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A look at Arbitrum as L2 competition rises

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Base’s surge in transactions per second and revenue marks a significant shift in the competitive dynamics of the L2 sector, threatening Arbitrum’s dominance.

A look at Arbitrum as L2 competition rises

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  • Arbitrum’s L2 dominance was challenged by the rise of Base and Optimism, altering the L2 landscape.
  • Base surged in TPS and revenue, signaling growing competition and the potential shift in hierarchy.

Throughout the year, Arbitrum[ARB] held a firm grip on the Layer 2 (L2) landscape. However, as Base and Optimism make significant strides, Arbitrum’s position as the L2 leader seems to be wavering.

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Can Arbitrum keep up?

In a surprising turn of events, Base surged ahead, claiming the third position in transactions per second (TPS). This feat outperformed both Arbitrum and Optimism, garnering attention for Base’s growing influence.

Notably, BuildOnBase’s revenue generation in August also exceeded its competitors, with Base generating $2.4 million, Arbitrum $1.05 million, and Optimism $1.1 million.

The emergence of Base as a serious contender highlights the evolving nature of the L2 landscape, where new players can swiftly challenge established giants.

Artemis’ data provided a sobering view of Arbitrum’s recent performance, revealing a decline in overall network activity. Moreover, the number of transactions processed on the network witnessed a noticeable drop during this period.

Source: Artemis

This decline in activity raises questions about Arbitrum’s ability to maintain its momentum in the face of emerging competition.

Despite these challenges, Arbitrum has managed to retain a strong foothold in the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector. The protocol’s Total Value Locked (TVL) remained substantial, outpacing many other protocols by a significant margin. Additionally, Arbitrum’s performance in terms of Decentralized Exchange (DEX) volumes showcased its continued relevance and influence.

Source: Artemis

However, even stalwarts like Arbitrum are not immune to the ebbs and flows of the market. Over the past month, the protocol experienced a decline in both revenue and activity. Revenue dipped by 22.4%, while daily active users witnessed a notable decline of 20.2%.

This downturn in revenue and activity raises concerns about Arbitrum’s resilience in the midst of increasing competition.

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On the price front, ARB tokens were trading at $1.14 at press time. This value, while stable, prompts a closer look at other metrics that shed light on the protocol’s health.

Network growth data indicated a decline, hinting at a potential waning interest from new participants. Additionally, the velocity of ARB trades registered a decrease, implying that trading frequency had decreased over the period.

Source: Santiment



Himalay is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. A Computer Science graduate, Himalay writes about crypto with a special focus on the latest coin-based updates. He is a fan of gonzo journalism, transgressive fiction, heavy metal, and Manchester United.
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