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NFT Marketplaces: Evolution and Trends

Introduction

NFTs are digital representations of tangible items such as art or music. Utilizing blockchain technology, NFTs are created and transferred between parties through encrypted smart contracts using a token called "Non-Fungible Token" (NFT). These tokens symbolize unique assets and provide a concept similar to shares and securities, eliminating the need for physical ownership.
                                                                                                         

The potential presented by NFTs is enormous. As technology advances, NFTs are expected to extend beyond the world of art and explore new applications. Sectors like gaming, music, and sports are continuously exploring NFTs to transform their respective industries.

How has NFT evolved over time?

Meni Rosenfield introduced the idea of colored coin paper in 2012 to represent and manage real-world items on the blockchain. Although not suitable for the Bitcoin blockchain, this concept laid the foundation for non-fungible tokens. In 2014, Kevin McCoy, a digital artist, created the first NFT on the Namecoin blockchain, called "Quantum." It was a digital image of an octagon that changed colors. Following this, several blockchains were used to create NFTs, with the Ethereum blockchain becoming the hub for creating new NFTs. Between 2017 and 2020, NFTs gained mainstream popularity with the huge success of cryptopunks and cryptokitties, establishing their presence in the gaming world.
                                                                                          

Subsequently, NFTs made their way into the digital art world, experiencing a massive surge in demand and supply in 2021. Renowned auction houses started selling NFT art, taking their auctions online, and validating substantial sales in the NFT marketplace. After the art scene, NFTs entered the music industry and found success as well. The first band to release an album as an NFT was Kings of Leon. Furthermore, songs, concert tickets, and more began selling as NFTs. The primary reason for the success of NFTs in the music industry is the direct connection between the artist and the audience. Today, NFTs have extended beyond the world of art, music, and gaming, gaining popularity for various possible real-time assets.
 

Emerging Trends in NFT Marketplaces

1. Fractional Ownership
Fractional ownership allows collectors to own a portion of an expensive NFT, making it accessible to a broader audience. Fractionalization platforms divide high-value NFTs into smaller shares, enabling investors to participate in the asset's growth potential.

2. Virtual Reality and Metaverse Integration
The integration of NFTs into virtual reality and metaverse environments is gaining momentum. Virtual real estate in metaverse worlds can be tokenized as NFTs, providing users with true ownership and unique customization options.

                                                                                       

3. Secondary sales or Secondary market in NFT
The secondary marketplace is where collectors buy NFTs sold in the primary market. Here, collectors can purchase NFTs from other collectors and subsequently sell them for profit, making it a hunting ground for good deals and sought-after NFTs.

4. Royalty Mechanism in the NFT Marketplace
Similar to musicians earning royalties from their music broadcasts, NFT creators receive a percentage of the resale value each time their NFT is sold in the secondary market. NFT creators have the authority to determine the royalty percentage, setting it when creating the NFT.
 

Challenges and Concerns

Despite the immense potential, NFTs also face challenges. Concerns arise over the environmental impact of blockchain networks, especially proof-of-work-based systems. Additionally, copyright infringement and intellectual property disputes require careful consideration.

Conclusion

In summary, NFTs have brought about significant transformations in the trading of digital assets. The NFT market has experienced rapid growth, attracting increasing interest from artists, collectors, and investors. Creators can showcase their artwork, buyers can own unique digital assets, and investors can explore fresh investment opportunities through NFTs. The world of NFTs and their associated platforms holds the potential for expansion and innovation, thanks to evolving trends and wider acceptance among the audience.

Pratik Jain
Pratik Jain
Director@GlobalVox | Founder - BiG Deal - blockchain based auction platform | Certified crypto and blockchain expert | ICO-IDO consultant