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This guide has been written and edited by James and Nish - founders of Flowverse. Flowverse is an independent central hub for Flow Blockchain covering all aspects of the ecosystem and enabling people to easily discover NFTs, applications, companies and projects building on Flow.
In this report, we aim to introduce Ethereum and other layer-1 blockchain users to what's happening on Flow Blockchain. This includes how to get involved, covering some key misconceptions as well as discussing leading applications and infrastructure.
The report is entirely free!! Though if you're an investor or company looking to explore and/ or analyse opportunities within the Flow Blockchain ecosystem, Flowverse does offer an enterprise solution. Perhaps you're an Ethereum or Solana project wanting to make the move over to Flow? Just reach out via firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There is so much happening on Flow Blockchain that we can't include every amazing Flow project in this report
We draw many comparisons between the category-leading (most well-known) applications on Ethereum to similar applications on Flow throughout this report. The rationale being that this could be useful for people looking to get into the Flow ecosystem with experience on other chains. It is however important to note that (1) most Flow projects are unique and innovative in their own right - they are not copy-pastas of Eth projects and (2) these are pretty rough comparisons
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Before we get into this report it's definitely worth emphasising the third disclaimer. To put it in layman's terms, NFTs are risky - see this tweet from @garyvee.
The CTO of Flow, Dieter Shirley, created the ERC-721 NFT standard on Ethereum and coined the term ‘NFT’
Flow aims to be the foundation behind mainstream consumer applications that will scale crypto from its current user base to the billions.
So far Flow is mainly using NFTs to do this, however already we are starting to see the emergence of DAOs, DeFi and fungible tokens on the network.
Despite widespread news coverage, the total number of NFT users across all chains globally remains tiny (according to Cryptoslam, there's roughly around 3.8m buyers and 3.2m sellers in the secondary market). It is possible this user-base expands beyond crypto diehards to the >1 billion mainstream users in the coming years, and Flow aims to be at the centre of this.
Flow differs from other blockchains because it was explicitly designed to support games and consumer applications on day one, with the throughput necessary to scale to millions of active users.
It has high profile partnerships across sport and entertainment with the NBA, UFC, La Liga and NFL all building on Flow, as well as Warner and Universal music group (partly through an application on Flow called Genies)
What is the $FLOW cryptocurrency?
The Flow cryptocurrency ($FLOW) is the native currency for the Flow network - the exclusive token for staking, governance, payment of transaction fees and the principal reserve asset on the network.
i.e. $FLOW is Flow Blockchain’s equivalent to $ETH for Ethereum or $SOL for Solana
On 7 Feb 2022, Flow announced that $wFLOW (wrapped $FLOW) will be available soon enabling the community to bridge their $FLOW from Flow to Ethereum with just a few clicks and deploy the value held in their $FLOW tokens on the Ethereum ecosystem.
2 - Misconceptions
Two common misconceptions regarding Flow is that (1) it's the blockchain just for NBA Top Shot and (2) it's centralized by Dapper. Another more general misconception is that all NFTs are bad for the environment. To briefly address these:
NBA Top Shot does currently make up a large majority (>95%) of total sales on Flow with $890m secondary sales at time of writing. However, large IP projects such as UFC Strike, La Liga on Flow, Genies, FanCraze and NFL All Day will all likely reduce this proportion. Indeed from just it's first NFT drop, UFC Strike made $5m in Primary sales. On top of this, there are 675+ active projects, 5000+ developers and 200+ public projects building on Flow listed on the Flowverse website, which are gaining momentum including Flovatar, Matrix World, Chainmonsters, Zeedz, Ballerz and Hoodlums.
Flow Blockchain is progressively decentralizing. As of October 2021, Dapper Labs announced that Flow community validators are now running ~68% of the blockchain network’s consensus nodes.
Flow uses an environmentally friendly design via Proof-of-Stake which consumes thousands of times less energy than Proof-of-Work blockchains like Bitcoin and the current Ethereum network. Findings from Deloitte Canada recently revealed minting a Flow NFT uses less energy than a Google search or Instagram post. Here is also a fun game to show how little energy Flow NFTs use, compared to the current Ethereum network.
Looking at the Flow Blockchain sales rankings leaderboard below reveals more information about the vibrant ecosystem of projects building on Flow (see flowverse.co/rankings).
2 - Crypto wallets (i.e. what's similar to MetaMask on Flow?)
Most Ethereum users would be familiar with a crypto wallet such as MetaMask to navigate the ecosystem and connect to applications such as Uniswap and Opensea, as well as DeFi protocols.
Likewise, Flow also has crypto wallets which can be used to connect to NFT projects and applications built on Flow. Anecdotally, the two most widely used and integrated wallets across Flow applications and products are Blocto and Dapper but Ledger, Finoa and Kraken are also providers.
Blocto wallet: Next generation wallet allowing users to explore the crypto world hassle-free with a user-friendly interface. This wallet is used to connect to the vast majority of Flow ecosystem applications. It’s also cross-chain enabling you to store not just Flow NFTs and fungible tokens but also Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain, Avalanche, Solana, Polygon and Tron. The Blocto wallet is built by the portto team.
Dapper wallet: This is a crypto wallet built by the Dapper team. It’s very intuitive to use however is limited to relatively few Flow Blockchain applications (though more will be integrated soon). Applications integrated with Dapper wallet include NBA Top Shot, Genies, The Player’s Lounge, NFL All Day, Ballerz/Gaia and UFC Strike.
3 - Block Explorers (i.e. i.e. what's similar to Etherscan on Flow?)
All blockchains require a block explorer that enable users to search for real-time and historical information about a blockchain, including data related to blocks, transactions, addresses, and more.
The most used block explorer on Flow Blockchain is Flowscan. Another block explorer is Big Dipper.
These are the Flow ecosystem’s equivalent of Etherscan or BscScan and are both built by third-party companies building within the Flow ecosystem.
Looking beyond block explorers
There are also a set of analytical tools that analyse on-chain data to provide insights into usage and growth of NFTs and applications on Flow Blockchain.
These include simple sales bots which monitor sales of Flow NFT collections on Twitter such as:
Beyond simple sales bots, there are full-feature platforms to monitor user activity and/ or transactions of different Flow NFT collections. Many will be familiar to Ethereum users as they also track NFTs on other blockchains
CryptoSlam! - has some Flow projects integrated e.g. NBA Top Shot, Eternal, MotoGP and Evolution
NFT marketplaces (i.e. what's similar to Opensea on Flow?)
On Ethereum the most used marketplace to buy NFTs is Opensea, so naturally a common question asked for those new to the Flow Blockchain community is what is the Opensea equivalent?
Flow NFT marketplaces are currently quite fragmented however general purpose ones do exist and include:
VIV3 - The first general marketplace on Flow. They are a curated marketplace meaning creators cannot mint their NFTs without getting permission from the VIV3 team. This was also home to one of the earliest drops on Flow, Ben Mauro's Evolution.
BloctoBay - Decentralised marketplace built by the Blocto/portto team. Similar to Opensea but no minting - this is just for reselling NFTs that have been integrated into the BloctoBay marketplace platform
Rarible - The popular Ethereum marketplace also offers NFT minting on Flow, as well as for integrated Flow Blockchain collections to be traded
Opensea - Is expected to be integrated with the Flow Blockchain in Q1 2022
Mynft - Platform designed to connect East and West markets and provide users with a premium experience
Disrupt Art - NFT marketplace for artists & collectors focused on social impact
Given the fragmented nature of Flow marketplaces, many applications/ companies that launch Flow NFTs currently opt to operate their own independent marketplaces which exclusively list NFTs they produced or helped launch. Some examples:
NBA Topshot - Trade and collect officially licensed NBA highlights called 'Moments'
Flovatar - Enables users to create their own fully on-chain PFP
Starly - A marketplace and launchpad for your gamified NFT collections
Gaia marketplace incl. Ballerz - A Flow NFT marketplace created by the NFT Genius team
I’m a creator/artist and I want to mint NFTs on Flow. What options are there?
Rarible - some limitations exist at the moment with respect to creating your own collection and minting but this is expected to change in 2022
Many other options do exist but you need to be vetted before minting i.e. Starly, VIV3, Sturdy Exchange, Blockparty, Versus, Mynft
Opensea is expected to come to Flow in Q1 2022
PFPs / avatars
A profile picture, or PFP for short, is a form of NFT that has grown in popularity heavily throughout 2021 culminating in Twitter enabling users to set their Twitter profile picture to an Ethereum NFT. Successful Ethereum PFP collections include Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC), CryptoPunks, Doodles, Cool Cats and more.
What PFP can you use on Flow?
On Flow there are less than 15 total PFP collections to-date compared to probably 1000s on Ethereum. Though this number has been growing pretty rapidly over recent months...
It’s still too early to say what the 'blue-chips' will be (if there are any) but here are notable sets:
Hoodlums: First PFP on Flow, created by Somehoodlum
Ballerz: This was the first PFP to gain significant traction on Flow, potentially due to Flow’s association with basketball through NBA Top Shot and sports more broadly.
Flovatar: Innovative IP project on Flow that enables people to create their own fully on-chain PFP (Flovatar) and attach accessories known as Flobits.
Party Goobz: Aims to be the nightclub in the metaverse with frequent DJ sets in their Discord
Going beyond PFP projects, it is worth calling out Genies - a leading avatar technology company who raised $65m in their Series B in early 2021. They are building a culture driven marketplace for digital wearables to use on their avatars and eventually wants to become a 'Decentralised Disney', be your digital clone and enable people to create their own avatar ecosystems.
Gaming (play-to-earn and beyond)
Gaming has taken the crypto world by storm, with games such as Axie Infinity and Sorare catching the eyes of many. There are numerous innovative gaming applications being built on Flow such as:
Chainmonsters: A massively multiplayer RPG where you can catch, battle, trade and compete with digital monsters
Music NFTs have a great opportunity to empower creators and disrupt the traditional music industry, which is full of middlemen and streaming services taking an exorbitant proportion of sales revenues. Here are some music applications and NFTs being built on Flow:
RCRDSHP: A platform to securely trade music and related digital collectibles
Kollketion (KLKTN): Partners with select creators to produce exclusive digital collectibles
The metaverse (i.e. what's similar to Decentraland / Sandbox on Flow?)
The primary player offering digital land on Flow Blockchain is Matrix World. This is a 3D programmable multichain metaverse.
Unlike other 3D world projects, Matrix World released land across two different layer-1s: Ethereum and Flow; selling out 10,000 lands to-date with 50% on Flow and 50% on Ethereum. The drop on Flow has also had solid secondary market traction placing in #3 overall on Flow Blockchain total sales.
A demo space is releasing shortly with a preview of the alpha build available here.
Flow/ Dapper own a decent amount of land (108 lands)
Other Flow projects have also acquired land or are integrating their NFTs
Though Flow is known known for and used pretty much exclusively for NFTs so far, we are starting to see innovative applications building beyond this. Indeed, Fungible tokens (the equivalent of ERC-20s) can also be built on top of Flow.
What's similar to Uniswap on Flow?
Uniswap is a decentralized exchange enabling people to swap fungible tokens on the Ethereum network.
The equivalent to Uniswap/ SushiSwap for exchanging fungible tokens built on top of the Flow network is Bloctoswap - which is another application built by the Blocto team
Is there a launchpad like BSCPad, Polkastarter etc. for Flow?
Blocto recently launched an IDO launchpad, with their first sale being the $STARLY token
What fungible tokens exist on Flow?
$USDC recently launched on Flow (one of the biggest ETH stablecoins)
Jacob Tucker (Founder of Emerald City DAO) Youtube Tutorials
7 - What's Flowverse?
To learn more about Flow, check out the Flowverse community :)
What is Flowverse?
Flowverse is an independent central hub and discoverability platform for everything in the Flow Blockchain ecosystem. It was built by the Flow community for the Flow community. We provide information on Flow projects, upcoming NFT drops, project rankings, jobs and investors, as well as detailed research in the form of AMAs and research reports. To do this we make frequent Twitter posts, have an email newsletter, a website and of course, discussion in our community discord. Official links to these can be found below.
What is the Flowverse Discord? What can I do there?
The Flowverse Discord is a place for people to discover Flow Blockchain projects and chat/ ask questions to the broader Flow/ Flowverse community. Here you can share your unbiased opinion on upcoming Flow NFTs, projects and more!
Useful Flowverse Resources
Website - upcoming drops, project list, investors directory, rankings and more
Jobs board - job listings by companies/startups building on Flow
Discord - this is where the Flowverse community hangs out and chat all things Flow!
Are you owned by Flow Blockchain?
Nope - we are Flow enthusiasts who love the mission and vision of Flow Blockchain and want to enhance the discoverability of all Flow projects.
I am a Flow Project, how can you help me?
You can be listed on the Flowverse through completing the two forms located on our website footer. We can also list any job positions you are hiring for, conduct discord AMAs with you, drop announcements and work with you on giveaways and user acquisition. Just DM Support in the Flowverse Discord.
8 - Official Flow Resources
Please find below a list of official Flow Blockchain resources: