Polygon (MATIC) jumps ahead as the race for Layer-2 adoption picks up

Recently layer 1 solutions like the Solana (SOL) and Cosmos (ATOM) have grown in prominence thanks to each network’s faster transaction times and lower fees when compared to the Ethereum network. An even greater focus has fallen on layer 2 solutions that can help Ethereum keep up with the competition as it continues its process of switching to proof-of-stake.

One project that has seen a steady rise in user activity and transactions over the past 2 months is Polygon (MATIC), a platform for Ethereum scaling and infrastructure development.

MATIC/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView shows that since hitting a low of $0.26 as the market sold off on April 18, MATIC price has climbed 50% to $0.39 as adoption of this expanding L2 platform begins to ramp up.

Popular projects migrate to Polygon

Following the early February announcement that the Matic Network would be rebrand to Polygon as part of its effort to become the go-to L2 aggregator for the Ethereum network, the protocol has seen a significant increase in user and project adoption.

Since the rebrand, multiple decentralized finance (DeFi) and nonfungible token-related projects have made the decision to integrate with Polygon to take advantage of its fast, low fee environment.

Some of the more significant DeFi integrations include the decentralized exchange SushiSwap (SUSHI) and Curve Finance (CRV), while OpenSea, Decentraland (MANA) and Aavegotchi (GHST) are large NFT communities that now utilize the Polygon network.

On March 31, the popular DeFi lending platform AAVE announced that it was exploring “new scalability frontiers” with Polygon, and the subsequent launch of AAVE on the…

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