Despite a 41% drop in NFT trading volume during Q2 of 2023, Web3 developers continue to show enthusiasm for the technology. Alchemy’s latest Web3 Development Report reveals a significant surge in smart contract deployments and Ethereum SDK installations, signaling the continued growth of the Web3 ecosystem.
NFT Trading Volume Faces Challenges:
NFT trading volume experienced a downturn, with a 41% decline in Q2 of 2023.
The decrease in trading activity has been attributed to a drop in new users entering the NFT market.
Web3 Developers Drive Growth:
Despite the decline in NFT trading, Web3 developers are actively deploying smart contracts.
Nearly six million smart contracts were deployed across EVM-compatible chains in Q2, representing a 302% increase since Q1 and a staggering 1,107% increase since Q2 of 2022.
Emerging Use Cases in Web3:
Developers are exploring new use cases for NFTs, including applications in gaming and decentralized social media platforms.
Notable examples include Nike’s Our Force 1 NFT collection drop and the growth of Lens Protocol, a decentralized social media platform.
The installation of 26.8 million Ethereum SDKs in Q2 indicates growing interest and development in the Web3 space.
Continued development and exploration of new use cases signal a positive direction for the mass adoption of Web3 technologies.
NFT Trading Volatility:
NFT trading volume has experienced significant fluctuations in 2023, with a peak of $2 billion in March and a potential drop below $1 billion in mid-May.
Some NFT collections, including Azuki and Bored Ape Yacht Club, have lost substantial value from their previous bull market highs.
Despite challenges in NFT trading volume, Web3 developers remain resilient and optimistic about the technology’s potential. The significant increase in smart contract deployments and Ethereum SDK installations suggests continued growth and innovation in the Web3 ecosystem. While NFT trading may face ups and downs, the development of new use cases and the interest from developers point towards a promising future for Web3’s mainstream adoption.