Ethereum Layer 2 Bridging Skyrockets In Q1 2023: Report

Apr. 19, 2023
Ethereum Layer 2 Bridging Skyrockets In Q1 2023: Report

A new report from Alchemy, a web3 development platform, has revealed that Ethereum Layer 2s, such as Optimism, Arbitrum, and Polygon, have seen a massive increase in popularity in Q1 2023.

The report, titled “Web3 Development Report,” highlights the growing adoption of Layer 2 scaling solutions as Ethereum seeks to address its scalability challenges.

According to the report, more than 635,000 ETH users bridged digital assets to these networks from January to March 2023. It marks a staggering increase of 44% over the previous quarter and an incredible 518% compared to the same period in 2022.

These figures have caused a buzz in the crypto community, signaling a new era of scalability for Ethereum. Alchemy attributes this increase in activity to the success of airdrops from Optimism and Arbitrum in Q1 2023.

Airdrops are promotional events where free tokens are distributed to users to incentivize adoption and growth.  The market often uses these airdrops to introduce new Layer 2 scaling solutions.

Developers Show Greater Interest in Layer 2s

In addition to increased asset bridging from users, Layer 2s also saw a surge in developer activity. Although smart contract deployment linked to Layer 2s declined by 30% compared to Q4 2022, it climbed by 160% compared to Q1 2022.

The report also highlights increased developer interest in the Ethereum ecosystem. In the first quarter of 2023, Ethereum software development kits (SDKs) such as Ethers.js, Web3.js, Hardhat, and were downloaded 1.9 million times, an 8% increase from the previous quarter.

Moreover, downloads of the MetaMask SDK, a tool used to create apps that connect with the Ethereum wallet MetaMask, grew in each of the first three months of the year.

There is a growing interest in the Ethereum ecosystem. They aim to address the scalability challenges of this interest through Layer 2s and other scaling solutions.

Ethereum Layer 2s: A Solution to Scalability Challenges

As early as 2020, Ethereum Layer 2s have been suggested as a solution to Ethereum’s scalability problem, resulting in hefty gas fees. Layer 2s are scaling solutions on the ETH network that handle many transactions without congesting the main chain.

The surge in Layer 2 adoption is a promising sign for ETH, which has faced challenges in scaling its network. The adoption of Layer 2s could help reduce congestion and lower gas fees on ETH.

Additionally, in turn, could make Ethereum more accessible to a broader range of users. Alchemy’s report indicates that Ethereum Layer 2s are gaining significant momentum in Q1 2023, driven by both users and developers.

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