As cripplingly high gas fees put scalability in the spotlight and multiple platforms rush to become the preferred home of Ethereum’s decentralized finance, or DeFi, ecosystem, layer-two sidechain Polygon may be emerging as a frontrunner after scoring two big wins today.
Both lending protocol Aave and portfolio management and batched transaction platform Zapper have announced that they will be offering implementations on Polygon. Aave will be launching a trimmed-down fork of its money market, with seven assets available for borrowing and lending at launch, and Zapper will enable Ethereum-to-Polygon transfers in the first step toward enabling cross-chain “zaps” — its term for multitransaction, single-click deposits and withdrawals.
Polygon, a recent sidechain rebrand of one-time Ethereum competitor Matic, enables significant increases in throughput as well as fee reductions when compared when Ethereum. Multiple NFT projects have announced migrations to the chain, and native DeFi platforms are beginning to attract significant sums of total value locked.
In a statement to Cointelegraph, Aave founder Stani Kulechov said that the fee reductions will bring more “inclusivity” to the platform, and Aave’s announcement blog post states that the platform is turning its focus toward scalability in an effort to bring services to users who have as little as a few hundred dollars. This is also what will be the first of several implementations of Aave on various layer-two platforms, per the blog post.
Zapper, meanwhile, wrote in its announcement that this integration will be the first of many sidechain, rollup and Ethereum-alternative integrations, with coverage coming for xDai, Arbitrum, Optimism and Binance Smart Chain, among others.
The goal of cross-chain yield farming has been on the radar for many projects over the past year, but the implementation is notoriously tricky. A dashboard to track yield on multiple chains and “seamlessly changing networks on Zapper” will offer significant increases in capital efficiency.
Per Zapper’s “DeFi Dad,” it will soon be possible to use the platform to gain access to Polygon’s Aave market:
— DeFi Dad ⟠ defidad.eth (@DeFi_Dad) March 31, 2021
Aside from Polygon, scaling projects across the ecosystem have been catching a hot bid as of late, headlined by StarkWare raising $75 million last week.