The Graph is described as an indexing protocol built to provide data on blockchain networks, storage networks, and P2P platforms. Through the use of “subgraphs,” anyone can extract data from a blockchain, process it, and store it so it can be easily queried via GraphQL.
According to a new report, Messari reviewed the performance of the decentralized protocol in the last quarter. The blockchain analytics firm considered the protocol’s active subgraphs, the network’s revenue in query fees, and the activity of the network’s indexers, delegators, and curators.
So let’s take a look at the findings contained in the report.
Active subgraphs on the network
Upon its launch, The Graph initially deployed a free hosted service wherein required subgraphs by leading projects in the Web3 ecosystem could be obtained.
In Q1 2021, The Graph launched its first subgraph on the mainnet. Thus, making the protocol “a hybrid of its hosted service and decentralized mainnet” as per Messari.
According to Messari’s report, the protocol had 392 active subgraphs in the last quarter on the decentralized mainnet. This represented a 24% spike from the index recorded in Q1 2022.
On a year-over-year (YoY) basis, active subgraphs on The Graph’s mainnet have grown by 2,350%.
As for the protocol’s hosted service, Messari found that it supported over 24,000 subgraphs in the last quarter.
Network’s revenue in query fees
As opposed to its free hosted service, obtaining data from the protocol’s decentralized mainnet comes with a fee. These fees are often referred to as “query fees.”
Because query fees are priced in USD but paid in the protocol’s native token, Messari found that “query fee revenue earned in GRT is affected by both network activity and GRT price volatility.”
According to Messari, in the last quarter,
“Revenue from query fees increased 36x in GRT terms in Q2 2022 relative to the previous quarter. The increased subgraph usage somewhat offset the GRT price drop in USD terms. With more subgraphs migrating to the mainnet, query fee activity should continue to increase for at least the next two quarters. This may further lead to increased revenue in GRT terms.”
Additionally, to ensure that The Graph runs efficiently, the protocol has indexers (who operate the nodes on the Network), delegators (who delegate the GRT token to indexers, entitling them to a portion of the indexer’s query fees and rewards), and curators (who determine the subgraphs that The Graph Network should index).
According to Messari, in the last quarter, the number of indexers on the network grew by 7%. Delegators grew by 6% and curators by 4%.
GRT token in Q2
At the beginning of the quarter, the price of GRT was pegged at $0.48. However, in the 90-day period under review, the token’s price declined steadily to be at $0.92 at the end of the quarter. In that period, the token dropped by 80%.
Within the same period, GRT’s market capitalization dropped from $2.28 billion to $635.07 million.
Axie Infinity holders have reasons to celebrate market drawdown
The market crash has affected every cryptocurrency in some or the other way. And, the recovery from the same has been a nightmare for many. But not for the Axie Infinity holders.
These GameFi token holders stand to be some of the most thriving individuals when compared to the investors of other cryptocurrencies.
Axie Infinity, no worries
The altcoin marked its all-time high of $160 back in November 2021. However, it has consistently been on a downtrend.
Down by almost 90%, AXS was seen trading at $17.8 on 9 August after rising by about 40% from the lows of the June crash.
Now, in such a case, at least a majority of the investors would be bound to take a hit in some or the other way. But surprisingly, not a lot of investors are suffering losses.
This is because even before Axie Infinity came anywhere close to its all-time high (ATH), the investors were already in profit since they had been accumulating for a very long time.
Consequently, in November, not even 1% of the investors were at a loss. However, as prices began falling, their profitability did too.
Plus, the ones who bought their supply around the time AXS was at its highest point are a part of the cohort which noted losses. Their FOMO purchase is taking a hit as the price has returned to its 15-month lows.
At the moment, after a 40% recovery over the month, Axie Infinity investors are noting a slight improvement, although 22.29% of them are still at a loss, which is still a far lower concentration in comparison to the market.
But even for these 22.29% investors, profits do not lie millions of miles away from the ATH.
As the loss-bearing holders’ concentration would come down to just 6%, AXS would be a profitable investment once again.
USDC, USDT, BUSD caught in the midst of tornado- Here’s how
The invention of Bitcoin [BTC] in 2008 led to the idea of decentralization which became the mantra of the entire crypto ecosystem. However, it was necessary to involve regulators and central authorities because of some illegal activities and their negative effect on unsuspecting investors.
The latest is the money laundering enterprise set up by Tornado Cash, which has somehow pointed to some defects around stablecoins. The mission behind the platform creation was to let users make private transactions using the Ethereum [ETH] network. However, they went beyond their jurisdiction.
According to a New York Times report on 8 August, Tornado Cash has been involved in laundering over $7 billion worth of stolen cryptocurrency.
This led the United States (US) treasury department to blacklist the company. Similarly, Circle, the company behind stablecoin, USDC, froze the accounts of its users linked to the platform.
This action led to conversations around the true nature of crypto decentralization. Crypto investor and Bankless CEO Ryan Adams referred to the action as an “assault on crypto.”
Today the US sanctioned Ethereum addresses associated w/ a privacy service called Tornado cash.
Circle immediately froze the USDC in those accounts. GitHub suspended contributors to Tornado.
If you were waiting for the opening shot of big brother’s assault on crypto this was it
— RYAN SΞAN ADAMS – rsa.eth 🦇🔊 (@RyanSAdams) August 8, 2022
In response to the same decision, a researcher at Proximityfi, a NEAR-based DeFi platform, said that the crypto community needed actual decentralized stablecoins.
According to him, the trio of Circle [USDC], Tether [USDT], and Binance USD [BUSD], were past their relevance.
After recent events, it is time the crypto space develops a new stablecoin that is
– 100% decentralized
– censorship resistant
– truly resilient
In this thread I’ll explain and summarize one interesting idea to issue a BTC/ETH-backed stablecoin using derivatives contracts 🧵👇
— Res ®️ (@resdegen) August 8, 2022
In the thread, he explained that the top three stablecoins in market value do not align with the ideas behind decentralization.
Additionally, he mentioned that there were genuinely decentralized stablecoins that were not as popular, including RAI and LUSD, revealing that Ethereum Founder Vitaik Buterin was a big fan of the former.
He went further by proposing the idea of a stablecoin backed by BTC or ETH to achieve true decentralization.
Interestingly, there have been debates about USDC superseding USDT. So will this latest proposal bring an end to both stablecoins?
At press time, the Tornado cash website had been brought down with its developers booted out of GitHub. However, there was no response from the camps of Circle, Tether, or Binance regarding the proclamation.
In conclusion, the recent actions of Circle may contrast with its earlier claims.
On 18 June, CEO Jeremy Allaire debunked claims that the company could freeze accounts at any point.
With the recent happenings, it may seem that the concerns of EthHub founder Anthony Sassano were valid. The future will tell where USDC, BUSD, and USDT go next or make improvements.
Assessing the odds of Polkadot [DOT] sustaining its growth
Polkadot has been grabbing headlines recently with its performance. The latest updates on the network have added fuel to DOT’s uptrend in the crypto market.
This has made DOT the highest performing crypto asset among CoinMarketCap’s top 10 tokens. DOT, at press time, was trading at $9.01 after gaining a significant bull charge over the week by 16.35%.
The token has, however, lost momentum since 8 August and has taken a hit of 3.34%.
Dotting the map
According to data from Lunar Crush, Polkadot has scaled new heights during this week. In a weekly review update, Polkadot Insider has provided information to support this claim.
Social signals of the network suggest that Acala, Moonbeam, and Astar are the most influential projects on Polkadot right now.
Social mentions of Polkadot have clocked around 211.29k while social dominance has racked up at 0.40% over the period under review.
Impressively, social engagements surrounding Polkadot have crossed more than 700 million during the first week of August.
Furthermore, the Polkadot-based Astar network has announced a partnership with Alchemy Platform to accelerate dApp development.
This news release will certainly be a boost for Polkadot as it will promote user growth on it.
Another Polkadot-based network, Phala, has launched a stake pool description function on its application.
It will allow pool owners to access social channels such as Discord and Twitter directly from the application.
1/ Last week the Polkadot ecosystem continued building, deploying and growing. Check out some of the announcements from the ecosystem and hear the latest news from the parachain teams, infrastructure providers, and wallets in this week’s #PolkadotRoundup.
Read the 🧵below
— Polkadot (@Polkadot) August 8, 2022
Well, Polkadot has certainly shown growth in several on-chain metrics. The market-wide sentiment has provided a timely boost to support Polkadot in its future.
However, a report suggests that DOT could yet see a near-term setback. It followed bears at press time after noting a negative change in the past day.
A sudden setback has shifted the course of network volume which was still 36% up on 9 August.
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