Avalanche Foundation Announces $290M in Support of the “Multiverse Program”

Avalanche, the Layer 1 smart contract platform Avalanche, seems to be directly increasing its competition with Polkadot or Cosmos via its Subnets.

A $290 million (4 million AVAX tokens) incentive program called Avalanche Multiverse was announced today, aiming to support the protocol’s new Subnet functionality. The program’s early collaborators include Aave, Golden Tree Asset Management, DeFi Kingdoms, Wintermute, Jump Crypto, Valkyrie, and Securitize. 

Subnets or subnetworks can support Layer 1 as well as Layer 2, and will be validated together. Subnets can be likened to Polkadots’ parachain slots.

Avalanche Multiverse funds projects across a range of domains such as Web3 gaming and non-fungible tokens. It also facilitates institutional adoption. The program will be launched in six to more phases. 

Subnet functionality intends to “create powerful, reliable,And secure permissioned or permissionless networks with custom implementations,” reminiscent of Polkadot and Cosmos. However, the Avalanche Foundation notes certain novelties with Multiverse, such as the ability to choose which validator specifically secures one’s Subnet activity, the ability to choose a token to pay gas fees with, and “custom economic models.” 

Subnets will still be “natively integrated” with the Avalanche ecosystem as a whole, though, as with Polkadot and Cosmos, and projects will not need to compete for resources, says the Foundation. Avalanche’s Subnets are not capped in supply as Polkadot’s parachains currently are (at around 100).

The director of the Avalanche Foundation, Emin Gün Sirer, said, “Subnets will be the next growth engine in crypto, enabling novel functionality only possible with network-level control and open experimentation on a scale we haven’t yet seen,” and added that “Subnets” would help “carry on [the] tradition” of blockchain innovation via smart contracts. 

Initially, a DeFi Kingdoms Subnet will receive up to $15 million in incentives from the new initiative in order to facilitate the growth of DeFi Kingdom’s CRYSTAL token, an Avalanche-native token. Another example of an early Multiverse initiative is Ava Labs’ collaboration with Aave Companies and various financial institutions like Valkyrie to build a blockchain “specifically engineered for institutional DeFi with native KYC functionality.” 

Avalanche’s ecosystem seemed to thriveLast year was largely due to the August announcement by Avalanche Rush of its $180million liquidity mining incentive program, dubbed Avalanche Rush. token salePolychain Capital and Three Arrows Capital are the venture funds that led this initiative. 


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