NFT: France on its way to becoming the European epicenter?

Posted January 14, 2022, at 07.00Updated January 19, 2022 at. 9:47

By 2021, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have grown significantly in popularity. Whether it is works of art, music, game figures or photographs, these certificates of ownership on blockchains are highly sought after by collectors, investors and philanthropists.

Presented as simple images sold at a high price, NFTs can make you smile. Despite the strong media coverage of the phenomenon, many are struggling to understand the interest in NFTs and the revolution that accompanies them. That is why more and more enthusiasts and experts are gathering around the world to spread large-scale projects.

An international influence

This is evidenced by the worldwide success of NFT.NYC, which took place in November 2021, whose purpose was to democratize understanding and access to the world of NFTs by bringing together influencers and pioneers in the Web 3.0 industry. .

During this event, which gathered more than 5,500 participants, the first annual edition of the NFT Awards took place, which, for example, awarded the Vietnamese game Axie Infinity for “Best Game Mechanics” and “Best Game Community”. Inspired by the Pokémon franchise, this game combines card battles with the breeding of small creatures called “axes”. By integrating cryptocurrencies, Axie Infinity is one of the many games that one can collect and make money by playing.

French technology at the heart of NFTs in 2022

Following Sorare’s NFT fantasy football match, a French nugget that raised $ 680 million last September, the largest fundraiser in French Tech, other French projects have also been launched.

2022 has got off to a good start with the NFT game Dogami, which this month raised $ 6 million from Ubisoft and the XAnge Foundation. Investors seem to have succumbed to this “A Tamagotchi with 3.0 sauce! » in the words of Adrien Magdelaine, co-founder.

“The United States and Asia will always be one step ahead, but I believe France has real assets to become the leading place in Europe. We are strong in the arts, music and video games, and the first NFT projects are based in these sectors, so that we have a real opportunity to impose ourselves ”analyzes the entrepreneur.

First date in Paris on January 22nd!

This year, it is Paris, the capital of art and technological innovation, to adapt to this trend. On January 22, 2022, NFT Paris will take place at Station F, the largest start-up campus in Europe. This event will bring together 500 participants who will share their ideas on the uses of NFT and who will deepen the future of this thriving market.

Above all, the artists will be able to tell about their works and the collectors will defend their projects. “An event that will help develop the ecosystem and democratize the sector with the French start-up nation”believes Adrien Magdelaine, who will be present.

A 100% blockchain week in April

The lucky ones who have been able to acquire a place will be able to find their way there. For the others, there is no disappointment, as events of this kind will multiply this year.

Subject to the health crisis permitting, on 13 and 14 April 2022, the Paris Blockchain Week Summit (PBWS) will take place bringing together more than 3,000 participants and 250 speakers. For the first time since its launch in 2019, PBWS will host the first edition of Paris NFT Day.

“It was in October, after the enthusiasm around NFTs, that our team decided to add a day dedicated to educating and introducing newcomers to the NFT community,” explains Emmanuel Fenet, CEO of PBWS.

Emmanuel Fenet plans to gather more than 1,500 people again at Station F. Emmanuel Fenet is confident that the event will be linked to DCentral, the largest NFT and DeFi conference in Miami. Shared tickets will soon be offered to bring together two communities of new speakers and partners.

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