BAYC donates $1m to Ukraine as Yuga Labs protects the brand

By Raffaele Redi
• Updated

The NFT network matched the contributions made by its members to the country

Bored Ape 4873 NFT digital art seen on smartphone                                 
Bored Ape Yacht Club is one of the most traded NFT collections with a volume of $1.4bn – Photo: Bored Ape Yacht Club
                                

Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) has donated $1m to help Ukraine with the network matching the contributions made to the country by its members.

“It’s been inspiring to see our community come together in support of Ukraine – almost $1m in ETH has been donated to Ukraine by wallets containing a BAYC ecosystem non-fungible token (NFT). Today we’re matching that with a $1m ETH donation of our own,” tweeted Yuga Labs, creator of the BAYC network.

According to London-based blockchain analysis provider Elliptic, the wallet for the Ukrainian government has received more than $60m from 71,000 donations in cryptocurrencies so far.

Latest developments from BAYC

Meanwhile, Yuga Labs has filed several trademark applications in an attempt to protect its Bored Ape brand, as more merchandising products, such as gadgets and themed stores, enter the marketplace.

The company filed its latest trademark application in Costa Rica. However, previous applications have covered Europe, Singapore, Canada, New Zealand, Austria, Iceland and the Philippines, according to global brand database Wipo .

The trademark applications generally cover items relating to NFTs and digital collectables, but they have also extended to clothing, footwear, jewellery, toys, skateboards and alcohol, including wine and beer.

The applications have also covered online games, which follows the launch of a pilot BAYC game that could see the network roll out its own play-to-earn game in the metaverse.

The Bored Ape token

The BAYC network has also signed a partnership with US Web3 and crypto developer Horizen Labs to design and release the Bored Ape token.

In response to the deal, Horizen Labs revealed that it had purchased Bored Ape #6709 for ETH100, around $270,000 at the current rate.

“Joining the BAYC signals Horizen Labs’ increasingly leading role in the tokenisation space with multiple upcoming partner fungible and non-fungible token releases,” said the company.

Horizen Labs co-founder and CEO Rob Viglione said: “This purchase is a sign of our strong partnership with the Bored Ape Yacht Club and our growing role in developing the Web3 space.”

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