Optimistic Ethereum Finally Soft Launches Mainnet; Synthetix (SNX) Staking Goes Live Too

Optimistic Ethereum Finally Soft Launches Mainnet; Synthetix (SNX) Staking Goes Live Too

To “alleviate the gas crisis,” the Layer 2 solution has taken its first big step so that small users don’t get priced out by extremely high fees.

Just at the beginning of this week, average fees on Ethereum skyrocketed to a new high. This was just one of many such huge spikes in the fees the network has been seeing since last year, especially after decentralized finance (DeFi) gained momentum in the second half of 2020.

Amidst “undeniably insane” demand for Ethereum, the layer 2 solution, Optimistic Ethereum, took “first material steps towards alleviating the gas crisis by deploying to mainnet.”

The soft launch is just a peek with a full flash, public testament coming in late February or early March so that anyone can deploy and interact with it.

As for the public mainnet, which will implement fixes from public testament and be audited will come “as soon as humanly possible,” says the team.

Synthetix staking now live on L2 mainnet!

The same day, DeFi blue chip Synthetix announced the launch of staking on the L2 mainnet of Optimistic Ethereum.

This is the first layer 2 scaling solution with full cross-layer porting capability for smart contracts without rewriting them as such, making it a huge step for Synthetix and the entire Ethereum ecosystem.

This first phase of migration is designed for smaller SNX holders who get priced out due to high gas costs, reads the official announcement.

To migrate to L2, those participating in SNX trading on L1 must pay back any staking debt in sUSD first to unstake their SNX. For now, Metamask is the only supported wallet on L2, with support for more wallets coming next week. As for migrating escrowed SNX to L2, it is optional and may cost up to 0.5 ETH.

Once migrated, SNX holders can stake their DeFi token to mint sUSD, an option to be launched next week.

Synthetic’s staking activity has been growing steadily throughout last year, with daily active stakers increasing 187% over this period.

Now that Synthetix staking is live on Optimistic Ethereum’s L2 mainnet, SNX is having a wild time, hitting new ATHs one after another. The token price went above $17 today, following a surge of 126% in 2021 so far. Meanwhile, only 2.6% of SNX’s total supply is available on exchanges.

In contrast to this growth, the total value locked (TVL) in the project has fallen to $1.8 billion from Jan. 14 of $2.48 bln.

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SNX to Surge Past $2,000 & Reach 3x Ethereum’s Current Market Cap: Report

DeFi bluechip Synthetix (SNX) is one of the biggest gainers of 2020, with more than 863% YTD.

With a $707 million market cap, SNX is the 40th largest cryptocurrency trading at $6.32.

However, according to the latest report, the DeFi token has a potential to go 364x from here that would take the digital asset’s market cap to a whopping $242 billion, more than 3x of the second-largest cryptocurrency Ethereum’s current market cap at $73 billion.

These lofty predictions come from the “confidential” report by Teeka Tiwari’s Palm Beach Research Group, claims an unconfirmed report.

The report, which calls these numbers “conservative,” compares Synthetix with Tesla, Amazon, and General Motors, stating “disruptive tech projects tend to be worth more through their innovations and cutting of overhead costs.”

The decentralized platform on the Ethereum network trades everything from cryptocurrencies, commodities, forex, indexes and will soon add stocks to its list, too, by creating synthetic assets on the blockchain.

As per the report, since the beginning of 2020, Synthetix has grown its user base nearly 4x, and the assets held on its platform have also increased 4.4x to over $750 million. Since February, the platform has also generated over $1 billion in trading volume but “has massive potential to eat more market share from traditional exchanges.”

“Conservatively, we think Synthetic could come to command a premium five times higher than traditional exchanges,” further reads the report. This is because the decentralized protocol eliminates middlemen and expensive overhead costs needed to run an exchange.

With an estimated $130 trillion trading in equities every year alone, even capturing a tiny portion of the market would see the volume on the platform, trading fee, profits, price, and the market cap of the digital asset ballooning, argues the report.

With the bull market in focus, everyone is back to making wilder predictions. However, given that Synthetix is one of the hottest DeFi projects in the market, it can achieve a higher value, but it’s to be seen just how high they will go.

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DEX Synthetix Now Allows Trading of Brent Crude Oil Powered by Chainlink Oracle

Popular DeFi project DEX Synthetix now allows the crypto market to trade Brent Crude Oil as well.

sOIL (Synthetic Brent Crude Oil) is a non-expiring Crude Oil Index based on the futures prices of ICE Brent Crude Oil, whose price is tracked through price feeds supplied by the Chainlink oracle, which will source the data from ICE for an undisclosed price.

“sOIL is a great case study showcasing that DeFi developers are on the precipice of going far beyond cryptocurrency price feeds and starting to create financial products that provide exposure to food, energy resources, rare earth metals, real-world assets, equities, NFTs, weighted asset baskets, and much more,” said Chainlink in an official statement.

sOIL

The tokens of both the projects are in the green today. Currently, SNX is trading at $4.32, up 561% YTD, while LINK is at $12.65, recording 605% gains in 2020.

With the addition of one of the major futures contracts for global oil markets, a real-world asset has officially entered the DeFi trading world. Recently, crypto derivatives exchange FTX also provided the crypto market exposure to stocks like Apple, Google, Tesla, and Amazon.

“There is significant demand for these assets particularly given the liquidity of the underlying markets and the difficulty of access for the average trader,” notes the SIP 62 “Futures reference price methodology,” which is about converting future market prices into a single reference price for Synths.

According to Chainlink, this is just the beginning as compared to DeFi’s $13 billion TVL, the global market for crude oil is over $1.7 trillion, not including the derivatives market.

“Traditional financial markets are orders of magnitude larger than cryptocurrency markets; DeFi has only begun to scratch the surface of tapping into it.”

Recent News: Synthetix Upgrades to L2 Scaling to Alleviate Gas Costs for SNX Stakers

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DeFi Protocol Synthetix Upgrading to L2 Scaling to Alleviate Gas Costs for Small SNX Stakers

Popular on-chain synthetic assets protocol, Synthetix is in the first phase of its transition to Optimistic Ethereum, a layer two scalability solution for the second-largest network that continues to grapple with congestion and sky-high fees thanks to all the DeFi craze.

Synthetix founder Kain Warwick is “unreasonably excited” about this development who recently hinted at what’s to come by saying those priced out of staking the digital asset will get “unpriced out” soon.

SNX is the 39th largest cryptocurrency with a market cap of $472 million currently trading in green at $4.70. The DeFi protocol also has about $600 million in crypto deposits.

Get those SNX Working

The first phase involves an incentivized testnet that trial SNX staking on Optimistic Ethereum, aimed at SNX stakers with smaller balancers who may have priced out of participating in staking due to high gas prices.

78.54% of SNX is already collateralized to mint synths.

Optimistic Ethereum is the only “generalized” Layer 2solution for Ethereum, meaning it doesn’t require any specific functionality to be built to support the existing L1 protocols.

“This is a huge milestone for Synthetix, Optimistic Ethereum, and indeed the entire Ethereum space,” reads Synthetix’s official announcement. “Launching SNX staking on OE is a crucial step towards full scalability for the burgeoning DeFi ecosystem, truly allowing anyone around the world access to open financial infrastructure without the friction of high gas costs.”

In this incentivized testnet, the eligible SNX stakers, addresses holding between 1 and 2500 SNX that have staked at least once historically, will get a snapshot of their SNX balance on Optimistic Ethereum’s L2 testnet.

It can then be used to stake, mint, and burn sUSD and also to claim rewards for their participation, which are claimable on the mainnet launch L2.

In other news, SNX is getting listed on crypto exchange Bitfinex on Sept. 26 at 10:00 AM UTC.

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‘Bullish Divergence’ for SNX; Nearly 80% of Synthetix’s Native Token is Locked as Collateral

Synthetix currently has about $600 million worth of crypto deposit locked, which is in decline since hitting the record $1 billion on Sept. 2nd, as per DeFi Pulse.

One of the top DeFi protocols, Synthetix, is a synthetic asset issuance and trading protocol that tracks real-world assets like crypto, fiat, and stocks and uses Chainlink’s oracle for price feed.

Launched on mainnet earlier last year, the protocol has a native token called SNX, which can be locked as collateral along with ETH to mint Synths, which are tradeable ERC20 tokens. Token holders also get the transaction fees generated from Synths being exchanged on Synthetix’s non-custodial DEX.

Ranked 40th as per market cap of $408 million, SNX currently trades at $4.10 in green. While up 500% YTD, the token has lost about 35% of its value in the past month.

But unlike the price, the address activity is holding up nicely with DAA sitting “well above its expected historical levels.”

“When price levels move down, but address activity stays high, this is something we tout as a bullish divergence,” states data provider Santiment.

So Little to Accumulate

With nearly 80% of SNX locked as collateral for minting synths like sUSD, only a small percentage of SNX supply is left for accumulation.

A meager, 3.8% of all SNX is available on crypto exchanges viz. Binance, Uniswap, Poloniex, and Kucoin.

For large players, the over-the-counter (OTC) market, which tends to be opaque, is the place to get their bid filled without incurring much slippage. Here, market participants make use of Airswap and Deversifi’s smart contracts to execute OTC deals.

Over the last six months, 4,520,232 SNX, 3.78% of the circulating SNX supply, worth over $21 million have been swapped through Airswap. During this period, July was the busiest month with 11 trades conducted.

It was also in that month that the leading spot exchange Binance listed SNX, which @Neuros12 says “likely to weigh negatively on future OTC activity for SNX.” With more than 5 million SNX in its wallet, Binance is the largest SNX holder among the centralized and decentralized exchanges.

Keep on Building

The protocol is currently preparing for a technical release called The Fomalhaut that includes Ether collateral enable ETH holders to mint sUSD when sUSD is trading above $1 to help reduce the premium and opening the possibility of sUSD borrowing against BTC tokens such as renBTC and tBTC in future.

Exchange rates aggregator V3 and migrating iETH rewards to the protocol, decrease to 0 SNX per week are also part of it. The Synthetix team continues to build and become an integral part of the DeFi ecosystem.

Amidst the sky-high Ether gas fees, there are also plans to implement layer2 solutions to scale the Ethereum network, which has gotten congested due to DeFi’s speculative frenzy.

“Everyone priced out of staking SNX due to high gas prices is about to be unpriced out,” tweeted Synthetix founder Kain Warwick.

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Synthetix Becomes The Latest DeFi Project To Fully Integrate Chainlink’s Decentralized Oracles

  • Decentralized finance protocol, Synthetix, an exchange for trading synthetic assets on the Ethereum blockchain, is moving towards full decentralization.
  • In a blog post published on Sept. 1, the platform will integrate Chainlink’s decentralized oracles as a step towards its planned decentralized governance.

The DeFi protocol had previously integrated Chainlink oracles to connect off-chain data, relying on their internal oracles for on-chain data. However, Chainlink will now be fully used to remove any dependence on centralized parties as oracles providing data on the price of commodity crypto and forex synthetic assets (Synths) traded. The statement reads,

“We are excited to announce that after an eight-month successful implementation of Chainlink’s decentralized price oracles for our commodity and FX Synths, we have now switched the rest of our price oracles over to Chainlink as per SIP-36.”

Chainlink’s oracles provide a wide range of nodes that provide greater security while allowing scaling up of the assets (Synths) minted on the platform. Furthermore, Chainlink’s Data Price Reference allows multiple DeFi projects to finance the shared pools and price feeds, building a shared economic model that lowers the cost of data referencing across all projects.

Synthetix decentralization efforts follow a similar path being established by DeFi protocol such as Compound (COMP) –which switched from centralized governance to a decentralized system with its governance token.

The integration comes barely a month following the decommissioning of the Synthetix Foundation as the governing council, replacing it with three community-led autonomous organizations (DAOs) – synthetixDAO, grantsDAO, and protocolDAO.

Synthetix suffered a massive attack in July 2019 after hackers breached the oracles making away with over $37 million. Investigations showed the oracle attack arose from faulty bots and a centralized point of attack. The full integration of Chainlink oracles marks a significant improvement in Synthetix, with such cases expected to reduce to a minimum as decentralization improves.

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Author: Lujan Odera