Sunflower Farmers NFT game saw a huge surge in players and saw a spiking gas fee and slow down of transactions issue which ended up clogging up Polygon’s network as we are reading further in today’s Crypto news.
Sunflower Farmers is a simple farming game on Polygon and it is now driving up the fees on the network and slowing down the transactions. Polygon is a sidechain scaling solution that enables faster and cheaper transactions than Ethereum’s mainnet. Right after CryptoKitties launched on Ethereum in 2017, the immense demand for the NFT collectibles game clogged up the blockchain and drove up the fees while slowing down the transactions. Now, the same issues occurred on the Polygon network as the Sunflower Gamers NFT game did the same.
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— Sunflower Farmers (@sunflowerfarmz) January 4, 2022
Polygon’s gas fees for executing transactions have been increased over the past few days and the culprit is the Sunflower Farmers NFT farming game that saw a dramatic uptick in the players and activity. DappRader reported over 434,000 unique users over the past week which is a 3704% increase over the previous timespan. That’s also higher than the second biggest Polygon app-QuickSwap that has 241,000 users over the past week. The rising demand is also impacting the usability of the network and the gas fees increased dramatically with PolgyonScan showing an average gas fee of 764 Gwei. That is a dramatic increase over the average rate that dropped between 71 and 115 Gwi during the end of December.
This means that the Polygon transaction fees jumped from what’s often seen as a penny or less to as to $0.50 depending on the complexity of the transaction which is still a fraction of the price of an Etheruem mainnet transaction but for games and other applications which utilize a lot of transactions, the fees can start to pile up. Along with elevated gas fees, the users complained across social media, Reddit, and Polygon’s Discord server about the failing transactions, and one product director of the blockchain game developer Horizon Games, noted that the validators are failing to submit the blocks amid the rising demand.
Well, taking a closer look at the contract shows, that it belongs to a new game called Sunflower Farmers. Looks like any other #farming #simulator out there to me. Why does this thing consume such a lot of gas ? (4/6) pic.twitter.com/nu7SVoe8Ju
— Thomas Kerbl (@Dementophobia) January 4, 2022
These are the types of issues that Polygon is created to solve. It is a sidechain scaling solution that enables faster and cheaper transactions than Etheruem can handle. While that is still true even with the week’s surging gas fees, the rising costs suggest that the network could struggle to handle the periods of elevated demand. Sunflower Framers is a web game that rewards players with crypto tokens. According to DappRadar, the game’s surge in players came after the launch of new features that generate rewards.
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