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The Rise of the Underdogs: Bitcoin Ordinals and Solana Steal the NFT Show

The world of NFTs is experiencing a seismic shift, and Ethereum, the long-reigning king, is facing some serious competition. This week, two unexpected players, Bitcoin Ordinals and Solana, took center stage with impressive surges in NFT sales, leaving Ethereum in the dust.
The Rise of the Underdogs: Bitcoin Ordinals and Solana Steal the NFT Show
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Bitcoin Ordinals: A New Frontier for Digital Art

Forget expensive gas fees and complex smart contracts. Bitcoin Ordinals are shaking things up by allowing users to mint NFT-like assets directly on the Bitcoin blockchain. This cost-effective and novel approach has ignited a surge in Ordinal trading, with sales volume skyrocketing by 500% in just the past month, eclipsing even Ethereum’s numbers.

“What’s interesting about Ordinals is that your NFTs are actually stored on-chain,” explains Sarah Satoshi, head of business development at Ordinals marketplace Gamma.io. “This gives them a unique level of security and permanence compared to NFTs stored on centralized servers.”

Solana: The Silent Assassin

While everyone was watching Ordinals, Solana quietly made its own power play. On Friday, the Solana blockchain boasted higher NFT trading volume than Ethereum, marking the culmination of a strong week for the network. Several causes contributed to this rise, including:

  • The Jito Airdrop: Liquid staking protocol Jito distributed $165 million worth of its native token to users, potentially leading to increased investment in Solana NFTs.
  • Speculation Around Another Airdrop: Rumors of another potential airdrop on the Solana-based NFT marketplace Tensor further boosted activity.
  • The Rise of Tensorians: The Solana-based NFT collection Tensorians saw its sales volume climb over 100% in a week, topping the charts on Friday.

Pudgy Penguins Take a Playful Swipe at Webkinz

In a move that blurs the line between NFTs and traditional toys, the Pudgy Penguins collection launched Pudgy World Alpha, an online open-world game, at Art Basel Miami. While anyone can play the game, owning a Pudgy Penguins NFT grants special perks and in-game items.

The Pudgy Penguins team has also partnered with Walmart to bring physical Pudgy Penguin toys to stores. Each toy comes with a QR code that unlocks a corresponding Pudgy Penguin character in Pudgy World, creating a unique link between the physical and digital realms.

What Does This Indicate About NFTs’ Future?

The emergence of Bitcoin Ordinals and Solana as major players in the NFT space highlights a growing trend: innovation and accessibility are key to success. Ethereum may still be the king, but its dominance is no longer guaranteed. As new technologies and creative approaches emerge, the NFT landscape is sure to continue evolving at a breakneck pace.

This is just a brief overview of the exciting developments in the NFT world this week. With new players emerging and established players adapting, the future of NFTs looks bright and full of surprises. Keep your eyes peeled for the next big thing, and remember, the unexpected can always take the lead.

December 16, 2023 at 9:00 pm

Updated December 16, 2023 at 9:00 pm


Remember, investing in cryptocurrencies involves risks, and it’s important to conduct thorough research and seek professional advice before making any financial decisions. (Please keep in mind that this post is solely for informative purposes and should not be construed as financial or investment advice.)


NFTs are unique digital assets stored on blockchains, representing various digital items.

To create a unique NFT, you mint it by uploading a digital file to a blockchain platform.

NFTs can be a good investment for collectors, but research and understanding risks are essential.

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