On February 7, Cold Card and Opendime creator, Rodolfo Novak (also known as NVK), tweeted a picture of himself with Tron founder Justin Sun and Blockstream’s CEO Adam Back. Novak said “Ethereum was over” and the three had a plan to move Tron to Liquid, a network that leverages the BTC chain. Whether the tweet was a joke or not, the picture got the crypto community fired up and it initiated heated debates about the legitimacy of both Tron and Ethereum.
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ETH and TRX Community Debate After Viral Tweet
One could consider the crypto networks Tron (TRX) and Ethereum (ETH) competitors within the cryptoconomy. While the ETH network is older than TRX, they both have similar goals and do similar things. As Ethereum strives to be a “world computer,” Tron aims to accomplish this feat as well, but with more of a focus on entertainment. They both leverage concepts like decentralized finance (defi), decentralized apps (dapps) and permissionless systems for token creation (ERC20 & TRC20).
When Novak tweeted about moving TRX to the Liquid network, lots of people considered it a joke, while others took the tweet very seriously. Despite what people think about Tron or Ethereum, news.Bitcoin.com decided to look at the two networks to see how they both compare as far as onchain data, market statistics, development, funds locked in defi, and both project’s social media ratings. We want to let our readers decide which project is better by weighing the pros and cons of each crypto without all the opinions.
— NVK (@nvk) February 8, 2020
Tron vs. Ethereum: Stacking Up the Data
On February 7, 2020, Coin Metrics data shows the BTC chain processed roughly 333,000 onchain transactions. ETH saw a total of 626,000 transactions in the 24 hour period while TRX did around 816,000 on Friday. While ETH has been consistently above BTC transactions per day, TRX has also been consistently above ETH’s daily average.
Both Ethereum and Tron have tokens that represent the stablecoin tether (USDT), but the ETH chain has a whole lot more. Statistics from Tronscan on Saturday show that there’s 814 million USDT held on the Tron network. Today’s data stemming from Etherscan indicates there’s a whopping 2.2 billion USDT leveraging the ETH chain.
As far as stablecoin usage is concerned, Ethereum outpaces Tron by a long shot, as the chain also has other stablecoin tokens like PAX, USDC, and TUSD. But it’s true that both networks have seen more tethers migrate to each blockchain during certain periods of 2019. In fact, as far as funds locked into defi, Ethereum takes the cake when it comes to decentralized finance and centralized finance (cefi) applications as well, with projects like Maker, Compound, and Instadapp. Defi applications on ETH touched a milestone on February 6, when the total value locked (TVL) surpassed $1 billion.
Where market action and fiat value are the focus, tron (TRX) is trading for $0.02 per coin and the cryptocurrency is still down 92% from its all-time high (ATH) of $0.30. Ethereum (ETH) is swapping for $224 per coin at the time of publication, which is 84% down from its ATH of $1,431. Against USD over the last 12 months, TRX is down 18% and against BTC the crypto is down 69%. With ETH the crypto has gained 86% against the U.S. dollar in a year but against BTC it is still down 30%.
Trade volume data from Messari shows the reported volume for TRX is around $203 million in the last 24 hours, but Messari’s “real volume” index indicates there’s only been $49 million in TRX trades. As far as ETH is concerned, reported trade volume on Saturday is roughly $3.5 billion, but again Messari’s “real volume” index shows less at $349 million. Tallying up the aforementioned statistics shows that ETH was a better investment over the last year, it has more liquidity, and trade volume as well.
As far as yearly Github activity, coincheckup.com data shows that Tron has outpaced ETH development during the last 12 months in regard to tallied…