Has Blur Circumvented Opensea’s Blocklist Rules?

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  • Anti-royalties NFT marketplace Blur has reportedly found a way of circumventing Opensea’s blocklist rules
  • Blur can now list NFTs that Opensea has blocked from being traded on marketplaces that don’t honor creator royalties
  • Blur reportedly developed a new marketplace powered by an Opensea-supported protocol

Anti-royalties NFT marketplace Blur has reportedly found a way to list and trade digital collectibles that Opensea has blocked from being traded on platforms that don’t honor creator fees. Details indicate that Blur beat Opensea on its own game by developing a new platform on a protocol supported by Opensea and which is outside Opensea’s blocklist. For example, Yuga Labs Sewer Pass NFTs that were only available on marketplaces that enforce royalties can now be traded on Blur despite the collection being on Opensea’s blocklist.

Seaport is the Answer

Blur’s move was noted by a Twitter user known as Panda Jackson who observed that the NFT marketplace has created another trading avenue on the Seaport protocol that was announced by Opensea mid-last year. The protocol powers other collectibles marketplaces such as the one recently launched by the ApeCoin community to facilitate the trading of Yuga Labs’ products.

According to Jackson, Blur’s presence on Seaport allows it to circumvent Opensea’s rules that prohibit the trading of royalty-centric NFTs on anti-royalties marketplaces. The ability to bypass the blocklist was evident in Blur’s ability to trade Sewer Pass NFTs that were meant to be unavailable on no-fee trading platforms. 

Royalties Still Apply

However, despite being available on a zero-fee platform, traders will still be required to tip creators since the royalties enforcement is done on-chain. The revelations come less than two weeks after Blur disclosed that it’s “trying new things,” referring to the delayed launch of its own token which is scheduled for February 14.

Blur’s work against Opensea’s rules heightens the dominance battle between the two platforms even as platforms like X2Y2 abandon their anti-royalties stand to embrace creator fees. While this ignites a discussion on whether a marketplace can be both pro and anti-royalties, it shows the extent marketplaces are willing to go to get a piece of the NFT trading cake.