Bitcoin Looks More Bearish as BTC Ordinals Sees a 98% Drop in Volume

Pathik Bhattacharya
Pathik Bhattacharya Published on August 22, 2023 04:58 AM

Bitcoin Ordinals NFTs have seen a substantial trading change, with DappRadar data showing a 97% drop in transactions to 20,571 by mid-August.

Bitcoin Looks More Bearish as BTC Ordinals Sees a 98% Drop in Volume
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Recently, the cryptocurrency market has been a roller coaster ride, with Bitcoin experiencing both price volatility and unexpected twists in the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

While investors and fans wait, the convergence of these events raises intriguing questions about the future of Bitcoin and the NFT market.

Bitcoin Ordinals Transactions Make Most of BTC Trading Volume

Bitcoin, the flagship cryptocurrency, fell sharply from the expected $30K level, leaving investors in a state of worry. The recent 11% drop in Bitcoin to $26K caught the market off guard, wiping out almost $40 billion in digital assets from portfolios. As the global crypto market fell by more than 2%, traders were forced to navigate the pandemonium.

Bitcoin ordinals, a prominent type of NFT, have recently encountered their own share of challenges. DappRadar's data revealed a startling 97% decrease in transaction activity, accompanied by a jaw-dropping 98% decline in trading volumes since May. Once a market that reached a peak of $452 million in May, it dwindled to a mere $3 million by mid-August.

bitcoin ordinal volume chart

Source: DappRadar

The situation prompts broader concerns about the sustainability of Bitcoin-based NFTs. While market dynamics can contribute to fluctuations in trading volumes, the consistent decline in transaction count suggests a potential decline in trader engagement. 

NFTs on the Bitcoin Network

This decline in Bitcoin ordinals trading volume comes amid a broader debate within the Bitcoin community regarding the integration of NFTs onto the network. While Ethereum and other blockchains have embraced NFTs with relative ease, the Bitcoin community is divided.

Some emphasize Bitcoin's role as "digital gold," focusing on its store of value proposition. Others question the compatibility of NFTs within the Bitcoin ecosystem.

As the cryptocurrency landscape rapidly evolves, the next few months will be crucial in shaping the fate of Bitcoin-based NFTs. Observers will closely watch whether Bitcoin ordinals can regain their momentum or whether Bitcoin will gravitate back to its traditional role as a store of value.

The NFT space's transformation and the community's response will illuminate the path forward.

Bitcoin Price Analysis

Bitcoin (BTC) is currently trading at $26,021.05, with a 24-hour trading volume of $12,673,715,046.89. This indicates a -0.10% drop in the last 24 hours and a -11.33% drop in the last 7 days. Bitcoin has a market valuation of $506,642,677,757 with a circulating supply of 19 million BTC as per CoinStats.

bitcoin price chart

Source: CoinStats

Bitcoin price attempted a rally above the $26,000 resistance level. BTC surpassed $26,200 but failed to maintain its gains.

It made a high near $26,500 and has now begun a new downturn. There was a drop below the $26,200 mark. Furthermore, on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair, there was a breach below a connecting positive trend line with support near $26,000.

Bitcoin tested the 50% Fib retracement level of the rebound wave from the swing low of $24,800 to the high of $26,981. It is currently trading below the $26,400 mark and the 100-Day Simple moving average.

bitcoin price prediction

Source: TradingView


The collision of Bitcoin's price volatility and the Bitcoin ordinals' NFT slump exemplifies the intricate and evolving nature of the cryptocurrency world. While market fluctuations are not uncommon, the NFT space's challenges highlight the need for adaptation and innovation.

As stakeholders and enthusiasts navigate these shifts, they do so with an eye on the future trajectory of both Bitcoin and the NFT landscape. Whether these events mark a turning point or a temporary deviation, they undoubtedly contribute to the ongoing narrative of digital currencies and decentralized finance.


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