World’s Top Digital Artists Adopt NFT to Help Ukraine, Backed by Government
Top video game artists have created an NFT charity collection to raise funds for Ukraine, announced and supported by the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine.
— Avatars for the Ukraine team
UKRAINE, May 15, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — A group of top video game industry professionals, credited with hit games Rainbow Six, Warframe, STALKER and Asphalt, as well as the most talented Ukrainian digital artists have created an NFT charity collection to help Ukraine. The collection will be published on MAY 19, 2022 on http://metahistory.gallery, MetaHistory Museum, the official Ukrainian NFT charity platform which has already raised 260 ETH / $722k for Ukraine. Their initiative is supported by the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation, a government institution known for its openness to technological innovations, and has already raised over 60 million for Ukraine in crypto donations. The Ministry announced this charitable initiative on MAY 12, 2022 on its social networks.
The NFT charity collection is called Avatars for Ukraine. The title refers to the original meaning of the word “avatar”, translated from Sanskrit as “incarnation”. The stunning works of art capture the embodiments of all that free Ukraine stands for: its soul, its spirit, its wisdom and its love. The collection is unique and different from other avatars, not just by name. The artworks emerged during 2 months of war and were created by 50 of the most talented and acclaimed Ukrainian digital artists from the gaming and film industries. Europe’s best science fiction illustrator Volodymyr Bondar, winner of the prestigious EuroCon award, contributed an exclusive illustration. Volodymyr can be seen as an embodiment of the spirit itself: he risked his life evacuating dozens of people from heavily bombarded Kharkiv. Among the curators of the collection are two women with the same name, Kateryna, lead artist and art director of an Asphalt game franchise with a record one billion downloads. One Kateryna spent days hiding from airstrikes in the subway with her cats, the other found refuge in Romania.
Many NFT collections focus exclusively on the monetary aspect, and the speculative mentality of buyers and sellers fuels controversy around the market. For the ideologues behind the Avatars collection, the goal is noble. Alexey Savchenko (UK), former business development manager for Epic and former PR manager for GSC: “We thought that if we were going to do NFT to help Ukraine, we should do it the same way we let’s build our game universes, with high production values and the best talent around us. Epic Games, the company that will most likely be the first to build the “true metaverse”, has raised $150 million for Ukraine”. Dmitry Tarabanov (Canada), game designer credited with the hit games Rainbow Six and Warframe“: “The game and film industries allow you to discover universes that cost millions to produce, but only require a few dollars in return, somewhat the opposite of the NFT culture. The stunning art created by these artists is free for all mankind. Yet unlike traditional painters, for digital artists there was no such thing as an “original copy” that they could donate to charity. We thought if NFT had any good use, it would be supporting someone you love, like the people of the war-affected country.” All funds raised from the auction will support medical aid for Ukrainian defenders and will be distributed by the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation from their official Aid For Ukraine crypto wallet.
The MetaHistory NFT platform helped the team by shaping NFT technology to its high standards. MetaHistory has a record of success as an NFT charity platform officially endorsed by the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, a government institution that has previously raised millions of dollars in crypto for Ukraine, and has previously partnered with Elon Musk to supply the Starlink system to Ukraine. The circumstances behind this NFT collection are unprecedented. “We wish there were no more works of art created in the greatest war since WWII. We wish there were no legendary artists painting while their cities are We wish there were no more than 70 items in this collection, because every day this war has added one more piece of art. Yet these NFTs are here and now to fulfill their destiny, the noblest cause of this technology that can be thought of: to make good prevail, to invest in the future we believe in and to embrace the common sense of history,” the joint statement tells them.
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Avatars for Ukraine – Iconic Digital Art NFT Charity Collection – Announcement Trailer