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OpenSea Integrates Ethereum Scaling Solution Arbitrum

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  • Arbitrum will join Ethereum, Solana, Polygon, and Klaytn as the fifth network.
  • Periodic declines have hit other markets including LooksRare and Rarible.

OpenSea, a prominent NFT marketplace, has said it would include Arbitrum, a layer-2 Ethereum scaling solution. After tomorrow’s successful deployment, Arbitrum will join Ethereum, Solana, Polygon, and Klaytn as the fifth network available on the marketplace.

Among the first NFT collections to be made available on the marketplace, OpenSea said to expect Smolverse, GMX Blueberry Club, and Diamond Pepes. According to the company, “creators will need to find their collections in OpenSea and set their creator fees directly,” preferably at the time of launch.

Decline in Sales Volume

As the integration occurs, OpenSea’s monthly trade volume has reached levels not seen since the summer. These numbers are much lower than the all-time high of $4.8 billion set in January of this year, for reference.

Similar periodic declines have hit other markets including LooksRare, Rarible, SuperRare, and Magic Eden. Most of Arbitrum’s NFTs are presently listed on secondary markets like Stratos and Agora.

According to DeFiLlama statistics, however, the network’s most popular collections have already attracted millions of dollars in investments. Between PancakeSwap and Treasure, the Seed of Life collection has enabled $11.79 million in trades, while Legions Genesis has facilitated $11.25 million.

If more collections like this are brought into OpenSea, usage may increase. On September 21 at 6 pm UTC, Arbitrum will hold a Twitter Spaces to go into additional depth about the relationship and the benefits it presents for makers and collectors on both ends of the chain.

Users of OpenSea, a decentralized marketplace, may purchase and trade non-fungible tokens amongst one another. The NFT exchange launched in 2017 and has now extended beyond the collectibles market it originally served.

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Quant Adds 10% In 24 Hours While Macro Uncertainty Pulls Others

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Interoperability enabling network Quant has gained 10% in the last 24 hours amidst the general crypto bear market. The token is inexorably climbing up the price charts while other tokens struggle to keep their heads above water. The crypto is steadily gaining, testing new highs after its yearly low in June when its price dipped below $50.

The Quant blockchain was a project geared toward solving the issue of interaction among multiple blockchains. Since its inception in 2018, the token began an upward climb from below $1, culminating in an all-time high just below $400. This unprecedented event in the history of Quant took place in September 2021. Quant soared 200% from $187 to $490 on the month, a spike that analysts attribute to three factors. 

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Quant’s All-Time High Catalysts

The first catalyst outline was the launch of Overledger 2.0.5, the network’s DLT connection for businesses to all networks and DLT. Secondly, Quant offered developers incentives via the “Quant developers Program,” a means to lure devs into its ecosystem. Devs build useful protocols and apps, which in turn, attract more users, thereby ensuring the growth of Quant. 

Finally, Quant’s price boosted when it got listed on major exchange platforms like Coinbase and Binance. This move alone caused the protocol’s trading volume to skyrocket from $9 million to a whopping $740 million, according to coinmarketcap. And the rest, they say, is history. Although the token has not tested such highs since then, it continued to do well for itself till the general market became turbulent.

QNT’s price is currently trading at above $115. | Source: QNTUSD price chart from TradingView.com

Macroeconomics Turned Crypto Assets Bearish

By June this year, when the crypto market dropped into a downward spiral, the Quant token dipped to a low of $49. A combination of macro factors dragged down most cryptos, including Bitcoin, from their lofty heights.

For one, the Russo-Ukrainian war began causing global unrest, which always targets risk-prone assets, e.g., crypto. Then followed inflation and Fed’s hawkish attitude towards digital assets in fixing the problem. Ethereum’s merge with its initial hype and subsequent letdown came into the mix, further muddying up the waters. As a result, crypto assets globally have been testing unheard-of lows. 

At the time of writing, Bitcoin continues to fluctuate around the $20,000 resistance level. This is notably a far cry from its legendary $65,000 high, which occurred in 2021. Similarly, ETH and SOL are not left out of this bearish market turn, trading at $1300 and $33, respectively. Ethereum is 70% down from its all-time high, while Solana is 87% below its own.

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Yet Quant is slowly but surely wending its way up the chart, testing new highs daily. At the time of writing, the token is exchanging hands around $116 after briefly testing $120 earlier in the day. Against the past week’s prices, it is a 7.90% gain, 10% over the last 24 hours.

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Ripple Outperforming Whole Market, What’s Pumping XRP Price? 

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The currency of the blockchain-powered online payment platform, XRP, has gained almost 60% in the past week. After briefly dipping to $0.34 five days ago, the token climbed back and traded around $0.52 this morning.

Crypto influencer Ben Armstrong claims to know the reason behind this continuous climb amid the current general crypto bear market. The multiple-crypto holder shared his two cents about the state of events with his 800k plus followers on Twitter yesterday.

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Influencer Believes Impending Close To Ripple-SEC Case Is Responsible

According to Armstrong, multiple factors are causing Ripple’s insane price surge. However, he can confidently trace one primary reason to the ongoing SEC court battle with the sixth strongest crypto. The influencer tweeted that SEC has given up on its 2-year struggle of trying to prove XRP is a security. As of this week, the Ripple community “can be pretty confident the worst-case scenario is a fine,” the tweet reads.

The last weekend saw both parties in the ongoing case filing for summary judgment. In other words, Ripple and SEC believe enough evidence has been provided for a verdict outside a court case. They wait for Judge Torres’ decision supporting one side or the other based on already available evidence. A court battle that started way over in 2020 might soon be coming to an end.

XRP is currently trading at $0.4975. | Source: XRPUSD price chart from TradingView.com

Ripple And XRP Community Expect A Favorable Verdict

Like Ben Armstrong, the Ripple community and Ripple Labs are expectant of a favorable ruling. If that happens, XRP will not be considered a Security but a digital asset, just as Ripple intended. 

Another crypto influencer predicted that if this happens, it will be the needed boost the bearish crypto market needs. David Gokhshtein tweeted that the crypto market will go parabolic should XRP win this case. He and Brad Garlinghouse, Ripple’s CEO, believe a win for XRP would stamp cryptos stand with regulation. Consequently, it would increase investors’ faith in the ailing asset.

Whale Movements On XRP Blockchain Also Partially Responsible For Price Boost

Another reason for the surge in XRP seems to be whale movements on the platform. On-chain analytics firm, Sentiment data reveal an increase in whale transactions on the Ripple blockchain. 

Furthermore, the Whale Alert crypto tracker revealed multiple anonymous transfers of significant amounts of XRP in the past week. Data showed that a 261 million XRP transfer and another 582 million XRP transaction took place. Ripple was involved in both transactions, moving 80,000,000 of the tokens externally. In total, close to a billion tokens exchanged hands in whale transactions last week. 

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These two factors mentioned above are mainly responsible for the continuous climb of XRP tokens over the last week. One can only wait to see if the XRP community’s optimism is indeed rightly placed and that ripple will indeed win the case. At the time of writing, XRP is currently trading around $0.48 after briefly testing $0.52 earlier today per Coinmarketcap data. 

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Tether Announces Launch of USDT on Polkadot Network

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  • Eleven different blockchains currently support Tether, USDT.
  • A New York court ordered Tether Operations Limited to submit financial records.

Tether, in a statement released on Friday, announced the release of its native token USDT on the Polkadot Network. Polkadot is an open-source blockchain platform that is decentralized. Moreover, it’s a comprehensive Web3 environment that allows for registry and computation amongst different blockchains. 

In addition, the adoption of the stablecoin allows the blockchain platform to further expand its footprint in distributed systems. Concurrently, “potential adverse effects associated with market volatility” will be mitigated thanks to Tether’s incorporation.

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The release blog further states that the Polkadot Relay Chain would enable Tether users to conduct USDT transactions and information sharing in a safe and trustless manner.

According to Tether’s Chief Technology Officer Paolo Ardoino:

“We’re delighted to launch USD₮ on Polkadot, offering its community access to the most liquid, stable, and trusted stablecoin in the digital token space. Polkadot is on a trajectory of growth and evolution this year and we believe Tether’s addition will be essential in helping it continue to thrive.”

Eleven different blockchains currently support Tether, a stablecoin. After adding Polkadot on Friday, the firm says it hopes to continue growing by a factor of many more.

Of the total $81.84 billion in swaps today, 55.60% is settled in tether, and 62% of all BTC exchanges use tether as a counterparty. Support for the Polkadot blockchain came at a time when a New York court ordered Tether Operations Limited to submit financial records demonstrating USDT’s backing. The court’s ruling is the result of a class action complaint that five individuals brought three years ago.

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Iran Commences CBDC Pilot Dubbed ‘Crypto Rial’

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