How Solana Was Brought Down By This dApp Launch

Solana has taken market share from Ethereum in many sectors. It has witnessed the growth of NFT-based projects through SolChicks. This game, which is one of the most popular on-chain models with a pay-to-earn model (P2E), caused a lot hype amongst its users.

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The game was built with SolChick, one of Solana’s NFT Collections, and let players take their assets and using as their main characters. Launched with a Player-to-Player (PvP), a Gameplay with raids characteristics, SolChicks has set out to “revolutionize the industry”.

The hype around this Solana project translated into a slowdown in the network’s activity as too many users tried to access the platform via Raydium and Solana, the blockchain backing the launch, and crashed it. Project team postedThe following was sent to their Twitter account by the victims of its token generation error (TGE).

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by this delay. However, thousands of people have tried to buy $CHICKS online and Raydium’s server crashed. SolScan appears to not be loading our contract address at the moment.

While the official blog post stated that the project team tried to solve the problem, they are currently working to deploy a liquidity pool which will help the game and its GameFi models. Users must claim SolChicks, as revealed before launch.

The increasing demand for SolChicks and the platform’s native token CHICKS, caused Solana to congest. Thus, slowing down transactions in the network and the users’ capacity to claim and transact with these digital assets.

The team behind SolChicks called the event a “record breaking launch” and transferred the responsibility on the event to Solana:

Due to the high volume of token claims, the dashboard for token claiming has been hacked. We’ve had tens of thousands simultaneous claims and buys and there simply isn’t enough capacity in the network. This situation is entirely out of our control, and is the responsibility solely of Solana.

Solana: The Solution to a Problematic Event

The SolChicks team will be airdropping their tokens on the next day to those who meet certain requirements. The team has created a plan to help achieve their goal and reduce congestion on the Solana network.

In addition, the team warned users about potential fake and scam accounts and addresses looking to use the project’s popularity for personal gains. The team also added the following message as an extra message to the community.

We sincerely apologize for any delays on launch day. These holdups are not something anyone wants. However, you can be assured that the entire team works around-the-clock to resolve these problems. This includes liaising directly with Raydium and Solana.

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Solana (SOL), as of press time trades at $151 and has experienced a 13.1% correction over the last day.

SOL trend to the downside on the 4-hour chart. Source: SOLUSDT tradingview

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