Tron has been chosen as one of the ten blockchain platforms that Centre has enabled its members to issue the stablecoin USDC. Center is a consortium that is operated by cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase and payments firm Circle. Initially launched on the Ethereum blockchain, USDC was slowly expanded across other platforms such as Algorand, Stellar, and Solana chains in late 2020.
Apart from Tron, USDC will now be implemented on Avalanche, Celo, Flow, Hedera, Kava, Nervos, Polkadot, Stacks, and Tezos. The official press release of the stablecoin issuer read,
“From inception, our vision was to support USDC on multiple blockchain platforms. Bringing USDC to multiple chains enables users to take advantage of the speed, scalability and cost efficiency provided by next generation public chains.”
The latest move by Center is touted be the extensive expansion of the leading stablecoin as it eclipsed the eight blockchains that support the market leader, Tether’s USDT, which boasts a market cap of more than $62 billion. Over the past couple of months, USDC has witnessed massive growth especially due to unprecedented rally in the cryptocurrency market. The expansion comes in the heels of USDC surpassing the $25 billion market cap for the first time ever.
Following the development, Tron Foundation CEO, Justin Sun tweeted,
“Stablecoins will continue to play an important role and thrive in the cryptocurrency market, and TRC20-USDC’s roadmap and development on TRON is most definitely something to keep an eye on!”
Tron as a popular alternative
Tron also hosts USDT which has seen equally explosive growth in the past quarter. Another biggest contributing factor that resulted in the growth of the USDT on the Tron blockchain was the frustratingly high transaction fees on Ethereum that led many market participants who often use the stablecoin during trading to leave promptly from short-term trades and lock in gains with an asset at a stabilized value.
Just last month, the stablecoin issuer Tether had released 30 billion USDT as TRC20 tokens on the Tron blockchain, which went on to become the highest amount the stablecoin has ever issued on any chain.