News, Insights & Guides About the Darkblock Protocol for Decentralized Token-Bound Content

  • Darkblock, the multi-chain protocol enabling token-bound content, has introduced support for PulseChain, opening up a world of possibilities for creators, users, and developers in the PulseChain ecosystem.

    Published On: December 21, 2023
  • Learn how Darkblock's new collection-level Viewer lets creators give their fans access to a wider range of token-bound content directly on their own website.

    Published On: December 14, 2023
  • Darkblock integrates with Unlock Protocol to enable creators to rent or sell recurring subscriptions to token-bound content.

    Published On: November 8, 2023
  • Darkblock provides creators with a web3-native way to offer collectors exclusive access to content without falling back on OpenSea's centralized, web2 approach.

    Published On: July 19, 2023
  • Authors can now let readers send their token-bound PDFs and EPUB files to their Kindle devices, a feature that helps bridge the gap between web3's innovative possibilities and the reality that books are meant to be read, as well as collected.

    Published On: June 22, 2023
  • Build a web3-native ecommerce site where you can sell digital content or other assets in a web3-native—but web2-friendly—way by integrating Darkblock, Thirdweb, and Paper.

    Published On: June 9, 2023
  • Darkblock just wrapped up a campaign with a PFP project that resulted in the creation, encryption, and delivery of more than 110,000 unique 3D assets to holders.

    Published On: May 31, 2023
  • A down market hasn't stopped top-tier projects and big brands from building in the web3 space—and it shouldn't stop those of us building the tools and infrastructure the future decentralized web is going to need when the next boom cycle comes about.

    Published On: May 24, 2023
  • What's the difference between token gating and decentralized unlockable content?

    tl;dr — token gating is a centralized approach to providing access to exclusive content that mimics the web2 platforms' walled-garden approach (i.e., you don't really own all those ebooks in your Kindle library), while decentralized unlockable content provides true ownership of digital goods via decentralized storage and access.

    Published On: April 25, 2023
  • PFP Content Factory lets project founders easily generate derivatives of an entire PFP collection and deliver them to holders via their NFTs, offering a fun way (also free!) to engage with their community, develop some camaraderie, and generally just spread the vibes.

    Published On: March 28, 2023
  • NOIS, an NFT project on Solana, is the latest project to partner with Darkblock to deliver exclusive content to its community in a Web3-native way.

    Published On: March 15, 2023
  • March is Music NFT Month. Throughout the month, we'll explore how musicians are using NFTs and Web3 technology to find new ways to engage with fans and make a living from their work.

    Published On: March 10, 2023
  • Darkblock is excited to announce its first NFT drop—and it's free to mint! Ink Block is an experiment in decentralized unlockable content and a celebration of the authors, poets, and storytellers pioneering Web3 publishing.

    Published On: March 9, 2023
  • Soltype, the leading platform and marketplace for Literary NFTs on Solana, announced today a strategic partnership with Darkblock, the protocol for decentralized unlockable content, that will introduce readers and collectors to the world’s first truly decentralized unlockable ebooks.

    Published On: February 15, 2023
  • In a special collaboration, the Jungle Cats project teamed up with Darkblock to deliver a unique Valentine's Day-themed PFP to each member of their community in a Web3-native way using the Darkblock Protocol for decentralized unlockable content.

    Published On: February 14, 2023
  • NFT-TiX, a cutting-edge platform that utilizes blockchain technology to revolutionize the ticketing experience, has integrated Darkblock’s protocol for decentralized unlockable content to give its users the ability to add utility and value to their NFT tickets.

    Published On: February 2, 2023
  • The Web3 Music Vault, an app built atop Darkblock’s protocol for decentralized content delivery and monetization, won 2nd place and a $20K prize in Magic Eden's recently completed Creator Monetization Hackathon.

    Published On: January 5, 2023
  • We’re proud of our partnership with Omega RUNNER because it highlights one of Darkblock’s core advantages—the ability for creators to use NFTs to distribute their content in a web3-native way that both protects their underlying IP from being right-click-saved and offers their collectors a decentralized method for consuming the content.

    Published On: January 3, 2023
  • Darkblock, a web3 pioneer in decentralized content delivery and monetization, is excited to announce a partnership with (DTC) that will add utility to the digital collectibles minted, bought, and sold on its platform. 

    Published On: December 22, 2022
  • Metaversal, a web3 venture studio, integrates Darkblock into its Omega RUNNER project to tell more engaging and interactive stories, engage its community of NFT holders in co-creation, and explore new monetization opportunities like giving holders the ability to rent access to their NFTs' unlockable content.

    Published On: December 20, 2022
  • We believe one meaning of decentralization is ownership and access to an NFT's unlockable assets without relying on centralized gatekeepers. But until our protocol is integrated everywhere a collector interacts with their NFTs, we want to help collectors access their unlockable content where they hang out most. Our new Chrome extension enables NFT collectors to access their unlockable content right on OpenSea.

    Published On: December 16, 2022
  • While our priority at Darkblock is working with partners to integrate our decentralized encryption protocol, we also recognize the need to develop tools for creators to utilize our protocol to add utility to their NFTs. These tools facilitate the use of our protocol and aim to give users a more seamless and—as Michael Shoup from our partner Monark Market would say—“sexy” 

    Published On: November 21, 2022
  • Darkblock is thrilled to announce our latest partner, Monark Market, an NFT marketplace designed specifically for metaverse assets.

    Published On: November 17, 2022
  • Welcome back to our series, ‘Darkblock Creator Spotlight,’ where we highlight creators using Darkblock to add utility to their NFTs! And on that note, it is our pleasure to introduce Box Rocket Studio. 

    Published On: November 11, 2022
  • Recently on 'Darkblock Presents,' we sat down with Ms. Gekko and Grebflow, metaverse consultants and co-founders of @g3connects and @grebgekkgallery. We talked about their 9-to-5s vs. 5-to-9s, curation, advising, and the future of the metaverse.

    Published On: November 8, 2022
  • Royalties on sales should never have become the be-all, end-all business model for NFTs. The fact they did demonstrates how unimaginative we've been as a space when it comes to understanding blockchain technology's potential impact on how creators can make a living from their work.

    At Darkblock, we believe NFTs aren't the business model—they are a key that unlocks business models. Here are four unique income-generating ideas for creators that are possible to develop using the Darkblock Protocol.

    Published On: November 3, 2022
  • Our mission at Darkblock is to enable creators to harness the power of web3 and realize a new creator economy free from platform control. This series allows us to not only highlight and share the talented work of our community, but gain a better understanding of what tools we need to benefit all of us!

    And on that note, it is our pleasure to introduce MegaRetro.

    Published On: October 28, 2022
  • Last week on 'Darkblock Presents,' we sat down with All.Art/SolSea curator, Jovana Nedeljkovic. We discussed All.Art's recent switch to all virtual galleries, the ins and outs of 3D walk-through exhibitions, and the future of NFT galleries and curation. Watch the full recap here.

    Published On: October 25, 2022
  • Welcome back to our series, ‘Darkblock Creator Spotlight,’ where we highlight creators using Darkblock to add utility to their NFTs! Our mission at Darkblock is to enable creators to harness the power of web3 and realize a new creator economy free from platform control. This series allows us to not only highlight and share the talented work of our community, but gain a better understanding of what tools we need to benefit all of us! 

    And on that note, it is our pleasure to introduce Songs of Eden.

    Published On: October 21, 2022
  • Our mission at Darkblock is to enable creators to harness the power of web3 and realize a new creator economy free from platform control. This series allows us to not only highlight and share the talented work of our community, but gain a better understanding of what tools we need to benefit all of us! 

    And on that note, it is our pleasure to introduce Prizem.

    Published On: October 14, 2022
  • Welcome to our new series, ‘Darkblock Introduces,’ where we highlight creators using Darkblock!

    Our mission at Darkblock is to enable creators to harness the power of web3. We want to build a new creator economy free from platform control. This series allows us to not only highlight and share the talented work of our community, but gain a better understanding of what tools we need to benefit all of us! 

    Published On: October 7, 2022
  • Jeremy Sahlman had already been involved in creating several NFT projects before he co-founded Darkblock in early 2021. His creative design firm Black Math had helped develop several NFT projects, including Bitcoin Origins and Tezos Origins, handling the art and some strategy.  

    Published On: September 30, 2022
  • Last week, we sat down with Exchange Art Founder Adam Karren to discuss how they grew to become the number one fine art marketplace on Solana, how they’ve survived the bear market, what new features they have in the pipeline, and how he thinks about enabling NFT creators to add unlockable content to their NFTs. Watch the full video here or catch the highlights below!

    Published On: September 20, 2022
  • Web3 is all about community, whether you’re an NFT project founder looking for fellow degens who share your vision, a dev building a cool tool looking for traction, or an artist who’s attracted a dedicated group of collectors. 

    Published On: September 15, 2022
  • Last week we sat down with Darkblock CEO, Chris Seline, aka ‘Dad,’ to talk about the Darkblock protocol. Watch the full clip here or continue reading for the highlights!

    Published On: September 12, 2022
  • Last week we sat down with Frank Ramos, founder of NFT movie platform Movieplex. For those of you who missed it, here is a link to rewatch. Want the highlights? Keep scrolling!

    Published On: September 3, 2022
  • A few weeks ago, we talked with Renegade Comics creator and puzzle maker, Cosmic Postcards. We put together some of our favorite moments from the interview below. For those of you looking for all the juicy details on the Renegade Runner universe, watch the full clip here.

    Published On: August 18, 2022
  • A few weeks ago, we spent an hour getting to know Darkblock user and Web3 artist, Angie Jones (@stixandjones). For those of you who missed it, here is a link to rewatch the full office hours. Here are some of our favorite moments:

    Published On: August 11, 2022
  • This Thursday (August 11, 2022) at noon central, we will be hosting a metaverse workshop event to help creators mint event NFTs, distribute them via URL clicks, token gate the venue, and deliver a goodie bag via NFT unlockables post event.

    You can watch our event live on YouTube, LinkedIn or Twitter. OR join us in avatar form in Spatial (the worlds biggest metaverse) with a free NFT as your ticket to admission.

    Published On: August 8, 2022
  • Last week we held a twitter space with David Cash to discuss all things unlockable in the Web3 space. We had a great discussion with some creators and developers in the space. 

    Published On: July 30, 2022
  • Unlockable Party Packs, or UPPs, is the latest unlockable feature offered by Darkblock. The packs debuted during NFT NYC at the Beyond the Metaverse Party hosted by Spatial, Ready Player Me, and David Cash.

    Published On: July 18, 2022
  • Our friends at NFT TiX have partnered with the world-renowned Exit Festival, one of the largest and most popular music festivals in Europe. The partnership brings light to the demand and importance of NFT ticketing for the future of live music.

    Published On: June 27, 2022
  • Users can now create, view, and upgrade Darkblocks on their mobile device.

    Published On: June 24, 2022
  • Content Stacking and Collection upgrades are officially LIVE on Darkblock. These added features will allow creators to expand their NFT offerings and change the way content is consumed in web3.

    Published On: June 22, 2022
  • Avalanche creators can now use our web app to access all Darkblock has to offer. Darkblock enables content stacking, NFT upgrades, unlimited file sizes and formats, new avenues for monetization (rental), and, most notably, decentralized encrypted content for NFT owners stored permanently on Arweave. To create exclusive unlockable content, NFT Creators simply head to to get started.

    Published On: June 18, 2022
  • Here at Darkblock we are always aiming to improve our user experience. That means updating our protocol with new, in-demand features, expanding into other blockchains, and integrating our API into more marketplaces. The race to include Polygon was a no-brainer: Polygon is arguably one of the most accessible blockchains due to their low gas fees.

    Published On: June 18, 2022
  • Darkblock, a web3 company that’s empowering creators with unlockable NFTs, has partnered with LAGO, the leading developer of advanced minted art displays, to revolutionize how digital art is viewed IRL.

    The two companies share a mission to bridge the gap between the creator economy and web3’s massive potential. Both help creators leverage the power of NFTs to monetize and distribute their content — Darkblock through its decentralized protocol that allows creators to supercharge their NFTs with unlockable content, and LAGO through its premium digital frames that allow a NFT artist’s work to be experienced IRL in ways previously only imagined.

    Published On: June 17, 2022
  • Jungle Cats users will be given the opportunity to purchase the Darkblock protected NFT in an auction on Jungle Cat’s website launching today (June 16, 2022) at 11AM CST. All users will have access to the first page of the comic, but only the highest bidder will be able to unlock and access the full comic.

    Published On: June 16, 2022
  • Darkblock is ecstatic to announce our sponsorship of Sugoi during NFT NYC, curated by multidisciplinary artist and web3/NFT leader, LOGIK.

    Sugoi, or “Wow, awesome!” in Japanese, is a 3-day event concurrent with NFT NYC 2022 that aims to promote “synergy at the intersection of NFTs, pop culture, subcultures, and big tech.” The 3-day event will feature panel discussions, a multiformat NFT gallery, food trucks, live music, DJs, and more.

    Published On: June 15, 2022
  • We are thrilled to announce our most recent partnership with Pianity, a music NFT platform that encourages community engagement through creation, sharing, trading, and collecting of limited-edition tracks.

    Pianity has been a friend of Darkblock’s since the very beginning. They participated in the Arweave hackathon with us back in April of 2021. Their platform has taken off alongside Darkblock and we are thrilled to finally be teaming up.

    Published On: May 31, 2022
  • It has been a long time coming, but the wait is finally over; Darkblock is officially live on SolSea. With the undeniable growth of Solana, this collaboration has been a priority for Darkblock for months.

    To integrate on SolSea, Darkblock provided the NFT marketplace with an API and implementation suggestions for the frontend. Additionally, Darkblock provided web delivery (Javascript widget) so Solsea could easily add unlockable content to their feature list.

    Published On: May 24, 2022
  • Darkblock has officially partnered with Unmarshal, a multi-chain Data Infrastructure providing simplified access to data on DeFi, NFT and Metaverse. The partnership allows Darkblock to gather NFT metadata from a variety of chains in a decentralized, simplified way and helps Unmarshal direct their features.

    The partnership was a natural choice for Darkblock with our multi-chain, decentralized mission. Unmarshal’s technology allows Darkblock to expand into Polygon and other chains with ease without relying on a centralized API datasource. Our project is only as decentralized as its most centralized component, so we are thrilled to work with Unmarshal and get one step closer to our goals.

    Published On: April 26, 2022
  • Darkblock has officially partnered with NFT TiX, an NFT ticketing platform that removes the middlemen out of ticketing. Similar to Darkblock, NFT TiX is a decentralized blockchain platform that aims to give power back to the creators and direct buyers and away from centralized services.

    Darkblock will facilitate NFT TiX to offer additional perks via decentralized unlockable content to their NFT ticket holders. This could materialize in the form of pre-show teasers, trailers, or even post-show merch, all only available to the NFT owner. This not only adds value to a NFT ticket before an event, but also increases the NFT’s secondary market worth if unlockables can still be sent. For example, a performer could send a backstage pass to a lucky fan who bought NFT TiX for his upcoming show or invite five attendees from his last show to his next gig. The possibilities are exciting and unlimited.

    Published On: April 20, 2022
  • Darkblock is thrilled to announce our latest partnership with Cardinal, a rental protocol on Solana. The collaboration plans to bring rentable, unlockable content to the NFT community. The immediate use case for NFT rental will be the rental of 1 of 1 content like art and metaverse assets. Long term, our vision is to facilitate wide-spread rental of content. Music, podcasts, video content, and subscription to content feeds are the natural market for this service.

    Published On: March 25, 2022
  • This past weekend at South by Southwest (SXSW), Darkblock hosted an 8-hour SXSW day show with performances by Peelander-Z, Mr. Lewis & The Funeral 5, Thee Idylls, and many more. Over 900 people attended between in-person guests, YouTube Live streamers, and our metaverse venue provided by Spatial and ISOBLOCK! This was the only VR, live streamed, and in-person party held during SXSW 2022.

    Published On: March 21, 2022
  • Decentralization is a tricky concept. What does it mean to be decentralized exactly? You may get ten different answers if you ask ten different people.

    Here is ours:

    Decentralization is about control.

    Published On: March 4, 2022
  • That’s right, friends, Calvin and Hobbs are coming to NFTs. Up until this point, the open nature of NFT IP has kept artistic mediums like ebooks and comics from entering the NFT arena.

    Darkblock is changing that. Our protocol offers the added protection layer that pay-per-view artforms like comics need. Without encryption, comics can easily be copied and redistributed. Luckily, with our protocol, comics can finally monetize their art as NFTs.

    Published On: February 24, 2022
  • Kalamint has officially partnered with Darkblock to support unlockable content. We are thrilled to partner with a marketplace that shares our decentralized mission! The collaboration was the natural next step as Darkblock offers one of the only decentralized protocol layers for unlockables.

    Published On: February 18, 2022
  • ATTN Marketplaces: Integrating Darkblock has never been easier!

    If you haven’t already heard of Darkblock, we are a decentralized NFT unlockables protocol. Our mission is to give creators and collectors more control and new ways to monetize their NFTs.

    Published On: February 11, 2022
  • You asked and we answered! We are excited to announce our Solana blockchain integration!

    This integration was the natural next step for Darkblock, as four of the current “Top 25 NFT Marketplaces” are located on Solana (Solsea, Magic Eden, Solanart, and Digital Eyes). It is undeniable that Solana has taken off in the NFT space since September of last year.

    Published On: January 18, 2022
  • At Darkblock, we are creating a decentralized protocol that encrypts, stores, and protects content associated with an NFT that is only revealed to the owner. We understand that in order to make this technology available to the masses, it must be easily accessible. Enter the Darkblock Viewer.

    Published On: December 15, 2021
  • Darkblock is a decentralized protocol that enables digital creators to upgrade their NFTs with special content only accessible by the NFT owner. Darkblock gives creators more control over their content to enable new business models leveraging the power of NFTs.

    Darkblock is an open protocol for creators to leverage without permission. Darkblocks can be created and deployed to Arweave’s permanent data store directly, and then accessed via our TV App, our forthcoming web-delivery widget, or by interacting with the protocol to display content directly into any application.

    Published On: November 17, 2021
  • Darkblock has launched a web and tv-app to enable creators to upgrade existing NFTs to include an exclusive piece of content reserved for the NFT owner.

    The decentralized protocol layer works by attaching an encrypted asset to an existing NFT. The NFT displayed on a marketplace acts as a “preview” to the underlying asset (jpg, mp4, gif, etc.) protected in a Darkblock. Only the true owner of the NFT (or owners, if fractionalized), is able to decrypt and view the original NFT.

    Published On: November 10, 2021
  • Have you ever wanted to see your NFT? Sick of ‘casting’ and want a native app? Download our Darkblock TV-app. Available now on the Amazon app store and Google Play store, our TV-app allows users to utilize their existing smart TV to exhibit their digital assets. Select from custom display and orientation settings to get the most of your NFT artwork.

    Published On: November 2, 2021
  • Are you the creator of any NFTs? Do you want […]

    Published On: October 20, 2021
  • Interested in showcasing your NFTs to crypto-investors and other crypto-notables […]

    Published On: October 11, 2021
  • In the NFT community creators and the collectors have formed a symbiotic relationship to […]

    Published On: October 1, 2021
  • Most of the time when mainstream media features NFT’s, it […]

    Published On: August 13, 2021
  • From fine art to NFL highlights, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are […]

    Published On: July 1, 2021
  • Darkblock participated in the Arweave hackathon in March/April 2021, and it was […]

    Published On: May 24, 2021