It’s hard to think about NFTs without thinking of OpenSea. With over 2M+ collections and $20B+ in volume, OpenSea is the largest, most trusted NFT marketplace in the world, and a huge reason that NFTs have been able to find their way into mainstream consciousness.
Our partnership with OpenSea began in early 2022. With so many users, collections and transactions relying on an efficient marketplace experience, OpenSea needed an infrastructure that could support their content, and load them fast and efficiently while offering creators and collectors a beautiful experience.
And while our partnership made sense logistically, a big reason for our successful collaboration is because just like Pinata, OpenSea believes in the power of creators.
OpenSea has opened up a new economy dedicated to letting creators launch and freely trade their digital items. As host to some of the most popular NFT collections to date including Bored Ape YC, Doodles, CloneX and CryptoPunks, OpenSea has played a huge part in helping the world understand NFTs as a cultural phenomenon, yes, but also as a viable part of how we’ll use and interact with the Internet. And while much of this first wave has been highlighted by celebrity involvement and exclusive collections, OpenSea realizes the potential of NFTs as much greater than what most understand.
“NFTs represent the basic building blocks for brand new peer-to-peer economies. They give users greater freedom and ownership over digital goods, and allow developers to build powerful, interoperable applications that provide real economic value and utility to users.”
Beyond supporting individual creators, OpenSea is innovating for brands, projects and even other marketplaces to have the backend capabilities they need to push forward. A few examples include their push to remove copymints and their recent launch of Seaport, a revolutionary open source marketplace protocol for safely and efficiently buying and selling NFTs.
You might wonder how it's possible that the world’s largest NFT marketplace can offer such massive collections and efficient transactions at scale. A large part is thanks to Pinata’s Dedicated Gateways.
There are a few challenges that OpenSea needed to solve for in order to continue scaling and optimize their NFT marketplace experience:
As a media platform purpose built for IPFS and web3, Pinata solves all of OpenSea's infrastructure challenges. When OpenSea needs to find media and metadata on the IPFS network, they use their Dedicated Gateway to ensure that content can be found quickly and reliably. Here’s how:
As with many of our enterprise clients, a direct communication line with the OpenSea team allows us to troubleshoot, fix problems as they arise, and brainstorm new ways to delight their audience.
“We’re excited about making decentralized technology more accessible to developers and users, and Pinata embodies that mission. We’re very grateful to them for their support. -Devin Finzer, CEO of OpenSea
It’s been an incredible journey, supporting OpenSea as they’ve helped grow NFTs and the web3 industry as a whole, setting the foundation for the future of the internet. Being able to work with their team has been nothing short of inspiring, and we can’t wait to see what comes next as we continue our partnership.
We are proud to support OpenSea in their mission to build an open digital economy. For the future of web3, we share a similar goal: to build more and better on ramps and education resources for people not currently in web3. Together, we will continue finding ways to introduce web3 to a wider audience, and make the future of the internet accessible for all.
To learn more about how OpenSea is thinking of the future of web3, check out our interview with Kartik Patel, OpenSea's Head of Protocol.
Make sure to check out OpenSea’s blog to stay up to date with what they're building!
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Second, there needs to be a big jump in user experience. Listeners know what to expect with Spotify and Apple Music: a smooth, intuitive experience that lets them listen to Lil Nas X with just a few clicks. Web3 platforms aren’t quite there. Music NFTs and related premium content require extra steps that most people don’t yet have an appetite for.
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QUOTE — Everyone is obsessed with making money and seeking alpha, which does a disservice to what [NFTs] can actually do. We have been instructing many bands that NFTs are a ticket for access to an exclusive club.” - M. Shadows, Avenged Sevenfold’s lead singer.