The fast food chain turns to crypto collectibles as it marks 31 years since its first restaurant opened on the Chinese mainland.
The “Big Mac Cube” — named after the chain’s most famous burger — is also a nod to the company’s shiny new headquarters that have opened in Shanghai.
Zhang Jiayin, the CEO of McDonald’s in China, says the company has become the first domestic catering brand to release an NFT collection, adding:
“McDonald’s is a young and trendy brand that always pays attention to fashion trends and cutting-edge technology.”
An Interesting Development
McDonald’s China releasing NFTs is all the more interesting given how Beijing has been making a concerted effort to clamp down on cryptocurrencies.
This comes ahead of the official launch of the digital yuan, which is expected to happen before the Winter Olympics kick off in February 2022.
The Conflux Network collaborated with the fast food chain on the collection — heralding the project as an “ultimate example of East meets West.”
Burger King has gone one further by launching the Keep It Real Meals campaign — a star-studded affair that includes the American rapper Nelly as a collaborator.
QR codes have been printed on millions of meal boxes, giving customers the chance to collect nine sets of NFTs, each containing three collectibles.
Collecting all three within a set unlocks a fourth NFT that’s jampacked with prizes — including a year’s supply of Whopper sandwiches and the chance to have a phone call with a celebrity.