EigenLayer’s Total Value Locked (TVL) has escalated to nearly $6 billion.
This surge marks a 170% increase from $2.15 billion since Feb. 5, based on DeFiLlama data. This growth, amounting to some 2.3 million ether, represents about 2% of ether’s total circulating supply.
The spike in TVL catapults EigenLayer into the top five defi protocols by TVL, positioning it ahead of Uniswap and trailing only behind giants like Lido, Maker, Aave, and JustLend.
The significant rise follows EigenLayer’s decision to temporarily lift deposit caps, which were previously set at 200,000 ether ($500 million) for each liquid staking token.
This move is part of a broader strategy to eventually eliminate these caps entirely, fostering a “permissionless, neutral environment while promoting decentralization,” as EigenLayer aims to enhance organic demand and incentivize participation with the prospect of reward points and potential Eigen token airdrop rewards.
EigenLayer, a protocol facilitating the deposit and re-stake of ether via liquid staking tokens, supports the security of third-party networks while offering users the chance to earn additional rewards.
Since its initial phase in June 2023, EigenLayer has expanded its liquid staking token offerings, with contributions from major staking projects and a $50 million Series A funding round led by Blockchain Capital in March 2023.