Magic Eden, largest Solana-based NFT platform, makes royalty fees optional

Magic Eden, largest Solana-based NFT platform, makes royalty fees optional

The platform said the move was in line with growing market trends, but some are concerned about what it means for the industry.

Magic Eden, the largest non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace in the Solana ecosystem, has moved to make paying NFT creator royalty fees optional, following in the footsteps of rival marketplaces which have eaten into its market share in recent months.

The platform will also be waiving all platform fees for the foreseeable future, Magic Eden said in a Twitter thread announcing the changes on Saturday.

Anndy Lian, author of the new book “NFT: From Zero to Hero,” told Forkast the attempt to win back users by lowering or removing fees surprised him as he was doubtful of the long-term sustainability of the plan.

“For [an] NFT platform, where the secondary market is at a really bad situation right now, I am doubtful whether the zero fees are going to work very well,” he said.

NFT royalties give the original creator a percentage of the sale price each time that NFT creation is sold.

Magic Eden is a giant in the Solana ecosystem, controlling roughly 90% of all sales, and almost nine times the Solana sales of leading NFT marketplace OpenSea, which added support for Solana NFTs in April 2022.

Magic Eden also raised US$130 in series B fundraising in June, bringing its valuation to US$1.6 billion, and cementing its status as a “unicorn,” a privately held start-up with a valuation over US$1 billion.

“This is not a decision we take lightly,” Magic Eden said in a tweet announcing the move, while also acknowledging the industry has been slowly moving towards optional creator royalties for a while. “We understand this move has serious implications for the ecosystem. We also hope it is not a permanent decision.”

Royalties for NFTs are typically set to between 5% and 10% and are often encoded into the smart contract of the NFT itself. Marketplaces are able to rework the code around the sales of these NFTs, however, effectively allowing them to set the fees to whatever they like.

In the case of Magic Eden now, that fee now will be left up to the user to decide whether or not to pay. However, if users choose not to pay the fee, they risk being excluded from the full utility or perks of owning the NFT, the platform warned.

Removing this structure incentivizes creators to lift their prices in order to compensate for this loss of income, he said, which could add extra pressure to an already struggling market that is currently extremely sensitive to pricing.

The issue is compounded if smaller marketplaces follow Magic Eden’s lead, which Lian said they will be incentivized to do.

“So, it goes back to the whole equation: How long is this bear market going to be and how long can you sustain that kind of strategy?” Lian said, “If I’m not wrong, maybe [Magic Eden] can for the next two, three, four years, maybe. But I’m not so sure about the rest.”

Lian explained this was being done to artificially increase an NFT’s trading volume to give the impression it is more highly sought-after than it actually is. This not only discredits the industry but deceives unwitting buyers into potentially paying inflated prices for NFTs.

The issue has become so prevalent on Magic Eden in the few days since fees were removed that OpenSea has since announced it is in the process of temporarily blocking Solana collections from the Top and Trending list on its homepage to avoid “gaming” those numbers.

Secondary monthly NFT sales in September were only US$550 million, an almost 90% decrease from its high in January 2022. NFT creators, marketplaces and collectors alike have had to make difficult choices about how to respond to the difficult market conditions.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty. Based on the current charts, we should still be going down or going sideways for the next quarter or so,” he said.

 

Source: Magic Eden, largest Solana-based NFT platform, makes royalty fees optional (forkast.news)

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 Shared His Perspectives on Crypto Giving with ElonGate, World’s Largest Charity Crypto

Anndy Lian Shared His Perspectives on Crypto Giving with ElonGate, World’s Largest Charity Crypto

Anndy Lian, a thought leader in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space shared his perspective on crypto giving with ElonGate on 14 July 2021, 6.00 am Singapore time.

Alexander Gambon, Chief Storytelling Officer and part of the leadership team at ElonGate hosted the AMA session with Anndy. ElonGate is a pioneer and one of the largest cryptocurrency based organisations that have donated for than $3 million. Donations went to Human Relief Foundation, Action Against Hunger, just to name a few and the most recent to Malala Fund to support girls’ education.

Anndy Lian highlighted that crypto companies must work harder in the downtimes and build other streams of revenue. “ElonGate can offer their technology on the ground to help other businesses in need. They have the community and the people. They can drive traffic to the businesses and in return include an automated deduction to charities by using ElonGate charity mechanism.” Anndy Lian said.

Anndy went on to explain that Asia is an untapped market for them and it is important to set their foot into this market. He also added that the project must gain traction with the mainstream media to gain more acceptance from the general public.

Elongate is providing an opportunity and solution for people to have a social impact by connecting the blockchain with charitable giving. Anndy ended his session by telling all that he believes that blockchain and cryptocurrency are not just about money but also purpose and utility.

“We should all do good using blockchain.”

Elongate consists of a community of over 465,000 holders, with a total following of more than 320,000 users across all its platforms and channels. For more information on Elongate, visit https://www.elongate.cc/.

Anndy Lian is an intergovernmental expert. Currently acting as the Chief Digital Advisor to Mongolia’s national productivity agenda. He is also the Chairman for Asia at BigONE Exchange where he gave strategic advice for the exchange to grow in Asia. For more information on Anndy, visit https://anndy.com/.

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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Bitcoin (BTC) is worth more than the world’s three largest banks combined

Bitcoin (BTC) is worth more than the world’s three largest banks combined

Thank you @TokenPost for the mention. I do believe that Bitcoin and selected cryptocurrencies that have real utility will continue to flourish in this space.

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Bitcoin (BTC) is worth more than the world’s three largest banks combined

Bitcoin recently set a new all-time high when it traded above $61,000. With the surge in its price, the world’s largest crypto by market capitalization is now worth more than the combined value of the top two payment platforms Mastercard and Visa. BTC is now even more valuable than the combined market cap of the world’s three largest banks JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC).

BTC set a new all-time when it traded at $61,700 last week, according to Cointelegraph. The crypto’s sky-high price also pushed its market capitalization to a new record of around $1.15 trillion.

With this valuation, Bitcoin is now worth more than the combined capitalizations of two of the world’s largest payment platforms Visa and Mastercard. The combined value of the two payment networks is $871 billion, which is only around 76 percent of BTC’s valuation at its peak.

“Bitcoin’s market cap ($1 trillion) is more than #VISA ($379 billion) and #Mastercard ($492 billion) combined,” investor Anndy Lian tweeted on March 16, 2021. “This is the power of #cryptocurrencies.”

During the time of the tweet, Visa’s market cap is $492.27 billion. Meanwhile, Mastercard’s market valuation is $379.22 billion.

At its all-time highs of $61,700, Bitcoin’s market cap was roughly $1.15 trillion. The combined market cap of JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is $1.08 trillion.

Bitcoin’s market cap is even bigger than the combined capitalization of the three largest banks in the world. The world’s largest crypto is more valuable than JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) combined.

According to data from Companiesmarketcap.com, JPMorgan Chase is worth $473.25 billion, Bank of America’s market cap is $327.40 billion, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s cap is $291.22 billion. This means that the world’s top three banks’ combined market capitalization is $1.09 trillion, around 95 percent of BTC’s market cap of $1.15 trillion.

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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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