Monday, December 6, 2021


As digital asset markets endure a broad pullback, cross-chain bridge protocol Ren has introduced integrations with EMV-compatible chains Fantom and Polygon that would bolster liquidity throughout the DeFi ecosystem. 

In a weblog put up on Friday, Ren introduced that the RenVM bridge now helps the trustless switch of 4 widespread cryptocurrencies to Fantom, together with Bitcoin, DOGE, and ZEC. Three further Fantom bridge belongings are incoming as nicely, together with Filecoin and LUNA. Likewise, in a put up on Wednesday, Ren introduced an analogous seven-asset integration with Polygon:

The Fantom announcement additionally famous that Ren is “at the moment engaged on including Ren-based belongings to Curve, QuickSwap, BadgerDAO, and past.” Whereas Ren serves as a bridge between chains, a recent collaboration with BadgerDAO on Ethereum demonstrated {that a} partnership with a DeFi protocol can drive protocol charges and quantity for all events. In Badger’s case, one-click bridge-and-deposit performance has pushed Badger’s WBTC vault to 1 / 4 billion in TVL. 

Per BadgerDAO’s Chris Spadafora, $150 million in BTC has already handed via the joint protocol bridge.

Sidechains like Fantom and Polygon have develop into more and more in-demand in current months as builders, buyers, and farmers search for ways to escape Ethereum’s high gas fees. Previous to the current market hunch, EMV-compatible chains played host to implementations of major Ethereum-native DeFi protocols, and sidechain tokens like MATIC have confirmed to be among the many most resilient to the recent bearish price action

A preferred Fantom group account hailed the trustless bridge because the “holy grail” for the chain, noting that the bridge has the potential to considerably bolster complete worth locked (TVL) metrics for Fantom’s numerous DeFi protocols, together with SushiSwap, Curve, and C.R.E.A.M.

“The addition of Fantom will vastly profit every protocol by bringing extra utility to Fantom and much more velocity via RenVM,” stated Ren COO Michael Burgess in a weblog post. “We couldn’t be extra excited for this to go stay, because it’ll assist bolster utility for the whole DeFi ecosystem.”