Polygon’s MATIC Token Jumps After 21Shares ETP Listing

At press time, the token was up 16% in 24 hours. Are cryptocurrency markets repricing “layer 2″ tokens?

Dec 1, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. UTC
Updated Dec 1, 2021 at 6:22 p.m. UTC

“Layer 2″ blockchain project Polygon’s MATIC token is up 16% in the last 24 hours after crypto exchange-traded product (ETP) issuer 21Shares announced it’s listing a product linked to the cryptocurrency’s performance on Euronext exchanges in Paris and Amsterdam.

Layer 2 products work on top of primary blockchains to speed up transactions. Polygon aims to solve the scalability issues on the Ethereum network, which has suffered from congestion and high fees.

The new listings for the 21Shares ETP, which the company says is Europe’s first product linked to MATIC’s performance, comes after it was unveiled on the SIX Swiss Exchange last month.

At press time, Polygon’s native token, MATIC, was trading at around $2.05. It’s still well off its all-time high of $3 reached in May, based on prices reported by the cryptocurrency exchange Kraken.

Ethereum Gas Fees

More than 3,000 apps are now on Polygon, according to a report from blockchain development platform Alchemy.

“I’m very bullish because of the sheer number of NFT (non-fungible token) and gaming projects built on Polygon,” said Alexandre Lores, an analyst at Quantum Economics.

In July, Polygon launched a $100 million fund for projects aimed at combining blockchain technology with gaming.

“This made Polygon a step ahead of the rest of crypto in gaming,” Lores said.

Because of the high fees on Ethereum – also known as gas – it doesn’t make sense to build a video game on the blockchain, Lores said.

Lucas Outumuro, head of research at blockchain analytics firm IntoTheBlock, said that the 21Shares ETP listing might bring more inflows to Polygon. However, he noted, “It’s more likely that the market is repricing layer 2s as we saw with Immutable X (IMX) in the past few weeks.”

Dennis Hui, a DeFi (decentralized finance) portfolio manager at DAO Ventures, said that the price pop for MATIC might just reflect a bull market in cryptocurrencies.

“This is a bull market, a bull market that is looking for an excuse to rally, and that’s all there is to it,” Hui said. ”A week ago, we were in love with metaverses. A quarter ago, it was layer 1s.” Layer 1 refers to primary blockchains, including Avalanche, Cardano, Ethereum, Polkadot and Solana.

Also up on the day are Terra’s LUNA, which rose 10% to $63.50 at press time. Solana (SOL) is up 7% in the last 24 hours, and Crypto.com (CRO) is up 8%.

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Lyllah Ledesma is a CoinDesk Markets reporter currently based in Europe. She holds a Masters degree from New York University in Business and Economics and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of East Anglia. Lyllah holds bitcoin, ethereum, and small amounts of other crypto assets.