As stated by the late report published by blockchain research company Messari, the total number of addresses holding Polkadot’s native DOT token experienced significant growth in the first quarter of 2022, underscoring “healthy interest” in the cryptocurrency.
Still, Polkadot’s valuation dropped 19% over the aforementioned period, stiving to buck the broader bearish trend.
The network’s active users declined together with the price. Apart from the broader macro theme, Messari also attributes the drop to Polkadot users locking up DOT tokens to be able to vote in para chain slot auctions. The DOT price is down a whopping 72.70% from the peak of $54.98 that was reached on Nov. 8. The cryptocurrency hit its current all-time high because of excitement surrounding the much-anticipated launch of parachains.
Polkadot has so far held 13 parachain slot auctions since early November. Their total number is expected to grow to 41 by early 2023.
Polkadot continues to see strong developer activity. It remains the second most popular cryptocurrency ecosystem with 1,400 total developers. Only Ethereum, the second-largest blockchain, is more popular with devs. Cosmos comes in third.
Yet, Polkadot encountered a 10% drop in terms of developer activity in the initial quarter. Messari shows that developers worked on allowing initially developed features instead of coming up with new ones.
Presently the parachain-induced euphoria has dissipated, and Polkadot will have a much harder time regaining momentum in 2022, but users remain interested in the ecosystem.