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Polygon sees this turn of events as gas prices rise to 30 gwei

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For a while, many across the crypto industry thought Polygon had a chance of seizing the coveted title of “Ethereum killer.” However, a recent change to the network – and the way it was made – might just throw it off course.

From 1 to 30

Around 12 October, Polygon Scan showed a sharp drop in its daily transactions metric, from above six million to approximately three million.

This came after Polygon’s client development team decided to raise the minimum gas price for the foundation nodes from 1 Gwei to 30 Gwei.

The rise in gas price was implemented to fight spammers, but the drop in transactions could also indicate a large number of unhappy investors. Polygon’s Sandeep Sreenath stated,

“To reduce the number of spam transactions in the network, we are increasing the minimum gas price to 30 Gwei from the current (default) value of 1 Gwei for our foundation nodes. It’s just a recommendation to increase the gas price, but other validators are free to choose their own min. gas price.”

Mixed reactions

When Polygon overtook Ethereum in terms of daily unique active addresses, there was great excitement within the alt coin sector.

However, after the announcement about the rise in gas fees, MATIC did see a fall in price. Meanwhile, though gas usage did drop after the announcement, it has slowly started rising again.

Source: Polygonscan

Even so, some commentators criticized the decision as it felt centralized and users didn’t get to vote on the change. Others wondered why the price was sharply hiked to 30 Gwei instead of gradually increasing it.

Yet overall, one can conclude that the move affected investors across the board. Total average sentiment became negative, and reached levels seen in May this year.

Source: Santiment

Not just Polygon

Polygon was not the only network to experience high fees. On 12 October, 2021 crypto influencer Lark Davis claimed that it cost him $250 to make a trade on Uniswap.

It’s worth noting that Uniswap ranked first in ETH spent in the last 30 days, with 1.5k Ether recorded at press time. However, according to Davis, Polygon L2 wasn’t a solution either.

At press time, the price of MATIC was $1.16.


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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