Kraken, a San Francisco based cryptocurrency exchange, said clients have staked nearly $725 million worth of the digital token FLOW as a growing number of investors look to capitalize on increasing demand for non-fungible tokens (NFTs). It did not detail how many of its clients are involved.
The surge in staking activity – similar to depositing money in an interest-bearing account – reflects the broader NFT frenzy, fueling soaring prices for other tokens such as Enjin and Rarible, which raised $1.7 million in seed funds from Coinbase Ventures in February.
- FLOW tokens are used as a form of payment for applications built atop the Dapper Labs-backed Flow blockchain, including the NBA Top Shot digital collectibles platform.
- Month-to-month NFT sales continue to surge, with February volumes alone hitting a record of $342 million, according to Kraken's press release.
- “FLOW has become a key avenue for investors to gain exposure to the white-hot NFT space,” said Jeremy Welch, VP of Product at Kraken.
- Nearly $50 million worth of FLOW was traded on Kraken on a single day this week, according to the company’s press release.
- Prices for FLOW tokens have quadrupled this year, for a market capitalization of nearly $1 billion.