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zkSync, Arbitrum show progress leaving Optimism and Polygon behind

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With multiple Layer 2 solutions fighting for the top spot, zkSync and Arbitrum have been showing the most growth. Polygon and Optimism fall behind as other protocols start to take the lead.

zkSync, Arbitrum show progress leaving Optimism and Polygon behind

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– zkSync showed a promise of growth as gas fees generated by the protocol increased.

-Arbitrum remained the dominant protocol despite the low activity on the network.

New entrants like zkSync and Starknet are adding to the already crowded Layer 2 space as they compete to emerge as leaders in the sector.

The growing number of participants in the Layer 2 space is resulting in increased competition. Now, this may have both positive and negative effects on the development of L2 scaling solutions.

Stepping on the “Gas”

It is here to be noted that zkSync has emerged as the frontrunner in Ethereum gas consumption, with a market share of 32%. Thus, surpassing Arbitrum and Optimism, which captured 26% and 24% of the market share, respectively.


zkSync’s achievement in securing the majority of Ethereum gas consumption is a promising indicator of its user adoption and success.

Source: Artemis

In terms of fees generated, Arbitrum dominated amongst L2 protocols, with the token terminal’s data indicating that it accounted for 41% of all L2 fees.

On the other hand, Polygon, and Optimism constituted 23% and 22% of the fees generated, respectively.

Arbitrum’s leadership in overall fee generation suggests that it achieved considerable market traction over the last few weeks.

However, for Polygon and Optimism to remain competitive, they must focus on providing competitive fee structures and improving their platform features to attract and retain users.

Source: token terminal

Getting active

Reportedly, the increasing number of daily active addresses on the Arbitrum network is one of the reasons behind its high fee generation, as per data from Artemis.

At present, the network has 249,900 daily active addresses. However, Polygon has surpassed Arbitrum in this aspect, with 318,800 daily active addresses, while Optimism and StarkNet lag far behind in terms of user activity.

Source: Artemis

The current state of the L2 protocols is subject to change as they are all set to undergo significant updates soon.

This update will convert the L2s into a settlement layer, enabling the deployment of L3s. The resulting improvements in compatibility, value capture, and developer experience will likely enhance the performance of these networks and change the competitive landscape of the layer 2 space.


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Himalay is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. A Computer Science graduate, Himalay writes about crypto with a special focus on the latest coin-based updates. He is a fan of gonzo journalism, transgressive fiction, heavy metal, and Manchester United.
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