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Chainlink [LINK] was on a bad downtrend, at press time, falling by more than 0.22% in 24 hours and 5.6% in 7 days. Now, while in terms of percentages that might not seem to be much, it’s worth noting that LINK, like other alts, depreciated by double-digits on the price charts in Q2.
So was the case last year too. In fact, LINK saw its value fall by more than 83% from its ATH of $52.88 in May 2021.
So, what does this movement mean and, is now a good time to get into LINK? This article will talk about the altcoin ranked twenty fourth by market capitalization. In fact, it will also touch upon what are the key factors to consider when making a decision on buying into LINK.
Back in 2014, SmartContract.com, set out to develop a bridge between external data sources and public blockchains. This ironically led to the creation of a centralized oracle system called Chainlink. In 2017 this product was reshaped into what we now know as the Chainlink Network.
Chainlink is the largest oracle project in terms of market cap and total value secured, and number of crypto-projects associated with it. An oracle is basically a software that acts like an intermediary between the on-chain and the real world.
Here’s a fun fact from Defi Llama – Chainlink is securing more value than all of its competitors combined. The network has secured more than $13 billion from protocols that rely on its data feeds.
At the time of writing, data revealed that LINK was trading at $6.48. Its market capitalization stood at $3.05 billion with $254.18 million being traded in 24 hours.
In May 2021, Sergey Nazarov, Co-founder and CEO of Chainlink, disclosed in a podcast that Chainlink is estimated to have 60% of the market share.
A monopoly like this has its cons. For instance, during the Terra collapse, Chainlink caused a $11.2 million loss to the Venus protocol. This, when the latter was unable to access accurate data from Chainlink’s price feed.
In fact, the Chainlink ecosystem boasts some big names like VISA, SWIFT, Google Cloud etc.
It’s important to note that most of the LINK in circulation is being used for speculation rather than rewarding node operators. This, as expected, raises eyebrows among value investors.
Some believe that Chainlink is creating economic value in the industry by catering to a number of crypto-projects. Alas, that value doesn’t seem to reflect in their native token’s price.
Even so, following Chainlink’s 7 June proposal of the staking update, LINK surged by nearly 20% from $7 all the way up to $9.
The proposed staking update is much anticipated in the crypto-space. The update will be beneficial for the token’s value as oracles will be required to stake LINK. This update will also enable community participation, leading to enhanced overall security.
Nazarov clarified that Chainlink does not produce blocks but “make consensus on hundreds of oracle networks about price data.” He further added that the developers team is finally satisfied with the security and scalability of the consensus mechanism and ready to launch staking this year.
The update will also bring additional utility to LINK, beyond facilitating payments to node operators.
Chainlink developers estimate that the proposed staking will yield 5% annually thanks to proceeds from Chainlink’s data feed users and emissions from the treasury reserve. The goal is for treasury emissions to end once Chainlink’s usage grows, leaving all staking rewards to come from fees paid by oracle users.
Michael van de Poppe, who is popular in the crypto space for his analysis, tweeted his opinion on the recent bull run by LINK which saw the token surge by 35% over the past 30 days. Poppe is convinced that there is still some momentum left and there it is likely that LINK will reach the $12 mark, should it hold the $8 support level.
While speaking at NFT.NYC 2022, Lauren Halstead from Chainlink Labs outlined the spectrum of Chainlink’s use cases using the example of dynamic NFTs. Halstead demonstrated how dynamic NFTs can be updated in real time with the help of off-chain data gathered by Chainlink.
On 15 August, Floki Inu announced that they had integrated two products from Chainlink’s suite with their newly launched FlokiFi Locker on BNB Chain and the Ethereum mainnet. In an interview with BSC news, a core team member of Floki said,
“We feel excited to be working with Chainlink to enhance the integrity of the FlokiFi Locker protocol. Chainlink is by far the biggest decentralized oracle solution in the world as well as the best and most reliable.”
Eric Wall from Arcane Assets has been rather critical of Chainlink’s activities. In May 2021, he stated that the network is not “crypto-economically secure,” citing the developers state and the fact that the model relies on a trusted system.
Zeus Capital have been a vocal critic of Chainlink since 2020 when they published a fifty-nine page investigative report. One outlining how the network is a fraud, going as far as calling it the “wirecard of crypto.”
CryptoWhale turned up the heat on Chainlink developers in a series of tweets too. It accused the team of running a pump and dump scheme. These allegations came following a $1.5 billion LINK sell-off allegedly by Chainlink insiders and developers in June 2021.
One billion LINK tokens were pre-mined in 2017, following which, Chainlink raised $32 million through an initial coin offering (ICO). Thirty percent went to the founders and the project. Thirty five percent accounted for airdrops and rewards for node operators. The remaining thirty five percent went towards issuing to investors.
According to Etherscan, the top hundred wallets hold roughly 75% of LINK supply. This doesn’t look so good for a token that’s supposed to be decentralized. Chainlink’s supporters have, however, argued that a certain degree of centralization will help developers to effectively respond to network threatening events.
Data from Etherscan also revealed Chainlink developers’ addresses consistently dumping their holdings on Binance, something that hasn’t been received well by the community.
One would think that this works out well in favor of decentralization, but most of that tokens have been bought up by whales.
A number of analysts believe that the performance of LINK and ETH is correlated to some extent.
Chainlink’s growth is inherently tied to the growth of smart contracts and blockchain services. Increased adoption of smart contracts translates to an increase in demand for data feeds from oracles.
Chainlink’s utility has attracted cross-chain ventures. Non-Ethereum based protocols like Polkadot and Solana are building integrations with Chainlink for access to its oracle network.
Chainlink (LINK) Price Prediction 2025
Experts at Changelly concluded from their analysis of LINK’s previous price action that in 2025, the crypto should be worth at least $26.64. The maximum price for LINK, according to them, would be $32.01. Considering its press time price, that would yield a whopping 312% profit.
On the contrary, Finder’s panel of experts have projected a median value of $40 for LINK by December 2025.
Ethereum merging its mainnet and Beacon Chain is expected to affect LINK’s price action too. In fact, it has also been demonstrated that there’s some correlation between ETH and LINK. ETH rose above $4000 and LINK broke the $50-mark to reach its all-time high last year.
Talking in context of the Mainnet merge, if ETH should break the $10,000-level, then it is likely that LINK will follow suit and touch $100.
In light of new business partnerships, API connection improvements, and Chainlink’s customized services, there are also projections that place a maximum price of $45.75 on LINK by 2025.
Chainlink (LINK) Price Prediction 2030
Changelly’s crypto-experts have estimated that in 2030, LINK will be trading for at least $182.88, possibly peaking out at $221.4. That would mean a return of 2650%.
Joseph Raczynski, technologist and futurist at Thomson Reuters and one of the panelists for Finder, has a rather positive outlook on LINK’s future. He sees the coin worth $100 in 2025 and $500 by 2030.
“Link is pushing the boundary on one of the most important aspects of blockchain technology — connections to other blockchains, databases and ecosystems. Chainlink could be the highway among blockchains, which is a huge key for the industry.”
Justin Chuh, Senior Trader at Wave Financial, made his own projections for the future of LINK too. He sees the coin at $50 in 2025 and $100 in 2030.
Forrest Przybysz, Senior Cryptocurrency Investment Analyst at Token Metrics, shared his immensely bullish stance on the token’s future value and projected LINK to be worth $500 by 2025 and $2500 by the end of 2030.
“LINK has one of the fastest, smoothest growth curves of any cryptocurrency and has a major lead in terms of its competition.” Przybysz added.
Chainlink had earlier clarified that it would continue operating on the Ethereum blockchain following the Merge to the proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus layer scheduled for next month, rubbishing claims of any association with forked versions of the Ethereum blockchain, including proof-of-work forks.
The major factors that will influence LINK’s price in the coming years are,
- Timely implementation of Staking update
- Increased Adoption of WEB 3.0
- Partnerships with established businesses.
Launched in 2017, Chainlink is fairly new to the industry and its full potential is yet to be determined. On-chain metrics suggest that users are confident about the future of LINK.
While it is true that the service provided by Chainlink pertains to a specific niche, one cannot deny the relevance of said niche and its importance in the future. Oracles essentially cater to all blockchains that utilize smart contracts, making the services of platforms like Chainlink vital for their operations. Companies from both traditional backgrounds and from the crypto space agree that smart contracts hold considerable significance, significance that will only grow in the future.
From an investment point of view, one might compare Chainlink and its token to how a traditional company and its shares function. If the company has a healthy balance sheet and has a meaningful contribution to the economy, then its shares are bound to perform well. The same can be said for Chainlink, for they are the leaders of their sector and their services are essential to several projects, both now and in the future.
The above analogy would not hold true for even a third of the thousands of crypto projects that exist today.
A majority of the forecasts have signalled double digit gains for Chainlink. However, price predictions are not a substitute for due diligence and research.
Worth pointing out here that the Fear and Greed Index has been inconsistent over the past month. Only time will tell which way it eventually leans towards.