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Polygon outpaces Ethereum in NFT transactions, but challenges loom ahead

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Polygon outpaces Ethereum in NFT transactions, but challenges loom ahead

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  • Polygon outperformed Ethereum in NFT transactions, solidifying its layer 2 position.
  • Despite growth in the NFT market, the network faced declining dApp activity and token volume.

Polygon [MATIC], a layer 2 scaling solution for Ethereum [ETH], has been outperforming the latter in terms of the number of NFT transactions made on each protocol. Moreover, the increasing NFT transactions are strengthening Polygon’s position in the layer 2 space.

Read Polygon’s [MATIC] Price Prediction 2023-2024

The Polygon NFT market has been growing, and even though the number of transactions has been high, the average fees generated by these transactions were low.

The low fees could affect the network’s overall ability to generate revenue, however, it could also be why many users were opting for this layer 2 solution.

Source: Dune Analytics

However, the fees did not impact Polygon‘s overall TVL, which increased by 2.26% over the last 30 days, according to L2Beats data. Notably, the TVL amounted to $2.50 billion.

Source: L2BEATS

Not all good news for MATIC

A potential threat to Polygon could be the decline in daily activity on its dApps. Popular dApps like Balancer and Planet IX have witnessed a decrease in unique active wallets, with a 35% decrease for Planet IX and a 12.6% decrease for Balancer in the last 24 hours. The number of transactions on Planet IX also fell by 36.95% in the last seven days.

A decline in dApp interest could reduce Polygon’s dominance in terms of daily active users. A large part of activity on the Polygon network directly resulted from the popularity of its dApps. If this pattern continues, Polygon would be affected negatively in the coming future.

Source: Dapp Radar

Despite the growth of the NFT market, Polygon‘s token, MATIC, has not seen a corresponding increase. According to data from Santiment, the overall volume for MATIC fell from 2.06 billion to 908.67 million.

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Additionally, the development activity of Polygon declined as well. This suggested that the contributions made by Polygon’s team to its GitHub have fallen, which could have an impact on the protocol’s future growth and development.

Source: Santiment

Overall, while the growth of the Polygon NFT market is a positive sign, the decline in daily activity on its dApps and the falling volume of its token need to be monitored closely to ensure the protocol’s continued success.


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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