Nonfungible tokens were one of the hottest sectors of the cryptocurrency market from the start of the year until March but as is the nature of the crypto sector, NFTs cooled off significantly in April as the hype died down and high fees on the Ethereum (ETH) network hampered the ability of buyers and sellers to interact with the protocols.
The challenge of high fees eventually led some projects like Axie Infinity (AXS) and Smooth Love Potion (SLP) to migrate to other networks or embrace layer 2 solutions as a way to help lower costs. This move, along with a drastic reduction in ETH gas fees in the past two weeks could be part of the reason for the strong rally in AXS and SLP over the past week.
Data from and TradingView shows that the price of AXS rallied 83% from a low of $6 on April 25 to a high at $11 on April 29 while the price of SLP skyrocketed more than 1,000% from a low of $0.035 on April 25 to a new record high at $0.396 on May 2.
Several reasons for the recent price growth of AXS and SLP include the migration to the Ronin sidechain for Ethereum, increases in community adoption and a sponsorship from a well known crypto influencer that helped draw new participants to the community.
Shift to Ronin sidechain lowers fees
The most impactful event for AXS and SLP over the past two weeks was the full launch of Ronin phase 2 which required users of the platform to migrate their Axies, which are the in game characters, along with their AXS, SLP and ETH tokens to the Ronin sidechain in order to continue engaging with the protocol.
TIMES UP, LETS DO THIS
Ronin phase 2 is live!!!
Migrate your Axies for a buttery-smooth experience on Ronin, our Ethereum sidechain!
Finally, we control our own destiny.
— Axie Infinity (@AxieInfinity) April 28, 2021
Ronin is an Ethereum sidechain that was originally announced in June of 2020 and is designed…