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Leveling Up Your NFTs with Arcade

Getting Started with Arcade V3
William M. Peaster William M. Peaster Sep 12, 20233 min read
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Leveling Up Your NFTs with Arcade

Dear Bankless Nation,

NFT volumes may be down bad, but crypto bulls aren't giving up on on NFTfi! There are still plenty of new and newly revamped projects in the NFT + DeFi space worth discovering.

Today, we dig into the newly launched NFT lending protocol Arcade V3.

-Bankless team


Built on Ethereum, Arcade is a protocol + platform combo that facilitates NFT-based peer-to-peer lending and borrowing.

In short, the project lets NFT owners leverage their assets for liquidity while lenders can earn interest by providing funds. Borrowers list their NFTs or Vaults with set loan terms on the Arcade Loan Marketplace, making them available for offers from potential lenders. 

Instant loans are also possible by accepting open collection offers after depositing NFTs into a Vault. Vaults in Arcade are contracts that securely hold one or multiple compatible assets, which can be used as collateral for loans. 

Zooming in, Arcade supports NFTs from ERC-721 and ERC-1155 collections as loan collateral and ERC-20 tokens like WETH, USDC, USDT, DAI, and APE for funding loans.

Once a loan agreement is reached on Arcade, borrowers receive the principal amount, and both parties get promissory notes. If a borrower defaults, lenders can extend the repayment time or claim the collateral, forfeiting any repayment of the loan's principal and interest.

Currently, Arcade does not charge lending fees, but this may change. 

Arcade V3 released

Arcade V3, the latest version of the Arcade Protocol, was just launched on Ethereum. 

Building off the momentum of the V2 system, which facilitated over $120M worth of volume to date, the immutable V3 offers several new features and upgrades, including collection-wide loan offers on non-vaulted assets, onchain allowlisting, and customizable fee structures. 

Of course, this new version of Arcade Protocol should be considered experimental in any case. 

The V3 has been tested internally, reviewed by auditors, and has an Immunefi bug bounty program, so that's a great start. But use at your own risk in these early days and never deposit more than you can afford to lose!

How to use Arcade

Setting up a Vault ๐Ÿ›…

  • Mint and depositTo use your NFTs as collateral, you must first deposit them into an Arcade Vault. Start by connecting your wallet to the Arcade platform.
  • Select NFTsChoose the NFTs you want to deposit from your collection. 
  • Mint a VaultAfter selecting your NFTs, mint a new Vault. This Vault is an NFT itself and will represent your deposited NFTs and can be used as collateral for loans.
  • Confirm transactionConfirm the mint transaction in your wallet to complete the process. 
  • Manage your positionUnlock and withdraw your NFTs as needed.

Borrowing ๐Ÿ”ƒ

  • List NFTs & set loan termsStart by listing your NFTs or Vaults on the Arcade Loan Marketplace. Set your desired loan terms, including the loan amount, duration, and interest rate.
  • Accept loan offersOnce your NFTs are listed, potential lenders can make loan offers. Review these offers and accept the one that suits you best.
  • Receive fundsAfter accepting a loan offer, you'll receive the principal amount in your wallet. Arcade supports crypto like WETH, USDC, USDT, DAI, and APE for funding loans.
  • Manage your positionExtend active loans and pay off your loans as needed.

Lending ๐Ÿ”€

  • Explore the marketplaceConnect a funded wallet and navigate to the Lending Marketplace on Arcade. Here, you can view all available listings with set loan terms.
  • Option A - Start an instant loanFilter by "Has Terms Set," then once you find a Vault or NFT you'd like to fund, select "Start Loan." Confirm the access to the ERC-20 funding token and the withdrawal from your wallet.
  • Option B - Make loan offersClick on a Vault or NFT you're interested in, select "Make an Offer," then you can input your desired terms and sign a transaction to send them to the depositor. Collection-wide offers are also possible.
  • Loan initiationAfter successful confirmation, a loan is initiated. The principal amount is transferred to the borrower, and the collateral is moved into escrow with the Arcade Protocol. Both parties receive promissory notes, i.e., NFTs, representing the loan.
  • In case of defaultIf a borrower doesn't repay a loan on time, a lender can claim the underlying NFT collateral at their convenience

Zooming out

Arcade's new V3 approach to lending and borrowing showcases the evolving versatility of NFTs beyond just buying and holding digital assets. For NFT enthusiasts and financial strategists alike, Arcade offers a glimpse into the future of DeFi, where economic and cultural assets will seamlessly interplay.

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William M. Peaster, Senior Writer, has been with Bankless since January 2021. Immersed in Ethereum since 2017, he writes the Metaversal newsletter on the onchain frontier, covering everything from AI projects to crypto games, as the teamโ€™s lead NFT analyst. With a background in creative writing, he writes fiction and publishes art on Ethereum in his free time. He lives in Washington.

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