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Tezos (XTZ) highly anticipated NFT platform, Kalamint, launches

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The first version will allow for the minting, selling, and buying NFTs on the Tezos blockchain.

Kalamint will go live today and the first NFTs will be up for sale soon. Kalamint sets itself apart by building a quality community of minting artists and by effectively battling plagiarism.

Kalamint is expected to have a great start since the Tezos NFT community has been growing rapidly over the past weeks. So, there’s already quite a buzz going in the NFT community and this weekend, the largest financial newspaper of Israel even covered Tezos’ NFT platform Hicetnunc.

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Hicetnunc is increasing in popularity and is attracting a lot of NFT artists that take their first steps into the Tezos ecosystem.

These include artists with a substantial following on Twitter, like Mario KlingemannEclecticMethodRefik AnadolAngie TaylorJoanie Lemercier and more. Anyone can mint an NFT on Hicetnunc and in the first three weeks, 10,000 NFT’s have been minted.

Kalamint is different from Hicetnunc in several ways and is best described as an exclusive gallery where a DAO-governed guild of experts onboard quality artists and prevent plagiarism.

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On the first version of Kalamint, users can perform the following actions:

  1. Create/Mint: Create NFTs native to Tezos leveraging the FA2 token standard.
  2. Sell: List your NFTs on the marketplace by specifying a price in XTZ.
  3. Collect: Buy listed NFTs to either add them to your collection or sell them later.

Later versions will include the creation of collections (limited editions), auctions, price discovery curves, and a DAO.

Kalamint Guild

Kalamint is what is known as a curated market. Like a gallery. This means that there is an authority on the platform that decides who can become an artist and this guild can act when there is a case of (suspected) plagiarism.

In Kalamint, this authority can be reformed by the majority. Kalamint is set to be a decentralized quality gallery. The authority is the guild and is formed by creators, collectors, and wardens.

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Creators and Collectors can:

  • Vote to add members to the Guild
  • Vote to remove members of the Guild
  • Suggest and vote on platform features
  • Suggest and vote on reward mechanisms
  • Screen artists who can mint and transact on Kalamint (verify artists)

Wardens will hold the following decision-making rights:

  • Suggest artists to Guild members for verification
  • Suggest verified artists to be removed from the platform
  • Suggest Guild to be modified, pending vote from the Guild

Kalamint will have a:

“Zero Plagiarism Policy — We value the work that any artist does dearly and will not permit any form of copyright infringement in the platform”

Low transaction costs and #GreenNFT’s

An important financial incentive to enter the NFT community on Tezos is the fact that transaction costs on Tezos are extremely low. Currently, transaction fees on Ethereum are out of control. At the time of press, an average transaction on Ethereum costs $16.73.

A basic transaction on Tezos costs $0.0017 and a more complex transaction like minting an NFT, will be done under $0.40. With a TPS (amount of transactions per second) of ~121, Tezos has a capacity that is 8 times that of Ethereum, which has a tps of ~15.

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But even if Tezos’ transaction volume continues to grow exponentially, as it has been doing over the past 9 months, Tezos will be able to anticipate and adapt to the demands of the market. Tezos’ on-chain governance model allows it to evolve fast.

In the past three years, five upgrades have improved TPS twice, lowered transaction costs twice, and added privacy and a feature called ‘Tickets’ which allows a more efficient way of transacting tokens.

Additionally, Tenderbake will introduce improved finality to the Tezos blockchain, allow better scaling and increase the TPS by large margin. Tenderbake testnet has been live for almost 6 months, and could very well be on mainnet this year.

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Besides the financial incentive to mint, sell and trade NFT’s on Tezos-based platforms, there is another important reason for NFT artists to start minting on Tezos: a more ideological motivation.

Tezos’ is a Proof of Stake (PoS) blockchain and uses a substantially less amount of energy compared to Proof of Work (PoW) blockchains like Ethereum.

Environmentally inspired hashtags are going mainstream on Twitter, such as #GreenNFT and #CleanNFT like Mr.doob uses here to go with his first Hicetnunc NFT. This shows there is a big motivation to go for a PoS chain like Tezos. Here we see an example of such thoughts from John Karel:

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Here is another example of this way of thinking from Thomas Lin Pedersen:

What else to look forward to

Ethereum-based NFT platform OpenSea has announced to add Tezos-based NFT’s soon. This will quite likely take place in March.

TezAuction is an NFT platform that is in heavy development currently and is planning to launch on EDO testnet next month.

And last but not least, the @thealchememist, who sold 16 NFTs for 12,396 XTZ (over $50,000 at today’s price), will launch an NFT puzzle game to go with his personal auction platform.

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Tezos Price Analysis: XTZ continues to consolidate around $6.7, break lower to follow?

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  • Tezos price analysis is bearish today.
  • XTZ/USD still holds $6.7 support.
  • Next support at $6.

Tezos price analysis is bearish today as lower highs were continuously set despite the $6.7 mark holding. Therefore, we expect XTZ/USD to break lower and head towards setting another lower low.

Tezos Price Analysis: XTZ continues to consolidate around $6.7, break lower to follow? 1
Cryptocurrency heat map. Source: Coin360

The cryptocurrency market traded with mixed results over the last 24 hours. The market leader, Bitcoin, lost 1.26 percent, while Ethereum gained 0.74 percent. Meanwhile, Shiba Inu (SHIB) is the top performer for today, with a gain of 55 percent as it sets new all-time highs.

Tezos price movement in the last 24 hours: Tezos continued to trade around $6.7 support

XTZ/USD traded in a range of $6.65 – $6.80, indicating low volatility over the last 24 hours. Trading volume declined by 34.6 percent, totaling 124.5 million, while the total market cap trades around $5.76 billion, ranking the coin in 35th place overall.

XTZ/USD 4-hour chart: XTZ to break lower today?

On the 4-hour chart, we can see Tezos price action setting further lower highs, likely leading to a break below the $6.7 support today.

Tezos Price Analysis: XTZ continues to consolidate around $6.7, break lower to follow?
XTZ/USD 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Tezos price action has seen a steady decline over the past weeks. After the strong first week of October, XTZ/USD moved from $5.50 swing low to $9 swing high, a failure to move higher followed.

Since then, Tezos has set several lower lows and highs, with the last one benign at $6.4. Earlier this week, a new lower high was set around the $7 mark, with further downside seen over the following days.

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Currently, Tezos price action trades in a very narrow range around the $6.7 mark. Considering that lower highs are still set, we expect XTZ/USD to break lower and move to set further lows.

Tezos Price Analysis: Conclusion 

Tezos price analysis is bearish today as further lower highs were set over the last 24 hours despite the $6.7 still holding. Therefore, we expect XTZ/USD to break lower and move to the $6 next support early next week.

While waiting for Tezos to move further, read our guides on LTC wallets, Gero wallets, and  DeFi wallets.

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McLaren Racing Announced ‘McLaren Racing Collective’ NFT Platform on Tezos

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McLaren Racing, the popular British motor racing team, has launched ‘McLaren Racing Collective’, a non-fungible tokens (NFTs) platform, on the Tezos blockchain platform.

McLaren announced the news in a press release on Wednesday, October 20. According to the announcement, ‘McLaren Racing Collective’ will be a global community of collectors and fans served through an innovative digital platform, where fans can buy McLaren Racing digital collectibles in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

The platform will serve as McLaren Racing’s official location for numerous opportunities to own a piece of McLaren Racing for the long term. The first series of McLaren Racing NFTs will be dropped on Sunday, October 24. According to the announcement, the first drop will feature “different digital components of the MCL35M 2021 Formula 1 race cars, originated from the McLaren Racing CAD system.”

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Lindsey Eckhouse, director of Licensing, eCommerce, and esports at McLaren Racing, said:

“The first NFT drop heroes our papaya-liveried MCL35M F1 car. This will give our fans a fantastic opportunity to collect and see each component from every angle while allowing them to win incredible experiences and prizes.”

The first digital component will be gifted for free to the first 5,000 fans who join the collective platform. An MCL35M 2021 Formula 1 car will require 22 NFT components to complete that will be released in five releases. In the first drop on October 24, 4 components will be released. After this initial drop, fans can purchase one or multiple components as they release in an effort to collect all 22 to assemble the fully digital MCL35M race car. The first person to complete a full MCL35M will win a VIP trip to the 2022 Formula 1 Grand Prix.

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The launch of McLaren Racing Collective doesn’t come as surprise as an NFT platform by McLaren Racing was announced much earlier in June 2021. As Crypto Economy reported, in June, McLaren Racing choose Tezos as its official technical partner to create an NFT platform across Formula1, INDYCAR, and esports.

McLaren Racing’s NFTs will be listed on Sweet, an NFT marketplace that has recently been integrated with Tezos. In an announcement on Thursday, October 21, Sweet said that McLaren Racing NFTs will be the first collection listed on its platform.

indsey Eckhouse commented:

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“We are excited to launch the McLaren Racing Collective, which will help us engage our fans in an innovative new space. Collaborating with our partner Tezos, we are creating new ways to evolve our fan experience through a bespoke McLaren Racing digital collectible marketplace.”

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Sweet NFT Platform Integrates Tezos, Welcomes McLaren Racing NFTs

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  • Sweet NFT platform integrates Tezos.
  • Tezos brings McLaren Racing Collective NFT fan experience to Sweet.
  • All three brands value sustainability through innovation.

The leading enterprise NFT solutions provider — Sweet, happily announces the integration of Tezos onto its platform. Tezos is a leading Proof-of-Stake (PoS) blockchain network known for its sustainability and simple upgrades.

This integration means that the Tezos collection enters the Sweet NFT Platform. In turn, this unveils the arrival of the highly-gamified McLaren Racing Collective NFT fan experience onto Sweet. Thus, McLaren Racing fans can now collect unique McLaren F1 car parts and begin building their unique NFT McLaren F1 car on Sweet, powered by Tezos.

Accordingly, Sweet is establishing exciting ways for brands to bring digital collectibles to their audiences. By adding support for Tezos, Sweet unlocks a whole new wave of growth. To elaborate, perks for the leading NFT marketplace include energy efficiency and scalability.

Not to mention, Sweet will open the doors to welcome the alive and active Tezos NFT community. Therefore, Sweet’s highly intuitive and user-friendly NFT Marketplace and wallet is set to boom.

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Furthermore, the integration will allow all McLaren Racing fans to collect, sell, and create Tezos NFTs on Sweet. Fans can even reserve a complimentary McLaren Racing NFT right now on  McLarenRacingCollective.com. However, they must do so before October 24th.

CEO of Sweet — Tom Mizzone says,

McLaren Racing is revolutionizing the digital collectibles space by providing fans with unprecedented views of the MCL35M car parts as true 3D NFTs that can be spun around, fidgeted with, and viewed from all angles. Additionally, McLaren Racing has gamified the entire collectors’ experience as their fans race to collect all the individual 3D car components to unlock the interactive 3D MCL35M Formula One car and access unique fan experiences.

More so, Mizzone says that the entire McLaren Racing Collective on Tezos is built for its eco-friendliness. In fact, its compatibility with NFTs is great with broad-scale use cases and applications. Lastly, Tezos allows Sweet to continue prioritizing and maintaining a seamless, user-friendly digital collecting experience. Thus, Sweet expects to see a large move into Tezos NFTs across many marketplaces and IP holder verticals.

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As for McLaren F1 fans building their McLaren F1 car via the McLaren Racing’s immersive and gamified NFT experience, there is much to explore. In detail, each part will have its own scarcity. Thus, there will be enough parts available only to assemble 35 complete NFT cars.

Likewise, the first batch of collectible parts will include the right-wing mirror, the left-wing mirror, the FR wheel, and the FL wheel. These will be out on October 24, 2021, right during the time of the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas on Sweet.

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