Arweave Q1 2021 Ecosystem Update: NFTs, The Guardian, a new web wallet, new gateway, & much more!

Profit Sharing Community Updates

  • Over 70 profit sharing communities, and over 1000 atomic NFTs now call cXYZ home!
  • Radical improvements in loading speed and UX, including significantly reduced fees and increased usability and transparency.
  • Launch of the ArVerify tool, providing a ‘blue tick for the permaweb
  • An explosion of activity post-launch of ArVerify, leading to over 5,500 verifications so far
  • Over $15k in profits distributed automatically to holders of ArVerify’s profit sharing token so far this year
  • Implementation of ArVerify with the ArConnect wallet from the Verto team
  • Over 250 dapps and communities have been deployed using ArGo, by more than 200 users
  • ArGo is awarded funds from Gitcoin Grants to support their work
  • Partnership with Polygon (previously Matic), integrating ArGo’s permanent hosting solutions
  • Custom domain support is now available for your ArGo-deployed apps & sites
  • Many new features, including nextJS deployment integration, and streamlined redeployment processes
  • Release of the Evermore app for MacOS, and a mobile-friendly web app, resulting in hundreds of new users
  • After becoming the first Arweave-based app to support minting & managing NFTs of all types (including music, images, & video), over 500 NFTs have been uploaded via Evermore to date.
  • Learn more about the Evermore PSC and token here
  • The recent beta launch of everPay, which is ETH-compatible.
  • Read this piece for an analysis and comparison of zkSync, xDai, and how they measure up to everPay.

New on the Permaweb

  • Arcade City, in operation for >5 years, recently migrated to the Arweave network, and is now a profit sharing community
  • Integration with Verto.Exchange — view their profit sharing token here
  • Integration with Arweave as Litentry’s data storage layer to ensure immutable, reliable data storage for all Litentry users
  • An AMA with the ArweaveNews team giving insights into what’s next for the project.

Non-Fungible Tokens & Arweave

Atomic NFTs

  • This fantastic NFT digital art collection has officially migrated to using Arweave for permanent storage of its stunning images! This ensures that any Hashmasks owned will never be at risk of their associated art being lost.
  • All 16,384 Hashmasks are now stored on Arweave, forever — you can read about why and how here in this blog by the Hashmasks team.
  • Digital artist Kevin Abosch recently released 1111, a collection of 1,111 digital artworks, via OpenSea.
  • Every artwork is also an NFT, and each NFT’s assets and metadata is stored on Arweave, ensuring they are permanently preserved, forever.
  • Additionally, every single artwork in this collection is also a profit sharing community! For example, here is the community page for piece 1111 #0537, and here is the image itself.
  • Each piece sold earns OpenKoi profit sharing tokens.

Arweave Network & Protocol Updates

Arweave,, & Succinct Proofs Of Random Access (SPoRA)

  • The SPoRA consensus mechanism upgrade for Arweave was released in February, plus another follow-up release.
  • SPoRA brings a raft of protocol improvements, including dramatically increased data replications across the network, and improvd mining efficiency.
  • Read the full SPoRA release blog post here, or check out this Twitter thread.


  • A new local testnet for Arweave has been released, with the core node development providing this docker
  • When setup, the testnet provides a full gateway and Arweave node on your local machine, also allowing you to query the testnet with GraphQL
  • TestWeave provides an SDK that you can install using NPM


  • Release of a new, powerful modification patch to SmartWeave by John Letey, enabling embedding of smart contracts into any SmartWeave asset.
  • It’s now possible to turn web pages, images, videos, audio, or any other data on the new web into a profit sharing token or NFT, which can then be traded on Verto.Exchange.
  • The SmartWeave CLI UX has been entirely redesigned
  • SmartWeave now supports web extension-based wallets. Check out the repo here.
  • Fabian Riewe, of the ArVerify team, recently created a testing library for Smartweave.
  • Arweave Developer Advocate & communityXYZ Founder Cedrik Boudreau released two excellent how-to guides for building SmartWeave contracts, you can read them here and here.

Amplify: A faster, more powerful gateway implementation for Arweave


ArDB: Stop writing GraphQL requests by hand!

  • Arweave Developer Advocate & communityXYZ Founder Cedrik Boudreau has released ArDB, making it faster & easier to perform GraphQL queries. Check it out here.

uwu: A new safe language for writing SmartWeave contracts

  • The team behind Verto.Exchange created uwu in a community livestream
  • uwu allows for creation of a fully-functional NFT contract in ~40 lines of safer, JS-familiar code in only ~15 minutes!
  • Learn more in this presentation from @undefined_void, and in this article from ArweaveNews.

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