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Ethereum (ETH) Average Gas Down 50% in Six Weeks: Possible Reasons

Sat, 12/11/2021 - 19:44
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Vladislav Sopov
Ethereum (ETH) gas price is in downtrend since October, here's why
Ethereum (ETH) Average Gas Down 50% in Six Weeks: Possible Reasons
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Ethereum (ETH), the second cryptocurrency, is often criticized for high transactional fees (gas). At the same time, on average, transactional fees are plunging for six weeks in a row.

Ethereum average gas fee lost 50% in less than two months

According to data shared by third-party trackers, Ethereum (ETH) gas, i.e., the dynamic commissions all Ether and ERC-20 transactions are charged with, have plunged since late October.

Ethereum gas fees lost 50% in  just six weeks: details
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Its last peak was registered on October 28, 2021, at over 190 Gwei. As such, the average value of transaction commissions lost more than 50% since the last local high.

Typically, Ethereum (ETH) gas fee dynamics are associated with the activity of Ethereum and ERC-20 token holders. The more activity, the higher the gas fees.

Therefore, the unusual negative dynamics of average Ethereum (ETH) fees can likely be attributed to the poor performance of Ether, which makes it less attractive for traders and contributes to the general stagnation of crypto markets.

L2 platforms are losing TVL: the segment had rocketed since May

The mid-term collapse of Layer 2 platforms in terms of total value locked (TVL) is another interesting process that dominates the Ethereum (ETH) segment.

According to the leading second-layer tracker L2Beat, the aggregated TVL of mainstream scalability protocols rallied by 10x in three months between late August and late November.

Net volume locked in Ethereum's Layer-Two protocols slightly reduced
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Then, in just two weeks, this volume plunged from  $7.1 billion to $5.5 billion. Arbitrum Network, the Optimism-based Boba Network, dYdX and Loopring account for half of this volume.

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About the author

Blockchain Analyst & Writer with scientific background. 6+ years in IT-analytics, 3+ years in blockchain.

Worked in independent analysis as well as in start-ups (, Monoreto, Attic Lab etc.)

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