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Arbitrum’s performance on this front could help it to edge out competition

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  • Big DeFi protocols powered Arbitrum’s network activity.
  • Arbitrum’s DEX volume surpassed that of competitors like Optimism and Polygon.

Arbitrum’s performance in the DeFi space has been a revelation of late. The sentiment was echoed by data from DeFiLlama, which highlighted the chain’s increasing share of the daily trading volume recorded by Sushiswap [SUSHI], one of the largest decentralized exchanges [DEX] in the market. 

And that’s not all. GMX, the largest decentralized exchange for perpetuals, shifted most of its activity from Avalanche [AVAX] to Arbitrum. At press time, GMX formed the lion’s share of the total value locked (TVL) on Arbitrum.

Source: DeFiLlama

Arbitrum’s DEX volume throws a challenge to competitors

The growth of DeFi protocols on Arbitrum could also be gauged by looking at the trading volume of DEXes on the chain. The total volume in the last seven days was $2 billion which amounted to almost a 50% week-on-week (WoW) growth.

The daily trading volume hit its three-month high since the FTX collapse. 

Source: DeFiLlama

At the same time, Optimism’s volume grew by only 11% WoW and the total volume registered over the last seven days was just over $600 million, less than half of Arbitrum’s value in the same time period.

Arbitrum even managed to surpass Ethereum’s sidechain Polygon [MATIC] in volume recorded not only in the last seven days but in the last 24 hours as well. 

Read Optimism’s [OP] Price Prediction 2023-2024

Key metrics suggest Arbitrum is in good shape

A look at Arbitrum’s key performance indicators (KPIs) could elucidate why DeFi protocols are finding it lucrative. As per data from Token Terminal, the daily active users on the layer-2 solution showed good recovery and hit a 2-month high earlier in the week. 

Source: Token Terminal

The spike in the number of users had a domino effect on the total fees paid on the network. The transaction fees, which are generally a major incentive for validators to jump onto a chain, reached its six-month high of almost $100k

Additionally, the revenue which goes to Arbitrum and its investors grew steadily as well in the last few days. The revenue coupled with the growth in TVL could attract more investors toward the Arbitrum fold. 

Source: Token Terminal

However, the lull in development activity remained an area of concern. The number of active developers on the chain didn’t show a noticeable increase and remained flat for most of January.


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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