Polygon Network Congested by Sunflower Farmers NFT Game

Bishal Kumar Chanda

Sunflower Farmers is a blockchain game launched at the end of December 2021 on the Polygon Network, a famous Ethereum sidechain. The play-to-earn NFT game is causing massive spikes in Polygon gas fees (from 30 Gwei to 500 Gwei). Many Polygon users have complained about the congestion and gas price issues on different social media channels.

In the last few days, Sunflower Farmers was observed to have more than 42% of all transactions on the Polygon network. The agriculture-themed game, Sunflower Farmers, rewards its players SFF (Sunflower Farm) tokens for everything they do in-game. Players can use their earned SFF tokens to buy in-game NFTs or other benefits. The early players make a larger share of rewards due to the game’s tokenomics.

The SSF tokens are meant to become deflationary over time to prevent token prices from falling. Players grinding hard to acquire a larger share of the tokens are leveraging the high gas fees as the value of farmed game tokens is greater than the gas fees. Sunflower Farmers has also attracted many bots that are trying to exploit the game to earn tokens. Despite the congestion, Polygon gas fees remain at a maximum of $1 compared to Ethereum, where a single transaction can cost from $50 to $100.

There has been no official response yet from the Polygon team about planning to address the congestions caused by dApps like Sunflower Farmers. But we have known Polygon to be a flagship sidechain. They have already planned zero-knowledge Layer 2 solutions such as Hermes and Mir. These solutions will help Polygon meet such network congestion issues in the future. Polygon remains fully functional to date without any downtime, unlike other blockchains like Solana, which have succumbed to downtime due to network congestions.

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