Blur dominates almost 80% of NFT trading volume as market activity spikes

Quick Take

  • Blur’s NFT marketplace now holds almost 80% of non-fungible token trading volume as activity in the sector spikes.
  • OpenSea’s NFT market share has declined to a low of almost 17% of total trading volume, according to data from The Block. 

The NFT market has seen a spike in activity over the past month, with the majority of the increased trading volume occurring on the Blur BLUR -0.44% marketplace.

According to The Block's Data Dashboard, November saw $605 million in Ethereum-based NFT trading. That's up from a monthly trading volume of $306 million in October, an increase of almost 100%. 

Just four days into December, NFT trading volume for the month has already reached almost $90 million, with nearly $70 million coming from transactions on the Blur NFT marketplace.

Shift from OpenSea

Since February of this year, the NFT sector has witnessed a notable market share shift from OpenSea to Blur, with the later marketplace now dominating almost 80% of total trading volume in the Ethereum-based NFT market. OpenSea, the NFT marketplace that was once dominant, has been ceding ground and currently holds around only 17% of NFT trading volume.


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According to The Block's Data Dashboard, there has also been an uptick in trading on Solana-based NFT marketplaces, with daily volumes rising throughout November and into December. On Nov. 30, total trading volume across Solana-based NFT markets stood at $9.3 million, a high not seen since April of this year. The majority of this volume was on Tensor, with over $5 million in daily trades.

Blur, launched in October 2022, is a zero-fee NFT marketplace designed to cater to the needs of professional NFT traders.

Disclaimer: Larry Cermak, CEO of The Block, is an angel investor in Blur.

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About Author

Brian McGleenon is a UK-based markets reporter for The Block. He has worked as a financial journalist and producer for multiple news outlets over the years, such as Fuji Television, The Independent, Yahoo Finance, The Evening Standard, and The Daily Express. Brian is also a screenwriter and producer with one feature film produced and one in development with Northern Ireland Screen. Apart from web3 and cryptocurrency developments, he is also interested in geopolitics, environmental issues, artificial intelligence, and longevity research. Get in touch via email [email protected].


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