NFT Industry Opportunities
Use cases of non-fungible tokens are so diverse that they cover all industries and expertise. The industry is going mainstream with a high speed and various opportunities are showing up. In this article we have reviewed some of the use cases of NFTs with examples as well the potential NFT projects that might pop up in the future.
NFT in DeFi
When people want to invest in DeFi platforms, they need collateral. NFTs are less liquid than fungible tokens but they can be used in DeFi as collateral. It will not only increase the NFT adoption but also accelerate the dApp and Metaverse growth.
Some NFTs can bear yields as well. There are two ways how NFTs can bear yields. When you use an NFT as a collateral for taking loans in order to reinvest at a higher rate; you will produce indirect yields. The direct way of bearing yields would be combining your NFT with DeFi tokens which bear yields.
Another interesting use case of NFTs in DeFi is getting fiat loans. If you own an expensive NFT but you are out of cash and you need fiat money, you can use your NFT as collateral at a platform like NFTfi.com and get a loan which can be exchanged into fiat money. And when you pay off your debt you will automatically get your NFT back. Everything will be done very fast by smart contracts and there will be no need for a third party to verify the transactions.
NFT in Art
Artists can use NFTs on smart contracts to show the existence of their artworks and to prove the ownership of it. Any kind of physical creation can be turned into a digital NFT; images, paintings, videos, fashion designs, music, etc.
In the traditional art market, the artist doesn’t earn much money and sometimes the value of their hard work is not appreciated. Even when they use the centralized platforms to expose the audience to their artwork, they must pay fees to the intermediaries.
Artists will have power in the NFT world, and they can live a prosperous life by their creations. One of the exciting aspects of the NFTs for artists is the royalty earnings.
Imagine you are a painter and you have created a piece of art. When you sell that artwork, it does not belong to you anymore and you will not take any shares in the future exchanges of your art. NFT is fixing this problem. Every single time that your NFT gets traded on an NFT market, you will earn a small percentage of that trade. The more it gets exchanged and the higher the price goes; the more incentives will be transferred to your digital wallet.
NFTs have some characteristics which make them the best intellectual property protection solution. The full history of trades and exchanges of the artwork is transparent. The usage of smart contracts makes them easily interoperable, and it stagnates future disagreements among the parties.
Musicians can capture the rights to each song as an NFT and it would be possible to receive dividends for streaming. Snoop Dog, Grimes and Shawn Mendes are some of the musicians who are trying to monetize and engage their fans by involving their music with NFTs.
We have seen a crazy amount of money getting into the NFT market for the purpose of buying and selling collectibles. NFT Collectibles are a collection of a specific 3D artwork which is randomly customized. Some of them have utilities and can be used in different platforms for distinct functions and some are just beautiful 3D designs that you can own.
CryptoPunks was one of the first NFTs on Ethereum which had more than 10,000 collectible pieces.
NFT in Gaming
CryptoKitties collectibles attracted a lot of attention in 2017 and it can be considered the beginning of the NFT fame. What makes CryptoKitties special was the gamification feature which was added to the collectibles. The users competed in cat race auctions. If you had 2 kitties, you could use the breeding option to create a new one. The bids have reached 999 ETH. There are so many other crypto games which are intertwined with NFTs such as CryptoPunks, TradeStars, Axie Infinity and Gods Unchanged.
Royalty earning which has been mentioned before is beneficial in the gaming industry as well. when a game developer creates an additional feature in a game as an NFT (for example a weapon or an outfit), as the gamers trade their virtual belongings on the NFT markets the Game developers will receive yields.
Research done by Outlier Ventures, a Blockchain venture capital company, shows that users spend time on blockchain games 5 times more than traditional games with a console.
NFT in Sports
The National Basketball Association in America launched a website called NBA Top Shot which was used as a platform for the fans to buy and sell videos of the NBA competitions.
NFT in Events
The Ticketing of the events on the traditional market have been provided by centralized organizations. There is a risk of buying invalid tickets or the same ticket might be sold to different people. When a ticket is issued by the blockchain, it will be unique and the chances of buying a fraudulent ticket will decrease.
NFTs have the capability to be emblazoned with artworks. For example, if you buy the concert ticket of your favourite singer as an NFT, you might get the ownership of a design from an artist as well. Some tickets earn additional value after some years and will be considered memorabilia; just like the tickets of the Beatles concerts. It is a bit challenging to keep a paper ticket safe. Even if the digital form of ticket has been emailed to you, you might lose it among thousands of upcoming emails as the years goes by. But when the ticket is assigned to your wallet as an NFT, the ownership will always be yours and it’ll be easy to prove. Moreover, your NFT ticket might have the option of earning profit as a shareholder.
NFT tickets are not only beneficial for the fans, but also for the artists and the concert crew as well. When the audience buy the NFT tickets, thanks to the smart contracts, all the transactions will happen automatically. For example, 50% goes to the band, 20% goes to the DJ, 10% goes to the crew and so on. An example of NFT ticketing would be NEARCon which was a festival in Lisbon. The users had the chance to stake their ticket and earn profits.
NFT in Fashion
The involvement of luxury brands with NFTs shows the hidden potential of the non-fungible token usage in this industry. Dolce & Gabbana released a collection of NFTs for $5.6 million. It consisted of 9 pieces which were both physical and digital.
Another example would be “Auroboros” which is referred to as a brand that merges fashion with technology and science. They use Augmented Reality infrastructure to give the clients the sense of wearing a specific piece of outfit.
Balenciaga is one of the brands that have designed 4 virtual outfits as a partnership with Fortnite. Mythical Games and Burberry have created some fashion stuff to be bought as NFTs as well.
“Bored Ape Yacht Club” was of the most controversial and famous NFTs. A collaboration took place between this project and the Hundreds which produce streetwear. Many fashion designers are considering collaborating with NFT artists as a marketing strategy to boost their sales as well. NFTs can open doors for designers to invest in their industry, to monetize their designs and to earn yields even years after the clothes are sold.
NFT in communities
Each NFT has the capability to allow the entrance to special clubs, private parties or community meet ups. If you own a famous brand’s NFT you can enter their VIP Metaverse party or it comes with an educational package that you can use.
When you own a Rolex watch, you wear it in public to flex your property. But what would you do when you own an expensive virtual NFT? There are some social networks for NFT owners in which they flex their ownerships and experience their NFTs. It can be just an online forum or a more interactive experience using virtual reality and augmented reality infrastructure.
NFT in Metaverse
As a user in Metaverse you need to represent yourself with an avatar. It will be your unique digital identity which can be a 3D design of a human, an animal or anything else. You can update your avatar later using the NFTs that you earn or buy in games. Just like you buy clothes and accessories for yourself in real life; you can do the same for your virtual avatar. There are some applications which can create a realistic avatar using your picture. Many famous designer brands have started creating NFTs of their designs to be offered in the Metaverse. You can earn them by winning games or by paying cryptocurrencies.
NFT in social media
Influencers in the conventional digital world, earn money with advertisements. With the use of NFTs they can earn so much more benefits with their content. Another possibility would be owning NFTs as a form of influence and credibility. It can refer to your reputation as a professional. Rabbithole.org is an example; users earn NFTs or cryptocurrencies by completing some tasks or by proving that they have a specific skill in an area.
Verifiable activities can be rewarded by NFTs as well. Galaxy.exo uses on-chain data to reward users for verifiable activities. For example if you trade a specific amount of money, you receive the Master NFT or if you hold your cryptocurrencies for a long time, you receive the diamond NFT.
The concept of NFTs might seem a bit intangible to many newcomers. due to the hype cycle around it and the unrealistic prices and deals in the market; it might seem like an unnecessary and over-valued technology. However, when the technology matures enough and the hype goes away, the beneficial use cases will take over the societies.
Paycer’s goal is to aggregate DeFi investments multi-chain and make them available to users without the need for their own wallet nor the expertise. This should allow anyone to generate a passive income in a world where banks no longer pay interest. Hence the Paycer team is developing a bridge protocol for DeFi and TradFi to combine the best of both worlds and make it available for retail clients #CeDeFi. Apart from the technical matters and the creation of a super easy to use final product. The goal is also to create a regulatory framework that allows the legal operation of a DeFi platform within the EU first and subsequently in other regions.
Currently, a DeFi platform is already available on paycer.finance on which Paycer tokens PCR can be claimed and staked. More features will go live soon. At the moment on Polygon but other blockchains will be integrated in the near future. Paycer is also working on a banking partnership to be able to combine DeFi with a traditional bank account. In addition to the development of the DeFi platform, the development of the final consumer product is also in progress.
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