The NFT memorabilia and artwork market shows no signs of slowing down in 2022 after a year of extraordinary growth. Following the platform’s second-largest month to date in December, Ethereum NFT trade volume on top marketplace OpenSea is booming in the early days of the year.
According to public blockchain statistics gathered by Dune Analytics, on January 2, OpenSea reported more than $243 million in Ethereum trade activity. This represents a significant increase from nearly $170 million on January 1 to $124 million on December 31, 2021.
Sunday’s total is the third-best day of trade on OpenSea in terms of money, trailing only the all-time high of over $323 million established on August 29, 2021, and $267.5 million the day after that. In other words, yesterday was OpenSea’s most significant day in over four months, following an August surge followed by a slow decline in NFT trade volume throughout the fall.
However, it continues a recent trend, with OpenSea reporting more than $3 billion in Ethereum trading volume in December. The roughly $3.25 billion volume for the month is second only to the $3.4 billion set in August. It’s also an almost 37% rise over the $2.37 billion in Ethereum trading volume on the platform in November.
Surprisingly, the volume of OpenSea’s NFT trading on Polygon is increasing. Polygon is an Ethereum sidechain scaling solution that allows for reduced fees and faster transactions, and in December, OpenSea saw a record $76.1 million in Polygon NFT trading. According to statistics from Dune Analytics, OpenSea has been growing for three months in a row on that metric.
An NFT is a blockchain-backed token that acts as a digital item’s deed of ownership. Profile photographs, digital artwork, video snippets, and interactive video game elements are all examples of representation. According to research from venture capital firm 1confirmation, Ethereum is presently the most popular platform for NFT artwork and collectibles, accounting for more than 90% of the industry (including sidechains and layer-2s).
As of mid-December, blockchain analytics tool DappRadar projected that total NFT trading volume in 2021 was $22 billion, up from around $100 million the previous year. However, the final figures for 2021 have not yet been announced.
Apes on top
One of the most recent benefactors of the NFT boom has been the Bored Ape Yacht Club profile photo initiative. According to CryptoSlam data, the Mutant Ape Yacht Club collection has generated $89 million in trade volume in the last seven days. The original Bored Ape collection added more than $83 million.
Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Curry are among the celebrities who have purchased Yuga Labs’ initial collection of 10,000 NFT avatars and the Mutant Ape Yacht Club collection. In addition, Rappers Eminem and Snoop Dogg have recently joined the club, even though Snoop was previously an enthusiastic NFT collector.
The original Bored Ape Yacht Club collection, released in April, is the most valuable, with a current price floor—or least available NFT—of 73.5 ETH (about $276,000) on the secondary market. It has even outperformed the influential CryptoPunks project, which currently has a price floor of 67.7 ETH (almost $255,000).
The last Mutant Ape Yacht Club project, on the other hand, has seen more recent rises in value, with a current price floor of 15 ETH (about $56,500) reflecting a 119 percent increase in the last 14 days. Over the same period, the Bored Ape Yacht Club floor has increased by nearly 44%.
On Saturday, a single Mega Mutant Serum NFT—burned (or destroyed) to make a Mutant Ape NFT from a Bored Ape—sold for 1,542 ETH ($5.66 million). Other Mega Mutant Serums sold for 999 ETH ($3.8 million) and 888 ETH ($3.6 million) last week, indicating that demand for the Mutant Ape NFTs has risen dramatically.
However, it’s not just apes that are on the move. Yesterday, on the SuperRare marketplace, a piece of Ethereum digital artwork titled “All-Time High in the City” by the artist XCOPY sold for 1,630 ETH, or about $6.2 million. In addition, Snoop Dogg bought a separate XCOPY piece for 1,600 ETH (nearly $7 million at the time) via his NFT-collecting Cozomo de’ Medici pseudonym last month.
A Gala Games 3D dragon avatar sold for 10.85 million GALA, or more than $5 million at the time of purchase, earlier this week. Meanwhile, a single MekaVerse NFT sold for 500 ETH (nearly $1.8 million), the highest transaction for the robot-themed profile image project since it launched in October amid controversy.
Axie Infinity, the most popular Ethereum game, has recently noticed a dip in trade volume. According to data from CryptoSlam, the monster-fighting game produced more than $301 million in trade volume in December, making it the most popular project at the time. However, it was a 60 percent decrease from the previous month’s $754 million.
NFT Show Europe was all about innovators of the Future of the Internet: web 3.0, metaverse, blockchain, and digital art￼
Valencia, October 10th 2022: NFT Show Europe, the leading event on Web 3.0, Blockchain, Metaverse and Digital Art took place in the futuristic venue of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain. From the 17th to the 18th of September 2022, #NFTSE attracted over 2300 visitors from 59 countries.
The show featured a packed conference programme with world-renowned speakers. Topics covered included the use of Blockchain and Web 3.0 oriented technologies in traditional businesses, gaming, sports, fashion, art and collectibles, among others.
First edition beyond expectations
“The event showcased the very best in European talent, demonstrating the unstoppable growth of these technologies and its potential in both business and artistic innovation.” explains Patrick Cyrus, Marketing Manager of #NFTSE22.
“We already count with the support of big players such as Tezos, Polkadot, Zeroframe, Crypto Page, Block Ape Scissors or Wert. All of us were equally impressed with the level of potential collaborations and we are already looking forward to the next edition.”
NFT Show beyond Europe
#NFTSE gathers some of the most influential companies and artists to discuss the latest trends and developments. The event was a major boost for the web 3.0 industry companies, fostering new partnerships and collaborations, which helped to solidify its position as a major meeting point in this world.
With visitors from 59 countries attending, the event showcased the latest in blockchain and web3 technologies and its potential applications in the real world.
The speaker line-up was formed by industry leaders such as Takayaki Suzuki, CEO of Metatokio and Esen Tümer, Founder of Metaverse Hub. Other notable speakers included Hide Uehara, Director of Business Development for Square Enix or Sam Hamilton, the Creative Director of Decentraland Foundation.
Showcasing more than 170 artworks by artists such as Zancan, Solimán López, Pablo Alpe, Ulysses, A.L. Crego or Jenni Pasanen, the art exhibition included exclusive minting by fxhash.com, workshops, interactive installations, panel discussions and XR experiences.
Conclusions & Trends
“Web 3.0 technologies provide a way for users to create and interact with digital assets in a virtual space. These technologies have the potential to revolutionize many industries, including gaming, art and finance. NFT Show Europe provided a platform for leading experts to share their insights on those industries in a futuristic business-art atmosphere.” adds Esen Tümer, Founder of MetaverseHub based in Turkey, Istambul.
NFTs and crypto are transforming the art industry by providing creators with a new way to monetize their work and by giving collectors a new way to invest in art. They can be used to track and prove ownership of everything from digital art to in-game items. One of the barriers is the acquisition of cryptocurrencies which is already approached by companies such as Wert.
“We enable the consumers to purchase NFTs with credit or debit cards just like normal or virtual goods … if you’re in the NFT, Generative Art and Web 3.0 space (NFTSE) is just the perfect spot to do that.” explains George Basiladze, Founder of Wert.io.
There is no doubt that the web 3.0 users have the potential to change the way we live, work and play. By harnessing the power of the internet, these technologies can help us to connect with others in new and innovative ways and help us to access information and services that were previously out of reach. With the right support and investment, web 3.0 content will help us to create a more inclusive and connected world.
The producers of NFT Show Europe are already planning the next stages for 2023.
Logan Paul’s unsuccessful NFT Investment: Over $620K to $10
Logan Paul, a well-known YouTuber, has lost millions of dollars as a result of the current crypto winter.
Logan Paul, an American YouTuber, actor, and social media star, holds a $623,000 unrealized loss as a result of his investment in an NFT from the Azuki line.
Also unsuccessful is his involvement with cryptocurrency. The market collapse has reduced the value of his possessions by more than $500,000.
Losses in Logan Paul’s Critical Papers
The well-known YouTuber joined the cryptocurrency bandwagon last spring when the values of most assets were surging, just like many other people. A few months later, he spent almost $2.5 million on NFTs, joining the trend. The most expensive thing he bought was a piece from the Azuki collection, which cost him $623,000.
However, the YouTube celebrity has suffered significant financial losses as a result of the unstable state of the bitcoin market and the NFT niche, at least on paper. The Azuki NFT currently trades around $10, as Paul recently made known, a drastic decline that sparked debate in the cryptocurrency world.
Many Twitter users made fun of the celebrity for using non-fungible tokens to transact at a time when there was obviously excitement in the industry. Others asserted that digital collectibles are frauds and should not be purchased. Some, however, contend that the price decline is a result of the current bad market and that once the next bull run begins, the valuation will rise.
It’s important to note that the NFT transactions were booming at the time he purchased the things. OpenSea’s trade volume spiked to almost $500 million for a single day at one time last summer, but in recent months, it has struggled to reach $10 million.
Paul has added bitcoin and other alternative currency to his portfolio in addition to NFTs. He recently acknowledged that he had lost almost $500,000 on such investments when he first entered the ecosystem at its peak last year.
Unfortunately for others that followed suit, this year has seen a significant decline in the value of the cryptocurrency market, which now has a total valuation of less than $1 billion (down from $3 billion a year ago).
Millions are Lost by KSI
The British rapper JJ Olatunji, a.k.a. KSI, was another prominent YouTuber who was severely hurt by the crypto market decline.
When Terra’s native token, LUNA, began to fall in price in May, he took the chance to predict that the price will eventually rise again. When the asset was going for about $25, KSI invested $2.8 million of his wealth in it.
He had no idea that the token would keep declining and eventually fall to almost nothing, wiping away the rapper’s multi-million dollar investment.
KSI is a strong supporter of the cryptocurrency market, especially bitcoin. He claimed that BTC will be crucial to the monetary system of the future last year. The rapper continued, claiming that he would have given each UK citizen £100 worth of bitcoin if he were the Prime Minister.
BTC is the ideal investment vehicle in KSI’s opinion. He believes that after ten years, individuals who have some exposure to the asset will “be laughing”:
“I feel like a lot of people are trying to search for quick money like, ‘Oh, I want to get in and out,’ but they’re not really seeing that. I’m prepared to travel a considerable distance for this.
Ford is getting ready to enter the Metaverse with digital cars and NFTs
A month after the company announced significant personnel reductions, it has filed a trademark application covering its future initiatives in the Metaverse and NFT space.
Ford Motor Company, an American automaker, has filed 19 trademark applications across its key automobile brands as it prepares to enter the realm of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and the Metaverse.
Mike Kondoudis, a trademark attorney licensed by the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO), disclosed in a tweet on Wednesday that the business had submitted a total of 19 trademark applications covering its car brands, including Mustang, Bronco, Lincoln, Explorer, and F-150 Lightning, among others.
The trademark applications include a projected online marketplace for NFTs and virtual versions of its businesses’ automobiles, trucks, vans, SUVs, and clothes.
Ford intends to produce digital images of its vehicles, SUVs, trucks, and vans that will be verified by NFTs, according to USPTO filings submitted by the automaker on September 2.
The business also disclosed plans for “downloadable virtual commodities,” or “computer programs,” that would include apparel, accessories, and parts for vehicles for usage in “online virtual environments,” such as virtual and augmented reality trade exhibitions.
Additionally, there are plans to develop an online marketplace for “others’ digital artwork” as well as “online retail shop services featuring non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and digital collectibles.”
Less than a month after Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and CEO Jim Farley announced significant personnel reductions from its global workforce to decrease corporate expenses; Ford has decided to enter the Web3 area.
Ford isn’t the first automaker to enter the Metaverse market.
While premium automakers like Bentley and Lamborghini have already launched NFT collections, automakers including Nissan, Toyota, and Hyundai have indicated ambitions to enter the fast-expanding Metaverse market.
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