What's Happening on Polygon zkEVM?

Polygon Labs
April 27, 2023
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The trends on Polygon zkEVM Mainnet Beta have continued throughout April, with +300% growth in many key metrics: 

📈TVL, the number of contracts deployed, and total users are all up

📉Compared to Ethereum Mainnet, the average daily gas is 7X cheaper on Polygon zkEVM

As mentioned, Polygon Labs’ blog will have regular updates of what’s happening on Polygon zkEVM Mainnet Beta. This post will cover key metrics on gas fees versus Ethereum’s Mainnet, transactions, total value locked (TVL), net value bridged (NVB), and developer activity. 


As of April 24, there were nearly 50k unique active wallet addresses on Polygon zkEVM Mainnet Beta. That’s +300% growth over the month of April. This figure omits contract addresses to give a narrower picture of usage and users.

Source: internal data sets constructed from on-chain data

Transactions & Activity

How have transactions grown and what do costs look like for users relative to Ethereum Mainnet? 

The total number of transactions continues the trend of +300% growth since the start of the month. This data set includes only successful transactions (unsuccessful transactions are fairly minimal), with 168k transactions as of April 24. These transactions have generated 95.25 ETH (approximately $177K) in fees. 

Source: internal data sets constructed from on-chain data

And what are users paying for those transactions? While  a more complete view of transaction costs is in the works, the avg daily gas fee (in gwei) shows that Polygon zkEVM Mainnet Beta is 7X cheaper compared to Ethereum Mainnet over the same time period. 

Predictably, these two metrics also move in tandem, as posting proofs and transaction data to Ethereum exposes the rollup to the same network load.

Source: zkevm.polygonscan and Etherscan

Insight into developer activity also shows robust growth. The number of contracts deployed on-chain nearly doubled, from 540 at the start of the month to more than 1,000. 

Source: internal internal data sets constructed from on-chain data

TVL & Net Value Bridged

The total assets on Polygon zkEVM Mainnet Beta also continue the trend, with +300% growth in total value locked.

While TVL is a popular metric, it isn't complete. For one, TVL is commonly measured in USD, and so it reflects movement in the price of ETH as much as it reflects the day-to-day growth (or shrinkage) of a protocol. 

There are two ways of looking at the total assets on Polygon zkEVM Mainnet Beta:

  1. Total value locked (TVL)
  2. Net value bridged (NVB)

In the strictest view, TVL represents those assets that have been tied to some protocol on the network, such as a DEX or a lending service. Assets counted towards TVL could be considered stickier than those not tied to a DeFi protocol. 

Source: DeFiLlama

For the purposes of this update, let’s use NVB to describe a larger number referring to all the assets that have been bridged to the network minus those assets that have been bridged back to Ethereum Mainnet. 

In the future, we may have NVB alongside total value bridged (TVB) to show how users are making use of the easy, no-delay bridging that is a central feature of ZK rollups. As of April 24, TVB is approximately $8.5M, for a Δ of ~$3.4M.

Source: L2Beat

While both TVL and NVB are snapshots of the health of Polygon zkEVM Mainnet Beta, it’s likely that total value locked provides a higher resolution image of the utility of the network.

If there are any metrics you’d like to see, reach out to the dedicated protocol handle, 0xPolygon

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