Bitcoin NFTs to Hit $4.5B Market Cap

 Galaxy Digital’s research unit has predicted that the Bitcoin nonfungible token (NFT) market could reach a $4.5 billion market cap by March 2025 based on the current growth rate and infrastructure of Ethereum’s NFT market. This is due to the emergence of a native on-chain ecosystem for NFTs on Bitcoin, which was not possible before the launch of the Ordinals protocol in late January.

Bitcoin NFTs, also known as Ordinals, allow users to inscribe data such as images, PDFs, video, and audio onto individual satoshis, each representing 0.00000001 Bitcoin (BTC). The market for Bitcoin NFTs has attracted significant attention since the launch of the Ordinals protocol, with NFT giants such as Yuga Labs jumping in on the hype. On February 28, the $4 billion firm behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club announced a Bitcoin-based NFT project dubbed “TwelveFold” in recognition of the Ordinals movement.

Galaxy researchers analyzed the potential growth of Bitcoin NFTs in a new report published on March 3. The report provided three market cap predictions based on the firm’s analysis, covering bear, base, and bull case scenarios. The baseline analysis predicted that if Bitcoin NFTs can expand to mainstream NFT culture like profile pictures, memes, and utility projects, the market capitalization should increase to $4.5 billion.

The researchers also noted that the projection of $4.5 billion is based on the rapid development in inscription awareness coupled with the marketplace/wallet infrastructure already out today. In a bear case scenario, Galaxy estimated that Bitcoin NFTs can still reach a market cap of $1.5 billion based on the current level of interest and supporting infrastructure. On the bullish side of things, Galaxy researchers estimate that the Bitcoin NFT market could reach around $10 billion if it provides strong competition to Ethereum NFTs while providing unique use cases.

The report highlighted the significance and utility of Bitcoin NFTs, noting that the addition of sizable data storage with strong availability assurances opens up a variety of use cases, including new types of decentralized software or Bitcoin scaling techniques. Even the NFT use case alone has the potential to dramatically widen the scope of Bitcoin’s cultural impact.

As of the report’s publication, more than 250,000 Ordinals have hit the market, indicating the growing interest and adoption of Bitcoin NFTs. With the emergence of a native on-chain ecosystem for NFTs on Bitcoin, it will be interesting to see how the market evolves and whether it can compete with Ethereum’s NFT market.


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Bored Ape Yacht Club Creators Launch Bitcoin NFT Collection

Yuga Labs, the creators of Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), have announced a new collection of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) called TwelveFold. The collection features 300 tokenized computer-generated artworks on Bitcoin, with each artwork representing a base 12 art system localized around a 12×12 grid. Yuga Labs designed the collection to explore the relationship between time, mathematics, and variability using the Bitcoin blockchain. The TwelveFold collection is set to go up for auction later this week.

Yuga Labs explained the concept behind TwelveFold in an accompanying blog post, saying the collection is an allegory for the cartography of data on the Bitcoin blockchain. The post further explains that satoshis are the smallest individually identifiable units of a Bitcoin and that an inscribed satoshi can be located by tracking when that satoshi was minted in time via the Ordinal Theory protocol.

The move to launch a new NFT collection on Bitcoin comes amidst falling search interest for NFTs, as indicated by Google Trend data. However, NFT trading volume data from February suggests that the market is still strong, with $997.14 million worth of global NFT sales for the month.

In other news, the Golden Key NFT, won by Twitch streamer Mongraal in a Dookey Dash competition hosted by Yuga Labs, has been sold for 1,000 Ether to Adam Weitsman, BAYC NFT hodler and CEO of scrap metal shredding company Upstate Shredding. The Golden Key is bound to unlock something special from Yuga Labs, although the specific details have not yet been revealed.

Polygon Foundation, the nonprofit organization behind Ethereum layer 2 scaling network Polygon, has partnered with South Korean multinational conglomerate Lotte Group to host the firm’s NFT projects. The partnership will see Lotte’s avatar-based NFT project BellyGom ported over to Polygon from the Klaytn network and rebranded as BellyGom season two. The NFTs offer hodlers benefits relating to Lotte’s product and service lines, such as shopping discount coupons and hotel vouchers. The move adds to Polygon’s growing list of partnerships with major brands such as Starbucks, Adidas, Adobe, and Prada. Lotte intends to develop its Web3 initiatives in partnership with Polygon, aiming to expand its NFTs to a global audience and develop “a new NFT business model rather than simply issuing NFTs.”


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