You’ve likely seen the buzz about the “NFT” term if you have been following tech news. Collectors and artists alike have been drawn to stories of multi-million-dollar auctions of digital assets. What are NFTs, you ask? How do they work?
We will be covering the basics of non-fungible tokens and the technology that underpins them. And how they can be used in daily life. We also discuss some of the skills you will need to be involved in them.
Let’s break it down further into steps.
What’s an NFT?
NFT stands to represent a non-fungible token. This means that behind those whimsical artworks is a unique, non-interchangeable unit data stored on a blockchain-based digital ledger. NFTs are digital assets that have a unique identity on the blockchain. The technology that is used to secure the uniqueness and prove ownership of NFTs, or similar technologies to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, is basically the same.
Each NFT, unlike other cryptocurrencies, is unique and cannot be exchanged for a similar item. This file contains additional information that makes it more than just currency. It can be used to buy, sell, or trade with any other digital asset. NFTs are now digital assets that can be collected and held value just like physical art.
To identify the original, any digital file that can be easily reproduced can be saved as an NFT. Most NFTs that you have likely seen or read about are made of futuristic, trippy motion art. However, NFTs can also be created from any type of music, photography, art or video file. Even memes and tweets can be converted into NFTs. NFTs can be made from any unique item that can be stored digitally. You can make NFTs from any type of collector’s item like a painting or vintage action figure. However, instead of purchasing a physical item, you pay for a file and proof you own it.
How can you determine the value of an NFT?
It is difficult to determine the exact value of NFTs as the asset class is still relatively new. NFTs are quickly becoming a popular asset class and reaching high valuations in a short time. NFTs are valued based on their rarity and desirableness. We will now discuss the three major factors that can be used to determine their value.
1. The Rarity of an NFT
This is a measure of how rare or difficult it to find a particular NFT is. Rare examples include the original artwork of a well-known creator in digital arts or the NFT that was created by a celebrity. A rarity factor is also the impact such an NFT could have on, for instance, a videogame. These NFTs are attractive because they have an intrinsic value. The blockchain proof of ownership is what makes them valuable. This creates a sense of distinction and determines an NFT’s premium value. An example of this unique effect in crypto is the Everydays– The First 5500 Days, a work by digital artist Beeple that sold for $69 Million.
2. Utility Value of an NFT
Utility value is determined by how an NFT can be applied in the real world. Tickets and game assets are two of the most useful categories. Some NFTs can also be used to create virtual worlds, spells, characters, and other useful assets. NFTs have this characteristic, which gives them an immediate value that increases with time depending on how popular the project is. The number of players in a decentralized game will grow, and more people will be willing to spend top dollar for unique cards. These NFTs include the Euro 2020 NFT Tickets and Decentraland property.
3. Future Potential Value
Future cash flow and valuation changes are both factors that determine the future value of an NFT. Speculation can drive price appreciation and valuation is often driven by speculation. While some may argue that price movements driven by valuation are negative for NFTs, speculation is part of human nature and is an integral part of the current financial market. Developers can increase NFT value by finding the right balance and attracting new users if they do so. Value is determined by scarcity and speculation. Speculation may be guided by price-performance charts for NFT items, or by highlighting NFTs with increasing value.
Future cash flow refers to the interest and royalties earned by the NFT’s original owner. SuperRare, for example, allows NFT artists to earn a 3% royalty each time their artworks sell on the secondary market. Companies can now borrow ideas from Defi innovation in the future. NFTs can be used as assets. They can also be collateralized to generate additional cash flow. Players may request a particular game asset to help them complete missions.
Where to buy & sell NFTs?
There are many marketplaces where you can buy and sell NFTs. These marketplaces look a lot like eBay or Etsy. Here are some of the popular marketplaces for you to check out.
OpenSea – One of the first and largest peer-to-peer NFT marketplace out there. Offer mining tools to create your own NFT collections.
SuperRare – Another good platform for buying or selling NFTs. It offers more unique pieces compare to OpenSea.
Rarible – An NFT marketplace for rare media and sports collections.
Foundation.app – An artist-run NFT marketplace with fine art, digital art and more exclusive projects.
MakersPlace – An NFT marketplace for more commercial and fine art. You can find established artists.
Mintable – A very easy-to-use NFT platform with broad and varies NFT selection.
What’s the next?
This is a quick introduction to crypto art and NFTs. If you are an artist, or a developer, and want to sell your digital art on these marketplaces, this is the place for you. The NFTs offer a royalty or a percentage, that creators will always benefit from reselling their own NFTs.
You could also invest in NFTs if you are a collector. This will allow you to speculate on how the value of these NFTs can increase in the future, and make a profit. You can also support your favorite artists and own their work!