Rarible Halts Aggregation from OpenSea, LooksRare, and X2Y2 Amid Royalty Controversy


  • Rarible announced it will cease aggregating orders from major platforms: OpenSea, LooksRare, and X2Y2.
  • The move follows OpenSea’s discontinuation of its royalty enforcement tool, the OpenSea Operator Filter, and its shift to optional creator fees.
  • OpenSea’s tool was contentious since its November launch, aiming for universal adoption but facing evasion from platforms like Blur, Dew, and LooksRare.

Rarible, a renowned NFT marketplace aggregator, made waves in the digital art space today. In an announcement on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, the company declared it will stop aggregating orders from leading platforms OpenSea, LooksRare, and X2Y2.

This decision comes in the wake of OpenSea’s choice to sunset its royalty enforcement tool, the OpenSea Operator Filter, on August 31. Additionally, the platform announced a shift to optional creator fees.

Significantly, OpenSea’s Operator Filter had sparked debates upon its launch in November of the previous year. The company believed the tool’s success depended on universal support from every marketplace, an objective that remained elusive.

Despite OpenSea’s efforts, many web3 marketplaces and aggregators, including Blur, Dew, and LooksRare, found ways around the Operator Filter. Consequently, they sidestepped enforcing creator fees on their platforms.

Devin Finzer, the co-founder and CEO of OpenSea, elucidated this trend. He noted that several platforms evaded the tool to bypass creator royalties. However, in a contrasting move post the tool’s inception, NFT marketplace X2Y2 mandated royalties for all its collections. Given recent developments, it appears X2Y2 has shifted its position. This change is evident from Rarible’s decision to stop aggregating orders from the platform.

Alex Salnikov, Rarible’s co-founder, voiced his support for artists and creators. He emphasized the transformative potential of web3. “Web3 offers an underlying promise of hope, especially for artists and creators. This space is about redefining the paradigm in which creativity is valued and compensated,” Salnikov remarked.

Moreover, the current tug of war over creator royalties in the NFT space highlights the complexities in balancing commercial interests with artists’ rights. The diverging moves by OpenSea and X2Y2 illustrate this dynamic tension. Rarible’s recent decision, in standing up for creator royalties, showcases their alignment with creators over profit.

Hence, as the NFT landscape continues to evolve, marketplaces are grappling with pivotal choices. Decisions today will undoubtedly shape the future of digital art and commerce, setting precedents for years to come.