- More than 40 DeFi projects have been built using Fantom, with a total value locked at more than US$5.28 billion
- More than 370 million FTMs – valued at US$600 million- have been paid to developers building games on the Fantom platform
- On 19 July 2021, Fantom was valued at US$0.175. With a current price of US$2.29, this represents a growth of around 1,200%
This year has seen a marked shift in the value distribution dynamics of the cryptocurrency market. Although Bitcoin still remains the most valuable digital asset, the dominance gap has been significantly diminished by Ethereum’s rapid growth.
In fact, if it weren’t for delays surrounding Ethereum’s upgrade, which is now tipped to be completed in 2022, that gap might be even smaller. Instead, because of these delays, users have been forced to opt for alternative blockchains offering a similar service to Ethereum.
This is where Fantom enters the picture, with an outstanding year-to-date growth.
What’s Driving Fantom’s Popularity?
Is Fantom About To Explode?
Due to its faster transaction speeds compared with Ethereum’s older network Fantom has specifically become more popular among developers building decentralised finance (DeFi) platforms.
In fact, according to DeFi Llama data, more than 40 projects have been built using Fantom, with more than US$5.28 billion as total value locked (TVL).
Amongst Fantom’s most popular DeFi project is Geist Finance. Other popular Fantom DeFi projects include SpookySwap, Beefy Finance, and Scream.
Furthermore, Fantom also includes Fantom Finance - a DeFi platform with a TVL of more than US$100 million.
Fantom also uses a proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus, which means users stake FTM to earn strong interest.
PoS platforms have become increasingly popular this year as the public has become
More aware of the mining practices of proof-of-work platforms and their taxing impact on the environment. Most notoriously, Bitcoin came under heavy criticism this year when it was revealed that its annual energy usage was equal to that of some small countries. Since then PoS platforms have become more popular as their mining practices are considered more environmentally friendly.
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Fantom Price Analysis
Fantom’s year-to-date (YTD) growth has been extraordinary so far with its current price of US$2.29 having grown from its January 1 price of US$0.017.
In the past three months Fantom’s value has rallied along with the wider crypto market. On 19 July, 2021, Fantom was valued at US$0.175. With a current price of US$2.29, this represents a growth of around 1,200%.
Is Fantom About To Blow Up?
So, what makes Fantom such an exciting prospect? Well, one of the primary indicators is Fantom’s recent investment in gaming developers. More than 370 million FTMs – valued at US$600 millions- has been paid to developers building games on the Fantom platform.
Gaming has been one of the key drivers in the crypto market in the past year. Most famously, Axie Infinity, which is available on Ethereum, has skyrocketed with the amount of users dramatically increasing, particularly over the Covid-induced lockdown period.
Fantom’s Price Outlook
With a booming NFT gaming market, Fantom is positioning itself to be the biggest gaming platform on the market.
If you combine this with Fantom’s impressive transaction speed, which is a big reason why users are choosing it over the slower Ethereum platform, it’s not hard to see why Fantom is positioned for an price explosion.