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SketchAR lets artists turn their work into NFTs

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SketchAR, an AI-based mobile app for artists, will enable creators to turn their work into nonfungible tokens (NFTs), which can certify that the digital art is unique and authentic.

NFTs use blockchain, the secure and transparent digital ledger, to authenticate the uniqueness of digital items.

NFTs have exploded in other applications such as art, sports collectibles, and music. NBA Top Shot (a digital take on collectible basketball cards) is one example. Built by Dapper Labs, NBA Top Shot has surpassed $500 million in sales, five months after going public. And an NFT digital collage by the artist Beeple sold at Christie’s for $69.3 million. But more recently NFTs have seen price declines as some say that the hype is running out of steam.

Undeterred, Vilnius, Lithuania-based SketchAR said that NFTs representing unique authenticated artworks put on the blockchain have become a viable monetization option for artists. More than $2 billion was spent on NFTs during the first quarter of 2021, representing an increase of about 2,100% from Q4 2020, according to NonFungible.com.

SketchAR aims to boost the creator economy by helping people produce and monetize their art. The app provides a design suite with features like AR-enabled drawing, AI that turns photos into illustrations, a public community feed, and digital courses for learning. Now when an artist is selected as a Creator of the Week by the community, their latest artwork is automatically turned into an NFT placed on the OpenSea marketplace. In the near future, SketchAR will enable any artist to create and auction an NFT on-demand. The artwork has to be created directly in the SketchAR app, which proves that the author is the legitimate rights holder.

“15 years ago I realized I couldn’t make much money as an artist and only continued to make art for pleasure,” said Andrey Drobitko, CEO of SketchAR. Now it’s different, he said, and he is excited to help artists to develop their skills and successfully monetize their art.

SketchAR is targeted at artists of any level, from novices to professionals. It provides functionality that lets people create art and share it on social media platforms to attract fans and build direct relationships with them. The app has over 800,000 followers on TikTok.

The company has 14 employees, and it has raised $1.6 million to date. For minting, the company uses the Ethereum blockchain right now, but it has built a flexible infrastructure that allows it to use any other solutions as Flow, Immutable, or Binance Smart Chain. The company’s own backend creates a smart contract that can be placed on OpenSea and other marketplaces in the future.

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Upload VR Showcase Recap: Everything Announced for the Oculus Quest and Rift Platforms

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Earlier today, UploadVR aired the latest iteration of its annual showcase, and it was packed with over a dozen different VR game trailers and news….

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Waltz of the Wizard’s Natural Magic Update Confirmed for July

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Virtual reality (VR) developer Aldin has been teasing its next big update for Waltz of the Wizard since 2020. Called “Natural Magic” its set to feature new locations as well a reworked spell casting system to make it feel, well…more natural. Today, as part of a slew of VR announcements to kick off the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2021 this week the studio has confirmed the update will arrive next month.

Previous updates like the “Telepath” movement system added incremental improvements, whereas Natural Magic will be Aldin’s largest expansion to date. Starting off in a peaceful courtyard sandbox where players can practice and play with the new magic system, they’ll find intuitive controls to pick up distant objects or unleash devastating attacks. This is useful as the other area is the Fortress, a sprawling location home to the Observers, interdimensional beings that harness magic to control time and space.

These “Observers” are the bad guys, of course, and to get to them players will encounter a variety of enemies to wield their magic against. The Fortress also houses hidden artefacts which might be useful. It’s also the first location the developer has built that is procedurally generated, so each run-through will be slightly different.

Waltz of the Wizard: Natural Magic will have plenty of other interesting features for hours of entertainment, including mic input which turns a players voice into magical soundwaves to attack foes, enemies with detachable bodyparts and believable defensive reactions, and user health shown by their fingers turning skeletal.

Waltz of the Wizard: Natural Magic is set to launch on 6th July 2021 as a free update for existing owners of the videogame. There is a slight caveat in the fact that the update will be for SteamVR and Oculus headsets but not for PlayStation VR. Aldin’s CEO Hrafn Thorisson previously said in November 2020 that future updates for the headset were on hold due to the lack of info regarding a PlayStation VR 2 (at the time).

For further updates on Waltz of the Wizard: Natural Magic, keep reading VRFocus.

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The five coolest games from Upload VR’s E3 2021 showcase

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Song in the Smoke.

Upload VR returned to E3 with its third annual showcase of the most inventive and intriguing games coming to VR. As the medium continues to mature year after year, it continues to be a platform for developers to innovate. While not all of the games shown were brand new announcements, we picked five of our favorites from the showcase that you can look forward to immersing yourself in soon.

Song in the Smoke

First announced for PSVR earlier this year, Song in the Smoke is a VR survival game and a departure for developer 17-Bit, better known for cartoony indie games like Skulls of the Shogun and Galak-Z. In a new developer diary, studio CEO Jake Kazdal explains how VR made him want to create not just a game but a fully living and breathing…

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I Expect You to Die 2 Features Wil Wheaton, Launches This Summer

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It’s E3 2021 week so there are plenty of videogame announcements fly around including a few virtual reality (VR) ones. Today, Schell Games has announced that its escape room sequel I Expect You to Die 2: The Spy and the Liar will be launching this summer and its got some star talent on board.

The studio has revealed that I Expect You to Die 2: The Spy and the Liar will feature six globe-trotting missions to foil Zoraxis’ plans for world domination. These new missions will still feature ingenious puzzles and cunning villains just like before, the first revealed being to protect the prime minister, who happens to be attending a theatre production by world-famous actor and celebrity John Juniper. 

Schell Games managed to get Wil Wheaton (Big Bang Theory, Star Trek: Next Generation) to voice Juniper while the theme song is performed by world-renowned singer and songwriter Puddles Pity Party.

I Expect You To Die 2 builds upon everything our community loved about the first game, and we’re excited to take players on another adventure filled with espionage,” said Jesse Schell, CEO of Schell Games in a statement. “Wil and Puddles have been amazing to work with, and their enthusiasm has helped us expand the I Expect You To Die universe in compelling new ways. With Wil Wheaton bringing life to John Juniper, and Puddles’s dynamic performance of the new theme song, we’re confident players will feel immersed in this rich, story-driven evolution of the original game.”

If you enjoyed the first title and you have a PC VR headset then check out the Steam Next Fest this week because there will be a free demo of I Expect You to Die 2: The Spy and the Liar from 16th June.

I Expect You To Die 2: The Spy and the Liar is now slated to launch this summer on Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, SteamVR and PlayStation VR headsets. For further updates, keep reading VRFocus.

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