Crypto winter continues as investors wrap up 2022. We can only speculate if he has seen a bearish bottom or if he sees a significant drop in token price in 2023.base asset, 1 A network that has seen significant growth in the last few months is Arbitrum.
What is an arbitrum?
Arbitrum is an Ethereum (ETH-USD) Layer 2 scaling chain that utilizes optimistic rollup. Due to Ethereum’s low TPS drawback, a secondary layer blockchain such as Arbitrum or Polygon (MATIC-USD) is required to truly scale the Ethereum network. Arbitrum can increase transactions per second by batching transactions together and significantly reducing user fees associated with performing activity on the Ethereum blockchain.
Arbitrum’s core developer is Offchain Labs. The developer envisions that the main feature of Arbitrum’s optimistic rollup is to scale Ethereum in a decentralized way.
Its design focuses on avoiding introducing centralization or trust assumptions, and is therefore a clear and rigorous final win for the Ethereum ecosystem.
Arbitrum is unique among many Ethereum scaling chains in that it does not have a native token. Arbitrum users and developers will be able to bridge Ethereum or stablecoins to Arbitrum and transact on the secondary chain without paying gas through the native currency of the L2 chain. This goes against networks like Polygon, which uses his MATIC token for gas on secondary chains.
Arbitration network growth
Arbitrum has seen a pretty explosive increase in the number of daily active users. According to Token Terminal, this week’s average he’s over 74,000 DAU. That’s a 25% increase from the previous week’s 59,000 DAU, and an almost 14-fold increase from his 5,000 DAU in the same week a year ago.
This increase in user numbers has increased the share of Layer 2 transactions. Stacking transactions on Optimism and Arbitrum with transactions on Ethereum not only yields more ecosystem transactions overall, but a larger share of those transactions are occurring on his Arbitrum. understand.
With the data still a few weeks away from being final, both Arbitrum and Optimism have seen significant increases in the volume of transactions occurring every three months over the past three months, with the exception of December. However, Arbitrum is growing slightly faster. Arbitrum and Optimism were nearly equal in August with just over 2.4 million transactions each. By the end of November Arbitrum had processed his 8.1 million transactions. This is nearly 2 million more for him than for Optimism.
These transactions represent a fairly diverse set of on-chain interactions. Arbitrum has seen growth in its NFT footprint over the past few weeks. The table below is sorted by buyer.
|blockchain||NFT sales volume||buyer||change of buyer|
|Solana (SOL-USD)||$57 million||70k||-57%|
|Binance (BNB-USD)||$4.4 million||26.2k||+80%|
|Flow (FLOW-USD)||$5.2 million||19.7k||-15%|
Source: CryptoSlam, last 30 days
Arbitrum’s NFT market has generated over 23,000 buyers in the last 30 days. A 122% increase from the previous quarter versus a 25% decline in the overall NFT market. That buyer figure also positions Arbitrum as his fourth-ranked blockchain by unique buyer, behind Ethereum, Solana, and Binance Smartchain. Despite the big move by buyers, Arbitrum’s NFT sales volume is just under $1 million, well below its peers. From the outside, his NFTs in the early days of Arbitrum appear to be aimed at lower-cost buyers. This is a market that Solana has served well in the past.
From a DeFi perspective, Arbitrum is the top 5 chain by raw USD value figures.
On November 14th, Arbitrum was the sixth largest chain by TVL. A month later, Arbitrum passed both Polygon and Avalanche (AVAX-USD), with a total of $1.1 billion locked at the time of submission.
|rank||blockchain||DeFi protocol||TVL||1m TVL change||protocol superiority|
|3||Tron (TRX-USD)||11||$4.4 billion||-1.14%||65.0%|
|7||Optimism (OP-USD)||92||$550 million||-11.11%||18.9%|
|8||Phantom (FTM-USD)||269||$463.33 million||9.19%||20.6%|
|9||Chronos (CRO-USD)||86||$425.07 million||-40.18%||44.1%|
Source: DeFi Rama
Arbitrum has climbed the rankings quickly in dollar-denominated TVL and was one of the fastest growing chains on that metric last month. In dollar terms he is one of two chains that have performed well in the TVL in the last 30 days and ranked in the top 10.
While TVL is a good way to measure a blockchain’s DeFi footprint, there are other metrics to consider when evaluating a chain’s TVL. A healthy DeFi footprint, for example, shows a diversification of TVLs spread across different protocols. Arbitrum’s network has about 150 protocols, but about 40% of his DeFi footprint on Arbitrum comes from a single protocol. That protocol is GMX (GMX-USD) and I raised my concerns about that project in BlockChain Reaction.
GMX is one of the hottest crypto projects of the year, acting as an Arbitrum proxy for speculators unable to bet on Aribtrum’s growth through native tokens. I don’t think GMX has any systemic risk to Arbitrum, but some of the increased network usage is due to the protocol potentially having issues with its tokennomics, so keep that in mind. must be
Of course, given the lack of native tokens, it is not possible to directly “invest” in Arbitrum through Cryptorails. The best way to get in touch with Arbitrum is through an application built directly on Arbitrum or by purchasing Ethereum. The latter is much safer in crypto winters.