Blast Layer 2 locks users’ $568 million for three months, drawing criticism from Paradigm


  • Blast has opened deposits for Ethereum and stablecoins to its one-way deposit contract, locking tokens for three months.
  • The Layer 2 will offer stakers Blast Points in addition to ETH staking rewards from Lido and yields from MakerDAO.
  • Paradigm criticized Blast’s three month lock on withdrawals and decision to launch the bridge before the Layer 2. 

Blast is a Layer 2 project launched by the founders of Blur, a decentralized NFT marketplace for traders. The project has now launched a one-way deposit contract for users to send their ETH and stablecoins, earning points in exchange. The move, however, effectively means user’s funds will be locked for three months. Paradigm, an investment firm, has critiqued the decision. 

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Blast locks over $568 million in its contract, withdrawals open in three months

Layer 2 project Blast has been criticized by crypto influencers, analysts and one of the investment firms that backed the project, for its plan to keep user assets locked for a three month time period. Blast’s founders decided to lock assets and open the bridge before opening withdrawals for users or launching Layer 2. 

Users have locked a total of $568 million worth of ETH and stablecoins in the one-way deposit contract, according to data from crypto tracker DeFiLlama. Despite the Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) surrounding the project users will not be able to withdraw their assets. 

Blast TVL on DeFiLlama

Blast TVL on DeFiLlama

Paradigm shared criticism for Blast and its founders in a recent tweet on X, calling out the team for their marketing tactics. Depositors are earning “Blast Points” in exchange for their ETH and stablecoin deposits, which are staked on Lido or sent to MakerDAO to earn yields. At the end of three months, depositors will earn the staking rewards, stablecoin yields and “Blast Points.”

Within a week of its launch, the project garnered the interest of a large community of crypto traders, despite its security concerns, absence of testnet or working Layer 2 project. Blast founders are therefore facing pushback from their investors, who think the marketing tactics deployed have cheapened the efforts of the team.

Paradigm disagrees with the launch of a bridge before the Layer 2 project launch and criticizes the three-month user-asset withdrawal delay. 

 


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