Linker and Quan, Over 4 billion downloads in the world wide, Quan’s own characters 35 pieces of art works have started to convert to NFT and are now on sale.
Linker Inc. (Nakano-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director: Minoru Yanai) and Quan Inc. (Nakano-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Kazuhiro Mizuno) began selling its digital character art through the NFT marketplace Rarible, Quan’s collection page (https://rarible.com/quaninc) on March 25th with the cooperation with Linker inc. The character art works that have been released this time are a total of 35 pieces, including the works that displayed at the character art exhibition held by Quan in Bangkok in February 2020.
This time, the artworks featuring major characters like Usagyuuun, Betakkuma, Business Fish, Sugar Cubs, and Mimi and Neko will be sold. Those characters are popular as stickers on Facebook, WhatsApp, and other communication services all over the world. All those characters hit over 100 million downloads.
Each NFTs selling are featured on Rarible, and it is expected that it will attract a lot of attention.
In 2019, in collaboration with Linker Inc., we also challenged the efforts to the character rights themselves to NFT. In the future, we plan to release various IPs, not only our own characters but also globally recognized characters and IPs as NFTs.
Quan Inc. (Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director: Kazuhiro Mizuno) and Linker Inc. (Nakano-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director: Minoru Yanai) has been working together to tokenize exclusive license rights for characters owned by Quan since 2019.
In support of the purpose of #CryptoAgainstCovidJapan – Japan Initiative Fundraising Campaign, we have decided to significantly mark down the price of the license for a character named Meow Town and donate 75% of its selling price.
We have already started the charity auction with the minimum bid price 150ETH at the largest NFT exchange, OpenSea.
On day July, 2109 – Linker LLC. (headquarters: Tokyo; representative employee: Minoru Yanai, hereinafter our company) announces strategic partnership agreement was signed with CrossAngle Pte. Ltd. (headquarters : Singapore, CSO / Co-Founder: James Kim)
Through this strategic partnership, we have started exclusive distribution lead in Japan of “Xangle” , a crypto asset disclosure platform provided by CrossAngle
In the stock market, there is a timely disclosure platform such as EDGAR in the United States and EDINET in Japan, which is the fundamental of healthy market environment. On the other hand, the crypto asset market did not have a platform that is a similar system, caused to the market turmoil.
“Xangle” provided by CrossAngle is a platform for timely disclosure in crypto assets and aim to contribute to the healthy growth of the crypto asset market worldwide. More than 110 crypto asset projects have already started timely disclosure on Xangle beta service (Full service to begin within July).
Major crypto asset exchanges such as KORBIT, CPDAX, GOPAX, Bithumb, Coinone, Hanbitco & Bitsonic in Korea have been adopted as information provider platform and the adoption of multiple global major crypto asset exchanges has also been decided.
Through this partnership, Linker will contribute to the soundness of the crypto asset market and accelerate the activity as a hub of blockchain / crypto asset business both in Japan and global by accurate and fair disclosure information.
James Kim, CSO of CrossAngle, said about this partnership deal,
“When stocks goes public IPO in the stock market, information is also disclosed to public market for sound secondary market. However, crypto market information still remains private despite token sales going public after issuance which creates huge information asymmetry and inefficiency in the market. We provide a public disclosure platform where crypto-financed projects can disclose their progress and achievements, help investors make investment decisions on logic not speculations on hopes, bring transparency and fairness in market. We believe working with Linker in Japan would expand our vision to more trusted partners who would move together towards creating a more sound market”
<Linker LLC.> Address : Tokyo, Japan
Representative employee : Minoru Yanai Description of business：Blockchain / Crypto asset project marketing business, Blockchain service development business URL : https://linker.plus
<CrossAngle Pte. Ltd.> Address : Singapore
CSO / Co-Founder: James Kim
Description of business : Crypto Asset Project Disclosure Information Business (Xangle)
Tokyo, May 21, 2019: Quan Inc. (Kazuhiro Mizuno, CEO) and Linker LLC (Minoru Yanai, Representative Partner) have jointly tokenized Quon-owned “Meow Town” and “Fantastic Sumo” into NFT (Non Fungible Token on blockchain), and have started selling exclusive license right.
＜About Quan Inc.＞
Quon is an Internet origin character development company. It has partnered with leading chat applications from around the world since around 2015 and has developed stickers with LINE, KakaoTalk, Facebook, WeChat, Zalo, Hike, Kik Messenger, and so on. The total number of downloads has reached 2.7 billion (as of the end of April 2019), the cumulative number of sending has exceeded 24 billion times.
Our business is that selling stickers (such as LINE, KakaoTalk, Viber and so on) and global business expansion of characters.
We have already established subsidiaries in China and Thailand. Also we have contracted with local character agencies in Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, for producing character goods, pop-up stores, promotional collaborations in Asia countries.
(Japanese Daimaru Matsuzakaya, Chinese Lawson (* Reference 1), Hong Kong’s Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Thailand’s True Group and so). The overseas revenue ratio of our character business as of September-December 2018 has reached about 65%.
<About this main purpose of business plan>
Quan, which produces and distributes a large number of the Internet origin characters, is expected to accelerate the character license business of the domestic character market (information source: CharaBiz DATA 2018), which is estimated to be approximately 1.5 trillion yen, and overseas markets to use blockchain technology that is currently attracting attention for character license distribution business.
129.1 million downloads, 500,000 DAU (Daily active users) “Meow Town”, and 61 million downloads, 400,000 DAU “Fantastic Sumo” already on Facebook Messenger. Quan has been issued NFT (non-feasible token) of exclusive use right for “Meow Town” and “Fantastic Sumo” , and sell at the NFT exchange service “OpenSea”. Quan use Linker‘s technology and know-how for this business.
Using NFT to acquire trading offers from businesses around the world on an open exchange, secure settlement via seamless escrow trading, which smart contract enables, and proof of license ownership via electronic signatures. It becomes possible to greatly reduce the time, cost and risk of traditional license transactions.
We will continue to develop new character license business utilizing NFT in collaboration with Linker.