Here are the major blockchain-based marketplaces where people can buy NFTs from digital creators and creators can sell digital goods. Some require cryptocurrency to bid and buy; at a few, you just need a credit card. But all true NFTs are authenticated on the blockchain. See others we’ve missed? Just drop us a line!
Foundation is a marketplace that lets you create, explore and collect digital art NFTs. A creative community of artists, curators and collectors, Foundation helps creators mint and auction their digital artworks as NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain and enables users to purchase and collect original digital works.
NBA Top Shot
NBA Top Shot from Dapper Labs is a marketplace where you can buy and collect multimedia “trading cards” of NBA game highlights. They come in the form of short video clips, or digital moments in a spatial 3D design, that you can bid on and own on the blockchain. (The site specifies how many cards or sets are issued for each edition.) Through a partnership with the NBA, Top Shot gives you a form of ownership over those shots, dunks and spectacular plays.
Nifty Gateway, which debuted in 2018, is one of the more popular marketplaces to buy, sell and store your digital art and collectibles in the form of nifties, or non-fungible tokens. Each piece is certified as an original thanks to blockchain technology. In March 2021, Nifty Gateway began a partnership with the auction house Sotheby’s.
OpenSea, which debuted in 2017, is both the oldest and largest peer-to-peer marketplace for original digital collectibles. You’ll find a wide range of NFT assets for sale, ranging from art collectibles and gaming items to tokens that authenticate ownership of physical goods. With its wide reach, OpenSea bills itself as the eBay of the NFT world, and goods bought or sold on other marketplaces are often found here as well.
Rarible came on the scene in 2020 as the world’s first community-owned NFT marketplace. It created a token, RARI, that gives token holders governance rights, allowing them to vote on any proposed protocols. RARI tokens are awarded to the site’s most active buyers and sellers, and that’s one reason you see leaderboards on the site alongside digital art for sale. Hundreds of thousands of digital items are for sale — chiefly artworks but you’ll also find other collectibles, gaming items and domain names.
Refinable is an NFT collectibles marketplace on the Binance smart chain. It aspires to make it easy for individual creators and brands to “affordably create, discover, trade, and leverage NFTs.” Refinable lets you mint NFTs for a fraction of the cost of other platforms because of the economical structure of the Binance chain. Backing the venture are cryptocurrency exchange Binance, considered a formidable challenger to Ethereum, and Mr. Beast, an entrepreneur who grew a large audience through video stunts on YouTube.
SuperRare is a digital art auction house and social network for art creators and collectors. On SuperRare, people collect and trade single-edition digital artworks that are tokenized on the Ethereum blockchain as a crypto collectible, providing an immutable record of ownership. (See our blog for posts about SuperRare.)
Zora is a marketplace to buy, sell and trade limited-edition goods. Zora offers a number of innovative features such as dynamic pricing and fractional purchases. The artist-centric platform seeks to help anyone in the world create their own Internet-owned brands, from individuals to commercial enterprises, festivals and art houses.
Other NFT marketplaces of note
The Arkane Network, founded in 2018 in Belgium, is a marketplace for users to sell or buy game items as well as a multiblockchain API and wallet service provider. Arkane launched the first NFT marketplace on the Polygon (formerly Matic) blockchain in February 2021, and it also works on the Binance and Ethereum blockchains. The marketplace has more than 100,000 gamers in its ecosystem as well as game creators and studios.
Async Art is an art movement built on the blockchain that lets people create, collect and trade programmable art. It introduced a Music Gallery in spring 2021 that enables multiple variations from a single music track.
The Atomic Hub marketplace launched in June 2020 with an eclectic mix of NFT trading cards, gaming items and other digital assets. Powered by the Eosio blockchain technology, it was developed by Pink Network, a group of blockchain enthusiasts active on the WAX and Proton blockchains.
Axie Infinity is a popular Ethereum-based game born in Vietnam that centers on fantasy creatures called Axie. Its marketplace sells characters and items only from the Axie Infinity ecosystem. Players are awarded tokens based on their activity.
Blockparty (“collect rare digital assets”) launched in August 2020 as a digital goods store built on the Ethereum network. Founded in 2017, the California based NFT marketplace hosts digital assets, artwork, collectibles, game assets and audio NFTs. The portal enables artists to create a storefront to display their NFTs and buyers can bid on them.
The Crypto.com NFT Platform launched in early 2021 as an NFT marketplace out of Hong Kong with an open source blockchain focused on game and art collectibles. The company operating the marketplace also offers a Crypto.com debit card and a crypto exchange platform.
CryptoKitties is a blockchain-based game on Ethereum developed by Vancouver studio Dapper Labs that allows players to buy, collect, breed and sell virtual cats. Released in November 2017, it’s one of the earliest attempts to use blockchain technology for recreation and leisure. CryptoKitties attracted an avid community of cat and pet lovers who used the cryptocurrency Ether to buy the unique feline digital assets.
CryptoPunks, developed by New York City-based Larva Labs, launched in June 2017 as one of the earliest non-fungible tokens. The project generated 10,000 unique collectible characters with proof of ownership stored on the Ethereum blockchain. CryptoPunks inspired both the modern CryptoArt movement and the ERC-721 standard on Ethereum that currently powers most NFT collectibles.
Enjin, founded in 2009, is a Singapore-based social gaming marketplace built on the Ethereum network. The company behind it launched its own cryptocurrency coin, Enjin Coin, in June 2018, and you can now use the Enjin Wallet to buy collectibles on the site. NFTs and digital assets for sale include gaming items, art, virtual worlds and domain names.
Ethernity is a community-oriented platform that produces limited-edition NFTs and trading cards created by artists and endorsed by notable figures. Built on the Ethereum network, it rewards creators and raise funds for charitable causes.
Known Origin, which debuted in 2018, is an NFT marketplace where more than 2,200 artists have minted and sold 20,000+ artworks for an aggregate total of more than $9 million.
US-based Makersplace, online since 2018, is a marketplace to discover and collect original worked created by artists, photographers, writers and others. Every work is digitally signed by the creator and permanently recorded and verified through blockchain technology.
Lisbon-based Mintbase is a global platform and art marketplace that allows anyone — even those with limited technical backgrounds — to create their own digital assets verified on multiple blockchains.
NFT Showroom is a small NFT marketplace launched in 2020. It features digital art that’s authenticated on the HIVE blockchain.
Portion is an online marketplace connecting artists and collectors through blockchain technology to sell, invest and own art and collectibles. Transactions take place with Portion tokens, which are ERC-20 assets on the Ethereum blockchain and allow the owners to participate in governance of the platform.
Sorare is a sports marketplace to collect and trade limited-edition soccer NFT cards. Users buy, sell, trade and manage a virtual team with digital player cards on the blockchain. More than 135 clubs have licensed their players’ likenesses.
Treasureland is a multi-chain global NFT marketplace with an Asian user base that enables users to mint their artworks or collectibles and list them for sale on the Binance smart chain.
Viv3 launched in late January 2021 as the first NFT marketplace on the Flow blockchain. Users can buy, sell and explore authentic digital art, trading cards and other collectibles.
XENO NFT Hub
XENO NFT Hub is a Hong Kong-based decentralized NFT Marketplace for buying and selling digital items due for public debut in June 2021.
Leading virtual worlds using blockchain
Cryptovoxels is a virtual world, powered by the Ethereum blockchain, that’s a blend of Minecraft and Facebook. Players can buy land and build stores and art galleries. Editing tools, avatars and text chat are built in. Explore the map or search for galleries, artists, portals and curated collections.
Shanghai-based Decentraland is a virtual world built on the Ethereum blockchain. Launched in February 2020, the virtual world is operated by a DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) and owned by its users. Users can buy virtual land in the platform’s world, which gives them control over the environment and applications they create within their land.
The Sandbox is one of the most popular decentralized virtual reality platforms in crypto. Users can use Ethereum tokens to buy land, estaes and district NFTs within its decentralized metaverse.
SuperWorld is a virtual world where users can buy, sell, collect and curate more than 64 billion unique plots of virtual land. The SuperWorld virtual real estate platform is mapped over the entire surface of the planet, allowing users to purchase any spot with Ethereum and other crypytocurrencies.
London-based Terra Virtua is a cross-platform virtuality reality/augmented reality platform and NFT ecosystem that offers a curated marketplace for NFT creators and collectors to interact. Founded in 2016, it uses an ERC-20 token called Terra Virtua Kolect (TVK) for powering its ecosystem. Terra Virtua’s collectibles offer an immersive experience on mobile, PC, AR and VR, and it has partnered with mainstream digital game studios.
Crypto tools of note
3Commas is a cryptocurrency trading platform designed to help users build automated trading bots. The platform works with most major cryptocurrency exchanges and includes features such as dollar-cost averaging bots and portfolios.
Aave is an open source, decentralized protocol where anyone with an Ethereum wallet can lend or borrow many cryptocurrencies. Aave helped to popularize “flash loans,” which are repaid within a single Ethereum transaction. As a safe platform for decentralized crypto loans with high liquidity, it enables users to earn interest on deposits. Aave is becoming a market leader in the lending and borrowing sector of the DeFi space partly on the strength of its native token AAVE.
Compound is an Ethereum project that allows borrowers to take out loans and earn money on the crypto they save. Think of it as a crypto version of a money market fund, though perhaps with more risk. Cryptopedia has an explainer.
Dharma is an iOS and Google Play app designed to help regular people enter the world of decentralized finance. It connects people straight from their traditional bank accounts to a personal Ethereum wallet they can set up.
Etherscan is a platform that hosts a number of Web-based tools that let users search data on the Ethereum blockchain. By entering an address into the search box, you can view the balance, value and all the transactions made through that address in Ethereum’s public ledger. You can also use Etherscan to see daily fluctuations in the market value of ERC-20 tokens.
Kraken has been consistently rated one of the best and most secure cryptocurrency exchanges — one that lets you exchange regular currency for Ethereum and other digital currencies.
MetaMask is a software cryptocurrency wallet used to interact with the Ethereum blockchain. It allows users to access their Ethereum wallet through a popular browser extension or mobile app, which can then be used to interact with decentralized applications. There are lots of other wallet choices — such as MyEtherWallet or Binance’s TrustWallet — but make sure you use the hardware version and not a Web wallet, which is more vulnerable to hackers.
Mirror is a user-owned publishing platform where written content can be monetized as NFTs.
MyCrypto is an open-source tool that lets you to manage your Ethereum accounts privately and securely.
Rally is a crypto platform that allows creators to launch their own digital currencies and build an independent economy with their fans powered by the Ethereum blockchain. Fans can buy the creator’s currency and use it to unlock exclusive or unreleased content.
Robinhood Crypto lets its users buy and sell Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin and other cryptocurrencies 24/7 and commission-free in a secure fashion.
Uniswap is a leading Dex, or cryptocurrency exchange, where active traders can swap decentralized finance tokens. Its simple one-click interface allows traders to swap tokens on-chain by pooling liquidity and through the use of smart contracts. There are no Uniswap investor tokens, no fees paid to the founders and no central authority involved. Uniswap launched in 2018 with funding from the Ethereum Foundation.
Unstoppable Domains is a San Francisco-based company building decentralized blockchain-based domains. These domains replace cryptocurrency addresses with human-readable names and are powered by the Ethereum and Zilliqa blockchains. You can then sell the domains on marketplaces such as OpenSea.
Upshot is an NFT appraisal platform that aspires to be the Zillow of the NFT space.
- The venture fund a16z has a great roundup of resources and think pieces for anyone looking to get grounded in the NFT space.
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