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[Recap] Avalanche Q2 2024 State of the Ecosystem

By Kingsley Bowen
May 15, 2024

This call summary is from the above conversation with The Tie's Chief of Staff & SVP of Strategic Initiatives, Heidi Pickett, and Ava Labs' Head of Gaming, Ed Chang, and Ava Labs Senior Director of Business Development for Institutions & Capital Markets, Morgan Krupetsky.

Platform Upgrades

The latest upgrade to the Avalanche network, called the Durango update, introduces several significant enhancements addressing developer demands. These include native transfers on the p-chain, subnet ownership transfers, and compatibility with Ethereum's Shanghai upgrade. As Morgan explained, the most pivotal feature of this upgrade is the launch of Teleporter, Avalanche's subnet communication protocol that leverages Avalanche Warp Messaging. Teleporter acts as an intra-network interoperability solution, facilitating seamless communication across all subnets and the C-chain.

The communication layer creates a 'network of networks' that maintains each subnet's autonomy while ensuring efficient interoperability and liquidity across various sectors like gaming, finance, and enterprise. For financial institutions, Teleporter ensures secure messaging through private validator sets for activities like request-for-quote processes, asset transfers, and trade confirmations. In the gaming industry, Teleporter introduces one-click swaps that allow for the smooth transfer of assets between subnets, enhancing the composable nature of gaming through strategic partnerships. The new communication layer between subnets and the C-chain extends existing C-chain integrations for out-of-the-box services like custodians, data, and oracle feeds for new subnets.

The Road Ahead

Avalanche recently released the technical roadmap of its evolving subnet architecture to further distinguish it from conventional "app-chain" models seen in other blockchain networks. According to Ed, Ava Labs is exploring three key areas of differentiation:

  • Decoupling of Subnets from the Primary Network: Currently, running a validator for Avalanche's network requires staking 2,000 AVAX to and validating the primary network, which introduces considerable friction, especially for new startups. Proposals are in place to design a different set of staking requirements and rewards tailored specifically for subnets. These proposals aim to reduce participation barriers and enhance operational flexibility.
  • Enhanced Subnet Sovereignty and Validator Autonomy: By allowing subnets to control their validator sets, Avalanche aims to empower subnet operators with greater autonomy. This shift is particularly beneficial for regulated financial services, which are often restricted from validating public, permissionless chains due to compliance issues. This proposed change also reduces the minimum stake required to validate, thereby addressing the high startup costs associated with setting up new subnets.
  • Scalability and Performance Improvements:
    • High-Throughput Virtual Machines: The introduction of VRYX through the HyperSDK is anticipated to enable subnets to achieve a performance scale well beyond the capabilities of the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). This scalability is crucial as gaming subnets and institutions prepare for massively increased throughput requirements. Ava Labs aims for up to 100,000 transactions per second (tps) per subnet through the HyperSDK.
    • Consensus Efficiency: Ava Labs is working to enhance consensus efficiency, hoping to reduce transaction confirmation times to below 500 milliseconds.

Additionally, the deployment of Teleporter enhances these capabilities by facilitating seamless asset and data interoperability across subnets, thus supporting a robust, integrated network environment. These strategic improvements boost Avalanche's technical infrastructure and position its subnets as attractive platforms for various applications - from gaming to financial services - aligning with current and future scalability demands.


Morgan observed that memecoins, often seen as whimsical or speculative assets within the cryptocurrency sphere, serve as more than just a niche interest; they reflect community engagement and cultural trends. The Avalanche Foundation has introduced the up to $100 million "Culture Catalyst" fund to invest in projects at the intersection of community, culture, and entertainment. Additionally, the new ERC404 token standard, designed to enhance NFT liquidity, has been paired with the memecoin trend on Avalanche to create a new kind of memecoin token.


Morgan also introduced Codebase, a dynamic 12-week Avalanche ecosystem accelerator program designed specifically for early-stage startups and founders in the Web3 space. With an impressive turnout of over 250 applications, the program recently announced its initial cohort. Participants in the Codebase program benefit from a comprehensive support system facilitated by the Avalanche Foundation, including a stipend to help alleviate the financial pressures of startup life. Additionally, the program connects participants with a rich network of experienced advisors, mentors, and investors from the Web2 and Web3 communities, providing invaluable guidance and insights.

Codebase covers a wide range of industries, showcasing its versatility and the diverse potential of blockchain technology. Teams involved span various sectors, such as social finance (SocialFi), entertainment, enterprise solutions, and financial services. The culmination of the Codebase accelerator is a pitching event where teams compete for a grand prize.


Ed observed that the general trend in the Avalanche gaming ecosystem is building platforms rather than building individual games. This approach allows for greater scalability and interoperability among games, such as having a sovereign chain, the customizability of tokenomics, and infrastructure solutions like Ava Cloud.

Ed continued by saying perhaps the most prominent gaming news event in Q2 was the announcement of a MapleStory Universe subnet. MapleStory is the flagship game of Nexon, a significant player in the gaming industry with a valuation of around $20 billion. The game's 200 million+ user base and rich economy, which includes characters, skins, items, and soft currencies, presents a natural fit for blockchain implementation. With $100 million raised from its parent company, Nexon aims to fully realize a blockchain-enriched MapleStory, enhancing the game's economy and user engagement through decentralized technology.

Lastly, Gunzilla's partnership with OpenSea to integrate NFT functionalities, and enhance monetization and player engagement in blockchain-based games. 


When asked about Citibank’s use of Avalanche, Morgan explained the Spruce network, a testnet subnet on Avalanche, as a permissioned environment for regulated buy-side and sell-side institutions to explore and test various blockchain use cases. A key area of focus within this environment is tokenization, which is increasingly recognized as a transformative opportunity within the financial industry.

In a notable proof-of-concept, Citibank collaborated with ABN AMRO, Wellington, and WisdomTree, and leveraged DTCC's digital assets to explore three specific use cases:

  • Tokenization of a Private Equity Fund: Wellington issued a tokenized private equity fund, allowing for digitized representations of shares in the fund.
  • Token Transfer with Compliance: These tokenized assets were transferred between asset managers, demonstrating compliance with stringent identity verification and Know Your Customer (KYC) standards.
  • Use of Tokenized Assets as Collateral: The tokenized fund was also tested as collateral for borrowing purposes, showcasing the practical utility of blockchain in enhancing liquidity and security in financial transactions.

Following these tests, Citi published a detailed report highlighting the successful application of blockchain technology in these scenarios and emphasizing the potential benefits. These include increased efficiency, transparency, and compliance in financial transactions.

Parallel to individual tests and projects like those of Citibank, broader industry efforts are being coordinated under the Tokenized Asset Coalition (TAC). When asked about Ava Lab’s role in the TAC, Morgan said that this coalition, which includes Ava Labs, focuses on advancing the adoption of tokenization across various sectors. It emphasizes three main pillars:

  • Education: Raising awareness and understanding of tokenized assets.
  • Advocacy: Ensuring regulatory alignment and global acceptance.
  • Adoption: Identifying and integrating necessary infrastructure and protocols to facilitate the adoption of tokenization.

This coalition aims to create a unified approach to tokenization, enabling a seamless transition for industries looking to incorporate blockchain into their operations. The broad-based initiative reflects a significant collaborative effort to address regulatory, technical, and operational challenges associated with blockchain and tokenized assets.

Furthermore, examples like Alipay Plus utilizing blockchain to issue digital vouchers through interactive mini-games in Southeast Asia illustrate blockchain's practical, real-world applications. These initiatives address specific business challenges—such as increasing sales and customer engagement—and demonstrate how deeply enterprises can integrate blockchain technology beyond mere peripheral experimentation.


This year's Coachella Music Festival will introduce a blockchain-based campaign called Coachella Quests, developed by the festival's innovation division. Attendees can earn perks, tickets, and other benefits by completing quests live at the event and on the Coachella Discord server. This approach enhances the festival experience with tangible rewards like VIP lounge access. It also gives the organizers valuable insights into attendee behaviors, fostering a deeper connection with their community through technology-enabled engagement. 

The Avalanche Foundation has announced the AmbassadorDAO, which celebrates the Avalanche community's active engagement and content creation. This effort resulted in a self-governing DAO to empower community members further, allowing them to take leadership roles and gain valuable skills within the Web3 space. Participants receive various tiers of benefits, ranging from swag to speaking opportunities at events. The acceptance of the first round of DAO members has been announced, highlighting both familiar and new names and facilitating greater interaction within the community.

Wrapping Up

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This report is for informational purposes only and is not investment or trading advice. The views and opinions expressed in this report are exclusively those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of The TIE Inc. The Author may be holding the cryptocurrencies or using the strategies mentioned in this report. You are fully responsible for any decisions you make; the TIE Inc. is not liable for any loss or damage caused by reliance on information provided. For investment advice, please consult a registered investment advisor.

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Kingsley Bowen

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