As of press time, there’s now more than $11 billion in total value locked (TVL) in DeFi, with Uniswap making up approximately 18% of that. Based on Ethereum, Uniswap utilizes an automated market-making system leveraging liquidity pools so users can exchange or “swap” between ether (ETH) and any ERC-20 token.
Holders are incentivized to deposit tokens in these liquidity pools with interest and a cut of the swap fee – the total balance in these pools together make up Uniswap’s $2 billion TVL. Monday’s news shows just how much Uniswap’s fortunes have changed in the past few weeks.
Back in early September, $830 million worth of vital liquidity moved to rival protocol SushiSwap, leading to Uniswap’s TVL to plunge to just $400 million by September 10.
A week later, in order to coax users back, Uniswap launched its own native UNI token and airdropped over $500 million to wallet addresses who had been using the protocol since before September.
UNI token has led users to quickly snap back to Uniswap and its TVL was approximately $1.8 billion just days after the token launched.