The metaverse is here. Where is it all being stored?
The last year has witnessed the explosion of NFTs onto the world’s mainstage. From fine art to collectibles to music and media, NFTs are quickly demonstrating just how quickly grassroots Web3 communities can grow, and perhaps how much closer we are to mass adoption than we may have previously thought.
The wonderful thing about NFTs is that we’re just getting started. Though the word “metaverse” might feel overused or neutralized by corporate appropriation, it holds a very real vision for the future. As our world becomes more and more digital, we will find increasing value in our digital assets being as “real” as those in our physical world. NFTs provide the best — indeed, the only — solution to virtual ownership that provides both security and self-sovereignty.
When you peel back the metaverse, however, the question becomes: where does the virtual economy of the future exist? How do you ensure the digital assets you’re buying actually are what you think they are? Where do they get stored so they can’t disappear?
Say hello to NFT.Storage.
NFT.Storage is a service for decentralized storage built specifically for NFTs and NFT metadata. NFT.Storage allows developers and NFT applications to protect their virtual assets and related metadata through content addressing and decentralized storage, powered by IPFS and Filecoin respectively.
And did we mention? It’s free!
“NFTs are part of humanity’s cultural legacy - and designing their data for long-term accessibility is crucial. Content addressing and distributed storage networks ensure that digital artwork, basketball cards, and virtual real estate are guaranteed to stay secure and available long-term. NFT.Storage makes it completely frictionless to mint NFTs following best practices through resilient persistence on IPFS and Filecoin.”
-- Mikeal Rogers, Engineering Manager at Protocol Labs.
Right now, the vast majority of NFTs and related metadata are static images. The PFP projects and 1-of-1s that have kicked off the global fervor for NFTs (and will continue to play critical roles) will be joined by immensely complex NFTs. AR/VR, multimedia assets, and gaming will all require unique and logic-heavy NFT frameworks, with metadata larger and vastly more complex than what’s typically captured in today’s NFTs. This all portends the need for a storage network that scales with these emerging requirements from the NFT space. And Filecoin is built to support those needs.
NFT.Storage isn’t a new service for Web3 developers. NFT.Storage launched in April, 2021. Since launch, the tool has grown into a core building block for NFT developers, providing the easiest method to ensure content persistence for virtual assets. Highlights since launch include:
With NFT.Storage, developers can use a few lines of code to ensure their NFTs — or the NFTs minted and launched on their platforms — are addressed through IPFS and stored on Filecoin. The result is a vibrant, decentralized, open, and secure NFT ecosystem in which NFTs have:
Check out NFT.Storage to learn more and use it for your NFT project: https://nft.storage. If you’re looking for more resources on NFTs, check out:
What we call today the “NFT ecosystem” will one day simply be known as the Internet. All the world’s physical IP and digital content is marching steadily into tokenization as NFTs continue to provide the best way for virtual content to be created, shared, monetized, and secured. What NFT.Storage is building is a framework for the secure and persistent storage of the world’s Internet, starting today with NFTs, and tomorrow with whatever endless possibilities the builders of Web3 can dream.
Join us at NFT.Storage.