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How Optimism thrives amidst poor market conditions

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Despite market decline, Optimism’s active addresses surged showcasing strong engagement and ecosystem utilization.

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  • Optimism’s resilience shined amidst the market downturn with increased active addresses and protocol health improvements.
  • Whale confidence and strategic governance signaled a positive trajectory for Optimism’s growth and sustainability.

In the midst of a broader downturn in the cryptocurrency market, triggered by a decline in Bitcoin’s price, Optimism[OP] faced the challenge head-on. Amidst this challenging landscape, the layer 2 solution exhibited a number of positive indicators.

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Looking at the bright side

According to Santiment’s data, Optimism’s recent 5% price spike was accompanied by an impressive surge in active addresses, which stood at 22,900 during this period. This surge marked one of the most promising days for the protocol in the entire year of 2023.

The significance of this spike in active addresses can’t be overstated. A higher number of active addresses points to increased usage and engagement with the token. This is particularly important for a layer 2 solution like Optimism, as it highlights not only interest in holding the token but also in utilizing it within the ecosystem.

Moreover, within the realm of tokenomics, the behavior of key whale and shark addresses added to the positive narrative. Those holding 100,000 to 10 million OPs demonstrated their confidence in the protocol by continuing to hold substantial amounts of the token, collectively valued at $781.9 million.

Source: Santiment

This high level of confidence from whales and sharks could potentially have a stabilizing effect on the token’s price during a time when retail investors might be more apprehensive due to the overall market decline.

Looking beyond the token metrics, Optimism’s protocol health also showcased notable improvement. Over a span of 24 hours, the protocol witnessed a remarkable 23.6% growth in daily active addresses. Basically, this surge in activity signified growing adoption and usage of the protocol.

Furthermore, the revenue generated by the protocol recorded an impressive surge of 16% within the same 24-hour timeframe. Such a growth in revenue can contribute to the sustainability and development of the protocol, enabling it to invest in enhancements and upgrades.

Source: token terminal

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Governance takes a hands-on approach

The positive momentum was not limited to technical metrics alone. Recent governance proposals unveiled a proactive approach to shaping the protocol’s future.

One particularly significant proposal focused on the repurposing of 2.5 million OP tokens, which had been previously approved but remained unused. Additionally, the proposal allocated the remaining tokens as a buffer for Sub-Committees, demonstrating a prudent approach to resource management.


Himalay is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. A Computer Science graduate, Himalay writes about crypto with a special focus on the latest coin-based updates. He is a fan of gonzo journalism, transgressive fiction, heavy metal, and Manchester United.
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