🌻 Sunflower Game Throws Wrench in Polygon’s Gears

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🌻 Sunflower Game Throws Wrench in Polygon’s Gears

A GAME Fees on Ethereum scaling solution Polygon are surging to record highs. The cause? A game. Polygon gas prices spiked to an all-time high of a 410 Gwei average. That’s nearly twice as much as the previous high of 226 posted on Dec. 4, according to Polygon’s block explorer.

FRACTIONS One Gwei is equal to one billionth of a MATIC token, native to Polygon, and transactions require many units of gas (denominated in Gwei), with more needed for more complex transactions. So while 410 Gwei is still fractions of a cent, with transactions costing many units of gas, those increases in price add up.

SURGE The game driving the surge is called Sunflower Farmer and people like Stephen Bentyn, who works on a Polygon-based app called Sapiency, are quipping on Twitter that “Sunflowers broke Polygon.”




📹 TradFi Billionaires Bet Livepeer’s DeFi Streaming Model Can Disrupt YouTube

$20M In the latest sign Wall Street billionaires are moving deeper into DeFi, Livepeer, an Ethereum-based video streaming network, has raised $20M in a funding round including Tiger Global, the technology investment firm led by one-time hedge fund manager Chase Coleman, and Alan Howard, the co-founder of Brevan Howard Asset Management.

NICHES Livepeer will use the new funds to expand its live-streaming infrastructure to target eSports, social content, and live shopping, among other niches. Coinbase Ventures and other investors also joined the round. The startup has raised a total of $48M. Tiger Global and Howard, who invested in BitDAO last year, are betting that Livepeer has the potential to disrupt YouTube, Twitch, and other social media streaming giants.

FEES Livepeer’s decentralized model is designed to harness the computational power of holders of its token, LPT. They enable the network to transcode, host, and stream videos. Bandwidth providers earn fees in the form of ETH or stablecoins. Fees are also divided among delegators that stake LPT toward specific providers. LPT is up 244% in the last 12 months, according to CoinGecko.


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🤝 BitGo Makes Deal with Index Coop in Bet Institutions Want ‘Thematic’ DeFi Tokens

NEWS BitGo, a crypto platform that caters to institutional investors, has launched support for Index Coop’s “thematic” tokens. The move signals growing demand from institutions for products that allow them to speculate on nascent segments breaking through in the DeFi and Web3 sectors, including Metaverse and data economy projects. Index’s thematic tokens offer diversified exposure targeting emerging niches in crypto.

INTEGRATION The integration will allow BitGo’s institutional clients, including venture capital firms Pantera and Base58, and crypto exchange Bitstamp, to access Index Coop’s Metaverse Index (MVI), Data Economy Index (DATA), and Bankless BED Index (BED) tokens.

INDICES “These crypto index funds will provide BitGo’s institutional clients with simple, one-token access to emerging crypto themes,” said Index Coop. Index Coop describes itself as “a collective aimed at creating and maintaining the best crypto indices on the market.” In addition to its thematic index tokens, the group also offers leveraged tokens that track ETH and BTC.


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