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Etherscan expands into Solana ecosystem with Solscan acquisition

Solscan, the Solana ecosystem block explorer, has been acquired by Etherscan, according to announcements on Jan. 3.

Today’s announcement from Solscan marks a notable move in the blockchain industry as it joins Polygonscan within the family of Etherscan block explorers. Established in 2015, Etherscan is one of the earliest crypto projects, primarily focusing on the EVM space. It also offers an explorer-as-a-service product for blockchain explorers.

Since its inception in 2021, Solscan has emerged as a leading explorer within the Solana ecosystem, catering to over three million monthly users. Its suite of offerings, including detailed address, token, transaction information, APIs, dashboards, and NFT metadata, mirrors the services provided by Etherscan but on the Solana network.

Per Solscan’s announcement, the union with Etherscan is set to bring forth a series of enhancements and innovations, including “the integration of additional useful features across both Etherscan and Solscan, enhancing the exploration and analysis capabilities of both platforms.”

The roadmap for this merger outlines several key developments, and users can reportedly expect new features to enhance the user experience. This includes improvements in user interfaces, navigation, and overall accessibility to provide enhanced support and a more seamless user experience.

Solscan pledges to maintain its commitment to the Solana community, ensuring “unparalleled blockchain exploration services.” The shared vision of both entities reportedly centers around providing credibly neutral and equitable access to blockchain data, underpinning their efforts toward ensuring transparency and fairness in the blockchain space.

Matthew Tan, CEO and founder of Etherscan, emphasized aligning Solscan’s expertise in making blockchain data accessible and user-friendly with Etherscan’s mission. He expressed excitement about this acquisition’s potential for further contributing to the blockchain ecosystem.

“The Solscan team has proven their expertise over the years by offering detailed insights and analytics. Their expertise in making blockchain data accessible and user-friendly also aligns perfectly with our mission at Etherscan.”

Solana has gained 320% on Ethereum since Sept. 2023, rising to 0.045 ETH per SOL from 0.010 ETH. At its lowest, 1 SOL was worth just 0.0066 ETH in Dec. 2022 following the fallout from FTX. Solana has also increased 560% since Sept. 2023, denominated in U.S. Dollars, rising to $106 from $16.

The acquisition of Solscan by Etherscan further highlights the resurgence of the Solana ecosystem, with notable players in the web3 space seeing value in the Solana-based technology.

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