LBank Co-Founder Johnason Chan expects the crypto industry to reach new milestones this year.
In the fallout of the demise of crypto exchange FTX, the implosion of cryptocurrency LUNA, and several other fiascos, countries around the world are rolling out more regulatory policies to oversee the industry. Exchanges, asset managers and investment funds will likely face tight scrutiny in the months ahead.
Meanwhile, markets are still facing a global adjustment of liquidity due to central banks executing massive interest rate hikes in an attempt to cool off inflation. The crypto market is feeling bearish, and as soon as more bad news piles on, sell-offs are likely to trigger.
Nonetheless, Johnason Chan, Co-Founder of global crypto exchange LBank, points out that there are several opportunities in the crypto market for retail investors to focus on. Because while the bear market rages on, the technological progress under the hood of crypto never takes any breaks, Chan points out.
1. Layer 2 and Web3 combine
In the last few months, so-called layer 2 solutions have been all the rage among blockchain developers. This technology is built to run on top of existing blockchain protocols and aims to improve the speed and/or efficiency of the underlying blockchain. Web3 refers to decentralized apps that are built to eventually achieve the next stage of the internet; one that would ideally use community-oriented consensus mechanisms like blockchains do.
Johnason Chan said:
“Web3 will be a big opportunity for the next wave of blockchain applications, but more solid blockchain platforms are required to host them”, Chan says. The crypto pioneer claims that blockchains like Ethereum will continue to play a central role in the evolution of Web3, but layer 2 solutions will help new apps to truly blossom. “As more layer 2 technologies mature and infrastructure is built, it will bring new opportunities for the development of Web3”
2. Don’t write off NFTs just yet
Although NFTs lost a significant portion of their total market value in 2022, Chan believes these tokens haven’t been utilized correctly yet.
Johnason Chan added:
“NFTs still provide new opportunities for underlying assets and blockchain expressions. Currently, NFTs mainly consist of assets for chain games. But they can be used to express so much more. I believe they could be an important force to kick-start the next bull run in this market”
3. Chain games are drawing lots of attention
The above-mentioned chain games may also lure an entirely new class of investors to the crypto industry. Chain games are one of the latest evolutions in the Web3 space and combine smart-contract-based contests with modern gameplay.
“The development of chain games may usher in completely new opportunities for the video game industry. As more institutions and game studios enter this brand-new market, developers will be able to create more products in 2023. It’s definitely worth it to follow this evolution”
4. DAOs might boost the next innovation wave
Many of the most revolutionary projects in crypto were spearheaded by decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs). Chan predicts that 2023 will see the emergence of many more of these organizations.
Chan also said:
“Last year saw a lot of new DAO mechanisms and novel governance institutions and strategies crop up. This trend will not relent this year.”
According to Chan, the reason why DAOs remain attractive is because of their core overhaul of governance mechanisms and on-chain governance. He says:
“Keen investors will keep an eye on whether there will be an innovation breakthrough to allow more users to participate in DAOs at a lower cost”
5. When DeFi and traditional finance meet
However, the continuous innovation of DeFi since 2021 has undoubtedly created many new possibilities. The LBank Co-Founder says:
“Traditional finance will definitely find a way to implement some of these innovations. Products of these institutes might be created on DeFi platforms one day”
6. Towards decentralized identities?
Decentralized identifiers (DIDs) are a relatively new type of digital identifier that enable the verification of several subjects, be it a person, organizations, data models, or other abstract entities.
However, for this technology to get picked up more often, more use cases in DID form will need to pop up. Chan concludes:
“Digital identity was gradually paid more attention to in 2022, which was reflected in some new apps. But more DID scenarios need to exist. How else can a Web2 user ever identify his digital assets on Web3 platforms?”
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