Shiba Inu (SHIB) is a dog-themed meme coin 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.
The token was created on the Ethereum blockchain using its ERC-20 fungible token standard. Although Shiba Inu was meant to be a standalone meme coin, it has evolved into a broader ecosystem.
Shiba Inu 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 meme coins, 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 the project's investors.
Finally, BONE is a governance token that will allow 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.
Besides these, the Shiba Inu ecosystem also consists of ShibaSwap DEX, Shiba Inu Rescue Association, Shiboshi NFTs, The Shiba Inu Incubator, an innovative 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 meme coins 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. Ethereum uses Proof-of-Work (PoW) consensus mechanism.
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 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 even stake or provide liquidity on ShibaSwap, and earn yield in the process. Shiba Inu also runs a community-driven rescue initiative for Shiba Inu dogs. It's operated in collaboration with Amazon Smile through the Shiba Inu Rescue Foundation.
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 Nordstorm.
There are other noteworthy elements of the Shiba Inu project. ShibaSwap is the native decentralized exchange (DEX) of Shiba Inu, and it allows users to:
-Dig: Digging is ShibaSwap's liquidity pool function. Users can deposit crypto assets into existing liquidity pools or create their own. Liquidity pool providers are rewarded with SSLP tokens.
-Woof: Woofing enables users to redeem BONE by cashing out SSLP tokens.
-Bury: Burying refers to staking SHIB, LEASH, and BONE. Burying helps to generate high-interest yields, which are paid in BONE tokens.
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.
Non-fungible tokens will power the Metaverse. Community members can mint NFT-based digital land parcels using ETH or SHIB tokens.
In the future, they will also be able to use the ecosystem's other two tokens, BONE, and LEASH, within the Metaverse. BONE and LEASH will play unique roles as the Metaverse's different phases come to life.
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. The details of these tiers and their prices are as follows:
-Tier 1 (Diamond Teeth): 2,024 Land Parcels at 1 ETH per Land Parcel
-Tier 2 (Platinum Paw): 5,714 Land Parcels at 0.5 ETH per Land Parcel
-Tier 3 (Gold Tail): 7,356 Land Parcels at 0.3 ETH per Land Parcel
-Tier 4 (Silver Fur): 17,030 Land Parcels at 0.2 ETH per Land Parcel
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.
Another significant development within the Shiba Inu ecosystem is Shibarium, the project's Layer 2 Ethereum scaling solution.
It aims to improve the speed of Shiba Inu transactions and to function as the host chain for various Shiba native projects. In a blog post, Ryoshi, Shiba Inu's anonymous creator, said he hopes for Shibarium to accomplish the following:
-Improve transaction speeds of Shiba Inu tokens and projects.
-Reduce or eliminate the transaction fees.
-Allow for more accessible Shiba Inu NFT gaming.
-Facilitate implementation of Shiba Inu metaverse.
-Function as a foundation for the development of decentralized applications.
The Shibarium launch may also positively influence Shiba Inu price action. Additionally, 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 of it 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% 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, thus increasing the price.
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 founded in August 2020 by Ryoshi, an anonymous developer. The anonymity of Shiba Inu's founder goes hand-in-hand with the meme coin project's desire to remain as decentralized as possible.
Just like Bitcoin's founder Satoshi Nakamoto, there's not much info available on Ryoshi either.
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