2021 was, undoubtedly, the year of the NFT. While they have existed for years, 2021 was the year that they went fully mainstream and was steeped into the public’s consciousness. Throughout the year, we saw everything from tweets to art to memes to songs be turned into NFTs and often sold for hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars.
While 2021 was a year of experimenting with NFTs on the part of the public, 2022 will be a year where the foundation that has been built will be expanded on. Naturally, this means many more exciting NFT projects will take shape.
For any NFT enthusiast, here are the top 5 NFT projects to look out for in 2022.
What do the worlds of blockchain banking and NFTs have in common? Apparently a lot! EQIFi has already made a name for itself in the blockchain and DeFi banking space and is now taking on the world of NFTs with its first-ever NFT card.
The EQIFi NFT card will help users access a whole world of NFT and will also come with a host of benefits. These include the opportunity to apply for a free bank account with EQIBank, a free debit and credit card, and up to 50 POLC a week which can be spent in the real world. In typical NFT fashion, a limited number (2,000) of the cards will be available at a cost of 6,000 EQX each.
If you keep up with NFT news online then chances are you’ve heard of the Bored Ape Yacht club. In the last year, the project has established itself as one of the cornerstones of the NFT space.
The Bored Ape Yacht Club comprises 10,000 NFTs that are minted on the Ethereum blockchain. The NFTs are images of a bored-looking ape and since they came on the scene, have grossed more than a billion dollars in sales. 2021 was a big year for Bored Ape and 2022 is only going to be bigger. This is because as the number of Bored Ape NFT reduces, they will become even more valuable thanks to scarcity.
Not only has Cryptopunks been a wildly successful NFT offering, grossing millions of dollars, but it has also set the standard within the industry since its launch in 2017.
Featuring 10,000 unique character designs, Cryptopunks was the inspiration for the ERC-721 standard and was one of the first NFT collections. All 10,000 NFTs had been claimed for free after the project’s launch and now are being resold in the open market, sometimes for millions of dollars per NFT.
In 2022, we can expect Cryptopunks to retain their current popularity and continue to set the tone for NFT market economics.
One of the newer offerings on our list, CryptoDads is a collection of 10,000 unique NFTs of fathers in various stages of a midlife crisis. The NFTs have become very popular since their launch and has also been a case study in NFTs ability to tie themselves into pop culture.
CryptoDads has leaned heavily on its concept, launching the merchandise and currently has plans to mint CryptoMoms and CryptoTots NFTs. The team behind CryptoDads is developing lawnmower racing games that exist only in the metaverse and there are also talks of an animated series. Needless to say, 2022 is on track to be a big year for CryptoDads.
These days, NFTs are not just collectable digital images but can be used across the online space. Take CyberKongz, an NFT collection of 2D and 3D images that can be used as social avatars by its users.
Initially starting as a collection of 1,000 NFTs in 2021, the project received so much attention that more were minted to keep up with the demand. Given all that CryptoKongz has achieved in less than a year of its existence, 2022 is on track to be yet another exciting year for it.
2022 is going to be a great year for NFTs because they will capitalize on the hype and public goodwill acquired in 2021. For the above projects, the sky is clearly the limit for the NFT space and beyond.
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