Arbitrum-Based GMX Surpassed Ethereum Blockchain in Daily Fees Over Weekend

The decentralized exchange product has gained a loyal community of users in the past few months.

AccessTimeIconFeb 13, 2023 at 8:27 a.m. UTC
Updated Feb 13, 2023 at 3:27 p.m. UTC

Decentralized finance (DeFi) exchange GMX logged fees of over $5 million in a 24-hour period over the weekend – temporarily making it the largest revenue generator in decentralized finance (DeFi), ahead of even the Ethereum blockchain.

This added to the $120 million in total fees accrued since September 2021, GMX’s dashboard data shows – which may signal fundamental strength for GMX’s native tokens.

The fees are shared across GMX’s two tokens, gmx and glp. Gmx is the utility and governance token and accrues 30% of the platform's generated fees, while glp is the liquidity provider token that accrues 70% of the platform's generated fees.

Ethereum fees clocked in at $4.7 million over that period. These fees were generated from user actions on Ethereum, such as transactions or issuance of ERC-20 tokens.

However, these fees do not include the fees generated by applications on Ethereum itself. Uniswap, for instance, had upward of $1 million in fees collected from users.

GMX fees crossed those of Ethereum blockchain. (CryptoFees)
GMX fees crossed those of Ethereum blockchain. (CryptoFees)

DeFi products like GMX rely on smart contracts to offer users financial services, such as trading and lending. GMX allows users to trade futures, or financial derivatives of spot tokens, on its exchange with leverage of up to 50 times the initial collateral.

GMX features such as low slippage, cheap fees and protection against unwanted liquidations have also contributed to the DEX’s popularity. It locked over $500 million worth of tokens as of Monday, with $455 million on Arbitrum and the remaining on Avalanche.

As such, some Crypto Twitter community members said a portion of Friday’s $5 million revenue came as Mechanism Capital founder Andrew Kang closed his multimillion-dollar positions on bitcoin and ether on GMX.

Meanwhile, Ethereum was back to the top spot on Monday with over $3 million in fees generated over a 24-hour period.


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Shaurya Malwa

Shaurya is the Deputy Managing Editor for the Data & Tokens team, focusing on decentralized finance, markets, on-chain data, and governance across all major and minor blockchains.

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