Bitcoin-based BRC-20 tokens combined market value eclipses $900 million

Quick Take

  • Tokens created on Bitcoin have surpassed a combined market value of $900 million.
  • Ordi, a memecoin, leads the BRC-20 token niche with a fully diluted value of $540 million.

Tokens created on Bitcoin through the Ordinals protocol have exceeded a total market value of $900 million, highlighting the rapid rise of an emerging asset niche on the most valuable blockchain.

Ordi memecoin lead the BRC-20 category with a fully diluted value exceeding half a billion dollars, based on data from websites brc-20.io and Ordspace. That's after a 22,500% jump to $25 today from $0.11 at the beginning of April amid the ongoing memecoin mania.

Memecoins make up the majority of tokens created using BRC-20, a recently-developed token standard for Bitcoin using the Ordinals protocol. These Bitcoin-based tokens are comparable to ERC-20, the token standard on the Ethereum blockchain. Introduced by developed Casey Rodarmor in January, the protocol allows for indexing and monitoring of every satoshi, the smallest unit of Bitcoin, across the network. 

Currently, Ordi has a fully diluted market cap of $525 million considering a token supply of 21 million. The token became available for trading today on Gate.io, the first centralized crypto exchange to list the top BRC-20 token.

Within the BRC-20 market segment, Ordi is trailed by other meme assets on Bitcoin, such as Meme, Domo, and Nals, which have individual market caps ranging between $8 million and $20 million.

What is the Ordinals protocol on Bitcoin?

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The Ordinals protocol allows developers  to assign a distinct identity or file onto every satoshi within the Bitcoin network, a process called inscription. This mechanism set the stage for the development of both fungible (interchangeable) tokens, like BRC-20 tokens, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), which frequently showcase digital art. 

While the Ordinals core team devised a method for generating NFTs on Bitcoin, another pseudonymous developer named Domo introduced an experimental token standard built upon the Ordinals protocol called BRC-20 in March. This enabled users to issue fungible tokens like ordi and others with the help of incsribing specific files to satoshis.

Since then, the number of tokens created on Bitcoin using Ordinals has experienced a dramatic increase. In merely the past few months, over 11,000 tokens have been generated, and the trading activity surrounding these tokens has contributed to a substantial uptick in daily transactions on the Bitcoin network, going to a record high of 534,000, as per The Block data. Consequently, this has also led to a steep rise in network fees over the last week. 


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Vishal Chawla is The Block’s crypto ecosystems editor and has spent over six years covering tech protocols, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and cloud computing. Vishal likes to delve deep into blockchain intricacies to ensure readers are well-informed about the continuously evolving crypto landscape. He is also a staunch advocate for rigorous security practices in the space. Before joining The Block, Vishal held positions at IDG ComputerWorld, CIO, and Crypto Briefing. He can be reached on Twitter at @vishal4c and via email at [email protected]

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