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Solana profile picture (PFP) collection y00ts is the most prominent NFT project to date to migrate from one chain to another—and early data suggests the community of holders is supporting the move, with nearly 77% of the NFTs already migrated to Polygon since the late Monday launch.
DeLabs, the Web3 startup behind both y00ts and the even more valuable DeGods project on Solana, announced in December that both collections would undergo the process of “bridging” to a new blockchain in the coming months—y00ts to Polygon and DeGods to Ethereum. Both moves were ultimately set for March.
Late Monday night, DeLabs and associated tech startup Dust Labs launched the migration for y00ts, which is effectively a “burn and mint” process that sees holders burn (or destroy) the original Solana version of the NFT and receive a newly-minted Polygon version on the other end of the Wormhole-based bridge.
In just over 24 hours, more than 75% of the total supply of y00ts NFTs (11,362 out of 15,000) had reportedly already been migrated to Polygon. As of this writing, less than two days after the migration tool launched, the tally stands at 11,506 migrated NFTs—or nearly 77% of the total collection.
Based on the current 1.79 ETH ($3,230) floor price at the OpenSea marketplace—or the price of the cheapest listed NFT in the project—that represents nearly $37 million worth of NFTs that had moved chains in just over a day. And since some of the NFTs are valued higher than the floor, the actual tally is potentially much higher.
— y00ts (@y00tsNFT) March 28, 2023
DeLabs has incentivized holders to make the move swiftly. Anyone who migrated to Polygon within the first 24 hours would have network gas fees reimbursed by marketplace Magic Eden, plus they’d receive $5 in USDC stablecoin for listing the Polygon-based NFT on the same marketplace. Furthermore, they’d have fee-free y00ts trading for 30 days.
On top of that, DeLabs said it would randomly airdrop a free Bitcoin-based DeGods NFT (or Ordinal) to one of the y00ts holders who migrated within the first 24 hours. On the flip side, NFT holders who don’t migrate to Polygon by April 3 will be hit by a 33.3% “Paper Hands Bridge Tax” creator royalty fee on secondary sales—10 times the standard rate set by DeLabs.
DeLabs and Dust Labs plan to carry through with the other half of the plan this week, as DeGods will commence migration from Solana to the Ethereum blockchain on March 31st.
In an exclusive conversation with Decrypt in February, DeLabs founder Rohun ”Frank” Vora and Dust Labs CEO Kevin Henrikson spoke at length about the team’s intentions to migrate both y00ts and DeGods away from the Solana blockchain, in favor of Polygon and Ethereum, respectively.
Frank revealed that the lure of y00ts to Polygon didn’t originate from the $3 million grant paid by Polygon Labs, but rather the roster of corporate giants building on the network—including Reddit, Disney, Nike, and Starbucks, among others.
Envisioning easier accessibility to forge partnerships with Polygon-native brands, Frank revealed that the visual design of the y00ts avatars was created with the possibility for brands to “imprint their logos."
In the case of DeGods, Henrikson said that “it wasn't about if, it was just a matter of when” the collection would move to Ethereum. “If we're gonna be the biggest, most popular NFT collection in the world, you're gonna have to be on Ethereum,” he said.
“We're trying to take big swings, and we are trying to do it in a way that is going to make it exciting on the upside for people to participate,” Frank said in February, teasing the types of incentives that ultimately accompanied the y00ts migration.
Teasing the DeGods move ahead, Frank tweeted today: “Friday gonna be iconic.”