In a “base case” scenario, Galaxy Digital’s research unit has tipped the burgeoning Bitcoin nonfungible token (NFT) market to hit a $4.5 billion market cap by March 2025.
Bitcoin NFTs, or Ordinals, have attracted a significant amount of attention since the Ordinals protocol launched in late January, enabling users to inscribe data such as images, PDFs video and audio onto individual satoshis, or sats that each represent 0.00000001 Bitcoin (BTC).
NFT giants such as Yuga Labs have even jumped in on the hype. On Feb. 28, the $4 billion firm behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club announced a Bitcoin-based NFT project dubbed “TwelveFold,” marking a notable form of recognition of the Ordinals movement.
In a new report published on March. 3, Galaxy researchers analyzed the potential growth of Bitcoin NFTs and made estimations “conservatively based on the current size of Ethereum’s NFT market” and its growth rate over the past few years.
“While there are notable differences between inscriptions and NFTs, it’s fair to say that a native on-chain ecosystem for NFTs has emerged on Bitcoin in a way that was never before possible, and its usage has been exploding.”
The report provided three different market cap predictions based on the firm’s analysis, covering a bear case, base case and bull case scenarios.
Looking at Galaxy’s baseline analysis, the report outlined that if Bitcoin NFTs can “expand to mainstream NFT culture like PFPs [Profile Pictures], memes and utility projects,” the market capitalization should increase to $4.5 billion.
The researchers also noted that the projection of $4.5 billion is also based on the “rapid development in inscription awareness coupled with the marketplace/wallet infrastructure already [being] out today.”
Fantastic research piece by @intangiblecoins at @galaxyhq on the rise of Bitcoin Ordinals:
– $4.5B base case market
– Help with Bitcoin’s fee market
– Increase the design space for smart contracts
Read more here
— Dan Held (@danheld) March 3, 2023
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