What is the difference between Ordinals and Stacks NFTs?

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Gamma is a Bitcoin-based NFT marketplace, and started out as a marketplace for Stacks NFTs, added to support to view Ethereum NFTs, and most recently, added support for Ordinals.

Gamma offers a no-code creator portal for Ordinal inscriptions and collections mints, as well as an Ordinal marketplace, making all inscriptions tradable. 

Ordinal inscriptions on Bitcoin

In short, Ordinal inscriptions are Bitcoin-native NFTs.

Data can be inscribed onto individual Satoshis (the smallest unit of Bitcoin), directly on the Bitcoin blockchain. Users can transact Ordinals like NFTs. The data (whether it is an image, a text, a memo...) is immutable and stored directly on the Layer 1 Bitcoin blockchain.

Stacks NFTs, secured by Bitcoin

Stacks is a smart contract layer that brings extra functionality to the Bitcoin base layer. In other words, Stacks is a Layer 2 blockchain for Bitcoin. Through its programmability, it allows for the development of anything from DeFi to Bitcoin-secured NFTs. 

Stacks NFTs live on the Stacks blockchain and are secured by Bitcoin. 

Gamma Creator Tools

Gamma offers no-code launchpads for both Stacks NFTs and Ordinal inscriptions. 

With Ordinals, creators can create individual inscriptions, bulk inscriptions, and collection mints. Head over to this knowledge base section to learn more about creator tooling for Ordinals.

With Stacks NFTs, creators can launch 3 types of collections: Public Mints, Continuous collections and Editions collections. If you're interested in launching your Stacks NFT collection, you'll find more information here.

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