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Polygon Releases POL White Paper to Scale Across Multiple Chains

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In Brief

  • Polygon proposes an upgrade of its MATIC token to POL to enhance scalability across its ecosystem.
  • POL would serve as a single token for all Polygon chains, allowing validators to validate multiple chains and take on various roles
  • The POL white paper, predicting an average $5 POL price over 10 years, has faced criticism for potentially fostering FOMO.
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Polygon has proposed an upgrade of its MATIC token allowing it to be utilized across multiple chains.

The ever-evolving crypto ecosystem often goes through various upgrades to achieve the goal of scalability and mass adoption. The Ethereum Layer 2 solution, Polygon, announced rebranding its native token to POL to scale across its ecosystem.

Polygon Announced Upgrading

On Thursday, Polygon shared its proposal for POL that could serve as a single token for all the Polygon chains, i.e., Polygon proof-of-stake (PoS), zero-knowledge Ethereum Virtual Machine (zkEVM), and Supernets.

Due to the POL upgrade, validators could validate multiple chains, and every chain would offer multiple roles to validators.

  • Learn more about Polygon here.
  • Learn how to use Polygon bridge here.

If the community passes this proposal, the MATIC tokens will be upgraded to POL at 1:1. 

$5 Price Target?

However, the POL white paper has received criticism from community members. A Twitter user, “John Doe” highlighted the yearly emission rate of 1% of the POL supply and wrote:

“The real reason for a token swap in always in the white paper, not in the tweet.”

Moreover, the white paper also estimates a $5 average POL price during the 10-year period. Crypto educator Hitesh Malviya criticized the price target. He wrote on Twitter:

“I am critical of the way Polygon has shared a price target for $POL based on future growth. This could create unnecessary FOMO in an already uninformed crypto audience.

Only a few people will take note of the tokenomics, while most will shill based on the $5 target given in the white paper. I do not know why they did this, it could have been avoided.”

A screenshot from POL whitepaper
A screenshot from POL white paper

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