Coinbase is launching a marketplace for NFTs

NFTs are now a part of Coinbase’s product offering.

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are a type of cryptocurrency that can’t be exchanged for fiat currency. The tool will be available to those who sign up for a waitlist, according to the firm.

To symbolize ownership of online products like rare paintings or valuable trading cards, NFTs use one-of-a-kind digital assets called newfangled tokens. Not all NFTs are interchangeable like bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies, so you can’t just swap one for another.

This year, sales of these kinds of tokens have soared. According to DappRadar, a business that collects data on crypto-based applications, the NFT market’s transaction volume reached $10 billion in the third quarter of 2021.

A digital collage by Mike Winkelmann, the artist, known as Beeple, sold for about $70 million, while the first-ever tweet cost nearly $3 million to purchase.

“Social features” and access to the so-called “creative economy,” a term used to characterize people who generate money by publishing movies and other content online, are two aspects of Coinbase’s NFT marketplace, termed Coinbase NFT.

People who support NFTs argue that they are a good method to recompense artists whose revenue has declined due to the ubiquitous availability of media on the internet. They’re viewed as a speculative bubble by critics, who believe that it will explode soon.

Even yet, entering the NFT market could allow Coinbase to diversify its revenue streams away from exchange fees, which presently account for the lion’s share of its income. Andreessen Horowitz, who invested in Coinbase early on, would compete with other crypto start-ups like Gemini, Binance, and OpenSea.

OpenSea acknowledged insider trading on its platform last month. According to DappRadar, the company has the largest NFT marketplace.

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