The number of active wallets accelerated throughout 2020, suggesting even stronger growth ahead in 2021: Q4’s total growth was twice Q3’s, and three times that of Q2.”
The earnings of NFT traders escalated as well, with certain traders being able to generate annual profits of more than $100,000.
Big names and leading companies worldwide — like Nike, Louis Vuitton, and Warner Music, among others — are also experimenting with NFTs by creating online collectibles and games.
Just recently, tech giant Microsoft collaborated with gaming-based blockchain platform Enjin to launch customizable NFTs. The tokens will be compatible and transferrable with the sandbox-adventure video game Minecraft.
Billionaire Mark Cuban also wants a piece of this digital pie. He launched his first set of NFTs on Rarible for fans or haters alike to purchase.
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Here are some examples of NFTs that exist today, to help you get the idea:
- A unique digital artwork.
- A unique sneaker in a limited-run fashion line.
- An in-game item.
- An essay.
- A digital collectible.
- A domain name.
- A ticket that gives you access to an event or a coupon.
We use NFTs to give back to our contributors and we’ve even got our own NFT domain name.
POAPs (Proof of attendance protocol)
If you contribute to ethereum.org, you can claim a POAP NFT. These are collectibles that prove you participated in an event.
Some crypto meetups have used POAPs as a form of ticket to their events. More on contributing.
This website has an alternative domain name powered by NFTs, ethereum.eth.
NFTs are currently taking the digital art and collectibles world by storm. Digital artists are seeing their lives change thanks to huge sales to a new crypto-audience.
And celebrities are joining in as they spot a new opportunity to connect with fans. But digital art is only one way to use NFTs. Really they can be used to represent ownership of any unique asset, like a deed for an item in the digital or physical realm.
If Andy Warhol had been born in the late 90s, he probably would have minted Campbell’s Soup as an NFT.
It’s only a matter of time before Kanye puts a run of Yeezys on Ethereum. And one day owning your car might be proved with an NFT.
What’s an NFT?
NFTs are tokens that we can use to represent ownership of unique items.
They let us tokenise things like art, collectibles, even real estate.
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The latest NFT craze is thanks in part to a blockchain-based virtual trading card marketplace known as NBA Top Shot. The collectibles in that case are basketball highlights, which can go for up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Last month, one buyer shelled out $208,000 for a clip of a LeBron James dunk, while another paid $100,000 for a clip of Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant dunking over the Phoenix Suns’ Aron Baynes. (Yes, they’re highlights, like the kind you can just pull up on YouTube.)
👑ALL HAIL THE KING👑@YoDough scooped up this Legendary LeBron James Moment from our Cosmic Series 1 set for $208,000‼️ This Moment is from our first Legendary set ever minted 💯
The top acquisition for any NBA Top Shot Moment …
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For example 1 ETH is exactly the same as another ETH. This isn’t the case with NFTs.
In other words, if you own an NFT:
- You can easily prove you own it.
- No one can manipulate it in any way.
- You can sell it, and in some cases this will earn the original creator resale royalties.
- Or, you can hold it forever, resting comfortably knowing your asset is secured by your wallet on Ethereum.
And if you create an NFT:
- You can easily prove you’re the creator.
- You determine the scarcity.
- You can earn royalties every time it’s sold.
- You can sell it on any NFT market or peer-to-peer.
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- Mark Cuban has sold one of his tweet as an NFT on Ethereum.
- His Ethereum wallet revealed that he owns a lot of tokens.
- stkAAVE makes up a huge chunk of his wallet, but he’s also focused on DeFi projects
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Shark Tank celebrity and owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban has sold a tokenized version of this tweet for $952. The sale was made via the Valuables platform. It further cements the entrepreneur’s interest in all things crypto.
Cuban’s DeFi Adventures
The tweet had bids ranging from $77 up to $777. However, Tim Kang successfully purchased the tweet from Mark Cuban for $952.94.
As I was going through setting it up, I’m thinking to myself, ‘Nobody is going to buy this sh*t.Nobody.’ Then, I saw this part to set up a royalty [fee] and I’m like, ‘You’re kidding me!’ This is the first time with digital content or goods at all that you can participate in the resell market so that’s when I was like, ‘I have to learn more about what’s going on here.’ So, I did my little GIF and I sold 20 for $25 each and then they started reselling and reselling, and I kept getting these transactions in my wallet for more and more money. I learned very quickly that I needed to learn what NFTs were all about because this could change how things were marketed, this could change how digital content is monetized and how IP is monetized.
The environmental impact of NFTs
NFTs are growing in popularity which means they’re also coming under increased scrutiny – especially over their carbon footprint.
To clarify a few things:
- NFTs aren’t directly increasing the carbon footprint of Ethereum.
- The way Ethereum keeps your funds and assets secure is currently energy-intensive but it’s about to improve.
- Once improved, Ethereum’s carbon footprint will be 99.98% better, making it more energy efficient than many existing industries.
To explain further we’re going to have to get a little more technical so bear with us…
Don’t blame it on the NFTs
The whole NFT ecosystem works because Ethereum is decentralized and secure.
Decentralized meaning you and everyone else can verify you own something.
NFT technology has been lauded for its potential to revolutionize buying and selling. NFTs not only expedite online transactions, but also add a layer of security and reduce the risk of fraud.
The technology has raised some red flags as well, one of which concerns copyright law.
Storage and sustainability appear to be the technology’s other major obstacles.
The networks of computers that run blockchain infrastructure consume lots of power.
When Mark Cubanwanted to understand how non-fungible tokens work, he did what he often does: a simple experiment.
He made GIFs out of a few video clips of himself and listed them for $25 each on a website that sells NFTs, unsure if anyone would be interested.
To Cuban, it was worth a shot because the digital tokens can be programmed to have one thing that’s irresistible to any good “Shark Tank” judge: passive income in the form of royalty payments.
Whenever the GIF is sold, Cuban expects to get a cut.
“That, in my opinion, is the ultimate game changer and why every seller of anything digital needs to look at NFTs,” he said.
But recurring revenue streams are only one facet of NFTs’ appeal to entrepreneurs.
And that’s always been the plan.
We’re not here to defend the environmental footprint of mining, instead we want to explain how things are changing for the better.
A greener future…
For as long as Ethereum has been around, the energy-consumption of mining has been a huge focus area for developers and researchers. And the vision has always been to replace it as soon as possible.
This vision is being delivered right now.
A greener Ethereum: Eth2
Ethereum is currently going through a series of upgrades, known as Eth2, that will replace mining with staking.
This will remove computing power as a security mechanism, and reduce Ethereum’s carbon footprint by ~99.98%1.
NFTs can be bought and sold, like physical assets, but since they run on blockchain, a decentralized digital ledger that documents transactions, ownership and validity of the asset they represent can be tracked.
One of their big benefits is they allow creators to be paid as their content is distributed on the internet.
For example, if an artist puts their NFT-based artwork up for sale, a buyer could purchase a unique token that represents the asset and can then prove authenticity and ownership of the digital art through blockchain.
According to Cuban, that is where the value lies. “The tech is real,” he says.