Ethereum Merge and NFTs

With the Ethereum merge, Ethereum is now different. But what does this mean for you, the average NFT holder? Find out here.

September 20, 2022

If you have been following crypto news, you must have heard of The Merge– a term that refers to Ethereum’s switch to a proof-of-stake consensus protocol. On September 15, the long-awaited Ethereum merge with the Beacon chain was finalized. Shortly after, Vitalik Buterin, Co-founder of Ethereum, took to his Twitter page to congratulate everyone that  made the merge a success and laid out the plan for Ethereum’s road to 100,000 TPS. 

NFT artists were not left behind. Popular NFT artist, Beeple, released an illustration celebrating the successful transition to the proof-of-stake and was joined by several other similar ‘merge arts’.

This merge now makes Ethereum the largest proof-of-stake network, a position formerly owned by Cardano. 

The Rationale for Ethereum Merge

Seven years after its launch, Ethereum has enough reasons to switch from Proof-of-Work (PoW) to the proof-of-stake model. Two of the notable issues are energy consumption and scalability.

  1. Energy consumption

With the rising worldwide call on the dire need to cut energy consumption and embrace renewable energy for climate change, the blockchains operating under the Proof-of-Work (PoW) consensus protocol have come under fire for their excessive energy usage. Bitcoin and Ethereum are at the forefront of the PoW model, and when combined, they use up more energy than several countries to validate their transactions. 

The need for special computers to mine blocks requires so much energy and negatively impacts the environment. This is why Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, suspended the acceptance of Bitcoin as a means of payment for his company last year. 

  1. Scalability

Ethereum’s scalability trilemma has given rise to several layer-2 blockchains usually touted as “Ethereum Killers.” Ethereum, while servicing the most significant use cases in crypto– Defi and NFTs, could only process between 15-30 transactions per second. The PoW model caused network validators, or miners, to prioritize higher-paying transactions. Hence, any little traffic slows down transactions and shoots up fees. Gas fees have gone as high as 10 ETH per transaction, making the network unfavorable for small-sized investors. 

Although it has been explained that The Merge will likely not reduce transaction fees, improving scalability will minimize network congestion and downtimes. Also, reducing energy consumption by 90% is a big win for the ecosystems: the actual planet: fewer emissions and better climate– and the crypto space: one less tool in the detractors’ shed.

What does the Ethereum Merge Means for NFTs?

As an NFT investor, the only things that matter are the metrics– demand trading, volumes, transaction fees, etc. The Ethereum merge does little to nothing on the numbers side. However, here are two ground facts: less energy and more upgrades. 

  1. Less Energy

You must have read think pieces citing NFTs as bad for the planet because of how much energy they consume. This is due, in large part, to its underlying blockchain. With the Ethereum merge, trading NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain comes with 90% less energy, a significant cutdown. 

  1. More upgrades 

Also, the Ethereum Merge is only one step in the development of the network. The subsequent phases for the Ethereum network are The Surge, The Verge, The Purge, and The Splurge. Major upgrades we will see include rollups being introduced to the network, the Merkle update, and reducing the hard drive space for validators. Buterin has explained that the Surge rollout will lower the cost of transactions and increase transaction speed. 

Although the plan is not all-encompassing, as several new developments will find their way into the network as time progresses, seeing the Ethereum Merge happening according to the plan shines more hope on the feasibility of the subsequent upgrades, and this is some good news. 

The AirNFTs and Ethereum Merge

The Ethereum merge might have been completed, but another “merge” is left— AirNFTs and Ethereum. While Ethereum is on a mission to create the best blockchain for decentralized software, we are also working to develop the most straightforward, cheapest, and biggest multi-chain NFT marketplace for every crypto user. 

Ethereum NFTs will be available on the AirNFTs marketplace soon, and you can be the first to know! How? Stay glued to the blog and our Twitter page. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an NFT?
What is an NFT?

An NFT (Non-Fungible Token) is a unique digital asset that is stored on a blockchain. It is a type of cryptocurrency that represents ownership of a particular digital item such as artwork, music, or videos.

How do NFTs work?
How do NFTs work?

NFTs work by creating a unique digital signature on a blockchain network that verifies ownership of the underlying digital asset. This means that the original creator of the digital asset can sell it as an NFT and the buyer will have proof of ownership that is publicly recorded on the blockchain.

What makes NFTs valuable?
The value of an NFT comes from its scarcity and uniqueness. Since NFTs are one-of-a-kind digital assets, they can be highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts who want to own a piece of digital art, music or video that cannot be replicated.

The value of an NFT comes from its scarcity and uniqueness. Since NFTs are one-of-a-kind digital assets, they can be highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts who want to own a piece of digital art, music or video that cannot be replicated.

How do I create or buy an NFT?
How do I create or buy an NFT?

Creating an NFT requires some technical knowledge and involves uploading your digital asset to a blockchain network and minting it as an NFT. Buying an NFT can be done through various NFT marketplaces such as AirNFTs, where buyers can bid on or purchase NFTs using cryptocurrency.

What are the risks of investing in NFTs?
What are the risks of investing in NFTs?

Investing in NFTs can be risky, as the value of an NFT can fluctuate depending on market demand and the reputation of the creator. Additionally, since NFTs are a relatively new technology, there may be uncertainties regarding their long-term value and legal status.