Bitcoin is becoming increasingly popular in Decentralized Finance (DeFi) . This is mainly due to the status of BTC and its relevance for the entire cryptospace.
But since DeFi mainly runs on the Ethereum blockchain, Bitcoin can only be used there in the form of „promissory notes“ (derivatives or synthesized assets)
In order to use the bitcoins in the form of derivatives on the Ethereum blockchain, tokens that are stored with real BTC must be issued. We are talking about the most popular BTC image on Ethereum – WBTC from BitGo.
But until now there has been a lack of transparency. There were concerns that more derivatives were being issued than Bitcoin could ever cover.
This should be over now. The crypto custody service BitGo and Chainlink have now joined forces to verify the actual amount of real Bitcoin stored.
Bitcoin Reserve verified by WBTC through Chainlink
Chainlink’s decentralized Oracle should help BitGo to gain even more trust. Because currently you have to give the Bitcoin to someone else in order to get a BTC derivative on the Ethereum blockchain. A decentralized verification would be more than helpful at this point.
Since Bitcoin is also about „don’t trust, verify“, this mechanism does not really fit into the basic construct of BTC.
Nevertheless, the community should be convinced with additional transparency to transfer their BTC to the ETH blockchain in order to participate in the flourishing DeFi market.
We are confident that Chainlink will provide WBTC users with a reliable, on-demand source of collateral information as well as an additional level of transparency for tracking WBTC reserves.