GameStop’s Head of Blockchain felt the need to clear the air as anticipation rose towards the rumored July 14th GameStop NFT launch date.
GameStop’s Head of Blockchain, Matt Finestone, took to Twitter to reveal that the highly-anticipated launch date of July 14th seen in GameStop’s NFT contract was nothing more than a nod to the anticipated date of Ethereum’s next upgrade.
EIP-1559 greatly improves the UX of tx fees on Ethereum!
The GameStop NFT Contract
GameStop investors and crypto-enthusiasts alike had begun to speculate on the launch date based on line 936 of the GameStop NFT contract, which stated a ‘public launchDate’ of GameStop NFT in unicode as ‘1626261600‘.
Converted out of unicode, a launch date of July 14th, 2021, at 4:20 AM PT was revealed.
Several other mishaps have been previously noted in the GameStop NFT contract, such as a seemingly out of place reference to the cryptopunks craze.
In late May, when one Twitter user claimed that GameStop had “just FOMO into Ethereum,” foobar, a contributor to the GameStop NFTeam, went on the defensive and worked to explain GameStop’s NFT contract.
The GameStop NFT contract creator and Punk #4257 states that the contract that was posted on nft.gamestop.com only mints the standalone teaser NFT, and that’s it.
foobar goes on to say that he spent too much time on the vanity address, which featured several gaming references that fans appreciated.
Spent too much time on the vanity address and not enough on variable names… Back to building!
busy building, moving fast
Finestone has also expressed similar rhetoric towards a push to continue building.
In a response to Twitter user HappyBagholder, the Head of Blockchain stated that there is no date set in stone for GameStop NFT, and now the team is busy building.
GMEdd has counted double-digit blockchain/NFT hires bringing innovative experience to the gaming retailer, with current data visible on GMEdd’s Report and Models page.
GameStop’s Blockchain division hires include, but are not limited to:
While bullish investors may be disappointed to hear GameStop’s NFT project isn’t ready for a launch four days from now, a tweet from May 5th by foobar looking for crypto talent reminds everyone that the team moves fast.
Jordan Holberg is an eccentric geek, gamer, decentralist, funny-guy, and now GameStop’s Principal Engineer, confirmed via Twitter and LinkedIn today.
GameStop has revealed very little about what their Blockchain and NFT projects consist of. Upon finding Jordan Holberg, GameStop’s latest hire on LinkedIn, GMEdd was compelled to dig deeper.
In Jordan’s hiring announcement, he reveals personal nostalgia for Babbage’s, the company that GameStop used to be. The gamer describes his childhood visits to the brick-and-mortar retailer, alongside his decentralized ideals.
As Principal Engineer for GameStop, and … with my analog childhood and digital adolescence, I am the bridge between the old and the new — traditional “legacy” ecommerce and the next generation of blockchain.
Holberg states that he believes working for the new GameStop is a truly unique opportunity, with a company at the center of the zeitgeist, well-positioned to make a significant and positive impact.
If I’m going back to full-time and potentially having to wear pants again, you know I’m excited.
The update makes it clear: Jordan is a nostalgic gamer with an impressive ecommerce and blockchain background.
The Principal Engineer shares his excited outlook for the future of GameStop, bridging “traditional ecommerce”, which he refers to as a legacy business, and blockchain, all wrapped up in what may be the most fun LinkedIn profile we’ve come across yet.
Jordan Holberg’s past indicates why he would be such a critical hire for the transforming gaming retailer. Jordan was Barneys.com’s first employee, granting him valuable experience working as a trailblazer in retail brick and mortar pivots to ecommerce.
Holberg states some of his major accomplishments while growing Barneys New York:
$0 to $180 million+ revenue
Responsible for barneys.com front-end and technical back-end, including management of 30k+ active SKUs
Achieved highest EBITDA across all Barneys’ doors
After Barneys, he later moved on to contract work as a self-proclaimed Digital Fixer working for various high profile clients. Holberg states that his clients included: Ogilvy, TBWA/Chiat/Day, TOWN Real Estate, Extell, Vince Camuto, Jessica Simpson, BorderFree, Amway, IBM, and many others.
Jordan quipped in March, around the same time GameStop’s NFT project commenced, that his “head is full of use-cases and functionality NFT can unlock across finance, social media and gaming”.
He describes a project he had been building, named Hodlberg, that works to demonstrate his extensive knowledge of blockchain and NFTs.
Hodlberg Financial’s Official FAQ page states it lets one “attest” their cryptocurrency holdings and mint a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) on the Ethereum blockchain. The minted Hodlberg NFT aggregates all attested wallet balances into one convenient token, without compromising privacy. The balance and token data aggregated into your Hodlberg NFT is always up-to-date.
This allows for some interesting possibilities, including among other things, most notably for GameStop, “a unique, evolving, in-game asset”.
Eccentric As Hell
According to his LinkedIn, Holberg attended NYU from 1999-2002, where he was actually a cat donning a red headband.
Seriously. If you ever needed proof we live in a simulation, here it is.
His love for feline friends dates back at least 7 years, to this photo in an office space.
Jordan even has a personal website, jordanholberg.com, which features lolcatz language sprawled from top-to-bottom and a giant CLICK ME button in the famous impact font often used in meme culture.
When we saw this, we pondered what clicking the button will do. Could it reveal GameStop’s purpose for venturing into blockchain?
Well, we clicked it, and it just plays Holberg’s favorite music.
Here are the songs you will hear if you sit on his website for long enough:
Phil Collins – Against All Odds (Take a Look at me now)
Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl
Eddie Money – Take Me Home Tonight
Heart – Alone
Mike + the Mechanics – All I Need Is a Miracle
The Outfields – I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love Tonight
Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares To You
Asia – Heat of the Moment
Human League – Human
The Pretenders – I’ll Stand By You
Not only does Holberg’s site bring a sense of nostalgia to his work, his choice in music cannot be beat.
There is more to his homepage than you can see on the surface. Knowing his site will be crawling with speculative investors seeking clues and puzzle pieces, a quick search of the website’s code shows his humorous personality.
ooo look at you! so clever!
The headband-wearing, classic rock-playing, cat-loving blockchain dev should be a good fit for the GameStop NFTeam, who seem to have welcomed him with open arms, indicated by Finestone’s tweet.
Jordan also has his own YouTube channel with quirky, meme-worthy videos. Referring to himself as EvilJordan, he breaks societal norms for a business professional, posting a plethora of videos that range from him dancing shirtless to him playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and even his cats.
The article was titled, Is There Money In The NFT Fad For Sports Media Brands?, published on April 19, 2021.
Demetri states that in order to figure out the answer to the question, he asked his friend Jordan Holberg for help. Jordan and Demetri went school together from third grade until the end of high school. Demetri also claims that Jordan once made him laugh so hard he peed his pants.
When Demetri asked Jordan what NFTs offer a sports fan, the crypto-fanatic responded that the first thing that pops into his head is community.
It’s dead-simple, at least in relative terms, to create a gated social community experience for NFT holders. It’s like a virtual ticket that isn’t forgeable, could be non-transferable, and has the potential to constantly make money for its issuer.
Jordan stated that he doesn’t have predictions on what will happen, but knows that NFTs have shown social media networks, company websites, and mobiles games are due for disruption.
GameStop’s latest Principal Engineer believes that cryptocurrency and NFTs have opened up a whole new world of what it means to be a consumer of entertainment and culture, and, for the moment, the sky’s the limit.
We can see that Jordan’s accomplishments in e-commerce and blockchain are stacked, and he already looks to be fitting right in with the existing blockchain division. He also loves cats, is nostalgic for GameStop, and lives to meme.
Despite being self-employed for almost a decade, Holberg is excited to return to full-time work. The decentralization geek believes that GameStop is a truly unique opportunity, with a company well-positioned to make a significant and positive impact.
Let’s see what he makes of it.
Jenna, vestro, and Jack0 contributed. Toast edited and contributed.
The website, although minimal, asks for those interested in working on the project to reach out.
GameStop looks to be working with Ethereum’s chain for this project, judging by their usage of the Ethereum logo.
A potential slogan for the project is also unveiled:
Power to the players. Power to the creators. Power to the collectors.
There is also a crypto wallet address listed on the site, featuring the gamer code “1337.” The address begins with 1337420.
Etherscan.io reveals that this address is associated with a GameStop Token, and also features an ascii-art message for those “anons” who took the time to look it up.
Within the source code, on line 936, the launch date of GameStop Token is revealed, in unicode: 1626261600
This indicates that GameStop token has a public launch date of July 14th, 2021, at 4:20 AM PT.
Etherscan.io also reveals that the first GameStop Token was minted only 28 minutes after Ryan Cohen’s American Dad .gif tweet last night.A total of .42069 ETH was transferred to a multisignature wallet contract, which is a way of setting up a wallet that may need more than one signature to authorize transactions.
Engineers and nerds alike have discovered that GameStop is hosting this webpage on IPFS, an incredibly forward-thinking initiative for the company. IPFS is essentially a decentralized internet, which protects developers from single-point-of-failure risks. You can read more on it here on ipfs.io.
Hidden in the top right of the webpage is a dead pixel that links to a game reminiscent of the dinosaur jumping game from Google Chrome, but this time it’s a banyana, a cat in a banana. This is likely a nod to Roaring Kitty and the “ape” movement.
In the game, the further you progress, the closer you arrive to a full moon in the sky.
The Analyst, Security is responsible for monitoring and maintaining data and platform confidentiality, integrity and availability in an enterprise environment.
Listed under Additional Skills and Experience, GameStop asks that applicants have experience in:
Blockchain, cryptocurrency, or non-fungible tokens
Machine learning or artificial intelligence
Cloud platforms (AWS, Azure, GCP)
eSports or competitive gaming
What could GameStop be building?
Any sort of NFT announcements, or even rumors, now result in massive catalysts for public companies. It is likely that Ryan Cohen knows this, and is possibly looking into the roles GameStop could play in this emerging industry.
Several weeks ago, stock market analyst and acclaimed author Tony Ozpublished a video detailing what effect he believes a GameStop NFT announcement would have on the stock price. This is pure speculation, so take it with a grain of salt, but investors may deem it worth a watch.