- Coinbase releases a beta version of its NFT system that supports Ethereum-based NFTs and payments in ETH.
- The platform aims to establish a web3 social marketplace.
On Wednesday, Coinbase, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, released a beta version of its much-anticipated NFT trading platform. The platform will initially only be accessible to a small group of beta testers. The beta NFT marketplace is now open to the public, but only a select few will be able to buy or sell initially.
Coinbase launches a beta NFT marketplace
Coinbase, the most popular crypto exchange in the United States by volume, announced last June that it would establish an NFT marketplace. However, while the crypto exchange provided few details on when the platform would be launched, it did indicate that it was “on track.”
After the news, the exchange opened a waitlist with over a million people signed up in under 24 hours. Today, “Coinbase NFT” launched its beta mode, allowing users to collect tokens on the Ethereum blockchain.
According to the website, Coinbase is a publicly-traded cryptocurrency exchange that has around 89 million users. The exchange also has $278 billion in crypto assets and $547 billion in quarterly volume traded.
Coinbase selects and displays several NFT collections such as Doodles, World of Women, and Azuki during the beta period. Any Ethereum-based collection will be accessible on Coinbase NFT. Soon after, the exchange added that additional blockchains would be made available.
The platform will support any self-custody wallet and have no transaction costs for a limited time. Eventually, the exchange plans to charge fees. In addition, community elements such as following people, posting comments on NFTs, and voting on comments are inclusive on the platform.
During a press conference, Coinbase NFT’s product lead for non-fungible tokens, Alex Plutzer, said:
We’ll cycle these [collections] out over time to help introduce people to awesome NFTs on the platform, especially for people who aren’t as familiar with NFTs.Alex Plutzer said.
On the market, tester users will be able to create a profile and purchase and sell NFTs. They can use any self-custody wallet, such as Coinbase Wallet or MetaMask. The exchange promised to add more marketplace features in the coming weeks and months. Additionally, it will include drops, NFT minting, token-exclusive communities, and purchasing NFTs using a credit card in the near future.
Users will be able to purchase NFTs on Coinbase through credit cards. The platform has previously linked up with Mastercard to enable purchases of NFTs using its cards. Sanchan Saxena, vice president of Coinbase’s products division, stated that the exchange had successfully made cryptocurrencies more simple for the general public. In addition, according to Coinbase, it has an equal chance to impact the NFT industry in the same way.
The NFT marketplace, unlike its crypto exchange, aims to establish a “web3 social marketplace.” The marketplace will allow consumers to purchase, sell, and interact with creators, collectors, and the community surrounding their NFTs.
The announcement further clarified that the main platform would be accessible to anybody over 18 years old in the near future. It’s comparable to an Instagram account, where you’d post your photographs. However, it’s NFTs that are at issue here. People may follow, comment on, and communicate through the marketplace using.
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According to Saxena, Coinbase NFT’s key function is community building. The firm intends to contrast with OpenSea and LooksRare by positioning itself as a hub for traders looking to buy or sell NFTs. Even though commenting and following other NFT accounts aren’t on-chain or decentralized, the company aims to decentralize all the features turning them on-chain over time.
Moreover, the platform will not moderate any NFTs uploaded to the marketplace unless it is unlawful within a particular nation. The concept of moderation frequently leads to quarrels in the crypto community since users argue that a free, permissionless market with an asterisk is subject to moderation.
However, Saxena claims that Coinbase NFT is not in the business of determining what’s right or wrong as long as it’s legal in the jurisdiction. Further, to expand its platform and attract more consumers, Coinbase will collaborate with NFT artists across the world in the near future to do collection drops on its platform.
Coinbase’s latest initiative is part of its plans to grow beyond being a traditional crypto exchange. Following the lead of other giants such as Binance and FTX, who both have their NFT marketplaces; it stands a better chance at user experience services,
The crypto exchange has tried to expand its presence in other media. Last month, Coinbase announced that it would make a movie trilogy about the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT collection. The series will premiere next year and will also connect to Coinbase’s NFT marketplace.
In the current NFT market, a social media-focused marketplace is unusual, but it may become the norm as more players join the game. The beta version presents a new approach for NFT marketplaces.