Unique Network | NFT platform for Kusama and Polkadot | SubstraPunks | Chelobricks | Substrate NFT

It’s not a secret that in 
2021 NFT became the new DeFi,   attracting more and more attention from both 
builders and end users. Everything is NFT now:   artists, museums, singers, influencers are 
in the hype racing. In 2021 the market for   non-fungible tokens (NFTs) surged to new highs 
in the second quarter, with $2.5 billion in sales   so far this year, up from just $13.7 
million in the first half of 2020. The most popular NFT platforms 
are traditionally Ethereum-based,   such as OpenSea and Rarible, but with the 
raise of popularity of alternative blockchains,   that have advantages over Ethereum 
or just don't have its disadvantages,   more teams chose to build on 
other chains like Polkadot or BSC. Unique Network – the project that is overviewed in 
this article – is a one of such platforms. It is   a Substrate-based multifunctional NFT platform 
with wallets, marketplaces, smart contracts,   NFT interoperability, a variety of 
formats and ownership structures. With Unique users can experiment in 
generating their own NFT collections,   royalties, and marketplaces. Unique 
Network has released an open-source   repository of components that will enable anyone 
to launch their own custom NFT minting solution,   wallets, and galleries from which 
they can engage in the metaverse.

Unique Network has several core open 
source components to its solution:   NFT pallet, Substrate’s smart contract pallet, 
wallet, NFT marketplace, spam prevention,   ownership structuring, and gaming 
development integrations for NFTs.   In addition, there will be an 
instant bridge between Flow and   other chains for out-of-the-box interoperability 
to support and complement a thriving and healthy   ecosystem. Compatibility with Ethereum will 
be achieved through EVM and other tools. Unique Network started its path in 2020 from 
releasing the testnet on Hackusama – the first   Polkadot/Kusama hackathon and winning 
in two categories: “Build a blockchain”   and “Community choice”. The project 
has delivered 5 Web3f Grant projects. The most known use-case of Unique 
demo are Substrapunks and Chelobriks.  Substrapunks are the tribute to Cryptopunks. 
They were created as a demo for Unique Network,   the NFT chain for Kusama and Polkadot during 
the Hackusama hackathon.

10000 Substrapunks were   created with random traits (some twins or even 
triplets appeared) and were claimed for free   by anyone. Substrapunks are now actively traded 
at Unique market and prices start from 0.6 KSM   go for an unbelievable 44,000 KSM for 
the first ever Substrapunk minted! Chelobricks were launched during the Polkadot 
Decoded 2021 and were freely claimed by listeners   of the conference. 10000 items were minted, 
each Chelobrick has several traits (up to 8)..

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