Dogecoin (DOGE) has proven to the world that even a project that started as a joke can gain value and notoriety in the cryptocurrency space. This phenomenon opened the door for multiple “meme” cryptocurrencies to gain a foothold, and a quick look at the trending tokens list on CoinMarketCap shows the meme effect has found a foothold.
The latest meme coin to capture investors’ attention is Shiba Inu (SHIB), a project that originally gained notoriety when Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin donated more than $1 billion worth of SHIB to the India COVID-19 Relief Fund.
While many analysts thought the project would just fade away along with the other meme coins that mooned and then crashed, Shiba Inu has instead emerged as a growing project complete with its own swap interface, yield farm and budding decentralized autonomous organization structure.
ShibaSwap launch raises gas costs
Excitement in the Shiba Inu community was ignited on Tuesday with the release of ShibaSwap, a newly created swap interface for token holders to utilize.
Ethereum gas fees had been near unprecedented lows since the Berlin upgrade, but the launch of ShibaSwap resulted in a noticeable uptick in gas costs, a phenomenon highlighted by Crypto Twitter trader Joe McCann.
While the statistics have changed slightly since this tweet was posted, the three contract addresses identified by McCann remain in the top 10 gas guzzlers, and the Shiba migrator now ranks third in terms of fees generated in the last three hours.
As seen in the table above, the only other contract that generated more Ethereum fees over the past 24 hours is Uniswap v2, and the three SHIB-related contracts combined have generated more than $1.7 million in fees over the past 24 hours.
Total value locked in ShibaSwap surpasses $1 billion
While some networks have been accused of using spam transactions to increase on-chain activity, this is not the case with Shiba Inu as the total value locked on the platform surpassed $1 billion just one day after its launch.
This is a strong sign of support for the newly released interface, which now ranks in the top 30 in terms of total value locked, according to data from Defi Llama.
At the time of writing, the project holds more value than QuickSwap and MDEX.
The initial excitement following the release of ShibaSwap led to a 14% spike in the price of SHIB on Tuesday, but the price has since drifted lower to its current value of $0.00000867, which is 78% below its all-time high of $0.0000388.
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