12-year-old earns £ 290,000 selling pixelated digital whale emojis
A London teenager made around £ 290,000 (Rs 2 93 38 798) after selling his collection of pixelated digital whale emojis, called Weird Whales, as Non-fungible tokens (NFT). The collection includes 3,350 pixelated whales.
12-year-old Benyamin Ahmed decided to keep his earnings in the form of Ethereum, in which his collection was sold. Ahmed has been coding since he was five years old.
He spent $ 300 on the project, which is the cost of gas fees charged to blockchains to verify each NFT, said CNBC.
Hi friends, to celebrate Weird Whales reaching 1000 ETH traded, a GIVEAWAY: WHALE # 1109 ($ 400)!
– Benyamin | benoni.eth (@ObiWanBenoni) August 19, 2021
Ahmed designed whales, on pixel art, for his collection based on different backgrounds, eye accessories, headwear, mouth accessories and bases. “He then generated 3,350 unique digital collectibles programmatically using an open source Python script that he customized for his collection. This is the first instance of a Kawaii pixel whale used in a generative art project with a personalized on-chain provenance and cryptographically secured, ”the NFT website explains.
As reported by BBC, Ahmed and his brother Yousef were encouraged by their father, Imran, a software developer, to learn coding at the age of five and six.
Imran said the boys started doing it as a fun exercise, but it got serious along the way and because the coding wasn’t easy to understand, they practiced 20-30 minutes a day, without a break.
Ahmed told CNBC he heard about NFTs earlier this year. “I am fascinated by NFTs because you can easily transfer ownership of an NFT through the blockchain.”
His first collection on NFT, after discovering the technology, was inspired by Minecraft, a video game. Ahmed had created 40 pixelated versions of Minecraft Yee Haa, according to CNBC.