We’re taking a deep dive into the Polygon network, the first-ever blockchain built to scale the Ethereum network. To do this, Polygon created a future-forward, iterative network that uses different chains to create what’s now known as “the internet of blockchains.”

A little history

The Polygon network was originally known as the MATIC network (hence the ticker), which was launched in 2017. The project started in India with a group of crypto developers and entrepreneurs who made it their mission to solve Ethereum’s scaling issues. A worthwhile venture, considering the Ethereum network saw severe congestion just months later due to an influx of traffic for the popular CryptoKitties game release. The network rebranded to Polygon, broadening the scope of the project to accommodate new scaling advancements.

How it works

By using what the network refers to as a Plasma Chain (or Plasma Framework) and a proof of stake side chain, Polygon acts as an additional layer to the Ethereum network and creates a multi-chain solution. Not only that, but Polygon creates an ecosystem where multiple scaling solutions can be applied to the Ethereum network, so developers can customize their own solutions.

Overall, the network functions as four separate layers, with Ethereum being the initial optional layer (meaning the Polygon network can function as a stand-alone) followed by 3 subsequent layers that provide security, consensus, and transaction execution. It also focuses on interoperability between blockchains. In other words, it enables different blockchain networks to speak to each other.

For context, think of Ethereum as a 3 lane highway. During rush hour, 3 lanes are not enough to accommodate the amount of traffic it gets, so the entire traffic flow slows down. Polygon’s layered solution adds proverbial lanes to the Ethereum highway to open up the flow of traffic on the network. Also, when traffic is high on the Ethereum network, transaction fees (or gas fees) are higher, so the less traffic incurred by users the lower the cost to transact.

The MATIC token

Because Polygon works so closely with Ethereum, the MATIC token lives on its own Ethereum-Virtual Machine compatible blockchain and is an ERC-20 token. It serves as a tool for payments in the Polygon ecosystem. Voyager currently only supports the ERC-20 version of MATIC, but is working on native Polygon integration in the near future.

Any transaction fees that users pay when they transact on Polygon sidechains are paid in MATIC. Polygon uses a proof of stake consensus protocol, meaning validators (people who confirm and process transactions) stake their MATIC tokens on the platform to participate and earn rewards.

How to buy MATIC on Voyager

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