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This analysis report, backed by quality data, covers the major developments the Web3, Blockchain, and Crypto sector has experienced this week. 

1. Breaking News This Week 

  • Ryan Salame Forfeits Bahamas Property in FTX Plea Deal

Former FTX Digital Markets co-chief executive Ryan Salame transfers his multimillion-dollar Bahamas property to settle a plea agreement. This follows his guilty plea on criminal charges, with $5.6 million in restitution owed.

  • Dutch Police Arrest Suspect Linked to ZKasino Crypto Scam 

Dutch law enforcement apprehended a man tied to fraudulent activities at ZKasino, an internet gaming platform. The operation seized assets worth 11.4 million euros, including cryptocurrency, real estate, and luxury vehicles.

  • Crypto User Loses $68 Million to Clever Wallet Hack 

A once-wealthy Ethereum user lost $68 million in Bitcoin after hackers tricked him into sending funds to a contaminated wallet. His holdings plummeted, leaving him with just $1.6 million in cryptocurrency assets.

  • DOJ Investigates Block for Transactions with Sanctioned Countries 

U.S. prosecutors are investigating Block, co-founded by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, for processing transactions linked to sanctioned countries and possibly people associated with terrorist activities. The investigation raises significant compliance concerns.

  • Robinhood Connect is Now Available on the Uniswap Mobile App

Robinhood announced its crypto Connect feature is now on the Uniswap mobile app. Eligible users can earn $10 in the USD Coin stablecoin by purchasing an equivalent amount of crypto using Robinhood Connect within Uniswap.

  • Coinbase Integrates Lightning Network for Faster Bitcoin Payments 

Coinbase added support for the Lightning Network to reduce Bitcoin transaction costs. This integration makes sending Bitcoin up to 20 times cheaper compared to traditional credit card transactions, with significant cost savings for users.

  • Roger Ver Arrested for Tax Evasion by DOJ in Spain

Roger Ver, a prominent Bitcoin investor, has been arrested by the U.S. Department of Justice in Spain for allegedly evading up to $50 million in taxes. The indictment was unsealed, highlighting serious tax compliance issues. 

  • Uniswap’s Share of Layer 2 Trading Volume Reaches 37%

Uniswap, a popular decentralised exchange on Ethereum, now accounts for 37% of the total trading volume on Layer 2 networks. This significant growth underscores the increasing popularity of decentralised finance (DeFi) platforms.

  • Ripple Partners with HashKey Group to Expand in Japan 

Ripple announced a partnership with HashKey Group to introduce XRP Ledger enterprise solutions to the Japanese market. This joint venture aims to deploy supply chain finance solutions through HashKey DX, expanding Ripple’s reach in Asia.

  • Bitcoin Miners Feel the Pinch of the Latest Halving Event 

Bitcoin miners face lower revenues following the recent halving, reaching levels not seen since early 2023. The tighter profit margins raise questions about the industry’s sustainability and potential impacts on Bitcoin’s market price. 

  • dWallet Network Integrates with EVM-Compatible Blockchain Monad 

dWallet Network, an infrastructure for programmable native Bitcoin, integrates with the EVM-compatible Layer 1 blockchain, Monand. This collaboration aims to enhance Monad’s multi-chain capabilities, providing more flexibility for developers.

  • Aethir Partners with Magic Eden to Boost Web 3.0 Gaming 

Aethir, a GPU cloud computing platform, collaborates with NFT giant Magic Eden to promote Web 3.0 gaming. The partnership offers access to Aethir’s GPU services and promotes Magic Eden as the primary NFT platform for Aethir’s gaming partners.

  • Hong Kong Launches Spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs

Hong Kong Stock Exchange introduced spot Bitcoin and Ethereum exchange-traded funds, marking a significant step in mainstream crypto adoption. The new ETFs offer investors direct exposure to these cryptocurrencies, reflecting growing interest in the asset class.

  • Australia Readies Spot Bitcoin ETFs for ASX Launch by 2024

Australia’s Securities Exchange is expected to greenlight spot Bitcoin ETFs by the end of 2024. At least two organisations have submitted applications, indicating growing interest in expanding crypto investment opportunities in Australia.

  • Tether Invests $200M in Brain-Computer Interface Tech

Tether has invested $200 million in Blackrock Neurotech, a brain-computer interface technology platform, becoming its majority stakeholder. The investment signifies Tether’s focus on merging human capabilities with technology in innovative ways.    

2. Blockchain Performance 

In this section, we will analyse two factors primarily: the top-performing blockchains based solely on their 7-day change and the top performers among the top five blockchains with the highest TVL.  

2.1. Top Blockchain Performers by 7-Day Change 

This week’s top blockchain performers, based on their 7-day change, are Core, ZetaChain, StarkNet, Scroll and Filecoin. 

Blockchain  7-Day Change (in %) TVL
Core +154.8% $15,969,972
ZetaChain +20.6% $4,400,626
StarkNet +19.9% $255,441,690
Scroll +11.1% $82,379,674
Filecoin +7.2% $55,120,910

This week, Core emerges as the top blockchain in terms of 7-day change. Core registers a 7-day change of +154.8%. ZetaChain and Starknet follow with +20.6% and +19.9%, respectively. Scroll records a change of +11.1% and Filecoin +7.2%. 

In the previous week, Chiliz, which recorded a change of +182.0%, was the top blockchain in terms of 7-day change. Among those blockchains, found place in the top five chains last week, only Scroll and Filecoin retain their position among the top five list this week. 

2.2. Top Performers: 7-Day Change in Top 5 Blockchains with Highest TVL

Ethereum, TRON, BNB Smart Chain, Solana, and Arbitrum One are the top five blockchains in the market on the basis of TVL and market dominance. Let’s see how the top five blockchains have performed this week, using 7-day TVL change. 

The data shows no significant change in the dominance scenario this week, in comparison with the previous week. 

Blockchain  Dominance (in %)  7d Change (in %)  TVL 
Ethereum  63.26% +0.8% $55,066,346,332
TRON 9.57% -1.4% $8,332,611,660
BNB Smart Chain 6.18% +0.1% $5,383,238,003
Solana  4.54% +4.5% $3,949,608,116
Arbitrum One  3.03% -0.8% $2,640,597,147
Others  13.42%

Among the top five blockchains with the highest TVL, Solana emerges as the best performer this week with +4.5% 7-day change. Ethereum follows with +0.8%. BNB Smart Chain also records a positive change of +0.1%. Conversely, TRON, with -1.4% remains as the worst performer. Arbitrum One follows with -0.8%. 

Last week, Ethereum, with +7.3%, was the best, and BNB Smart Chain, with -11.2%, was the worst. Solana’s 7-day change was -2.2%. 

Also Check Out: Blockchain Report & Market Insights for April 2024: What You Should Know

3. Crypto Market Analysis 

The crypto 7-day price change and dominance analysis and top gains and losers analysis are the two prime areas of the crypto market analysis. 

3.1. Crypto 7-D Price Change and Dominance Analysis  

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tether, BNB, and Solana are the top cryptocurrencies as per the market cap and dominance indices. Let’s analyse their seven-day price change. 

Cryptocurrency 7-D Change (in %) Dominance Percentage  Price Market Cap
Bitcoin +0.1% 50.6% $63,111.74 $1,242,908,975,424
Ethereum  -0.2% 15.23% $3,118.30 $375,321,800,809
Tether  +0.2% 4.52% $1.00 $111,424,676,804
BNB -1.5% 3.69% $585.93 $90,202,182,862
Solana  +6.5% 2.62% $154.34 $65,098,302,498
Others 23.34%

Among the top five cryptocurrencies with the highest market cap, Solana shows the biggest 7-day change. It displays a 7-day change of +6.5%. Tether and Bitcoin follow with +0.2% and +0.1%. Meanwhile, BNB and Ethererum mark negative changes. The former registers a change of -1.5% and the latter -0.2%. 

In the previous week, BNB, with +6.7%, was the best, and Solana, with -4.2%, the worst.   

3.2. Top Gainers & Losers of the Week in Crypto Market 

Here is the list of top gainers and top losers of the week in the cryptocurrency market. The analysis is made using the 7-day Gain and 7-day Lose indices. 

3.2.1. Top Gainers of the Week in Crypto 

Cryptocurrency  7-Day Gain  Price 
Pepe +22.61% $0.000008731
dogwifhat +22.14% $3.28
Bonk +17.48% $0.00002836
FLOKI +11.24% $0.0001945
Worldcoin +9.11% $5.09

Pepe, dogwifhat, Bonk, FLOKI and Worldcoin are the top gainers of the week in the cryptocurrency market. Pepe shows a gain of +22.61%. Dogwifhat and Bonk follow with +22.14% and +17.48%. FLOKI marks a gain of +11.24%, and Worldcoin +9.11%. 

The data indicates that there exists a trend favourable to Memecoin. Pepe, Dogwifhat and FLOKI are prominent memecoins. Last week also, a similar trend was visible, as Bonk, with +57.15%, and FLOKI, with +20.62%, found place in the top five gainers list.  

3.2.2. Top Losers of the Week in Crypto 

Cryptocurrency  7-Day Loss Price 
Helium  -29.59% $5.32
Sui -6.77% $1.09
Ondo -6.57% $0.8174
Polkadot -6.11% $7.17
Beam -5.44% $0.02478

Helium, Sui, Ondo, Polkadot and Beam are the top losers of the week in the cryptocurrency market. Helium demonstrates a loss of -29.59%, and Sui exhibits a loss of -6.77%. Ondo, Polkadot and Beam follow with -6.57%, -6.11% and -5.44%, respectively. 

Sui was among the top losers list last week also, with a loss of -12.99%. 

3.3. Stablecoin Weekly Analysis 

Tether, USDC, DAI, First Digital USD, and Ethena USDe are the top stablecoins in the market in terms of market capitalization. Let’s analyse their weekly performance using seven-day market capitalisation, market dominance and trading volume indices.

Stablecoins  Market Dominance (7d) [in %] Market Capitalisation (7d) Trading Volume (7d) Market Capitalisation
Tether  70.59% $110,688,767,951 $48,469,081,256 $111,386,755,324
USDC 21.20% $33,242,855,124 $7,940,761,464 $33,612,955,658
Dai 3.40% $5,336,560,680 $699,215,253 $5,342,236,832
First Digital USD 2.46% $3,856,684,773 $6,968,393,815 $3,871,335,998
Ethena USDe 1.46% $2,291,832,770 $64,348,596 $2,297,475,051
Others 0.89%

This week also, Tether dominates the market with 70.59%. USDC follows with 21.20%. Notably, the data shows no significant change in dominance in the top stablecoins, in comparison with the previous week. Dai marks a dominance of 3.40%. First Digital USD and Ethena USDe record 2.46% and 1.46% dominance.  

3.3.1. Stablecoin Weekly Price Analysis 

Let’s analyze the weekly performance of the top stablecoins further using the seven-day price change index. 

Stablecoins  7-Day Price Change (in %) Price
Tether  +0.2% $1.00
USDC +0.1% $1.00
Dai -0.0% $0.994
First Digital USD +0.4% $1.00
Ethena USDe +0.2% $1.00

Among the top stablecoins with the highest market cap, First Digital USD registers a positive 7-day price change of +0.4%. Dai records -0.0% change. Tether and Ethena USDe, both, mark a change of +0.2%. USDC displays a change of +0.1%. 

In the previous week, the two extremes were Dai and First Digital USD. Dai showed a change of +0.2%, and First Digital USD a change of -0.2. Ethena USDe was -0.0%. 

Read Also: Stablecoin April 2024 Report: An In-Depth Performance Analysis

4. Bitcoin ETF Weekly Analysis 

Bitcoin Futures ETFs and Bitcoin Spot ETFs should be analysed separately, in order to get the right picture of the Bitcoin ETF market, as they represent two different segments. Let’s start!

4.1. Bitcoin Futures ETF Weekly Analysis 

ProShares (BITO), VanEck (XBTF), Valkyrie (BTF), Global X (BITS), and Ark/21 Shares (ARKA) are the top Bitcoin Future ETFs, as per the Asset Under Management index. Let’s use the price change percentage index to analyse these ETFs.

Bitcoin Futures ETFs Price Change (Gain/Loss) [in %] Asset Under Management (in Million) Price 
BITO +4.52% $598.78M $25.22
XBTF +0.33% $42.41M $39.22
BTF +3.82% $38.20M $18.22
BITS +2.35% $26.10M $61.77
ARKA +4.72% $8.01M $59.31

Among the top five Bitcoin Futures ETFs with the highest Asset Under Management, ARKA showcases the highest positive price change this week, with +4.72%. BITO follows with +4.52%. BTF and BITS record +3.82% and +2.35% price change. XBTF marks the lowest change of +0.33%. 

In the previous week, only XBTF showed a positive change. It reported a change of 0.33%. The highest negative change of -1.84% was recorded by BITO. 

4.2. Bitcoin Spot ETF Weekly Analysis 

Grayscale (GBTC), Blackrock (IBIT), Fidelity (FBTC), Ark/21 Shares (ARKB), and Bitwise (BITB) are the top Bitcoin Spot ETFs, as per the Asset Under Management index. Let’s analyse them using the price change index. 

Bitcoin Spot ETFs Price Change (Gain/Loss) [in %] Asset Under Management (in Billion) Price 
GBTC +4.63% $24.33B $55.31
IBIT +4.73% $17.24B $35.40
FBTC +4.72% $9.90B $54.38
ARKB +4.65% $2.85B $62.14
BITB +4.73% $2.16B $33.89

Among the top five Bitcoin Spot ETFs with the highest AUM, IBIT and BITB, both, report the highest price change of +4.73. FBTC closely follows with +4.72% price change. ARKB registers a change of +4.65% and GBTC a change of +4.63%.

In the previous week, all the four Bitcoin spot ETFs demonstrated negative changes. 

What the data indicates is that there exists a trend supporting the Bitcoin ETFs. Interestingly, all the top ETFs, both Spot and Futures, mark positive changes this week.  

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5. DeFi Market Weekly Status Analysis 

Lido, EigenLayer, AAVE, Maker, and JustLend are the five top DeFi protocols on the basis of TVL. Let’s analyse its weekly performance using the 7d Change index.

DeFi Protocols 7d Change (in Total Value Locked) [in %] TVL
Lido +0.01% $29.265B
EigenLayer  +1.08% $15.492B
AAVE +0.42% $10.59B
Maker  +0.95% $8.174B
JustLend  +0.17% $6.062B

Among the top five DeFi protocols with the highest TVL, EigenLayer shows the highest 7-day change in TVL of +1.08%. Maker follows with +0.95%. AAVE marks a change of +0.42%. JustLend and Lido record the lowest changes of +0.17 and +0.01%. 

In the previous week, the highest change was recorded by EigenLayer, like this time, but the change reported was as high as +16.20%. The lowest was reported by JustLend, which recorded -2.77% change. 

6. NFT Marketplace: A Basic Weekly Analysis 

Blur, Blur Aggregator, Cryptopunks, Gem and X2Y2 are the top NFT marketplaces on the basis of market share. Let’s analyse them using the Volume Change (change of last 7d volume over the previous 7d volume) index.  

In comparison with the previous week, Blur Aggregator’ market share registers a slight increase this week; it has risen from 19.31% to 24.04%. Superrare, with 8.85%, and OpenSea, with 1.47% market share, though were prominent members of the top five list last week, has failed to enter this week’s list. Gem and X2Y2 replace Superrare and Opensea in the new list. 

NFT Marketplaces  Volume Change [Last 7 Day over the Previous 7 Day Volume] Market Share 7-day Rolling Volume  7-day Rolling Trades 
Blur  +17.82% 69.55% 16999.36 25188
Blur Aggregator  -10.43% 25.04% 7322.82 12106
Cryptopunks  -73.99% 2.99% 1315.65 26
Gem -31.44% 0.60% 273.12 1492
X2Y2 -59.07% 0.42% 227.05 218
Others  1.40%

Among the top five NFT marketplaces with the highest market share, Blur displays the highest positive volume change of +17.82%. All the others show negative volume change. Among those showing negative changes, Cryptopunks records the most extreme value of -73.99%.  X2Y2 follows with -59.07%. Gem and Blur Aggregator record -31.44% and -10.43% change, respectively.

6.1. Top NFT Collectible Sales this Week 

CryptoPunks #7846, CryptoPunks #1568, Uncategorised Ordinals #3beb59221, Azuki #308, and CryptoPunks #9842 are the top NFT collectable sales reported this week in the NFT market landscape. 

NFT Collectibles  Price (in USD)
CryptoPunks #7846 $557,802.94
CryptoPunks #1568 $332,610.84
Uncategorised Ordinals #3beb59221 $256,550.47
Azuki #308 $214,830.30
CryptoPunks #9842 $210,869.27

CryptoPunks #7846 is sold for $557,802.94 – the highest amount received this week. CryptoPunks #1568 follows with $332,610.84. Uncategorised Ordinals #3beb59221 gains $256,550.47. Azuki #308 and CryptoPunks #9842 receive $214,830.30 and $210,869.27 respectively.    

7. Web3 Weekly Funding Analysis 

7.1. General Crypto Fundraising Trend Analysis 

Between April 29th and May 4th, 2024, the number of fundraising rounds reported is over 25. The total funds raised in this period is around $129.50M. 

The two prime areas of the general crypto fundraising trend analysis are the crypto fundraising by category analysis and the top crypto investment locations analysis.  

7.1.1. Crypto Fundraising by Category This Week 

Blockchain Infrastructure, Blockchain Services, CeFi, Chain, DeFi, GameFi, and Social are the categories, which witnessed activities this week. Let’s analyse them using the Number of Fundraising Rounds and Funds Raised in USD indices. 

Category  Number of Fundraising Rounds April 29 – May 4, 2024 Funds Raised in USDApril 29 – May 4, 2024
Blockchain Infrastructure 4 $8.40M
Blockchain Services  4 $11.00M
CeFi 1 $47.00M
Chain 1 N/A
DeFi 5 $28.00M
GameFi 6 $15.10M
Social  4 $20.00M

The category, which raised the highest amount, is CeFi, which raised $47.00 million. DeFi, which raised around $28.00 million, is in the second position. The third and fourth are Socal, with $20.0 million raised, and GameFi, with $15.10 million raised, respectively. Blockchain Services, with $11.00 million raised, and Blockchain Infrastructure, with $8.40 million raised, are in the fifth and sixth positions, respectively.  

7.1.2. Top Crypto Investment Locations This Week 

Apart from the undisclosed, the US, Switzerland, Spain and Singapore are the top crypto investment locations this week.  

Crypto Investment Locations Funds Raised in (%) Funds Raised in USD Number of Fundraising Rounds
United States  45% $58.80M 5
Undisclosed 43% $56.00M 16
Switzerland  7% $9.50M 1
Spain  2% $3.20M 1
Singapore  2% $2.00M 1
Others  1%

The United States remains as the top most investment location, with $58.80 million. The undisclosed location follows with $56.00 million. Switzerland is the third biggest investment location with $9.50 million. Spain, with $3.20 million, and Singapore, with $2.00 million, is in the fourth and fifth positions, respectively. 

7.2. ICO Landscape: A Weekly Overview  

XSwap, Renzo Protocol, Runecoin and Mocaverse are the major ICOs that ended this week. Let’s analyse how much amount they received. 

ICO Fund Received  Token Price  Fundraising Goal Total Tokens  Token (Available for Sale)
XSwap $2,100,000 $0.05 $250,000 350,000,000 13%
Renzo Protocol $3,200,000 N/A 250,000,000 Tokens 10,000,000,000 2.5%
Runecoin N/A N/A 420,000,000 Tokens  21,000,000,000 2%
Mocaverse  $36,890,000 $0.03938 $5,000,000 8,888,888,888 14.5%

Mocaverse is the one which raised the highest amount this week; it collected nearly $36,890,000. Renzo Protocol secured over $3,200,000. With $2,100,000 fund raised, XSwap is in the third position.  

8. Weekly Blockchain Hack Analysis

As of May 4, 2024, hackers have stolen a total of $7.82 billion, mostly from decentralised finance (DeFi) platforms and blockchain bridges. DeFi platforms suffered the most significant losses, about $5.9 billion, while bridges connecting different blockchains lost around $2.83 billion.

In the past week, two major hacks were reported. On April 30, 2024, Yield Protocol lost about $181,000 due to a balance disparity exploit. On the same day, Pink Finance lost about $1.6 million due to a storage misalignment exploit.

April 2024 saw five major hacks. Besides Yield Protocol and Pink Finance, other platforms that experienced significant hacks were Magpie, Hedgey, and Grand Base. Magpie was hacked on April 23, 2024, losing about $129,000. Hedgey was hacked on April 19, 2024, with a loss of around $44.7 million. The first major hack in April occurred on April 15, 2024, when Grand Base lost about $1.7 million. 

Endnote 

In this week’s comprehensive analysis of Web3, Blockchain and Crypto, we have brought out powerful insights, which can be used to stay-to-data about the market developments. As the landscape evolves, the strategic integration of technology and data-driven decision-making becomes paramount for stakeholders navigating the dynamic realms of decentralised technologies. 

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