BNB Chain User Activity Soars in Q2, Despite SEC Regulatory Pressure

  • According to Messari’s new report, user activity climbed on BNB Chain in the year’s second quarter.
  • Daily active address count went up by 26% as daily transactions also grew.
  • However, due to the negative impact of SEC’s regulator activity against Binance, BNB experienced a decline.

Within the 90-day period between April and June, leading Layer 1 (L1) blockchain BNB Chain experienced a surge in network activity while its revenue dwindled, Messari found in a new report.

According to the on-chain analytics platform, in Q2, the count of daily average active addresses on the L1 network rallied by 26%. During that period, BNB Chain logged an average of 1.5 million daily active addresses.

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Source: Messari

House to more decentralized applications (dApps) than any other L1 blockchain, Q2 was marked by increased new demand for BNB Chain, Messari found. According to the report, the number of average new unique addresses grew significantly by 91.1% during the quarter under review, reaching “all-time highs after a spike in activity in late April.”

The uptick in new demand for BNB Chain in Q2 was due to the decline in network transaction fees. BNB Chain gas fees were reduced drastically after BSC validators voted in favor of a 40% reduction in transaction fees from 5 to 3 Gwei. The average daily transaction fee on the chain fell by 26% in Q2.

As a result of the transaction fee decrease, daily transactions on BNB Chain increased. Daily transactions count on the chain grew by 24% between April and June, Messari found. The growth in transactions count was “largely tied to increased activity from LayerZero.”

“After LayerZero announced its $120 million Series B fundraising on April 4, activity spiked on many of its supported networks. By June, BNB Chain was hosting 200,000-250,000 LayerZero and Stargate daily transactions and 50,000-60,000 daily unique addresses from those transactions. In addition to Stargate, activity also stemmed from Radiant Capital, an omnichain money market built on LayerZero that deployed on BNB Chain in Q1,” the report stated.

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Source: Messari

Revenue shortfall and a drop in BNB value

Despite the growth in user activity on BNB Chain, the network’s revenue took a beating in Q2. With a quarterly revenue of $52.24 million recorded, a 6.1% decline was recorded QoQ.

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Source: Messari

Likewise, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulatory activity against Binance put some pressure on the network’s native coin BNB. In June, the regulator filed a complaint against  Binance and its CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ), alleging that it engaged in the sale and offering of unregistered securities.

“The SEC complaint in June coincided with downward pressure on the value of BNB, which declined 25.2%. In contrast, the total crypto market cap increased by 2% QoQ, which was primarily driven by BTC and ETH, rising 7% and 6%, respectively. Alt-L1 tokens tended to decrease more than ETH due to the SEC’s regulatory complaints. BNB concluded the quarter as the fourth largest cryptoasset by market capitalization, reaching $37.5 billion, Messari found.”

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