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DeFi tokens plunge as Andre Cronje calls it quits

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Legendary DeFi developer Andre Cronje is leaving the crypto industry.

A March 6 tweet posted by Anton Nell, a co-developer of the Fantom protocol, revealed that both Nell and Cronje are removing themselves from the cryptocurrency and DeFi ecosystem. The Twitter thread also noted the number of notable projects they will be retiring from.

“Andre and I have decided that we are closing the chapter of contibuting to the defi/crypto space.
There are around ~25 apps and services that we are terminating on 03 April 2022,” Nell noted in his tweet dated March 6. Some of the projects listed were Yearn Finance, Multichain, Keep3r Network, Chainlist, and more.

Unsurprisingly, the news did not go well amongst DeFi enthusiasts. Soon after it, many DeFi tokens associated with the two developers fell by about 13 to 15%. yearn.finance (YFI) tumbled by more than 13% after the announcement, tanking from $20,000 to $17,000. At press time, it was trading at $18,275.18, down by 8.60% from yesterday.

Similarly, FTM has plunged from $1.65 to $1.37, down by 17.03% at the time of writing. Its TVL fell by as much as 20% since Sunday. In addition, gas fees temporarily exceeded 10,000 Gwei resulting from an immediate increase in transactions. Since then, the gas charges have dropped to about 2,000 Gwei.

Meanwhile, the Fantom Foundation immediately released a statement emphasizing that Andre’s retirement will not have a significant impact on the future of Fantom. “Fantom isn’t and never was a one man team,” the foundation tweeted Sunday.

Banteg, the lead developer at Yearn Finance, also criticized the market reaction to the news.

“People burying YFI, you do realize Andre hasn’t worked on it for over a year? And even if he did, there are 50 full-time people and 140 part-time contributors to back things up,” the developer noted.





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