Opera now allows users to send crypto collectibles, such as CryptoKitties, directly from its recently announced in-browser crypto wallet.
Claiming the feature is a first for the industry – although other wallets do offer collectibles support, including MetaMask – the company said in a blog post today:
As a result, users of the beta-stage wallet can send their crypto-collectibles to others, something it said previously required use of a digital marketplace and an exchange transaction to transfer ownership.
The Opera team said it believes the crypto collectibles trend is "just getting started," and that, as the tech develops and becomes more user-friendly, online service such as games will increasingly move toward adoption.
Crypto collectibles like CryptoKitties are made possible by the ethereum ERC-721 standard for non-fungible tokens – one that allows for each to have specific attributes that may differ from other tokens.
In the post, Opera said it also sees a use case for non-fungible tokens in "unlocking access to content or [verifying] eligibility for certain digital services."
Also announced today, Opera is expanding its private beta of the wallet to more users via on online signup.
Further, the wallet will soon provide transaction notifications, with the firm saying it will monitor user's transactions and inform them of their status and when completed. The same applies for those users receiving payments, tokens (the wallet supports the ERC-20 standard too) or a collectible.
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