Bitcoin Ordinals continues to thrive despite recent market shifts, proving that it is far from dead. Since its launch in January 2023, ordinal inscriptions have remained a prominent feature in the Bitcoin network. While there has been a decline in sales volume, the activity surrounding Ordinals remains strong.
Ordinals, similar to NFTs, are digital assets engraved on satoshis, the smallest units of Bitcoin. The ability to inscribe on satoshis was made possible through the Taproot upgrade introduced to the Bitcoin network in November 2021.
According to developer “Leonidas,” there have been a total of 530,788 transactions on Bitcoin in the last 24 hours. Notably, 450,785 of these transactions were directly related to Ordinals, accounting for 84.9% of the activity on Bitcoin on August 21.
In the first two quarters of the year, Bitcoin Ordinals trading volume skyrocketed by 2,834%, reaching an astonishing $210.7 million. Ordinals reached its peak around May, with trading volume nearing $452 million and sales count surpassing 832,000.
However, June brought a shift in the market, as observed in a recent DappRadar report. Sales volume plummeted by over 76% to $106 million, and the sales count experienced a sharp decline of 60.3%, indicating a decrease in trading enthusiasm.
Despite these setbacks, the number of Ordinals inscriptions on Bitcoin has continued to rise. Data from Dune Analytics shows that there are currently over 25.6 million Ordinals inscriptions, representing a 20% increase in just three weeks.
Furthermore, Bitcoin Taproot utilization remains strong, even after reaching an all-time high in February. Ordinals have played a crucial role in the adoption of Taproot, contradicting the notion of waning interest in Bitcoin NFTs.
While some critics may view Ordinals as exploiting the network, industry experts have praised its growth. Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin recently commended the BRC-20 token standard, highlighting its significance and departure from what he perceives as “stagnant” politics in the Bitcoin ecosystem.
In response to the growth of Ordinals, the protocol team has established the “Open Ordinals Institute,” a non-profit organization based in California. The institute aims to fund the open-source development of the Ordinals protocol by gathering donations in Bitcoin. It also focuses on creating user-friendly tools to enable individuals with less technical expertise to easily create Bitcoin Digital Artifacts.
Bitcoin Ordinals continues to defy expectations and remains a significant player in the crypto space. Despite recent market shifts, its activity on the Bitcoin network and the growing number of inscriptions demonstrate its resilience and ongoing relevance.
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