Sunflower Famers, a play-to-earn game, has resulted in a 16-fold spike in Polygon’s gas fees. In fact, Polygon users have expressed their dissatisfaction with the congestion difficulties on numerous social media platforms. Furthermore, in the last 24 hours, Sunflower Farmers has become the network’s largest gas burner. Already, they account for 42% of all transaction costs on Polygon.
Sunflower Farmers NFT is clogging the network.
Sunflower Farmers was essentially released in the end of December 2021. This play-to-earn game has so far garnered over 175,000 active wallets. As a result, it is one of the most popular video game titles.
The game, however, is causing issues for the blockchain network. For example, Double Protocol, an NFT rental protocol, said yesterday that it would postpone the delivery of its Alpha Pass due to network congestion on the Polygon.
Why is the agricultural-themed game generating so many problems?
To begin, the Sunflower Farmers’ smart contract distributes SFF (Sunflower Farm) tokens to the players. As a result, by continuously doing in-game duties such as planting and harvesting crops, players can earn tokens. These tokens can also be used to purchase NFTs and other collectibles.
Moving on, the game encourages players to compete hard and collect as many tokens as they can. As a result, the game’s tokenomics dictate that early participants receive a higher share of the benefits. To create scarcity, the token supply decreases dramatically over time.
Furthermore, participants that want a larger share of the game tokens must pay exorbitant gas prices. Simply stated, the gas fees on Polygon approve transactions to additional blocks. Currently, the value of SFF tokens outweighs the cost of gas.
Since yesterday, gas taxes on Polygon have jumped from around 30 Gwei (or around $0.03) to around 500 Gwei, valued at $0.44, according to PolygonScan. During the peak period, the fees frequently surpassed 1000 Gwei (about $1). Furthermore, customers are becoming increasingly concerned about how a single dApp may result in such a significant increase in gas fees.
Security analyst Thomas Kerbl highlighted on Twitter that the incentivized farming game may have drawn a “lot of bots trying to extract value.” Sunflower Farmers completed roughly 1.1 million transactions from over 330,000 users in the preceding day, according to DappRadar.
Finally, the Polygon team has not revealed how it plans to solve congestion caused by dApps such as Sunflower Farmers. In addition to their main sidechain, Polygon’s scaling arsenal includes zero-knowledge Layer 2 solutions like Hermez and Mir. Such strategies may help the project meet future scaling difficulties.