DeFi TVL Hits $192B for First Time in 15 Months

Crypto locked in DeFi apps surged 17% in May, reaching $192 billion, the highest since February 2022. This increase was driven by rising ETH prices and more trading activity.

Ethereum led with $130 billion TVL (68%), followed by Solana with $10.9 billion (5.7%). Despite this growth, unique active wallets (UAW) in DeFi dropped by 21% to 1.75 million.

DappRadar attributes the TVL rise to speculation around a potential Ethereum ETF. Meanwhile, 24-hour trade volumes on decentralized exchanges jumped from $1.7 billion to $5.1 billion between October 2023 and June 2024.

Other Web3 sectors saw user growth: gaming had over 3 million active users (up 7.5%), NFT marketplaces grew by 11% to 1.52 million UAW, and Web3 social media apps increased by 29% to 1.92 million UAW.

The total number of Web3 UAW reached 10.4 million as of June 6, up from 7 million in Q1 2024 and 4.3 million in 2023. However, experts warn that complex onboarding processes could limit future growth.

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