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Parallel Finance wins fourth round of Polkadot parachain slot auctions

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While you might be used to the adrenaline rush of a real life auction – or one in a movie – crypto auctions come with their own share of drama. Polkadot’s ongoing parachain slot auction is one example of this.

Parallel goes straight up

Parallel Finance announced that it had won the fourth parachain slot auction, with contributions totaling about 10.75 million $DOT [around $285.10 million at press time] with more than 30,000 supporters. Other winners so far are Moonbeam, Acala, and Astar.

So why is this a big deal? Well, Parallel Finance [PARA] is a DeFi protocol that aims to bring decentralized financial services to one billion people. A lot of hopes are riding on the protocol, as Parallel Finance noted,

“5) For Parallel’s crowdloan, Nearly 80% of all contributions (8.54M DOT) came directly from Parallel’s Auction Loan product!”

What’s more, crowd loan contributors can expect rewards or bonuses.

Meanwhile Polkadot tweeted,

Congratulations to @ParallelFi on winning Polkadot’s fourth auction! Parallel will be onboarded at block #8179200 [Dec. 18] at the beginning of lease 6 with the other first 5 auction winners. Over 4K network stakeholders locked up DOT in favor!”

Feeling bent?

At press time, however, most major cryptos were in the red. Adding to that, Polkadot saw outflows of around $3 million earlier in the month. CoinShares’ Digital Asset Fund Flows Weekly report for 6 December suggested,

“The majority of outflows came in the latter half of the week, but it may also be due to uncertainty surrounding the parachain auctions which finalize on 17th December.”

At press time, DOT was trading at $26.30, having dropped by 7.93% in 24 hours.

Not all would stand in line for this

Parallel Finance listed a parachain as one of its goals in order to expand its DeFi presence. But this might not be everyone’s cup of tea. A case in point was SubDAO, a DAO protocol on Polkadot, which announced that it was pulling out of the Polkadot parachain slot auction.

SubDAO listed some reasons for its choice, including XCM updates, the cost of parachain maintenance, and the other technological options at its disposal. SubDAO explained,

“At this stage, even though we secure a Polkadot parachain slot, the auctioned lease will be wasted on debugging and connectivity. At the same time, the process of debugging and connectivity distract developers’ attention from their own core business.”


Sahana is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. She has a Masters in Journalism and her areas of study include crypto-regulation, digital society, privacy, and intersectionality. Ask her about film photography and philately.
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