Love it or Hate it, UNI Token Stands to Benefit from Uniswap’s Evolution
After releasing the UNI token as part of Uniswap V3, the first update for Uniswap V3 has been made on Github. It might say “trigger a new major release,” but for now, it just seems to be a tease with an IPFS deployment release.
Amidst the growing hype around Uniswap V3, such teases only push the market sentiments towards excitement, which in the DeFi world doesn’t take much to turn into euphoria.
Sounds like big Uniswap launch incoming. I think one has to be long $UNI. I am. https://t.co/k4F3i4GiSM
— Alex (@classicmacro) September 23, 2020
For now, the UNI token is trading at $5.17, still in the green by 6.14%, slowly uptrending towards its ATH of over $8.
Today, with Ethereum Layer 2 solution Ethereum Optimism entering the first phase of its testament launch, Uniswap has announced itself as the early adopter, along with Synthetix and Chainlink.
Additionally, Mask Network rolled out a widget that lets users trade tokens on the biggest decentralized exchange (DEX) by volume, through its Twitter extension. The aim is to make it easier for Web 2 users to migrate to Web 3 apps.
1) Today we are thrilled to introduce a new version of #Mask with a trading widget powered by Uniswap & CMC. It will automatically pop up whenever your mouse hovers on a "$+ticker" like $ETH or $UNI. Users can now view token price and trade with Uniswap without leaving Twitter! pic.twitter.com/xJQsBNKdTS
— Maskbook (@realmaskbook) September 24, 2020
The Question of Decentralization
The top DeFi project, with nearly $2 billion in deposits, is gaining a lot of attention these days thanks to its governance token, which was airdropped to its early adopters.
But not all of its is good; as we reported, there have been questions on the regulatory nature of the UNI token, which is also allocated to team members, advisors, and investors — Uniswap raised $11 million in a Series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz along with USV, Paradigm, Version One, Variant, Parafi Capital, SV Angel, and A.Capital.
At the time, it has been said the resources will be used to build Uniswap V3, which will “dramatically increase the flexibility and capital efficiency of the protocol.”
Besides the legal nature, the latest report from Glassnode also took a stab at the decentralized nature of the token launch, which raised a few questions.
“With the launch of its UNI token, Uniswap has branded itself as “decentralized,” but it still has a long way to go to reach this point. By giving itself a skeleton key to the protocol, Uniswap has (at least in the near term) sacrificed decentralization for the sake of control,” noted Glassnode.
But the crypto data provider also noted that the decision was “almost certainly” made with the protocol’s best interests at heart. Moreover, the control will gradually transition to the community.
“Despite the team's lack of transparency and somewhat deceptive marketing, the UNI token remains a strong and likely extremely valuable asset,” combined with Uniswap’s impressive growth, V3 deployment in the pipeline, and activation of fee switch that will enable UNI holders to earn a portion of trading fees.