The NFT bubble, according to recent assessments, has burst (again). As a result, doomsayers are once again writing the obituary for non-fungible tokens, but, like Bitcoin, which has been pronounced dead over 400 times and never remains buried, don’t be surprised if NFTs continue to survive to thrive in the months and years ahead.
To summarize, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are a type of digital asset. Still, unlike cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, which are fungible in nature, each Bitcoin is valued the same — each non-fungible token is unique. This year, NFTs have gotten a lot of attention because of their rapid rise in the digital art sector. The market capitalization of NFT projects increased by 1,785 percent in the first three months of the year, but if that wasn’t enough, a single NFT artwork sold at Christie’s for $69 million in March.
Some observers appear to have predicted that the NFT market will continue to expand in popularity without interruption, but not all niches flourish in the same way. Many markets, particularly in crypto, have peaks and troughs, and the NFT sector is not immune to the whims of speculators.
Several news agencies, including CNN, determined in April that NFT pricing had plummeted and questioned whether the NFT market had already gone bust. The same tale resurfaced at Surface in June, and now Protos has said that the NFT bubble has burst once more, this time with chart data to back up their assertions. “NFTs peaked on May 3, when $102 million worth of them were sold in a single day,” according to Protos.
That’s not too shabby for a bubble that popped in April, according to CNN.
Protos’ analysis’s first problem is that not all of the chart data is clear cut; the second is that market declines are rarely as deadly as is commonly asserted. The third is that a broadening of what NFTs can accomplish will ensure the market’s long-term health. That is to say; the existing NFT market has barely begun to touch the surface of the technology’s potential.
Is NFTs’ Era Coming to an End?
Looking past the hyperbole and editors’ eagerness to create a sensationalist title, the Protos data may indicate the beginning of the NFT market diversifying beyond collectibles. Although the collectibles market as a whole appears to be in decline, “NFTs related to the so-called “metaverse” — such as digital real estate and other virtual artifacts — are actually outselling tokens tied to crypto-art,” as Protos points out.
This isn’t always a bad thing; NFTs have applications far beyond digital art. Furthermore, as technology advances and the list of applications for which NFTs can be used expands, the NFT market will become significantly more resilient.
The Present and The Future
The NFT market may be currently in a period of stabilization. Gauthier Zuppinger, the Chief Operating Officer of Nonfungible.com, proposes this view. “The issue is, every time you witness such a rapid surge on any trend, you’ll see a relative decline, which basically represents for a market stabilization,” he told CNBC in June.
As the NFT market moves past the speculative stage, new applications for the technology are emerging in fields as diverse as music, real estate, banking, gaming, e-Sports, documentation, and even logistics. Music is a great example and quickly becomes one of the most popular uses for NFTs, with musicians like Grimes selling $6 million worth of NFTs in less than 20 minutes. Meanwhile, Steve Aoki went away with $4.25 million from his NFT transaction, while 3LAU took home $11.6 million. Platforms like Mozik are letting lesser musicians tokenize their tracks, so it’s not just the big names who are getting in on the fun. We’ve also witnessed the start of earnable NFT usage, as evidenced by apps like NFTrade’s NFT farms. Although trading activity in the NFT market has decreased slightly since its high earlier this year, earnable NFTs remain hotter than ever, indicating that interest in this space and asset class is only just getting started.
NFTs are also expected to revolutionize land ownership, both in the real world and in virtual worlds like Decentraland, where non-fungible tokens represent plots of land on a map that also serve as the foundation for an entire virtual reality world. Furthermore, NFTs can be used as proof of ownership in areas other than land, and in the future, they may even be used as proof of identification, such as digital passports.
There are reasons to believe that NFT technology has yet to realize its full potential everywhere you look. But, unfortunately, those who assert differently may be deficient in perspective.
Snoop Dogg Gives Advice to Reese Witherspoon on Ethereum NFTs
Snoop Dogg, a celebrity NFT collector, shares his thoughts on who to watch in the space.
Reese Witherspoon is dabbling in the crypto realm, starting with an Ethereum (ETH) purchase and now her first NFTs. On the latter front, she’s getting help from Snoop Dogg, a rapper and entertainer who just claimed that he’s very involved in the NFT movement.
“Just bought my first NFTs!” tweeted Witherspoon on Monday. “I’m gaining a lot of knowledge. I’d love to hear about inspiring women who are developing #NFTs. Chat with me on #cryptotwitter.” She didn’t specify which NFTs she bought. In early September, Witherspoon tweeted about purchasing her first ETH, and she sought guidance from Crypto Twitter in both situations.
Snoop has identified himself as a dedicated NFT collector under the moniker Cozomo de’ Medici, with a collection valued at more than $17 million as of this writing (per DappRadar). As his Cozomo Twitter account shows, he’s well-versed in the scene and was ready with a recommendation for Witherspoon.
Snoop advised Witherspoon contact Priyanka Desai, the chief of operations at OpenLaw and an NFT-collecting DAO Flamingo DAO member, in a quote-tweet.
Snoop’s Cozomo de’ Medici pseudonym tweeted, “May I kindly recommend a conversation with @PriDesai, one of the most influential women in NFT, who can then connect you with the most incredible female artists, collectors, and innovators in our world,”
Snoop’s tweet has elicited no response from Witherspoon. Still, she did enjoy several other responses from the Crypto Twitter community, including a couple about the World of Women NFT initiative. She also liked tweets from Stoner Cats, the NFT-funded animated project co-created by actress Mila Kunis, and one from someone who said if she bought a Deadfellaz NFT, they would get a “Reese” tattoo.
In late September, Snoop Dogg unveiled his Cozomo de’ Medici NFT-collecting identity, as well as cooperation with The Sandbox, an upcoming NFT-based metaverse game.
He also uses a CryptoPunks NFT as his Twitter avatar, and he’s just purchased more high-value Ethereum NFTs, including a $3.9 million piece from XCOPY and an undisclosed stake (a “large portion,” according to the broker) of an Art Blocks “Fidenza” NFT valued at 2,500 ETH ($8.7 million).
Sales of NFT Frenzy Surpass $10 Billion in the Third Quarter, while AXS Sets a New High
In the third quarter of 2021, a record number of nonfungible tokens (NFT) were sold, and the frenzy shows no signs of slowing down.
According to data from analytics websites, more than $10.7 billion worth of NFTs were sold between July and September.
Over the last three months, digital art, memes, gaming products, and collectibles have sold like hotcakes, garnering attention from Reuters.
According to the report, which cited DappRadar data, the massive third-quarter amount was up from $1.3 billion in Q2 and $1.2 billion in Q1. However, the estimates could be substantially higher because off-chain transactions, such as those conducted by auction houses are not included.
NonFungible, which only tracks NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain, estimates that the total volume in 2021 will be $7 billion.
Axies and OpenSea are leading the way
In terms of trade volume, the NFT marketplace OpenSea has dominated. Because most NFTs follow the Ethereum ERC-721 standard, they’ve been responsible for some of the highest transaction costs in recent months.
According to Etherscan, the platform is the top gas generator on Ethereum, accounting for 22.5 percent of the total share in the last 24 hours. Since yesterday, it has generated 2,189 ETH ($7.3 million) in network fees. OpenSea consumes more gas than Uniswap and Tether combined.
According to DappRadar, OpenSea has handled $2.75 billion in NFT sales in the last 30 days.
According to NonFungible, more than half of the NFTs sold during the period were between $101 and $1,000, with roughly 20% in the $1,001 to $10,000 range.
Art Blocks, an NFT project based in the United States that sells algorithmically generated digital artworks, had a strong quarter. According to CryptoSlam, the Axie Infinity “play-to-earn” metaverse has been the greatest seller of NFTs to far, with over $2.2 billion sold.
According to the NFT ranking website, there are currently roughly 2 million Axie owners. According to DappRadar, Axie Infinity made $776 million in Q3 revenue.
AXS is pushed to ATH by NFT Fever
Last week, the gambling platform introduced staking incentives for its native AXS tokens, causing the price to skyrocket to an all-time high of $156 on Oct. 4.
According to CoinGecko, AXS was trading at $137 at the time of writing, up 115 percent in the last seven days and 825 percent in the previous three months.
The Granddaughter of Warren Buffett Is Interested in Ethereum and NFTs
Nicole Buffett has become a supporter of the NFT, despite her grandfather’s skepticism.
Nicole Buffett, Warren Buffett’s granddaughter, recently told Institutional Investor that her collection of non-fungible tokens had nearly sold out in just a few months.
While competitors like Cardano and Solana aim to threaten Ethereum’s dominance in the NFT market, the progeny of the great business magnate claims that Ether is the currency of the NFT field.
Buffett claims that she only accepts the dollar for physical art:
“I’ll assist folks in getting set up so they can buy paintings on the blockchain, but the NFT space’s currency is Ethereum. Physicals are still paid in dollars.”
Warren Buffett is regarded as one of the most outspoken cryptocurrency skeptics, referring to Bitcoin as “rat poison squared.”
His granddaughter says that investing in art is similar to stock or bond investing:
“When my grandfather examines something, he asks, ‘Does it have integrity? Does it have a long-term value? Can you tell me what the components are and how you’d break them down?’ … Art is a lot like that.”
Buffett says she wants her NFTs to remain inexpensive in terms of price.
Before the deal, most of Buffett’s customers are unaware of her ties to one of America’s wealthiest families.
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