After a long waiting period, Tezos decentralized exchange Dexter has finally launched. Whether it can differentiate itself from other alt-coin DEXs remains to be seen.
We have been working on a decentralized exchange for Tezos for just over a year, and it has been a great journey. The day has finally come… Dexter is live!https://t.co/WFwWIkLEDp
— camlCase (@camlCaseTech) September 30, 2020
Though the exchange’s interface is relatively straight forward, Dexter’s portal includes some documentation and explanation of the service.
According to camlCase, Thanos, Beacon (web wallets), and Magma (mobile wallet) should integrate seamlessly with Dexter. Dexter handles tokens adhering to FA1.2, a Tezos standard analogous to ERC-20 on Ethereum.
So far, the only cryptos available on Dexter are Tezos-wrapped bitcoin (tzBTC), Tezos-pegged dollar (USDtz), and Tezos (XTZ) itself. According to data on Dexter, the exchange only has 12,500 USDtz or 6,257 XTZ available on the server pools.
The rules of participation appear similar to other Automatic Market Makers like Uniswap. Users can swap tokens with a 0.3% maker fee, or they can provide liquidity to receive some of that fee.
Also similar to other newly-launched AMMs, Dexter offers incentivized liquidity. For now, liquidity providers will receive rewards from Happy Tezos, a bond-pool provider for Tezos holders.
This service already provides stakers with about a 5.5% annual percentage yield (APY) on their Tezos. For the time being, this service will also be extended to Dexter liquidity providers. This will be a separate payment from transaction fee rewards.
Just Another Uniswap?
Though Dexter has been in development since 2019, a DEX such as this appears timely. DeFi has seen expansion to other blockchains in recent weeks, including several yield-farming decentralized exchanges for the Binance Smart Chain. Polkadot-powered DEXes are also in the works.
Indeed, Dexter appears to be little more than a Uniswap-like exchange, but for the Tezos blockchain. camlCase had no qualms about the comparison to Uniswap, stating on their blog:
Uniswap has shown that this model of DEX has enormous potential, but Dexter can only grow as part of an ecosystem.
The Tezos blockchain is a somewhat less visible big player in the alt-coin world. After a sharp drop at the end of December, it’s still the #18 largest-by-market cap crypto on Coingecko. The price has increased by 16% since Sep. 24, 2020, 7 days ago.
Tezos recently settled a class-action lawsuit for $25 million. The court found plaintiffs, who had lost money in Tezos’ ICO, deserving of financial compensation. With a market cap of $1.6 billion, according to coingecko, that suit was a hiccup Tezos can afford.