Galaxy Research, a well-known crypto research unit, has released a report that outlines the potential of Bitcoin’s non-fungible token (NFT) market. The research suggests that the market cap for the NFT market built on Bitcoin inscriptions and ordinals will reach $4.5 billion by March 2025.
Since December 14th, 2022, over 200,000 inscriptions have been minted on Bitcoin. These digital carvings can take the form of images, text, audio, and even applications.
Each inscription can be linked to an ordinal, which is the smallest unit of BTC, creating a unique Satoshi (sat). While there are distinctions between inscriptions and NFTs, leading to a surge in usage.
Recently, Yuga Labs, the world’s largest issuer of NFTs, announced TwelveFold, a new NFT collection issued on BTC. According to the report, new use cases will drive growing interest and adoption of BTC.
The addition of significant data storage and strong availability assurances provided by inscriptions has opened up a variety of use cases, including new types of decentralized software and BTC scaling techniques.
The Potential Impact of Bitcoin NFTs On Decentralization
Despite the potential benefits, the emergence of this new Bitcoin-native use case poses severe concerns about the long-term viability of the cryptocurrency.
The report states:
While many are embracing this new design space, other Bitcoiners have concerns about its impact on Bitcoin’s decentralization.
The report highlights the opportunities and challenges that inscriptions and ordinals present, arguing that they create significant growth potential for the BTC ecosystem, improving “the fidelity and security of the overall BTC network.”
The emergence of a new ecosystem based on on-chain Bitcoin NFTs suggests major opportunities for growth. This is still a nascent ecosystem, but the infrastructure is emerging quickly.
Wallets should be at the top of the list of the most fundamental building elements for a deep and liquid market. Several wallets, including Sparrow wallet, Electrum, and Xverse, have emerged, offering UTXO selection for Ordinal collectors.
The report also mentions notable projects and companies, including Taproot Wizards, ORD Rocks, and Bitcoin Punks, that is among the most well-known collections.
OpenOrdex utilizes partially-signed bitcoin transactions (PSBTs) to create a trustless marketplace for buying and selling inscriptions. Along with Gamma and Ordinals.com, OpenOrdex offers transaction data, including ID, address, output value, weight, sat number, and location.
However, the report argues that the expansion of inscriptions, whether in the form of an NFT market or otherwise, can increase the probability of further BTC adoption, which could positively impact BTCUSD in the long run.
The emergence of the BTC-native use case suggests major opportunities for growth while raising questions about the future of its decentralization. Nonetheless, infrastructure to support Bitcoin NFTs is emerging quickly, and the report asserts that the potential for the BTC NFT market is immense, and it could be worth $4.5 billion by 2025.
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