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NFT Update: Lift off for zkEVM Era, Animoca lowers its sights, and this week's top sales

1 min read  ·  24 Mar 2023

zkSync Era launch, courtesy of Matter Labs.


  1. Ethereum layer-2 Arbitrum’s native $ARB token saw over $2b in trading volume in the 24 hours after its airdrop went live.
  2. Matter Lab’s layer-2 scaling solution zkSync Era went live today, marking the launch of the first zkEVM on the Ethereum blockchain.
  3. Web3 development platform Particle Network has raised $7m in a seed funding round.
  4. Trading volume of metaverse NFTs has surpassed $300m this year, an all-time quarterly high, according to report from DappRadar.
  5. Animoca Brands has reduced the target raise for its metaverse fund a further 20% to $800m. It had initially planned to raise $2b but cut the amount in half at the start of 2023.
  6. Art Blocks Curated Project Cargo by Kim Asendorf will drop Wednesday 29 March 2023 at 12:00pm CT.


  • The Top 5 NFT Sales over the past week were And how does that make you feel? (XCOPY) for 355 ETH ($619K), Otherdeed #2118 for 208 ETH ($376K), CryptoPunk #6036 for 210 ETH ($368K), Bored Ape Yacht Club #5647 for 147 ETH ($265K), and Azuki #3153 for 143 ETH ($250K).
  • The Top 5 NFT Collections by Volume over the past week were CryptoPunks with $6.7m (+1%), Mutant Ape Yacht Club with $3m (+8%), Bored Ape Yacht Club with $3m (-29%), Otherdeed with $2.4m (-27%), and Pudgy Penguins with $1.7m (+27%).
  • The Top 5 NFT Marketplaces by Volume over the past week were Blur with $279.1m (-1%), OpenSea with $71.9m (-26%), X2Y2 with $9.5m (+17%), Immutable X Marketplace with $6.1m (-22%), and JPG Store with $2m (+57%).
  • The Total Crypto Market Capitalisation is $1.21T, a 3.4% increase over the past week.