Long Beach (CoinChapter): NFTs continue to be the fastest surging entity within the crypto industry. In less than three months the combined market cap of all major NFT projects has increased by 1,785%. With Dapper Labs recently being a $2.6 billion valuation.
One of the biggest names involved in NFTs has been digital artist Beeple. His most high profile piece sold for more than $69 million, a record for a single NFT.
There have been a number of celebrities to jump into the NFT world including the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Mark Cuban, and Lindsay Lohan. In the world of sports however, Dapper Labs’ NBA Top Shot is is at the top of the food chain.
Just five months into its open beta, NBA Top Shot has handled more than three million transactions and $460 million in sales. This, of course, has led to much more investor interest in the blockchain collectibles company.
Dapper Labs Raises $305 Million
Dapper Labs’ latest round of funding raised $305 million and was led by investment firm Coatue. According to Forbes, someone with knowledge of the deal says Coatue valued the company at $2.6 billion. “It’s just more fuel in the tank,” Roham Gharegozlou, Dapper Labs’ CEO told Forbes. He also characterized the funding as “a big bet on open platforms.”
Additionally, gaming company Atari recently joined in as well, giving retro-gamers a chance to re-live amazing times with classic games ‘Centipede’ and ‘Pong.’ They aren’t alone in this space however.
There are numerous NFT projects to rise in recent months
THETA, ENJ, and SAND are some of the numerous NFT or blockchain gaming projects to rise in recent months. As a result, NFT marketplaces like Rarible and OpenSea have seen sales rise massively over the past three months.
Marketplaces, insurance, fractionalization, trading, and indices are considered to be the most heavily invested areas within the market. Should this continue, two NFT sectors are likely benefit the most from it: NFT marketplaces, blockchain gaming studios, and layer one blockchains targeting NFTs.