Ethereum layer 3 blockchain Degen Chain has failed to validate a transaction or produce a new block in over 53 hours rendering the network and its applications completely unusable. 

Degen Chain stalled at 8:15 pm UTC on May 12 — the last time the network produced a new block, according to its block explorer.

It is one of a few layer 3 blockchains that settle transactions on a layer-2 network. It uses the Ethereum layer 2 chain Base for settlement and the AnyTrust protocol for data availability functions.

Degen Chain hasn’t produced a new block in over 50 hours. Source: Degen Chain

In a May 14 X post, the official Degen Chain account said it was working to resolve the downtime alongside its development partner — rollup infrastructure platform Conduit.

Conduit said the downtime could be traced back to an issue stemming from a “custom config change” that saw Degen Chain and gaming network Apex stop block production.

Source: Degen Chain

It added nodes for Degen Chain are resynchronizing from its genesis block, the first block on the network.

“We’re working with both teams and Offchain Labs to restore service and minimize impact to users,” Conduit wrote on X.

Degen Chain said current estimates see the network resuming functionality sometime after the “resync” is conducted, currently slated for 1:00 pm UTC on May 15 (6:00 am PST on May 15).

Degen Chain — originally developed for its native memecoin Degen (DEGEN) — also hosts a range of decentralized applications including DegenSwap, Mint Club and bridging service Relay bridge, all currently inoperable during the blockchain’s downtime.

The network’s native DEGEN token has fallen 24% from its seven-day top of $0.02 on May 13 to $0.015, per CoinGecko data.

DEGEN’s seven-day chart shows a price drop since Degen Chain’s block stall. Source: CoinGecko

Layer 3 blockchains have been a contentious topic in the crypto industry. Polygon CEO Marc Boiron last month argued that Layer 3’s “exist only to take value away from Ethereum and onto the [layer 2s] on which the L3s are built.”

Layer 3 proponents, such as Arbitrum Foundation researcher Patrick McCorry, say they “seem like a no-brainer” as layer 2 networks acting as the settlement layer, making transactions cheaper.

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