The interest in NFTs has cooled since its peak in 2021 and 2022, with a volume shrink and fewer projects surging in the market. Nevertheless, Bitcoin (BTC) and Solana (SOL) surged as the preferred home of new NFT deployments.
In particular, three out of every four NFT launches in 2023 happened either on Bitcoin or Solana. The former captivated enthusiasts through the Ordinals Inscriptions but also raised controversy in the Bitcoin community.
Notably, Bitcoin NFTs are unique because the media is actually stored in the blockchain instead of centralized databases. Most NFT blockchains are simply a hash ID pegged to the desired media, usually an image, hosted by centralized services. Elon Musk recently shared his opinion about these mechanics on X (formerly Twitter).
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In the meantime, Solana earned space due to lower fees and better network performance than its competitors. Solana’s ecosystem grew in 2023, fuelling its dominance in this segment alongside Bitcoin, with 75% of all NFT deployments last year, according to Electric Capital’s Developer Report 2023.
Ethereum NFT deployments at its lowest levels
On the other hand, Ethereum (ETH) drastically lost its previous dominance. Ethereum’s NFT deployments dropped to historical lows in the same year as Bitcoin and Solana shined.
All in all, Electric Capital reported 14,560 NFT deployments across the three blockchains at the end of 2023 alone. This movement suggests a trend shift and the possibility of a renewed interest in this technology.
Interestingly, migrating to improved infrastructures providing native decentralized media hosting or more efficient transactions could have triggered this spark. Investors now await further developments and insights on NFT trading and use cases to propel demand and value.
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