ApeCoin integrates with Polygon amid NFT mint backlash and speculation

Ezra Reguerra
Ezra Reguerra May 3, 2022
Updated 2022/05/03 at 5:26 PM
4 Min Read

ApeCoin (APE) announced its integration with Ethereum (ETH[1]) sidechain Polygon after the recent Yuga Labs’ Otherdeeds nonfungible token (NFT) minting incident that led to speculation on a new chain for APE.

On Sunday, Yuga Labs, the creators of the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT collection, opened the minting for Otherdeeds NFT land. The drop gained overwhelming support from its community, with an estimated $300 million in sales[5]. Despite this, the drop encountered a list of issues such as pushing ETH gas fees to unprecedented highs, making users pay around 2 to 5 ETH for gas.

Because of this, users that failed to mint NFTs but still paid ETH gas fees were outraged and expressed their frustration[6] through Twitter, with some even tweeting that they are pulling out of their APE-related investments.

While Yuga Labs promised[7] to refund their gas, some users began[8] to speculate that the failure was a planned marketing stunt, highlighting a problem, then announcing a new chain for APE. However, an ApeCoin decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) representative denies this.

ApeCoin DAO Board Member Yat Siu clarified[9] that this is not the case. While Yuga Labs encourages[10] the DAO to think of migrating to a new chain, Siu noted that there was no discussion among the DAO’s board members nor with other parties about the possibility of an APE chain.

Despite the clarification, some are not convinced and are still unhappy about the results of the event. Twitter user MetaMan said that the facilitators of the event should simply admit that they messed up and that it was a bad idea.

Related: ApeCoin slides 40% in 3 days despite Otherside metaverse land sale — Here’s why[12]

The event also led to the burning of 55,817.39 ETH ($158 million) putting the Otherdeed NFTs at the top of the ETH 7-day burn leaderboard and pushing Ethereum network burn to a new all-time[13] high of 70,000 ETH.


  1. ^ ETH (cointelegraph.com)
  2. ^ @0xPolygon (twitter.com)
  3. ^ https://t.co/vUoGTAfqkl (t.co)
  4. ^ May 2, 2022 (twitter.com)
  5. ^ estimated $300 million in sales (cointelegraph.com)
  6. ^ expressed their frustration (cointelegraph.com)
  7. ^ promised (twitter.com)
  8. ^ began (twitter.com)
  9. ^ clarified (twitter.com)
  10. ^ encourages (twitter.com)
  11. ^ May 3, 2022 (twitter.com)
  12. ^ ApeCoin slides 40% in 3 days despite Otherside metaverse land sale — Here’s why (cointelegraph.com)
  13. ^ burn to a new all-time (cointelegraph.com)


This article was first published on Cointelegraph.com
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