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Binance Smart Chain is growing, but is it really competition for Ethereum

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The DeFi world is pretty much ruled by Ethereum. We all know that. And yet, Binance has managed to climb the ranks and consolidate its second position in the space. Over the past few months, Binance Smart Chain has gained in terms of TVL and protocol.

However, looks like it is now also gaining the interest of developers and investors more than ever.

Does everyone want Binance Smart Chain?

A recent report from Moralis found that since July 2020, well before it even launched, the development teams on the chain have been doubling every month. In fact, currently, the figure stands at almost 8000 teams.

Development teams on BSC | Source: Moralis – Binance

Since August alone, the count of development teams has risen by over 300%.

Plus, this interest in BSC does not appear to be waning either as smart chain requests through Moralis have hit almost 500 million, increasing by 10x since July 2020. What this suggests is that these teams have been constantly active.

Daily BSC requests | Source: Moralis – Binance

As for investors…

Participation is a big factor when it comes to a successful chain and BSC last month saved itself from being overtaken by Polygon in terms of total addresses.

Sitting at 114 million addresses, the network continues to add well over 330k addresses every day. And, these aren’t FOMO addresses either. If you look at the daily active addresses on BSC, the figure just crossed the 2 million-mark a few days ago.

BSC daily active addresses | Source: Coin98

Additionally, its organic growth can also be backed by consistently rising on-chain transactions which are now close to 12.1 million transactions per day.

BSC daily transactions | Source: Coin98

That being said, while it may be holding more interest than Ethereum, BSC’s growth on the total value locked (TVL) front does not even compare to Ethereum. 

Over the previous month, Ethereum’s TVL grew by 60%, with the same only $20 billion away from $200 billion. BSC, on the contrary, grew by no more than 10.5%.

Ergo, while the Binance Smart Chain may have developers and social advantages, it still is out of competition as Ethereum continues to justify its tag of DeFi king with 289 protocols under its wing.


Aaryamann is a freelance crypto journalist working with AMBCrypto. He is currently investing his time in the crypto-space. He has a keen interest in DeFi, the ever-expanding possibilities of blockchain technology, as well as the political impact they would have.
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