Along with the general crypto market, NFT sales have taken a massive hit in the face of the ongoing crypto winter.
According to data from NFT aggregation site CryptoSlam, July’s secondary NFT market sales fell to $650 million, a 25% drop from June figures. This is the second month in a row that NFT sales have been below $1 billion.
Anndy Lian, blockchain author and entrepreneur and founding member of NFT creator studio Influxo explained that “the current [crypto] market right now is in a bear market […] so [NFT] sales actually reflect very much on how the market is reacting.”
I don’t know if we’ll find the bottom this year […] I believe this bear market we’re in could extend for multiple years.
However, Petscher is optimistic about the number of unique buyers currently in the market. The number of buyers fell just 7% month-on-month in July to 532,000, a higher figure than that of July last year. He said that while total sales in U.S. dollars are down, the number of transactions makes for a slightly more optimistic outlook.
NFTs are in a rough place right now, but I still think in a very healthy place as far as growth [or] as far as transactions [are concerned] .
The upcoming “Merge” for Ethereum could give the NFT market a boost, as the leading blockchain for NFTs is due to move to a proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus in the coming months. The transition aims to reduce the energy used in the Ethereum network by up to 99%.
“I think [the Merge] will create another spur of hype among the Ethereum fan base,” Lian said, warning that transaction fees will likely remain high.
Meanwhile, Yuga Labs projects continue their dominance of the bestseller list in July, with the company’s Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC), and CryptoPunks all in the top five.
Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.
An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.