Users are racing to bridge their assets to Blast, a new Layer 2 protocol on the Ethereum (ETH) network. However, there’s a catch.
Ethereum Layer 2s, such as Arbitrum, Optimism, Polygon, and others have attracted huge community interest. Meanwhile, another project has entered to compete with the established Layer 2s in the market.
New Ethereum Layer 2 Blast by Invitation Only
On Monday, Blast announced early access to the project, where users will be able to bridge to the platform after getting an invite code. The project claims that it is the only Ethereum Layer 2 with native yield for ETH and stablecoins.
The screenshot below from a Dune dashboard shows that over 19,000 addresses have deposited funds to Blast.
Within hours of the announcement of early access, the project has hit nearly $60 million in total value locked (TVL). Out of that, the project has staked over $50.6 million on the liquid staking platform Lido, and over $8 million is allocated to earn yield on Maker. Whereas $1 million worth of crypto assets remain idle.
“In the meantime, if you participated in Blur’s Season 2, you can claim your S2 airdrop today. Blast is powering Blur Foundation’s Season 3.”
But, on the flip side, users who deposit their assets io Blast cannot withdraw them till February 2024. The project will only enable withdrawal after its mainnet goes live in February. On-chain analyst Hitesh Malviya wrote, warning about the risk of locking funds on Blast:
“If you deposit into Blast your ETH or stablecoin will remain locked until February, and you get smart contract related security risk too. Beware of this.”
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