HTC Collaborates With Ming Hwa Yuan to Bring Taiwanese Opera to VIVERSE

Inaugural NFT of the collaboration, “The Pirate King of Formosa,” will Launchon the VIVE BYTES Store


March 28, 2022 - Taipei, Taiwan – HTC today announced that it has partnered with Ming Hwa Yuan Arts and Culture Group to launch "The Pirate King of Formosa Global Limited Edition NFT Pack" on the VIVE BYTES store. The Pirate King of Formosa NFT Pack will be minted on the Polygon blockchain and will be available on VIVE BYTES for NT$299 starting April 10. HTC will continue to collaborate with Ming Hwa Yuan to bring the art of Taiwanese opera to the VIVERSE.

"VIVERSE is a world of infinite new experiences where people, regardless of interest or age, can discover their favorite content no matter which device or platform they use," said Joseph Lin, Vice President of the Content and Platform Department at HTC. "We are honored to partner with Ming Hwa Yuan Arts and Culture Group, which has a history of nearly 100 years, to bring the iconic IP ‘Zheng ZhiLong, The Pirate King of Formosa’ into VIVERSE. In addition, we have also collaborated with Future-Digi to launch “The Pirate King of Formosa NFT Pack” on VIVE BYTES, helping preserve the art of Taiwanese opera forever on the blockchain and allowing it to be passed down from generation to generation. We will continue to work with Ming Hua Yuan to expand the Taiwanese opera metaverse."

HTC collaborates with Ming Hwa Yuan Arts and Culture Group and Future-Digi

HTC and Ming Hwa Yuan Arts and Culture Group, Taiwan's leading traditional art group, will collaborate to bring Taiwanese opera into the digital realm for everyone to enjoy. In the first wave of cooperation, they will collaborate with Future-Digi to launch "The Pirate King of Formosa Global Limited Edition NFT Pack" on the VIVE BYTES store. Ming Hwa Yuan Arts and Culture Group exclusively licensed its upcoming flagship production "Zheng ZhiLong, The Pirate King of Formosa" to HTC for the company to carry out NFT product design, minting, and selling. Additionally, Future-Digi invited renowned Taiwanese comic artist Wei Tsung-Cheng to exclusively create an animated version of "The Pirate King of Formosa" for the NFT pack.

With a history of 93 years, Ming Hwa Yuan Arts and Culture Group has long promoted the preservation of traditional arts. The group has continued to innovate in recent years, with its first comic crossover production, "The Apocalypse of Darkness Warfare," being released in 2020 as one of its benchmark works.

"Taiwanese opera is not exclusive to any generation. We look forward to leveraging ‘The Pirate King of Formosa’ NFT Pack and the upcoming virtual Taiwanese opera experiences to let younger generations learn the value of traditional arts and explore this new form of Taiwanese opera in the metaverse. We hope to get the ball rolling for traditional arts to enter the metaverse, and break new ground for the traditional art industry in Taiwan," said Chen Chao-Hsien, CEO of Ming Hwa Yuan Arts and Culture Group.

As part of the collaboration, Future-Digi has invited Wei Tsung-Cheng, the original author of "The Apocalypse of Darkness Warfare," to create an animated version of "The Pirate King of Formosa." "Wei has been cooperating with Ming Hua Yuan for a long time, combining traditional art with original comic artwork. The demand for NFT distribution from domestic artists is increasing. We hope this collaboration will lead Taiwanese artists to enter the metaverse and give this artwork a second life," said Han Chin-Yueh, General Manager of Future-Digi.

The Pirate King of Formosa NFT Pack will be available on VIVE BYTES on April 10

"The Pirate King of Formosa Global Limited Edition NFT Pack" will be minted on the Polygon blockchain, and will be available on April 10 starting 12:30 p.m. CST. It will be limited to 2,500 packs and priced at NT$299. The three highlights of “The Pirate King of Formosa Global Limited Edition NFT Pack” are:

1. Available through online and physical channels

  • Purchase directly on VIVE BYTES via credit card (limited to 2,000 packs)

  • Purchase redemption codes through 7-11 ibon channels and unpack the NFTs on VIVE BYTES (limited to 500 packs)

2. Comprehensive collection of the main characters of "The Pirate King of Formosa"

  • A total of 23 different NFT designs will be available with each pack containing two randomly selected NFTs, at least one of which will be an NFT of Sun Tsui Feng

  • 2 animated versions, exclusively created by Wei Tsung-Cheng, will be available

  • 20 different appearances of the characters, as redesigned by HTC, will be available. This includes:

- 3 different styles of the main male character played by renowned Taiwanese opera actress Sun Tsui Feng, and 2 different styles of the main female character.

- 4 different facial expressions of each style will be available

  • 1 hidden version of the "King Card" featuring the guffaw of the pirate king will be available, and will be limited to 250 pieces

3. A chance to watch “Zheng ZhiLong, The Pirate King of Formosa” in the theatre Those who obtain the "King Card" before 4/22 will have a chance to win VIP tickets to any theater screening of "Zheng ZhiLong, The Pirate King of Formosa" on 4/30, limited to 25 tickets. More details will be announced on the VIVE BYTES fan page.

In addition, VIVE Connect will also launch a virtual theme park of “The Pirate King of Formosa,” which will be accessible via smartphones, tablets, computers, and VR devices. In the future, VIVE BYTES will be able to be linked to VIVE Connect, allowing users to exhibit their private digital collections in their personal NFT showrooms and communicate via their avatars, enabling a brand-new social interaction experience.

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About HTC

HTC Corporation aims to bring brilliance to life. As a global innovator in smart mobile devices and technology, HTC has produced award-winning products and industry firsts since its inception in 1997, including the critically acclaimed HTC U and Desire lines of smartphones. The pursuit of brilliance is at the heart of everything we do, inspiring best-in-class design and game-changing mobile and virtual reality experiences for consumers around the world. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). www.htc.com.

About VIVE BYTES

VIVE BYTES provides easy access to the world of NFTs, and gamification features for all users. VIVE BYTES supports both fiat and cryptocurrency payments to make NFT shopping as easy as online shopping. In addition to direct sales and NFT mystery boxes, VIVE BYTES will also introduce auction features in the future, and from launch consumers can link MetaMask wallets to their accounts. https://bytes.vive.com/.

About Ming Hwa Yuan Arts and Culture Group Founded in 1929, Ming Hwa Yuan is a family of artists who devoted themselves to Taiwanese opera, adding trendy elements to traditional art. Ming Hua Yuan is the only Taiwanese opera company with dedicated choreographers and an entire cast. With a strong production and performance team and a unique oriental artistic style, Ming Hua Yuan has become a legend in performing arts in Taiwan.

About Future-Digi

Future-Digi mainly represents games and comics as an agent, also assists Taiwanese comic artists in their creation. In addition to representing artist Wei Tsung-Cheng to publish his artworks, Future-Digi also represents more than ten comic artists to serialize on Japanese magazines.