BitGo Joins Dogecoin Frenzy as Crypto Custody Firm Rolls Out a Wrapped Version

The announcement comes as DOGE surged 102% in October.

AccessTimeIconNov 2, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. UTC
Updated May 9, 2023 at 4:01 a.m. UTC
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BitGo will be introducing wrapped dogecoin (wDOGE) to the Ethereum blockchain through a partnership with wDogeDAO, the crypto custody firm said Wednesday.

Wrapping dogecoin will mean that holders will be able to use their wDOGE tokens for decentralized applications (dapps) in the Ethereum ecosystem. All wDOGE is backed by a DOGE token, at a 1:1 ratio.

In addition, BitGo will provide hot wallets, qualified custody and self-managed custody for both DOGE and wDOGE by the end of the month.

The announcement comes after DOGE’s price rose 102% during October. Analysts attribute the big jump to the excitement behind the takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk, who has been a major booster of the popular meme coin.

DOGE is the sixth-largest cryptocurrency, with a market capitalization of about $19 billion, according to CoinDesk’s crypto price index.

BitGo Vice President of Product Nuri Chang told CoinDesk that dogecoin “holders, both large and small, are some of the most active in the crypto community.”

“The wDOGE bridge enables that activity to spread to Ethereum and the [Decentralized Finance] ecosystem,” Chang said.

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Margaux Nijkerk

Margaux Nijkerk reports on the Ethereum protocol and L2s. A graduate of Johns Hopkins and Emory universities, she has a masters in International Affairs & Economics. She holds a small amount of ETH and other altcoins.


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