DeFi Protocol Sushi Passes 2 Governance Votes to Strengthen Treasury

The separate proposals passed in the past two days by Sushi community voters are part of a broader plan to ensure the project’s longevity.

AccessTimeIconJan 24, 2023 at 10:02 a.m. UTC
Updated Jan 24, 2023 at 4:48 p.m. UTC
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Token holders from the Sushi community have voted on two separate proposals that aim to strengthen the decentralized-finance (DeFi) service’s treasury and long-term staying power.

Both proposals were passed independently with a majority of votes by tokens holders, who staked sushipowah and xsushi – two Sushi ecosystem tokens – on Sushi’s governance forums.

Sushi, like other DeFi applications, called dapps, relies on smart contracts to provide financial services such as trading, borrowing and lending to users. It was one of the earliest dapps and locked up over $459 million in tokens as of Tuesday, down from a lifetime peak of $7.5 billion in 2021.

Kanpai proposal

The "Kanpai" proposal aimed to direct all trading fees from xsushi holders to the Sushi treasury, while the other sought to claw back unclaimed sushi tokens from a distribution held in 2021 back to the treasury.

xSushi tokens were issued to users who staked tokens on the trading platform SushiSwap allowing them to receive 0.05% as a reward from each trade. Of this, 10% was directed to the SushiSwap treasury. As a result of Monday’s proposal decision, however, 100% of all fees will be sent to the treasury, leaving no rewards for xSushi holders.

This model is scheduled to last for nearly one year until Dec.19, 2023. By then, the community is expected to propose and pass a new rewards distribution model. Developers have previously stated that Kanpai was a “temporary solution to a long-term problem,” as CoinDesk reported.

Distribution clawback

The Sushi DAO community voted in favor of retrieving 8.2 million SUSHI tokens, which were just over $11 million at writing time and which were initially rewarded to early liquidity providers during SushiSwap’s launch in 2020.

Liquidity providers are people or entities who supply assets to a dapp in return for a cut of fees generated from financial activities on that dapp or related product.

During the first six months after SushiSwap’s launch, liquidity providers were rewarded with SUSHI tokens with over two-thirds of the accrued rewards locked up and vested for an additional six months.

Those tokens were fully unvested last year, but more than 8.2 million SUSHI remained unclaimed. The Sushi community then proposed, and successfully voted in favor of, capturing the unclaimed tokens to further bolster Sushi's treasury.

Liquidity providers have until Apr. 23 to claim the tokens. All unclaimed tokens after that date will be sent to the treasury.


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