Ethereum merge: what it means and why it matters

The Ethereum merge; a illustration of the Doodles NFTs
(Image credit: Doodles)

The Ethereum merge has finally happened and it could be the single biggest change to how we create and use NFTs, ever. So what is the merge and why does it matter that Ethereum has changed from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake? Bluntly, because it means NFTs are finally going green.

Ethereum is the NFT world's most popular cryptocurrency but has always been plagued by its high energy costs, which became a major reason why some dislike non-funigible tokens. To catch-up on 'What are NFTs?' read our guide and also take a look at our NFT crypto feature to find out more about Ethereum.

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.