Charlie Lee, the creator of main cryptocurrency Litecoin (LTC), believes that the continued spike in recognition of the nonfungible token, or NFT, business has a lot in widespread with the 2017 preliminary coin providing, or ICO, mania.
Lee supplied at the least 5 similarities between 2021’s NFT recognition and 2017’s ICO mania, additionally evaluating each to the altcoin craze in 2013 in a tweet on Tuesday.
In response to the Litecoin creator, all three cryptocurrency phenomena look very related, as they’re straightforward to create “with no boundaries” and easy to grasp and clarify. Lee famous that NFTs, ICOs and 2013’s altcoins even have an enormous similarity when it comes to adoption — as all of them carry, or used to carry, “tons of recent individuals into crypto.”
Much like the excessive costs and pumps of altcoins in 2013, ICOs and NFTs are related to huge hype and worry of lacking out. Nevertheless, “Few will maintain and have worth,” and most of the people didn’t or is not going to personal them, Lee concluded.
Lee beforehand expressed some daring criticism over the NFT business, claiming in February that NFTs have “zero value” of creation. “Due to the close to zero value to create one other NFT, the market will finally be flooded with NFTs from artists making an attempt to money in on this craze. Provide will overwhelm demand and the costs will finally crash,” the creator of Litecoin predicted.
Lee just isn’t alone in considering that NFTs are the brand new ICOs, as many crypto lovers have drawn parallels between the 2 main ideas within the crypto business lately. Michael Goldstein, president of the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute, additionally tweeted Monday that “NFTs are the ICOs of 2021.”
Andrew Kang, a crypto investor and co-founder of Mechanism Capital, additionally took to Twitter Tuesday to pinpoint that NFTs have change into more and more fashionable amongst celebrities who might “rug all their followers,” implying they’re purely searching for income.
Representing a brand new technique for digitally shopping for and promoting artwork and different media, NFTs have certainly gotten consideration from fashionable celebrities lately, together with Canadian musician Grimes and Linkin Park rapper Mike Shinoda. Movie star endorsements apparently make up one other stable parallel between NFTs and ICOs, as quite a few ICOs in 2017 have been largely supported by celebrities, together with American music producer DJ Khaled and American actor Steven Seagal.