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Chainlink (LINK) price prediction 2021

What’s the forecast for the price of Chainlink in the weeks and months ahead?

Chainlink is a decentralised data provider that distributes off-chain real-world data to on-chain smart contracts.

Smart contracts are simply digital versions of real-world contracts that are then executed on a blockchain. Just like real-world contracts, smart contracts require a form of data or outcome before execution is completed. But accessing real-world data usually means relying on a centralised entity. A developer must trust that the data provided is correct and that the data provider does not go ‘offline’. The trustworthiness and 24/7 data provision are what Chainlink aims to solve.

Utilising a network of decentralised “oracles”, live data feeds, such as exchange prices, can be integrated with any decentralised application (dApp). The decentralisation of real-world data ensures that the data is consistent, tamper-proof and reliable. The application of decentralised real-world data can be applied to a variety of different sectors including traditional finance (CeFi), decentralised finance (DeFi) and insurance.

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Quick facts

Coin nameChainlink
Launch dateJune, 2017

The price of Chainlink (LINK) is expected to be worth $38.54 by December 2021, $77.08 in December 2025 and $294 by the end of 2030, according to the average from Finder’s panel of crypto experts.

But while the shorter-term average prediction is close to the median projection, those projections diverge going forward. The panel is in daily lockstep for the end of year projection for LINK’s worth. The median projection of $40 is slightly higher than the average of $38.54. Once we hit December 2025, however, the median projection remains at $40 — almost half the average ($77.08). That gap grows even wider with the median protection being $80 for December 2030 compared to the average $294.

Token Metrics' senior cryptocurrency investment analyst Forrest Przybysz is the main cause of this chasm, projecting the coin to be worth $100 by the end of the year, $500 by December 2025 and $2,500 come December 2030, adding:

"LINK has one of the fastest, smoothest growth curves of any cryptocurrency and has a major lead in terms of its competition."

Thomson Reuter's technologist and futurist Joseph Raczynski is also bullish on the coin. While he's in lockstep with the panel's average end of year projection ($38.54), he believes it'll be worth $40 by December 31st, 2021. But on the back of LINK's exploration into blockchain infrastructure, he sees the coin ending 2025 worth $100 and $500 by the end of 2030.

"Link is pushing the boundary on one of the most important aspects of blockchain technology — connections to other blockchains, databases and ecosystems. Chainlink could be the highway among blockchains, which is a huge key for the industry," Raczynski said.

Wave Financial's senior trader Justin Chuh's projections for the coin are higher than the panel's average projections but below the median projections. He values the coin at $50 (2025) and $100 (2030).

"Chainlink is used pretty heavily in DeFi and dApps as a data feed. As contracts grow in popularity, Chainlink will be more and more depended on as an accurate source of information," he said.

However, about one quarter (23%) of those who provided financial projections for LINK don't see the coin having any value come 2030.

Decred's international ops lead Jonathan Zeppettini simply said "Chainlink is useless and centralized oracles do not require a native token." While senior lecturer at the University of Canberra John Hawkins doesn't think LINK is a big enough brand name.

"Chainlink has a very low profile. I expect Chainlink to be one of the large pack of cryptos that just follow the Bitcoin price down," Hawkins said.
Will Chainlink's lack of automation hinder its adoption?
Chainlink doesn't have an automated mechanism by which participants who provide incorrect data get penalized — something that close to half of the panel (47%) think will hinder further Chainlink's adoption. Roughly two-fifths (38%) of respondents say it will somewhat impact adoption, while 9% think it will have a major impact. Roughly a third (31%) don't think it will have any impact, and 22% are undecided.

Meet our panel

Sagi Bakshi, CEO, CoinmamaKate Baucherel, Digital Strategist, Galia DigitalSarah Bergstrand, COO, BitBull Capital
Konstantin Boyko-Romanovsky, CEO & Founder, AllnodesJeremy Cheah, Associate Professor of Cryptofinance and Digital Investment, Nottingham Trent UniversityJustin Chuh, Senior Trader, Wave Financial
Paul J. Ennis, Lecturer/Assistant Professor, University College DublinPedro Febrero, Head of Blockchain, RealFevrJosh Fraser, Founder, Origin Protocol
Martin Fröhler, CEO, MorpherMartin Gaspar, Research Analyst, CrossTowerRyan Gorman, Co-founder, Trade The Chain
James Harris, Director, CryptoCompareJustin Hartzman, CEO, CoinSmartJohn Hawkins, Senior lecturer, University of Canberra
Julian Hosp, CEO, Cake DeFiJohn Iadeluca, CEO, Banz CapitalSukhi Jutla, COO, MarketOrders
David Klinger, Founder, Coteries CorporationPaul Levy, Senior Lecturer, Brighton Business SchoolVetle Lunde, Analyst, Arcane Crypto
Nicholas Mancini, Research Analyst, Trade The ChainDesmond Marshall, MD, Rouge International & Rouge VenturesAlex Mashinsky, CEO, Celsius Network
Bobby Ong, Co-founder, CoinGeckoDaniel Polotsky, Founder/Chief Advisor, CoinFlipForrest Przybysz, Senior Cryptocurrency Investment Analyst, Token Metrics
Joseph Raczynski, Technologist & Futurist, Thomson ReutersDr Iwa Salami, Senior Lecturer in FinTech Regulation, University of East LondonFred Schebesta, co-founder, Finder
Xavier Segura, General Partner, Morgan Creek DigitalAvinash Shekhar, Co-CEO, ZebPayMatthew Shillito, Lecturer in Law, University of Liverpool
Ajay Shrestha, PhD Candidate, University of SaskatchewanLee Smales, Associate Professor of Finance, University of Western AustraliaElvira Sojli, Associate Professor, University of New South Wales
Aleks Svetski, CEO, AmberSimon Trimborn, Assistant Professor, City University of Hong KongJean-Philippe Vergne, Associate Professor, UCL School of Management
Sathvik Vishwanath, CEO, Unocoin Technologies Private LimitedImran Yusof, FX/Crypto Market Strategist, Quantum EconomicsJonathan Zeppettini, International Operations Lead, Decred
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Like all cryptocurrency projects, Chainlink needs to continually innovate. Although leading the market for decentralised data provision, there are several competitors working consistently to take that top spot.

Chainlink launched its first mainnet in May 2019, which was followed closely by the integration of price feeds. Since then hundreds of DeFi applications have utilised the technology for smart contract execution. To accommodate the increased demand, the platform added a major scalability upgrade called Off-Chain Reporting (OCR) in February 2021. OCR increased the amount of real-world data input by 10X.

Most recently Chainlink has released a new whitepaper that outlines details for an upgrade to the whole decentralised oracle network. The team are calling this upgrade Chainlink 2.0, which will be implemented over the next couple of years. The seven key areas of focus include hybrid smart contracts, abstracting away complexity, scaling, confidentiality, order-fairness, trust-minimisation and incentive-based security.

Some of the broader aspects of the upgrade are outlined below:

  • Hybrid Smart Contracts. Chainlink 2.0 is focused on facilitating hybrid smart contracts. These contracts can be computed on-chain as well as off-chain, allowing for a plethora of features while remaining extremely trustworthy. The project expects a large move towards hybrid smart contracts in the future and wants to be able to fill the data provision gap.
  • Decentralised Oracles Networks (DONs). While DONs existed within Chainlink 1.0, the new upgrade will include multiple interoperating decentralised oracle networks. Each DON will have its own set of nodes that transfer data in multiple directions and perform computations off-chain. All computation from the DONs will then sync to the mainchain. The addition of interoperating DONs should increase the capabilities of Chainlink so that developers can go beyond DeFi and into industries such as insurance.
  • Chainlink Keepers. A decentralised network of nodes that maintain smart contracts that are involved with the upkeep of dApps. Keeper nodes are rewarded for checking and performing upkeep regularly. Keepers should ensure security within DONs.

Chainlink ambitions are neatly summarised within the Chainlink 2.0 whitepaper. The plans are ambitious but necessary for the potential expansion of the cryptocurrency industry.

Chainlink is currently the market leader for oracles data provision. It has secured partnerships and added integrations like no other. It is those partnerships that have lifted Chainlink into the position it is in today. However, Chainlink is not the only oracle network in the market. Band Protocol, API3, WINKlink and Aeternity are direct competitors working hard to claw back market share.

  • Band Protocol. The second-largest market cap oracle after Chainlink, Band is an oracle protocol that aggregates and connects real-world data with smart contracts across multiple blockchains. Thanks to its decentralised network of oracles data feeds are constantly live and completely trustworthy. Like Chainlink, decentralised applications utilise Band for DeFi functionality.
  • API3. API3 is a decentralised Application Programming Interface (dAPI) network. The software at API3 allows data providers to become a blockchain oracle and provide trustworthy information to decentralised applications. The project focuses on transparent governance with all data feeds either are governed by industry experts, DAO stakeholders or project partners.
  • WINKlink. WINKlink is the first oracle network developed for the Tron blockchain. The project works similarly to Chainlink but instead of working for smart contracts executed on Ethereum, it works with smart contracts executed on Tron.
  • Aeternity. Unlike most oracle networks that work as a layer-2 'bolt-on' to an underlying layer-1 blockchain, Aeternity is its own smart contract blockchain protocol. The blockchain then integrates with its native oracle network. The blockchain is effectively data-feed ready and eliminates the need to trust any other sources.

Bottom line

Chainlink remains the number one decentralised oracle network. It has partnered with a vast range of data providers and decentralised applications. It is by far the most widely used platform for data provision within the cryptocurrency industry. As a result, its native token LINK currently holds the largest market capitalisation amongst oracle networks.

Thanks to the release of the Chainlink 2.0 whitepaper, the team have shown that plenty of future improvements are already in the pipeline. If the team can successfully move to become the go-to platform for hybrid smart contracts the demand for LINK is likely to increase. However, with plenty of direct competition, all with unique selling points, Chainlink will need to work hard to remain number one.

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