On April 10, the OKLink Insights | 2022 Q1 Encryption Industry Report (hereinafter referred to as the “Report”), a master on the OKLink chain, was officially released!
The report reviews the development of the encryption industry in the first quarter of this year from the perspectives of the macro market overview of the encryption industry, the development status of mainstream public chains, and the latest developments in popular sectors of the industry.
Quick Reading of OKLink Quarterly Report (Partial)
- 2022 Q1 Crypto is affected by two external factors: monetary policy & geopolitics , and the increase in uncertainty risk has caused Bitcoin to dip twice.
- Despite the drop in price, it has not stopped institutions and listed companies from continuing to accumulate Bitcoin.
- 2022 is a critical year for Ethereum to transform to PoS, and the number of ETH 2.0 deposit contracts pledged exceeded 10 million .
- Non-EVM public chains are competing to launch EVM compatible versions to accelerate the multi-chain ecological prosperity, and the dominance of Ethereum TVL continues to decline .
Monetary policy and geopolitical factors have a significant impact
The report pointed out at the beginning that monetary policy and geopolitical factors are the two external factors that will have a greater impact on the crypto industry in the first quarter of 2022.
Since the end of 2021, the Federal Reserve and central banks have started a series of actions such as interest rate hikes and balance sheet adjustments. The tightening monetary policies of major economies have brought a certain negative sentiment to the crypto market.
In addition, the Russian-Ukrainian military conflict that broke out at the beginning of the year and a series of sanctions imposed by NATO countries against Russia have led to soaring prices of global agricultural products and energy supply chain products, increasing uncertainty and risks in traditional financial and commodity markets, and further transmitting negative sentiment. to the crypto market. With the Fed raising interest rates a foregone conclusion, the two sides in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine tried to resume negotiations, and the relevant negative sentiments were gradually digested. Therefore, the crypto market began to stabilize and rebound in the first quarter after two rounds of bottoming out.
At the same time, it is worth noting that under the overall pessimistic market sentiment in the first quarter, overseas institutions and listed companies are still optimistic about the long-term value of mainstream encrypted assets, and such assets have become an important part of the balance sheets of many overseas companies involved in the encryption industry. composition of assets.
According to OKLink data, MicroStrategy holds the largest amount of Bitcoin among overseas listed companies. The company has been hoarding Bitcoin since August 2020. As of the end of the first quarter of 2022, it held a total of 129,218 BTC worth $5.8 billion. It even exceeds the market value of MicroStrategy, and is three times the holdings of second-place Tesla.
Data source: OKLink
Welcome to the great era of Ethereum 2.0 and multi-chain prosperity
At present, the Ethereum public chain with the most active ecology, in order to completely solve the congestion on the chain and improve the scalability of the blockchain, is already moving towards the 2.0 stage, and the core change is the transformation from the PoW algorithm to the PoS algorithm. 2022 is the year that Ethereum plans to transform to PoS. This new upgrade means that Ethereum has taken a key step towards a world-class financial settlement layer and the underlying architecture of DApps.
Google Trends data shows that searches for “Ethereum Merge” hit a new all-time high in the first quarter, while searches for keywords such as “Proof of Stake (PoS)” and “Ethereum 2.0 release date” also all surged. , it can be seen that ETH 2.0 (now renamed the consensus layer), which has brought fundamental changes to the Ethereum network, really affects the heartstrings of the market.
Staking ETH is a key step in the evolution of Ethereum to the 2.0 stage. OKLink data shows that the number of ETH 2.0 deposit contract addresses pledged has exceeded 10 million. As of March 31, Ethereum 2.0 has received a total of 10,989,186 ETH pledges, accounting for ETH 9.30% of the circulating supply.
We may soon usher in an Ethereum that is vastly improved in terms of scalability, security, and sustainability.
Data source: OKLink
But realistically speaking, the current high gas fees and congested network of Ethereum make some low-cost public chains (such as Polygon, Fantom, etc.) running on Ethereum EVM (the core underlying component of the Ethereum ecosystem) rather popular. .
And non-EVM public chains that once appeared as Ethereum challengers are also competing to launch EVM-compatible versions: such as Moonbeam, which was added by the Polkadot public chain in January this year; Aurora, which was launched by the Near public chain in May last year; or will be delayed From the Cosmos public chain EVM network Evmos launched in April this year, and the Neon Labs project of the Solana public chain.
It is worth affirming that, on the one hand, the non-EVM public chain provides a new entry for users and assets by adding EVM compatibility; on the other hand, by integrating widely accepted standards, it will bring more benefits to the global blockchain ecosystem. composability to accelerate the prosperity of the multi-chain era.
At present, with the rapid development of the global blockchain and encryption industry, the analysis and processing of a large number of and diverse on-chain data can provide a weather vane and barometer for judging the development trend of the industry. In this regard, based on the self-developed technology platform and rich experience in data processing and analysis on the chain, Ouke Cloud Chain has launched a series of data reports reflecting the development of the blockchain and encryption industry, and will continue to provide support for the development of the industry.