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Arbitrum outperforms Optimism in this key area; can OP stay true to its name?

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  • Optimism’s TVL and revenue declined, though the gas fees used on the platform increased.
  • The velocity and network growth of Optimism plummeted.

According to a tweet on 1 January, it was observed that Arbitrum managed to out-compete other L2s, such as Polygon and Optimism in terms of TVL. However, Optimism still managed to dominate the L2 space in other areas.


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Moreover, according to DeFi Llama, Optimism’s TVL declined from $540 million to $500 million in the last 30 days. This decline in TVL affected Optimism’s revenue as well, which fell by 3.3% in the same period, as per data from Token Terminal.

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Even though Optimism’s TVL and revenue continued to decline, it was able to outperform other L2s in terms of gas usage, according to Dune Analytics. The Layer 2 solution was even able to outpace Arbitrum in this regard. 

Source: Dune Analytics

One reason for the growing gas usage on Ethereum [ETH] could be attributed to the fact that users were able to save a lot of ETH by using Optimism. 

As evidenced by the chart below, the amount of savings that users were making on their transactions by using Optimism continued to grow. At the time of writing, Optimism provided savings of up to 98.6% to its users.

Source: Dune Analytics

However, these developments did not aid Optimism’s on-chain activity. Over the last 30 days, Optimism’s velocity and network growth declined. This indicated that the number of times OP was being exchanged had reduced significantly.

The falling network growth, on the other hand, suggested that the number of new addresses transferring OP had fallen.


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Optimism: State of the token 

Optimism would need to garner interest from new addresses to help prop up its price. However, that seemed unlikely, as Optimism’s development activity declined. This indicated that there would be fewer chances of new updates or upgrades that could attract new addresses.

Source: Santiment

At the time of writing, Optimism was being traded at $0.946. Its price had fallen by 8.87% over the last 30 days.

This caused a decline in Optimism’s market cap dominance during the same period. At press time, OP had captured 0.02% of the overall crypto market.

Source: Messari

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Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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