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Polkadex Aims to Win Parachain Slot on Polkadot

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 18:22
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Alex Dovbnya
Polkadex has announced a crowdloan campaign to win a parachain slot on Polkadot
Polkadex Aims to Win Parachain Slot on Polkadot
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Polkadex, a decentralized order book-based cryptocurrency exchange, is vying to win a parachain slot on “Ethereum killer” Polkadot.

The Substrate-based project has announced a crowdloan campaign that will kick off this month. The community is being encouraged to loan DOT tokens to Polkadex in order to secure a sufficient amount of funds for making a successful bid. If the exchange does win, the tokens will be locked for 96 weeks after the launch of the parachain. If the bid fails, contributors will get their tokens back. The maximum amount of funds that Polkadex will borrow during the crowdloan campaign is capped at 8 million DOT.

In order to incentivize crowdloan participants, Polkadex will be giving away two million PDEX tokens, which represent a tenth of the total supply of the exchange’s native cryptocurrency. On top of that, it has aside half a million PDEX tokens for bonus rewards. The 1,000 biggest contributors will also be able to receive a non-fungible token issued by Polkadex. Parachains are specialized shards that get integrated within the Polkadot network in the form of individual networks. Their key feature is interoperability, which means that data can flow freely between them. Parachains can be rented for a period of up to 48 weeks.

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Since there’s a limited number of parachain slots, candidates have to participate in a candle auction in order to win a slot on Polkadex. Winners can also resell their slots through a secondary market.

Polkadex, which went live in September, claims that winning the much-coveted parachain slot will make bringing tokens from other chains much easier.

It aspires to become the biggest Polkadot-based exchange, according to co-founder Vivek Prasannan:

We aim to become the largest order book exchange for Polkadot, supporting cross-chain liquidity from other parachain projects and beyond.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at