Removing LooksRare’s USD 8.3B in Wash-Trades, OpenSea is Still the Dominant NFT Marketplace

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Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) information aggregator CryptoSlam has identified greater than USD 8.3bn price of wash trading on LooksRare, a brand new NFT market. Subtracting this quantity, it seems that main NFT market OpenSea is nonetheless the dominant participant in the discipline.

As per information by Dune Analytics, LooksRare has exceeded USD 10.9 bn in buying and selling quantity since its official launch on January 10. During the identical span of time, OpenSea has recorded a quantity of USD 3.9bn. 

Notably, at the time of writing, LooksRare has 25,220 customers whereas OpenSea has 447,442.

However, subtracting the USD 8.3bn in reported wash-trades, LooksRare’s actual buying and selling quantity is round USD 2.6bn.

Launched as a “community-first” NFT market, LooksRare acquired a heat welcome from NFT merchants — not less than it appeared so. In reality, in an try and bolster its position as a well-liked buying and selling platform, it tried a so-called “vampire attack” on OpenSea, which is a time period in decentralized finance (DeFi) suggesting {that a} competitor goals to entice customers by providing superior incentives.

To lure OpenSea merchants, LooksRare determined to airdrop LOOKS tokens to anybody with a mixed ETH 3 buying and selling quantity or extra on OpenSea over a six-month interval between June and December 2021), in accordance with LooksRare Docs.

The market, which additionally has a greater payment structure in comparison with rival OpenSea, claims that “100% of LooksRare’s trading fees are redistributed proportionally to LOOKS stakers.” It additionally provides token rewards for customers who purchase and promote NFTs on the website, which seems to have resulted in an aggressive quantity of wash-trades.

Notably, per CryptoSlam, most of the wash buying and selling comes from royalty-free NFT initiatives that do not take a lower of the trades in secondary marketplaces. One such project, Larva LabsMeebits, a set of 20,000 3D voxel characters, has amassed the most wash buying and selling at USD 4.4bn.

Following Meebits, Terraforms by Mathcastles has seen over USD 2.9bn price of wash buying and selling. Loot, CryptoPhunks, and different smaller NFT collections on LooksRare have seen USD 705m, USD 251m, and USD 62m price of wash buying and selling, respectively. has reached out to LooksRare for remark.

CryptoSlam famous that they’ve written an algorithm to detect suspicious transactions, flag them, and even filter them out of sure locations on CryptoSlam.

“We think that we are catching ~99% of wash sales as of right now, but we’ve found a few cases where we’ve missed what appear to be wash sales after some manual review. We’ll continue working to improve this algorithm as time goes on,” CryptoSlam stated.

Meanwhile, in accordance with OpenSea, the massive majority of the NFTs created totally free on its platform are both spam or plagiarized. 

On Thursday, the company introduced that it could restrict what number of occasions a consumer might mint an NFT totally free on the platform utilizing its instruments to 50. Soon after, OpenSea stated that it could take away the restrict, stating that the free minting instrument is getting used nearly solely for the functions of fraud or spam. 

“We originally built our shared storefront contract to make it easy for creators to onboard into the space,” OpenSea said on January 28. “However, we’ve recently seen misuse of this feature increase exponentially. Over 80% of the items created with this tool were plagiarized works, fake collections, and spam.”


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