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Arthur Hayes Advocates for Memecoins’ Positive Impact on Blockchain Ecosystem, Despite Risks

In a recent dialogue with Real Vision CEO Raoul Pal, BitMEX co-founder Arthur Hayes advocated a nuanced view of memecoins, suggesting that despite their seemingly frivolous nature, they contribute significantly to the blockchain ecosystem.

During their March 30 interview, Hayes emphasized the positive impact of memecoins in attracting new users and engineers to blockchain networks, thereby enhancing their value.

“You can poo-poo these things as stupid and valueless, but if it brings attention and more engineers to the space, it’s positive value for the chain itself,” Hayes stated, highlighting the benefit of increased attention and development activity.

Hayes further noted that blockchain networks like Solana and Ethereum, which embrace memecoin culture, are poised to benefit the most from this trend.

He pointed out how Solana experienced a surge in network activity following a memecoin frenzy last November, which was also accompanied by a growth in non-meme projects on the platform.

Similarly, the Bitcoin network saw a significant increase in activity with the advent of BRC-20 tokens and Ordinals.

The conversation also touched on the appeal of memecoins to younger investors, with Pal drawing parallels between the trend and the gaming mentality prevalent among Gen Z and Millennials.

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“This is the same thing, just gaming with money,” Pal remarked.

The duo predicted that the popularity of memecoins, such as the Solana-based Dogwifhat (WIF), would continue to rise, noting its upcoming projection on the Las Vegas Sphere and its impressive market capitalization, which recently surpassed that of the Ethereum layer-2 network Arbitrum.

Despite the enthusiasm, the discussion acknowledged the risks associated with memecoins.

Franklin Templeton, in a March 14 investor note, warned of the dangers posed by their lack of fundamental value or utility.

Additionally, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin expressed a lukewarm stance towards memecoins in a March 29 blog post.

While he recognized the enjoyment they bring to the crypto space, Buterin urged for a more constructive approach that adds utility or charitable value to these tokens.

Nevertheless, memecoins have demonstrated remarkable performance in the crypto market, outperforming other asset classes over the past month, as reported by CoinGecko.

Memecoins have seen an aggregate growth of 20% in the last week, surpassing gains in layer-1 network tokens and decentralized finance (DeFi) tokens, thereby illustrating their significant yet contentious role within the cryptocurrency landscape.

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