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Optimism price slides 9% after $450M worth of OP tokens transferred from multisig Optimism price slides 9% after $450M worth of OP tokens transferred from multisig

Optimism price slides 9% after $450M worth of OP tokens transferred from multisig

The crypto community has lashed out at Optimism's team for not making an announcement about the transfer beforehand.

Optimism price slides 9% after $450M worth of OP tokens transferred from multisig

Cover art/illustration via CryptoSlate

Optimism’s (OP) token shed over 9% of its value in the last 24 hours after the team made an unannounced transfer of $450 million worth of the tokens from its multi-signature wallet.

The token transfer initially birthed rumors that the Ethereum-based layer-2 network had been hacked.

But the team clarified that the transfers were “planned standard transfers to the Coinbase Custody wallets of various investors in OP Labs PBC.”

OP price fell to as low as $1.29 before rebounding to its current value of $1.35 as of press time.

Community bashes Optimism

The crypto community has lashed out at the Optimism team for not announcing the token transfer.

According to rotkiapp founder Lefteris Karapetsas, the communication void resulted in the community trying to “figure out if something was wrong.”

Another community member said Optimism’s team was not “announcing the important things,” adding that he hasn’t “seen a team so disorganized and uncommunicative with its community.”

Some have implied that the Optimism team shorted the token.

Optimism’s TVL rises

The total value of assets locked in Optimism is currently over $1 billion, surging by over 280% in the last 30 days, according to DeFiLlama data.

MakerDAO (MKR) revealed that the amount of DAI on the network rose from $30 million to $140 million within five days.

The layer2 network is home to 35 projects like DeFi protocol Aave (AAVE), derivatives exchange Synthetix (SNX), decentralized exchange Uniswap (UNI), and automated market maker Velodromeย  โ€” these four protocols account for 87% of Optimism’s TVL.

Aave has the highest volume with $538.4 million worth of assets locked on Optimism, followed byย Synthetix with $204 million.

Meanwhile, DeFi protocols like Iron Bank, Yearn Finance (YFI), and Homora also joined Optimism on August 16.

The new protocols reportedly joined the layer-2 network to improve their security and capital efficiency.

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