Leading NFT marketplace OpenSea is primarily focused on Ethereum, but support for the rising Solana NFT ecosystem could be right around the corner as newly-leaked screenshots suggest.
The screenshots come from Jane Manchun Wong, a well-known blogger and hacker who has gained notoriety for discovering tech features from the likes of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram well before they’re officially announced.
Wong’s screenshots, shared today via Twitter, show OpenSea supporting the popular Solana wallet, Phantom, as well as displaying Solana as one of the supported blockchains alongside current options Ethereum, Polygon, and Klaytn.
OpenSea is working on Solana integration, as well as @Phantom wallet support pic.twitter.com/ZEefshKSY1
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) January 25, 2022
Wong told Decrypt that she found the shared references to Solana while reverse-engineering OpenSea’s website. She added that there were other references outside of mentions within the user interface and that “they did try to hide it, though.”
When asked for comment, an OpenSea representative called it "old speculation" and pointed to a previous purported leaked screenshot showing Solana support on the site. The representative said that OpenSea would "comment if or when we have something to say."
Ethereum makes up the vast majority of the burgeoning wider NFT market, which hit $23 billion worth of trading volume in 2021, per data from DappRadar. OpenSea is the leading marketplace, routinely generating billions of dollars’ worth of trading volume each month of late, and recently revealing a $13.3 billion valuation following its latest funding round.
However, the Solana NFT ecosystem has gained steam since last fall thanks to leading collections like Solana Monkey Business and Degenerate Ape Academy. Solana NFTs have generated more than $1.2 billion in trading volume to date, according to the makers of the platform’s Metaplex NFT standard. Notable Solana NFT marketplaces include Magic Eden and FTX NFTs.