The Bitcoin mining firm said it is acquiring OrdinalHub amidst a flurry of interest in mining and purchasing Bitcoin-based NFTs, known as Bitcoin Ordinals.
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The launch of Bitcoin Ordinals back in January created a stir within the crypto community on their place within the Bitcoin (BTC) ecosystem. Users are debating whether they offer new use cases for Bitcoin or if it takes away from the initial peer-to-peer cash system vision of BTC.
No matter the community sentiment on the Bitcoin NFT issue, this did not stop Bitcoin mining firm Luxor Mining from acquiring OrdinalHub, the primary platform for Bitcoin NFTs.
The announcement came on Feb. 20, saying already 150,000 inscriptions have been made, a 15000% increase from the beginning of the month.
Luxor highlighted the fact that the current state of Bitcoin Ordinals being minted and “escrowed” through various Discord servers has made it difficult for collectors and creators to keep track of all of the projects. It claims the OrdinalHub will tackle this issue as a “central hub” for the community.
Nick Hansen, the CEO of Luxor, praised the innovative qualities of Ordinals and how they can create “synergies between the firm’s mining pool and the OridinalHub.
“Ordinals have opened the door for exciting new monetization strategies for Bitcoin miners.”
According to reports Bitcoin miners have already made around $600K from Ordinals’ NFT transactions. Moreover, Bitcoin-based NFT inscriptions are now taking over 50% of Bitcoin block space.
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Luxor Mining posted about its new acquisition on Twitter on Feb. 22, to which users responded with generally positive sentiments towards the development.
Really excited to see the top notch team at @LuxorTechTeam really lean into the space with this move. I’ve had a blast helping build parts of @ordinalhub behind the scenes. I’ll see you all on the freshly launched OrdinalHub discord https://t.co/paMwrM1DT9
— cbspears ⛏⚙️ (@cbspears) February 21, 2023
However some users remained skeptical about both the acquisition and the Ordinal buzz in general, saying the “hype might be over.”
Ordinal punks floor continues to fall precipitously. Arguably the most recognizable ordinals. The ordinals hype phase might be over, reality setting in. Just another 2023 PND
— Doc Crypto (@doccrypto777) February 22, 2023
Standard NFTs have gone through hype-cycles, which by the end of 2022 was at a low. However according to a recent DappRadar report, they are slowly making a comeback after a 37% increase in transactions from December 2022 to January 2023.