OpenSea Adds 'Collector Drops' to NFT Marketplace With Shawn Mendes Wearables

The new series puts OpenSea in competition Nifty Gateway, which has cornered the celeb NFT market to date.

Feb 26, 2021 at 5:05 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 12:18 p.m. UTC

The non-fungible token (NFT) craze continued to make inroads among pop culture brands this week with Canadian singer Shawn Mendes agreeing to issue digital wearables in partnership with avatar company Genies.

  • Mendes' collection of concert-style collectibles is set to debut on the NFT marketplace OpenSea midday Friday, becoming the digital auction house's first "digital goods drop."
  • The new OpenSea product puts the platform in competition with the Winklevoss-owned Nifty Gateway, which has cornered the celeb market with a series of high-profile releases.
  • The collectibles issued by avatar-maker Genies allow fans to deck their own digital alter-egos out with limited edition and licensed swag in a twist to the NFT sales reshaping card collection and art at breakneck speed.
  • For his part, Mendes said proceeds of the sale will benefit a grants program for aspiring digital artists that his charity is backing. Mendes plans to incrementally release more NFTs as his career develops, Genies CEO Akash Nigam told CoinDesk.
  • "We really do believe in the long-term longevity of all this," Nigam said. He argued avatars are among "the best vehicle[s] to get people to comprehend" NFTs.
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