What's an NFT Marketplace?
An NFT marketplace is a website you can use to buy and sell NFTs. They can be thought of as similar to Amazon or eBay but for digital assets.
On Ethereum, the go-to NFT marketplace is Opensea and on Solana, Magic Eden. So what’s the equivalent for Flow Blockchain?
TLDR: As it stands today there is no one leading NFT marketplace on Flow yet with many existing across 4 broad categories:
- General Flow NFT marketplaces: Gaia Marketplace, BloctoBay, Sturdy Exchange, VIV3, Rarible, Starly, Mynft, Epix, Unblocked
- Specific Flow NFT marketplaces: Eternal, RCRDSHP, Geniace, Versus, xtingles and more
- Sports Flow NFT marketplaces: NBA Top Shot, NFL All Day, FanCraze, UFC Strike, The Football Club, RaceDay NFT, Fantastec SWAP, nWayPlay, AFL Mint, The Player’s Lounge and more
- Application specific Flow marketplaces: Flovatar, Genies, Seussibles, Party Gooberz and more
General Flow NFT marketplaces
General purpose marketplaces enable NFTs from all kinds of different categories to be bought and sold i.e. avatar, sports, music, art etc.
Gaia Marketplace seems to be the leading Flow Blockchain marketplace by liquidity. It currently has 5 Flow NFT collections available to buy including Ballerz, Flunks and Sneakerz with many more collections set to launch on their platform soon.
The Gaia NFT marketplace enables users to seamlessly buy NFTs using a credit card or cryptocurrency via Dapper Wallet. As such, if you’re brand new to Flow Blockchain NFTs or coming from NBA Top Shot, Gaia Marketplace is a great place to start due to it’s simplicity for beginners. At time of writing, it is also the only general purpose marketplace for Dapper wallet NFTs on Flow.
BloctoBay is an NFT marketplace built by the creators of Blocto wallet. The BloctoBay marketplace has the broadest range of Flow NFT collections (nearly 30) integrated including popular NFTs such as Matrix World, Chainmonsters, Jambb, NBA Top Shot and more.
The experience is similar to Opensea in that you directly connect your Flow wallet (Blocto wallet) to their platform to buy and sell NFTs. Unlike most Flow marketplaces, the BloctoBay marketplace is purely for buying and selling NFTs that have already launched - you can’t mint / create NFTs on this platform.
Sturdy Exchange is a curated NFT marketplace. Sturdy Exchange works directly with creators to bring exclusive collections to their marketplace. Sturdy Exchange is home to the first ever PFP on Flow Blockchain - Hoodlums as well as the recently launched Analogs NFTs.
The marketplace enables users to participate in highly curated initial NFT drops as well as buy and sell NFTs in the secondary marketplace. They have an inbuilt Flow wallet system and enable you to pay for NFTs using credit card, Bitcoin or Ethereum.
VIV3 was the first general marketplace on Flow and also launched one of the earliest NFT collections, Evolution by Ben Mauro.
The VIV3 marketplace is integrated with multiple Flow NFT collections including NBA Top Shot, Canes Vault, Dark Country, Moto GP Ignition, Vault by CNN, Evolution and Chainmonsters. They also partner with curated artists to drop their own NFTs. Similar to BloctoBay, this marketplace uses the Blocto wallet.
The well-known Ethereum NFT marketplace, Rarible, is also one of the only open marketplaces enabling permissionless NFT minting on Flow.
It has integrated several Flow Blockchain NFT collections to be traded including Matrix World, Some.place, Moto GP Ignition, CryptoPiggos, Vault by CNN, Starly, Chainmonsters, Jambb, Evolution, Geniace, Flowverse Socks and Mugen ARt. To use this marketplace, you will need a Blocto wallet.
Starly is a gamified launchpad and marketplace for Flow NFT collections. It enables partnering creators to release Top Shot style NFT packs of their own content end-to-end and makes it easy for creators to reward their most dedicated fans.
Geniace is a curated NFT collectibles marketplace commemorating culture’s icons. They have released collections including Icons of Anime and Icons of Rap with Icons of Extreme Sports coming soon.
Mynft is a platform designed to connect East and West markets. Like Rarible, they are a permissionless marketplace where anyone can mint 1/1 NFTs for a fee of 1 FLOW. Two of their most popular collections released were Cyber Monkeys and Flowns. The marketplace utilises the Blocto wallet.
Mynft also has a native token, $MY which can be used to vote on creators and earn rewards.
Epix Industries is building a world of collectibles that blends the ownership and authenticity of NFTs with interactive technology and breathtaking visuals. Their marketplace aims to bridge Custodial/Non-custodial - Crypto/Fiat - Digital/Physical and interconnect premium collections, trading cards and game assets in their ecosystem.
So far, Epix has released two collections in their marketplace: Hip Hop Icons and Enemy Metal.
Unblocked creates newly imagined NFT applications that enable music & entertainment brands to build meaningful value for their communities. They provide white-label marketplaces to brands as well as operating their own NFT marketplace, unblocked.exchange.
They have not yet launched their secondary marketplace (NFTs cannot be sold yet) and are a fully custodial solution operating their own wallet with payment via debit card.
Opensea (coming soon)
The highest volume NFT marketplace, Opensea, was initially slated to release their Flow Blockchain integration in Q1 2022. Despite missing this deadline, they are planning to integrate Flow NFTs into their marketplace.
Specific Flow NFT marketplaces
Specific NFT marketplaces are those focused on a specific category i.e. a marketplace specifically catered to music or specifically catered to fine art.
Eternal is a marketplace for initial NFT drops and secondary market sales of NFT video clips (“moments”) of streamers. A proportion of each transaction goes back to the streamer.
RCRSHP is a marketplace for initial NFT drops and secondary market sales of music and related digital collectibles.
Versus is a premium Flow NFT auction platform which pits two sides against each other for ‘uniques’ and ‘editions’. Buyers can place bids on a single unique mint, or on one mint of an edition size, with varying edition sizes from drop to drop. If the bid on the single unique piece is larger than the sum of all the bids on the edition pieces, then the unique side will win.
Xtingles is the world’s first ASMR NFT marketplace for artists to auction their ASMR Digital Art and for NFT connoisseurs to discover personalized sensory soundscapes that can be uniquely theirs. They have their our own in-house production arm that renders audio and visual content for ASMR artists.
Blockparty is a platform for artists and musicians entering the NFT space by providing a wide range of options like customizable storefronts, accepting crypto or USD payments, and the ability to mint digital and physical artworks on Ethereum or eco-friendly FLOW with no gas fees. They operate an NFT marketplace and auction platform.
Disrupt Art is a curated NFT marketplace where Artists, Activists, and Allies intersect to revolutionize the social impact of Art, Music, Fashion, and Film.
AvatarArt is a marketplace for minting and trading curated physical artworks on Flow
FanFare aims to be the most accessible open marketplace for music NFTs.
Sports Flow NFT marketplaces
NBA Top Shot
NBA Top Shot enables users to buy, sell, and collect Officially Licensed NFTs of NBA highlights called "moments”.
NFL All Day
NFL All Day has a marketplace for buying & selling digital video collectibles of Iconic NFL Moments.
FanCraze enables trading of digital video collectibles of iconic Cricket Moments officially licensed by the ICC.
UFC Strike's marketplace is for buying, selling, trading and collecting officially licensed UFC NFTs.
The Football Club
The Football Club is an NFT based fantasy football manager app where players earn coins, collect & trade officially licensed football & lifestyle NFT items for their 3D Avatar and interact with other players. The Football Club marketplace enables the release of officially licensed Bundesliga NFTs as well as their secondary trading.
RacedayNFT is a first-of-its-kind motorsports NFT marketplace for race fans offering various collectibles - officially authenticated and verified on the Flow Blockchain.
The nWayPlay marketplace enables collectors to buy and sell NFTs with officially licensed IP such as the Olympics.
MotoGP™ Ignition is a licensed MotoGP™ game that provides players with two core experiences: Collection and Competition. They have an official marketplace on Flow to trade their NFTs.
The Player’s Lounge™
The Players' Lounge™ is a platform built by lettermen to empower relationships within the collegiate sports community through connecting current and former athletes with their respective fan bases while providing opportunities for student-athletes to monetize their individual brands. They have a marketplace for trading NFTs from their DGD Mafia collection.
AFL Mint (coming soon)
AFL Mint is the only official marketplace to collect licensed AFL NFTs. AFL Mint will offer exclusive AFL items showcasing the iconic moments, spectacular highlights, and players as NFTs.
OpenLocker aims to connect fans & athletes with our blockchain and NFT platform.
Canes Vault is the official NFT marketplace for the Miami Hurricanes.
Fantastec Swap marketplace offers officially licensed Arsenal FC, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid CF NFTs.
Atlanta Hawks NFTs
Atlanta Hawks have an NFT marketplace for their official NFTs.
Costacos Collection is a marketplace for legendary NFT sports art and collectibles.
Chicago Bulls NFTs
The Chicago Bulls launched the Chicago Bulls Legacy Collection on Flow. They have their own secondary marketplace for trading these NFTs.
The Dooverse marketplace enables moment collectibles for Korean baseball team Doosan Bears to be traded.
Application specific Flow marketplaces
Application specific marketplaces are NFT marketplaces that are built specifically for one application.
Genies is the leading digital avatar company that has launched its marketplace, Genies Warehouse, on Flow. Here you will be able to buy, sell and trade virtual clothing for your Genie. The marketplace is currently invite only.
Flovatar is a next generation PFP project built on Flow where collectors take the creative lead to shape their own unique characters. They have their own NFT marketplace for buying and selling sparks, flovatars and flobits.
The Fabricant is a digital Fashion House on Flow Blockchain. They have a marketplace for trading their NFTs.
Enemy Metal is an NFT collection that is set across the galaxy, where the first collection is the base on which the Enemy Metal Universe will be built. They have their own NFT marketplace built by Epix.
The Party Goobz are a comical generative NFT set on Flow with their own marketplace for trading Goobz NFTs.
.find is a place to find people and things on the Flow Blockchain. They are a Flow naming service and gallery with a marketplace for trading .find domain names.
NFT TopExpo is a Flow-based marketplace for trading Dark Country game NFTs.
Blocklete Games is the first ever investment-style golf management NFT mobile app play to earn game, where your golf game skill determines your outcomes. They have their own marketplace for trading their NFTs.
Vault by CNN
Vault by CNN's marketplace enables anyone to buy or sell historic moment NFTs from CNN's 40 year history.
The Next Cartel
The Next Cartel's marketplace place enables users to buy or sell The Next Cartel's digital fashion NFTs.
RareRooms is a 3D/VR enabled metaverse that allows collectors to curate and showcase their NFTs as well as allow brands to have amazing virtual storefronts and customizable spaces that allow their fans to truly experience their NFTs. They have an NFT marketplace which currently enables trading of NFTs such as RareBalls and Metaverse Keys.
Yahoo Taiwan partnered with Blocto to release an NFT store. It only supports credit cards issued in Taiwan but NFTs can be traded on BloctoBay after initial sale.