- Optimism’s OP stack’s growing roster may provide a consistent revenue stream for the protocol
- Despite the soaring revenue, OP token failed to see green
Over the past year, the Layer 2 landscape has seen a notable surge in competition. At the onset of 2023, Arbitrum held a prominent position within the sector, leading many to cast doubt on the prospects of Optimism [OP]’s future success. As the dominance of Arbitrum became apparent, skepticism around Optimism’s potential arose.
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OP Stack could have a positive impact
However, Optimism’s OP stack may provide the protocol with a competitive edge in this sector. In fact, recent data revealed an impressive roster of projects and enterprises, including notable names like Coinbase, Binance, Debank, Celo, and Worldcoin, who are actively constructing their own Layer 2 solutions using Optimism’s OP Stack.
Coinbase’s Base network has already generated an impressive $1.5 million in revenue within the month. Extrapolating this figure, assuming revenue remains constant, results in an annualized revenue estimate of approximately $45 million, according to The Defi Investor’s data,
A significant portion of this revenue, specifically 10% of the Base revenue, would contribute to the Optimism treasury, amounting to a substantial $4.5 million. With the potential for Base’s growth trajectory to continue, this sum could conceivably exceed $20 million during the forthcoming bullish market cycle.
This projection signifies a remarkable $20 million revenue stream exclusively attributed to Optimism, courtesy of Base.
Moreover, it’s important to note that every additional Layer 2 entity that integrates Optimism’s Superchain will also allocate a portion of its earnings to the OP Treasury. This illustrates the broader financial benefits that stand to be reaped by Optimism as its ecosystem expands and diversifies.
Additionally, according to Token Terminal’s data, the accumulative revenue generated by Optimism amounted to $4.8 million. Despite seeing a decline of 1.8% in daily active users, the protocol continued to grow in terms of revenue.
How is the OP token doing?
However, OP did not see the same level of growth. Over the last few days, the price of the OP token has fallen materially, with the same trading at $1.524 at press time. The decline in price was accompanied by falling network growth, which implied that new addresses are starting to lose interest in the token.
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The lack of interest from new addresses could be one of the reasons behind OP’s recent price correction.