Devin Finzer, co-founder and CEO of OpenSea, said this afternoon that the NFT marketplace is letting go of around 20% of its workforce. Finzer did not specify the number of individuals that were represented.
The company employs more than 70 individuals, according to a January Forbes piece honoring Finzer and his co-founder Alex Atallah’s $2.2 billion net worth (each), but a spokeswoman for OpenSea told The Verge that 230 workers will stay with the business.
The business was the primary seller of the tokens, raking in a 2.5 percent fee on trades. And had just acquired a further $300 million in investment with a valuation of $13.3 billion.
NFT sales are flatlining or have fallen off a cliff, according to recent headlines. But many businesses who have embraced them or made suggestions that they could do so have faced blowback.
Recently, Reddit introduced an NFT Collectible Avatars feature without explicitly using the phrase. And just today, a marketing executive for Sony had to allay gamers’ fears that a new digital collectibles feature would bring the blockchain and NFTs to its PS5s.
It’s the most recent in a line of Web3 businesses that have grown quickly in recent years. As cryptocurrency values have risen and are now laying off employees. Before publicising the layoffs, the firm was able to personally tell the impacted workers, according to Finzer.
The company also offered “substantial” severance, healthcare for the remainder of the year, help finding employment, and expedited stock vesting. If this “crypto winter” persists, Finzer claims that these improvements will offer the corporation up to five years of runway.
OpenSea has had to strive to handle “authenticity”. Despite the fact that the main appeal of non-fungible tokens is their capacity to guarantee ownership of digital objects. And decentralisation that doesn’t rely on a single source for verification. It does this by deleting tokens from works that contain material that their authors do not have permission to commercialise or that just copy other NFTs, like the Bored Ape Yacht Club.