As any regular reader of the EOS Hot Sauce would know, NFTs have been surging in popularity on both the WAX and EOS network. Last week Coin Genius and the guys from the Bad Crypto got together to organize an NFT-themed crypto conference with many of the top NFT blockchain teams from across the entire space.
We heard from a variety of teams that have products deployed across a variety of networks. For those of us who are heads down and focused only on EOSIO networks, this event gave us a good opportunity to take a look at the entire space.
A common theme that popped up a lot was… drum roll… gas fees! Obviously the DeFi bull run on Ethereum has made the network usage fees skyrocket to insane levels. How are you supposed to trade NFTs if the transaction to simply put it on the market place costs $10-$40? It’s no surprise that sales volume on Ethereum-based NFT platforms such as OpenSea have seen significant downturns.
It was great to see Joel Comm and Travis Wright, the guys behind Bad Crypto Podcast and the Blockchain Heroes NFT series, gushing at how amazing WAX is for creating and trading NFTs. Travis expressed a lot of delight at the fact that he can send a pack to a lucky community member on a livestream and see the pack arrive instantly, allowing the viewer to open his pack right away! It’s crystal clear that WAX and EOSIO offer an absolutely amazing user experience when it comes to creating, collecting and trading NFTs.
There were many panels and keynote speeches and we’ll go over some of our favorite segments today.
Panel: Unlocking Alternative Revenu Streams for Artists, Musicians and Athletes
Some of the more eye popping things we learned in this panel is that Topps has earned 6x more on secondary markets than during their primary sales! These breathtaking numbers have attracted a lot of attention from other Topps brands, many of which are exploring options on how to release NFT series for their fans.
We also had a surprise mini-collection revealed and released during the NFT Day. The GPK Crash Gordon series sold out nearly instantly and contains 5 different cards (a & b) with 3 levels of rarity.
Later on during the panel we heard Vesa explain the enormous problem that’s currently plaguing the old world art scene. Fakes are rampant and Vesa claims that up to 50% of the artwork listed in the very reputable Christie’s Auction catalogue may be frauds.
He makes a convincing argument that the ability to recognize if an NFT art piece is real or fake, at no cost of either time or money, is an absolute game changer for the art world. And that’s not even getting into the fact that NFTs allow artists from around the world to mint and distribute their artwork for very little costs.
He anticipates seeing tremendous growth in the next 5 – 10 years in the NFT space and we fully agree with him. He also mentioned that the digital version of a collectible Nike sneaker has sold for more than the real version of the sneaker!
Another great clip saw Travis asking Tobin “what has to happen for Star Wars or Marvel to release on blockchain?” Tobin gave a great answer and shared that most brands are currently approaching NFTs with “intense curiosity and slight trepidation.” Brands are certainly interested in the potential but are afraid about how they can maintain control of their intellectual property (IP) once released on the blockchain. Those concerns are likely to diminish over time as we see bigger and bigger brands release their IP on various blockchains.
We also learned that the Topps GKP Series 2 launch is targeted for the end of September! Get your WAX tokens ready!
The first keynote address was by WAX CEO William Quigley, who put the emphasis on what he thinks is an unsung part of NFTs, which is the fact that nothing else in the universe, outside of crypto tokens, gives you the ability to prove authenticity instantly and at no cost!
Therefore you can’t fake the total supply, which is a trick used by collectible card publishers in the 80s and 90s. How do we know that the manufacturer really only produced X number of cards? Back then, we had to trust the seller. Today, we can verify the supply ourselves directly on the blockchain! How wonderful 😊
Panel: The Rising Industry of Gaming Collectibles in e-Sports: Are NFTs The Emerging Core Component of the Billion Dollar Industry?
Some of our favorite moments from this panel included when Marguerite described how NFTs could be used by gamers as a tamper-proof record of their gaming career, allowing them to build their own portfolio of gaming achievements, all recorded immutably on-chain.
Aleksander brought up a fascinating concept revolving around granting actual ownership of the game for players who grind up to high levels. In the DeFi space, yield farmers contribute liquidity to various pools in order to earn ownership of the protocol through their governance token. Can we apply the same concept to gaming? In addition to in-game gold and experience, players could also earn ownership shares of their favorite game creating player-owners!
But our favorite quote from Aleksander came when he was talking about the psychological impacts of making the decision to hold a game item instead of selling it for real satoshis.
“The opportunity to be able to sell the item is incredibly powerful, and this builds a really solid connection to the game asset.”