Oracles are technologies that connect real-world data, such as a Bloomberg price feed for a company’s stock, to blockchains and their respective smart contracts.
As smart contracts increasingly become financialized (eg. Synthetix) and tied to real-world events (eg. Augur), these oracles are essential in providing actionable data for users and developers.
Chainlink is by far the leader in the space. It is being integrated
into a state-sponsored blockchain network in China called the Blockchain Service Network and it the project has secured partnerships with countless crypto giants. Heck, even an ex-NBA player, who is also a former husband of Kim Kardashian, mentioned the asset.
But the project’s lead has not been unmatched.
In the past week, the price of Band Protocol’s BAND token is up by approximately 100 percent.
Like LINK, it is seemingly benefiting from the crypto industry’s realization that for smart contracts to go mainstream, data from the Internet needs to be reliably integrated into blockchains.
BAND, which is backed by Silicon Valley giant Sequoia, may also be benefiting from its offering of staking. Users that stake the cryptocurrency can earn 17 percent per year on their holdings.
As reported by CryptoSlate, previous instances of cryptocurrency projects implementing staking have seemingly corresponded with bullish price action.
This is because staking incentives investors to purchase the cryptocurrency, then lock it up to earn rewards, decreasing potential sell pressure.
Room to rally?
Kelvin Koh, a partner at the Spartan Group and a former Goldman Sachs partner, said that the asset may have room to rally.
0/ The first phase of $BAND’s re-rating culminated in its mainnet launch lifting its circ. market cap to $40M (FD $200M).
The next phase of $BAND’s re-rating has started and will focus primarily on partnership announcements in the coming 6-12 months. https://t.co/7h2TeZIppL
He explained that since launching its own mainnet, the Band Protocol has announced two key partnerships.
The partnerships are with Math Wallet, a crypto wallet with a “large userbase in China” and with Waves Protocol. The latter partnership will see the duo focus on decentralized finance, gaming, and DAOs.
BAND’s new collaborators, along with others likely soon to come, will potentially boost the crypto asset, Koh speculated:
“This will drive the next phase of re-rating. Even assuming its market cap doubles from here to $100M (FD mkt cap ~$0.5B), its valuation will only be at 4-6% of Chainlink’s current valuation, implying room for significant upside.”
The investor concluded that with DeFi going mainstream, oracle services, whether they’re offered through Chainlink, Band, or another platform, have an opportunity set that “couldn’t be more promising.”