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Avalanche [AVAX] doubles down on the NFT industry, here’s how

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Avalanche [AVAX] doubles down on the NFT industry, here's how

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  • Avalanche’s latest announcements underscore a stronger focus on NFTs in 2023.
  • AVAX bulls failed to yield a substantial upside in the short term.

The Avalanche layer 1 blockchain recently announced interesting developments that may reveal more about what to expect in 2023. This includes a deeper focus on the NFT industry through strategic partnerships.

Read Avalanche (AVAX) price prediction 2023-2024

According to one of Avalanche’s latest announcements, the network has teamed up with Shopify for an NFT-related venture. The partnership will allow Shopify merchants to make eco-friendly NFT collectibles that will be distributed through the Venly Shopify NFT app. This development has the potential to boost NFT transactions on the Avalanche blockchain.

Avalanche also aims to facilitate a solid WEB3 gaming experience this year. It aims to achieve this through a partnership with MetaOPs. Why is this an important development?

Well, this is among the pioneer FPS games to be rolled out via a blockchain network. Gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry and this development may allow Avalanche to tap into the robust potential growth in the segment.

These developments will likely boost Avalanche NFTs. Over the last 12 months, the network’s total NFT trades volume dropped substantially. However, we do see some slight stimulation in the same metric in the last two weeks.

Avalanche NFT trades volume

Source: Santiment

The potential impact on AVAX

These developments underscore more growth opportunities for the Avalanche network. They may also lay the foundation for more utility and demand for AVAX. This is likely to be the case in the long run but what about the short term?

Multiple on-chain metrics currently support a higher probability of a sentiment shift in favor of the bulls. For example, Avalanche development activity has been declining for most of December but it managed to pivot in the last four days.

Avalanche market cap and development activity

Source: Santiment

Similarly, Avalanche’s market cap is up by roughly $322 million so far this month. This is proof that there is significant accumulation. This demand also reflects observations in the derivatives market.

The Binance and DYDX funding rates also improved since the start of January. These indicators confirm that AVAX derivatives demand is on the rise.

Avalanche derivatives demand

Source: Santiment

How many AVAXs can you get for $1?

Despite the above favorable changes, AVAX only managed to rally by as much as 16% from its December lows. This means there are still a lot of untapped upsides as weak demand fails to yield a substantial rally. AVAX traded at $11.82 at the time of writing, after struggling to push above the 50-day MA.

AVAX price action

Source: TradingView

Avalanche’s recent developments may help boost the market sentiment for AVAX. Perhaps this may lead to a stronger bullish outcome further down the line but that remains to be seen.


Michael is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. He has 5 years of experience in finance and forex and more than two years as a writer in the crypto and blockchain segments. Michael's writing at AMBCrypto is primarily focused on cryptocurrency market news and technical analysis. His interests include motorcycles and exotic cars.
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