- Cardinal, Solana’s protocol recognised for providing “conditional ownership” in non-fungible tokens (NFTs), has made the choice to shut down.
- According to the protocol’s closing timeline, some operations will be suspended on July 19, with the withdrawal period ending on August 26.
Solana, a popular blockchain platform known for its high scalability and low transaction costs, has recently announced that one of its prominent validators, Cardinal, will cease its operations in the coming months.
Solana’s Cardinal protocol is gradually ceasing its operations due to challenging economic conditions, despite having raised $4.4 million about a year ago with the aim of enhancing the utility of nonfungible tokens (NFTs). In a recent Twitter announcement, Cardinal stated that users should make their withdrawals by August 26.
Cardinal, a major validator on the Solana network, played a crucial role in maintaining the platform’s security and consensus mechanism. Its decision to shut down operations comes as a surprise, given its prominence and reputation within the Solana ecosystem.
Cardinal cited a combination of technical and operational challenges as the primary reasons behind the decision. These challenges, coupled with the increasing complexity of the network, have made it difficult for Cardinal to continue providing reliable validation services.
The Cardinal team explained that the challenging macroeconomic environment was the primary reason for their decision to wind down operations.
They acknowledged that despite their best efforts over the past 18 months, navigating this environment had been incredibly difficult, a sentiment shared by many others in the industry.
Cardinal further mentioned that although some of their products had demonstrated real usage and potential, the adoption of blockchain technology by various industries was progressing at a slower pace than anticipated.
This slower adoption rate likely contributed to the challenges faced by Cardinal in achieving sustainable growth and viability.
According to the Twitter thread, after the end of the two-month warning period, Cardinal Protocol will commence the compulsory withdrawal of all outstanding deposits, assuring their repatriation to the individual depositor addresses.
This procedure will include a variety of assets, such as tokens that are still staked, unallocated stake pool rewards, and NFTs wrapped with token managers, which will include rents and other related commodities. These actions are being taken as part of the protocol’s winding down activities and to assist the restoration of assets to their rightful owners.