NFT sales limp into August with a 25% drop from June to July amid crypto slump

NFT sales limp into August with a 25% drop from June to July amid crypto slump

Market analysts are mixed on outlook for non-fungible tokens, as some see mostly gloom, others point to glimmers of optimism.

Non-fungible token (NFT) sales in July on secondary markets fell 25% from June to US$650 million, the second month in a row under US$1 billion, according to data from NFT aggregation site CryptoSlam, and reflecting a broader crypto slump.

Sales had peaked in January at US$4.7 billion, with more than 1 million unique buyers in the market.

“The current [crypto] market right now is in a bear market,” Anndy Lian, blockchain author and entrepreneur and founding member of NFT creator studio Influxo, told Forkast in an interview. “So [NFT] sales actually reflect very much on how the market is reacting.”

Yehudah Petscher, NFT relations strategist for CryptoSlam, said he thinks the market has yet to find the bottom.

However, he did find some optimism in the number of unique buyers in the market, pointing out buyers fell just 7% month-on-month in July to 532,000, which remains higher than in the same month last year.

This shows, Petscher says, that while total sales in U.S. dollars are down, the number of transactions make for a slightly more optimistic outlook.

“NFTs are in rough place right now, but I still think in a very healthy place as far as growth [or] as far as transactions [are concerned],” Petscher said.

The so-called “Merge” for Ethereum could also give the NFT market a shot in the arm, as the leading blockchain for NFTs is slated to move to a proof-of-stake (PoS) network in coming months.

The move to PoS will reportedly reduce the energy used in the Ethereum network by up to 99%, blunting environmental criticism of how the network operates.

“I think [the Merge] will create another spur of hype among the Ethereum fan base,” Lian said, but warning that transaction fees — another common criticism of the Ethereum network — will likely remain high.

NFT and crypto markets now seem to be largely correlated, despite expectations during the NFT boom of late 2021 and early 2022 that they would be inversely correlated. The view then was investors would be less willing to buy NFTs when the crypto they were denominated in was gaining in U.S. dollar terms.

Rather than falling crypto values driving the price of NFTs up to compensate, the overall negativity in the market is driving prices lower to attract what buyers are there, Petscher said.

“There’s not a lot of liquidity and people are worried that there’s not going to be buyers when they’re looking to sell, so it is a race to the bottom,” Petscher said. “We can see that with prices across the board.”

Apes (still) rule

Projects from Yuga Labs continued to dominate the top of the bestseller list in July, with Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC) and CryptoPunks all in the top five.

This made the project the seventh to reach the US$1 billion in total sales mark, despite it only launching in May.

With over US$30 million in secondary sales in July, soccer-based collection Sorare came in third on CryptoSlam’s list. Sorare allows people to buy and sell players as part of a global fantasy football competition as another way to interact with the world’s game.

Petscher told Forkast that he expects sports to be a real growth area, as these tokens typically bring with them increased utility.

Another growth area is art, Petscher says, who sees attention beginning to move away from NFTs as simply profile pictures to more fully fledged pieces of art as more creators move into the space.

“It’s just the tip of the iceberg,” Petscher said. “Art [NFTs] are just starting, it’s here in a big way and it will just keep growing.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original Source: https://forkast.news/nft-sales-limp-july-25drop-june-crypto-slump/

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

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”.

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This Is How South Korea’s Incoming President Aims to Turn the Country Into Crypto Hub

This Is How South Korea’s Incoming President Aims to Turn the Country Into Crypto Hub

Yoon Suk-yeol – South Korea’s new president – promised he will allow initial coin offerings (ICOs) and impose friendly crypto taxation rules.

South Korea’s newly elected president – Yoon Suk-yeol – displayed a pro-crypto stance during his campaign. Among his ideas is increasing the minimum threshold for paying capital gains tax on profits from digital asset investments.

Crypto Community Welcomes the New President

Last week’s presidential election in South Korea was the most contested in the East Asian country’s history. The candidate of the Conservative party – Yoon Suk-yeol – collected only 263,000 votes more than his opponent – the Democratic Party’s Lee Jae-myung. The winner, who will officially step into office in May, labeled his win a “victory of the great South Korean people.”

During his campaign, Yoon showed he is a keen supporter of the cryptocurrency industry numerous times. Initially, he promised to allow initial coin offerings (ICOs). In another appearance, the former prosecutor said that those who generate profits of less than $40,000 per year from crypto trading will be exempt from paying taxes. Currently, such taxes are imposed on profits generated above $2,000 per annum.

Korea Blockchain Association – a lobby group for digital asset exchanges – predicted that the new president will positively impact the local cryptocurrency ecosystem. Speaking on the matter was Secretary-General Yoon Seong-han:

“We definitely welcome his stance as he is confident about boosting the industry. As ICOs are banned now, we have no choice but to issue coins in Singapore and other countries. Ventures and startups will be able to raise money easily from investors [if the ban is lifted].”

Anndy Lian – Chairman of BigONE Exchange – welcomed Yoon’s viewpoint, too: “He understands the importance of crypto. He understands the future, and it is unstoppable.”

It is worth noting that private digital assets are highly popular among South Koreans, as the most enthusiastic demographic group are those in their 30s. A recent study revealed that around 15% of local crypto holders had allocated more than $8,000 each in the asset class.

It Is Time for South Korea to Embrace Crypto

Not long ago, Sohn Byung-doo – CEO of Korea Exchange (KRX) – argued that the country needs to study and explore ways to embrace the cryptocurrency sector.

The exec outlined there are around five million local investors, while the daily market trading volume is about $12 billion. If the nation does not engage further with the asset class, it could fall behind other countries that have already opened their arms to it:

“Now is the time for exchanges to compete directly with overseas exchanges.”

Featured Image Courtesy of NPR

 

Original Source: https://cryptopotato.com/this-is-how-south-koreas-incoming-president-aims-to-turn-the-country-into-crypto-hub/

 

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

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”.

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Anndy Lian tells Yahoo Finance “It is good to see another mainstream listed company [GAMESTOP] heading into the crypto space”

Anndy Lian tells Yahoo Finance “It is good to see another mainstream listed company [GAMESTOP] heading into the crypto space”

GameStop NFT Marketplace Rumors Swirl — What It Means for the Future of the Meme Stock

GameStop is going meta. The company, which reached a somewhat cult status among the Reddit army with its meme stock, has posted a slew of NFT-platform and Web3 gaming jobs on its career page this week, and rumors are flying as to what and when the company will launch.

The company also has a barebone website dedicated to an NFT platform, which says “We welcome exceptional engineers (solidity, react, python), designers, gamers, marketers, and community leaders. If you want to join our team, send your profile or something you’ve built to: [email protected]

“Just like we saw with Amazon hiring for crypto and blockchain specialists earlier this year, we’re seeing more and more companies looking to integrate crypto and blockchain into their roadmaps,” Stephen Stonberg, CEO of Bittrex Global, told GOBankingRates. “The future includes crypto as well as its underlying technology blockchain — which has proven to be a catalyst of innovation in so many sectors outside of its well-known home base. Blockchain is really the key to a metaverse-esque future for gaming, retail, the medical sector, and other industries. It’s exciting to see frontrunners in each market category push for the integration of blockchain within their respective sector.”

The job postings include three director of marketing- NFT platform positions; three senior software engineers- NFT platform positions; and two product owner- Head of Web3 gaming positions.

Tobias Batton, Founder and CEO at Ex Populus, an entertainment brand and publishing platform built entirely on Ethereum, told GOBankingRates that “GameStop holds a very special place in the heart of the game and investment community and it’s encouraging to see the company leverage its resources to create an innovative new platform that drives the industry forward.”

Batton added that it is inevitable that smart contracts will become ubiquitous and commonplace in the commerce of games and even within the games themselves. NFTs in video games are the likely species of blockchain technology to lead the way in the mass adoption of crypto and its various appendages.

“We are cheering for GameStop and are eager to meet them in the arena as a competitor,” Batton said.

Anndy Lian, Chairman, BigONE Exchange and founding member of NFT studio and marketplace INFLUXO, echoes the sentiment, telling GOBankingRates that “it is good to see another mainstream listed company heading into the crypto space.”

“Many of my friends think that this is a bullish sign for investors. I also see Redditors are claiming that they will buy more GME Shares when the marketplace happens. There will be an overflow to the crypto markets, too. From our exchange’s perspective, we have received more inquiries about listing of NFT Marketplaces in the last 24 hours, Lian added. “With the added publicity, I believe more companies will ride on the waves and take this as a chance. This would also mean that we will see more blockchain and crypto adoption through storefront locations, for example. Web 3.0 marketplace will be greater when more people are talking and using it.”

GameStop started getting in the news last January, when retail traders on the subreddit group WallStreetBets, who were intent on taking down hedge-fund short sellers by buying shares of stocks that didn’t seem to have much of a chance of success, sent stocks, including GameStop, soaring (and then crashing). This led to a slew of events, including a record 400% weekly gain for the week ending Jan. 29, which triggered intense regulatory scrutiny. Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its much-anticipated report on the GameStop frenzy, “the most famous meme stock, which raised questions about market structure and investor protections at the beginning of the year.”

 

Original Source: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/gamestop-nft-marketplace-rumors-swirl-201145555.html

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

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”.

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