Hayden Adams, Uniswap’s CEO, tweeted Monday that the platform became the first decentralized exchange to process over $100 billion in transactions. Using data from Dune Analytics, Adams showed cumulative volumes of $101.5 billion as of Monday. The chart highlights Uniswap’s dramatic growth since mid-2020 when the first DeFi bull market began.
Decentralized exchanges, also referred to as DEXs, have seen their volumes grow considerably over the past eight months. They now threaten centralized-exchange dominance due to the rapid uptake of DeFi governance tokens.
The upsurge in trading activity has come at a cost though. As Ethereum-based DEXs and on-chain transactions continue to grow, so too do the transaction fees. As recently reported that transactions on Uniswap can cost over $100 during peak overload periods.
Uniswap has emerged as a critical piece of the DeFi sector thanks to its first-mover advantage and ability to accommodate new token projects. In late 2020, the exchange airdropped 400 UNI tokens to users that had previously contributed to its liquidity. At the time of the airdrop, the 400 UNI were worth around $3,500. The tokens are now worth a combined $8,400.
More than $57.6 billion has been locked into DeFi protocols, according to the latest industry data.