China’s Tencent Holdings plans to shut down its non-fungible token (NFT) platform Huanhe only a year after its launch. The social media giant has reportedly made the decision because of the strict ban on the resale of NFTs imposed by the authorities in Beijing.
Jiemian is citing unidentified sources from Tencent but the company has refrained from providing an official comment on the matter. Huanhe, which issues and distributes blockchain-based digital collectibles, was launched just a year ago.
All NFTs on the app are already marked as “sold out,” although users can still visit augmented reality art exhibitions. Another report quoting a different Tencent source, from the state-owned media Yicai Global, reveals that trading halted in early July in anticipation of a crackdown.
Huanhe was developed by Tencent’s Platform and Content Group (PCG), which was hit hard by lay-offs earlier this year. If the NFT unit terminates activities, this would mark a major retreat by Tencent from the market of digital collectibles, the SCMP notes.
Other Chinese tech giants, such as Alibaba Group Holding, have been careful with their involvement with NFTs, with Chinese platforms usually substituting the NFT label with the term “digital collectibles,” which isn’t necessarily associated with cryptocurrencies.
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