Singapore venture firm launches $100M Web3 and metaverse fund

Crypto-focused venture firm NGC Ventures has launched a new ecosystem fund dedicated to Web3 projects, underscoring heightened investor demand for startups that are contributing to the development of a decentralized internet.  NGC Metaverse Ventures, the company’s third blockchain fund, raised $100 million from investors that included Babel Finance, Huobi Ventures, Nexo Ventures, Altonomy and GBIC. The fund will allocate capital towards “high-potential projects” in the Web3 economy, according to Roger Lim, NGC Ventures’ general partner. The Web3 fund has already invested in three startups, NGC disclosed on Wednesday. Based in…

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Google seeks fresh talent to lead global Web3 team

Following the establishment of a Web3 team under Google Cloud on May 6, tech giant Alphabet’s Google is now on the lookout for a full-time candidate to lead its Global Web3 marketing strategies. As seen on the job listing, the Google Cloud division opened up a ‘Head of Product Marketing’ role who will be tasked with raising awareness about Google Cloud’s Web3 initiatives in addition to eventually building customer demand for the related offerings. new: Google Cloud is forming a Web3 product and engineering organization that will build services for…

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Web3 no longer just about crypto and DeFi, says Polkadot founder Gavin Wood

Although Web3 has become a sort of buzzword in the cryptocurrency community, its application and utility extend far beyond the world of blockchain, according to Polkadot founder Gavin Wood.  In an exclusive interview with Cointelegraph at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Wood talked about Web3 applications and whether the all-encompassing concept needed to evolve past its current usage. “I don’t think Web3 needs to evolve, really, from its origins too much yet but maybe in the future, it will,” he said before explaining the merits of…

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$3B flows to Metaverse and Web3 gaming this month as A16z’s tips in $600M

Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has launched a $600 million fund dedicated to gaming startups with a focus on Web3 saying it believes “games infrastructure and technologies will be key building blocks of the Metaverse.” Dubbed “GAMES FUND ONE” the fund will invest in three main areas: game studios, consumer applications which support player communities with Discord used as an example, and gaming infrastructure providers. The a16z team said “the coming Metaverse will be built by games companies, using games technologies” and that the industry has already “solved many…

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Robinhood to launch a Web3 wallet, LimeWire inks deal with Universal and more

Popular trading platform Robinhood is creating a noncustodial crypto wallet that will be compatible with multiple blockchains. The wallet will be a standalone application with the ability to store nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and connect to NFT marketplaces. A promo video released for the wallet shows a demonstration using Ethereum-based NFTs. Trade and swap crypto with no network fees. A web3 wallet from us. Get early access: https://t.co/qonXj80BEB pic.twitter.com/qLjByPA4ty — Robinhood (@RobinhoodApp) May 17, 2022 The app is a significant step for the company in providing crypto services. Prior to January…

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Fireblocks introduces Web3 Engine with developer tools to accelerate ecosystem growth

As the world accelerates towards a decentralized future, Fireblocks, a digital assets custody platform, announced the launch of their new Web3 Engine to help foster the development of the Web3 ecosystem. The company announced on Tuesday that the dedicated Web3 engine includes a set of tools for developers to create products and services in decentralized finance (DeFi), GameFi and nonfungible tokens (NFT). Fireblocks has also opened up a world of decentralized apps (DApps), exchanges, NFT marketplaces and more for alternative asset managers and capital market participants. “Web3 is the future,”…

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NEAR developers to get seamless Web3 app deployment with Pocket Network

Pocket Network (POKT), a relay infrastructure middleware protocol, announced a service integration to improve the network bandwidth of NEAR blockchain while enabling faster deployment times for Web3 developers. According to Pocket Network, the latest integration with NEAR allows native developers to deploy their applications on other supported blockchains, including Ethereum, Solana, Fuse, Avalanche, Harmony and Polygon. In addition, by having integrations with multiple blockchains, NEAR developers can overcome concerns regarding single points of failure due to bottlenecks or other service disruptions. Pocket Network aims to accomplish 100% up-time for projects via…

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Twitch co-founder raises $24M for Web3 gaming firm Metatheory

Web3 gaming and entertainment company Metatheory founded by Twitch Co-Founder Kevin Lin has raised $24 million in a Series A funding round on May 16. The round was led by crypto capital venture firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), with participation from Pantera Capital, the venture arm of the FTX cryptocurrency exchange, FTX Ventures, and other venture firms as per the announcement. Metatheory was launched in November 2021 around one year after Lin left Twitch where he wrote in a Medium article at the time that he was creating the gaming company…

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Coinbase unveils Web3 mobile Dapp and DeFi wallet and browser

America’s largest crypto exchange Coinbase has rolled out Web3 app functionality including a hot wallet and browser for a limited set of its mobile app users. The app will allow select users to access decentralized apps (Dapps) on the Ethereum (ETH) network such as Uniswap and OpenSea. Today, we’re starting to make it dramatically easier for users to access & engage in web3 right from the @coinbase app! #NoMoreKeys #JustGettingStarted #KeepBuilding https://t.co/7K3lZ6kKAs — RishiDean.eth (@rishidean) May 16, 2022 The May 17 announcement by Coinbase’s Director of Product Management Rishi Dean…

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Square Enix plans to issue tokens and invest heavily in Web3 gaming

Gaming giant Square Enix has revealed in its Q1 earnings report that it will expand nonfungible tokens (NFT) into more game products as part of its medium-term business strategy in 2022. Square Enix (SE) is a Japanese game developer with $3 billion in assets under management according to its latest earnings report. The firm owns the Final Fantasy property and sold the Tomb Raider franchise for $300 million on May 3. The report states that the firm piloted NFTs on the Shi-San-Sei Million Arthur game starting in February this year.…

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