Ethereum Unleashes Scaling Power: $2.3 Billion Unlocked As Blast Goes Live

Blast, an Ethereum layer-2 scaling network developed by the founder of the prominent NFT marketplace Blur, marked its mainnet launch on Friday. This pivotal moment opened the floodgates to billions of dollars’ worth of crypto funds that users had previously locked up in pursuit of staking and airdrop rewards.

With the help of this launch, users who were hoping to get rewards by staking and taking part in airdrop campaigns were able to release almost $2.3 billion in cryptocurrency assets.

Ethereum Rising: 12% Gain Boosts Market

Blast, conceptualized by Tieshun Roquerre, the visionary behind the NFT marketplace Blur, strives to introduce an inherent yield framework for both ether and stablecoins, boasting a 4% interest rate for the former and an enticing 5% for the latter.

The platform’s early release garnered a staggering community base of over 180,000 members and locked in a total value exceeding $2.3 billion, as reported on the platform’s website.

The program seeks to improve the Ethereum network’s scalability and transaction efficiency. This occurs at a time when the cryptocurrency market is seeing a significant upswing. Over the past week, Ethereum’s price has increased by 12%, driven primarily by Bitcoin, which hit a record high of around $64,000 on Wednesday.

ETH price up in the last week. Source: Coingecko

Some Blast users are withdrawing their money into a cryptocurrency market that has seen significant gains almost everywhere since late last year, while others are leaving their money on the network to take advantage of recently released apps and protocols, as well as ongoing staking rewards and airdrop benefits.

Blast Platform Faces Criticism Amid Success

The overall value of funds on the platform dropped as Blast’s network became operational, falling below $1.9 billion, according to on-chain data analytics company Arkham Intelligence. This change can be a sign of a trend where consumers are taking money out to profit from the gains in the larger cryptocurrency market, which has been rising since the end of the previous year.

Ethereum is now trading at $3417.8. Chart:

But in May, Blast is going to start giving out “airdrop points” in connection with a new token launch, which might keep people interested and active on the network.

Arnold Toh, a blockchain research researcher at The Block, stated that Blast has already accumulated over $2 billion in TVL prior to its mainnet debut, putting it in second place behind L2 heavyweights like Arbitrum One and OP Mainnet.

Not everything about Blast’s debut has been without criticism. Both cryptocurrency traders and developers questioned Blast’s strategy of introducing a bridge from which customers would be unable to withdraw money for months, as well as the way the incentives model was presented.

The yield, according to Roquerre, also known as Pacman, is “not unsustainable” and originates from the MakerDAO DeFi protocol and the Lido liquid staking protocol.

Paradigm, the venture capital firm that co-led Blast’s $20 million seed fundraising round, had reservations about the project’s presentation and implementation, according to Dan Robinson, Head of Research and General Partner at Paradigm.

In spite of these objections, Roquerre accepted Paradigm’s input but insisted that the Blast team made the final decisions about the launch on its own.

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