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Polygon co-founder responds to ‘Solana v. Polygon for smart contracts’ debate

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How much of a role does heavyweight marketing play in a decentralized crypto-system? Well, according to Polygon co-founder Sandeep Nailwal, it could be a lot.

Poly want a contest?

In December 2021, crypto-analyst Spencer Noon opined that while Web3 enthusiasts might consider Solana to be the second-most used smart contracts platform, the ‘daily active users’ data revealed a different answer. This was none other than Polygon.

On 9 January, Polygon co-founder Nailwal responded and stated,

I feel that the thought ‘Solana has more traction than @0xPolygon’ is more common amongst newer Web3 entrants as they are influenced by awesome US institutional marketing”

Here, it’s worth noting that while Polygon is mainly based in India, Solana’s headquarters has been reported to be in the USA.

Adding to Noon’s daily active user count, Nailwal also claimed that Polygon had 2,000-3,000 active developer teams while Solana has just 200-300 active developer teams.

Let’s re-SOL this once and for all

In his thread, Nailwal retweeted a user who claimed that Solana measured its statistics in a different way.

This is no small matter, especially since the way a network or a wallet measures its activity can significantly impact the way people see it. In fact, when the Solana wallet Phantom released its 2021 stats and boasted of having more than 1.8 million monthly active users, journalist Laura Shin made sure the wallet was talking about users – and not active addresses.

Furthermore, Nailwal also retweeted a user who claimed that many of Solana’s active users were bots.

Interestingly, in a recent report by Electric Capital, one measuring developer activity, both Solana and Polygon are among the top players in the sector. The report found,

“The largest ecosystems are Ethereum, Bitcoin, Polkadot, Cosmos, Solana, BSC, NEAR, Avalanche, Tezos, Polygon, and Cardano, each with 250+ monthly active developers”

On the flip side, the report observed that Solana grew by more than 4.9x in 2021, in terms of average monthly active developers. For Polygon, the growth was over 2x.

A problem-MATIC time

At press time, MATIC was trading at $2.01. The altcoin fell by 5.26% over the last 24 hours and also saw losses of 20.55% over the past week. In fact, the larger market too has been in a state of extreme fear.

On the contrary, some like crypto-influencer Lark Davis remain optimistic about Polygon’s place in the market.


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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