WHAT IS MATIC?
TOKEN SALE & ECONOMICS
ROADMAP & UPDATES
PRODUCT & METRICS
Matic Network (MATIC)
Scalable, Instant and Secured Transactions for Blockchains
|KEY METRICS [as of 01 Apr 2019]|
|Issuing Price||$0.00263 USD|
|Initial Circ. Supply||3,230,085,551 (~32.30% of Total Supply)|
|Total Supply||10,000,000,000 MATIC|
- Matic Network is a Layer 2 scaling solution that achieves scale by utilizing sidechains for off-chain computation, while ensuring asset security using the Plasma framework and a decentralized network of Proof-of-Stake (PoS) validators.
- Matic Network has been a significant contributor to the Ethereum ecosystem having worked on implementations of Plasma MVP (Minimum Viable Plasma), WalletConnect protocol and the popular Ethereum event notification engine - Dagger.
- Many projects are already building apps & integrations with Matic.
- Matic launched its first testnet in September and has an advanced pre-mainnet version of the network ready internally.
- Matic will soon launch an extremely user friendly Plasma wallet with native WalletConnect support to interact trustlessly with dApps and services across devices.
KEY FEATURES & HIGHLIGHTS
- Scalability: Fast, low-cost and secure transactions on Matic sidechains with finality achieved on mainchain and Ethereum as the first compatible Layer 1 basechain
- High Throughput: Achieved up to 7,000 TPS on a single sidechain on internal testnet; Multiple chains to be added for horizontal scaling
- User Experience: Smooth UX and developer abstraction from mainchain to Matic chain; native mobile apps and SDK with WalletConnect support
- Security: Matic chain operators are themselves stakers in the PoS system
- Public Sidechains: Matic sidechains are public in nature (vs. individual dApp chains), permissionless and capable of supporting multiple protocols
WHAT IS MATIC?
Matic Network ("Matic" or "the Project") is a layer-2 scaling platform that enables fast, easy and secure off-chain transactions for not only payment transactions, but also generalized off-chain smart contract.
Matic's mission is to create a plasma-influenced Layer 2 scaling solution to enable throughput capable of meeting the transaction demand for mass adoption of dApps.
Matic is unique both in terms of its technical approach towards Layer 2 as well as its potential support for variety of use cases.
- Matic Layer 2 is an account-based variant of MoreVP (More Viable Plasma). The Plasma framework is used to guarantee the security of assets on the main chain (such as ERC-20 and ERC-721 tokens for Ethereum), while generic transactions are secured by a Proof-of-Stake network, built on top of Tendermint. Matic sidechains are essentially EVM-enabled chains and are conducive to ready deployment of solidity smart contracts, essentially making it an easy tool for Ethereum Developers to use it for scaling their dApps/Protocols.
- Commercially, Matic sidechains are structurally effective for supporting many Decentralized Finance (DeFi) protocols available in the Ethereum ecosystem.
- Matic’s core philosophy is to enable dApps to compete with the user experience that is offered by centralized apps today.
- Ethereum is the first basechain Matic Network supports, but Matic intends to offer support for additional basechains, based on community suggestions and consensus, to enable an interoperable decentralized Layer 2 blockchain platform.
TOKEN SALE & ECONOMICS
|Token Type||ERC-20 (as of TGE)|
|Total Private Sale Allocation||3.80%|
|Seed Sale Token Price||$0.00079USD / MATIC|
|Early Supporters Allocation||1.71%|
|Early Supporters Token Price||$0.0026USD / MATIC|
|Launchpad Sale Allocation||19%|
|Launchpad Sale Price||$0.00263 USD / MATIC|
|Launchpad Sale Date||April 2019|
|Amount Raised Public Sale||$5.00 MM|
|Current Circulating Supply||N/A|
Token Supply Distribution:
- Private Sale tokens comprise 3.80% of total supply.
- Launchpad sale tokens comprise 19% of total supply.
- Team tokens comprise 16% of total supply.
- Advisors tokens comprise 4% of total supply.
- Network Operations tokens comprise 12% of total supply.
- Foundation tokens comprise 21.86% of total supply.
- Ecosystem tokens comprise 23.33% of total supply.
Private Sale Overview
- Seed Round: Sale conducted at a rate of 1 MATIC = 0.00079 USD and raised a total of USD 165,000, selling 2.09% of total token supply
- Early Supporters: sale conducted at a rate of 1 MATIC = 0.00263 USD and raised a total of USD 450,000, selling 1.71% of total token supply.
Public Sale Overview
- Binance Launchpad sale will be conducted in April 2019 for a total raise of ~$5,000,000 USD worth of BNB at ~$0.00263 per token for 19% of total token supply. The BNB to MATIC rate will be determined on the day of the sale.
MATIC Token Ecosystem
- The Matic token is used to stake in order to participate in the Proof of Stake consensus mechanism of the network of sidechains.
- The Matic token is also used to pay mining rewards to the POS stakers and any transaction / gas fees.
- Each time a transaction happens, a small percentage of transaction fees will be kept and reserved in-protocol to support the projects building for enhancing Matic Ecosystem and will be disbursed using on-chain governance.
Token Governance & Use of Funds
As of 26 February 2019, Matic Network has used approximately 7% of TGE funds according to the allocations below:
- 1% Partnerships
- 9% Marketing
- 15% Legal
- 75% Technical Development
Treasury & Strategy
As per their risk management strategy, Matic plans to perpetually hold sufficient fiat reserves to fund their operational costs for at least 12 months. The rest of any funds held in crypto will be stored in cold wallets with multisig support.
MATIC Token Release Schedule
The following chart represents the number and breakdown of all MATIC tokens that are intended to be released into circulation on a monthly basis.
Token Overview & Use Cases
The MATIC token has three key use cases:
- Participating in the Proof of Stake consensus: Matic sidechains enforce consensus using a Proof of Stake (PoS) layer in which network participants stake Matic tokens in order to participate as validators.
- Paying for the transaction fees in the network: The transaction fees on Matic sidechains are paid in MATIC tokens. The more users onboard to use the apps on Matic Network, the more the transaction volume and hence the transaction fees.
- Having taken inspiration from Livepeer and its "protocol funding the ecosystem" model, Matic intends to enable a separate staking mechanism for supporting the ecosystem projects. This will help create a fund out of the "block rewards" that can help support developers working on features and dApps needed by the network to get a part of block rewards. This mechanism is funded by reserving a percentage of the transaction fees in-protocol to support the projects building for enhancing Matic Ecosystem.
ROADMAP & UPDATES
Communicated vs. Completed Milestones
|Original Roadmap & Achievements|
|PLANNED DATE||MILESTONE||ACTUAL DATE||TIMING||COMMENTS|
|2018: Q3||Matic testnet released to developers (closed alpha) |
Plasma MVP contracts on testnet
Full ERC20 support for fast and cheap transfers
Plasma exits tokenized for fast exits
|2018: Q3||On Time||Matic Network Github|
|2018: Q3|| Dagger (real-time Ethereum events notifications engine) released |
Dagger integration with Zapier (ERC20 transfers)
|2018: Q3||On Time||Matic Network Github |
Dagger Ethereum Integration
Matic mobile app (with Plasma support) - internal release
|2018: Q4||On Time||Matic Network Github |
Matic wallet is in private repo currently
|2018: Q4||Quarters (games platform integrated with Matic testnet) |
WalletConnect support on mobile app (Ethereum & Matic testnet)
|2018: Q4||On Time||Quarters |
|2019: Q1||ERC721 support on Matic testnet PoS implementation for Staker nodes for sidechain - internal release |
Matic testnet v2 released to developers (closed beta)
Asset swaps PoC on Matic testnet (for Decentraland marketplace)
Tokenized staker slots for PoS implementation
|2019: Q1||On Time||PoS implementation in private repo |
Matic Network Github
Asset swaps in private repo
|2019: Q1||Dagger integration with Zapier (generic contract events) |
Cryptostaw (Burner wallet) integrated with Matic testnet
Hermione (realtime, scalable Ethereum data processor) - internal release
|2019: Q1||On Time||Zapier |
Hermione in private repo
By Q1 2019, some of the projects built on top of Matic included:
- A Burner wallet (friction-free mechanism to move tokens quickly through a web browser interface and withdraw out to cold storage when complete) implementation for onboarding users to dApps with one-use wallets
- An upcoming games platform
- A marketplace for NFT assets
- A VR game
- An advertisement exchange
- Others still in development
- Matic Network Mainnet release (alpha)
- Allow Deposits and withdrawals of Ethereum-based assets using the Matic Plasma implementation in alpha
- Plasma - Cross-asset swaps between ERC721-ERC20, ERC20-ERC20, ERC721-ERC721) on testnet
- Proof-of-Stake Validator onboarding
- dApps developer program
- Matic Wallet - WalletConnect for dApps (Ethereum & Matic Network transactions)
- Matic Network Mainnet release (beta)
- Plasma - Asset swaps (ERC721-ERC20, ERC20-ERC20, ERC721-ERC721) support on mainnet
- Generic smart contract support (with PoS guarantees)
- Plasma Fast exits implementation on testnet
- Plasma Watcher nodes
Q4 2019 & Q1 2020
- Matic Network Mainnet release
- Plasma Fast exit services on mainnet
- Transaction relay pool (perform transactions without ETH) - for enabling easy asset/state movement from Ethereum to Matic
- Generic smart contract support (with Plasma guarantees) - Proof-of-Concept
- Plasma - NFT Marketplace platform release for Ethereum assets
Commercial Partnership and Business Development Progress
Matic has already partnered with several blockchain projects, including the following:
- Decentraland: Decentraland is a virtual reality platform powered by the Ethereum blockchain. Users can create, experience, and monetize content and applications using a developer toolkit that works on any platform (all VR headsets and web browsers) and is designed to create virtual environments and applications. Matic is collaborating with Decentraland to scale the transactions that will occur as a result of user interactions within the virtual universe. This will include payments, NFT sales and eventually general game states and other data.
- Quarkchain: QuarkChain is an innovative permissionless blockchain architecture that aims to provide a secure, decentralized, and scalable blockchain solution. Matic Network and Quarkchain intend to collaborate on L2 scaling research by exploring and developing Plasma sidechain solutions on top of Quarkchain. Matic will also be working with Quarkchain to build notification services like Dagger and Mobile Wallet capabilities for Quarkchain.
- Ankr Network: Ankr is a distributed computing platform that aims to leverage idle computing resources in data centers and edge devices. Matic will collaborate with Ankr to explore building a decentralized web 3 stack in which Ankr can provide Distributed Cloud Computing services for Decentralized Application Development on the Matic Network.
- Portis: Portis is a technology company that wants to make sure any person in the world can use decentralized applications, just as easily as they use "regular" apps.Matic is working with Portis to help these dApps using Portis achieve scale and an enhanced user experience.
- Maker DAO: Maker is the organization behind the DAI Stablecoin. Matic Network is partnering with MakerDAO to explore and jointly support teams for the development of dApps which use DAI on Matic Network sidechains. Matic Network intends to integrate DAI as the first ERC-20 token on Matic sidechains.
- Ripio Credit Network: Ripio Credit Network is a peer to peer credit network that connects lenders and borrowers located anywhere in the world.Matic is working with Ripio to enable Micro loans on its plasma sidechains. Matic along with RCN is also researching faster plasma exits where exit NFT’s will be used as collateral for loans on the RCN platform.
The Matic team has 12 total employees, with 3 technical co-founders, 6 additional developers, two marketing specialists, and a product manager.
Core contributor for the first Plasma MVP implementation (Github).
Wrote the first Node implementation of the original Walletconnect protocol (Github). Contributed to Web3 and developer ecosystem tools like sol-trace (Github). Previously Data Scientist with Housing.com
Ex-CTO (Ecommerce) of Welspun Group. Previously ran a Blockchain services & product firm working with various clients to design and implement their Decentralized app architectures. An ex-Deloitte Technology consultant and comes from a top B-School in India.
Previously AVP (Product Management) with IRIS Business, a leader in software products for Regulatory bodies across the globe. He is also a serial entrepreneur and has had an exit with his previous firm named Dexter Consultancy. Previous at Cognizant Technologies and SNL Financial.
Siddhartha JainVP - Operations & Marketing
Previously Project Manager at EXL, and Data Analyst at Mu-Sigma.
Delroy BoscoProject Manager
Previously Scrum Master, served Business Analyst roles at IRIS Business
Nirbhik JangidCommunity Manager
Finalist in Google OMC (Ad Grants Challenge) 2016.
Bhavir ShahHead, Engineering
Vaibhav ChellaniBlockchain Engineer
Ashish RajpurohitBlockchain Engineer
Sayli PatilApplication Engineer
Arpit AgarwalBlockchain Engineer
Vishal GuptaDev Ops
MATIC token is not actively traded as of publish date of this report - the token will be available through the Binance Launchpad portal.
Matic has a total of 13 public and 17 private repos.
Matic has only released a portion of their code publicly at this stage of development. The contracts repo contains the main business logic of the Matic Network. However, private repos’ metrics and overviews are the most informative in learning about the Matic project and ecosystem.
Top Public GitHub Repositories
Smart contracts comprising the business logic of the Matic Network
Library to connect with dagger server and manage subscriptions for Ethereum Blockchain
Trace runtime failures for solidity
Simple library to decode ethereum transaction and logs
Tokenized staker slots for a Proof-of-Stake system. Matic staker slots are integrated in the contracts repo
Top Private GitHub Repositories
A large portion of Matic’s development across the core technology and product suite occurs in their private repos.
Validator node for Matic PoS layer
Mobile app in React Native (Android & iOS support) with wallet, Plasma interactions and WalletConnect integration
Realtime blocks, transactions, logs and events push notifications for Ethereum blockchain
Integration of Dagger with the Zapier platform. Uses eth-dagger.js and dagger-webhooks
Matic relay bridge server for deposits
dApp for showcasing the capabilities of the Matic Network with Matic mobile app & WalletConnect integration
Scalable, modular and realtime Ethereum data processor
Ethereum SQL Syncer for APIs and faster queries
Dagger webhooks for third-party services like Zapier and IFTTT
Marketplace on Plasma Proof-of-Concept
React native bridge (iOS and Android) for faster and secure storage of keys
PRODUCT & METRICS
One of Matic’s ecosystem products, Dagger, is a Zapier integration that allows any builder to gather real time ethereum updates to plug into their spreadsheets, apps, or other products. Today, more than 400 dApps and trackers are built using this trigger tool.
To ensure smooth asset transition to sidechains and easy asset management for users, Matic will be releasing its own wallet with a WalletConnect integration.
Several dApps are actively being developed on Matic to provide a better user experience with lower transaction costs:
- Full data
- confirmed DAU: 79
- Current Daily Transactions : 402
- Expected DAU with Matic Marketplace with low txn fee and better user experience games should be much higher. May be a 100 times higher than this as it is expected to compete the user experience of centralized games and apps
- Cryptostaw - Venmo using DAI
- Pocket full of Quarters - Game that raised funds on Republic.co
- Chainbreakers - Game built on Decentraland Universe
Below is a flow chart to understand the fees abstraction mechanism to be implemented on Matic sidechains.
The dApps will use their native dApp tokens on the Matic chain for in app transactions while also using them to pay network fees to consensus enablers in MATIC.
As shown in the flowchart above the dApps operating on Matic chains will help maintain a reserve of Matic Tokens with the liquidity providers, this will ensure that their customers can transact freely without having to worry about holding Matic Tokens in their own wallets.
Blockchain & Network Data
Matic Network has validators who will stake their assets for the right to participate in the PoS consensus mechanism on the sidechains.
The transaction fees will be determined by the users on the network as they do on Ethereum, but given the high transaction throughput that is possible, the transaction fees are expected to be significantly lower than those of Ethereum due to supply and demand of "gas fee" markets.
The blue boxes in the diagram above represents the sidechain and the human icons show the staking layer. Multiple sidechains can be added below this staking layer, with more blue colored sidechains attached below the staking layer.
|Block Producers||Validators (Checkpointers)|
|# of Slots||~7-10||~100-120|
|Stage Involved||Blocks produced on Side Chain||Checkpoints pushed to main chain|
|Block Period||Need to produce ~1-second blocks||Need to push block hashes from block producers to the ETH mainchain every ~5 minutes (256 blocks)|
|Risk/Resources needed||- Higher uptime requirement as downtime is severely punished - Need higher end hardware and ancillary services to prevent DOS attacks||- Relatively lower uptime required as penalties for missing signing is relatively not that severe - Cost of checkpoint submission goes up with ETH price increase|
|Nodes to maintain||Plasma VM||Tendermint + Plasma VM|
|Throughput||Upto 2^16 TPS Achieved 6000-10000 in the testnet||1 checkpoint per ~5 minutes|
Matic’s main community focus has been to attract more and more dApp developers to build on the network. Thus, Matic wants to build a developer community, and tap into the immense potential of developers who have yet to dive into crypto. In order to achieve this, Matic is collaborating with top universities in India and the rest of the world to ensure that budding developers are aware and use Matic as a platform to scale their dApps.
Matic’s primary geographical focuses are detailed as below:
- India - India - Matic has sponsored, mentored, and judged several hackathons in India such as ETHIndia, and also organized a DApp training course in India’s leading engineering institution IIT Bombay that introduced 80 developers to building and maintaining decentralized applications. The team has continued to support and provide guidance to some of the projects from this cohort. Matic has also addressed students at blockchain events at institutions such as IT Mumbai, IIT Roorkee, and NIT Surat.
Matic team was also a sponsor and part of the judges panel at ETHIndia that was held in Bangalore and at ETHSIngapore
- US & China - Given these geographies are centres of the blockchain development, they are strategically important to Matic as a significant percentage of current blockchain developers are based out of these areas. Matic plans to have developer outreach hubs based out of SF and Hong Kong along with working spaces to spur innovation and development on the Matic platform.
- Japan - Matic is fairly connected with the Plasma research community in Japan and is also working to raise awareness in the local community. Matic intends to build a sizeable developer base in Japan specifically related to enterprise use cases.
- Germany - Chainbreakers is a German team developing an RPG game on Decentraland. They have announced that they will be using Matic Network for their scalability needs. Matic plans to hire from the vibrant blockchain development community based out of Berlin and also are exploring the feasibility of having a development center in Berlin.
- United Kingdom - Matic is collaborating with a decentralized exchange from the UK to help them explore moving to Matic sidechains to boost trade processing speeds and increase user adoption.
- Korea - Matic did an interview with KoreaCryptoSocial during a blockchain event in Seoul, but the team will add additional resources devoted to the Korean market after its Launchpad sale.
- Vietnam - Matic has started a local telegram group to engage the Vietnam community, organize developer meetups, and establish university connections.
- Thailand - Matic has a Thailand community group and plans to identify the universities and developer hotspots to collaborate with to spur blockchain development.
ETHIndia Mumbai Meetup:
- Before the ETHIndia Bangalore Hackathon, Matic organized a panel discussion with the Leading Blockchain Industry Leaders in India, followed by a hands-on workshop for Ethereum developers and blockchain enthusiasts.
- The team received 180+ registrations & 70+ devs attended workshop.
Matic & Ankr Network Mumbai Meetup:
- Matic Network presented alongside Ankr Network in Mumbai on 1st September, 2018. During the meetup, the Matic team presented a demo of the testnet Matic wallet featuring instant & low cost transactions with a convenient UI.
- The team received 50+ registrations & 20+ attendees were present.
Matic Network Social Channels
Matic Network Points of Differentiation
- ~1 second block times - enabling physical-world use-cases.
- Plasma security for assets
- Public Chains capable of hosting multiple protocols, thus enabling interoperability and full scale DeFi solutions
- PoS based checkpointing layer provides finality and fraud proofs on main chain
- Ethereum based applications can be onboarded seamlessly & all Ethereum ecosystem tools are supported right out of the box
- Pete Kim | Coinbase: Head of Engineering, Wallet
- Esteban Ordano | Decentraland: Founder & CTO
- Ari Meilich | Decentraland: Founder & CEO
- Demo Showcasing Fast transaction speed on Matic Network
- Dagger for Ethereum & Zapier Integration | Matic Network
- Implementing a real-time Point of Sale solution on top of Matic Network
- Matic Network App Demo at ConsenSys BSIC India - Using WalletConnect Protocol
- Blockchain brad - A youtuber who provides crypto content interviewed Matic COO
- CNBC Cryptotrader Interviewed Matic Network
- Matic Network Interview by Crush Crypto
- Talk with Matic Network at Partners Summit in Korea
Social Media mentions
- Quoted by Coinbase CEO, Brian Armstrong —Both Matic network and Dagger mentioned as important entities of the dApp landscape
- Zapier integrated Matic’s Dagger to provide automated real time Ethereum updates
- Listed in Protocol weekly, alongside some of the other notable Ethereum based protocols
- Quoted alongside other notable scaling research teams by Spankchain
Conferences, Meetups & Courses
- 11th August 2018: Polkadot Bangalore Meetup - Matic’s CEO Jaynti Kanani (JD) participated & spoke to developers
- 1st September 2018 - Matic Mumbai Meetup
- 6th December 2018 - Building the Free Web Series, Singapore
- 12th January 2019 - Blockchain Bytes, Mumbai
- 12th January 2019 - dApp development course
- 7th July 2019 - ETHIndia Pre Event
- 110th - 12th August 2018: ETHIndia Hackathon - Matic’s CEO - Jaynti Kanani (JD) was a judge at the event. Matic team also mentored developers during the hackathon
- 6th October 2018: Dorahacks Hackathon - India
- 12th October 2018: Hack-InOut hackathon in Bangalore, India
- 7th - 9th December 2018: ETH Singapore
- 9th - 20th January 2019: Binance SAFU Hackathon - Matic’s COO - Sandeep participated as a mentor & judge
- 19th - 20th January 2019: iHack - E-Summit, IIT Bombay - Matic’s CPO - Anurag Arjun mentored the teams who participated in Hackathon & also judged hacks build in this hackathon
- 2nd - 3rd February 2019: DotSlash, NIT Surat - Ashish, Solidity Engineer at Matic was a part of the judging panel
- 3rd February 2019: Blockchain Conclave at IIT Roorkee - Siddhartha Jain, VP-Marketing & Operations - Matic Network, gave a talk on layer 2 scaling and was part of the panel discussion "Overcoming barriers in blockchain"
- 15th - 17th February 2019: ETHDenver - Matic Network was a proud sponsor of this hackathon
- 16th February 2019: CodeUtsava by NIT Raipur - Anurag, Co-Founder & CPO of Matic, provided hackers with a demo on Dagger - A Ethereum notification engine
- What is Matic Network?
- DEX on Matic Network with 0x
- Enabling Faster Plasma Exits
- DAI on Matic Network
- Step towards #DeFi : Tokenized Proof of Stake (PoS) validator slots
- DAI on Plasma: Stability & Scale
- Matic Network — Technical Update #1
Matic Network — Project Update (Technical) #2
- Matic Network — Marketing Updates #1
- How to get real-time updates from Ethereum in your favorite apps
- Ethereum in realtime: Dagger
- Understanding Dagger
- Dagger — The road ahead
- Matic Network’s first Technical AMA summary
- Matic Community Meetup — Mumbai
- Matic Network at Dorahacks- India
- Matic Network at HackInOut — India
- Matic organized a dApp Development Course at IIT Bombay
- Matic Network at iHack, E-Summit — IIT Bombay, India
Binance Research provides in-depth analysis and data-driven insights of digital assets by generating unbiased, institutional-grade research reports for investors in the crypto space.
©2019 Binance Research. All rights reserved