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NFT market wars continue 💥

Weekly Recap: $BLUR arrives, OpenSea’s 0% fee, Quix opens up, and more!
William M. Peaster William M. Peaster Feb 17, 20236 min read
NFT market wars continue 💥

Dear Bankless Nation,

NFT marketplace Blur has gained considerable ground on OpenSea in recent days.

Now, OpenSea has responded back with its own tactics accordingly. The reigning NFT marketplace juggernaut just announced its testing 0% fees, optional royalties, and removing Blur from its blocklist.

Sheesh! The entire NFT space is caught in the crossfire between Blur and OpenSea now, that much is clear, and today’s events show the dust here is far from settled.

What happens next remains to be seen, but definitely expect more fireworks and intrigue as the top NFT marketplaces continue to try and improve their positions in the ecosystem. In the meantime, let’s get you caught up on the past week in NFTs — thanks for reading everyone ✌️


🧠 The big picture

For the fifth time in as many weeks the cumulative market cap of the NFT space has risen, this time climbing to 9.36 million ETH for a gain of 2.75% since the last Friday recap. While the number of addresses interacting with NFTs have stayed steady lately, the activity levels around NFTs have been uptrending for over a month now.

📊 This week by the numbers:

Otherdeeds plots were the most traded NFT collection this week by far, both with regards to volume (Ξ22,604) and number of sales (10,555). In a distant second place came Moonbirds, which saw its own trading frenzy in recent days, followed by the MAYC, BAYC, and Azuki collections.

🔝 7D top collections by volume


🛒 7D NFT marketplace stats

The long-awaited $BLUR airdrop arrived this week, along with the announcement of Season 2 $BLUR rewards. The buzz around these developments put Blur decisively in the lead over OpenSea in this week’s de facto trading volume contest, so the big question for now is can Blur keep up this big lead for the foreseeable future.

🛍️ 3 biggest buys this week

After seeing multiple giant collectibles sales over Ξ800 last week, the top blue-chip NFT sales this week were much more down to earth in comparison. However, and per usual, ‘Punks and Bored Apes have remained the collections with the largest recent transactions.

📰 General news

🏆 Digital collectibles

🎨 Cryptoart & music

🎮 Decentralized gaming

🌐 Virtual worlds

🪙 NFTfi

🎆 Mint spotlight: Zora

This isn’t a specific mint per se, but rather a new discovery system for mints. Zora just rolled out its new homepage UI that’s centered around aggregating NFT edition releases and drops from around the ecosystem. If you like to surf through new projects as they arrive, this new homepage experience is certainly something to put on your radar.

🔭 Mint watch:

  • TreasureTags Treasure, the decentralized gaming ecosystem on Arbitrum, just launched TreasureTag “gamertag” domain mints this week; if you’re trying to hit the Arbitrum NFT scene hard this is an interesting option
  • CryptoCoaster — A 100% onchain, randomly generated rollercoaster series? Super cool! This upcoming experimental mint comes via xtremetom, a Cool Cats founder
  • Gachamon — An upcoming NFT game where you collect and battle mons in a passive arena format, the mint for this project is coming in hot on Feb. 22nd, 2023

🙇 3 insightful threads weekly to level up your NFT knowledge!

1. MoonCat2878 on the basics of AI art platform BrainDrops:
2. Rafa on Web3 media and publishing:
3. Luke Cannon on how to optimize your $BLUR Season 2 rewards strategy:

✨ My NFT tool of the week: Manifold’s Burn Redeem App

With Manifold’s Burn Redeem App, you can mint NFTs for your fans and then let them “burn” those NFTs in order to redeem new, scarcer NFTs. This approach offers novel gamification avenues for collections, and fortunately Manifold’s just released an optimized version of the app!

💥 RabbitHole V2 is now live!

RabbitHole, which lets people earn tokens for participating in crypto projects, just rolled out its V2 system. Notably, the protocol has been rebuilt from the ground up for improved learning, quest, and gig experiences. As crypto projects look for more ways to engage their communities onchain, RabbitHole is poised to shine.

😜 All your NFT are belong to us…

With all the unidentified objects in the skies lately, is an alien invasion happening? Who knows, but just in case let’s hope the Galactic Federation has a favorable NFT policy:
William M. Peaster

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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 team’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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