- GameStop has been gradually exiting the crypto industry.
- After a year of lay-offs, the video game retailer is shutting down its NFT marketplace.
- The decision comes on the heels of its underwhelming two-year performance in the crypto industry.
Popular video game retailer GameStop stirred excitement with its entry into the crypto scene in 2022, promising a plethora of offerings from blockchain games to iconic NFT assets.
However, after an underwhelming two years of layoffs, unfulfilled promises, poor stock performance, and a stagnant NFT sector, the meme stock pioneer is now bidding adieu to the crypto industry.
GameStop Corp has announced that it is shutting down its NFT marketplace, signaling its withdrawal from the crypto industry. The announcement, made via a statement on the website, points to “the continuing regulatory uncertainty of the crypto space” as the primary reason behind this decision.
As the notice outlines, GameStop ensures its users can still sell their NFTs on alternate marketplaces. However, the platform will no longer mint new NFTs or facilitate transactions.
The NFT marketplace, launched in collaboration with Immutable X on Halloween 2022, focused on blockchain gaming assets and NFTs. The decision comes as part of GameStop’s gradual exit from the crypto industry following the ouster of its former CEO, Matt Furlong, who had been at the helm of the retailer’s shift to Web3.
GameStop’s diminishing interest in the industry became evident from August 2023, marked by the discontinuation of its web3 products, starting with its crypto wallet. The subsequent layoffs throughout the year, affecting significant roles like software and product engineers, underscored the seriousness of the company’s shift.
While the decision didn’t shock market participants and industry observers, it signifies a major shift for the video game retailer.
On the Flipside
- Gamestop NFT marketplace’s X account has remained inactive since September 2023.
- The NFT market has significantly dropped, with monthly trading volumes plummeting over 99% from its peak of $6 billion in 2022.
Why This Matters
The shutdown of Gamestop’s NFT marketplace does not surprise industry analysts and insiders, as its impact on the broader NFT trading landscape has been relatively low. Nevertheless, it serves as a reminder of the consequences companies face when they lack preparation or a deep understanding of the industry dynamics.
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