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Bitcoin NFTs Overtake Ronin in Cumulative Sales Volume

ByDayne Lee

Jun 19, 2024

Bitcoin NFTs Overtake Ronin in Cumulative Sales Volume

The Bitcoin network has recently ascended in the non-fungible token (NFT) market, now ranking third in all-time sales among blockchain platforms, surpassing the Ronin blockchain. This development underscores the growing market presence of Bitcoin-based NFTs and their impact on the broader digital collectibles landscape.

Rise in the Rankings

According to the latest data from NFT analytics firm CryptoSlam, Bitcoin-based NFTs have amassed an all-time sales volume totaling $4,271,928,280, edging past Ronin’s record of $4,271,675,550. This shift places Bitcoin behind only Solana and Ethereum in the global NFT sales hierarchy.

In the past month alone, Bitcoin-based NFTs have seen considerable activity:

  • Monthly Sales Volume: $148 million, securing the second highest spot for the period.
  • Comparison with Peers: Ethereum led with $157 million, while Solana registered about $77 million in sales.

Despite these impressive figures, the NFT sector has not been immune to broader market challenges:

  • Decline in Volume: The top three NFT-selling blockchains have experienced a decline in 30-day sales, with at least a 40% drop according to CryptoSlam.
  • Broader Market Trends: Overall, the NFT market saw a 54% decrease in sales volume in May compared to April, falling from over $1 billion to $624 million.

While Bitcoin’s climb in the NFT market is notable, these digital assets are often considered “primitive” compared to their counterparts on other blockchains, particularly in contexts like blockchain gaming. Jeff Zirlin, co-founder of Sky Mavis—the team behind Ronin—commented on the evolution of NFTs and their relevance to gaming. He noted:

“We haven’t been paying too much attention to Bitcoin NFTs because they are still primitive and unrelated to gaming. In general, more adoption of NFTs is good, and we’re more competitive with ecosystems that focus specifically on gaming.”

The Evolution of Gaming and NFTs

Zirlin further discussed the changing landscape of the gaming industry, where traditional strategies are yielding diminishing returns due to rising user acquisition costs. He sees Web3 as offering a transformative approach:

  • Web3 Gaming: Proposes a model of incentive alignment with players and ownership-based revenue structures, which could sustain longer-lasting games.

The trajectory of NFT sales on major blockchains provides insights into the evolving preferences and behaviors of collectors and investors:

  • Bitcoin: Significant rise in cumulative sales, reflecting increased interest and investment.
  • Ethereum: Continues to lead with robust sales, supported by a diverse ecosystem.
  • Solana: Remains a strong player with considerable transaction volume.
BlockchainAll-Time Sales VolumeLast Month’s Sales VolumeMarket Position
Ethereum$5,472,000,000$157 million1st
Solana$4,382,000,000$77 million3rd
Bitcoin$4,271,928,280$148 million2nd
Ronin$4,271,675,550Data not provided4th

As the NFT marketplace continues to evolve, the positioning of Bitcoin among the top platforms for NFT sales highlights the dynamic nature of the crypto asset space. The ongoing development and integration of NFTs across different blockchains suggest a maturing market that, despite current downturns, holds substantial promise for innovative growth and expansion.

Bitcoin’s recent overtaking of Ronin in all-time NFT sales marks a significant milestone in the cryptocurrency’s expansion into the realm of digital collectibles. This achievement not only reflects the adaptability and resilience of Bitcoin in the evolving crypto landscape but also highlights the broader shifts occurring across the NFT market.

Featured image credit: Vertigo3d via Getty Images

Dayne Lee

With a foundation in financial day trading, I transitioned to my current role as an editor, where I prioritize accuracy and reader engagement in our content. I excel in collaborating with writers to ensure top-quality news coverage. This shift from finance to journalism has been both challenging and rewarding, driving my commitment to editorial excellence.

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