The Tron blockchain and its associated dApps have been gaining increasing attention in the blockchain ecosystem thanks to the huge marketing push by the company behind Tron.
Tron has become one of the largest smart contract platforms and over the past 18 months Tron dApps have gained considerable traction. The number of Tron dApps has been growing rapidly, with DappRadar.com now listing nearly 350 Tron dApps. dApps built on Tron also command three of the top ten spots on the DappRadar list.
In this post I am going to give you what you need to know about Tron and dApps built on it. I will also take you through 8 of the top Tron dApps which you can use today.
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Tron’s Progress by the Numbers
Before I jump into some of the top Tron dApps, it helps to take a look at how the Tron ecosystem is looking.
Tron’s latest numbers come from dApp Review in April, when the website tweeted about spending on Tron dApps, which they say totaled over $11 million in a single 24-hour period. That spend came from over 70,000 users spending on the then 230 dApps. This number has only been growing as evidenced by the most recent network stats.
Latest Tron dApp Stats for past week. Image via DappTotal
Based on the latest weekly report issued by the Tron Foundation dApp growth is continuing, with 478 dApps now on the platform and transaction volumes ranging between $11 million and $14 million.
That’s considerable growth considering the March 1 report only listed 180 dApps. As of the beginning of June the Foundation also reports over 3 million registered accounts on the mainnet versus 2.2 million as of March 29.
Top 10 Tron Decentralised Apps
There are a number of ways in which these dApps can be ranked including users, transaction volumes and app balances. However, I have decided to focus on the user count. This is because it is the most applicable to popularity. Moreover, transaction volumes can be faked with bots.
This ranking uses the maximum number of users over the past 24 hours and 7 days as a measure of popularity. Note that these rankings can change quickly, and this post is based on data from June 14, 2019.
Hopefully, this ranking is helpful in understanding the Tron dApp ecosystem, and if accessed in the future can also help to show how the space is evolving.
TronBet is the most popular Tron dApp with nearly 4,000 users over a 24-hour period. It’s a gambling dApp that’s based on the Tron mainnet and is provably fair, giving users an experience which is transparent. According to the website:
Our 3 core principles are Transparency, Fairness, and Wealth Distribution. We strive to become the industry leader in DApp development, revolutionizing a new model to benefit all stakehodlers
It was developed by a team that is spread across the world and they have experience in online gaming and platform development. Indeed, if one is to take a look at the user interface of TronBet it looks really similar to some of the most popular centralised online casinos.
The main user interface of Tronbet
The platform offers basic dice, moon, ring and duel games and has also added poker (alpha) and slots (beta) as well as a live casino with table games (beta). The platform also supports dividend payouts for those willing to stake TRX tokens or the ANTE and LIVE tokens that are native to TronBet.
In addition to TRX, ANTE and LIVE the platform also supports BTT, with support for other tokens planned soon.
Hypersnakes is a global blockchain based multiplayer game from the Mixmarvel development studio. The game is relatively new as a Tron dApp, having been released in the first quarter of 2019, but rapidly gained players as it is based on the extremely popular browser-based game Slither.io.
The game quickly climbed the ranks and currently sees roughly 2,000 daily active users. It is processing roughly 246k TRX on a daily basis and there are about 2k in transactions taking place on the dApp.
The game provides several ways to win and earn, including through winning the game itself, through airdrops within the game, by staking coins to earn dividends, and by purchasing game battlefields where you receive a portion of all match fees.
HyperSnakes Tron Game User Interface
Hypersnakes was developed on the Mixmarvel platform which helps game developers to build and releases their blockchain based games. This is through their SDKs and the Rocket Protocol (on which Hyper snakes is built).
3. TRX Market
TRX Market is the third most popular Tron dApp and it was the very first decentralized exchange created on the Tron network. Because it is decentralized and based on smart contracts it provides users with safety and transparency. Users are able to easily exchange Tron based tokens for TRX with zero transaction fees.
Safety is ensured because smart contracts are used for all transactions, and exchanges happen right from the user’s wallets. The exchange never receives coins into its possession. Transparency is also ensured by the use of smart contracts since every transaction is indelibly stored on the blockchain.
The user interface is also quite impressive and looks almost exactly like the Binance trading platform. You can click into one of the markets and you are taking to the decentralised order books. In terms of the volumes on these order books, they appear reasonable with about 749k TRX on the BitTorrent (BTT) token.
TRX Trade User Interface
If you are going to be using the TRX market, you should make sure that you know how to trade on a decentralised exchanges. Unlike centralised exchanges, there is no one to reach out to in the event that you run into technical difficulty.
Currently, the TRX Market sees around 1,700 daily active users and there are over 15k transactions that take place in the dApp. Of course, this makes sense when you consider that the main function of it is to exchange TRX based tokens.
The TronTrade dApp is another decentralized exchange on the Tron network that makes it easy for users to exchange a variety of TRC10 and TRC20 tokens. Tron Trade was the first DEX to support TRC10 tokens, and they strive to remain on the cutting edge with new features to improve the trading experience.
They are also known for their responsive customer support team which is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. While they aren’t the largest Tron DEX, with roughly 1,200 daily active users, they are doing everything right for their users so they can grow to become the largest Tron DEX.
Even though they have smaller daily user numbers for the exchange itself, it appears as if some of their markets have more total volume than there is at TRX trade. For example, their ANTE TRX market has total daily turnover of 2.7m TRX compared to 841k over on TRX trade.
TronTrade DEX Order Book Interface
Unlike TRX trade, TronTrade seems to have a completely unique trading interface. Its more akin to the likes of a BitMEX exchange with the same layout of order forms, markets and previous trades. Irrespective of this, it is pretty well laid out and easy enough to navigate.
TronTrade was actually started by the same developers behind Tronbet that we have covered above. Perhaps this is why there is such a large amount of volume on their ANTE markets as opposed to TRX trade.
TronPoker is the new way to play poker, on the blockchain with a provably fair game model. Currently, the game available is Jacks or Better poker, with a dice game and blackjack also coming soon. I was surprised to find the bonus pool at TronPoker is empty, and while there is a dividend scheme in place the data showed no dividends currently in the pool.
It was also not possible to log in or to register, so I feel something must have been wrong with the site when I visited. Stats from DappRadar show daily active users at 1,100 so there would obviously be a dividend pool since the dividends come from the wagers made on the platform.
RocketGame brings old fashioned games to the blockchain, offering users the chance to play PVP dice or Monopoly games. Coming in the future will be Battleship, Mines Melee, Rings, Slots and Keno.
The platform is still quiet compared with bigger platforms with 600-700 daily active users. However, there has been quite a large volume of transactions through the dApp. Over the past 24 hours, the RocketGame has had over 36k transactions.
Current & Future Games on RocketGame Platform
In addition to winning tokens from playing users are also able to stake tokens to receive dividends. There are also game bonuses for those who have the best game performance in their “Contest” section. Here, users can compete head-to-head for 5% of the daily platform profits. This will go to the top 10 players.
There is also a pretty low house edge in the games (Rocketdice) of only 1% which provides a reasonable opportunity to win. Currently, the RocketGame platform supports TRX and Rocket tokens. They will be adding support for other tokens in the not too distant future.
7. Good Luck Casino
Here’s another up-and-coming casino on the Tron network. Good Luck Casino is unique among the Tron-based casinos as the only one with a Vegas theme. They are also currently offering a 50 TRX bonus upon registration. Games offered include Hold’em poker, Blackjack, Roulette, and a Slot Machine.
All results are provably fair using Tron blockchain technology. The platform currently has around 500 daily active users, but with a slick interface that’s pleasing to users, and a good selection of games the platform could become the leading Tron gambling dApp.
Good Luck Casino Games & Interface
There is also another opportunity to earn some dividends from the casino. This is through their GLC token where users can enter either “Freeze” or “Burn” mode. With the Freeze mode, you stake your tokens at the casino. Then, they will receive 25% of the weekly gaming profits while the tokens are kept frozen.
Then, with the “Burn” mode, you put your GLC tokens into a pool which is assigned back the mining pool. Then, at the end of the week a select group of people are chosen through a raffle type draw. They are then entitle to 50% of the casino profits for that week.
8. TronWatch Market
The TronWatch Market dApp is a user-friendly decentralized exchange powered by Tron smart contracts. It’s an easy, safe and efficient way to exchange a variety of TRC10 or TRC20 tokens into TRX. The exchange sees just under 500 daily active users and handles about 2.7k TRX transactions.
It’s a new DEX, with the mainnet just launching on April 30, 2019, so the growth has been pretty good so far with the DEX breaking into the top 8 Tron dApps in under 2 months. Whether or not it continues to grow remains to be seen, but it is an intuitive and well-built platform.
Something that I really liked about the TronWatch interface is that fact that you can customise your layout. This is not something that was offered on the other exchanges above and it lets you move the panels around and toggle the layout.
TronWatch platform with adjustable panels
In terms of trading volume, the most active market was that of TRX/BTT. This had a daily turnover of about 27k TRX which is really quite small ($800 at current prices). This could make trading even small orders really quite difficult with extreme slippage.
You should perhaps wait until there is a reasonable amount of volume across the market before you decide decide to start using TronWatch for larger orders. It is still new though so it will take some time.
There you have it, the top 8 best Tron dApps that are currently in use. Indeed, there are a lot of gambling dApps and these do take up the bulk of the dApp volume.
However, Tron is indeed making waves in the “programmable” blockchain space. It has been around for less than 2 years, but has made a major impact in that time, and could be considered by some measures to have the strongest ecosystem of any blockchain.
Just since the start of 2019 the number of Tron dApps has more than doubled, and with $100 million earmarked for the Tron Arcade, and competitions such as Tron Accelerator the ecosystem is expected to continue growing at an accelerated fashion.
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