Marketplace Categories

Most marketplaces group items into categories so that a user can navigate through the material. However, not all do this and a category may not mean the same thing across markets.


Anime is a derivative of the word animation. The art form originated in Japan and is a combination of hand-drawn and computer-generated animation. Anime-influenced art is now global. It is especially suited to the NFT space and whole anime-based worlds are being built for the metaverse. Foundation and OpenSea have anime art listings.

Specialize in anime

Also feature anime

Digital art is now an umbrella term that signals the use of technology in some way to produce or enhance artwork. For example, it may be images or illustrations, and it may be interactive, animated, 3D rendered or viewable in virtual reality. The NFT is now a viable trading mechanism and marketplaces facilitate access to collectors, so there has been an explosion in digital art.

Specialize in art

Also feature art

Digital fashion is a niche market in the digital art space. Outfits and accessories that range from realistic to fantastic are designed with professional 3D applications. A collector is able to build a digital wardrobe and can also display items on their own avatar, so it is a new form of self-expression.

Specialize in fashion

It was only a small conceptual step for online games to incorporate a blockchain-based sales model. Players can buy and sell in-game assets such as weapons, clothing, or land. Sometimes they can earn crypto by playing the game (P2E) and then converting the crypto to fiat currency.

Specialize in games

Also feature games

Some of the larger marketplaces have positioned as platforms that facilitate trading across a range of categories, including art, collectibles, domains, music, sports, utilities, and videos. They do not always list by category, so the best way to find a specific genre is via the search bar.

Generalist marketplaces

Media covers video, photography, virtual reality, and entertainment-oriented works. Digital media is an expanding NFT category because they are a natural fit.

Specialize in media

Also feature media

A multichain marketplace sells NFTs from several different blockchains. This provides the multichain marketplace with a very large inventory. They may also have their own stock. Although a crosschain marketplace has a different function, the two terms are increasingly being used to mean the same thing.

Multichain marketplaces

Music as an NFT category focuses on connecting individual artists directly with their audience. There are several emerging business models including downloading singles, selling tickets to a live show, and offering a subscription.

Specialize in music

Also feature music

Virtual worlds are multiplying and they operate with the same economic principles as in the offline world. Users can purchase a plot of virtual land in a specific metaverse and use it in some way that aligns with that world. Examples might be to establish an events venue, allow advertising on it, or rent virtual office space. It can also be sold on the secondary market.

Specialize in land

Also feature land

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