Over the last two years, Decentralized Finance (DeFi) has become a dominant narrative within the Ethereum ecosystem. The total value locked in DeFi protocols has grown from $0 in August 2017 to more than $600M today.
Since its inception, the DeFi space has been dominated by the MakerDAO platform. In fact, this was the first decentralized application that has experienced significant adoption.
MakerDAO is a stable coin project that backs the value of the Dai stable coin through a dynamic system of Collateralized Debt Positions (CDPs or Vaults). Dai is designed to maintain a 1:1 soft-peg with the U.S. Dollar and its value is backed by collateral: Ethereum, Basic Attention Token, and USDC stablecoin locked on its smart contracts.
Dai stablecoins are widely used within the DeFi ecosystem. Moreover, out of around $600M locked in DeFi protocols, 54% is locked on Maker’s smart contracts, making the project a systemically critical player in the current DeFi ecosystem.
Since its launch, the project has been through ups and downs. Recently, it faced major problems with its liquidation system, which resulted in mass liquidations resulting in a deficit of more than $4M for the platform.
Despite all of the negative community backlash connected to this event, the project received a great deal of support from DeFi ecosystem players. The DeFi community realized that Maker is already too big to fail and, in some ways, the whole industry is dependent upon its success or failure. Therefore, the current hurdles are unlikely to affect the long term sustainability of Maker’s platform.
As an early leader, MakerDAO will likely continue to dominate this dynamically evolving space. The hurdles will only help the project mature and become more resilient. It’s expected that Maker will be able to adapt to handle large volumes as DeFi adoption grows.Read full report
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