Shiba Inu (SHIB) is a dog-themed memecoin inspired by the Shiba Inu dog. It was launched as a potential "Dogecoin Killer" in August 2020 by an anonymous developer known as Ryoshi. According to its whitepaper, Shiba Inu was released as an experiment to build a completely decentralized and spontaneous community. Although Shiba Inu was meant to be a standalone memecoin, it has evolved into a broader ecosystem.
Shibu Inu was created on the Ethereum blockchain using its ERC-20 fungible token standard. It was built on top of the Ethereum blockchain due to its secure and well-established network, which allows the project to remain decentralized. Additionally, Shiba Inu can utilize Ethereum's smart contracts, which other memecoins, like Dogecoin, cannot.
The Shiba Inu ecosystem comprises three tokens: SHIB, LEASH, and BONE. SHIB is the project's foundational currency, which can be traded and used as a medium of exchange. LEASH was the second token released, and although it was initially created as a peg to the price of DOGE at a rate of 1/1,000, the decision was eventually made to "unleash" the two tokens. As a result, LEASH currently functions as the main store of value for buyers. Finally, BONE is a governance token allowing the Doggy DAO, Shiba Inu's decentralized autonomous organization (DAO), to vote on upcoming proposals. In addition, holders who provide liquidity on the ShibaSwap DEX are rewarded with BONE.
The Shiba Inu ecosystem also consists of ShibaSwap DEX, Shiba Inu Rescue Association, Shiboshi NFTs, The Shiba Inu Incubator, a rewards system, and more.
SHIB gained rapid popularity post-launch, earning regular mentions from famous personalities like Elon Musk and Vitalik Buterin, which in turn caused a notable positive impact on the Shiba Inu price. Today, Shiba Inu and Dogecoin remain two of the most well-known memecoins in the market. Although many dog-themed coins have sprung up since Shiba Inu's launch, they have yet to match the popularity of Dogecoin and Shiba Inu.
Its success can be gauged from the fact that over 100 Shiba Inu copies have come up. These include the likes of King Shiba, BitShiba, Shibavax, SpookyShiba, Captain Shibarrow, and Shibalana.
Since SHIB is an ERC-20 token, all token transactions happen on the Ethereum blockchain. Therefore, every SHIB transaction is processed at around 15-20 TPS and involves a variable gas fee. Shiba Inu inherits all of Ethereum's security features and can be stored in any crypto wallet compatible with Ethereum-based tokens, including the OKX Web3 Wallet.
While most meme tokens have little utility, SHIB can be used in multiple ways within and outside the Shiba Inu ecosystem. For example, you can exchange SHIB with other crypto assets, including BONE and LEASH, on Shiba Swap DEX. SHIB holders can also stake or provide liquidity on ShibaSwap and earn yield. Additionally, Shiba Inu runs a community-driven rescue initiative for Shiba Inu dogs. It's operated with Amazon Smile through the Shiba Inu Rescue Foundation.
Shiba Inu’s native decentralized exchange (DEX) ShibaSwap allows users to:
Outside the Shiba Inu ecosystem, the SHIB token is a commonly-used payment medium. It has gained widespread adoption as a means of payment for goods and services at various offline and online merchant establishments. These include ExpressVPN, Travala.com, Twitch, Newegg, AMC Theatres, SlingTV, GameStop, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Lowe's, Barnes & Noble, and Nordstrom.
The Shiba Inu team made a big announcement in March 2022 about a project titled Shib: The Metaverse. Via a blog post on its official website, the team stated that this metaverse would offer a massive virtual environment to Shiba Inu community members, which they can truly call home.
NFTs will power the metaverse. Community members can mint NFT-based digital land parcels using ETH or SHIB tokens. In the future, they can also use the ecosystem's other two tokens, BONE and LEASH, within the metaverse. There are a total of 100,595 plots of land on offer. Of these, 36,431 were released on April 13, 2022, coinciding with the launch of the metaverse's introductory phase.
As with other prominent metaverse projects, the land parcels in Shib: The Metaverse are segregated based on the desirability levels of locations. Lands situated at strategic locations cost more as compared to others. They are categorized into four tiers:
Apart from the above, there are 4,307 land parcels in a "Private Locked" tier, referred to as "HUBS."
Shib: The Metaverse will be developed and launched on Shibarium, Shiba Inu's upcoming Layer 2 Ethereum scaling solution. Shibarium aims to improve the speed of Shiba Inu transactions and function as the host chain for various Shiba Inu native projects. In a blog post, Ryoshi said he hopes for Shibarium to accomplish the following:
Once Shibarium is launched, all SHIB tokens will be migrated from Ethereum to the Layer 2 blockchain.
Lastly, in August 2022, the project announced the launch of a game titled "Shiba Eternity." The multiplayer collectible card game, involving 1,000 SHIB-inspired cards, will be the first of many NFT games launched in the Shiba Inu ecosystem. Shiba Eternity will be split into a classic mobile game and a blockchain-based NFT game that will use Shiboshi NFTs.
The Shiba Inu token had a maximum supply of 1 quadrillion at launch. Half was locked in Uniswap for liquidity, and the other half was allocated to the Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin. While this move drew criticism from the crypto community, it became apparent with time that Buterin had the project's best interests. Buterin donated 50 trillion SHIB, valued at $1.5 billion, to India's Covid Relief Fund.
A week after this donation was made, the Ethereum co-founder burnt a record-breaking number of SHIB tokens: 410.24 trillion; Almost 41 percent of the total supply was permanently removed from circulation.
Because of the incredibly substantial supply of SHIB, the community has created an initiative to burn as many tokens as possible to make the cryptocurrency more scarce.
SHIB tokenomics depends significantly on two other tokens within the Shiba Inu ecosystem: LEASH and BONE. Like SHIB, both LEASH and BONE are also ERC-20 tokens.
While LEASH has a total supply of 107,646 tokens, BONE has a maximum supply of 250 million. BONE has a larger supply than LEASH because holders can use it to propose and vote on changes to the ShibaSwap protocol. Users that provide liquidity to ShibaSwap are also rewarded in BONE tokens.
All three tokens can be staked using ShibaSwap. Once the tokens are staked, users receive a token that represents their staked amount. These tokens are xSHIB, xLEASH, and tBONE. One-third of BONE rewards from staking are immediately available, whereas the remaining two-thirds are locked up for six months.
Shiba Inu was introduced in 2020 by an anonymous individual or team named Ryoshi. Remarkably, Ryoshi has publicly asserted that he holds no SHIB tokens, emphasizing the decentralized nature of Shiba Inu, where no individual holds authority or ownership over the project. The community's governance and success are the collective efforts of its passionate members.
Shiba Inu is a memecoin built on the Ethereum blockchain. It was created in August 2020 and was designed to test the success of community-driven projects. Shiba Inu is often called the “Dogecoin Killer” and has an incredibly loyal following called the SHIB Army.
The Shiba Inu ecosystem uses the Ethereum blockchain, and SHIB is an ERC-20 token. ShibaSwap DEX, the native decentralized exchange, allows users to participate in various functions like Dig, Woof, and Bury, which involve staking, providing liquidity, and earning rewards in BONE tokens. Apart from its financial applications, SHIB is also used as a means of payment for goods and services at several offline and online merchants.
The token also plays a significant role in community-driven initiatives, including the Shiba Inu Rescue Association. Additionally, Shiba Inu offers Shiboshi NFTs, a collectible card game called "Shiba Eternity," and plans for "Shib: The Metaverse," a metaverse project on the upcoming Shibarium Layer 2 Ethereum scaling solution.
You can also buy SHIB with over 99 fiat currencies by selecting the "Express buy" option. Other popular crypto tokens, such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Tether (USDT), and USD Coin (USDC), are also available.
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