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Is Polygon losing its grip in the DeFi space? Arbitrum has the answer

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Is Polygon losing its grip in the DeFi space? Arbitrum has the answer

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  • Arbitrum outperformed Polygon in the dApp space.
  • A decline was observed in Polygon’s overall dApp activity and TVL.

According to recent data provided by Delphi Digital, it was observed that Arbitrum overtook Polygon in terms of Gains Network usage. Well, Gains Network, is a decentralized leverage trading platform.

As dApps continue to get drawn to various L2s, it could impact the overall dominance of Polygon in the DeFi space.

According to Dapp Radars data, the volume of the Gains Network fell by 32.79% over the last week. This was a direct result of a decline in daily active wallets which also decreased by 16.32% in the same period.

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Source: Dapp Radar

Other dApps such as Balancer and Meshwap too registered a decline in activity.

Effects on the ecosystem

The overall DEX volume on Polygon started to go on a downward trajectory. It fell from $128.63 million to $23.9 million over the past few days, according to data provided by Dune Analytics.

Source: Dune Analytics

Cumulatively, all of these factors impacted Polygon’s total value locked (TVL). Based on DeFiLlama’s data, the overall TVL of Polygon fell by 0.28% in the last 24 hours. At press time, it stood at $1.15 billion.

The decline in TVL suggested investors’ decreasing interest in the Polygon network which was further backed up by the falling number of NFT trades.

MATIC gets impacted

Consequently, Polygon’s token MATIC was also severely impacted. Its volume, over the past few days, fell from 1.4 billion to 463.73 million. This decline in volume correlated with a decline in MATIC’s price.

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Due to this fluctuation in price, the volatility metric of MATIC increased. It’s well known that high volatility for MATIC would prevent many risk-averse investors to buy MATIC.

Source: Santiment

In conclusion, it remains to be seen whether the decline in Polygon’s activity is just a temporary setback. If the decline in interest and activity continues, it would have adverse effects on both the Polygon network and the MATIC token.


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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