DeFi Network Karura Wins First Auction Slot on Kusama

More than 15,000 network stakeholders locked up KSM in favor of Karura being added.

AccessTimeIconJun 22, 2021 at 9:48 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 1:14 p.m. UTC

Decentralized finance (DeFi) network Karura won the first auction slot on Polkadot's canary, or test, network, Kusama.

  • The sister network of Polkadot's main DeFi project Acala, Karura raised more than 500,000 Kusama tokens (KSM) from its community, or about $100 million at current prices.
  • "More than 15,000 network stakeholders locked up KSM in favor of Karura being added to yours truly," the Kusama network tweeted Tuesday.
  • Karura is a token-trading application that allows users to build scalable DeFi applications without large transaction fees.
  • The auction win secures Karura a 48-week lease to build on Kusama, Polkadot's pre-production environment, known as a canary network.
  • Networks like Polkadot, Cosmos and Solana are providing developers with a way to avoid the increasing cost and congestion on Ethereum that has come with the explosion in the DeFi market.
  • A 48-week lease on Kusama – which shares much of the same code as Polkadot but allows for more experimentation and faster upgrades – is therefore a highly sought-after proposition, albeit an expensive one.
  • The second auction is set to begin later today, with three more auctions to follow in the next three weeks.


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