Comparing DEXs — Ethereum and Binance Smart Chain

Ethereum BSC DEX Stats

DEXs made a lot of noise in 2020; the trade volume of Ethereum DEXs grew from $270 million in January to $21 billion in December. Most of this growth was driven by Uniswap, which had more than $56 billion in trade volume (cumulative) in 2020.

Meanwhile, Binance also launched its Smart chain mainnet in September 2020, and we saw many DEXs getting deployed on it from the start.

In this article, we will compare DEXs on Etheruem and Binance Smart Chain based on multiple metrics.

Different DEX Protocols on Ethereum and Binance Smart Chain (BSC)

We recognized 31 DEX protocols on Ethereum and four on Binance smart chain(BSC). On Ethereum, Uniswap(V1 and v2 and their clones and similar) protocols have more than 65% of the DEX market share. However, on BSC, Uniswap(V1 and v2 and their clones and similar) protocols executing 99.99% of the trades. This shows that Ethereum is the main innovation ground, and successful innovations will be replicated on other chains to enjoy the chain specific benefits.

Let’s dig deeper and check out the trade stats.

DEX Trade Stats

Ethereum saw more than $132 billion in DEX trade volume since its inception. In which more than 95% came alone in 2020. More than 1.34 million users spent ~$207 million in the transaction fee (Not including trading fee) to execute 46 million trades on Ethereum.

The following chart shows the last ten months of DEX trades stats on the Ethereum blockchain.

ethereum dex trade stats

On the other hand, Binance Smart Chain showed a very promising start. 
More than 121 thousand users executed ~5 million trades on BSC in the last five months, resulting in more than $2.18 billion in trading volume.

However, the main contrast is the transaction fee. On BSC, users executed 5 million trades and spent only $456K in transaction fees (Not trading fee). Where on Ethereum, users spend more than $207 million in transaction fees(Not trading fee) for 46 million trades.

BSC DEX trade stats

Currencies on DEXs

In the last three years, Ethereum DEXs saw more than 29,700 different currencies. Where in the last five months, 729 currencies were traded on the BSC DEXs.

However, the Wrapped tokens are the most-traded currencies on the DEXs. For Ethereum, it’s WETH, and for Binance Smart Chain, it’s WBNB.

Traders executed more than 27 million WETH trades resulting in $92 billion in the trade volume. On the other hand, on BSC, 86% of trades (~4.3 million ) included WBNB, resulting in $2 billion in trading volume.

bsc ethereum unique tokens

Conclusion

Overall, DEX space saw massive growth in 2020. However, most of this growth is driven by the Uniswap protocol, which gets forked, tweaked, and deployed on Ethereum and Binance smart chain to attract traders. This shows innovation in the DEXs space is challenging; however, it goes a long way.

We think aggregators like Matcha, 1inch.exchange, which hides all the complexity, will be the gamechanger in coming years and utilize multiple chains to optimize the trading and transaction fee and profits.

Keep an eye on the DEX space; it’s evolving pretty fast.

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