Basketball legend steps away from the spotlight into the Creature World NFT community
Basketball icon Shaquille O’Neal paid 5 ETH or roughly $14.500 for a Creature World NFT. The retired legend now owns Creature #9018, a smiling violet character with blue eyes wearing a raincoat. The purchase happened hours after Shaq revealed he no longer wants to be a celebrity in an interview with the New York Post.
“I don’t want to be in that category. Celebrities are crazy, they really are. Don’t call me that anymore. These people are out of their freaking minds with how they treat people, what they do, what they say. That’s never been me. I never want to be looked at like that”, he said in an interview with the newspaper.
Creature #9018 isn’t the first NFT in the wallet of Shaquille O’Neal, as the former basketball player also owns Creature #9299 and a Mutant Ape #14452. Furthermore, he owns NFT artworks of famous sports heroes, like Lionel Messi, Muhammad Ali, and Dak Prescott. Since joining the Creature World community a few hours ago, Shaq’s wallet has been flooded with gifts from various NFT collections.
What is Creature World
Joining the Creature World community, Shaq joins 5.446 other Creature owners. With a total of 10.000 Creature NFTs in the market, the top 50 holders own only 13.98%. Which means there’s a pretty good divide within the community, even though the top 5 biggest whales do own 4.5% or 451 NFTs out of the entire collection.
Creature World is an NFT collection created by NYC-based artist Danny Cole. NFT owners have listed the cheapest ones for 2.17 ETH. The most expensive NFT so far in the collection, sold for 30 ETH. Coincidentally the buyer put Creature #3408 up for sale again, with a 64 ETH price tag.
The NFT project expanded this week with a social experiment called Creature Playground. Danny Cole sent seven pieces of a virtual world to various community wallets, but all pieces need to be in the same wallet in order for the interactive installation to work. Players need to work together, trust each other or for example form a DAO around a multisig wallet.