Polygon Proposes Token Switch From MATIC to POL for More Utility

If approved by the community, POL will work as a multipurpose token that can be used to validate multiple Polygon-based networks.

AccessTimeIconJul 13, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. UTC
Updated Jul 13, 2023 at 9:45 a.m. UTC
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A group of Polygon founders and researchers proposed a token upgrade that would replace the network's MATIC token with POL in a move that lets POL function as a single token for all Polygon-based networks.

These networks include the main Polygon blockchain, the Polygon zkEVM network, and various supernets – application-specific blockchains that run atop the main Polygon network.

The proposal lifted MATIC, which added as much as 2.6% to $0.747 in the first three minutes after the announcement.

If the proposal is accepted, network validators will be able to support the operation of multiple chains using a single token.

The upgrade to POL from MATIC requires a simple technical action – sending MATIC to the upgrade smart contract, which will automatically return the equivalent amount of POL. Token holders would be given ample time to upgrade, a proposed four years or more, if the community supports the move.

Every Polygon chain’s community will ultimately decide which token their chain will use for gas fees; some of them might choose POL. Holders will use POL to vote on governance proposals for decentralized applications built on Polygon, and all rewards will be distributed in POL.

UPDATE (July 13, 9:45 UTC): Adds token reaction in third paragraph.

Edited by Sheldon Reback.


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