A prominent market intelligence firm has identified one crypto sector that is exponentially outpacing all others in terms of growth.
UK-based market research firm MacroHive created four indices which the company believes capture the popular use cases of cryptocurrencies.
Each index, except for Bitcoin, consists of five tokens that represent the market value of a particular theme or sector.
One index that’s a cut above the rest is the metaverse sector, according to MacroHive.
“The clear outperformer this year has been the metaverse. It is up a whopping 37,000% this year and has gained 20% over the past seven days alone”
MacroHive says that the metaverse index is made up of play-to-earn game Axie Infinity (AXS), Ethereum-based virtual world The Sandbox (SAND), virtual reality platform Decentraland (MANA), blockchain gaming platform Enjin Coin and player-controlled blockchain gaming platform Gala.
The next top-performing index is the smart contract sphere consisting of Ethereum, Solana (SOL), Cardano (ADA), Avalanche (AVAX) and Polkadot (DOT). The smart contract index is up 2,355% this year, according to MacroHive.
Third on the list is the decentralized finance (DeFi) index. For the DeFi index, which is up 584% this year, MacroHive selected lending and borrowing protocol Aave, stablecoin governance token Maker (MKR), smart contract DeFi platform Compound (COMP), decentralized exchange Uniswap (UNI) and automated market maker PancakeSwap (CAKE).