While the total no. of unique active wallets (UAWs) may be down, the total value locked (TVL) in DeFi improved by 22% from June. Hitting $82.3 billion on July 31, thanks to strong growth in several of the top ten DeFi blockchains.
That’s up 22% from the $67.3 billion in TVL at the end of June, though still far below the all-time high of $253.91 billion on December 2, 2021. The report also reveals that the total number of unique active wallets (UAW) connected to DeFi dapps fell below half a million, down 22% from the previous month and a reduction of 31% from the same period one year ago, at its lowest point since March 21.
The decline in DeFi is symbolic of the wider industry, with a total of 1.68 million UAWs connected to dapps at the end of July, down 4% from a month ago. However, optimists will note that this is still 20% higher than the total number of UAWs connected to dapps in July 2021, largely due to the popularity of blockchain gaming.
There are other reasons to be optimistic too. DappRadar’s report highlights how Ethereum TVL rose from $46 billion at the end of June to $57.9 billion by July 31. Other leading blockchains saw TVL rise too. Binance Smart Chain’s TVL rose from $5.97 billion at the start of the month to $6.8 billion on July 31, while Tron’s TVL rose from $3.95 billion to $5.9 billion over the same period. Other popular DeFi blockchains stood out for different reasons – Flow notably saw its daily UAW jump by over 200% in the month due to the launch of Permissionless Smart Contract Deployment capabilities that allow any user to deploy smart contracts on its mainnet.
Blockchain Games Are the Real Winners During the Bear Market
The most successful blockchain segment in July was the gaming industry, where UAWs were up 8% compared to the previous month and 98% from one year ago. There were almost one million daily UAWs (967,662 average daily UAWs) connected to game dapps at the end of July, something that doesn’t come as a surprise as the industry continues to churn out more immersive and playable games. Blockchain games now account for 57.39% of all UAWs linked to dapps, an all-time high, up from 52.03% in the previous month and $857 million in transactions.
In contrast, NFTs showed signs of a slowdown, with the sector failing to achieve more than $1 billion in total trade volume for the first time since June 2021. Like DeFi, though, it’s not all doom and gloom in the NFT space. The report showed that the number of UAWs linked to NFT-related dapps rose to 130,418 at the end of the month, thanks to a resurgence of interest in Solana and BSC.
July also proved challenging for the industry’s leading NFT marketplace OpenSea, which saw its dominance fall significantly. OpenSea’s market share fell from 84% of all NFT trade volume to just 58.6% at the end of the month as it faced increased competition from rivals, including the newly-launched Gamestop and Nickelodeon NFT marketplaces.
Pedro Herrera, Head of Research at DappRadar, said that the report painted a mixed picture of the state of the current crypto market: “On the one hand, DeFi is starting to show its first signs of recovery with TVL surging over 20% since last month; while blockchain gaming is continuing to defy the bear trend, with 60% of overall blockchain activity, an all-time high. NFTs are more of a mixed picture, as while sales were below the $1 billion sales mark for the first time since June last year, the number of UAWs linked to NFT-related dapps rose to 130,418 at the end of the month, and blue-chip NFT collections like CryptoPunks performed particularly well”.
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