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The mainstreaming of cryptocurrencies in the past two years has helped fuel a roaring trade in non-fungible tokens (NFTs) - a digital representation of real-world objects that are bought and sold online. Although around since 2017, they have started to gain more traction as online trade increases. Digital analytics firm DappRadar, which tracks NFT sales, estimates that NFT trade has raked in $2.5 billion in the first six months of 2021. This money is being funneled through NFT marketplaces like OpenSea, Axie Infinity, and CryptoPunks, among others.
These startups are already dealing with hundreds of thousands of traders on their platforms and handling transactions worth millions. According to DappRadar, OpenSea has 214,789 traders on the platform and a volume of $1.6 billion, Axie Infinity has 363,153 traders and a volume of $1.2 billion, while CryptoPunks just 4,187 traders but a volume of over $678 million. These numbers highlight the growth potential offered by the NFT industry that is still in infancy but rapidly increasing in value in tandem with the digitization of the world at large.
Some of the famous NFT stocks presently trading on the market include Dolphin Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLPN), Takung Art Co., Ltd. (NYSE: TKAT), and ZK International Group Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: ZKIN), among others discussed in detail below. Investors looking for inroads in the NFT space should explore gaming and entertainment firms dealing with NFTs, since a business in collectibles - evidenced by the sale of artworks by Beeple and Edward Snowden for $69 million and $5.4 million respectively - is booming.
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