Shiba Inu (SHIB) tokens have been among the top-performing cryptocurrencies over the past week amid some of the lowest volatility conditions for bitcoin (BTC).
The tokens have returned some 20% to investors over the past week, compared to nominal gains on bitcoin and ether (ETH). Among alternative currencies, higher returns were generated only by rollbit (RLB) and unibot (UNIBOT) on varying catalysts.
Trading volumes hit $315 million over a 24-hour period on Thursday, hitting their highest point since February. Crypto analytics firm Kaiko pointed to increased developer activity on Shiba Inu earlier this week, which suggests that the price gains were not without cause.
Traders of the meme coin, which is vying to be a decentralized finance powerhouse, are likely buying tokens ahead of the expected launch of Shibarium, a Shiba Inu-based blockchain, later this month. Some of the recent bullish sentiment came as developers said last week they they would tie digital identity verification to all Shiba Inu developments in the future, including on Shibarium.
Dubbed self-sovereign identity, or SSI, the IDs are the digital alter ego of identity documents, like passports and driver’s licenses. In the digital world, SSI is said to give users more control over their personal data and its distribution online.
The developers said the rising interest in digital identities and data protection in Canada and the European Union could help position Shiba Inu as a more serious – and compliant – project compared to other blockchains.
Developers have previously said Shibarium would have a focus on metaverse and gaming applications especially as the non-fungible token (NFT) sector is expected to heat up in the coming years. A testing blockchain for Shibarium has seen meaningful activity in the past months with 27 million transactions from an estimated 16 million wallets as of July, indicating brisk demand for the network.
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