International NFT Day: Indians Celebrate 'Non-Replicable' Blockchain-Based Digital Collectibles

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The 20th of September is International NFT Day, a commemoration that began five years ago. Dete Shirley, the Chief Technology Officer of DapperLabs, formally created the phrase "Non-Fungible Tokens" (NFTs) in 2017. Last year, the market for NFTs was valued at $25 billion (about Rs. 1,99,272 crore). NFTs are blockchain-based tokens that represent a unique digital collection or asset and are supported by several blockchains. Ethereum, Solana, and Polygon are popular blockchains among NFT developers.

Non-duplicable characteristics distinguish NFTs from other financial instruments. On a blockchain, they exist as unique cryptographic tokens that cannot be duplicated by other users.

In a chat with Gadgets 360, Tarusha Mittal, COO and co-founder of UniFarm, stated that the NFT market will be a $231 billion (about Rs. 18,41,300 crore) monster by 2030, and it is too large a market to be ignored. UniFarm is a program for staking multiple tokens for rewards.

The fact that NFTs cannot be replicated makes them ideal collections, and their rarity adds monetary worth to each NFT. These digital artifacts serve as crucial bridges between the real world and the metaverse. Mittal stated that the NFTs provide a novel method for tokenizing real-world assets and selling them to a global audience in a wholly virtual world governed by safe governance tokens.

In India, non-financial firms have failed to establish their identity and formal position in the finance and technology sectors. Currently, NFTs are categorized as "virtual digital assets."

In India, buying and selling NFTs is not expressly prohibited. Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan were the first big celebrities to debut their own NFT collections in the country a year ago.

On Tuesday, Indian bowler Arshdeep Singh collaborated with the cricket-focused NFT platform Rario to develop his own series of NFTs. Other athletes, including Dinesh Kartik and Yuvraj Singh, have previously granted fans access to their digital memorabilia.

In an effort to strengthen the NFT category in India, the crypto exchange BuyUcoin established a strategic cooperation with the cricket NFT platform to let users to sell, purchase, and mint NFTs on the BuyUcoin NFT platform. These will feature unique digital cricket collectibles, such as bats that have been signed.

This year, NFT gamers on a global scale celebrated International NFT Day with original concepts.

On their homepage, OpenSea NFT marketplace listed various historic NFT initiatives.

NFTs have become prevalent among brands seeking to attract younger clients.

NFTgators reported in August that high-end luxury brands like as Nike, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana have earned a total of $260 million (about Rs. 2,100 crore) through the selling of their NFTs this year.

NFTs are also essential components of the blockchain gaming business, a sector into which Indian companies are expanding.

"They can help companies, brands, and artists protect the authenticity of priceless objects in the expanding digital world. These are capable of replacing real paper papers in every industry, hence improving security, according to Edul Patel, CEO and Co-Founder of Mudrex, a crypto investing platform.

By brands experimenting with digital collectibles, India is regarded as an NFT-friendly nation. Brands in the food and real estate industries are utilizing virtual assets to establish a personal relationship with Indian consumers.

In July, Mondelez International, the parent company of Cadbury candy, turned children's artworks into an NFT series.

Mondelez International, the parent company of Cadbury, told Gadgets 360 at the time that India has a desire for immersive experiences.

The Indian real estate firm Hiranandani Group recently sold five NFTs for a total of Rs. 75,000 at auction. While these NFTs were compliments to the engineers and designers who contribute to the brand's products, the collected funds were donated to assist engineering students in Bengaluru who are economically disadvantaged.


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