The NFT market protocol Rarible is expanding its multi-chain support, announcing today that it now supports NFT assets minted on Polygon.
Rarible now has four platforms in total, with Polygon joining Ethereum, Tezos, and Flow.
Why is this important?
Polygon is an Ethereum sidechain scaling solution that allows for cheaper and more efficient transactions than the Ethereum mainnet. Unlike Ethereum’s energy-intensive proof-of-work (PoW) mining system, Polygon uses a more eco-friendly proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus model that is still backed by the Ethereum network’s security.
The NFT market has exploded over the last two years, along with the recognition that there are some roadblocks in the realm. Chief among them high gas fees and system limitations that slow transaction times.
“As a leading NFT protocol and marketplace, Rarible wants to solve issues related to NFT creation and consumption, which will drive their multi-chain vision.”
Rarible has announced a partnership with Polygon Studios, an initiative that supports gaming, NFT, and metaverse projects built on the Ethereum scaling solution, in addition to supporting Polygon NFTs on its platform. As part of the alliance, Polygon Studios will provide marketing and developer support to Rarible.
Support from Polygon Studios could be very beneficial as the protocol continues to evolve into a go-to platform for NFT developers.
Rarible’s multi-wallet feature
In addition to adding Polygon to its platform, Rarible today launched a multi-wallet profile feature for Rarible, allowing users to sign in with up to 20 wallets across different blockchains at the same time.
Users with multiple wallets across various supported ecosystems will no longer have to sign in and out of Rarible when buying and selling NFTs.
“We’ve seen firsthand how inconvenient it is to log in and out of wallets containing collectibles from multiple blockchains,” Falin said. “To help our users, the multi-wallet profile can support collections from any Rarible-supported blockchain in one place, allowing you to access items with a single click.”
Rarible has a lower trading volume than the leading marketplace in the space, OpenSea, but it has also taken a different approach.
The RARI token, which rewards users and gives them a say in governance, is at the heart of the decentralized platform. Rarible has also accelerated its transition to a multi-chain future by supporting multiple platforms.
Furthermore, while Rarible.com is an NFT marketplace, the Rarible Protocol that powers it can be used by other developers to power their own NFT applications.
Rarible, which was initially built around Ethereum, added support for Flow in November. Dapper Labs’ blockchain platform, Flow, powers NBA Top Shot, UFC Strike, NFL All Day, and a growing number of third-party creator projects.
Rarible added support for NFTs on Tezos in December, a platform popular with digital artists that is gaining traction with brands.
OpenSea now supports Polygon, and while no official plans for Solana have been announced, recent leaks indicate that OpenSea will do so as well.
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