The winner of Polkadot's 3rd auction became Astar Network, which is a multichain dapps hub.
As announced, the protocol will be onboarded at a block with the other first 5 winners on Dec. 18. Previously known as Plasm Network, Astar supports Ethereum, dapp staking, and Layer 2 solutions.
Congratulations to @AstarNetwork on winning Polkadot's third auction!— Polkadot (@Polkadot) December 2, 2021
Astar will be onboarded at block #8179200 [Dec. 18] at the beginning of lease 6 with the other first 5 auction winners. Over 27.1K network stakeholders locked up DOT in favor!https://t.co/ZFSzeAhc4x pic.twitter.com/mABXLeRnKh
Parachains are separate blockchains that run in parallel with Polkadot’s main chain, known as the Relay Chain. Polkadot has a goal to have 100 parachains.
This way, the platform will increase its scalability. To decide on which chains will connect to the parachain slot, Polkadot carries out auctions. Projects are required to place a bid in the DOT token to take part in auctions. Via crowdloan, the community helps the project it supports to win. Each action closes in 7 days.
Released in May 2020, Polkadot continues to evolve with the launch of parachains. Polkadot’s native token DOT is the 9th largest crypto with a market cap of over $33.9 billion. Currently, DOT trades at around $34, 37% down from its all-time high of $55 launched on november 4, 2021.