In 2020, the Non Fungible Token (NFT) ecosystem has experienced rapid growth. The media frenzy around NFTs has raised awareness of virtual assets and many see the NFT hype as the next big trend after the Decentralised Finance (DeFi) madness. But where can NFTs be traded?
While many questions arise as to whether the DeFi boom is already over, another revolution is brewing in the NFT space. NFTs are unique and therefore not exchangeable 1:1 for other tokens. All assets that can be tokenised can be NFTs. These include (digital) works of art, trading cards, game items or crypto-domains. Just a few weeks ago we introduced the top three NFT crypto currencies to you. Today we want to take a look at the five largest NFT marketplaces.
Why are NFTs revolutionary?
NFTs can be used to transparently map ownership relationships on a public block chain. This allows them to store value just like real objects, even though further copies can easily be made. For example, the original picture of the Mona Lisa is worth much more than an identical copy, because everyone knows which picture is the original. The revolutionary thing about NFTs is that for the first time they can create scarcity in virtual space.
Two token standards in the NFT sector that you need to know
There are currently two Ethereum token standards for NFTs. One is the most widely used ERC-721 standard, which allows the creation of individual tokens. The token standard uses a new smart contract for each NFT.
There is also the ERC-1155 standard, which allows bundled transactions of NFTs and makes a theoretical creation of an infinite number of tokens possible with a single Smart Contract. The ERC-1155 standard is also known as the News Spy standard, as it handles the storage and creation of different NFTs in a single Smart Contract. It is superior to other ERC standards in that it is cheaper and more effective.
If you want to trade NFTs, you can choose from a growing number of marketplaces.
5th Enjin Marketplace: A marketplace for gamers
The Enjin Marketplace is the official marketplace for Enjin-based NFTs. Users can trade Non Fungible Tokens easily and quickly via the website. In addition, Enjin published one of the first trading places for NFTs and is also considered the inventor of the ERC-1155 standard. To buy NFTs, you need ENJ tokens. Ethereum is also needed to enable transactions to be carried out.
The Enjin platform is aimed specifically at gamers, whereby different items can be used in several games. The Enjin marketplace has a considerable trading volume, lists thousands of items and offers a clear web interface. According to DappReview, there are more than 1 billion ERC-1155 items, for which over one million US dollars have already been deposited with ENJ.
4 Rarible: Receive RARI tokens for trading NFTs
Rarible enables the creation and trading of NFTs. The platform also has its own governance token called RARI. This token enables participation in votes on important matters. Users can keep the generated NFTs, give them away or sell and buy them on the marketplace. In addition, users of the Rarible platform receive RARI tokens as a reward for trading NFTs.
The interface allows NFT creators to set rules. This means, for example, that they will receive a part of the price paid for each subsequent transfer of ownership. In addition, the marketplace offers a clear user interface that is constantly evolving.
3 SuperRare: A marketplace for artists
SuperRare, as the name suggests, deals with super rare art. It is therefore an NFT marketplace that deals specifically with digital artwork. The platform stands out from other NFT marketplaces through social profiles, a mobile app, live auctions and advanced payment options.
Via SuperRare, artists have already sold art worth more than three million US dollars.
2 Decentraland: Marketplace in the virtual world
Decentraland can best be described as a Minecraft-like virtual world where NFTs can be traded. Users can also purchase unique plots that they can develop freely. In addition, various games can be played in the virtual world. Currently there is a Halloween special where you can win boxes from which you can get different things:
Within Decentraland, MANA holders can use the token as a means of payment for the various NFTs. In addition, MANA gives the users a governance right in Decentraland. This enables the community itself to vote on permissible NFT contracts, marketplace rules and other transactions in Decentraland.
1 Opensea: Universal marketplace for NFTs
Opensea is the largest trading place for NFTs to date and allows trading in all types of NFTs. Therefore, users can trade, buy and sell art, game items, collectibles, domain names, etc. on Opensea. The diversity of the offer puts all other marketplaces in the shade. In addition, the platform has several auction functions and is fully integrated into the crypto infrastructure.
Although Opensea is the largest NFT marketplace in the crypto space, the platform does not have its own token and currently only serves as an interface for trading NFTs. For example, NFTs from Decentraland, SuperRare and Enjin can be traded on Opensea.