Crypto collectibles and nonfungible token (NFT) marketplace OpenSea has announced plans to integrate BNB Chain on its Web3 NFT marketplace protocol by the end of 2022. The integration with Seaport Protocol will allow users to buy, list and trade BNB Chain NFTs on OpenSea.
BNB Chain was built by Binance to operate as a Web3-focused blockchain network powered by the exchange's in-house token, BNB (BNB). BNB Chain’s integration into OpenSea's Seaport Protocol aims to provide BNB Chain creators with multiple creator payouts, real-time payouts and collection management, among others.
Gwendolyn Regina, investment director at BNB Chain, said the intent is to deliver better experiences to NFT creators and users. She added:
“The integration will bring a large number of creators into the wider system, as well as empower the creators and NFT initiatives inside the BNB Chain ecosystem.”
The integration aims to lower gas fees, provide easier signature confirmation actions and eliminate setup fees. In addition to BNB Chain, OpenSea plans to leverage Seaport across multiple blockchains to reach more users.
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OpenSea recently confirmed to continue enforcing royalties across all collections after receiving significant public backlash for considering otherwise.
The community pushback came after OpenSea announced the launch of an on-chain tool that would allow creators to enforce royalties for any new collections on the platform but stopped short of offering the same to existing collections.
The on-chain tool, as described by OpenSea CEO Devin Finzer as a “simple code snippet,” was aimed at taking over the existing system of voluntary creator fee payment. The code would also restrict NFT sales to only marketplaces that enforce creator fees criteria.
In January 2022, OpenSea also had to backtrack on its attempt to impose limits on NFT mints after a community outcry. The platform had tried to limit creators to making just five NFT collections with a maximum of 50 items each.
While reversing the decision, OpenSea argued that smart contracts were being misused and that “over 80% of the items created with this tool were plagiarized works, fake collections, and spam.”