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Avalanche subnets see growth but AVAX struggles, here’s why

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Avalanche subnets witnessed strong demand as the number of subnet validators and subnet stake increased sharply over the last few days.

Avalanche subnets see growth but AVAX struggles, here's why

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  • Despite the fall in AVAX’s value, development activity saw steady growth.
  • The number of transactions on subnets dropped precipitously on 16 May.

Like other cryptos in the market, Avalanche [AVAX] retreated sharply following the gains made in mid-April. AVAX experienced one of the steepest losses in value among L1 tokens during the past 30 days, falling more than 27% in total.

At the time of publication, it exchanged hands at $14.83, per CoinMarketCap data.

However, despite the downside, what could possibly pique investors’ interest was the steady growth in development activity. Development activity is used to measure a network’s commitment to upgrade its features and a high value could encourage greater adoption.

Source: Santiment

In Avalanche’s case, subnets were driving development activity.

Read Avalanche’s [AVAX] Price Prediction 2023-24

Subnets see demand

According to a Web 3 investor and advisor, the amount of AVAX staked on Avalanche’s subnets rose to 120,000, at the time of the tweet, which represented an increase of 33% from the previous day.

As a result, the subnet stake’s overall percentage of the total stake increased to 0.188%. Moreover, subnet validators accounted for more than 12% of the total validator count as of 16 May. All these indicators pointed toward the rapidly growing demand for subnets.

Subnets are the preferred scaling solution for Avalanche which allows users to create and deploy application-specific blockchain networks.

Platforms have a lot to gain from leveraging these app-specific blockchains if they want more control over infrastructure, such as employing native tokens for transaction fees.

On the network activity front, the active addresses on all Avalanche subnets started to recover after falling sharply from its 7-month peak on 11 May.

On the other hand, after trending sideways since the latter part of April, the number of transactions dropped precipitously on 16 May.

Avalanche launches new NFT marketplace

Apart from its growing network of subnets, the Avalanche ecosystem also took steps in expanding its NFT landscape. In a recent tweet, Avalanche announced the launch of a new NFT marketplace, Peek NFT, which will focus on hosting NFTs that have demonstrable utility.

The announcement could just be the catalyst Avalanche’s ailing NFT space was looking for. As evident from Santiment’s data, the NFT sales volume and the transaction count have contracted significantly since late March.

Source: Santiment

Realistic or not, here’s AVAX’s market cap in BTC terms

Investors turn bearish

The continuous fall in AVAX price prompted investors to bet on further losses. As per data from Coinglass, the number of short positions taken for the coin increased vis-à-vis long positions.

Source: Coinglass


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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