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Ethereum NFT Market Cap Fell 60% in 2022, Says New Report

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In Brief

  • A new DappRadar report pegs the losses in Ethereum NFT market to around $5.6 billion in 2022.
  • Yuga Labs, the company behind the Blue-Chip Bored Ape Yacht Club collection, saw the market cap of its metaverse-focused Otherdeeds collection fall by $2.1 billion, according to the report.
  • CryptoPunks managed to retain a healthy floor price of around $90,000 despite a substantial decline in market cap.
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A new report by DappRadar reveals that Ethereum’s NFT market cap fell from $9.3 billion to $3.7 billion last year, with Yuga Labs’ Otherdeeds collection falling the most.

The report found that the market cap of Otherdeeds, an NFT collection forming a crucial part of Yuga Labs’ metaverse ambitions, fell 86% in 2022 to $356 million.

Yuga Labs Major Collections Post Significant Losses

According to the report, Yuga Labs’ collections make up 67% of the total market cap of Ethereum NFTs, with Bored Ape Yacht Club and CryptoPunks contributing almost half of the company’s overall NFT market cap.

The 200,000-piece Otherdeeds collection raked in over $700 million upon launch, pushing its market cap to $2.5 billion. By the end of 2022, the market cap fell 86%.

Bored Ape Yacht Club’s capitalization fell by almost 65% to $934 million by the end of 2022, while the valuation of the less popular Bored Ape Kennel Club declined by nearly 50% to $101 million.

Also down was Yuga Labs’ Mutant Ape Yacht Club collection, whose market cap decreased 64.8% to $373 million by year-end.

CryptoPunks Floor Price Defies Bear Market as Collection is Re-Minted

Despite this decline, DappRadar’s machine-learning algorithm, currently in Beta, found several collections whose profitability rose during the early stages of the 2022 crypto winter

The Azuki collection, created by Chiru Labs, appreciated by 1,660% to $1.1 billion between the start of 2022 and April of that year, driven largely by another collection called Beanz, while the market cap of Pudgy Penguins rose 478% to an all-time high of $112 million. 

CryptoPunks, a collection of 8-bit profile picture NFTs acquired by Yuga Labs in 2021, saw a decline of 60.24% but managed to sustain a floor price of almost $100,000 or around 63 ETH at press time.

Yuga Labs CryptoPunks NFT Price Floor in ETH
CryptoPunks NFT Price Floor in ETH | Source: NFT Price Floor

A new Bitcoin-based NFT protocol called Ordinals recently re-minted CryptoPunks as Bitcoin Punks with byte-level precision. 

To “mint” an NFT using Ordinals, NFT data is enumerated in the Witness portion of a Bitcoin transaction with a content type and body. The NFT starts its journey as an inscription made on the first satoshi of the transaction’s first output, which becomes trackable using the Ordinals numbering protocol. A Satoshi is a one hundred millionth of a Bitcoin. 

Ordinals Future Unclear Despite Promising Start

While there is no official marketplace for Ordinals, early data from Dune Analytics suggests that images have been the most popular content type.

Daily Ordinals NFTs Volumes by Content
Daily Ordinals NFTs Volumes by Content | Source: Dune Analytics

While it is unclear whether Ordinals will take off, the Bitcoin Punks Discord moderator recently launched a marketplace Discord channel. Interested traders are already engaging in Over-The-Counter transactions using the Bitcoin wallet Sparrow.

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin and others pioneered a Bitcoin project called Colored Coins in 2013 to bring additional tokens with restricted abilities to the Bitcoin architecture. While the idea didn’t flourish, it was one of the first NFT expressions before Ethereum.

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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,...