In August, sales of NFTs on OpenSea witnessed a significant decline, impacting both Ethereum and Polygon-based digital collectibles, as revealed by data from Dune Analytics.
Sales of Ethereum-based NFTs plunged by 84%, dropping from $659.02 million in February to $106.12 million in August, while Polygon-based NFTs on OpenSea experienced a steep 94% decline, falling from $109.12 million in February to just $7.02 million in August.
One of the main reasons for this decline is decreased interest in profile picture NFTs (PFPs), which are pictures people use as their online avatars. The PFP NFT market dropped from $5 billion in February to $2.2 billion.
Another contributing factor to OpenSea’s decline is the rise of a new NFT marketplace called Blur, which gained popularity with $222 million in sales volume in the last month, despite also seeing a sales decline.
Furthermore, user activity for Ethereum and Polygon-based NFTs on OpenSea dwindled, with Ethereum-based NFT sales decreasing by 11% in April compared to the prior month and plummeting by 79% since the start of the year, while Polygon-based NFT sales hit a nine-month low with a 37% drop.
The decline in NFT sales on OpenSea, along with the rise of competitors like Blur and the waning interest in PFP NFTs, suggests a shifting landscape in the NFT market, possibly signaling a need for diversification and innovation in the industry.
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