GameStop Wallet is now available to install as a Chrome Extension. The Wallet is still in beta at the moment, but many users believe that a launch of the NFT marketplace is imminent. Just in time for a nasty bear market in cryptocurrency.
We are closer to the launch of GameStop Wallet and the NFT marketplace. Beta users are already able to purchase Ethereum and send NFTs, but the store has yet to launch. While the cryptocurrency market has been down quite a bit in 2022, CoinGecko estimates the total market cap of Ethereum to be near $247 billion. GameStop stands to take a piece of the shrinking pie that is the NFT market in 2022, but may also become the default crypto wallet for a lot of fans who were using other platforms prior to launch.
There are several video game companies that have made some signals of interest in NFTs. Sega registered the Sega NFT trademark, and Square Enix claimed its deal with Embracer opened up a world of blockchain investment for the company. Ubisoft has also made some noise about NFTs, so there are some actual video game companies that might be willing to experiment in the space on GameStop's NFT marketplace.
GameStop Wallet is built on top of Loopring Layer 2 technology boasting low fees across multiple networks. The platform will also allow for Layer 1 Ethereum transactions, but GameStop does warn that fees will be materially higher than Layer 2.
GameStop Wallet on App Store and iOS
The official GameStop Wallet website says that an app is coming soon to Apple App Store, but today's soft launch of the Chrome Extension has some people excited, and others perplexed at the seemingly terrible timing. The NFT market's transaction volume has actually somewhat stablized a bit after a tumultuous Q1 2022.
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With a market cap of only $7.5 billion compared to the massive crypto market, only time will tell if this new direction will be a successful moonshot for the pivoting company that is GameStop in 2022. OpenSea, the largest NFT marketplace in all the metaverse, was valued at $13 billion in their most recent funding round.
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At the time of this article, Shacknews primary shareholder Asif A. Khan, his family members, or his company Virtue LLC had the following positions:
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