DeFi Pulse has become the go-to stats provider for the industry, so being left off the list could be detrimental for a project. The 1inch exchange is finding this out the hard way.

Just like CoinMarketCap (CMC) in 2017/18, DeFi Pulse has become the standard for metrics and protocol performance for the fledgling financial sector.

CMC was bought out by Binance and its integrity became questionable, often being accused of inflating exchange volumes. Now, DeFi Pulse is refusing to list 1inch exchange — but there is more to it than meets the eye.

1inch, which launched an airdrop in December 2020, has requested a listing on DeFiPulse several times. Its latest request on Feb. 9 has also been denied.

Hey @defipulse! This is our official second request to list 1inch liquidity protocol on your service! #DeFi is about freedom and you shouldn’t ignore our project with more than $2B TVL just because your founder (Scott) is building a competitor project to our aggregator.— (@1inchExchange) February 9, 2021

Feuding DeFi Founders

The spat goes back to 2019 when 1inch founder, Sergei Kunz, alleged that DeFi Pulse stole its code to build a competing project. DeFi Pulse founder Scott Lewis denied the allegations but the feud escalated epitomizing the state of crypto tribalism that detracts from what the industry is really trying to achieve.

There were denial-of-service attacks and even threats of violence between the two founders. Currently, DeFi Pulse refuses to deal with Kunz but said it would cooperate with the 1inch community.

It seems that DeFi Prime has also joined forces with Lewis in refusing to list 1inch;

Hey @defiprime! Maybe it was not a good idea to remove us from your service? And yes our referrer program works very well: right!? Everyone who promote 1inch, earn rewards in 1INCH tokens: reward balance is $114k!— (@1inchExchange) February 11, 2021

DeFiPrime responded;

“Everyone already knows about 1inch, and all trading volume in the world lives on 1inch’s 300 servers. There is no point to promote market leaders.”

Industry analyst Chris Blec stated that the industry “needs to rid itself of toxic cancel-culture bulls**t.”

There is a bizarre editorial campaign underway to try to cancel @1inchExchange & some others from DeFi.The people who control sites like @defipulse and @defiprime are not listing 1inch & other projects they dislike.DeFi needs to rid itself of toxic cancel-culture bullshit.— Chris Blec (@ChrisBlec) February 9, 2021

In light of the development a number of leading crypto publications have boycotted DeFi Pulse in favor of competing providers such as DeFi Llama and DappRadar which has also pledged its support for 1inch and DeFi transparency;

[email protected] is now listed on our #DeFi rankings page, coming in at #9 with $2.13B total value locked (#TVL) and $1.06B adjusted total value locked (#aTVL).Visit @DappRadar for more information:— DappRadar (@DappRadar) February 10, 2021

If DeFi Pulse is selective over its listings, then the TVL figure it reports ($40 billion at the time of press) for the entire industry can also be construed as misleading.

Also missing from its DeFi listings is the Binance Smart Chain DEX PancakeSwap and NEO’s DeFi platform Flamingo Finance.

1inch TVL Update

Naturally, TVL reported across platforms will differ depending on their listings. DeFi Llama reports a total of $57 billion for the industry with 85 protocols listed (compared to DeFi Pulse’s 67). DappRadar meanwhile reports an industry TVL of $39 billion with just 22 listings.

Both of these platforms, however, are reporting similar 1inch TVL figures at $2.2 billion. Its native 1INCH token is also doing pretty well, up 8% since the weekly open, trading at $5.32 at the time of press. This is just slightly off its Feb. 6 ATH of $5.83 according to CoinGecko.
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