The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 73 — Brave surpasses 24M MAU & 7.8 DAU in Dec 2020, BAT THEMIS bake-off, Battle of the BAT & Brave Memes!

Brave User Growth Update: Brave surpassed 24.1M Monthly Active Users & 7.8M Daily Active Users in December 2020! 

A big, warm welcome to all of our new users, and big props to our existing users for continuing to choose Brave in 2021! To the moon! 🚀 

You can also find the latest user growth stats, as well as other platform stats & token activity on https://brave.com/transparency/

BAT/Brave Decentralization Update: Request For Comments and Code (RFC&C) bake-off event among next-gen blockchains for best future BAT THEMIS infrastructure

The Brave research team has been working on the THEMIS protocol [1] [2] [3] to progressively decentralize the Brave/BAT Ads [4] infrastructure, while providing users and advertisers the ability to verify that the protocol is running correctly. Today, we announce an event where the community has the opportunity to participate in the design and development of the next generation of Brave Ads and Rewards.

Brave Browser and Basic Attention Token(BAT) have seen rapid growth since we launched the browser and token in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Brave has over 24 million monthly active users and over 7 million daily active users, while BAT is one of the most used tokens with close to 12M wallets, 4.3M monthly transacting BAT users, 1 million verified publishers, and more than 400 advertisers.

Read the full post here:  https://brave.com/themis-rfcc/ 

Battle of the BAT & Brave Memes! (Includes NFTs, Collectible Stickers, & Giveaway)

We’ve held meme battles in the past. But this time, we want to see you bring your funniest, most epic, share-worthy BAT & Brave memes to the table—memes that will make BAT & Brave go viral.

Submissions will be accepted starting today, January 6th, until the submission deadline on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Redditors will have until January 19th to vote for their favorite submissions using Reddit’s native voting system.

Following the submission deadline on January 19th, we will tokenize the three most upvoted memes on the blockchain in order to create limited-edition digital collectibles (NFTs) that will later be available for fans to purchase in an exclusive drop on the Brave Swag Store. Each digital NFT purchase will come with a collectible sticker based on one of the three winning memes.

Creators of the top three winning memes will receive lion’s share of the revenue from NFT & sticker sales, and a $100 coupon for the Brave Swag Store!

Similar to the collectible Minotaur King Crystal (physical NFT) we created with Gala Games, BAT/Brave-meme NFTs are limited, unique assets that you can own, collect, and trade with other fans!

This is just the first of many opportunities to come to see your artwork transformed into a limited NFT. But don’t miss this chance for your artwork to become a first edition digital BAT & Brave collectible!

Submit memes for the contest & vote for your fave submissions here:  https://www.reddit.com/r/BATProject/comments/krrzep/battle_of_the_bat_brave_memes_includes_nfts/ 

MrBeast (YouTuber with 50M subscribers) is now a verified Brave browser publisher! 

MrBeast, is an American YouTuber, entrepreneur and philanthropist who has been credited with pioneering a genre of YouTube videos that center on expensive stunts. He is also the co-creator of Team Trees, a fundraiser for the Arbor Day Foundation, which has raised over $22 million to-date. 

Members of the BAT/Brave Community were stoked to see MrBeast join the Brave Creators ecosystem and raved about the news on social media: 

Subscribe to MrBeast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MrBeast6000 (And don’t forget to tip him some BAT to welcome him to the Brave fam!) 

Luke Mulks joins Hashoshi along with Gala Games CEO & CMO Eric Schiermeyer and Jason Brinks to chat blockchain games & NFTs

Hashoshi sat down with Gala Games CEO & CMO Eric Schiermeyer and Jason Brinks and Brave Director of BD Luke Mulks to discuss blockchain games, NFTs, crypto collectibles and a whole lot more!

Tune in here:

Tune in to hear Brave’s Luke Mulks on the The Tatiana Show Ep. 288: Blockchain & Tomorrow’s Gaming with Brave & Gala Games 

Luke Mulks of Brave and Eric Shiermeyer & Jason Brink of Gala Games join the program today to talk about their new partnership in support of one of the most ambitious economic ideas in video games: a way to truly own the things you find, create or purchase in your favorite games! They talk about how this alliance came about, why true ownership of digital assets is so important, and why Brave and the BAT token make a great foundation for online gaming.

Listen here: https://thetatianashow.com/insert-token-blockchain-tomorrows-gaming-with-brave-gala-games-the-tatiana-show-ep-288/ 


This Week in Sponsored Images

This week, eToro, Bitpay, ShapeShift, BlockFi, AAX, and Gala Games all return to the New Tab Page following the success of their recent Sponsored Images campaigns! 

Our ever-expanding list of New Tab Page sponsors includes: PayPal, Verizon, Intel, Newegg, Western Digital, The Home Depot, Chipotle, Khan Academy, Coinbase, and more. 

To learn about how Sponsored Images can help promote your business, check out our Case Studies: https://brave.com/brave-ads/casestudies/ 


Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.20.68 

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.20.68

Desktop Dev Channel v1.19.79 

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.19.79

Desktop Beta Channel v1.19.77

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.19.77

Desktop release channel v1.18.78 

https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/releases/tag/v1.18.78

Stay ahead of bugs and benefit from all the latest updates & fixes by keeping your Brave browser updated to the latest version at all times.  

To update your Brave browser on desktop, go to brave://help. On mobile, if you don’t receive updates automatically, you can manually update your Brave browser app from the Play or iOS App Stores.


Brave Team Tweets

Ben Livshits, Chief Scientist
Jonathan Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Jonathan Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development
Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development
Marketing Leader & Business Development EMEA
Brendan Eich, CEO
Marketing Leader & Business Development EMEA

BAT/Brave in the News

Bezinga: YouTube Star MrBeast’s Fans Can Now Tip Him In Cryptocurrency

Jimmy Donaldson, better known as MrBeast among his fans, now has a verified Brave browser account, which gives his more than 50 million subscribers on Alphabet Inc’s (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) video platform YouTube exposure to the BAT cryptocurrency.

What Happened: Mr. Beast joins the likes of Spinnin’ Records, a Dutch electronic music label, and Trap Nation, a U.S. music promoter among the top YouTube content creators on the Brave Browser.

The Brendan Eich-founded Brave powers digital advertising on its browser with a Bitcoin-like cryptocurrency called the Basic Attention Token (BAT).

Why It Matters: Brave has risen in popularity over the last two years and has attracted 1 million publishers and more than 25 million active monthly users, reported Cointelegraph.

Read the full text here: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/youtube-star-mrbeasts-fans-now-081716693.html 

Decrypt: Brave Browser Review (2021): Earn Tokens While Browsing

In brief: 

  • Brave browser is a privacy-first browser that blocks ads by default.
  • Users can earn Basic Attention Token (BAT) cryptocurrency by viewing privacy-preserving ads on Brave.
  • Based on the open-source Chromium browser, Brave offers a familiar experience for Chrome users.

Do you remember the dark days of Internet Explorer? We do. In the face of its slow, buggy, and downright unpleasant interface, the arrival of alternative browsers like Firefox and Google Chrome was an absolute godsend. Now there’s a (relatively) new kid on the block, and it’s powered by crypto: Brave Browser.

Read the full review here: https://decrypt.co/44416/brave-web-browser-review 


News From Our Partners

Gala Games and Polyient Games Join Forces to Shatter Record with an $800K NFT Sale

In the world of Mirandus, it’s good to be the King. Over the weekend, Gala Games and Polyient Games negotiated the terms of a sale, which was executed this morning on OpenSea, for the Citadel of the Sun for the upcoming fantasy MMORPG game Mirandus. The Citadel of the Sun is a 1/1 Legendary-tier NFT that comes with its own Kingdom inside of the World of Mirandus.

[…] 

Gala Games has been releasing information about Mirandus on a weekly basis on their Mirandus Monday announcements. Recently, they partnered with the Brave Browser, to release a limited-edition Physical NFT on the Brave Store. These NFTs, which sold out quickly, come with an in-game Homestead NFT, of which only 1000 will exist.

[…]

The sale, executed on OpenSea, was submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest single NFT transaction. Witnessed by prominent blockchain greats this record raises the bar for in-game NFTs moving forward.

Read the full post here: https://gogalagames.medium.com/gala-games-and-polyient-games-join-forces-to-shatter-record-with-an-800k-nft-sale-8288b874cb83 

(Reminder to Brave users: You can now spend BAT directly on the Gala Games platform to purchase in-game items for Town Star and Mirandus!

Happy New Year from Splinterlands!

The Splinterlands team wants to wish everyone a very happy new year, and we hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday! We want to start off the year with a few quick updates on the land sale, Uniswap LP rewards, the upcoming raffle drawing, and more.

2021 is shaping up to be an amazing year for Splinterlands, and we hope that all of you are as excited as we are for what’s to come!

Read the full post here: https://hive.blog/splinterlands/@splinterlands/happy-new-year-from-splinterlands 

(Reminder to Brave users: You can now spend BAT directly in Splinterlands to purchase cards, booster packs, potions, and other magical game items!)

WIN: Enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes with BAT for a chance to win a Steph Curry authentic autographed basketball, 32 GB Apple 10.2-Inch iPad with WiFi (2020 Model), a $200 Amazon gift card, Rihanna signed fender black Stratocaster Styled electric guitar, and other great prizes! 

All Brave users with Uphold-verified wallets are eligible to participate in TAP Network’s ongoing sweepstakes. To view open sweepstakes and enter, head over to the TAP Marketplace Sweepstakes page, select your desired sweepstakes, and enter and enter as many times as you desire!

Other sweepstakes offerings from TAP include one-of-a-kind music experiences, limited-edition sports gear and memorabilia, as well as digital gift cards from hundreds of retailers including brands like Amazon, Gamestop, Nintendo, and more.

If you haven’t verified your Brave Rewards wallet yet, the TAP marketplace provides a range of options for you to redeem your earned BAT for gift cards, sweepstakes, and to support causes like Know Your Rights Camp and #HashtagLunchbag!

Visit the TAP Rewards Market for Brave Users: https://brave.tapnetwork.io/ 

See recent winners here: https://tapnetwork.io/winners/ 


News You Should Know

Bankless: AI Art Heating Up!

Dear Bankless Nation,

This was a special week for the NFT ecosystem.

That’s because Robbie Barrat, a young masterful AI artist, just saw three of his signature works sell for 280 ETH collectively on SuperRare’s secondary marketplace. 

Barrat’s a trailblazer who will go down in history as one of the all-time greats. His success is a beacon to all other AI artists that tokenizing their works as NFTs is not only viable, it’s the future. 

So expect to be hearing a lot more about AI art and other related fields like generative art around the NFT space. We’ve got a lot more trailblazers coming. 

In the meantime, let’s catch our breaths and catch up on the week’s news!

– WMP

Read the full post here: https://metaversal.banklesshq.com/p/ai-art-heating-up 

Loop: The Proof of NFTs — $3.5M Beeple Drop.

If ever there was a doubt about the future of NFTs & Crypto Art, it is no more. The success of the recent $3.5M Beeple drop signifies the inevitable evolution of Crypto Art from a niche market to the mainstream.

If you have no idea what NFTs are, check out these articles.

[1] What is an NFT & How do I make money from selling my art as a NFT?

[2] The Crypto Art World ?

This will be a detailed explanation talking about Beeple’s second NiftyGateway NFT drop.

On the 9th of December, Beeple announced this tweet, hyping up his second drop. This tweet was the start of something BIG; NFTs backed by signed physicals, with a hair sample in each one to verify authenticity.

100 $1 editions, 3 open editions for 5 minutes & 21 1/1 auctions spanning two days!

Read the full text here: https://loopifyyy.medium.com/the-proof-of-nfts-3-5m-beeple-drop-37955867d789 


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