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Record-Breaking Bitcoin NFT Sales: This Is the Top Performer

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In Brief

  • Bitcoin NFT sales topped the charts in the past week, as Ordinals inscriptions saw volumes on the network rise $169 million.
  • The most popular collection was NodeMonkes, which enjoyed about $43 million in sales across 47,000 transactions in one week.
  • However, Yuga Labs is forging ahead with its Otherside Metaverse platform that gives additional usefulness to Ethereum NFTs.
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Bitcoin non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have recently stolen the spotlight, marking a year-to-date record in daily sales volume over the weekend, as Yuga Labs attempts to revive interest in Ethereum NFTs with its Otherside Metaverse project. 

Surpassing Ethereum in weekly sales, Bitcoin NFTs, led by the Ordinals innovation, achieved an impressive $168.5 million in sales, an 80% increase from the previous week. This growth highlights the growing interest in Bitcoin as a utility network.

Bitcoin NFTs Flip Ethereum NFTs

The sudden spike in Bitcoin NFT sales is attributed to the innovative use of Ordinals, launched in January 2023. The protocol of NFT-like assets enables users to embed files into satoshis, the smallest unit of Bitcoin.

At the forefront of the Bitcoin NFT surge is the NodeMonkes collection. With sales rocketing to over $41 million, a nearly 170% increase week-over-week, NodeMonkes has become a prime example of the potential for Bitcoin-based NFTs. Indeed, this notable increase has placed NodeMonkes as a close second in sales, following the uncategorized Ordinals.

The collection has amassed over $43 million in sales across more than 47,000 transactions.

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NodeMonkes Sales | Source: CryptoSlam

Yet, while Bitcoin NFTs are experiencing unprecedented growth, Ethereum-based NFTs, led by innovators like Yuga Labs, continue to thrive.

Metaverse Offers More Utility

Known for the blue-chip Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) collection, Yuga Labs remains a cornerstone of the Ethereum NFT market. Its recent endeavors into the metaverse, with the development of the Otherside Metaverse, demonstrate its commitment to expanding the utility and appeal of NFTs beyond digital collectibles.

Although still nascent, the Otherside Metaverse has garnered mixed reviews from its early testers. Some users have praised the immersive experience and graphics quality, highlighting the potential for a new form of NFT-driven digital interaction

“Right off the bat, I’ll be honest and constructive: this felt, at times, like a proof of concept and not tens of millions of dollars and two years’ worth of work. Respectfully. Some things don’t work and are oversights, like climbing these stairs,” a community member said.

Despite the mixed feedback, the initiative marks a significant step towards integrating NFTs with interactive digital experiences. Imbuing NFTs with utility will further solidify Ethereum NFTs’ position in the market.

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In contrast to the rapid ascent of Bitcoin NFTs, Ethereum’s established NFT collections, including Yuga Labs’ BAYC, continue to command high market valuations and investor interest. This enduring popularity reflects the diverse appeal of NFTs across different blockchains. It also highlights how important innovation is to sustain market growth.

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David Thomas
David Thomas graduated from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa, with an Honors degree in electronic engineering. He worked as an engineer for eight years, developing software for industrial processes at South African automation specialist Autotronix (Pty) Ltd., mining control systems for AngloGold Ashanti, and consumer products at Inhep Digital Security, a domestic security company wholly owned by Swedish conglomerate Assa Abloy. He has experience writing software in C,...