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Bitcoin Welcomes Runes Protocol Post-Halving: What’s Next?

Bitcoin recently marked its fourth halving, an event noted for its potential to impact the cryptocurrency’s value and mining dynamics significantly. Coinciding with this, the Bitcoin network welcomed the launch of the Runes Protocol, an innovative addition aimed at broadening the scope of Bitcoin’s functionality much like the ERC-20 did for Ethereum, facilitating the creation of a wide array of assets, from memecoins to governance tokens.

There is considerable excitement in the market as Runes seeks to delve into the DeFi and fungible token arenas within Bitcoin’s framework. Investors are eager to see if it can replicate the success of Bitcoin Ordinals, which, since their introduction in late 2022, have significantly increased Bitcoin’s network activity and transaction fees.

Notable financial players are also showing interest. Franklin Templeton, with assets totaling $1.5 trillion, has expressed enthusiasm for Runes’ potential. The firm is optimistic about its ability to mirror Ordinals’ impact on the non-fungible token market. Casey Rodarmor, the brain behind both Ordinals and Runes, lends credibility to this new initiative with his strong track record. However, the reception of Runes among the Bitcoin community is mixed, with some developers and Bitcoin purists criticizing the addition as unnecessary.

Despite these criticisms, the financial community is optimistic about Runes’ potential influence on Bitcoin’s market dynamics. Crypto-analyst Ansem suggests that the current market movements are typical of a bull market pullback. Others view Runes as a cornerstone for Bitcoin’s burgeoning Layer 2 solutions, potentially rivaling platforms like Ethereum and Solana in the DeFi space. Imran Khan from Alliance DAO views this as a crucial opportunity, especially for those who missed the Ethereum DeFi surge in 2020.

Casey Rodarmor acknowledges the reservations held by Bitcoin traditionalists regarding Runes. He believes that while some purists may not favor the new protocol, it should not overshadow its potential utility and broad appeal.

However, CoinMarketCap shared projects within the pre-Runes ecosystem that are already drawing significant attention. Runestone, for instance, is rewarding early contributors with an impressive floor price of $4,500 and a market cap of $507.3 million, signaling robust interest and potential. 

RSIC, a pioneering venture in fungible token gaming, showcases a floor price of $4,800 and a market cap of over $101.6 million, highlighting the growing intersection of gaming and cryptocurrency.

Rune Pups, marketed as the first real meme coin on Bitcoin, has caught the eye of many with its $53.15 price tag and a market cap of $413.0 million. Bitcoin Wizards, presented as Bitcoin Magic Internet Money, holds a significant floor price of $21,142 and a market cap of $201.57 million, emphasizing the high value placed on unique and original crypto-based content.

Other notable projects include Prometheans, a pre-Runes collection by CyberKongz, with a $ 2,100-floor price and a $45.1 million market cap, and PIZA, known as the earliest meme of Bitcoin, priced modestly at $1.25 but with a market cap of $26.4 million.

Projects like Tiny Vikings and Ape Odyssey are also part of the burgeoning market. Their floor prices, $619.08 and $2,000, respectively, indicate a promising, though niche, appeal.

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