WENZHOU, China, Nov. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — ZK International Group Co., Ltd’s (Nasdaq: ZKIN) (“ZKIN”, “ZK International” or the “Company”), and its subsidiary xSigma Collectibles (“xSigma”), are pleased to announce that MaximNFT, an NFT marketplace launched by xSigma in exclusive partnership with Maxim magazine, will publicly launch its beta on November 29th. A host of sports superstars, including Matt Carpenter, Jerami Grant, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, will launch their exclusive NFT collections on the platform.
Jon Orlando, CEO of MaximNFT comments, “we’ve completed our closed beta testing, and have received a lot of positive feedback and as a result we will be doing a soft launch on November 29th to test the technology and host several NFT drops in the nearest time. In addition, during the next couple of months, we plan to announce additional big names to the NFT space using the MaximNFT brand.”
MaximNFT’s partnered athletes will certify their own unique sets of 3D digital collectibles that will be exclusive to the platform. Among them are Matt Carpenter, an infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals – the highest rated team in its respective division, and Jerami Grant, a professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons. Last but not least, Quinton Jackson – aka “Rampage” – who is a former UFC Light Heavyweight champion with a record of 37 wins and 12 losses. Orlando believes that their collections will make a fitting addition to the numerous other athlete and celebrity NFTs that MaximNFT has agreed to promote.
“Aside from celebrities and athletes, we are collaborating with generative projects and game developers to dive into the play-to-earn ecosystem, which is definitely the future of NFTs,” said Jon Orlando, the CEO of MaximNFT.
MaximNFT was created when xSigma partnered with Maxim.com to rebrand xSigma’s Marketplace to MaximNFT. Maxim.com is a monthly men’s lifestyle magazine with over 25-years of history and a multi-million reader base spanning over 75 countries. Under the terms of the agreement, xSigma’s NFT platform will operate under the Maxim brand and be promoted by Maxim.com.
MaximNFT is xSigma’s re-branding of its NFT marketplace in partnership with Maxim.com. xSigma’s NFT platform will operate under the Maxim brand and be endorsed and promoted by Maxim.com. MaximNFT targets an actively growing industry of NFTs, which surpassed $2 billion of total sales volume in 2021.
MaximNFT seeks to provide the best customer experience and innovative NFT solutions available. It will allow customers to create and sell NFTs on various blockchains, including, but not limited to, Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain, and Polkadot. Some of the collectibles will come with unique real-world experiences, such as autograph sessions, photoshoots, dinners, and other activities.
Furthermore, MaximNFT offers an innovative “NFT tokenization” feature that will allow customers to trade fractions of any NFT on the market.
The marketplace plans to focus on sports and celebrities’ collectibles, as well as gaming content. The company is betting on the rise of gaming and utilization of the NFT technology for in-game purchases and collectibles. Additionally, xSigma plans to combine NFT with new AR and VR technologies.
Maxim is a monthly men’s lifestyle magazine with over 25-years of history and a multi-million reader base that spans 75 countries. xSigma believes the Maxim.com team will add significant value to the new NFT Marketplace.
xSigma (including xSigma Corporation and xSigma Collectibles) is a blockchain R&D lab and a wholly owned subsidiary of ZK International. xSigma’s team includes world-class developers formerly of Google, Facebook, Ripple Labs, and 1inch.
ZK International launched xSigma as a research and development lab in 2018 to solve real- world infrastructure challenges. Its mandate was to explore new opportunities in smart contracts, supply chain management, and other blockchain-based solutions. XSigma has since pivoted to decentralized finance, focusing on decentralized exchanges, stablecoins, and lending protocols.
The research lab is now actively working on its ecosystem of products. The ultimate objective is to build a range of financial tools and products for the flourishing decentralized finance industry. The xSigma team is on the leading edge of blockchain research and development that intersects decentralized finance, supply chain management, IoT, and infrastructure. Its DeFi protocol is one of many decentralized finance projects xSigma plans to launch over the next 12 months.
About ZK International Group Co., Ltd.
ZK International Group Co., Ltd. is a China-based engineering company building and investing in innovative technologies for the modern world. With a focus on designing and implementing next-generation solutions through industrial, environmental and software engineering, ZKIN owns 28 patents, 21 trademarks, 2 Technical Achievement Awards, and 10 National and Industry Standard Awards.
ZKIN’s core business is to engineer and manufacture patented high-performance stainless steel and carbon steel pipe products that effectively deliver high quality, highly-sustainable and environmentally sound drinkable water to the Chinese, Asia and European markets. ZK International is Quality Management System Certified (ISO9001), Environmental Management System Certified (ISO1401), and a National Industrial Stainless Steel Production Licensee. It has supplied stainless steel pipelines for over 2,000 projects, which include the Beijing National Airport, the “Water Cube” and “Bird’s Nest”, which were venues for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. ZK International is preparing to capitalize on the $850 Billion commitment made by the Chinese Government to improve the quality of water, which has been stated to be 70% unfit for human contact.
In 2018, ZKIN established its wholly-owned xSigma Corporation to develop innovative software solutions that support its core operations while exploring new opportunities in smart contracts, distributed ledgers, supply chain management NFTs, and blockchain architecture. The xSigma Labs team is made up of world-class developers and engineers formerly of Facebook, Google, Amazon, Ripple and 1inch, most recently launching its first DeFi project in the Fall of 2020.
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Released November 22, 2021