DEX goals diverge as SushiSwap (SUSHI) and Uniswap (UNI) rally to new highs

Uniswap and SushiSwap have emerged as two of the top decentralized exchanges (DEXs) that are leading the current DeFi bull run higher.

Despite a controversial start for SushiSwap, the last few months have seen it catching up to Uniswap in terms of activity on the platform, total value locked, and the price of its SUSHI governance token.

A recent report from Delphi Digital took a closer look at the two projects and broke down the fundamental differences in the way that each has diverged in their development since SushiSwap’s vampire attack on Uniswap.

SUSHI vs. UNI price. Source: TheTIE

SushiSwap originally emerged as a fork of Uniswap v2 with the inclusion of the SUSHI governance token which was distributed to participants of the community.

At the time, Uniswap had yet to launch the UNI token which would subsequently be airdropped to users who had interacted with the protocol either by trading or providing liquidity.

While UNI had likely been planned for release at some point, many saw the surprise airdrop as being a bid to stop a potential vampire attack that would drain the liquidity from Uniswap to SushiSwap.

After a bumpy start which saw SushiSwap co-creator Chef Nomi dump all of his SUSHI tokens on the market for $14 million worth of Ether (ETH), only to later return those funds to the treasury, SushiSwap co-founder ‘0xMaki’ took over as the lead on the project and helped it to correct course and become a viable contender among DeFi platforms.

Total value locked on Sushiswap. Source: Defi Llama

When it comes to comparing the original token distribution, 65% of the original UNI supply was distributed to the community through liquidity mining and a governance-controlled treasury versus 80% of all SUSHI tokens.

In this regard, the SushiSwap platform has emerged as a more community-controlled project that is self-funded with 9% of all SUSHI emitted from the system awarded to the treasury. In contrast, Uniswap has received some VC backing with a total of $12…

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