Cross-chain bridge tokens moon as crypto shifts toward interoperability


Interoperability is shaping up to be one of the top topics for the cryptocurrency market in 2022 as projects across the ecosystem reveal integrations that make their networks Ethereum (ETH) Compatible with virtual machines (EVM).

While this has been one of the long-term goals of the ecosystem as a step on the way to an interconnected network of protocols, it has also created a new decentralized finance (DeFi) market for multi-chain bridging and decentralized finance.

These are three of the highest volume cross-chain bridges that the cryptocurrency community uses to transfer assets between blockchain networks.


Multichain (MULTI), formerly known as Anyswapis a cross-chain router protocol that aims to become the benchmark router for the emerging Web3 ecosystem.

According to data from Defi Llama, Multichain is the highest ranked cross-chain exchange protocol by total value locked, with $8.95 billion currently locked on the platform.

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Locked multi-chain total value. Source: Defi Llama

One of the main reasons for the high TVL in Multichain is the large number of blockchain networks that support the protocol. Currently, 30 different chains can be accessed on the network.

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Blockchain protocols supported by Multichain. Source: Multichain

According According to data provided by Multichain, the protocol has processed a total volume of $53.15 billion since its launch, of which $19.08 billion was traded in the last 30 days alone. Currently there are 485,399 users who have interacted with the Multichain protocol, totaling about 2,256 million transactions.

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Multi-chain network statistics. Source: Multichain

Users who deposit tokens in one of the pools supported by Multichain receive a portion of the transaction fees generated by the pool in question.

The protocol’s native MULTI token is used to vote and participate in the governance of the Multichain ecosystem and has a circulating supply of 18.64 million tokens out of a total of 100 million.


Synapse (SYN) refers to itself as a “cross-chain layer protocol ∞” that is designed to offer users interoperability between separate blockchain networks.

According according to data from Defi Llama, Synapse recently hit an all-time high in total value locked of $1.16 billion before experiencing a wave of exits that reduced TVL to 740.43 million.

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Total value locked in Synapse. Source: Defi Llama

The The Synapse protocol currently supports 12 different chains which have a combined total bridging volume of $5.33 billion, according to the platform dashboard data.

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Total bridge volume on each network supported by Synapse. Source: Synapse

A large percentage of the total volume traded on Synapse has occurred since the beginning of 2022, with the protocol posting an all-time high bridging volume of $157.8 million on January 23.

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Synapse bridge volume. Source: Synapse Analytics

The protocol’s native SYN token has various uses within the ecosystem. Token holders can use it to conduct community governance votes through SynapseDAO, Liquidity Providers (LPs) receive a percentage return paid in SYN for their deposits and it is also used as a subsidy to pay for gas spent by validators. network to secure transactions over the network.

LPs also receive a portion of the protocol fees earned by the Synapse platform on each transaction.

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Celer cPuente

Another popular cross chain bridge is Celer’s Bridgea multi-chain network that enables low-cost, instant value transfers between 19 different networks.

The cBridge is a sub-sector of the larger Celer (CELR) ecosystem and uses the CELR token for operations on the protocol and as a reward token for liquidity providers.

Along with the CELR rewards paid to LPs, a percentage of the transaction fees generated by people using the liquidity pools to pool cross-chain funds are paid to LPs and added directly to the pools, allowing rewards accumulate.

According According to data from cBridge Analytics, the total value of funds locked in the bridge contract (group-based bridge) and funds locked in the token vault contract (canonical token bridge) currently stands at $240.92 million. .

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cBridge usage statistics. Source: cBridge

A total of 89,897 unique addresses have interacted with the protocol since its inception and have made a total of $2.842 billion in transaction volume.

Similar to the transfer trend seen with Synapse, transaction volume on cBridge increased markedly in 2022 with a record $71.12 million in transactions on January 22.

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Daily transaction volume on cBridge. Source: cBridge analysis

Some of the protocols currently supported by cBridge include Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain, Avalanche, Polygon, Fantom, Metis, Harmony, Gnosis, Arbitrum, and Optimism.

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