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Polygon (MATIC) Announces Major Rebranding, Introduces POL Token and Community Treasury Fees

Thu, 07/13/2023 - 14:29
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Vladislav Sopov
Largest EVM ecosystem blockchain Polygon set to undergo radical upgrade of its economic design
Polygon (MATIC) Announces Major Rebranding, Introduces POL Token and Community Treasury Fees
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Holders of the core native cryptocurrency on Polygon (MATIC) network will be able to earn for their contribution to protecting network integrity in a novel way. Should the proposal be approved, MATIC token will be replaced by POL in a 1:1 swap.

Polygon might drop MATIC for "hyperproductive" token POL: Details

Polygon (MATIC) shared the details of the second phase of its hotly anticipated upgrade, Polygon 2.0. It changes the economic incentives behind the proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus on the network.

With this upgrade, the network might receive an entirely new token, dubbed POL. Its stakers will be able to simultaneously participate in validating transactions on a plethora of Polygon's blockchains, including all Polygon Supernets, zkEVM, Validium and so on.

Also, for the first time in Polygon's history, the network will be able to offer various validators' roles to POL stakers. As such, various incentive programs will be available to dedicated POL customers.

POL is promoted by Polygon Labs as a third-generation token that is a natural result of evolution of key network assets:

Bitcoin's BTC, although important and successful, is an unproductive token — its holders can not participate in the protocol and be rewarded for that. Ethereum's ETH is a productive token — holders can become validators of the Ethereum blockchain and get ETH rewards and fees. POL is the 3rd generation of native assets - a hyperproductive token.

Once this proposal goes live, MATIC holders will be invited to swap their assets to POL in a 1:1 ratio: Polygon's design will not have two governance and staking assets coexisting with one other.

DeFi vet on POL: "Best sustainable way to fund blockchain projects"

Also, the upgrade includes community treasury fees. One percent of POL emissions will be distributed between ecosystem initiatives, while the other 1% will go to validator rewards.

Seasoned DeFi developer and researcher Mikko Ohtamaa stresses that this might be the only viable way of creating a sustainable ecosystem for modern cryptocurrency projects.

As covered by U.Today previously, a potential token swap is a part of the Polygon 2.0 upgrade roadmap.

Polygon Teases Big Token Upgrade Amid SEC's MATIC Crackdown

It is designed to completely rewrite the technical basis of Polygon (MATIC) and adjust it to the needs of the DeFi era.

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