Following the confirmation of recent leaks, collections such as Solana Monkey Business, Degenerate Apes, and Aurory look to be going to OpenSea.
Following months of speculation, OpenSea, the major NFT marketplace, revealed today that it would actually allow NFTs created on the Solana blockchain.
OpenSea announced the announcement with a little teaser video broadcast to its official Twitter account, mocking the onslaught of messages about intentions to add Solana. The video, which OpenSea tweeted is about “the greatest kept secret in Web3,” mentions that support for Solana will be available in April. Although no date was specified, the month begins on Friday.
Solana is the second-largest NFT ecosystem after Ethereum, with an estimated market worth of $1.5 billion across its numerous collections. Last autumn, the Solana NFT area expanded fast due to the growth of collections such as Solana Monkey Business, Degenerate Ape Academy, and Aurory. Solana transactions are quicker, more affordable, and more energy-efficient than those on Ethereum’s mainnet.
The initial leaks indicating a possible incorporation of Solana into OpenSea surfaced in January, when well-known hacker and blogger Jane Manchun Wong spotted references to Solana and the famous Phantom wallet across the site.
She spotted evidence last week indicating that the Solana launch was imminent, including a “Solana Beta” branding on the website and compatibility for the Solflare wallet. Others on social media recently discovered that they could link a Phantom wallet to OpenSea, even though the NFTs themselves are not yet accessible.
The teaser film from OpenSea rapidly showcases NFTs from a variety of popular Solana collections, including Solana Monkey Business, Aurory, Boryoku Dragonz, Catalina Whale Mixer, and Degenerate Ape Academy.
“We are setting sail monkees!” tweeted the Solana Monkey Business account. Meanwhile, Portals, a platform for the Solana metaverse, tweeted that it “cannot wait for Portals to be featured on OpenSea.” Meanwhile, Magic Eden—which is now Solana’s biggest NFT marketplace—simply tweeted, “bring it.”
OpenSea, which is powered by Ethereum, is presently the most popular marketplace in the broader NFT business, generating billions of dollars in monthly trading volume, including more than $5 billion in January across Ethereum and the Polygon sidechain scaling solution. OpenSea was valued at $13.3 billion in January after a $300 million Series C funding round.