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Optimism (OP), Polygon (MATIC) or Arbitrum: Which Ethereum L2 Is Dominant?

Sat, 01/14/2023 - 15:43
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Vladislav Sopov
Anonymous DeFi researcher and data analyst who goes by @defi_mochi deobfuscates recent developments in Layer-2 segment
Optimism (OP), Polygon (MATIC) or Arbitrum: Which Ethereum L2 Is Dominant?
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Cryptocurrency analyst DeFi Mochi compared the key indicators of Optimism (OP), Polygon Network (MATIC) and Arbitrum to find out who is actually using these second-layer solutions.

Polygon Network (MATIC) usage spiked in Q4, 2022, thanks to this catalyst

DeFi Mochi took to Twitter to share the analysis of network activity on Ethereum (ETH) second-layer solutions, including Polygon Network (MATIC), Optimism (OP) and Arbitrum. The researcher used on-chain data from Dune Analytics custom-made dashboards.

All L2 networks witnessed a massive inflow of users after the collapse of the FTX exchange in November as more traders decided to migrate to the decentralized futures trading platform GMX.

While Polygon (MATIC) is still the leader when it comes to daily transactions, Optimism (OP) managed to quadruple its ERC-20 transfers market share in the last three months. It siphoned a part of Arbitrum's activity.

Reddit NFTs on Polygon Spike 1,113% in Trading Volume as Millions Rush to Participate

Thanks to its NFT-centric partnership with Reddit, Polygon (MATIC) is the undisputed leader of ERC-721 transactions. Out of 13 million Polygon (MATIC) wallets with NFTs, 4 million took part in this collaboration.

Arbitrum is whale-dominated, while Optimism (OP) approaches Bedrock

Meanwhile, Optimism has a higher number of wallets with ERC-20 balances: over 789,000 crypto enthusiasts use it for transfers of Ethereum-based tokens.

Analysts also noticed that Arbitrum remains a beloved network of whales (wallets with over $100,000 in equivalent). A total of 3,968 large wallets on Arbitrum are in charge of its 25% funds.

Also, Arbitrum demonstrated the most impressive growth in total value locked (TVL), a crucial DeFi metric. While Polygon (MATIC) and Optimism (OP) are lagging, things can change with the Bedrock upgrade activation on Optimism.

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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.)