Did we already see the peak of the NFT boom?

Quick Take

  • Weekly trade volumes and other metrics for NFTs have decreased steadily since mid-February.
  • And yet, notable figures and organizations continue to get into the NFT game.

While high-profile figures like The Weeknd continue to get involved with non-fungible tokens (NFTs), weekly NFT trades have dropped steadily since their peak in February, according to data compiled by The Block.

Indeed, the initial craze around NFTs may be on the decline. 

At its height on February 21, weekly NFT trading volume reached $196.4 million — $125.3 million (64%) of which came from the NBA TopShot NFT trading platform.  

Six weeks later, on March 28, NFT trading volume dropped to $34.32 million. NBA TopShot trades still comprised nearly half of all NFT trading volume, but TopShot's volume was down to $15.23 million, or 12% of its peak volume.  


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Weekly users of the NBA TopShot platforms have also declined — a notable metric since this platform's users have in recent weeks made up more than 90% of all NFT platform users. 

The number of users of NBA TopShot’s platform dropped 70% from March 21 to March 28, which led to a corresponding 66% decrease in overall NFT transactions. 

While NFT weekly volume, user volume, and transactions are on the decline, it's still too early to tell if the boom has really peaked. Check back a few weeks from now.

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About Author

MK Manoylov has been a reporter for The Block since 2020 — joining just before bitcoin surpassed $20,000 for the first time. Since then, MK has written nearly 1,000 articles for the publication, covering any and all crypto news but with a penchant toward NFT, metaverse, web3 gaming, funding, crime, hack and crypto ecosystem stories. MK holds a graduate degree from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP) and has also covered health topics for WebMD and Insider. You can follow MK on X @MManoylov and on LinkedIn.