The Optimism community has surpassed Arbitrum in transaction quantity for the primary time in six months, in response to July 27 information from blockchain analytics platform Artemis. Each networks are layer 2s of Ethereum that use optimistic rollup expertise, which compresses and batches transactions earlier than submitting them to Ethereum, probably reducing transaction charges.

Optimism fell behind Arbitrum based mostly on quantity in January, as season one in every of its “quest” characteristic ended. Nonetheless, it recovered the highest spot on July 25 as Worldcoin launched.

Knowledge from Artemis reveals that the networks had comparable ranges of transaction quantity from August to December 2022. In December, Optimism pulled forward of Arbitrum however fell behind once more in January. This coincides with season one in every of Optimism’s “quest” characteristic, which rewarded customers for performing numerous on-chain actions. Arbitrum additionally noticed a dramatic enhance in quantity in March, when it launched its Arbitrum (ARB) token and airdropped it to users.

Logarithmic chart of day by day transactions for Optimism and Arbitrum. Supply: Artemis

In June, Optimism applied its Bedrock improve to decrease transaction charges, resulting in a 67% surge in transaction quantity. Nonetheless, Artemis information reveals that this surge was not sufficient to overhaul Arbitrum at the moment.

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From July 23-26, Optimism transactions elevated even additional, going from 490,500 to 809,070, a rise of almost 65%, pushing Optimism into the highest spot between the 2 networks. The ultimate two days of this era coincided with the July 25 launch of Worldcoin on Optimism.

The current surge in Optimism exercise may be influenced by the upcoming launch of Coinbase’s Base community, which its builders say will be connected to Optimism as a part of an upcoming “Superchain.”

Regardless of profitable the race for transaction quantity, Optimism continues to be far behind Abitrum by way of capital deposited into its contracts, additionally referred to as complete worth locked (TVL). In line with blockchain analytics platform DefiLlama, Optimism has solely $923 million TVL, whereas Arbitrum has over $2 billion TVL.