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A community built Polygon (ex Matic) Payment Driver on Golem - An announcement of an announcement.
In the near future, we will be announcing dedicated bounties for the creation of a new payment driver utilizing Polygon, in addition, Polygon will be joining us in a hackathon.
There will also be a 2nd hackathon following to further build on Golem, Polygon and other platforms that we’re in the process of organizing.
To answer the why we’ll give a brief update on payment drivers on Golem first: the new Golem platform (implementation name, Yagna) is modular and allows for multiple payment drivers to be implemented. So far there are two payment drivers;
- Regular ERC20 (GLM) token payments on Ethereum, which are expensive and we recommend using during times of congestion unless absolutely necessary.
- zkSync payments, implemented in the Alpha III, which take payments off-chain. These are much cheaper and greatly improve latency and fees.
So now into the “Why?”. With the official Golem mainnet release incoming there’s still a problem for Golem that exists and remains to be solved. The issue being that it still requires on-chain Layer 1 (Ethereum) transactions to take payment off-chain and this is expensive! We’re solving this problem temporarily in a very centralized manner where we offer some tokens that are already off-chain to requestors. While a reasonable short-term solution, it doesn’t solve the underlying problem. So it’s clear that Golem requestors and creators need a realistic long-term solution for onboarding off-chain that is not so reliant on Golem Factory (and reliant on human sleep schedules!).
Polygon Network can also provide Golem users with a different set of trade-offs that will likely be desirable to some Golem users, that is that the fees are much lower.
The trade-off being that it ...
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