It's time to bring more initiatives to Harmony with more encouraging rewards

Dear Community,

Just wanted to bring a topic of initiatives on Harmony, how Harmony can benefit from increasing initiatives and why Harmony is not getting that much traction yet as other chains in my own opinion. If you want to bring more TVL, dapps and users to Harmony - you should increase reward emission. Take a look at Polygon and Avalanche - its great success comes from awesome initiatives.

Some comparisons…

  • Polygon offered 40mil$ just for Aave at the beginning … Then they gave even more rewards with additional 85mil$ which is 125mil$ in total. 2mil$ from Harmony is 1.6% of what Polygon offered just for Aave initiatives… there is a huge abyss in terms of rewards between Harmony and other chains, which is not really encouraging for farmers and new users, because rewards won’t be that much rewarding and there are other, better places where people can make money, so they won’t jump in Harmony - simple as that.
  • Polygon offered additional 30mil$ for Sushi farming which makes Polygon total initiatives to be 155mil$. Harmony offered… just 1mil$ for Sushi rewards… it’s 3.33% of what Polygon offered.
  • Polygon offered additional 30mil$ for Kyber farming which makes Polygon total initiatives to be 185mil$.
  • Avalanche offers 180mil$ of initiatives. I’m sure that the amount of initiatives assigned to Aave will be very similar to Polygon as the total amount of initiatives is also similar to Polygon (~120mil$ in total which makes 2mil$ of Harmony to be 1.66%). Guess where people will go for better APY? I already know where my farms will land if Harmony won’t decide to bump up the rewards. it’s really simple - I will go where I’m going to earn more money. It’s all about money, but also money helps ecosystem to grow.
  • Polygon is going to offer additional 100mil$ for initiatives in future (for additional details, take a look at sources at the end of the post).

So… at the end, for the summary:

  • Polygon offered 185mil$ of initiatives up to date. Additional 100mil$ is coming, which will end on 285mil$.
  • Avalanche is going to offer 180mil$ of initiatives.
  • Harmony is offering 3mil$ of initiatives up to date. This is only 1.62% of what Polygon offered and 1.05% of what Polygon is going to offer. It’s also only 1.66% of what Avalanche is going to offer. Not really encouraging, isn’t it?

My advice is to just follow the path of predecessors as you can simply see that it worked (there is no need to ‘reinvent the wheel’) - in both cases - and in all terms of network growth:

  • distributing more tokens will make Harmony more decentralised in terms of governance
  • it will attract more people to come and farm on Harmony as rewards will be finally competitive while comparing it to other blockchains, they will have a chance to try Harmony out and see how great it is in terms of fees, speed, etc - without good rewards there is simply no reason to try it out
  • TVL will obviously increase, not only because new people will come, but also farmers will be finally able to put more capital to work on Harmony without bringing APY% so low that it’s not profitable anymore - remember that money is also bootstrapping the protocol
  • it will attract devs to build on Harmony as they usually get rewards from people farming in their dapps (+ their personal token growth), currently there are no initiatives, so devs have no reason to build on Harmony (it’s all about money, again)
  • ONE will increase in price as the whole ecosystem is based on it, people will need ONE for farming on dapps, there is no reason to dump ONE if there are great initiatives on dapps for ONE token
  • … and probably many more things that I have forgotten about…

Distributing tokens is not always a bad thing. In my honest opinion, you should really reconsider your approach to initiatives as this is the main thing that is holding Harmony back from growth. Your approach is not great in terms of attracting new users to your blockchain comparing it to predecessors and their approach.

Thanks for reading!

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A valid topic to raise. :thinking:

Time will tell if Polygon/Avalanche’s allocation of tokens will work out…
I’m not convinced a yield farming arms race would ultimately make the biggest difference…

Because Yield Farmers don’t seem especially loyal to chains, they seem to just eat rewards and move on… and because of the power of crypto, they can do it near-instantly…

I do see how a longer term cascading promotion aimed at keeping Yield Farmers from taking ALL of their coins and migrating entirely would ultimately have a greater impact over massive rewards which dry up and make ANY rewards seem inferior…

We have yet to see the overall impact to the Polygon ecosystem when the rewards dry up.

For example: When #Viperswap :snake: had a massive reward boost for SnakeMonth, it brought in massive Liquidity but afterwards there was Yield Farmers exodus that left the value of the token at 1/4 of it’s pre-SnakeMonth value… not trying to talk price here but the economics of incentives.


It seems like these massive rewards are good for crypto adoption (and especially Yield Farmers) but questionable for the health of the chains which give them out in the long term.

For instance, all the MATIC tokens they are giving out are going to be liquidated to some degree and long term if it doesn’t actually create or support loyalty to the chain, it’s may create an effect more like an exploit/hack than a positive promotional economic/adoption effect.

Personally, I think direct marketing could be done outside of the core crypto-space that would use those millions of dollars better than if you effectively gave it to Yield Farmers… I appreciate your perspective on the subject and would love to hear from others on the topic! :fist: :harmony:

Question, Where should these additional promo $ONE come from?

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I agree with this so much, especially on Matic. The way Matic threw around theor tokens was always questionable to me. We‘ll see how long it holds and how many people stay at Matic. Probs not too many for not too long!

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