and reliability.

We plan on eventually rolling cursor pagination to all our list endpoints. You can read more about the advantages of cursor pagination here.

2. Removing Last-Sale Sorting

What: We are deprecating and eventually removing sale_date, sale_count, and sale_price as sort options from /assets

👉🏽 https://docs.opensea.io/reference/getting-assets

Why: A very small percent of requests for the /assets/ endpoint use these as sorting options. However, they lead to some of the slowest and least efficient queries on our platform. This leads to a poorly optimized OpenSea.

In the near future, we will be rolling our cursor pagination to the /assets endpoint, which means these ordering options will not work.

In the long run, this will lead to an enhanced developer experience with improved API requests, and a more reliable platform. We will evaluate re-introducing the ability to fetch assets ordered by these options in the future.

Developer Action: If you are currently relying on sale_date, sale_count, and sale_price as sort options from /assets for your API requests you will need to update your logic to stop relying on them. For now, you may continue using these ordering options, but eventually requests with these ordering inputs will fail.

3. New Orders Endpoint for Items

What: We are rolling out a new endpoint for fetching the open orders on an asset /asset/:contract_address/:token_id/orders, and eventually deprecating and removing orders returned in the /asset/:contract_address/:token_id and the /assets endpoint

Edit: Instead of a single endpoint for orders, we’ve rolled out two separate endpoints to fetch listings (/asset/:contract_address/:token_id/listings) and offers (/asset/:contract_address/:token_id/offers).

Why: Returning detailed asset information including a full list of orders has led to underperforming APIs on our platform.

This resulted in reduced platform performance as a whole, and we are working to improve OpenSea’s reliability. You will still be able to access the same data from an optimized dedicated endpoint.

The orders returned for each asset were also limited to 50 orders per asset. There is currently no way to fetch additional pages of these orders, leading to a less than ideal experience for developers. The new orders endpoint will have cursor pagination enabled, meaning that you will be able to see greater than 50 open orders for an asset.

Developer Action: In the coming weeks, we will slowly be rolling out the new /asset/:contract_address/:token_id/orders endpoint. If you rely on the /asset/:contract_address/:token_id endpoint for finding all the orders for an asset, we recommend you prepare to move your logic to call the new endpoint.

We will continue returning orders on the original /asset/:contract_address/:token_id endpoint until March 1st.  After this date, we will only return orders on that endpoint if you also pass in include_orders=true as a query parameter to the original endpoint. After March 21st, we will stop returning orders altogether on the /asset/:contract_address/:token_id endpoint. At that point, the only way to fetch those orders will be with the new /asset/:contract_address/:token_id/orders endpoint.

Reminder About API Keys

To request an API Key, please visit https://docs.opensea.io/reference/request-an-api-key 

We’ve listened to our community and understand that speed matters, and we are committed to a five-day processing of all API Key requests. For API updates, follow us on Twitter @APIOpenSea and join our Developer Discord Channel

Coming Soon

In addition to the new features from Wyvern 2.3, the new SDK lays the tracks for allowing users and developers to create orders with advanced criteria. Stay tuned for some exciting updates on the types of orders you can create!

Note: a consequence of this change is that orders created on Wyvern 2.2 and 2.3 have their target set to a special new validator contract and will proxy matches through it.

Check out our docs for some interesting tips and tutorials that leverage the SDK and our free API for NFTs: https://docs.opensea.io/. We added a new tutorial for creating your own NFT smart contract, usable on any marketplace.

We’ll be around in the #developers channel in our Discord to help with the migration.


Bringing virtual games into the real world

NFTs, Cyberpunk, and the Real-Life Metaverse Cantina

Co-authored by Marguerite deCourcelle, CEO of Blockade Games
and Francesca Bassa, Co-Founder & Experiential Designer at Lucid Dreaming 



Large scale communication networks.
Anti-establishment movements. 
Growing computer systems, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. 
A ubiquitous datasphere of computerized information. 
Invasive modification of the human body.
A technological revolution contrasted with crippling inequality
How does one survive in an unequal society? 
Can we fight back?

Perhaps the most interesting question is the most surprising.
Does this describe our current world, or is this collection of statements simply part of a story?

Maybe it’s both. 

Games as Portals

At Blockade Games, our mission is to create immersive, multiplayer experiences that give players agency to fight for what they believe in.

Drawing on cyberpunk themes, art, and storylines–we provide a portal into the world of Web3 and a mechanism for players to acquire their first cryptocurrencies through gamification. 

Neon District, our flagship game, is a cyberpunk role-playing adventure where players collect in-game NFTs to enrich the gaming journey. We want everybody from blockchain pros to mainstream gamers to enjoy a shared experience. Games don’t end inside the vacuum they were created, and great experiences transcend mediums.

The Metaverse Cantina 

Most multi-player games have a gathering place. A location where players congregate, good banter is exchanged, the fashionable are admired, stories are shared, ranks are noted, missions are given, and bounties are paid. This proverbial watering hole is where all the storylines coalesce, and becomes a genesis for later action. 

This belief and framework inspired the recent collaboration between Superchief Gallery, OpenSea, and Blockade Games to create a real-life gathering space to bridge the gap between digital art, virtual games, NFTs, blockchain, and physical spaces. 

Cyberpunk Vol. 1 showcased the world’s first curated gathering of Cyberpunk NFT sponsored by OpenSea and Blockade Games, and curated by Random Ghost.

In true metaverse fashion, the show lived both online (via an auction hosted on Open Sea), as well as in-person launch events held simultaneously in NYC and LA at the Superchief NFT Galleries.

Superchief, the world’s first NFT gallery, and Random Ghost, whose digital collections are considered the longest-running major cyberpunk inspiration resource, set on a mission to elevate cyberpunk artists in a group showcase. The IRL show experience featured neon-lined walls, digital displays, dystopian vibes and moody electronic music to transport the attending audience into a cyberpunk metaverse– with a well placed wink and nod to our own world.

This “metaverse cantina” is the first of many installments that build the mechanism for game experiences to carry over into virtual art, that then carry over to a physical reality–where art is then viewed, engaged, played with, purchased–and sent back to the digital realm.

Blockade Games sponsored the event as part of our commitment to cultivating the Cyberpunk genre throughout the metaverse, as well as to explore how physical space can provide deeper social involvement with NFTs and gamification. This fusion of spaces and assets, both physical and virtual, has endless possibilities. 

Art as Agency

Our main focus is not to convert gallery foot traffic into gamers, but to convert game assets into fine art, turning art enthusiasts into appreciators of fine art game assets–elevating game artists into new worlds that give them real agency. 

The metaverse is a fusion of the spaces and assets we occupy under our individual identities. NFTs have the ability to be transported out of digital applications and have representation in the physical world.

We believe games don’t end inside the vacuum they were created, but great experiences transcend mediums. that real life, and the art that creates it, is a game in and of itself. 

And it seems, others agree.
“We believe we can use technology to lean into the ‘reality’ of augmented reality — encouraging everyone, ourselves included, to stand up, walk outside, and connect with people and the world around us. This is what we humans are born to do, the result of two million years of human evolution, and as a result those are the things that make us the happiest. Technology should be used to make these core human experiences better — not to replace them.” 
John Hanke, Founder & CEO, Niantic The Metaverse is a Dystopian Nightmare. Let’s Build a Better Reality)

Cyberpunk Vol. 1: Talent Spotlight

Cyberpunk Vol. 1 featured a slew of artists, ranging from freelancers to game developers, all with a unique vision on translating cyberpunk into thematic assets that bleed between the digital and physical worlds. 

For many, this was their genesis piece. Here are a few highlights:

Ben Mauro shocked the world last year, netting millions in his first major drop. Speaking to Decrypt, he highlighted the game-changing potential NFTs have for digital artists. “I feel like I’ve been waiting for this my entire career, and finally technology and art came together in a beautiful way that allows every artist to do this for the first time. It’s incredible.” In addition to a prolific resume, Mauro continues to create innovative stories through Huxley, a comic book series built by NFTs.  

Other artist highlights from Cyberpunk Vol. 1 include Anthony Eftekhari, Art Director at AAA Games Studio Blizzard Entertainment, who has worked on titles such as Diablo III, World of Warcraft, StarCraft and Overwatch. His work has been published in many 3D magazines and won the Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, an awards event that honors the best games in the video game industry.

Benjamin Bardou, another featured artist, is creating Megalopolis where he is building a continuous and ever-growing world based on a dystopian future Paris. 

Mehdi Hadi and his short film, NOMANKIND, available in its entirety in Cyberpunk Vol. 1 was selected for seven film festivals, winning awards at LACA Los Angeles, and New York Movie Awards Best Indie Short Film



Take back ownership of your data and identity with NFT domains

Guest post by Unstoppable Domains



We believe in a vision of the internet that brings us all together, makes us all heard, and creates equal opportunities.

An internet owned by the people.

We’re building that vision by providing people lifetime ownership over their NFT domains, data, and identity.   

Let’s take a closer look at a few specific features of Unstoppable NFT domains, all designed to give control of the internet back to the people. 

Easy payments. Ease of mind: universal crypto address

Power up your wallet by turning all your complicated addresses into one easily readable name. NFT domains give you the power to send, store, and receive hundreds of cryptocurrencies and NFTs with one simple domain name.

All you and all yours: verified NFT profile pic avatars

Level-up your digital identity. Verify ownership of your favorite NFTs with Unstoppable Domains and use it as your PFP avatar across web3.

Login with Unstoppable: the only login you need

Leave the days of signing in with email addresses, user accounts, and passwords behind. Your Unstoppable domain is all you need to verify your identity and access sites and apps on the decentralized web. With nothing holding you back, the metaverse is yours to explore.

Own the future: a better way to build decentralized websites

Your Unstoppable NFT Domain provides an easy access point for launching a Web3 site that people can actually find. Plus, we have a great set of site design templates to simplify the buildout. 

Similar to the benefit of connecting your domain and crypto wallets, your domain translates cumbersome, crypto-generated alphanumeric hash values into actual words, with actual meanings so your site address can look more like: “My-Super-Dope-Website.crypto” instead of “999534864327D4353434FT425 etc. etc.”

Ever-evolving you-tility: more features, services, and benefits on the way

Our goal is to create better ways for everyone to own their digital identity and to unlock better, faster, and more secure experiences across Web3…and we take it pretty seriously.

We launched well over 100 product features and improvements last year, and have no plans to slow down in 2022!

More power, less gas: mint your NFT domain for free, and own it forever

You can mint your NFT Domain on Ethereum, which can get pricey with gas fees, or you can use Polygon and, because we think you’re awesome, we’ll cover the cost. Seriously! 

We’ve saved our community over $100M (and counting) in gas fees.

Regardless of which chain you choose, once your NFT Domain is minted, you own it forever. No renewal fees, no BS. Just a better Web3 experience.

But wait, there’s more…

We’re teaming up with OpenSea for an exclusive drop of over 100 of our most watchlisted premium domains, including football.nft, digital.nft, moon.nft, and more. The drop will be going live on Feb 8th @ 9 am EST on OpenSea.