In an announcement prominently displayed on the Gamestop non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace, the company has revealed its intention to shut down the platform on Feb. 2, 2024. This decision means that users of the Gamstop NFT market will lose the ability to “buy, sell, or create NFTs.”
Gamestop’s Crypto Journey Halts
The Gamestop company (NYSE: GME) is in the process of phasing out its NFT marketplace, as indicated by the notification affixed to the website’s header. This development comes after Gamestop’s August 2023 announcement that it would abandon the Gamestop wallet project due to “regulatory uncertainty” within the cryptocurrency domain. The official discontinuation of this service took place in November 2023.
The company cited the very same rationale for closing its NFT marketplace, citing the “continuing regulatory uncertainty of the crypto space.” Furthermore, the company states, “Effective as of February 2, 2024, customers will no longer be able to buy, sell or create NFTs. Your NFTs are on the blockchain and will remain accessible and saleable through other platforms,” as conveyed on the web portal’s pinned message.
Meanwhile, Gamestop’s overall performance has not been stellar since the Wall Street Bets phenomenon. The company has encountered difficulties in its conventional brick-and-mortar retail sector, primarily because of the growing preference for digital gaming and online sales. Additionally, the company’s financial fundamentals, including its earnings per share (EPS) and price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio, have been less than robust. Over the last half-year, GME shares have seen a decline of more than 37%.
Following collaborations with Loopring and Immutable X, it appears that Gamestop’s foray into the world of blockchain has come to a halt, at least for the time being. The company’s path forward remains uncertain, and its crypto and NFT endeavors seem to have taken a backseat.