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Curve Finance: The $250M bribes talk you shouldn’t miss out on

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According to data provided by Delphi Digital, a large sum of bribes, totaling $250 million was paid out to vlCVX holders.<p lang=«en» dir=«ltr» xml:lang=«en»>A total of $250M of bribes have been paid out to $vlCVX holders.— Delphi Digital (@Delphi_Digital) March 5, 2023Read CRV’s Price Prediction 2023-2024Bribes serve as an incentive for voting on gauge weights and can lead to the injection of more liquidity into pools as a secondary effect.This can occur both at the base layer of the Curve or through Votium on the Convex, which is a layer above.The individuals offering the bribes are taking a gamble that the extra liquidity that their offering generates, due to the additional CRV rewards, will be more valuable to them than the bribe itself.The individuals can earn bribes by holding onto the vlCVX token, which is an instrument of Convex Finance.A majority of the bribes were accumulated in Q4 of 2022.

As Q1 of 2023 approaches an end, the overall bribes sent declined massively. One of the reasons for the same would be the decreasing APR generated through vlCVX’s bribe revenue.Based on Dune Analytics’ data, it was observed that over the last few months, the APR provided by the vlCVX token fell from 30.72% to 23.17%.Source: Dune AnalyticsThis decline in vlCVX’s APR and the subsequent fees paid out could signal the fact the Curve protocol may be struggling.Another indicator of the Curve protocol facing challenges would be the fall of its share in the DEX space.

Since the beginning of the year, Curve Finance’s dominance in the DEX markets in terms of volume fell from 15.2% to 6.2%.Uniswap and other successful DEXs managed to take up a large part of the market share during this period.Source: Dune

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