The Hype Around ERC-404 Tokens Calms Down as Prices Drop
The initial hype around the experimental ERC-404 token standard has calmed down as the prices of tokens built using it have dropped over the last few days. The original token built using the standard, called Pandora, saw a peak market cap of $324 million on Feb. 9. Since then, it has been cut in half to $150 million, with the price of each token falling below $15,000.
Other tokens built using the same standard didn’t pick up as much steam, with DeFrogs, the second biggest, only rising as high as $38 million in market cap. It has seen a 68% decline in price since its peak. Tokens Rug and Froggie Friends have largely declined in price since they launched.
The ERC-404 Token Standard: A Combination of ERC-20 Tokens and NFTs
The ERC-404 token standard is a novel combination of ERC-20 tokens and NFTs. One way to look at it is by seeing it as native fractionalization of NFTs. The core idea is when someone owns less than a whole NFT, the NFT disappears and the user only owns a fraction of a token. If they combine enough tokens to get a whole one, the NFT is returned to them — only it might be a different NFT.
It’s a weird and wacky mash-up, but one that has certainly found interest among the crypto community — largely since traders will jump on any trend early in case it grows to be much larger.
A Rival Implementation: Divisible NFT (DN-404)
A group of developers is working on an alternative implementation of the same idea, which is set to be released imminently. The upcoming standard will be called “Divisible NFT,” shortened to DN-404, according to a pseudonymous developer known as cygaar.
After ERC-404 tokens picked up traction, there was a notable increase in transaction fees. Gaslite co-founder Pop Punk said this was the reason for the developers — who have experience in optimizing code to keep fees low — to make the new version.
Tension and Choosing Sides
There has been some tension between the Pandora team and the group of developers working on the rival version. While there were some initial discussions between the two groups, they didn’t end up on the same page and are not working together. This means traders speculating on this new development will not only have to bet on whether it will take off but also on which version to support.
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