KT Corporation’s NFT Platform MINCL To Shut Down

KT Corporation, one of the largest telecommunications companies in South Korea with over $32 billion in assets, recently announced the shutdown of its NFT platform – MINCL. The closure is attributed to “shifting business conditions” and will be effective on March 4th, impacting KT Enterprise’s digital transformation subsidiary that operated MINCL.

MINCL NFT Platform Closure 

Launched in April 2022, MINCL quickly gained attention as it provided services for both retail and institutional clients. These services included NFT minting, trading, and wallet functionalities. However, despite its promising start, MINCL’s lifespan was short-lived. The platform struggled to keep up with the rapidly changing market conditions and was unable to maintain its initial success. As a result, KT Corporation made the difficult decision to shut down MINCL.

With the closure of MINCL, users are instructed to transfer their KT Wiz Rookie Pack NFTs – digital collectibles – to external e-wallets before the service conclusion date. After the shutdown, users will no longer be able to view or download their NFTs on MINCL. This news has caused disappointment and frustration among MINCL’s user base, who were drawn in by the platform’s unique offerings. Many are now left wondering what will happen to their digital assets.

A Market Realignment in South Korea

MINCL’s shutdown is not an isolated incident. It is part of a larger trend in the South Korean tech and retail sectors, indicating a market realignment and strategic shift. 

Netmarble F&C, a prominent game developer, recently dissolved its metaverse division and terminated all 70 employees – marking a significant retreat from the metaverse domain. Similarly, Com2uS, another major game developer, underwent a restructuring process in its metaverse division – Com2Verse – in September last year. This move followed an operating loss of approximately $9.7 million in Q3 2023.

In addition to the tech and gaming sectors, Hyundai Department Store, part of the Hyundai Group conglomerate, recently announced its decision to terminate its digital wallet service – H.NFT – by the end of March. 

The service, which allowed customers to purchase and store NFTs using a digital wallet, was launched in October last year. However, with the changing market conditions and increased competition, Hyundai Department Store has decided to withdraw from the digital space.

Future Outlook

These developments have undoubtedly raised concerns about the future of the NFT and metaverse industry in South Korea. However, it is essential to note that this is not the end of NFTs or the metaverse. Instead, it signals a need for companies to adapt and evolve with the changing market conditions. As we continue to see advancements in technology and shifts in consumer behavior, industries must be agile and open to change.

Final Thoughts

MINCL’s shutdown may come as a disappointment to many, but it also serves as a valuable lesson for companies looking to enter the metaverse industry. The rapidly evolving market requires businesses to stay ahead of the curve and be prepared for any potential challenges. As we move forward, it will be interesting to see how the South Korean tech and retail sectors navigate this market realignment and emerge stronger from it. 


  • Mia Patel

    Gaming innovator with a zest for exploring the potential of blockchain in fostering community-driven platforms.

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