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Crypto Trading Volume and NFT Sales Drop Over 30% in April

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In Brief

  • Crypto and NFT market plunged by 30% in April.
  • Binance leads with a $699.25 billion trading volume.
  • Bitcoin Puppets, WZRDs defy market downturn.
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In April, the crypto and the non-fungible token (NFT) market witnessed significant declines, signaling a cooling period for digital asset transactions. 

As trading activities dwindled, key players and Crypto platforms faced marked declines in transaction metrics. This shift indicates a recalibration of crypto market dynamics, reflecting investor caution and a reevaluation of asset values.

Crypto Trading Volume and NFT Sales Drop

Data from centralized exchanges (CEXs) revealed a substantial decrease in spot trading volumes. These have plummeted by 35.7% from March’s $2.49 trillion to just $1.6 trillion. 

Binance, the largest player in the field, accounted for 43.7% of this volume, translating to approximately $699.25 billion.

Bitcoin Trading Volume
Bitcoin Trading Volume. Source: The TIE

Parallel to this, the NFT sector also experienced a downturn. NFT sales dipped to $1.15 billion in April, marking a 31.26% decline from the previous month. 

The drop was not limited to sales alone. Indeed, the number of active NFT buyers and sellers also decreased substantially. Buyer participation fell by over half, down 51.88%, and seller activity reduced by 45.72%, indicating a shrinking market interest.

The downturn affected several blockchains where NFTs are commonly traded. Ethereum and Solana, for instance, saw their NFT sales decrease dramatically.

Ethereum’s NFT transactions halved, sinking by 56.8%, while Solana recorded a 39.4% fall in sales. This trend was consistent across various blockchains. However, only a few exceptions, like Immutable X and Avalanche, surprisingly registered increases in NFT transactions.

“The downturn in NFT sales and participation across blockchain platforms could stifle innovation in the space, as the market shifts from speculative to pragmatic value. Creators and platforms need to prioritize real-world use cases, such as certificates of ownership, digital identities, and gaming assets with meaningful in-game utility, ensuring transfer fees are a fraction of the asset price,” Karim Chaib, CEO of Dopamine, told BeInCrypto.

Read more: 7 Best NFT Marketplaces You Should Know in 2024

Ethereum NFTs Transactions
Ethereum NFTs Transactions. Source: Glassnode

Specific Bitcoin-based NFT collections bucked the downward spiral despite the overall negative trend. In April, The Bitcoin Puppets and the Bitcoin-based WZRDs collection saw their values skyrocket by 2,064.97% and 25,796%, respectively. 

“Bitcoin-based NFTs appear to be more resilient than Ethereum and Solana-based NFTs due to their relative novelty on the Bitcoin network, attracting curiosity and interest from the crypto community. The scarcity of historical data and the novelty of Bitcoin Ordinals make them appealing, coinciding with narratives around the Bitcoin halving, which often stirs bullish sentiment,” Chaib concluded.

This suggests that while the broader market is in decline, niche collections can still capture significant interest and command high valuations.

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Shota Oba
After interning at a domestic blockchain media company while enrolled at a university in international relations, he worked as an intern trainee at two foreign crypto asset exchanges. Currently, as a journalist, he focuses on the Japanese crypto asset market, both technical and fundamental analysis. He has been trading crypto assets since 2021 and is interested in economic and social affairs.