LINKSWAP hits $20M value locked as new ‘farmers’ boost YFL price outlook

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LINKSWAP, a decentralized exchange (DEX) on Ethereum (ETH) has become the eighth-largest DEX by total value locked (TVL) on Dec. 14, a week after its launch. YFL, the governance token of the DEX, has also started to recover in the past week.

1-hour price chart of YFL. Source: Uniswap.Vision

There are several key reasons behind the growing momentum of LINKSWAP: staking, highly-anticipated launch, the uptrend of Ethereum, and the decentralized finance (DEFI) market’s overall recovery.

20% of total YFL supply staked in Governance Vault

According to the YFLink team, over 10,000 YFL have been staked in the Governance Vault. Data from CoinGecko shows YFL has a total supply of 52,000, so approximately 20% of the entire supply is staked in the vault.

As LINKSWAP launched, a whale known as “0X_B1” donated 1,200 YFL for rewards, which are currently being farmed by stakers.

The high level of engagement in LINKSWAP’s staking pools is optimistic for two reasons. First, it shows confidence from yield farmers in the prospect of YFL. Second, it causes the supply of the token to become concentrated in the short term.

LINKSWAP launch on Ethereum was long-awaited

The launch of LINKSWAP has been delayed several times throughout November. Hence, its launch in December was highly anticipated by the users.

Although it is yet to be listed on Defipulse.com, LINKSWAP’s $20 million TVL makes it the eighth-largest behind CREAM. Considering that the DEX launched on Dec. 5, the growth in the TVL has been substantial compared to other early-stage DEXs.

By Dec. 7, the combined liquidity for YFL/ETH and YFL/LINK on LINKSWAP surpassed Uniswap. By Dec. 10, LINKSWAP already achieved $10 million in TVL.

Ethereum DEX competition heating up: Uniswap, SushiSwap, Dodo, LINKSWAP

The competition in the EthDEX market is beginning to heat up. The market is currently dominated by Uniswap and SushiSwap, which handle about $233 million and $36 million in daily volume, respectively.

LINKSWAP is one of the newly-emerging DEXes alongside platforms like Dodo. The main feature of LINKSWAP is RugLock, which prevents creators of token contracts on the DEX from “rug pulling” or exit scamming.