Shopify Releases New Crypto Features Including NFT-Gated Storefronts

June 24, 2022, 9:55 AM AEST - 1 week ago

E-commerce giant Shopify has announced it will introduce new crypto-centric features to its platform including allowing brands to give NFT holders exclusive access to gated products and experiences, a feature Shopify refers to as ‘tokengating’:

The tokengating feature will be made available for both online sales and in-person purchases at bricks-and-mortar stores. Tokengating on Shopify is currently in closed beta and is available only to select merchants.

How Will Tokengated Stores Work?

According to Shopify, store owners will be able to easily create a tokengated store in the Shopify app or add the feature to a physical store. Customers will need to connect their crypto wallet to verify ownership of a required NFT before they can purchase or access gated content, products or experiences.

Shopify says this model will help retailers more easily turn enthusiasm for their brand into sales by recognising and rewarding brands’ biggest fans and giving them access to exclusive content. 

NFT Gating May Increase Brand Engagement

Tokengating will likely appeal to NFT collection creators looking to increase brand engagement and monetisation, allowing them to move beyond simply selling NFTs and into selling real world products. 

Evan Keast, co-founder of the popular NFT collections Doodles, says tokengating offers NFT holders a chance to access exciting new brand experiences:

As an ambitious community-driven project, we’ve placed a strong emphasis on setting the standard for unique NFT collector experiences. By partnering with Shopify on tokengated merch, we surprised our holders and gave the ownership of a Doodle a whole new meaning. 

Evan Keast, co-founder, Doodles

Tokengating isn’t Shopify’s first foray into the world of NFTs and crypto. Last month the platform announced a partnership with Crypto.com that allows merchants to accept zero-fee payments in more than 20 cryptocurrencies. And in December 2021, Shopify introduced functionality allowing merchants to mint NFTs directly from Shopify.

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