NFTs, down to $73M in weekly volumes, embrace ‘ownership model’ NFTs


NFTs, down to $73M in weekly volumes, embrace ‘ownership model’ NFTs were one of the biggest buzzwords in early 2021. Digital artwork by up-and-coming creators sold for millions of dollars. Beeple boomed. And “The Merge” attracted over 30,000 collectors, who paid a total of $91.8 million to mint the collection. The floor price of “The Merge” has since dipped from roughly 25 ether (ETH) to 1.1 ETH today. Its demise is part of a much larger trend: Trading volume for all NFTs has dropped significantly, from a weekly volume of $1.8 billion in August 2021 to roughly $73 million today. One could argue that the NFT boom is over and that a comeback would be difficult, but a handful of projects remain faithful to their potential. One team building in the NFT gaming space is Martian Premier League (MPL). To participate in MPL, users can mint an MPL NFT and enter the gaming world, where they must build their own football team on a virtual Mars. “Without that sense of ownership model that NFTs have allowed us to take, we wouldn’t have a good enough ‘why’ to come to market,” Eleanor Nugent, the founder of MPL, said in an X space. Gaming is not the only area in which NFTs are being used. The team at Maya Spirits is hoping to use their NFT mints to champion gender equality and environmental protection in Mexico through donations. NFTs | OpenSea | News

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