OpenSea tops $13 billion valuation in NFT marketplace's latest funding round

OpenSea is the largest NFT marketplace in the metaverse, and their latest funding round reflects that, valuing the company over $13 billion.

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OpenSea is the largest NFT marketplace in the world, and their valuation has topped $13 billion following their latest Series C funding round. The company announced a capital raise of $300 million, which values OpenSea at $13.3 billion. That's a lot of bored apes!

South Park's recent special event featured some amusing jabs at the NFT market.
South Park's recent special event featured some amusing jabs at the NFT market.

Here's a snippet of the OpenSea blog post announcing the latest round of funding:

Investment will help improve customer and community experience

In 2021, we saw the world awaken to the idea that NFTs represent the basic building blocks for brand new peer-to-peer economies. They give users greater freedom and ownership over digital goods, and allow developers to build powerful, interoperable applications that provide real economic value and utility to users. OpenSea’s vision is to become the core destination for these new open digital economies to thrive, building the world’s friendliest and most trusted NFT marketplace with the best selection.

To accelerate this vision, we have raised $300 million in Series C funding at a $13.3 billion post money valuation. Paradigm and Coatue led the round with participation from new and existing investors. We are excited to work with these incredible partners, thinkers and builders who collectively bring a depth of experience in Web3, NFTs, and best in class consumer experiences.

We have four goals for this funding: 1) accelerate product development, 2) significantly improve customer support and customer safety, 3) meaningfully invest in the wider NFT and Web3 community, and 4) grow our team.


Just last weekend, Square Enix's president announced the company will enter the NFT space. GameStop has also been rumored to be working on an NFT marketplace as well with creator sign-up forms going live last month. 

It's pretty apparent that NFTs are the new hotness for venture capitalists and stock market junkies. The $300 million in funds raised by OpenSea includes new and existing investors, and this market doesn't seem to be batting an eye at the valuation. With companies like Apple trading at a $3 trillion valuation earlier this week, it seems pretty tough to really ascertain what something is worth in 2022. 

Surely this unrepentant risk-taking from crypto investors will end well. Some NFT doubters question the utility of non-fungible tokens, but it isn't like these pixelated ape images are as bad as investing in tulips. Right?

Yes, there are some folks out there who even think the NFT markets are largely used for money laundering activities, and with a $500 million CryptoPunk NFT transaction executed by a single individual just last year, it seems like this is a market set to derail at any moment. There is another cohort who firmly believes that Web3 is the future and NFTs are going to transform gaming and collecting forever. 

Which side of the NFT debate are you on? Let us know in the Shacknews Chatty comments thread below. We really want to hear your opinion.


This article is only meant for educational purposes, and should not be taken as investment advice. Please consider your own investment time horizon, risk tolerance, and consult with a financial advisor before acting on this information.

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Asif Khan is the Luminary and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

From The Chatty
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      January 4, 2022 9:59 PM

      Amazing how open everyone is about their Ponzi schemes now

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      January 4, 2022 10:24 PM

      the crypto crash will be quite something. but what if it doesnt crash, what if it just goes sideways like gme stock for yrs and yrs

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        January 5, 2022 2:04 AM

        Too many people smell money in crypto for a crash to happen. It’s been around so long that to the younger generation, it’s normal. It ain’t going away and will continue to expand and diversify. Get used to it.

        There will eventually be layers of actual products and services built upon it, even if it’s all speculative. Just look at the derivatives market. That was basically nothing 20+ years ago and now it’s a market unto itself. It’s a parasite of the actual stock market but people make money off of it so it has flourished, largely unregulated. What is cryptocurrency if not a natural evolution of the same idea?

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          January 5, 2022 6:57 AM

          Most derivatives have a purpose, such as risk management. That is a bad comparison.

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            January 5, 2022 7:03 AM

            No way can you convince me that most are just risk management. 25% of derivatives are retail now. Yes there is a legitimate function for derivatives but the lack of regulation has led to market manipulation and gambling far greater in scope than the money that lies in crypto. Crypto isn’t going to cause a financial crisis like 2008.

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      January 4, 2022 10:27 PM

      I thought pursuing a life a substance would be rewarded. Seems the real road to riches is to just scam everyone else. What a sad comment on our society.

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      January 5, 2022 6:37 AM

      OpenSea is awash with bots stealing art from websites and then “minting” it for sale. PITA for artists to get it taken down as OpenSea are hiding behind a really obtuse DMCA process, but people are turning to Google’s much slicker DMCA process because apparently all the NFT images are actually hosted by Google.

      Crypto.com is even worse for DMCA, requiring an account with them to even see their process.

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