Former Fidelity International Executive Luc Froehlich Joins Layer N Advisory Board

21.02.2024
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PALO ALTO, CA – Layer N, the Ethereum L2 network backed by Founders Fund, today announced the appointment of Luc Froehlich to its advisory board. As an advisor to Layer N, he will help guide the company’s RWA (real-world asset), TradFi, and tokenization strategies.

“We are excited to welcome Luc to our advisory board and look forward to utilizing his insights on the intersection of digital assets and traditional finance to help support projects that leverage our technology to push the RWA and tokenization space forward,” said Dima Romanov, CEO and Co-Founder of Layer N. “Our mission is to expand what is possible on-chain and maximize composability and capital efficiency. Having Luc on our team will allow us to thoughtfully focus on strategies towards moving the financial world on-chain, especially on the RWA front.”

Prior to becoming an advisor to Layer N, Luc spent seven years at Fidelity International where in his last role as the Global Head of Digital Asset Solutions, he kick-started the company’s journey into cryptocurrencies and tokenized assets for institutional investors. He began his career as a Credit Analyst at Credit Suisse and followed by managing and trading credit derivatives and fixed income instruments for institutional clients from pension funds to central banks. Luc has served as an advisor to a range of fintech start-ups and co-authored research papers on distributed ledger technology, stablecoins and cryptocurrencies with the World Economic Forum.

“TradFi is experimenting with tokenization and digital assets, but with the lack of industry standards, we are seeing siloed liquidity and challenges around product-market fit,” said Luc Froehlich, the newest advisory board member at Layer N. “With Layer N’s next-generation solution in Ethereum scaling, a purpose-built infrastructure for finance and an enhanced user experience, it brings credible solutions to those challenges. I look forward to working with the Layer N team, onboarding developers and projects building on their technology, and closing the gap between traditional and on-chain finance.”

Layer N is leading the charge on creating a foundation for the next wave of decentralized applications. By overcoming the current limitations of other Ethereum scaling solutions, the team’s mission is to unlock the full potential of blockchain technology and where it can fit within the landscape of financial tools institutions and traders use on a regular basis.

About Layer N

Layer N is an Ethereum StateNet, a novel L2 designed as a network of custom and optimized rollups powered by a shared communication and liquidity layer. Layer N aims to expand what’s possible to build on-chain by maximizing performance and UX, while enabling seamless communication, liquidity sharing, and composability between applications, without withdrawal periods and bridging risks.


Animoca Brands Japan appoints Kensuke Amo as Chief Operating Officer

01.02.2024
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Animoca Brands Japan, a strategic subsidiary of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited (headquartered in Hong Kong, China; Co-founder and Chairman: Yat Siu), announced today the appointment of Kensuke Amo (天羽健介) as Chief Operating Officer effective as of 1 February 2024.

Animoca Brands Japan was established in 2021 as a strategic subsidiary of Animoca Brands, and has since been supporting Japanese IP and content (IP) holders in their global expansion in the Web3 field. Animoca Brands Japan has appointed Kensuke Amo as Chief Operating Officer. Mr Amo has a proven track record of launching NFT businesses and leading new crypto asset businesses at Coincheck, Inc as Managing Executive Officer.

 

Comments from Kensuke Amo

“I am very pleased to join Animoca Brands, one of the world’s leading Web3 companies. Animoca Brands has a culture of open-mindedness, kindness, and good people who are straight-up about Web3 technology, and it is those qualities that I, as an outsider, found most wonderful as I collaborated with the company over the past 3 years.

“As a strategic subsidiary of Animoca Brands, Animoca Brands Japan will make the most of its assets and network, including its more than 400 portfolio companies, while combining its knowledge and experience in business and rule-making in the Japanese Web3 industry to help Web3 take root in society.”

 

Comments from Daisuke Iwase (Animoca Brands Japan CEO)

“Until now, Animoca Brands Japan has played the role of connecting Japan and the rest of the world in the Web3 domain, such as overseas development of Japanese intellectual property and content (IP) and overseas IP development in Japan, in collaboration with partner companies.

Now that the transient Web3 boom has passed and only the essentials remain, I look forward to working with Kensuke, who has continued to lead the fields of Crypto Assets, NFT, and Metaverse in Japan, and has launched and successfully led several businesses, to take on various challenges at Animoca Brands Japan.”

 

Career summary of Kensuke Amo 

Joined Recruit Co., Ltd. in 2007.  After experiencing multiple new business development experiences, he joined Coincheck, Inc. in 2018. He mainly oversees the department in charge of new business development, new handling of crypto assets, and liaison with industry associations, etc. As an executive officer from 2020, he created new businesses such as the first NFT marketplace for crypto asset exchangers in Japan and the first IEO in Japan. 2021 Representative Director of Coincheck Technologies, Inc.. He was appointed Managing Executive Officer of Coincheck, Inc. in June 2022, leading the NFT business and Metaverse business as the head of the three web domains. He is also involved in the Expansion of “The Sandbox” and “Otherside” in Japan under the partnership signed by the company and Animoca Brands in 2020.  He presently is Advisors of Japan Crypto Asset Business Association (JCBA), Shibuya-ku Startup Ecosystem, Web3 project ”OASIS” and LIFULL Co., Ltd.. He is the author of “Textbook of NFT” and “Non Fungible Me” (Asahi Shinbun Publications Inc.).

About Animoca Brands Japan

Founded in 2021, Animoca Brands Japan (corporate name: Animoca Brands K.K.) is the strategic subsidiary in Japan of Animoca Brands Corporation Limited, a leading global Web3 company, with a motorsport games portfolio that includes products made in collaboration with MotoGP™ and other leading motorsport brands. Animoca Brands Japan was established to support the global Web3 strategies of Japanese intellectual property and content holders such as major publishers, brands, education, sports teams, athletes, artists and game companies. Animoca Brands Japan provides a platform that combines IPs with blockchain technology, and supports IP holders to build their own ecosystem through a full stack of Web3 services, providing a bridge between Japanese IPs and global fans.


For more information, please visit https://www.animocabrands.co.jp or follow on X.

About Animoca Brands

Animoca Brands, a Deloitte Tech Fast winner, a Fortune Crypto 40 company, and one of the Financial Times’ High Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2023, is a Web3 leader that leverages blockchain to deliver digital property rights to consumers around the world to help establish the open metaverse. The company develops and publishes a broad portfolio of products including original games such as The Sandbox, PHANTOM GALAXIES™, Life Beyond, and Crazy Defense Heroes, and products utilizing popular intellectual properties from the worlds of sports and entertainment, such as The Walking Dead, Power Rangers, MotoGP™, and Formula E. It has multiple subsidiaries, including The SandboxBlowfish StudiosQuiddGAMEEnWayPixowlForjLympoAnimoca Brands JapanGrease Monkey GamesEden GamesDarewise EntertainmentNotre GameTinyTapBe.PIXELYNXWePlay MediaGryfyn, and Azarus. Animoca Brands is one of the most active investors in Web3, with a  portfolio of over 400 Web3 investments, both directly and through Animoca Ventures, including Yuga Labs, Axie Infinity, Polygon, Consensys, Fireblocks, OpenSea, Dapper Labs, Yield Guild Games, Alien Worlds, and many more. For more information visit www.animocabrands.com or follow on X (Twitter) or Facebook.


Open Campus, ForbesWeb3, and Animoca Brands launch OC100, the definitive list of creators driving learning and growth in Web3 ​

01.02.2024
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Open Campus ID holders can nominate and vote for the top 100 influential creators in Web3 alongside a panel of industry thought leaders

ForbesWeb3Open Campus, and Animoca Brands announce  OC100, a pioneering competition to spotlight the best creators who are promoting learning and growth within Web3 through their educational content. This collaboration combines the three organizations’ collective expertise in media, education, and technology to recognize and elevate the content creators who are driving the next phase of Web3 adoption through educational online content.

From right to left: Ray Chan, Yat Siu, and Diana-Luk Ye, three of the OC100 Judges.

The OC100 competition will unfold in multiple phases starting on 1 February 2024 with the opening of nominations, followed by a public voting phase on a dedicated online platform created for the OC100 competition. The OC100 will have 8 nomination categories including Cultural & Artistic Impact, Content Creation & Storytelling, Technical Educators & Developers, Community Builders & Leaders, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Investment & Financial Insight, User Experience & Design, and Social Impact & Ethics. The OC100 will culminate in a high-profile announcement to showcase the top 100 creators.

Creators who make the OC100 list will receive a prestigious spotlight by Forbes, an opportunity to connect with leading Web3 innovators at OC100 events hosted by Animoca Brands, and enjoy early access to Open Campus’s groundbreaking products.

The OC100 selection process will be judged by an esteemed panel of Web3 luminaries, including Yat Siu, Co-Founder and Chairman of Animoca Brands; Ray Chan, Founder of Memeland; Diana-Luk Ye, Head of Strategic Accounts for World of Women; Kenneth Shek, Project Lead of Mocaverse; All City, the ApeCoin Governance Steward; Fonz O., Founder and CEO of tokenproof; Ishan Bhaidani, Co-founder of SCRIB3; Nathan Head, the renowned Web3 artist; 0xChanglu, Web3 gaming expert and creator; Alex Salnikov, Co-founder of Rarible; RPH, Founder of Steady Stack; Virtual Bacon, Web3 investor and educator; Charles Wayn, Co-Founder of GalxeBrian Evans, Web3 entrepreneur and investor; Amanda Cassatt, CEO of Serotonin; Axel, Founder of AOI; Chris Sirise, Co-Founder of Pixelmon and Rodri Fernández Touza, Co-Founder of Crossmint.

Taha Ahmed, Forbes’ Chief Growth Officer said, “OC100 is not just an event; it’s a movement to redefine the educational paradigm within the Web3 ecosystem. In collaboration with Open Campus and Animoca Brands, we’re harnessing our collective strengths to unlock new potentials in digital learning.”

Jonah Lau, Project Lead at Open Campus, said, “By collaborating with ForbesWeb3 and Animoca Brands, we’re creating a platform to propel forward-thinking educators into the spotlight, showcasing the transformative power of Web3 in reshaping how we learn, teach, and grow.”

Yat Siu, Co-Founder and Chairman of Animoca Brands and a judge in the OC100 contest, said, “We are excited to be at the forefront of this innovative educational venture with Forbes Web3 and Open Campus. OC100 will help shape the future of learning in the digital age while bringing much-deserved attention to educators for the content they create. We seek to foster a community-driven approach in Web3 education, where innovative creators are recognized and elevated by the community.”

An Open Campus ID or Moca ID is required to nominate and vote in the OC100 initiative. Open Campus ID is a decentralized identifier (DID) launched in partnership with Terminal 3 on 23 January 2023. Since the launch, more than 52,000 Open Campus IDs have been claimed. Open Campus ID offers users a unique .edu identifier and self-sovereign data storage, revolutionizing how educational achievements are recorded and verified. Moca ID is a decentralized identifier (DID) that provides access to Animoca Brands’ 400+ portfolio companies alongside its growing partner ecosystem.

To participate in the OC100 competition, holders of an Open Campus ID or Moca ID can go to 100.opencampus.xyz to nominate themselves or a creator that they think deserves recognition as a thought leader of Web3.

 

About Open Campus

Open Campus is a community-led protocol for educators, content creators, parents, and students. It puts decisions about learning back into the hands of educators and their students by fostering a collaborative environment, enabling teachers to create materials that appeal to the exact needs of students. Additionally, Open Campus recognizes the achievements of teachers and content creators who help students seek new knowledge, opening new revenue streams for effective educators around the world.

Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Telegram | Discord | OC Alliance | Open Campus ID

 

About ForbesWeb3

ForbesWeb3, an NFTNYC Brand Innovation winner, is Forbes’ arm focused on developing innovative product initiatives, cultivating engaging communities, and delivering valuable experiences within the dynamic Web3 space.

About Animoca Brands

Animoca Brands, a Deloitte Tech Fast winner, a Fortune Crypto 40 company, and one of the Financial Times’ High Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2023, is a Web3 leader that leverages blockchain to deliver digital property rights to consumers around the world to help establish the open metaverse. The company develops and publishes a broad portfolio of products including original games such as The Sandbox, PHANTOM GALAXIES™, Life Beyond, and Crazy Defense Heroes, and products utilizing popular intellectual properties from the worlds of sports and entertainment, such as The Walking Dead, Power Rangers, MotoGP™, and Formula E. It has multiple subsidiaries, including The SandboxBlowfish StudiosQuiddGAMEEnWayPixowlForjLympoAnimoca Brands JapanGrease Monkey GamesEden GamesDarewise EntertainmentNotre GameTinyTapBe.PIXELYNXWePlay MediaGryfyn, and Azarus. Animoca Brands is one of the most active investors in Web3, with a  portfolio of over 400 Web3 investments, both directly and through Animoca Ventures, including Yuga Labs, Axie Infinity, Polygon, Consensys, Fireblocks, OpenSea, Dapper Labs, Yield Guild Games, Alien Worlds, and many more. For more information visit www.animocabrands.com or follow on X (Twitter) or Facebook.


Layer N's Nord Engine Achieves 100,000+ TPS on Closed Testnet

30.01.2024
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Layer N, the Ethereum L2 network backed by Founders Fund, today announced the results from its throughput testing, achieving a figure of 120,018 for transactions per second (TPS), 100x that of leading Ethereum scaling solutions. The testing was conducted on a closed testnet build that leverages Layer N’s new trading-optimized rollup engine – Nord Engine.

On Nord Engine, Layer N achieved 20,000 sustained TPS, 120,018 peak TPS, with EigenDA maintaining 3.0 megabytes per second (MBps). Nord Engine is the first app-specific rollup (ARN) introduced by Layer N within the StateNet, the term Layer N coined to represent a single shared state machine powered by a network of hundreds of custom and optimized rollups. Nord Engine was designed specifically to close the current gap between decentralized trading venues and centralized ones. Because of existing underlying compute and infrastructure constraints, decentralized trading venues have fewer features and worse latencies and throughput, typically by several orders of magnitude when compared to their centralized counterparts.

Nord Engine aims to not only close that gap, but also provide a product that can outperform the majority of centralized cryptocurrency exchanges in terms of performance. It is designed with a simple goal in mind: minimizing time-to-execution and maximizing overall throughput. Nord Engine can efficiently handle hundreds of thousands of transactions per second, high bursts of TPS without degraded performance, and sub-millisecond end-to-end latency. It also aims to enable something irreproducible in the centralized world: seamless composability with thousands of open and innovative on-chain financial applications through liquidity sharing, enabled by the StateNet architecture.

Dima Romanov, Layer N Co-Founder and CEO, said regarding today’s news: “After applications launch their Nord Engine instances, we plan on launching more optimized rollups including our own optimized version of the EVM, called N-EVM, that will be directly composable with Nord Engine. Exchanges deployed on Layer N will now be able to enable a whole ecosystem of developers to build hundreds of native integrations around them. Imagine if centralized exchanges we are all familiar with could allow developers to build applications directly on top of them. That’s what we are enabling.”

To achieve the TPS milestone, Layer N leverages EigenDA as its data availability layer, enabling users to securely store transaction data at a fraction of the cost while still leveraging Ethereum for security. Sreeram Kannan, Founder and CEO of Eigen Labs, commented on the partnership: “Layer N’s vision is exactly why we built EigenDA. Their team is pushing the limits of what’s possible in the decentralized space, and we’re super excited to be part of that journey. 2024 will be Ethereum’s year, and we’re extremely excited to bring to the community what we’ve been spending sleepless nights on building.”

Layer N’s broader goal is to enable a network of rollups on top of a shared sequencer and shared liquidity layer. The team envisions a world where thousands of rollups communicate seamlessly with each other, at sub-100ms latencies, without long withdrawal periods, and without the risk of conventional bridging, solving problems often associated with sharding and a bridge-centric architecture.

While the benchmarks were completed on a closed testnet instance, Layer N plans to open the testnet build to the public in the coming weeks. Follow Layer N on Twitter at @LayerN_Official to stay updated on the details of their public testnet launch.

About Layer N

Layer N is an Ethereum StateNet, a novel L2 designed as a network of custom and optimized rollups powered by a shared communication and liquidity layer. Layer N aims to expand what’s possible to build on-chain by maximizing performance and UX, while enabling seamless communication, liquidity sharing, and composability between applications, without withdrawal periods and bridging risks.


Animoca Brands and LightLink partner to enhance Web3 gaming experiences with gasless on-chain transactions

30.01.2024
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30 January 2024 – Animoca Brands, the company advancing digital property rights for gaming and the open metaverse, today announced a strategic partnership with LightLink, an Ethereum Layer 2 blockchain that enables dApps and enterprises to offer users instant, gasless transactions. Under the strategic partnership, Animoca Brands will seek to integrate LightLink’s Ethereum Layer 2 technology into selected Animoca Brands projects and provide advisory services for LightLink’s tokenomics and go-to-market strategies.

LightLink allows businesses to subscribe their applications to operate gas-free, enabling users to participate in a public blockchain ecosystem without owning any tokens or having to pay any gas fees. The partnership will facilitate Animoca Brands’ projects and portfolio companies to offer their users a robust Web3 experience with no friction and minimal complexity.

LightLink streamlines the Web3 development process, offering significant utility like NFT ticket issuance without requiring a native token and seamless gaming asset transfers without gas fees, leading to a more streamlined user experience. LightLink is already used by over 25 partners, including Grapes and The Red Village, and is being integrated in Translucia, a US$300 million venture by MQDC and T&B Media Global, part of Asia’s C.P. Group family business.

Together, Animoca Brands and LightLink aim to foster a more interconnected economy, bridging dApps with millions of users from enterprise partners and improving blockchain mainstream adoption.

Roy Hui, co-founder and CEO of LightLink, commented: “It is great to partner with industry leader Animoca Brands, making blockchain more accessible and user-friendly to everyone around the world. This partnership marks a pivotal step in integrating blockchain into the daily lives of millions.”

Yat Siu, co-founder and executive chairman of Animoca Brands, said: “LightLink is already collaborating with our portfolio companies Grapes and The Red Village, and this new partnership will take us one step closer toward a frictionless Web3 world. LightLink’s gasless transactions can help broader adoption, aligning with our vision to decentralize the digital landscape and make blockchain benefits universally accessible.”

 

About LightLink

LightLink is an Ethereum Layer 2 blockchain that enables dApps and enterprises to offer users instant, gasless transactions. Integrating optimistic rollups with its proprietary stack, LightLink potentially offers a transaction throughput more than 400 times Ethereum’s, ensuring unmatched scalability and a streamlined user experience. LightLink’s novel Enterprise Mode enables businesses to operate gas-free, allowing users on their platforms to engage in a secure, user-friendly blockchain network without transaction fees, barriers to entry, or the need for any tokens. LightLink already powers over 25 partnerships, including Grapes and The Red Village, and is being integrated in Translucia, a US$300 million venture by MQDC and T&B Media Global, part of Asia’s C.P. Group family business. LightLink’s mission is to seamlessly integrate millions into the digital economy through user-focused dApps and enterprise partnerships, making blockchain as intuitive and accessible as Web2, without the complexity of gas fees and protocols.

About Animoca Brands

Animoca Brands, a Deloitte Tech Fast winner, a Fortune Crypto 40 company, and one of the Financial Times’ High Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2023, is a Web3 leader that leverages blockchain to deliver digital property rights to consumers around the world to help establish the open metaverse. The company develops and publishes a broad portfolio of products including original games such as The Sandbox, PHANTOM GALAXIES™, Life Beyond, and Crazy Defense Heroes, and products utilizing popular intellectual properties from the worlds of sports and entertainment, such as The Walking Dead, Power Rangers, MotoGP™, and Formula E. It has multiple subsidiaries, including The SandboxBlowfish StudiosQuiddGAMEEnWayPixowlForjLympoAnimoca Brands JapanGrease Monkey GamesEden GamesDarewise EntertainmentNotre GameTinyTapBe.PIXELYNXWePlay MediaGryfyn, and Azarus. Animoca Brands is one of the most active investors in Web3, with a  portfolio of over 400 Web3 investments, both directly and through Animoca Ventures, including Yuga Labs, Axie Infinity, Polygon, Consensys, Fireblocks, OpenSea, Dapper Labs, Yield Guild Games, Alien Worlds, and many more. For more information visit www.animocabrands.com or follow on X (Twitter) or Facebook.

Contacts

LightLink: press@lightlink.io

Animoca Brands: press@animocabrands.com


TALON and Apeiron Join Forces

29.01.2024
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Talon Join Forces with Apeiron in Strategic Partnership

HONG KONG – JANUARY 29th 2024 – TALON has continuously looked to the future of gaming and are proud to announce our partnership with Apeiron, an innovative god game based in their own mythologically-inspired metaverse. Apeiron is a casual competitive MOBA that includes elements of the classic god game as well as RTS and TCG gameplay, all based on the Ronin blockchain.

As part of this partnership, TALON will play a pivotal role in providing gaming and esports advice to Apeiron. Leveraging years of experience in competitive gaming, Talon will offer insights and guidance to enhance Apeiron’s gameplay, ensuring an immersive experience for players. Additionally, TALON and Apeiron will co-host tournaments extending Apeiron’s reach into esports communities worldwide.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Apeiron in a partnership that marks a new chapter in the gaming world,” said Sean Zhang, CEO at Talon Esports. “Our collaboration with Apeiron is about combining our expertise to unlock the full potential of esports and redefine how gaming communities interact with cutting-edge technology.”

This partnership aligns with Talon Esports’ commitment to innovation and Apeiron’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of gaming.

“This partnership with TALON signifies our intent on making sure Apeiron’s unique battle system has the depth and entertainment value that even the most dedicated of gamers can enjoy,” said Frank Cheng, CEO at Apeiron. “Leveraging the experience and expertise of TALON, we aim to bring about a paradigm shift by discovering that final piece of the puzzle to achieve a sustainable, competitive, and fun gamer economy. We can’t wait to share new epic moments with incredible community-driven gaming events.

As TALON and Apeiron embark on this collaborative venture, the global gaming community can anticipate a series of exciting new events and tournaments. The first tournament will be held on February 23rd.

About TALON
TALON is a leading esports, cultural, and lifestyle brand based in Asia Pacific. TALON operates professional esports teams in Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, participating in games such as League of Legends, Arena of Valor, and DOTA 2. Their operations encompass team management, event organization, content creation, and marketing of proprietary IP products. For more information, please visit talon.gg.

About Apeiron
Apeiron is the world’s first god game x roguelite x battle arena. Rule over planets full of adorable doods, dive into dangerous dungeons, and battle against other players using powerful Avatars. As a newborn god, will you walk the path of good…or evil? Determine the fate of the godiverse in this epic new adventure. Download and play now for free on the 
Epic Games Store.


Animoca Brands’ Darewise Entertainment, creator of Life Beyond, announces strategic partnership with DFZ Labs, creator of Deadfellaz

28.01.2024
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28 January 2024 – Darewise Entertainment (“Darewise”), a subsidiary of Animoca Brands and the visionary force behind the Life Beyond gaming destination, announced today a strategic partnership with DFZ Labs, creator of the world-renowned Web3 brand Deadfellaz.

Darewise and DFZ Labs have entered into partnership to support each other’s growth by sharing their expertise in Web3 with each other through an advisory framework as well as expanding their respective communities of Web3 players.

The Deadfellaz community, affectionately known as the Horde, is highly active in the streaming and content creation ecosystem, utilizing their Streamingfellaz (animated rigged avatars created by Hologram Labs) to showcase streamers’ gameplay from Web2 and Web3 on platforms including Twitch and YouTube.

Under the partnership, the streamers’ avatars and content will be utilized to showcase their offerings from Life Beyond, such as the upcoming BOTS game, and the Alpha and Beta versions of Life Beyond that will be available in Q2 and Q4 2024, respectively. For details please visit playlifebeyond.com.

To celebrate the partnership, Darewise has acquired three Deadfellaz PFP NFTs and 50 Packs of NFTs of an upcoming Deadfellaz Trading Card Game which will be used for community battles and engagement.

Betty, CEO of DFZ Labs (Deadfellaz), said: “Collaboration is one of the foundational cornerstones of Web3, and it is a huge honor to envision something new and build it alongside such visionary peers as Darewise and Animoca Brands. The exchange of value between our companies means we each benefit from our respective expertise, which grows the entire ecosystem and pushes what we build forward, together. Huge thank you to the Darewise team!”

Benjamin Charbit, CEO of Darewise Entertainment, commented: “The Deadfellaz brand is one of the most recognized IPs in the Web3 space thanks not only to its strong visual identity but also to the values it represents and its strong commitment to gaming and the empowerment of its community. We are looking forward to our working closely together and sharing each other’s expertise.”

 

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About Darewise Entertainment 

Darewise Entertainment, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, is a Web3 game technology company founded by veterans of the AAA games industry that is currently developing the sci-fi MMO Life Beyond. Core team includes Benjamin Charbit (Game Director, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag), Marc Albinet (Game Director, Assassin’s Creed Unity and Dying Light 2), Christian Bravery (Art Director, Black & White, and the Fable series), Samuel Kahn (Tech Lead, Ubisoft’s Snowdrop Engine and Crytek’s Cryengine) and Vincent Marty (Head of Marketing, Ubisoft EMEA _ VP ESL Gaming). Darewise Entertainment is a multicultural team with offices in Paris, Barcelona, and London. The company strongly believes in the positive power of online video games to create meaningful, interactive, and social experiences. For more information, visit https://darewise.com.

 

About Life Beyond

Life Beyond is a gaming metaverse where players embark on a journey to build a new civilization on Planet Dolos. In this sci-fi world powered by a player-driven tokenized economy, player-citizens can decide who they want to become and the role they want to play in Life Beyond’s complex and many-layered society. Developed and published by Darewise Entertainment, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, the project embraces the open metaverse philosophy to create immersive experiences with an emphasis on true ownership and interoperability.

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About DFZ Labs and Deadfellaz

DFZ Labs is a Web3 company pioneering the convergence of blockchain technology with storytelling, art and entertainment to create products and experiences that redefine the relationship between community and brand. Founded in 2021, DFZ Labs has a focus on digital identity, creator empowerment and embracing evolving technology. DFZ includes Deadfellaz, DFZ Gaming, and the upcoming TCG, codenamed ‘RIP TCG’. Deadfellaz has an active and vibrant community in Web3 and beyond – championing diversity, pop culture and progressive innovation. DFZ is led by award-winning co-founders Betty, and Psych – who bring their extensive background in creative production at a AAA level, community building, UX, UI and more to this partnership.

Website | Discord | Instagram | Twitter

About Animoca Brands

Animoca Brands, a Deloitte Tech Fast winner, a Fortune Crypto 40 company, and one of the Financial Times’ High Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2023, is a Web3 leader that leverages blockchain to deliver digital property rights to consumers around the world to help establish the open metaverse. The company develops and publishes a broad portfolio of products including original games such as The Sandbox, PHANTOM GALAXIES™, Life Beyond, and Crazy Defense Heroes, and products utilizing popular intellectual properties from the worlds of sports and entertainment, such as The Walking Dead, Power Rangers, MotoGP™, and Formula E. It has multiple subsidiaries, including The SandboxBlowfish StudiosQuiddGAMEEnWayPixowlForjLympoAnimoca Brands JapanGrease Monkey GamesEden GamesDarewise EntertainmentNotre GameTinyTapBe.PIXELYNXWePlay MediaGryfyn, and Azarus. Animoca Brands is one of the most active investors in Web3, with a  portfolio of over 400 Web3 investments, both directly and through Animoca Ventures, including Yuga Labs, Axie Infinity, Polygon, Consensys, Fireblocks, OpenSea, Dapper Labs, Yield Guild Games, Alien Worlds, and many more. For more information visit www.animocabrands.com or follow on X (Twitter) or Facebook.

CONTACTS

Darewise Entertainment: timothee@darewise.com

DFZ Labs: betty@deadfellaz.io

Animoca Brands: press@animocabrands.com


HashKey Exchange and Animoca Brands forge strategic partnership

23.01.2024
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23 January 2024 – HashKey Exchange, the licensed virtual asset exchange in Hong Kong, and Animoca Brands, the company advancing digital property rights for gaming and the metaverse, today announced the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a strategic partnership.

Under the MoU, HashKey Exchange and Animoca Brands will collaborate to establish cooperative opportunities and strategic developments on virtual assets, including providing public education activities about Web3 and potential listing of certain virtual assets on HashKey Exchange. As part of the strategic partnership, Animoca Brands will open an account on HashKey Exchange, emphasizing a mutual commitment to compliant virtual asset trading.

HashKey Group, the parent company of HashKey Exchange, aims to become a key builder of infrastructure in the Asian Web3 digital entertainment ecosystem, contributing to network security and operational efficiency. Animoca Brands and HashKey Group will closely monitor the cutting-edge trends in the digital entertainment economy. Both parties will leverage innovative technologies such as smart contracts and zero-knowledge proofs, promoting the integration of blockchain technology in the digital entertainment sector.

Livio Weng, HashKey Group COO and HashKey Exchange CEO, said: “We are excited to partner with Animoca Brands, a pioneer in blockchain and digital property rights. This collaboration is a testament to our commitment to providing diverse and innovative offerings to our users. The goal of this partnership is to stimulate the growth and innovation of the digital entertainment industry.”

Yat Siu, co-founder and executive chairman of Animoca Brands, commented: “Partnering with HashKey Exchange aligns with our mission to make blockchain technology and true digital ownership more accessible to a global audience. We look forward to contributing to the vibrant community at HashKey and providing engaging educational content through HashKey Academy.”

This partnership underscores HashKey Exchange’s commitment to expanding its digital asset offerings and aligns with Animoca Brands’ vision of mainstream adoption of blockchain gaming and other products and fostering a more inclusive digital economy.

 

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About HashKey Exchange

On a mission to set the bar for virtual asset exchanges in compliance, safety, and security, Hash Blockchain Limited (HashKey Exchange) has been granted as the first batch of licensed virtual asset exchanges to offer retail services in Hong kong. HashKey Exchange has recently received approval from the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong to operate a virtual asset trading platform under Type 1 (Dealing in securities) licence and Type 7 (Providing automated trading services) licence. As HashKey Group’s exchange business, HashKey Exchange provides all-in-one trading services for both professional investors (PI) and retail investors. HashKey Exchange has obtained ISO 27001 (Information Security) and ISO 27701 (Data Privacy) management system certifications.

Stay tuned for more details about HashKey Exchange.

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About Animoca Brands

Animoca Brands, a Deloitte Tech Fast winner, a Fortune Crypto 40 company, and one of the Financial Times’ High Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2023, is a Web3 leader that leverages blockchain to deliver digital property rights to consumers around the world to help establish the open metaverse. The company develops and publishes a broad portfolio of products including original games such as The Sandbox, PHANTOM GALAXIES™, Life Beyond, and Crazy Defense Heroes, and products utilizing popular intellectual properties from the worlds of sports and entertainment, such as The Walking Dead, Power Rangers, MotoGP™, and Formula E. It has multiple subsidiaries, including The SandboxBlowfish StudiosQuiddGAMEEnWayPixowlForjLympoAnimoca Brands JapanGrease Monkey GamesEden GamesDarewise EntertainmentNotre GameTinyTapBe.PIXELYNXWePlay MediaGryfyn, and Azarus. Animoca Brands is one of the most active investors in Web3, with a  portfolio of over 400 Web3 investments, both directly and through Animoca Ventures, including Yuga Labs, Axie Infinity, Polygon, Consensys, Fireblocks, OpenSea, Dapper Labs, Yield Guild Games, Alien Worlds, and many more. For more information visit www.animocabrands.com or follow on X (Twitter) or Facebook.


Value Partners and VSFG Announce Strategic Partnership for Supporting the Growth of Virtual Asset Ecosystem in Hong Kong, Spearheading the Development of Spot Bitcoin ETF in the City

22.01.2024
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Hong Kong-based Companies Join Forces to Support Hong Kong as an International Virtual Assets Centre

(Hong Kong, 22 January 2024) – Value Partners Hong Kong Limited (“Value Partners HK”), a subsidiary of Value Partners Group Limited (“Value Partners”), which is one of Asia’s leading independent asset management companies, and Venture Smart Financial Holdings Limited (“VSFG”), Hong Kong’s first Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) approved virtual asset manager, are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) to join forces to bring innovative investment solutions that connect virtual assets with traditional investment vehicles to both retail and institutional investors.

The virtual assets landscape has been evolving rapidly and gaining popularity, with an increased demand for virtual asset investment solutions in Hong Kong. Through this partnership, Value Partners and VSFG aim to contribute to the continued growth and success of Hong Kong as a leading International Virtual Assets Centre. To kickstart this partnership, the Hong Kong-based companies have joined hands to explore launching a spot bitcoin ETF in Hong Kong, with an aim to secure first-mover advantages.

The spot bitcoin ETF will be structured to track the spot prices of Bitcoin, offering investors a new and innovative way to access and participate in the performance of this asset using traditional financial infrastructures. The spot bitcoin ETF will provide increased flexibility, transparency and liquidity, making it an attractive option for both retail and institutional investors.

With more than 30 years of experience in asset management in Hong Kong, Value Partners has a wealth of expertise in a broad array of investment products including ETF, while VSFG’s experience and technical know-how as the first virtual asset manager in Hong Kong to launch the city’s first regulated bitcoin fund in June 2020 are also crucial factors contributing to the success of the ETF.

June Wong, Chief Executive Officer at Value Partners, said, “To bring digital investment solutions to investors as we eye on the untapped opportunities in the prevailing trend of virtual assets, we have made the strategic move to embark on this partnership with VSFG, a pioneering virtual asset manager in Hong Kong. The plan to launch a spot bitcoin ETF marks our first collaborative initiative, offering Hong Kong investors exposure to the world’s largest digital asset, all while enjoying the convenience and efficiency of the ETF vehicle. Leveraging Value Partners’ extensive knowledge and track record in managing ETFs as well as VSFG’s profound experience, we are well-equipped to offer our clients with more investment options, particularly in virtual assets, helping them capture market opportunities and navigate this dynamic and evolving space.”

Lawrence Chu, Chairman at VSFG, added, “We have seen a rapid evolution and great potential of the global virtual asset landscape over the past few years, and Hong Kong is no exception. At VSFG, we have been diligently planning and engaging in discussions with market practitioners on the positive momentum for the virtual asset realm and hope to provide more investment options for investors through spot virtual asset ETFs. Through our combined efforts with Value Partners on the development of a spot bitcoin ETF in Hong Kong, we aim to support Hong Kong to become an international virtual assets centre.”

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About Value Partners Group Limited (Value Partners)

Value Partners, one of Asia’s leading independent asset management firms, seeks to offer world-class investment services and products. Since its establishment in 1993, the Company has been a dedicated, specialist value investor in Greater China and Asia. In November 2007, Value Partners Group became the first asset management firm to be listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Stock code: 806 HK). In addition to its Hong Kong headquarters, the firm operates in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and London. Value Partners’ investment strategies cover equities, fixed income, multi-asset, alternatives, real estate and quantitative investment solutions, for institutional and individual clients in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the United States. Value Partners is one of the leaders in ESG investing in Greater China and is committed to developing its ESG capabilities further. For more information, please visit www.valuepartners-group.com.

About Venture Smart Financial Holdings Limited (VSFG)

VSFG is a global financial services platform headquartered in Hong Kong, striving to integrate traditional wealth management with the future of finance. In 2020, Venture Smart Asia Limited, subsidiary of VSFG, became the first virtual asset manager in Hong Kong approved by Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) to manage portfolios that may invest up to 100% of assets in crypto assets. VSFG is dedicated to the research and development of products and services that can integrate traditional and virtual assets under a compliant regulatory framework, helping individuals and institutions to allocate their assets in an orderly manner in both traditional and virtual worlds. In addition, VSFG and its affiliated companies are committed to proactively developing and delivering relevant services to promote the development of both family office businesses and virtual assets, shoring up Hong Kong’s position as a global financial centre. For further information on VSFG, please visit www.vsfg.com.

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Value Partners Hong Kong Limited
Alice Wong
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Natalie Ko
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Envelop Risk launches dedicated cyber reinsurance Lloyd’s vehicle in Partnership with Managing Agent Apollo

22.01.2024
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London, 22nd January 2024 – Envelop Risk (“Envelop”), the data-driven cyber (re)insurance and analytics specialist, today announces the launch of Envelop SPA 1925, a dedicated cyber reinsurance Special Purpose Arrangement (“SPA”) at Lloyd’s, in partnership with Apollo through its Strategic Partner Syndicates business and Apollo Syndicate 1971. The SPA launched on 1st January 2024 with Chris Baddeley in the role of active underwriter, based in London.

Envelop SPA 1925 marks an important strategic milestone by supporting Envelop’s second underwriting platform and represents the next step in Envelop’s longer term ambition to establish a stand-alone syndicate, which would be subject to the full Lloyd’s application process.

In 2023 cyber reinsurance capacity was allocated and written as a new class within Apollo Syndicate 1971, with Envelop providing underwriting expertise and insight. Following its success this has now been converted into an SPA with growth approved by Lloyd’s. The SPA complements Envelop’s well-established Bermuda operations and increases the overall offering Envelop brings to the cyber reinsurance market. The successful launch of the SPA demonstrates Envelop’s ability to raise new capital to support the growth of the global cyber (re)insurance market. The SPA is supported by risk capital from Envelop as well as a diverse panel of third-party investors.

Envelop Risk CEO Jonathan Spry said: “I am delighted to announce the launch of Envelop SPA 1925, which significantly strengthens our ability to support the growth and resilience of the global cyber insurance market. It furthers our ambition of not only being the best at underwriting cyber risk, but at leading the market in the management of risk capital for cyber. To have gained the backing of such highly regarded investors is a testament to the progress and maturity Envelop has achieved. With their support, that of Apollo and through our augmented intelligence approach to underwriting, we are strongly positioned to enable more insurers to safely realise the vast opportunity that cyber presents.”

Andrew Gray, Director of Strategic Partner Syndicates at Apollo said: “We are delighted to have been able to help Envelop achieve the next milestone in their Lloyd’s strategy. Apollo’s ability to incubate new products within one of our existing managed syndicates, and then support the evolution into an SPA, demonstrates our unique partnership approach to establishing innovative new businesses at Lloyd’s. ”

Through its Strategic Partner Syndicates, Apollo offers bespoke managing agency services to third party partners where there are shared values and a long-term vision.

Howden Tiger acted as adviser on the transaction.

 

For further information please contact:

Peter Rigby / Richard Adams /Bec Seaton, Haggie Partners

+44 20 7562 4444
enveloprisk@haggie.co.uk