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This Crypto Reached $600 Million in 1 Week

source-logo  beincrypto.com 04 December 2023 14:05, UTC

Last week, the world of decentralized finance (DeFi) welcomed the Blast Network. The protocol quickly reached a milestone of $400 million in total locked value (TVL), and $600 million in seven days.

Since then, the total value locked has risen to $722 million. A somewhat surprising feat, given rants against the project’s centralization.

Blast Scores $600 Million TVL in Mostly Staking Deposits

The success story of Blast is told in the numbers. It racked up a TVL of $400 million in four days and $600 million in seven days, quickly growing into a notable force in DeFi. TVL measures the value of assets locked, primarily through staking, in a DeFi protocol.

Total Value Locked on Blast Network | Source: DefiLlama

The Blast Network offers yields on Ethereum and stablecoins. It is successful partly because of the high returns it offers those who lock their assets for an extended period. A high TVL also suggests that users trust the security and robustness of a network.

Allegations of Centralization

An impressive launch has not deterred criticism that the Blast network is too centralized. Jarrod Watts, a developer at Polygon Labs, tweeted about it earlier this month.

Watts thinks the ability to upgrade smart contracts (bits of code that carry out critical functions in decentralized finance) using a wallet posed a security risk. Stolen private keys can give hackers access to the $400 million-plus assets on the network.

In Watts’ view, Blast is not a true Layer 2, a network that adds transaction speed and throughput to another blockchain. Rather, it is simply a platform that accepts tokens for staking.

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Blast rebutted, saying it is pursuing decentralization. On its website, its makers tout it as “the only layer two of Ethereum with fair rates of return for ETH and stablecoins.”

Blast users can automatically reinvest their crypto. Stablecoin deposits are converted to USDB, a stablecoin that is automatically reinvested in the MakerDAO protocol, a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO). MakerDAO said in September that it would back its DAI stablecoin with US government bonds.

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