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NFT Market Still Lagging Behind Despite Ether’s 70% YTD Surge

Market Updates Despite Ether's impressive 70% year-to-date surge, the NFT market is not experiencing the same level of enthusiasm. While Ether has seen significant gains, NFT valuations are lagging behind. Nansen's NFT-500 index, measuring the top 500 NFTs, has witnessed a 50% decline when denominated in Ether and a 16% drop in dollar terms.NFT-500 index
 

Despite Ether’s impressive 70% year-to-date surge, the NFT market is not experiencing the same level of enthusiasm. While Ether has seen significant gains, NFT valuations are lagging behind. Nansen’s NFT-500 index, measuring the top 500 NFTs, has witnessed a 50% decline when denominated in Ether and a 16% drop in dollar terms.

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NFT-500 index Source: Nansen.ai

The Blue-Chip 10 index, which gauges the valuations of prominent NFTs like CryptoPunks and the Bored Ape Yacht Club, has decreased by 44% in Ether terms and 1.7% in dollars.

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Blue-Chip-10 Index Source Nansen.ai

Even OpenSea, the largest NFT marketplace, has seen a decline. In January 2022, at the peak of NFT mania, it cleared $387.48 million in monthly fees and $120.45 million in revenue. Now, fees have plummeted to $6 million, and revenue is at $1.39 million.

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Source: DefiLlama

Nick Ruck, COO of ContentFi, suggests that NFTs are yet to find a new technological catalyst to spark renewed user interest, similar to how DeFi benefited from innovations like Uniswap’s AMM. However, he acknowledges ongoing efforts to enhance NFT use cases and points out a negative correlation between NFT prices and the USD value of Ether.

Despite the current downturn, there are glimpses of growth, especially in utility-based NFTs. These extend beyond mere visual assets like monkey JPEGs and find applications in ticketing and loyalty programs. Bitcoin ordinals are also gaining popularity, serving as a hub for developing something akin to a layer-2 for the Bitcoin blockchain. Jason Fang of Sora Ventures attributes their success to fostering collaboration among communities like Stacks, BSV, Rootstock, and Starkware.

David Mirzadeh, Ecosystem Finance Lead of Taiko, sees utility as the narrative driving the NFT rebound. He anticipates a recovery in NFT value as they evolve beyond speculative JPEGs and acquire practical uses in areas such as games, music, and social platforms. Until then, Mirzadeh notes that NFT price performance will be influenced by speculative hype and market mania.

Wasif Shakir

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