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Azra Games has revealed plans to launch its first NFT (non-fungible token) collection, Hope, at Magic Eden on September 28. NFTs are part of the company’s upcoming Legions & Legends sci-fi game.
Magic Eden is a community focused NFT marketplace. Hopeful NFTs will serve as PFPs (profile pictures), become part of the upcoming Azra Games universe and provide holders with special perks and benefits for the Azra Games community.
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Holders of The Hopeful NFT will have access to private Discord channels featuring the Azra team, early beta access to Azra titles, and other undisclosed benefits.
“Azra’s first NFT art collection is inspired by the pioneering spirit of the web3 community and the shared pursuit of hope for the promise of web3,” Azra Games CEO and Founder Mark Otero said in a statement. “The name of our The Hopeful collection reflects both that promise and the spirit. The graphic novel’s drawing style pays tribute to the golden age of comics, where Paul Martin d’Azra, a former Marvel comics artist, led the latter style. We are excited to partner with Magic Eden to bring our coin to all hopeful cryptocurrencies.
Legions & Legends will be the debut game from Azra Games, which recently closed a $15 million funding round from Andreessen Horowitz, NFX and other leading gaming and Web3 investors. Otero previously led the development of the popular mobile game Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes from Electronic Arts at Capital Games. (Last year, the Star Wars game reached 100 million downloads).
Azra Games is on a mission to create deep and immersive game worlds, with a specialized game economy and virtual collectibles, powered by Web3 technology such as NFTs, which use blockchain to authenticate unique digital items. The seed funding will be used to accelerate the development of Azra’s debut game – an epic, imaginative, massive combat RPG.
Role-playing collectibles and battles are set in a sci-fi fantasy universe, where players control legions in a new combat experience, craft massive war machines, trade collectibles NFT in-game, and earn rewards in a new kind of in-game in-economy .
Ken Walton, Vice President of Growth at Azra Games, said in a statement: “Ethereum needed a high-quality launch pad like Magic Eden, and we’re excited to be able to use it to create The Hopeful. This first collection is especially for our studio and we are excited to partner with the talented people at Magic Eden.
Hopeful characters are employees of the Genesis Merchant Company – the intrepid explorers, miners, junkies and merchants who discovered the Corvus galaxy in Legions & Legends. Owners of this Genesis collection will have their first chance to test the game in beta.
“We are excited to bring The Hopeful Collection to the Magic Eden Launchpad and give our community first-hand access to the magical universe that the Azra Games team is creating. Gaming is one of our main focus and we are excited to partner with Azra’s team of experienced builders to make further breakthroughs in Web3 gaming,” said Jack Lu, CEO of Magic Eden, in a statement.
Magic Eden recently expanded to the Ethereum blockchain in August 2022. As part of the company’s chain expansion, Magic Eden introduced the Magic Eden List (a whitelist/whitelist management tool that helps creators generate interest in the collection), the Cross-Channel Drop Calendar (a holistic view of the most exciting emerging mints in the ecosystem), and a Cross-Channel Launch Pad (which allows users to seamlessly mint SOL, ETH, and credit cards).
Otero works with fellow entrepreneurs Sonny Mayugba and Travis Boudreaux. The company has also hired Capital Games veterans.
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