Chainlink Tops DeFi Ranking on CoinMarketCap Amid â€˜Baseless Criticismâ€™
Suspicion is mounting as CoinMarketCap defends its listing methodology and denies Chainlink paid for exposure.
The websiteâ€™s new DeFi section lists what executives consider to be the most important altcoins in the space, which is seeing considerable interest from traders and investors.
DeFi: Next week Binance Coin?
Speaking to Cointelegraph, CoinMarketCap said that it employs â€œstrict methodologyâ€� in order to determine if a particular token qualifies as â€œDeFiâ€� and is therefore eligible for inclusion in its rankings.
Chainlink, a smart contract platform, is however an unlikely addition â€” following the sectionâ€™s launch, various commentators argued that LINK is not strictly a DeFi token.
â€œChainlink is now the number 1 defi token thanks to coinmarketcap deciding its a defi token and adding it to the list,â€� analyst and speaker Jason Fernandes wryly tweeted on Monday.Â
â€œTune in next week when Binance coin becomes the second biggest defi token.â€�
DeFi, or â€œdecentralized finance,â€� has formed something of a craze in trading circles this year, reminiscent of similar attention paid to stablecoins and ICO tokens in previous years.
As Cointelegraph reported, suspicions have accompanied the rise of the phenomenon, with multiple tokens seeing huge gains â€” and losses â€” over short timeframes.
CoinMarketCapâ€™s top ten DeFi tokens as of July 21. Source: CoinMarketCap
â€œBaseless and unfoundedâ€�
Continuing, CoinMarketCap strongly denied any idea that its rankings were fixed or that its methodology was biased.
â€œThe criticism that â€˜Chainlink may have paid CMC to get this category upâ€™ is baseless and unfounded,â€� it said.Â
â€œWe refute any suggestion that a project was behind the creation of our classification page, and we once again stress that CMC has never received any compensation towards the listing of any token or exchange.â€�
It added that Ether (ETH) was also left out of the list due to not conforming to its methodology.
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