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January 25, 2024

South Korea’s Telecom KT to Shut Down NFT Platform ‘MINCL’, Cites Shifting Market Dynamics

South Korea's Telecom KT to Shut Down NFT Platform 'MINCL', Cites Shifting Market Dynamics

South Korean telecommunications giant KT Corporation announced it is closing down its non-fungible token platform – MINCL – and the service will inevitably end on March 4, 2024. According to the company, customers who own the kt wiz Rookie Pack NFT should transfer the NFT to an external wallet before the service ends.

MINCL was launched in April 2022 served NFT minting, trading and wallet services for retail and institutional users. Moreover, it added that the personal information will be safely destroyed after service termination in accordance with the personal information processing policy of the company. It is also important to note that after the service end date, users will not be able to view or download any NFTs held in Mincle Wallet.

Recently, Hyundai Department Store, a prominent retail conglomerate within the Hyundai Group, announced the discontinuation of its digital wallet service, H.NFT, effective by the end of March.

Are NFTs Losing Their Shine?

Recently, India’s Cricket NFT platform Rario announced that it will shut down its existing marketplace effective January 29.

“As we reflect upon the events in the past six months, industry headwinds on account of new regulations on Web 3.0, crash in the NFT sector coupled with management failures, we have not been able to live up to your expectations,” the platform said on the social media platform X.

On similar lines, American video games retailer GameStop announced the closure of its NFT marketplace, signaling a withdrawal from the cryptocurrency space.

The decision was communicated through an official statement on the platform citing “the continuing regulatory uncertainty of the crypto space” as the primary driver behind this move. This development comes just a few months after GameStop decided to shut down its crypto wallet in August 2023.

The NFT marketplace, which had a relatively short existence, was officially launched on Halloween in 2022.

The closure of South Korean telecommunications giant KT Corporation’s non-fungible token platform MINCL, along with recent announcements from prominent entities like Hyundai Department Store, India’s Cricket NFT platform Rario, and American video games retailer GameStop, raises questions about the sustainability and future trajectory of the NFT market.

As the industry navigates through regulatory challenges, market corrections and management issues, stakeholders must focus on strengthening transparency, compliance and innovation — to rebuild trust and drive long-term viability in the evolving landscape of digital assets.

Embracing responsible practices, technological advancements and collaborative efforts will be crucial in shaping a resilient and inclusive NFT ecosystem that meets the evolving needs of users and adapts to the changing regulatory environment.

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Kumar is an experienced Tech Journalist with a specialization in the dynamic intersections of AI/ML, marketing technology, and emerging fields such as crypto, blockchain, and NFTs. With over 3 years of experience in the industry, Kumar has established a proven track record in crafting compelling narratives, conducting insightful interviews, and delivering comprehensive insights. Kumar's expertise lies in producing high-impact content, including articles, reports, and research publications for prominent industry platforms. With a unique skill set that combines technical knowledge and storytelling, Kumar excels at communicating complex technological concepts to diverse audiences in a clear and engaging manner.

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Kumar Gandharv
Kumar Gandharv

Kumar is an experienced Tech Journalist with a specialization in the dynamic intersections of AI/ML, marketing technology, and emerging fields such as crypto, blockchain, and NFTs. With over 3 years of experience in the industry, Kumar has established a proven track record in crafting compelling narratives, conducting insightful interviews, and delivering comprehensive insights. Kumar's expertise lies in producing high-impact content, including articles, reports, and research publications for prominent industry platforms. With a unique skill set that combines technical knowledge and storytelling, Kumar excels at communicating complex technological concepts to diverse audiences in a clear and engaging manner.

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