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OKT Token Skyrockets 80% in 24 Hours Fueled by New Inscriptions

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In Brief

  • The OKT altcoin experienced an astounding 80% surge within 24 hours, reaching a 9-month high of $27.
  • Observers attributed this surge to heightened interest generated by an inaugural inscription-minting event.
  • Inscripton-like transactions have increased on EVM-compatible chains significantly during the past month.
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The prevailing bullish sentiment in the crypto market is substantially impacting nearly all digital assets. Lesser-known cryptocurrencies like OKT, the native token for the layer-1 blockchain network OKT Chain (OKTC), surged by 80% over the past 24 hours.

Data from BeInCrypto shows that OKT’s price went from $14.7 to a 9-month high of $30. However, its value has retraced to $25 as of press time.

Why Did OKT’s Price Skyrocket?

The remarkable surge in OKT’s price can be attributed to heightened interest from the inaugural inscription-minting event hosted on the OKT Chain.

Inscriptions on layer-1 blockchain networks like OKT Chain operate by storing metadata within the call data of a blockchain transaction. These inscriptions are similar to Bitcoin Ordinals as they essentially create non-fungible tokens (NFTs) based on smart contracts.

On-chain data shows that transactions on the OKT Chain soared by more than 18,000% during the past week to as high as 7.2 million on December 8.

OKTC daily transactions
OKTC Daily Transactions. Source: OKLink

However, the increased network activity also resulted in significant network congestion for the little-known blockchain network. There are around 100,000 pending transactions as of press time. The OKX Web3 wallet also suffered an outage due to the heightened traffic from OKT Chain.

Besides that, the network’s average transaction fee spiked to 0.00074 OKT during the height of these transactions.

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OKTC Transaction fees
OKTC Average Transaction Fee. Source: OKLink

OKT Chain is an Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) and Inter-Blockchain Communication Protocol (IBC) Layer-1 network built on Cosmos and backed by crypto exchange OKX.

Inscriptions Adoption Grows

Meanwhile, inscriptions are also driving transactions on several EVM-compatible blockchains, including TON, Near Protocol, and Polygon, to unprecedented highs. For context, inscriptions accounted for over 50% of total transactions on Polygon, Avalanche, and BNB Chain last week.

However, they have attracted criticism from several community members who point out the network congestion and the increasing transaction fees they cause.

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Inscription Transactions
Inscription Transactions. Source: Dune Analytics

Venture capital firm Dragonfly showed that gas fees for inscription transactions peaked at more than $800,000 two weeks ago. However, the transactions have steadily attracted fees of more than $500,000.

“Inscriptions can skew basic metrics like transaction count… Inscriptions go against every EVM design decisions, with gas costs being the only benefit, at the expense of indexing, non-compatibility, integration challenges,” Hildobby said.

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Oluwapelumi Adejumo
Oluwapelumi believes Bitcoin and blockchain technology have the potential to change the world for the better. He is an avid reader and began writing about crypto in 2020.
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