According to analytics firm IntoTheBlock, Ethereum (ETH) layer-2s are proving to be promising areas in the crypto market, despite a prolonged bear market. IntoTheBlock has published an article examining the most talked-about Ethereum layer-2s, including Optimism (OP), Arbitrum (ARB), and Base.

ETH scaling solutions boom

The firm highlights that Ethereum scaling solutions have gained significant traction in recent months, with new projects surfacing almost every week.

Among these solutions, Coinbase’s Base, which is based on the OP Stack, has been a standout, surpassing Optimism’s daily transactions shortly after its launch.

According to IntoTheBlock, Optimism has experienced positive effects from the recent launch of WorldCoin (WLD), a high-profile identity project that is built on its network.

Additionally, Optimism’s revenue has increased as Base shares some of its fees with the protocol’s decentralized autonomous organization (DAO).

The number of transactions processed between the Ethereum mainnet and major layer-2s has also reached its second-largest value in history, following the day when Arbitrum airdropped $1.7 billion worth of ARB tokens to users.

Despite market volatility, IntoTheBlock reports that the layer-2 ecosystem has maintained healthy fundamentals throughout the bear market. Optimism has gained momentum with the OP Stack being quickly adopted, while Base has become one of the fastest-growing chains.

Although Arbitrum receives less attention than it did after the airdrop, it continues to dominate decentralized finance (DeFi). These layer-2 solutions are expected to benefit greatly from the implementation of the Dencun upgrade, which will ultimately drive Ethereum towards broader adoption.

Ethereum in the news

Recently, on August 13th, Base, Coinbase’s layer-2 scaling solution for Ethereum (ETH), recorded the highest number of daily transactions compared to Optimism (OP) and Arbitrum (ARB).

According to data from each solution’s block explorer, Base had 617,330 transactions, while Optimism had 438,559 and Arbitrum had 544,575.

However, both Optimism and Arbitrum have now surpassed Base in daily transaction counts. On August 10th, Base recorded its highest number of daily transactions with 757,294.

The project, powered by Optimism, was launched this month with the aim of introducing more people to the cryptocurrency economy. Coinbase hopes to onboard over a billion people with the help of Base.

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