USDC 2.0 Major Update Enables Gasless Sends

By CryptoBrowser | CryptoBrowser blog | 28 Aug 2020

The Release Of USD Coin 2.0 Update Brings “Gasless Sends”, Allowing Gas Fee Delegation

Circle and Coinbase, two of the companies behind the Centre Consortium, announced an upgrade to their U.S. dollar-backed stablecoin project, the USDC. The USDC 2.0 upgrade is designed to mitigate the problem of increasing gas fees on Ethereum’s network, and it is also allowing to delegate gas fees to other wallet addresses.

In an official announcement on August 27, 2020, Circle explained that until the upgrade, USDC token holders had to hold some amount of Ethereum in order to pay for transaction costs. The requirement is “creating an enormous barrier to mainstream adoption and broad usage of digital dollar stablecoins for internet payments“, Circle claims.

USDC 2.0 comes with а solution for abstracting away the complexity of gas fees, introducing “gasless sends”. The upgrade mitigates the user experience`s complexity and allows third parties to pay the gas fees on the behalf of customers, or clear gas fees with USDC instead of Ethereum.

The experience of using USDC in digital wallets will be much closer to the mainstream mobile payment apps used every day by hundreds of millions of consumers around the world”, Circle wrote.

The update also brought the introduction of new on-chain multiple-signature contracts, as well as new consensus mechanisms, aimed at shifting off-chain human processes into on-chain multiple signature processes. Circle also noted that the USDC updates are completely backwards compatible, with no changes to current USDC wallets, exchanges, and applications.

The update comes amid USDC jumping over $1.4 billion. USDC’s market capitalization increased over 100 percent since June, with most of the growth occurring in August.

Meanwhile, gas fees on Ethereum’s blockchain are declining, despite being at their highest levels since 2018. According to Bitinfocharts, Ethereum’s transaction fees dropped from an all-time high of $6,60 on August 13, to a current price point of $2,3. The main reason behind Ethereum’s drastic transaction fee increase is the massive growth of the DeFi sector, which also managed to raise transactions on Ethereum’s blockchain to an all-time high of 1,13 million.

eth tx fees

Source: Bitinfocharts

Data from ETH Gas Station reveals that Uniswap is the biggest producer of network gas fees, with $12,7 million in transaction cost over the past 30 days, while the stablecoin leader, Tether (USDT) comes second with $10,5 million in gas fees.

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