In light of the recent turmoil in the cryptocurrency market, the well-known Indian cryptocurrency exchange WazirX has made the decision to close down its non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace. A notice to that effect was published on the official Twitter account of the corporation on the 22nd of February. This closure of the NFT marketplace is just temporary.
In a tweet, WazirX provided an explanation for why it has made the decision to close its NFT marketplace. The company cited “present regulatory uncertainty” in the cryptocurrency sector in India. In addition, the company stated that it was “evaluating the situation” and that it anticipated the NFT market would be operational once more as quickly as feasible.
The step was reportedly taken as a reaction to the fact that the Indian government is mulling over the possibility of imposing a blanket ban on all varieties of private cryptocurrencies. Even if the Indian government has not yet rendered a definitive decision about the future of cryptocurrencies in the country, the level of uncertainty surrounding this topic has caused trading volumes on Indian exchanges to decrease.
Unique digital assets indicating ownership of a given asset are called NFTs, and they’ve been gaining in popularity over the past few months. But, authorities all around the world are keeping a tight eye on them due to concerns that they may be used for illegal purposes such as money laundering.
Notwithstanding the lack of clarity regarding the applicable regulations, WazirX has continued to operate its cryptocurrency exchange, which allows customers to buy, sell, and trade a variety of cryptocurrencies. In recent months, the company has introduced a number of new features and products, including a staking platform and a decentralised exchange, amongst other innovations.
It is possible that WazirX’s move to stop operating its NFT platform should be interpreted as a preventative action in view of the ongoing unpredictability surrounding India’s regulatory environment. In the event that there is an improvement in the regulatory climate, the company may, despite this, resume NFT activities.
As a direct consequence of this, Indian NFT enthusiasts will have to utilise exchanges located outside of the country for the foreseeable future in order to acquire and sell their preferred digital assets. It is not likely that this will slow down the growth of the NFT sector as a whole, which has been growing despite the regulatory uncertainties in recent months. This is despite the fact that some clients may find this to be an inconvenience.