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Solana or Binance Smart Chain? Which is the biggest ‘existential threat’ to Ethereum

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An argument can be made that Ethereum’s bullishness and value and popularity over the first quarter of the year (Before market-wide corrections set in, that is) have also fueled the same for others. Projects such as Binance Smart Chain and Solana have emerged lately to take up the mantle of being an “Ethereum killer.”

In fact, this was a subject touched upon recently by Synthetix’s Cain Warwick, with the developer claiming that both Solana and BSC have gained more organic traction than EOS or Tron in the previous cycle. Warwick, alongside Multicoin Capital’s Kyle Samani, was the latest guest on Laura Shin’s podcast this week.

According to Warwick, there is a justified basis for such a comparison. While the likes of Tron and EOS “did throw a lot of money,” they didn’t gain enough traction thanks to the fact that the previous market cycle was a bear market. This one, however, is a bull market, he went on to point out, with Warwick adding that high gas prices on Ethereum are opening up market opportunities for other competitors.

The same was highlighted by a recent OKEx report too. For instance, while the average transaction fees for Ethereum were just under $10, the same for Solana was as low as $0.0002.

In doing so, the Synthetix Founder also sought to clarify the positions of a few of those competitors, namely, Solana and Binance Smart Chain.

The latter, for instance, has been in the news a lot thanks to concerns associated with its supposed centralization. Warwick, alas, believes that decentralization is more of a need for developers, not users, with the latter more interested in the benefits they might accrue.

What’s more, he also went on to characterize Binance Smart Chain’s approach as “smart,” citing the efficiency of its profit-maximizing strategy.” This, he said, doesn’t necessarily have to align with the Ethereum community’s vision.

What of its users, however? In what might be a take contrary to what has been presented in the past, Warwick asserted that BSC’s traction did not come at the expense of Ethereum.

“I think it’s pulling some liquidity away, but I think it’s liquidity that’s right now priced out.”

The said “traction” can be underlined by the scale of growth seen in select BSC metrics. For example, while the Unique Address count has continued to hike, the figure for the number of daily transactions hit an ATH on 14 May, before wider corrections set in.

Source: BSCScan

Curiously, according to the Synthetix exec, Solana, not Binance Smart Chain, will be the biggest existential threat to Ethereum, despite its EVM incompatibility. An average person, he argued, does not care for “wonky considerations” like centralization or decentralization. Ergo,

“I think an average person can make a distinction between a centralized network and a decentralized network. However, I think it’s much harder to make that distinction between Ethereum and Solana, and that makes it a bigger threat to Ethereum.”

A certain degree of immunity to second-order effects and its barriers to entry, Warwick concluded, also point to Solana being the stronger threat to Ethereum’s dominance.


Jibin Mathew George is Editor-in-Chief at AMBCrypto. A domain expert in International Relations (European Politics), he has always been a believer in the unlimited possibilities afforded by blockchain and by extension, cryptocurrencies. As someone who has been watching and writing about this space for over 5 years now, Jibin has closely tracked the emergence of cryptos and digital assets as a separate asset class in portfolios world over. A lawyer by training, he previously contributed to the News and Research desk of Diplomacy & Beyond Plus. Before his stint at D&B, he was Editor at ED Times. Jibin also takes a great interest in politics, especially the corresponding effect political decisions and fiscal policy have on the world of finance, with a special focus on cryptocurrencies.
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