Singapore – The world’s first NFT integrated Digital art battle championship arrives in Singapore to search for talented digital artists with imagination, talent and skills.  Organised by P.A.I.N.T. Inc, the Japanese creators of LIMITS, the Singapore Regional Finals of LIMITS Asia Championship 2022 will take place at Zouk Club on 21 January 2022. This event will be Singapore’s first IRL Pop Culture NFT event. In esports style, artists will have a showdown within a time limit of 20 minutes to display their characteristic artistic style on drawing tablets. There is an open call to enter the LIMITS Digital Art metaverse IRL to compete as an artist and registrations are open at LIMITS official website until 22 December 2022.

Digital art creations will be minted into NFTs and will be sold on UCOLLEX,  the next generation creators platform using blockchain NFT technologies.

Through the novel VR experience, pop culture enthusiasts can purchase collectable digital assets and experience the joys of collecting art where they can feel the artists’ world and join a community of other like-minded fans. UCOLLEX provides a platform for artists to build their fanbase and share exclusive content such as interviews and preview access for new high-quality 3D art.

A Thriving Community of Creators

The first LIMITS competition was held in Osaka, Japan in 2015. LIMITS has hosted more than 500 artists from 16 different countries across all genres including graphic illustration, mural art, 3D toy design, pixel art, VR art, anime, manga, and more. The battles have brought together artists of all ages, genders and nationalities to test their limits, sparking collaboration and connection in a thriving community that continues to grow 

A One-on-One Creative Showdown

The art battle will push the limits of artists in esports style as they have to create an artwork within a time frame of 20 minutes in front of spectators. Competitors will need to display their creative storytelling skills based on a theme selected randomly on the spot. The art battle is a tournament-style competition where participants must draw, paint and create their way to victory. Points are given for speed, technique and idea where judges and the audience will vote for the winner. The Singapore winner will win the US $5,000 and a fully sponsored trip at the world finals in Japan to compete against other elite artists from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan for the grand prize of US $50,000.

Terukazu Ikeda, CEO of P.A.I.N.T. Inc said,  “We want to place our artists literally on the centre stage for our Limits Asia Championship where they will showcase their skills and creativity in a virtual-reality environment that will create an immersive experience for our audience. We have upped the ante of our digital art competition where we evolved esports from gaming into creating art. The thrill of being in the same room as artists and experiencing the spectacle is similar to watching an esports event.  We have high expectations that this tournament-style event will draw fans from all walks of life who want to experience the LIMITS digital art metaverse in real life. As spectators of Singapore’s first-ever NFT integrated art battle, they will witness new pop culture art being created.”

Robert Tran, CEO of UCOLLEX said, “LIMITS Asian Championship” is Singapore’s first digital art NFT event that will bridge the fan experience with the creator community. With LIMITS, we seek to integrate global fans’ passion and enthusiasm for community, content and merchandise into a Pop Culture metaverse. LIMITS will provide a peek into how asset tokenisation takes place in real life as talented artists produce designs for pop culture collectables in front of a live audience and establish their metaverse identity as the rightful copyright owner.”

Recognising creator ownership with NFTs

Blockchain NFTs are unique digital assets that represent the authenticity and ownership of real-world items like art, video clips, music, and more. NFTs are proof of ownership of a unique version of a work, while artists retain their copyright ownership and have one universal identity across all platforms. NFTs use the same blockchain technology that power cryptocurrencies, but they’re not a currency. The utility of an NFT is defined within a smart contract where NFTs are cryptographic assets on blockchain with unique identification codes that facilitate the ease of online transactions to buy and sell them on a global scale.

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