The Pixelated Party Is Over for NFTs

The technology is Now Fully Toxic

Stephen Moore
5 min readApr 4, 2023
Bored Ape, edited by author

Last month, NFTs returned to the spotlight, seemingly regaining some of their former glory. Sales surged to $2 billion in February — numbers not seen since the Terra crash and a massive increase from the $117 million sales in January.

“We’re back baby,” rejoiced the JPEG monkey-holding diehards.

Unfortunately, the joy was short-lived. When we peel back the curtain on the data, it reveals this is no second coming for NFTs.

It’s a washout.

Naughty Fake Trades

NFTs currently have two popular marketplaces; OpenSea and Blur. For the longest time, OpenSea ruled as the number one joint for buying and selling pixelated JPEGs. But, thanks to its new aggressive incentives program, Blur recently overtook OpenSea. On Feb 14, the platform launched its BLUR loyalty token, a reward designed to encourage users to refrain from selling their collections on other platforms (like OpenSea) and — this is important — to encourage lots of selling.

Blur also decided not to enforce royalties so long as the NFTs were not sold on a competitor’s marketplace. Why? Again, to encourage lots of selling. (This is something of a turf war that’s kicked off between OpenSea and Blur, with both…



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