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Nansen report shows crypto going multi-chain with DeFi and NFTs

Nansen report shows crypto going multi-chain with DeFi and NFTs

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Nansen, a blockchain analytics platform, has released its 2021 ‘State of the Crypto Industry Report’ showing crypto has gone multi-chain, with attractive yields and digital collectibles.

According to the analysis, Ethereum, with its first-mover advantage, remains the biggest blockchain by TVL and market cap.

Uniswap was the dominant application on Ethereum, responsible for more than 30% of the gas consumed by the top 20 entities.

Nansen added that many Layer 1 and Layer 2 blockchains had come up with innovative ways to solve problems regarding blockchain decentralisation, scalability, and security, as they are competing with each other for market dominance.

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Notable statistics for other supported blockchains were as follows:

Polygon facilitated 300% more transactions than Ethereum, but the daily gas paid (in
USD terms) is often less than 0.5% of gas fees paid on Ethereum
Binance Smart Chain’s daily active addresses were the highest among all L1s. At its
peak in late November, the daily transactions on BSC hit 1,345% of Ethereum’s
Fantom Foundation announced a 370m FTM grant program in September 2021, daily
active addresses on Fantom increased 440%, and TVL went from  approximately $1bn to over $6bn in November.

After the meteoric rise of DeFi in 2020, the momentum continued into 2021.

Nansen stressed that, not only has DeFi grown about 1,120%, but also in terms of stickiness due to the maturity of stablecoins as well as the reliability of battle-tested dApps.

Stablecoins value distribution showed that whale wallets with over $1m made up more than 50% of
stablecoin volume through 2021, which has been steadily increasing.

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Increased regulatory scrutiny into Tether in 2021 has eroded USDT’s dominance.

In 2021, USDC seemed to have found its niche as the preferred stablecoin in decentralised trades, closing up on USDT as second in stablecoin market cap on Ethereum.

CryptoPunks and Bored Ape Yacht Club were the two key break-out projects and some of famous celebrities such as Stephen Curry and Jay-Z started using NFTs as their Twitter profile pictures.

The market saw two peaks during the year, one in May and one in late August.

The single highest trading day by volume was on August 29, with an unprecedented high of 132k ETH ($422m) in sales volume. The market ended the year off with over 4.6m ETH ($17bn) in total sales volume.

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Nansen co-founder and CEO Alex Svanevik commented “crypto lending and options are expected to see increased adoption by institutions as more of them are exploring the crypto markets”.

“While few companies will hold BTC directly on their balance sheet like Tesla or MicroStrategy, the opportunity to pay using crypto might finally make it mainstream,” he said.

“Moreover, we expect crypto ownership from institutional investors to boom in 2022, possibly flipping that of retail.”

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Algorand Has Appointed JPMorgan high-flyer Staci Warden As Its New CEO.

Algorand appoints new CEO Staci Warden

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Warden has been a member of the Algorand Foundation Board since September 2021 following a glittering career with JPMorgan, the Nasdaq stock exchange, and the US Treasury Department.

Algorand is actively targeting ecosystem growth in niches such as global crypto payment platforms, DeFi and NFTs. It is hoped Warden’s appointment will catalyse this expansion.

Speaking on the ALGO appointment, Staci Warden highlighted opportunities in the developing world alongside a commitment to the future of DeFi.

“I am excited to build on everything the Foundation has achieved to date, and will be focused on scaling our commitment to our community and our global partners,” she said.

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“1.7 billion people in the world do not have access to finance, and the Algorand protocol has the speed, the security, and the decentralisation to address the problem of global financial inclusion at scale.

“By both ratcheting up our global ambitions as well as doubling down on our commitment to the DeFi ecosystem, I know that we will deliver tremendous value for both the Algorand ecosystem as a whole and the end-users it supports.”


The appointment of a new CEO marks an end to the leadership of outgoing Algorand CEO Sean Lee.

Lee served as CEO of the blockchain for 18 months and played a pivotal role in cementing Algorand’s market position throughout the sensational explosion in crypto markets in 2021.

During his time at the helm of Algorand, Lee prioritised community governance and sewed the seeds for the future of the ALGO ecosystem through the Accelerated Vesting program and launch of Viridis and Aeneas DeFi funding programs.

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Commenting on his departure, Lee revealed he will be moving on to other projects in the crypto industry.

“I’ve decided to leave the Algorand Foundation to pursue new opportunities in the blockchain space,” said Lee.

“Seeing the transformative potential of the applications being built on Algorand, now is the time for me to explore those avenues.

“I have deep confidence in Staci’s ability to lead the Algorand Foundation and the Algorand ecosystem through its next growth phase.”

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Manchester United selects Tezos as official blockchain partner

Manchester United selects Tezos as official blockchain partner

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Manchester United has today announced a landmark multi-year partnership that will see Tezos featured on the Club’s range of men’s and women’s training kits.

Tezos-branded training kit will be worn by the first team squad prior to this weekend’s match against Southampton, introducing Manchester United fans to the partnership and Web3 technology through the Tezos blockchain.

Victoria Timpson, Manchester United’s CEO of Alliances and Partnerships, said it was an exciting partnership for Manchester United “because it aligns us with one of the most advanced, reliable and sustainable blockchains in an area of technology which promises to truly revolutionise the way that everyone, including the club and our fans, can interact”.

“We are especially pleased to be partnering with one of the most eco-friendly blockchains, using technology that is energy-efficient, limits carbon emissions and lowers costs, consistent with the Club’s wider efforts to promote environmental sustainability,” she said.

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“Partnerships are at the core of our strength as a club, supporting the drive for success on the pitch, and we are delighted to welcome Tezos as the latest industry leader to join our family of partners.”

Edward Adlard, Head of Adoption and Business Development, Tezos Ecosystem added that, throughout its history, Manchester United had constantly evolved, with the support of its global community of fans and partners.

“Tezos will enable Manchester United to use blockchain and Web3 to transform fan, player, team, and partner engagement,” he said.

“The decision by the world’s greatest football club to select Tezos as its blockchain of choice is further validation that thoughtful design paired with strong security, low gas fees, and community-led innovation are the essential factors driving the next wave of adoption in the new digital revolution.”

In addition to the Tezos branding on the club’s training kit, the partnership will also include several new fan experiences built on the Tezos blockchain and a pledge to support Manchester United Foundation with ongoing donations in TEZ – the native currency of the Tezos blockchain – to train, educate and inspire young people within the local community.

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Shiba Inu Announces Virtual Real Estate on Shiberse Ecosystem

Shiba Inu Announces Virtual Real Estate on Shiberse Ecosystem

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In an attempt to enter the metaverse in 2022, the meme coin Shiba Inu has unfurled its virtual real estate ‘Shiba Lands’. The new realm of real estate will be available for public auction or purchase soon.

In this new venture, SHIB token holders can own a part of the Shiberse metaverse. Meanwhile, the meme coin has yet to confirm the advantages of owning the lands in its metaverse. So far, the project said that people owning land in Shiba Real Estate would gain a lot of benefits.

As tweeted by Watcher Guru, a media covering crypto news, Shiba Inu will declare the purchase period of virtual real estate soon.


To prevent high gas fees, which happened in the Shiboshi NFT launch 2021, the Shiberse ecosystem will create a queue system for its land release. The queue system can process the sale more smoothly and in a much fair manner for customers.

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LEASH coin holders will get priority access to the queue in the first period of land release. Afterward, the queue will be open to the public.

Shiba Inu has stated in its blog ShibaSwap:

This queue allows exclusivity by requiring interested parties to hold “$LEASH“, which gives priority and exclusive access to this first selling phase of the land plots in our Metaverse. In addition to the queue, we also have worked on an anti-dump system in order to protect $LEASH holders. The remaining lands will then unlock, and become available for the public after this exclusive selling process finalizes.

To highlight, the Shiba Land properties will initially be auctioned. Here, users can bid their land and location soon after the project announces the date of auction.

Earlier, virtual platforms like Decentraland, Gala Games, Sandbox, and Axie Infinity had fixed their position in the metaverse. Now, Shiberse has marked its growth in the metaverse which plows for more competition among other meta platforms.

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Despite being the latest entry to the metaverse, Shiba Inu has gained wide attention from investors who believe in its developing potential.

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