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How Ethereum recorded huge hike in gas fees amid heightened meme trading

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Several traders engaged in exchanging ETH for trading meme tokens over the past week. As a result, gas usage spiked, resulting in good revenue for the blockchain.

How Ethereum recorded huge hike in gas fees amid heightened meme trading

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  • Ethereum’s gas price reached a 10-month high.
  • The ETH price was affected by the gains collected by meme traders.

The reappearance of seemingly profitable memes has helped Ethereum [ETH] record a whooping 73% hike in gas fees. Throughout the week that ended on 22 April, several meme cryptocurrencies caught the attention of the crypto community. 

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Indebted to the resurgence

 Coincidentally, these highly volatile assets, which were mostly traded on the Arbitrium [ARB] network, engaged in an exchange of ETH. According to IntoTheBlock data, the rise in gas usage made Ethereum $66.7 million within the timeframe.

It is worth noting that increased activity on the Ethereum network can cause congestion and drive up fees.

Although memes are considered high-risk assets and subject to sudden spikes and drops, there were a bunch of them which exhibited incredible performances in the past week.

Some of these recently emerged memes include PEPE, whose market cap hit 100x within a few days. ArbDogeAI’s [AIDOGE] value increased by over 7,000% last week. And most lately, the focus has been on REKT.

Though most of these assets were currently experiencing a correction, they were instrumental to the rise of ETH circulation. At the time of writing, Santiment revealed that ETH’s circulating supply rose significantly from 12 April.

Ethereum [ETH] gas used and ETH circulation

Source: Santiment

While the momentum cooled off, the hike meant that a lot of ETH was used in transactions in the last seven days. However, there has also been a decline in the average gas used.  

Gridlock and reversals

According to Santiment’s data, the average gas used has dropped to 43.99 Gwei. This reflected how traders have restrained from exchanging more ETH for other cryptocurrencies.

Interestingly, Glassnode reported on 23 April that Ethereum’s average gas price reached a 10-month high. In a number of cases, ETH gas fees increase when there is a high demand for cryptocurrency. So, the price increased for the average user in order to avoid clogging.

Meanwhile, ETH’s exchange inflow subsided at press time. The metric, which determines how much of the altcoin is flowing into exchanges, was at 18,200. 

But over the week, there were several spikes that consented to increased activity since the memes were traded on Decentralized Exchanges (DEXs).

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It was a similar situation with the exchange outflow. As of this writing, the metric was at 5,563. But with a large difference between the outflow and inflow, this condition suggested more of an ETH selling pressure.

Ethereum [ETH] exchange inflow and outflow

Source: Santiment

As expected from cryptocurrencies under the meme bracket, the hype around the aforementioned tokens has dropped. And due to their hit-and-miss nature, investors may be looking to reconsider their risk appetite.


Victor Olanrewaju is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. Settled in Lagos, his fascination with blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency market arose out of his love of freedom and everything free. As a Nigerian, Victor understands the impact unfounded financial restrictions have on a population. He sees Bitcoin and cryptos as a way to circumvent these obstacles, as a tool for value creation despite all the setbacks. A graduate in Physics, Victor previously worked as a Senior Marketer at Melange Technologies. Before that, he dealt with crypto-marketers on a regular basis in his capacity as Copywriter at Ventrix Media. At AMBCrypto, Victor’s focus is on assessing the real effectiveness of both on-chain and off-chain developments on a project and its community sentiment.
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