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Is growth alone enough for Tezos to beat its competitors

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Tezos, a decentralized open-source blockchain has had an ‘eye-catching’ run in the second half of 2021. The network benefited from an influx of investors. Also, registered solid growth under different metrics. The ecosystem is yet to experience a hard fork. This shows the effectiveness of the self-amendment mechanism, (LPOS- Liquid Proof-of-Stake).

Solid growth

The ‘2021 Tezos Network Research Report’ gave some insights into the aspects that boosted Tezos’ traction across the community. The network grew by 40% in terms of ‘new deployments‘ in Q3 2021 as compared to Q2. However, at press time, this stood just under the 4000 mark.

On the other hand, it witnessed a 100% growth in ‘Contract Calls‘ within the same period. Tezos recorded over six million smart contract calls by January 2022. The graph below highlights these two aspects.

Tezos has also achieved considerable progress in the NFT sector. The token registered an overall growth in its network over the last year. Both in terms of smart contract addresses and broad acceptance.

The volume of transactions incorporating smart contracts increased from fewer than 10,000 per day in January 2021 to more than 50,000 per day in January this year. Transactions involving smart contracts similarly jumped, as NFT platforms like FX Hash started to see increased interest.

Source: Coin Metrics

On-chain applications such as, hic et Nunc, and other projects were at the forefront of the industry, in terms of their transaction volume and user activity.

Tezos’ growing adoption suggests it might compete with other smart contract platforms like Ethereum and the Binance Smart Chain when it comes to decentralized finance (DeFi). Tezos, according to DeFiLlama, currently had more than $90 million in total value locked (TVL) within its DeFi ecosystem.

Brands and partnerships 

Well, the network created headlines with recent partnerships. It signed a $27M (£120 million) multi-year deal with Manchester United. In May 2021, Tezos became the official blockchain partner of the New York Mets. Ergo, it doesn’t come as surprise to look at the success. Furthermore, the open-source blockchain also entered into partnerships with Red Bull Racing Honda and McClaren Racing for its Formula One, Indycar, and Esports racing teams.

Tezos, in fact, attained a record six million contract calls in January, a new monthly high. The company tweeted,

Social metrics

Given the exponential growth, Tezos’ social metrics had skyrocketed as well. As of 3 February, it stood in the top three positions of social volume and engagement, according to the LunarCrush social metrics.

Source: LunarCrush

Having said that, XTZ suffered a significant setback at the time of writing. It was trading under the $4 mark with a 4.2% correction in 24 hours. It awaits the trigger to aid it to surpass the resistance level.

But, the steady upgrades and adoption give a bullish signal for the coin even after a faltering start in its initial days.


Shubham is a full-time journalist/ Crypto data analyst at AMBCrypto. A Master's graduate in Accounting and Finance, Shubham's writings mainly focus on the cryptocurrency sector with particular emphasis on market research studies and communications for >2 years. Also, a die-hard Chelsea fan #KTBFFH.
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