The Weekly Stack: We're feeling '23 🎉
Welcome to Gamma's weekly newsletter! Here, you'll find all the latest news and alpha related to Bitcoin NFTs on Stacks. Oh, and Happy New Year!
I don't know about you, but we're feeling like we had a pretty good 2022 — despite all the crypto drama. As we ring in the new year, let’s take a look back on all the amazing things we accomplished with the help of our community (that’s you)!
The big stuff
Let’s start with the big one — our rebrand to Gamma. Some of you OGs who have been with us since the beginning may remember STXNFT…here’s a little reminder:
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Gamma’s founder and CEO Jamil initially built STXNFT after realizing there was no free, open NFT marketplace on Stacks. We’re pretty sure he coded the entire website on one plane ride.
After months of hard work, hiring a brilliant team, building an amazing community, and putting a bit more effort into those brand aesthetics, we officially launched Gamma on April 27th, 2022.
Today, Gamma is the #1 open marketplace on Stacks for NFTs and other digital collectibles. We continue to release new features according to your feedback and desires — let’s take a look at some of our major releases from 2022.
The Create Portal
The Gamma create portal was designed to be the easiest and quickest way for anyone to create an NFT collection that includes all the features you might need. From rarity rankings and specialized metadata to curated contract types to suit any and all collections, the Gamma create portal makes it easy to get started.
But the thing that sets the Gamma create portal apart isn’t just your user experience. As believers in the Web3 philosophy of ownership over your online persona and identities, every single contract minted through Gamma is 100% yours — no strings attached. You hold the keys, and we’ll hold your hand (if you need support).
If you’ve been thinking about launching an NFT collection, 2023 is the year to do it. Head over to the Gamma Create Portal to get started.
Our last big launch of 2022 concluded with our release for Ethereum support. Across our Gamma social profiles and Create Portal, we integrated the Ethereum ecosystem to bridge communities across Stacks and Ethereum and to let you make your Gamma profile your Web3 home.
While we’re still all about Bitcoin, we’re stoked to bring more communities together and introduce new Ethereans to the world of Bitcoin NFTs on Stacks. 😎
Perhaps the most exciting resource library we launched in 2022 was the ‘How to’ video tutorial collection, which you can browse on Youtube or Vimeo. If you’re new to Gamma or want to onboard new friends, send them one of our video tutorials, like this one on how to list an NFT for sale:
Trust us, they’re worth watching just to hear our community manager Brett’s Australian accent.
On our blog, we’ve published several guides with many more to come. Additionally, you’ll want to keep an eye out for new posts from the brilliant minds on our team — we’ll be publishing more trend analyses, tutorials, educational guides, and whatever else you want to see (let us know!).
In July, we released our brand new Support portal. If you haven’t checked it out yet, it might be worth a browse.
Community & Art
Finally, we hosted a lot of great virtual and in-person events featuring several of the talented artists that choose to work with Gamma. Here’s a look back on some of our favorites!
Proof of Work Collection
To celebrate the value behind Bitcoin’s consensus mechanism, Proof of Work, we invited you all to submit your very own “Proof of Work” in September to commemorate all your hard work over the year.
Proof of work (PoW) is the most time-tested consensus mechanism, allowing for a truly decentralized blockchain that awards people who continually expend resources to settle and secure transactions, and enabling a user owned internet. Take a peek at what Proof of Work looks like in your peers’ lives!
In October, we took steps to encourage inclusivity and diversity by curating the Peer-to-Peer Community collection with the help of several talented contributors.
All proceeds during this event were donated to the International Women’s Day Charity Alliance to help support their mission of moving towards a more fair and equitable world. Take a peek at the collection here and read more about it in our thread below!
To give thanks to everyone who supported Gamma over the last year, we released a free mint during Thanksgiving. The collection was hand-drawn by our very talented dotwork artist, Carole Levy — explore the collection here.
Community Roundtable Q4 2022
During our Q4 live Community Roundtable in November featuring Hungry Artist, Arno from Earth, and Vandal Heart, we invited you all to tune in on these artists journeys as well as a special live demonstration from the artists themselves. Catch up on all the action via the recordings on our Youtube channel.
Finally, in December, we partnered with the Mintery to host an exclusive Art Basel event in Miami featuring 20 of your favorite artists. Take a look through all the winning pieces in this Twitter thread:
We’re so grateful to each and every one of you who has supported Gamma and been a part of our Bitcoin NFT community for the past year. In 2023, we’re ready to create even bigger and better things, with you.
P.S. Stay tuned for the first Gamma announcement of 2023, happening tomorrow.
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