These 2 DeFi Forks Take a Harsh Beating As The Originals Reclaim Their Dominance

Up until the mid of last week, Curve clone Swerve was enjoying a record $942 million in deposits, or total value locked (TVL), as per Debank.

But today, the protocol has just $69 million of funds left in it, suffering a loss of 92.6%. It took less than half of the days for Swerve to lose $873 million than it took to gain these funds.

But what exactly was behind this crash? Two words: Incentive rewards.

Over the weekend, SWRV issuance was reduced to 9 million SWRV per year from the previous two weeks. With this new chapter, the users fled the scene, and the price of SWRV lost the bulls. It is currently trading at $1.9, after having been on a downtrend since Sept. 9 high of $7.

On Sept. 19, the volume on the platform was at its highest at $220.6 million, which also tanked to $25 million the next day.

“Swerve’s liquidity was just mercenaries searching the highest yield,” said Ryan Watkins of Messari. “Forking is easy, building is hard.”

On the other hand, the original DEX Curve is the third-largest DeFi project currently with a TVL of $1.26 billion, which over the weekend, nearly hit a new record. The volume on the platform also continues to grow, registering $419 million the same day Swerve tanked, which means Curve has taken back all the liquidity from its fork.

Although SushiSwap isn’t experiencing as much loss as Swerve, things aren’t better for this Uniswap copycat, either.

Since hitting $1.58 billion record TVL at the beginning of September, the crypto deposits on the platform have been on a downtrend, hitting $453 million today. The same is the case for its volume, which has continually decreased to $41 million from the high of $265 million on Sept. 10.

This DEX is also set to lock up SushiSwap rewards for six months to decrease circulating supply and further hard cap the supply at 250 million tokens.

The original Uniswap, meanwhile, was all the rage this week with the launch of its governance token UNI. This helped the protocol become the largest DeFi project with $2 billion in TVL.

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Author: AnTy

Swerve Amasses $600 Million in Deposits; Over 60% of Curve within a Week of Launch

Swerve Finance, an unaudited fork of DEX Curve Finance, has amassed more than $600 million in deposits or the total value locked (TVL) in the protocol.

In under a week, this decentralized finance protocol has gotten about 60% of Curve’s deposits, which currently stands at just under $1 billion.

This week, cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex also listed the SWRV token against USDT. Currently, the token is trading at $4.88, down 87.5% from its all-time high hit on the launch day itself.

“Swerve has the best rate out of any exchange for USDC, USDT or TUSD to DAI by both exchange rate and transaction fee! Get some stables and collect your comfortable APY,” boasts the decentralized exchange.

Swerve is fast catching up to Curve. However, volume on the former platform is not strong enough, yet The daily volume recorded on Swerve Finance is just about $15 million compared to Curve’s $135 million.

Curve is the second biggest DEX after Uniswap, which registered $1.3 billion of volume in the past week, accounting for 22% of the market share, compared to Uniswap’s nearly 65% share.

Overall, DEXs are seeing huge growth in 2020, recording $11.6 billion in total trading volume in the month of August. Now in September, already $10.9 billion in combined volume has been seen, as per data source Dune Analytics.

Swerve cloned Curve, a decentralized exchange protocol for trading stablecoins, with the key difference of the latest project being “100% community-owned and governed,” which means SWRV is generated by users with deposits right from the beginning.

Curve’s token CRV’s launch, however, was a botched one. Before the planned schedule, an anonymous developer front-run it and deployed the smart contract with some accusing the protocol of pre-mining the tokens.

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Author: AnTy