NFT platform BendDAO experienced a bank run as over 15,000 Ethereum (ETH) were withdrawn within 48 hours
Lending protocol BendDAO has run out of Wrapped Ether (wETH) in its contract. At the time of writing, the contract only has 15 WETH to pay lenders, and an estimated 15,000 Ether (ETH) left to be paid to lenders.
While you were asleep the BendDAO bank run finally happened
15 wETH ($25,081) left in the wallet that had 18,000 ETH ($29,160,000) in it just 48 hours ago
Still 14,500 wETH owed to lenders….
Absolute shitshow pic.twitter.com/RKkdqVAVIf
— Cirrus (@CirrusNFT) August 21, 2022
BendDAO running out of funds amid fears of souring debt
Researcher NFTStatistics.eth dissected the issue in a Twitter thread, highlighting that NFT borrowers in the platform should now pay 100% interest on the ETH they borrowed. In addition, the debt positioned against the NFTs is also on the rise.
Furthermore, the researcher noted that many of the NFTs that have been used as collateral and defaulted currently have no bids. In relation to this, there are more NFTs on the platform’s alert list, which are NFTs about to default and come to auction because of the falling NFT floor prices or rising debt and high-interest rates.
According to the BendDAO co-founder, their team is working on a proposal to change parameters within the NFT lending platform. The update will take effect 24 hours after it gets approved through the voting process.
Amid the crisis, a Twitter user took the opportunity to poke fun at the platform, pointing out that even the co-founder of BendDAO is also on the verge of getting liquidated by their own lending platform.
Last week, analysts speculated that there might be an incoming series of NFT liquidations worth $55 million to recover loans on BendDAO. According to Double Studio founder DoubleQ, the situation could lead to a “death spiral” for the entire NFT market and the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) ecosystem.
Meanwhile, the broader NFT world is not doing any better. At the moment, as floor prices of BAYC and Mutant Ape Yacht Club (MAYC) collections took a nosedive, the newly launched GameStop NFT marketplace has taken a hit, with its daily fee revenue dropping below $4,000.
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