In its recently released Q3 “Market Pulse” report, Binance has revealed that the cryptocurrency market faced a challenging quarter. The report, compiled by Binance Research, delved into various aspects of the crypto landscape, highlighting both areas of decline and pockets of resilience. Despite the hardships, the entry of institutional giants like Deutsche Bank, Sony, and PayPal brought some relief.
The report outlined that Q3 was marked by an 8.6% decline in total crypto market capitalization. A challenging market environment contributed to this downturn. However, institutional adoption continued to gain momentum, providing hope in the face of adversity.
Activity on Layer 1 blockchain platforms and Layer 2 solutions saw mixed results. While activity on Layer 1s experienced a general decline, Ethereum Layer 2s showed signs of revival with the launch of Base, driving increased transaction activity.
The decentralized finance (DeFi) sector faced headwinds, with a 13.1% QoQ decline in total value locked (TVL) to $38.5 billion. Factors contributing to this decline included low DeFi yields, a risk-averse market, and a drop in the price of Ethereum, which often underpins many DeFi projects.
The non-fungible token (NFT) market experienced its worst quarter in nearly three years, with sales amounting to only $299 million. This decline was attributed to falling floor prices of NFT collections and the decreasing price of Ethereum.
In the gaming sector, BNB Chain, Ethereum, and Polygon dominated with approximately 66% market share in terms of the number of games.
Crypto Leaders & Notable Events
The report also highlighted various notable events in the crypto world during Q3, including Ripple’s partial victory against the U.S. SEC, Fitch’s downgrade of the U.S. credit rating, and PayPal’s announcement of the stablecoin PYUSD.
Market capitalization decreased despite brief rallies following legal victories by Ripple and Grayscale. Institutional adoption remained robust, with major companies like Deutsche Bank, Sony, Grab, and PayPal expressing interest in web3 initiatives.
Bitcoin (BTC) maintained its lead, posting a 63.1% year-to-date gain. XRP and SOL also recorded significant gains, bolstered by legal victories and strategic partnerships.
While overall developer activity declined for the second consecutive quarter, projects like Chainlink, Taiko, and Zora continued to attract developers, signaling ongoing innovation in infrastructure and Layer 2 solutions.
Tron emerged as a standout performer in Q3, with its DeFi TVL share growing from 12.8% to 17.4%. Ethereum maintained its DeFi TVL leadership but witnessed an 18.6% decline in QoQ TVL. Despite challenges, the crypto market continues to evolve, adapting to changing dynamics and the influx of institutional players.
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