Top 10 Projects Building on Solana: Raydium, Orca, SOL, USDT…
Solana has been making fast progress since it was launched in April last year, reaching consecutive goals and the Solana network exceeded 35 billion transactions, making it one of the fastest networks. Besides that, the volume of the projects on the Solana network is huge, exceeding 500 at the moment, from wallets to decentralized exchanged (DEX), storage solutions and digital games.
The growing projects on Solana strengthen and grow the network, when crypto users are looking for an ETHEREUM alternative. But, with all these projects it’s difficult to choose the top ones, so we took a look at them and came out with the top 3 projects on the Solana ecosystem.
Star Atlas Game
Star Atlas is a competitor for Axie Infinity, promising to provide a triple-A gaming experience and offering supper high-quality cinematic game visuals. Earlier this year they released the triple IDO (Initial Decentralized Offer) which sent this network and Atlas, the in-game currency and POLIS, the governing token around 150 times higher. But star atlas has much more potential. Star Atlas can be described as a combination of NFT (Non-Fungible Token) with the gaming industry using the concept of the metaverse.
The idea is to monetize the time spent playing the game. Gamers can collect NFT’s and sell them for real cash in the Star Atlas marketplace. This ecosystem comes with a deflationary mechanism, by losing your NFT spaceships if you engage and lose in a battle. 80% of the Atlas tokens will be rewarded to successful players, while after selling 20% of the Polis coins, the rest will be distributed to the DAO. You can also lend both tokens on different pools on Radium, which is the next top Solana-based project.
Raydium is a market maker just like Uniswap built on Solana. It has the highest TVL (Total Value Locked) on Solana with $12.6 billion. What makes Radium stand aside is the fact that the other DEX and DeFi (Decentralized Finance) suffer from two main issues: one, most exchanges are based on the Ethereum network which means network congestion and high gas fees, and two, and they can access liquidity only within their pools.
Raydium can overcome these challenges by incorporating Serum on the Solana blockchain, which is the first AMM (Automated Market Maker) that optimizes the speed of the Solana network and the DEX limit order book, meaning endless liquidity supply, frictionless yield farming and speed token swaps. With the Serum connection from Raydium, the whole Solana Ecosystem gets access to more liquidity. The average all-time high ROI for the IDO is at 5,000%, while RAY which is the native token has had a great performance in recent months.
ORCA is a DEX where the TVL has exploded recently, reaching $1.11 billion. It is a pure AMM DEX on Solana, which encourages users to:
- Swap – Orca users can use its own pool and unlike Raydium and does not use Serum as a source of liquidity and they can tap on liquidity pools as well. Similar to AMM, LPs (Liquidity Providers) can provide liquidity to Orca’s pools, which can receive parts of trading fees as payments/interest.
- Yield Farming Programmes – Aquafarms is one of these programmes, which offer users a number of liquidity pools, which can become Acqua farms-Yield farms. ORCA enables users to earn trading fees from participating in these farms and ORCA tokens. Orca has an auto swap as well
Serum is a permissionless decentralized exchange (DEX) echosystem built on the solana network where cryptocurrencies can be bought and sold. Being on Solana, Serum offers low fees and high transaction speed. Serum has a decentralized orderbook run by smart contracts, trying to mimic traditional exchanges by matching buyers and sellers. This way participants have more flexibility with order sizes on Serum, as well as ghetting a better buying/selling price and better control over their trades. Serum intends to rival exhanges built using an automated market maker (AMM) such as Uniswap, Sushi with a new kind of decentralized exchange,
Serum has its own utility token, the SRM, offering traders up to a 50% discount on their tradimg fees as well as making them stakers wigth the ability to vote and participate in the the project’s governance. Serum also offers cross-chain support. Now people can trade tokens built on other platforms such as Ethereum or Polkadot, which is one of Serum’s major utilities. At the same time decentralized finance (DeFi) projects can also access Serum’s features and liquidity, despite which blockchain they are built on.
Mango is a decentralized, cross-margin trading platform with leverage. It has integrated limit orders on Serum DEX’s on-chain order book and offers leverago of up to 5 times. Traders can also earn interest on deposits and their positions fully leveraged, while trading with near zero fees, which can be attributed to Solana’s high-performance blockchain. Besides that, users can put their SRM tokens into a shared pool, reducing the number on the platform. Core features of the platform are on-chain margin trading on limit order books and perpetual futures. These are the main drivers of the centralized exchange revenue. Thus, moving those to DeFi is a vital step to overcome CeFi (Centralized Finance) platforms. Mango Markets can also be used to lend digital assets.
Tether – USDT
USDT was introduced in 2014 and was initially called Realcoin, perhaps for the fact that it is pegged to the US Dollar to the rate of 1:1. Tether is a stablecoin that has a stable value, mirroring the price of the USD. It is a Layer-2 token that is built on top of Bitcoin’s network, via the Omni platform. Brock Pierce, Reeve Collins and Craig Sellars are the founders of Tether and they are well-known names in the crypto industry. Brock Pierce co-founded Blockchain Capital, in 2014 Pierce became the director of the Bitcoin Foundation and he also co-founded Block.one, which is the company behind EOS
Tether is one of the first cryptocurrencies and the first stablecoin. The peg to the US Dollar is maintained by keeping a sum of cash, reserve repo notes, treasury bills, reserves commercial paper, and fiduciary deposits equal in USD value to the amount of USDT in circulation. Besides the Bitcoin blockchain, Tether was later updated to work on the Solana, Ethereum, EOS, Tron, Algorand, and OMG networks. Tether has a static fully diluted market capitalization 0f $71.393 billion since it is a stable coin and the value doesn’t change, while the current market cap stands at 70.355 billion.
Solana – SOL
Solana was founded in 2017 by Anatoly Yakovenko. It is an open-source network, aiming to implement a new high-performance, permissionless blockchain. Solana uses the Proof-of-History (PoH), which can be considered an invention of Solana. It uses time validators, where the people who make the transaction after the current transaction validate the previous transaction. It comes from the Proof-of-Stake (PoS),…