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Yuga Labs Raises $450m to Build Media Empire Around NFTs: Report

Yuga Labs, the blockchain startup behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) Non-Fungible Token (NFT) mission, has raised the sum of $450 million in funding from traders led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z).

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The funding information was completely broken by The Verge who additionally claimed that the spherical enjoined participation from sport studio Animoca Brands and crypto corporations Coinbase and MoonPay, amongst others.

The fund successfully positioned Yuga Labs at a $4 billion valuation and the workforce aimed to inject the funds into constructing a media empire that can predominantly function NFTs. The empire will likely be kickstarted with a sport and a metaverse mission is unveiled a couple of days in the past dubbed the “Otherside.”

The workforce is notably collaborating with a slew of different tasks to create “an interoperable world” that’s “gamified” and “completely decentralized,” says Wylie Aronow, a co-founder of Bored Ape Yacht Club who goes by the pseudonym Gordon Goner. “We think the real Ready Player One experience will be player run.”

The caliber of traders the mission drew which helped it increase the most important funds of any NFT mission to date is proof that the mission’s prospect is being acknowledged by many. 

“To me, Yuga Labs, combined with these other emergings [Web3] companies, are an important counterweight to companies like Meta,” Chris Dixon, who leads Andreessen Horowitz’s crypto arm, tells The Verge. “There’s a dystopian future where Meta is this kind of dominant digital experience provider, and all of the money and control goes to that company.”

Yuga Labs not too long ago acquired the IP rights to the CryptoPunks and Meebits NFT collections, a transfer that offers them unique entry to the business’s most prestigious digital artwork collections. Besides Yuga Labs, different famend Web3.0 tasks have additionally pulled big funds from traders with the NFT buying and selling market hitting $13.3 billion valuations following its $300 million funding spherical again in January.

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