OpenSea, one of the top NFT marketplaces, has announced it has raised $100 million in a Series B round lead by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z).
At the same time, the marketplace has said it will start supporting the Polygon Layer 2 protocol.
The latest funding round now values OpenSea at $1.5 billion elevating it to unicorn status. It follows other NFT marketplaces that have similarly raised recently. These include:
- Efinity – $20 million
- Rarible – $14 million
- Mintable – $13 million
- OpenSea – $100 million
OpenSea sales volumes skyrocketed to its highest ever in the month of July 2021 to hit $174.6 million show the huge demand for NFTs.
Announcing the funding round, OpenSea put out a comment saying:
“At Opensea, we believe NFTs are emerging as one of the first consumer-oriented killer applications for blockchains.
NFTs are a simple primitive for digital goods (think digital art, game items, domain names, and more) with brand new properties: they’re unique, provably scarce, liquid, user-owned, and usable across multiple applications.
NFTs represent the building blocks for brand new peer-to-peer economies, where users have greater freedom and ownership over their data, and developers can build powerful, interoperable applications to provide real economic value to users.”
– OpenSea NFT Marketplace
The non-fungible tokens (NFTs) craze continues to rise with transaction volumes in the first half of 2021 up by more than 25 times since December 2020.
In total, over $2.5 billion in NFT sales have been reported in H1, 2021. This is a massive increase of over $13.7 million in sales compared to 2020 for the same period, despite the May 2021 market drawdown.
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