SundaeSwap, the first decentralized cryptocurrency exchange on the Cardano blockchain, went live this week, but users have complained that transactions are failing and they aren't receiving their swapped tokens.
Similar to Uniswap’s UNI token, which powers the automated liquidity provider, SundaeSwap has its own token, SUNDAE, but the data websites CoinMarketCap and CoinGecko don't have any pricing information.
SundaeSwap announced Thursday on Twitter that “swapping is now live” on the decentralized exchange, or DEX.
SundaeSwap's website currently displays a notice when attempting to swap ADA for SUNDAE, stating: “The network is extremely congested at the moment. Swaps may fail or not go through until congestion decreases. Please be patient.”
After initial publication of this story, a representative for SundaeSwap sent the following comment:
In the lead-up to SundaeSwap’s launch, Cardano’s ADA token was rallying. The price of the token went from $1.28 on Sunday to $1.55 on Monday.
"Cardano had a lot riding on the successful launch of SundaeSwap to finally vindicate itself. Its supporters created a narrative that managed to see the ADA price rally 40%,” said Igneus Terrenus, head of communications at Bybit.
“The heightened attention became a curse, and brought to SundaeSwap more traffic than its team had prepared for,” Terrenus added. “Cardano has been such a target of ridicule and acrimony that it almost felt like this was completely predictable.”
Blockchain data suggests that Cardano whales – large holders of the cryptocurrency – have been able to swap their ADA for SUNDAE, whereas regular retail traders have suffered congestion and transaction issues.
In the SundaeSwap Discord chat, users reported getting “insufficient balance” errors and that their wallets had dropped to zero as a result of SundaeSwap’s teething problems. One user wrote: “I love Cardano and SundaeSwap, but as of now I have tried to process over 50 transactions and none have gone through.”
“It is fair to say that major launches can lead to a lot of congestion on the chain, resulting in slowing down transaction time,” said Denis Vinokourov, head of research at Corinthian Digital.
“Thus, in hindsight, it was inevitable, and, in fact, SundaeSwap Labs itself acknowledged the likely operational constraints and limitations that the blockchain and the DEX will exhibit on opening day,” he added.
Vinokourov said a DEX is far from the most complicated of product launches.
“There are much more complicated iterations that have been launched by other smart-contract blockchains, and one would have expected more stress testing to prepare for the real-world traffic onslaught,” he said.
Omkar Godbole contributed to this story.
UPDATE (19:17 UTC): This story was updated to add a comment sent by a SundaeSwap representative.
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