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API3 Fundamental Analysis
API3 is a native token of the API3 network — a DAO-governed solution combining an oracle functionality, which provides real-world data access on the blockchain, and APIs through which this data is received. API3 was presented to the public in late 2020 when its whitepaper was published, followed by API3 token public sale.
The growing number of dApps, especially those which can be classified as DeFi applications, require an easy way to get live data feeds from outside the chain, e.g. asset prices. Oracles and API are the two pieces of technology needed to make this work. Various organizations provide APIs, but using them means introducing the middleman into the flow of operations, which goes against the blockchain’s key principle of decentralization. Using a third-party oracle means, again, relying on a middleman; besides, contemporary oracles are often too universal, treating all data the same, no matter what its source — which is not always wise. API3 aims to solve this problem by building a network of decentralized APIs, provided to the dApp developers as a service. Those APIs are operated by the same nodes that comprise the oracle network, which keeps both components providing off-chain data as one solution. API3 token is at the heart of this system: it can be staked to secure the oracle, used for governance, and as fees within the network.
API3 Live Price Chart
API3 token went live in December 2020, trading mostly in the ~$1.80 – $2.40 range with some slight bumps until late January 2021. As the project built its partnership network, the price started climbing up, breaking $7 in February. API3’s price fell back down, reaching ~$3.5, at one point in the same month, but this dip turned out to be short-lived, and the price resumed its climb. By early April, API3’s price hit the record mark of $10.31, as oracles started attracting more attention with the growing interest in DeFi. Later API3’s price started trending down, affected by the crypto market downturn. It hasn’t been hit as hard as many others, though: after a return to the winter’s levels of ~$2 in early summer of 2021, by July it started recovering, trading at ~$3.5 – $4.