I propose that the Volume Program, an initiative manually operated by the Core Contributors that rewards projects generating Synth trading volume for the Synthetix Protocol, be taken out of its trial period and added into the protocol as a long-term feature.
If implemented, the Volume Program would be built into Synthetix smart contracts, enabling members to track and claim their rewards through contract calls.
By building the Volume Program directly into the Synthetix protocol, Synthetix will formalize the Volume Program into a permanent feature thereby optimizing the experience for Volume Program members, reducing the risk of human error, and further decentralizing an important component of the Synthetix Protocol.
The Synthetix Volume Program is an initiative designed to incentivize native integration of the Synthetix protocol across DeFi platforms and protocols by providing a new revenue stream for these projects. This program offers a fee rebate to approved integrators who implement Synth-to-Synth swaps natively and generate protocol exchange volume through their interfaces. The program launched Midnight UTC on the 1st of September 2020 and has steadily grown since.
Although several projects are integrated with Volume Program, there are currently four projects that routinely receive Monthly rewards: Curve dHEDGE 1inch Enzyme
Volume Program members have brought in over 1 Billion USD in Volume for the protocol.
Volume Program rewards are currently funded by the sDAO. At the end of each month, 25% of all fees generated by individual members are rebated in the form of SNX. However, if formalized, I propose that 4000 SNX, taken from the inflationary rewards supply, be divided amongst Volume Program members at the end of each month. The amount of the SNX a Volume Program member would receive would be based on the proportion of fees generated by the Volume Program that each individual is responsible for. Spartan Council members can adjust the amount of SNX used for Volume Program rewards via an SCCP.
If the fees generated by Volume Program members over the course of a month were as follows:
- Curve: 400,000 sUSD
- dHEDGE: 300,000 sUSD
- 1inch: 250,000 sUSD
- Enzyme: 50,000 sUSD
The Members would receive this breakdown of SNX rewards at the end of the month:
- Curve: 1600 SNX
- dHEDGE: 1200 SNX
- 1inch: 1000 SNX
- Enzyme: 200 SNX
The amount of SNX taken from the inflationary supply can be altered in the future at the discretion of the Spartan Council via an SCCP.
During the trial period of the Volume Program, participants were required to fill out an application form. Core Contributors reviewed these applications and determined which projects were optimal for the program. The criteria Core Contributors looked for included the ability to produce trading volume for the protocol and the condition that applicants were building a product designed for end users to generate this volume. Once formalized, the Spartan Council members would vet Volume Program applicants.
Implementing the Volume Program into the Synthetix protocol will happen in two stages. In this stage, SNX rewards will be automatically sent from the inflationary supply to a multisig-wallet managed by the Spartan Council. The rewards would then be distributed by the Spartan Council from the multisig-wallet on a monthly basis.
In the next stage, a seperate SIP will be proposed for a smart contract implementation of the Volume Program.
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