Video games, tattoos, impressions: we saw the NFT “revolution” on Paris NFT Day

We attended Paris NFT Day, a large gathering of companies and collectors organized in the capital on April 12th. Report between futuristic projects in the metaverse, beer bottles and IRL tattoos.

There is a queue at the Solid stand. The curious crowd to see the staff busy behind the stand and try to keep up with the orders: Since the morning, they have received more than fifty. Solid is a unique company: it makes NFT prints. And at the Paris NFT Day show, it’s a skill that is of particular interest.

NFTs (for non-fungible token, or non-replaceable token) has become an incredible phenomenon in just one year. These types of certificates of authenticity, registered in blockchain, have allowed a real art market to evolve: NFTs from certain artists sell for several million dollars, and collections of tokens are snapped up at astronomical prices. . But it is not only the art community that is interested in NFTs.

Over the past year, all kinds of companies have taken advantage of the popularity of tokens to try to develop products aimed at collectors. They met during Paris NFT Day, the French event for the crypto community, and despite the impressive fare (200 euros for the cheapest), collectors and investors were there.

Solid stand at Paris NFT Day, the queue does not stop // Source: Aurore Gayte for Numerama

“If we have to close one day, our players will keep all their items”

Arthur, one of the co-founders of Solid, sensed the possibility a year ago when early token sales figures rose sharply. ” We thought there was something to be done to allow buyers to really see their NFTs He explains between two orders. At the booth, prints of the Bored Ape Yacht Club (currently the most well-known NFTs) or Sorare football player cards provide a real insight into files that are usually only stored on the blockchain.

To print your NFTs, you must first prove that you actually own them: it is not just a matter of displaying an image without a certificate of authenticity. Then print in the classic way, as for traditional jpeg files. We print the token on paper and then put it in a press with an aluminum plate, and that’s it. In total, the operation only takes a few minutes, Arthur says. What about animated NFTs? “ We agree with the owners to choose which passage they want “, he says, like a screenshot taken while watching a movie. Despite an unaffordable price (print of 1m times 1m costs 600 euros), Solid’s project is a success: The orders are numerous, to the point where they seek to recruit to keep pace with print.

Video games, tattoos, impressions: we saw NFT
At the Solid stand, NFT printing is going well // Source: Aurore Gayte for Numerama

The success of Solid is not unique: the companies gathered at the Palais Brogniart on April 12 for Paris NFT Day are proof that the cryptocurrency and NFT sectors are particularly prosperous and that everyone wants a fortune at stake. projects performed by artists or by crypto giants such as the Metamask wallet, the Binance exchange platform, all exhibition stands are full. In just over a year, non-marketable tokens have grown from a niche sector to a respected industry that has raised billions of dollars.

NFTs are the revolution says confidently, Eryk, the founder of Legends of the Elyseuma card game that works very similarly Hearthstone – but with additional non-fungible tokens. ” Cards are NFTs, cards are NFTs … many game items can be embossed. It is this aspect that makes our game different, because even if we have to close one day, our players will keep all their items.

He’s not the only one who thinks non-marketable tokens are more than pictures you buy: All NFT Day suppliers and exhibitors offer futuristic applications for tokens. A stand offers coins luxury clothing to create virtual fashion shows, Partouche casinos want to “ create a community of players thanks to NFTs, many video games boast their use of tokens … tattoo artists even want to bring their art into the meta-verse.

Video games, tattoos, impressions: we saw NFT
A visitor shows his NFT // Source: Aurore Gayte for Numerama

Who wants to get an NFT tattoo?

Today, we offer fans to get tattoos of unique pieces that have a certificate of authenticity explains Jérémie, who runs the stand of Ethernaal, a company that offers NFT tattoos. ” But tomorrow we would like to be able to transfer his tattoos to our customers’ avatars in the meta-verse. “The same story on the side of Mélissandre, who takes care of the marketing of a company that has launched a collection of NFTs – and which in the long run would like to give its community the opportunity to use them in a metaverse.

This is the big promise of NFTs: interoperability with the metaverse. Projects for virtual 3D worlds, where people could evolve using virtual reality headsets, have been the focus of attention since Facebook’s announcement. And in the end, in the meta-verse, all kinds of objects, outfits or even avatars could be NFTs – and that’s where their appeal lies. Many companies focus on offering NFTs of products that are not yet available, but which in the future will be able to be used in several metavers and traded endlessly. The metavers in question do not yet exist, but for companies it does not matter: one must be clear.

Video games, tattoos, impressions: we saw NFT
A tattoo board at the Ethernaal stand // Source: Aurore Gayte for Numerama

“The NFT community is utopian”

Video games, tattoos, impressions: we saw NFT
French Ape Yacht Club beer // Source: Aurore Gayte for Numerama

The only stand that did not sell anything that day was also the one that had the most crowds during the day: the one rented by the group of French-speaking owners of the Bored Ape Yacht Club – an extremely popular collection of NFTs . called ” French Ape Yacht Club “, the group has about sixty people, who together combine almost 120” aber “.

Everyone had their first NFT just a year ago and many were lucky enough to buy theirs monkey when they were not to ‘1,000 euros – today the BAYCs raise hundreds of thousands of euros. Today, instead of selling them, they want them make it bloom “, For example, by creating a clothing brand, or by selling treats that carry the image of their monkey – they already distribute beer with their logo.

Above all, everyone firmly believes in cryptocurrencies, decentralization, and the fact that non-fungible tokens will truly revolutionize the concept of ownership, Frenchie explains. ” I think that’s what brings the NFT community together: we are all a bit utopian. ”

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