Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) creator Yuga Labs has emerged victorious in a legal battle with Ryder Ripps, the co-creator of copycat NFT project RR/BAYC. Yuga Labs had filed a complaint against Ripps and his co-founder, Jeremy Cahen, alleging trademark infringement, false advertising, and unfair competition, among other things. The US District Court for the Central District of California ruled in favor of Yuga Labs in a pre-trial summary judgment on April 21, finding that Ripps and Cahen had indeed infringed Yuga Lab’s trademarks with their RR/BAYC NFT collection. The court has also ruled that Yuga Labs is entitled to an injunction and damages, which will be determined at trial.
This legal victory is being hailed as a landmark moment for Web3, as it sends a message to scammers and counterfeiters that they will be held accountable. Ripps and Cahen had created RR/BAYC back in May 2022 as a protest against Yuga Labs, using all of the same imagery as the original BAYC NFTs. Ripps is also known for his conspiracy theory that the BAYC artwork was designed to convey racist caricatures, and that the project’s logo and branding have several nods to certain Nazi symbols and language.
In other news, Mandala Metaverse has selected Polkadot to host its first major NFT drop on April 28. Mandala Metaverse is a story-based project that spans TV, graphic novels, gaming, and AR, and its gaming elements have been developed in Epic Games’ AAA quality Unreal Engine. The NFT drop, called “Cryptonauts,” features various avatars that will serve as playable characters in the game. The artwork was illustrated by comic artist Bruce Zick, who has worked with giants such as Disney and Marvel.
Polkadot is not known for hosting gaming and NFT projects, with no recorded sales data on aggregators such as CryptoSlam. However, Mandala Metaverse CEO Jon Shanker believes that Polkadot’s real future-proof NFT applications, such as nesting, staking, and the ability to send NFTs over bridges, make it an ideal choice for the Cryptonauts NFTs.
Moving on, Square Enix, the developer of Final Fantasy, has partnered with Web3 infrastructure firm Elixir Games to bring blockchain gaming to the mainstream. Although details on the partnership are still scarce, Elixir Games offers both traditional and Web3 games on its platform, along with Web3 distribution features such as NFT sales and marketplaces. Square Enix is increasingly interested in launching games via Elixir, and this partnership is expected to bring blockchain gaming closer to mass adoption.
Finally, a free-to-play multiplayer NFT cricket strategy game called Cricket Stars has been launched on the Tezos blockchain.