Web3 Resilient Against US Crypto Regulations with 1.6 Million Daily Active Wallets

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Deciphering the ripple effects of regulatory storms on crypto markets, dapp industry, and user behavior

The past week saw the crypto market valuation crash, erasing $40 billion due to US regulatory unrest, with Bitcoin and Ethereum showing resilience amidst a 30% altcoin value decline. This analytical piece delves into the factors contributing to this downturn and the subsequent impact on the dapp industry.

Key Takeaways 

  • The recent regulatory FUD has substantially shaken the cryptocurrency market, driving its capitalization below $1 trillion.
  • The dapp industry holds strong, boasting 1.6 million unique active wallets as of 14 June.
  • Despite a 7.45% decrease in Bitcoin’s price, there’s been a significant rise in unique addresses (113) that have a balance of over 10,000 Bitcoin.
  • The first half of 2023 saw a significant shift in stablecoin dynamics with USDT supply increasing by $16.7 billion, while USDC supply decreased by $14 billion.
  • Flow (FLOW) and Chilliz (CHZ), hit hardest by the legal turmoil, witnessed severe losses of 41.60% and 40% respectively, sinking to over 95% below their all-time highs.
  • Uniswap maintained a high volume of $16.68 billion over the past seven days, with a notable shift of users converting WETH into USDC or USDT, accounting for 38.45% and 12.72% of the platform’s volume respectively.

Table of Contents

  1. Web3 landscape shifts: China, Europe Advance; US faces challenges
  2. Bitcoin’s resilience amid regulatory actions
  3. Altcoins face severe losses: Bitcoin’s market dominance hits 23-month high
  4. DEX utilization soars: Uniswap and Stargate Finance lead with high volumes
  5. Dapp Industry Resilience
  6. Conclusion

1. Web3 landscape shifts: China, Europe Advance; US faces challenges

Cryptocurrency has grown exponentially in popularity over the past decade, leading to an intricate and dynamic landscape that is continually shifting. Recent events have further added to this complexity, with a significant focus on regulatory scrutiny by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

In early June, the SEC launched lawsuits against Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, and Coinbase, the most prominent U.S.-based exchange. The regulatory body accused these platforms of offering unregistered securities, including popular cryptocurrencies such as Solana (SOL), Polygon (MATIC), The Sandbox (SAND), and Axie Infinity (SAND).

This legal action caused a noticeable impact on the crypto market. Initially, we saw a broad market sell-off following the allegations against Binance. Yet, a market rebound was observed following the case filed against Coinbase. The explanation behind this is twofold.

First, prior to the SEC’s action, Coinbase had already received a Wells Notice, making further regulatory action somewhat anticipated by market participants. In contrast, Binance, which doesn’t have a clear physical headquarters, left investors and traders unsure of how the SEC’s investigation would unfold.

Second, the SEC’s actions instilled a degree of uncertainty into the market. Some major centralized exchanges, such as Crypto.com, decided to withdraw from the US market or remove the affected pairs from their platform. This uncertainty, coupled with the lack of clear rules and guidance in the U.S, has caused unease among crypto enthusiasts and institutions alike.

This has led to a clear trend of crypto institutions moving their operations out of the US. The venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (A16Z), a well-known supporter of crypto, is expanding its operations to London, marking a significant shift.

Another notable trend is the apparent movement from USDC to USDT reserves, a strong indicator of capital moving overseas. This shift signals a growing preference for tether (USDT) over the U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoin (USDC) among investors seeking stability amid market turmoil.

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Moreover, China made waves by launching its Web3 whitepaper a few months ago, signaling its commitment to exploring the potential of decentralized systems. Meanwhile, in Russia, the largest bank’s move towards Bitcoin indicates a growing interest in cryptocurrencies and their underlying blockchain technology. In Europe, the introduction of the MICA legislation for Web3 showcases the continent’s efforts to establish a regulatory framework conducive to innovation. 

These developments coincide with the easing of restrictions on blockchain in Hong Kong and the tightening of Canada’s regulatory stance, potentially leading to an outflow of talent and investment from the Americas. The implications of these shifts are intriguing, as for the first time, America may not be the sole hub for Web3 innovation. It appears that Asia is poised to emerge as a dominant force in shaping the future of this technological landscape.

2. Bitcoin’s resilience amid regulatory actions

We’ve seen that the recent regulatory actions by U.S. regulators have had an undeniable impact on the cryptocurrency industry. Of the 13 tokens mentioned in the lawsuits, bitcoin (BTC) was noticeably absent, reaffirming SEC chair Gary Gensler’s previous declaration that Bitcoin is a commodity.

MicroStrategy’s Founder and Executive Chairman, Michael Saylor, made a compelling argument amidst this turmoil, stating that the industry is likely to rationalize down to a Bitcoin-focused sector. This suggests that, despite the regulatory tremors, Bitcoin’s position as a leading cryptocurrency remains unscathed. However, it’s important to note that MicroStrategy has been accumulating bitcoin since 2020, and currently holds 140,000 bitcoin worth about $4 billion.

Intriguingly, even as the bitcoin price fell from $27,000 on 4 June to $25,000 at the time of writing, marking a 7.45% decrease, the digital asset has shown signs of resilience. According to data from Whalemap, there has been a significant spike in the number of unique addresses that have a balance of over 10,000 bitcoin.This increase indicates that, despite the price dip, Bitcoin’s adoption continues to grow.

These observations highlight the robustness and potential of Bitcoin, even in a challenging regulatory environment. The continued growth in bitcoin ownership despite the drop in its price and heightened regulatory scrutiny reflects the cryptocurrency’s enduring appeal. It underlines the long-term confidence investors have in bitcoin’s value and potential.

3. Altcoins face severe losses: Bitcoin’s market dominance hits 23-month high

As previously analyzed in the sections above, the recent lawsuits against Binance and Coinbase have resulted in a significant shake-up in the altcoin market. Of the thirteen assets we analyzed, FLOW and Chilliz (CHZ) faced the most severe blows, with losses of 41.60% and 40% respectively, bringing them more than 95% below their all-time highs (ATH). This sharp downturn aligns with the inherent volatility of altcoins and reinforces the current narrative of Bitcoin’s escalating market dominance.

A glance at the broader market trends illuminates Bitcoin’s (BTC) notable performance amidst turmoil. BTC’s dominance rate, a measure of its share in the broader market, has surged from 42% to 49.14%, a 23-month high. This rise is indicative of bitcoin’s ability to outperform other cryptocurrencies, particularly during times of instability.

It’s worth noting that this trend showcases the resilience of BTC during periods of economic uncertainty. Investors tend to retreat to “safe haven” assets when markets get rough, and bitcoin, with its proven longevity and strong network effects, often serves as this safe haven within the crypto sphere. Bitcoin’s rising dominance amidst altcoin volatility further solidifies its status as a key player, acting as an economic barometer for the overall health and sentiment of the cryptocurrency market.

Even amidst this period of turbulence, the potential and utility of altcoins remain substantial. Many of the impacted projects have been actively building, establishing significant partnerships, and attracting investment even in the face of a bear market. The current volatility, while challenging, does not signify the end for these altcoins. Rather, it represents a testing phase, from which the projects that emerge successfully will solidify their presence in the crypto space for years to come.

4. DEX utilization soars: Uniswap and Stargate Finance lead with high volumes

The recent fluctuations in the cryptocurrency market, as detailed in earlier sections, have had notable effects on the utilization and performance of Decentralized Exchanges (DEXs). At DappRadar, we’ve analyzed our proprietary data to reveal how these platforms have been heavily employed during this period of high volatility.

Taking the lead, Stargate Finance has consistently emerged as the dapp with the most unique active wallets, even in this challenging period. Known for its cross-chain liquidity protocol that simplifies asset transfers and swaps across blockchains, layer-2 networks, and decentralized applications (dapps), Stargate Finance is a key player in the DeFi space.

From 5 June, Stargate Finance observed a slight dip in unique active wallets for 4 days, but an increase in volume exceeding $1.6 billion. However, the following week saw a volume decrease of approximately 52.98%, resulting in a cumulative volume of $841,790 million over the past seven days.

Shifting our focus to Uniswap, the DEX with the highest trading volume, a different pattern emerges. While Uniswap has seen a decrease in UAW, the platform’s trading volume has continuously risen. In the past seven days, it recorded a cumulative volume of $16.68 billion, reflecting the broader market conditions with crypto prices on a downtrend.

Moreover, user behavior on Uniswap suggests a significant shift towards stablecoins. Our data indicates users are primarily converting their Wrapped Ethereum (WETH) into USDC or USDT. The first pool accounted for 38.45% of Uniswap’s volume, while the second constituted 12.72%.

For those seeking to delve deeper into DeFi statistics, our comprehensive DeFi rankings offer a wealth of information. 

5. UAW over the entire industry

As explained above, the decentralized applications (dapp) industry has witnessed an interesting response. The number of unique active wallets (UAW), an important indicator of market participation, declined by 16% since the beginning of June. However, the lowest point, with 1.6 million UAW, surprisingly fell on June 14, rather than during the peak of the regulatory upheaval. 

Indeed, the representation of UAW doesn’t distinguish between multiple users sharing a single wallet or single users with several wallets. What is apparent is that amidst the market turbulence, many opted to convert their altcoins into stablecoins, as reported in the DeFi exchanges analysis. Now, as the market remains unstable, there seems to be a temporary withdrawal from active dapp engagement.

This trend is reflected across various sectors. The DeFi sector and NFT saw the sharpest decrease in UAW since June, dropping by 17.50% and 20.76% respectively. The social sector followed closely with a 14.19% decline, clocking in at 219,123 dUAW. Interestingly, the games sector experienced the smallest dip with an 8% decrease, maintaining a healthy 660,468 dUAW. This reaffirms the continued interest in blockchain gaming, further substantiated by our May gaming report.

As the situation evolves, these trends can offer valuable perspectives for understanding the resilience and adaptability of the dapp market.

6. Conclusion

In conclusion, the recent regulatory events have unquestionably impacted the crypto and dapp landscape, prompting a significant market shakeup. With the crypto market capitalization dipping below the $1 trillion mark, the effects of the ‘regulatory FUD’ have been starkly apparent.

Despite these challenges, certain aspects of the industry have demonstrated resilience. Bitcoin, though witnessing a 7.45% decrease in price, has seen a notable increase in unique addresses, indicating its continued adoption. Similarly, the dapp industry has held strong, maintaining 1.6 million unique active wallets as of June 14.

Altcoins like Flow (FLOW) and Chilliz (CHZ) have been severely affected by the legal turbulence, experiencing significant losses and sinking to over 95% below their all-time highs. This turmoil has also influenced stablecoin dynamics, with a striking increase in USDT supply and a corresponding decrease in USDC supply.

Meanwhile, Uniswap managed to maintain a high transaction volume over the past week. Interestingly, users exhibited a significant shift in their trading behavior, converting WETH into USDC or USDT at high rates.

While these events have indeed presented the dapp industry with a challenging landscape, they also serve as a hard yet vital lesson. It is through such trials that the industry is pruned, allowing the most robust and resilient projects to weather the storm and ultimately prevail. This is yet another step in the ongoing journey of the crypto and dapp industries, a testament to their resilience and adaptability in the face of regulatory changes and market volatility.

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