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Creator royalties to stay on several NFT marketplaces

Creator royalties have recently become the hottest topic in the NFT space.

Most of the NFT market was in favor of withholding creator royalties.

Even OpenSea, the largest marketplace in the space, has been considering making creator royalties optional.

However, pushback from creators prompted the market to keep the royalties.

Rival marketplace Ethereum also says it will ensure there are still royalties for creators.

The news

X2Y2, the Ethereum NFT market, launched earlier this year and has seen significant trading activity over the summer.

Over the weekend, X2Y2 announced that it would enforce creator royalties on all NFT collections, from existing projects to recently launched ones.

Previously, the marketplace offered a flexible royalty model that gave creators and collectors input into how X2Y2 enforced project royalties.

However, only specific types of NFT projects (artwork and access passes) can choose to apply royalties in full.

Profile Picture projects (PFP projects) were not eligible for the option.

Read also: Yuga Labs’ founders support creators royalties in blog post


X2Y2 praised OpenSea for taking a stand on Twitter this weekend for its stance on creator royalties.

The market has admitted that many new projects have used OpenSea’s block code, preventing non-royalty NFTs from being traded on the markets.

“Putting belief aside, if there was anything self-evident in crypto, it’s the ‘code,'” X2Y2 wrote.

“Since [OpenSea] released the OperatorFilter two weeks ago, most of the new projects have sided with it.”

“‘Code is law,’ and we respect the law.”

X2Y2 said they removed the flexible royalty setting for new projects using the OpenSea blocklist code.

The market also said it will levy creator royalties for existing NFT projects.

“With OpenSea risking its market share and taking a brave move to defend royalties, they have our respect,” X2Y2 wrote.


The major NFT marketplace responded to X2Y2 on Twitter and said it had removed them from its marketplace blocklist.

As a result, NFTs from creators using the OperatorFilter code can now trade on X2Y2.

“Proud to stand with you – and the many brilliant creators in our community – on this critical measure,” OpenSea wrote.

“We hope other marketplaces will continue to join us. Onwards and upwards.”

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NFT royalties are fees derived from a secondary market sale.

They usually range between 5% and 10% of the retail price and go to the creator.

Royalties cannot be fully applied on-chain with popular NFT standards on chains like Ethereum and Solana.

However, significant marketplaces used to respect copyrights, seeing them as a social construct.

Creators and collectors see royalties as essential components of the Web3 ethos.

Over the summer, market momentum began to drift away from manufacturer royalties.

New trading platforms like SudoSwap and Yawww have ignored royalties to move away from market share away from major markets.

Since Magic Eden’s move last month, nearly all of Solana’s transactions are done on platforms that don’t require royalties.

Earlier this month, OpenSea said it was considering dropping royalties, following moves by marketplaces like X2Y2, Blur and LooksRare to make them optional.

However, OpenSea has faced significant backlash from creators like Yuga Labs.

Streetwear brand The Hundreds canceled an NFT launch on OpenSea after the market’s consideration.

Last week, OpenSea changed its mind and announced that it would continue with copyrights on all projects: old, new and those using the blocklist product.


Ethereum NFT marketplace X2Y2 will enforce royalties following OpenSea’s ‘brave move’