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Polygon [MATIC]: Can gaming activity improve DeFi woes? Decoding…

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  • Gaming contributes immensely to Polygon’s activity.
  • DeFi and DEX activity on the network declines.

Polygon [MATIC] has shown high activity on its network over the past few months. One reason for the same, as stated by Artemiz on 28 February, would be the increasing gaming interest on the network.


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Let the games begin

According to the data, gaming was responsible for 23% of all transactions made on the Polygon network. Additionally, gaming activity on Polygon contributed to 32% of all fees spent on the Polygon network.

Even though the interest from gamers in the Polygon network increased, there were other areas such as DeFi where Polygon was losing its dominance. As illustrated by Artemiz’s data, gaming activity surpassed DeFi activity on Polygon and started contributing more in terms of fees.

Source:Artemiz

This decline in TVL could have been caused by the decreasing dApp activity on the Polygon network.

According to Dapp Radar’s data, popular dApps on Polygon, such as Balancer [BAL] witnessed a massive decline in activity. The overall number of unique active wallets on the network fell by 16.79% over the last week. Moreover, the volume on the dApp also decreased by 48.13% in that period.

Source: Dapp Radar

Coupled with that, the overall volume of DEXes on the Polygon network was also impacted. According to Dune Analytics, DEX volume on the network fell from $241 million to $185 million over the last few days.

This impacted the TVL collected by Polygon, which fell from $1.23 billion to $1.16 billion in one week. The decline in TVL also affected the ability of the revenue collected by the network. Based on Token Terminals’ data, it was observed that the revenue generated by Polygon fell by 34.1% over the last week.

Source: Dune Analytics


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MATIC gets impacted

Along with Polygon’s ecosystem, its native token MATIC faced challenges as well. Data from Santiment suggested that the daily activity of addresses exchanging MATIC fell. Additionally, MATIC’s network growth declined during the same period, suggesting that new addresses were not interested in buying the token during this period.

Source: Santiment

It remains to be seen whether Polygon can overcome its current challenges and leverage the attention its network is getting through gaming activity.

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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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