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- Its unique design not only lets the depositors transfer ether but also allows them to start earning yields alongside BLAST points.
- Blast natively participates in ETH staking, allowing users to benefit from staking yields, creating a self-growing asset over time.
- Withdrawals and on-chain activities will be possible only after the mainnet launch in February, with Blast currently operating on an invite-only basis.
In a significant development within the crypto space, investors have swiftly injected over $30 million in ether and stablecoins into Blast, the latest Ethereum Layer 2 (L2) network. Launched just hours ago, the project has garnered attention for its innovative design and operational advantages. This surge in funds underscores the growing demand for Layer 2 networks, which aim to address issues related to speed, cost, and scalability on Layer 1 blockchains like Ethereum.
Early Access (now) – bridge to earn yield + Blast Points
Mainnet (Feb 24) – dapps go live, withdrawals enabled
Redemption (May 24) – Blast Points can be redeemed
— Blast (@Blast_L2) November 20, 2023
The team at Blast posted a tweet on Tuesday, saying, “Blast natively participates in ETH staking, and the staking yield is passed back to the L2’s users and dapps. We’ve redesigned the L2 from the ground up so that if you have 1 ETH in your wallet on Blast, over time, it grows to 1.04, 1.08, 1.12 ETH automatically.”
On a separate post, @PacmanBlur also commented that Blast is an ecosystem continued from the Blur blockchain, enabling users of Blur to generate returns from their dormant assets while enhancing the technical infrastructure necessary for delivering advanced NFT products to the user base.
Two of the biggest opportunities we see for NFTs are reducing transaction costs and institutional-grade NFT perps. Hundreds of millions have been spent on gas trading NFTs, and perp volume is 6x bigger than spot. These opportunities require an L2.
— Pacman | Blur.io (@PacmanBlur) November 21, 2023
Blast’s successful launch and substantial funding highlight the crypto community’s enthusiasm for Layer 2 solutions. The unique combination of earning yields and BLAST points, along with native ETH staking, positions Blast as a promising addition to the evolving crypto landscape. However, users must exercise patience, as withdrawals and full functionality are scheduled for the mainnet launch in February.
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