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Defiance Launches the First ETF Focused on NFTs, $NFTZ

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“NFTs could be bigger than the internet,” says Sylvia Jablonski, Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Defiance ETFs.

$NFTZ offers investors thematic exposure to the NFT (Non-Fungible Tokens), blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystems, which include NFT marketplaces and issuers such as Coinbase and Playboy.

The NFT revolution will fundamentally change the economic model for artists, athletes, creators, and many more industries that we can’t even conceive of today. “In October, all time NFT trading volume surpassed $15 Billion,” says Jablonski.

About the Index: The BITA NFT and Blockchain Select Index aims to track the performance of a portfolio of publicly listed companies with relevant thematic exposure to the NFT (Non-Fungible Tokens), blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystems. The index is rules-based and rebalanced on a quarterly basis.

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Risk Disclosure
Investing involves risk. Principal loss is possible. As an ETF, the fund may trade at a premium or discount to NAV. Shares of any ETF are bought and sold at market price (not NAV) and are not individually redeemed from the Fund. The Fund is not actively managed and would not sell a security due to current or projected under performance unless that security is removed from the Index or is required upon a reconstitution of the Index.

The Index, and consequently the Fund, is expected to concentrate its investments (i.e., hold more than 25% of its total assets) in the securities of Crypto and Blockchain Companies. As a result, the value of the Fund’s shares may rise and fall more than the value of shares of a fund that invests in securities of companies in a broader range of industries.

The mechanics of using blockchain technology to transact in digital or other types of assets, such as securities or derivatives, is relatively new and untested. There is no assurance that widespread adoption will occur. A lack of expansion in the usage of blockchain technology could adversely affect Crypto and Blockchain Companies. Transacting on a blockchain depends in part specifically on the use of cryptographic keys that are required to access a user’s account (or “wallet”). The theft, loss, or destruction of these keys could adversely affect a user’s ownership claims over an asset or a company’s business or operations if it was dependent on the blockchain.

The Fund is considered to be non-diversified, which means that it may invest more of its assets in the securities of a single issuer or a smaller number of issuers than if it were a diversified fund. As a result, the Fund may be more exposed to the risks associated with and developments affecting an individual issuer or a smaller number of issuers than a fund that invests more widely. This may increase the Fund’s volatility and cause the performance of a relatively smaller number of issuers to have a greater impact on the Fund’s performance.

Investments in non-U.S. securities involve certain risks that may not be present with investments in U.S. securities. For example, investments in non-U.S. securities may be subject to risk of loss due to foreign currency fluctuations or to political or economic instability. There may be less information publicly available about a non-U.S. issuer than a U.S. issuer.

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The BITA Next Gen NFT Index is a rules-based index that consists of the common stock (or depositary receipts) of companies that are building a platform or developing technology to use, or have at least one use or test case for using, NFT (Non-Fungible Token), cryptocurrency trading platforms, cryptocurrency mining, cryptocurrency banking or related services, or blockchain-related technology, as well as companies that have announced publicly that they intend to enter such space or have begun working on such products (collectively, “Crypto and Blockchain Companies”). The Index consists of companies listed on North American and European exchanges and aims to capture the potential upside generated by earnings related to the adoption of crypto- and blockchain-related technologies, including NFTs and cryptocurrency.

NFTZ is new with a limited operating history.

Go to defianceetfs.com/NFTZ to read more about NFT including current performance and holdings information. Fund holdings are subject to change and should not be considered recommendations to buy or sell any securities.

The Defiance ETFs are distributed by Foreside Fund Services, LLC.

The Funds’ investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses must be considered carefully before investing. The prospectus contain this and other important information about the investment company. Please read carefully before investing. A hard copy of the prospectuses can be requested by calling 833.333.9383 or at defianceetfs.com.

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WOO’s first land sale set for Valentine’s Day

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Wrestling Organization Online (WOO) has scheduled its first land sale for February 14. At this time, whitelisted users will be able to buy packs containing in-game cities within the game’s first available territory. If there are still packs remaining on March 16, the sale will be opened to the general public. These cities will have various stats, similar to WOO’s other assets.

In WOO, players create and manage a wrestling organization with a roster of unique wrestlers backed by NFTs and the Hive ecosystem. Managers, promotions, championships and now cities can be staked and wagered in an effort to be the best of the best.

Founder and CEO Ian Withey says this is the latest step in making WOO the premier digital wrestling experience.

“Wrestling Organization Online brings old-school territory wrestling to the #HIVE blockchain,” he said. “With our first territory land sale, we will be one step closer to making that vision a reality.”

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To get on the whitelist, players must be one of the top 200 holders of in-game assets including NFTs, unopened packs from previous sales and $WOO tokens, so there is still time to get on the list before the sale.

Whitelisted users will have until March 14 to buy as much land as they can before the territory moves into a general sale two days later, if supplies last. Due to the limited number of whitelist slots and the abundance of users in the running, the WOO team anticipates fierce competition for the top slots.

Each pack sold in this first Territory of 10,000 cities will cost $20, payable through PayPal, Hive, HBD, BTC, and LTC, meaning assets can be purchased with both fiat and cryptocurrency.

WOO will release 20 territories over time, but this will be the only land sale before the game’s official release later in 2023.

Several big names in wrestling are partnering with WOO to create an experience aimed at wrestling fans and crypto enthusiasts. Perry Saturn, Raven, Sonny Onoo and Terri Runnels have all signed on to do their part.

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Partnered wrestlers receive 10% of the upcoming sale, a move Withey says is meant to pay back those who paved the way to what wrestling has become.

“We’re looking to leave wrestling in a better state than we found it,” he said. “Wrestlers in this country are seen as independent contractors, so they don’t receive the same benefits as many employees. To help with this, we have profit sharing with our partners, but what we’re really trying to do is bring awareness to this issue.”

As the newest professional partner, Runnels says she is excited to see this technology being used to bring light to something that is important to wrestling fans all over the world. The former manager, TV host and wrestler brings her experience with WCW, WWF and WWE to the newest era of fans with WOO.

“It is so great to see how the WOO team regards old-school wrestling and the traditions that so many have worked so hard for over the years,” she said. “They have somehow taken the newest technology and used it to pay respect to something that is near and dear to all of us, and I am looking forward to seeing it grow.”

WOO offers a full rundown of land and its mechanics at https://peakd.com/hive-167922/@wrestorgonline/woo-land-complete-utility-guide

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ITM showcases the world’s first EV dNFT to achieve trust from edge of vehicle history reports

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Award-winning Taiwanese blockchain solutions provider International Trust Machines Corporation (ITM) showcased its dNFT (dynamic non-fungible token) technology which ensures data integrity of electric vehicles at the 2022 MIH (Mobility In Harmony Open EV Platform initiated by Foxconn) Demo Day, the annual technical advancements event that aims to drive the future of the EV industry.

ITM’s breakthrough would allow users to tie large amounts of dynamic data generated by an electric vehicle to a dNFT, which has the ability to adapt in real time in response to external data. It would make data such as the vehicle’s maintenance and trade history tamper-proof, and ensure that the vehicle owner controls and owns trustworthy and legitimate information.

“Currently, car manufacturers use traditional static NFT technology which binds data to a central database outside the blockchain. It is difficult to confirm the integrity of the data, or they need to rely on a trusted third party to do so,” said Julian Chen, CEO and co-founder of ITM.

ITM’s technology could upload a large amount of data onto the blockchain at a low cost, making data secure on the Web3 architecture. “Electric vehicles generate a large amount of digital data, and the data is exactly what makes EVs valuable,” Chen explained.

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With an ongoing commitment to transform the transportation industry, ITM joined the MIH Consortium as a Contributor Member in 2022, and actively participated in its Security & OTA working group as well as the Web3 vehicle development  interest group to develop security frameworks for the EV industry.

The Foxconn-initiated MIH Consortium aims to create an open EV ecosystem that develops key technologies and design standards of electric vehicles, which will lower the barrier for parties to enter the industry.

MIH currently has more than  2,500 members from 65 countries and regions, and holds an annual technical exhibition MIH Demo Day that invites EV start-ups from around the world to explore new business opportunities. The 2022 MIH Demo Day was held on November 8 in Taipei in 2022; and MIH will showcase their solutions at CES 2023.

Jack Cheng, CEO of MIH Consortium, said that in order to ensure electric vehicles operate normally in a digitalized environment, information security is the key. “MIH will create a brand new environment for the automobile industry. In terms of vehicle data and traceable vehicle history, we will focus on three main areas: supply chain cybersecurity management, the cybersecurity solutions of vehicles, and the protection of user data to return the data ownership to its owners. And the decentralized blockchain technology will play an indispensable role in the process.” The goal of MIH is to combine emerging technologies such as decentralization identifier (DID), Web3 and NFT, so that the control of the data can be returned to car owners.

With technology designed by companies such as ITM, in the future, after an electric vehicle leaves the factory, its driving behavior, maintenance and transaction history, as well as other data generated by the vehicle will be recorded on the blockchain with the consent of the owner.

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The data could be downloaded and verified through the dNFT bound to the EV. With this credible information at hand, dNFT holders can then approach insurance, finance, energy, and ESG providers with credible information, which will maximize the asset value of EVs.

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Oasys completes strategic funding round powered by Galaxy Interactive, Nexon, and Jsquare

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Oasys, a gaming-optimized blockchain built by gamers for gamers close a successful strategic funding round led by Galaxy Interactive and South Korean gaming giant Nexon, the company behind the hit gaming franchises MapleStory and Dungeon Fighter Online. Rounding out the funding was a contribution from Jsquare, a Web3 development VC fund with over $150 million AUM, co-founded by James Wo of Digital Finance Group. Additional contributors include Presto Labs, MZ Web3 Fund, Hyperithm, Jets Capital, AAG, YJM Games, and ChainGuardians.

The strategic funding round enables Oasys to enhance its ecosystem by strengthening its validator network and expanding its pool of gaming partners. The partnerships forged with the investors in the strategic round will also continue to create additional opportunities for the growth of Oasys, along with its different stakeholders.

Following the strategic funding round, Oasys also concluded its public token sale held from 30 November 2022 to 4 December 2022, reaching its funding goal within 12 hours, with commitment from 60 countries. Oasys’ public token sale allows the general public (excluding US-based investors) to invest in Oasys for the first time. The funding round follows Oasys completing a $20 million private token sales round led by Republic Crypto earlier this year and its Mainnet launch in October 2022.

As a contributor to Oasys’ blockchain initiative, Jsquare solidifies its support for impactful GameFi and Web3 projects. Jsquare affirms its mission to help create the next generation of interaction through an advisory board and a dedicated $30 million investment fund for NFT, Web3, and Metaverse companies. Co-founded by James Wo of DFG, a leading Web3 investment firm with over $1 billion under management, Jsquare leverages research, experience, and technological advancement to support meaningful blockchain development.

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With strong support from its institutional backers, Oasys is fully focused on growing its ecosystem and enhancing user experiences. Oasys is committed to its mission of leading the global expansion of blockchain games and bringing new gaming experiences to players and developers alike.

“The aftermath of the recent occurrences in the Web3 sector have highlighted the need of constructing a decentralized and resilient company, one founded on producing top-notch games and gaming content,” says Daiki Moriyama, Director of Oasys. “We will provide a new generation of blockchain games with the gameplay and unmatched experience the community desires due to the backing. And, invaluable knowledge of top game creators, the largest institutional supporters in Web 3, and individual investors from all over the globe.”

“We are proud to be a part of this funding round for Oasys and to see a worthwhile GameFi project reach a wider audience to build its community,” says Joanna Liang, Co-Founder of Jsquare. “We believe that GameFi has an undeniable impact on widening crypto adoption and development, so it’s vital to support projects that put users at the heart of its operation to make a product of true quality.”

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