Ark Protocol’s Team Forms Lightning Network Competitor


In response to the growing demand for scalable and cost-effective Bitcoin payments, the team behind the Bitcoin layer-2 protocol Ark has established a new company called Ark Labs. This innovative firm aims to develop a faster and more efficient payment system on the Bitcoin blockchain, offering a compelling alternative to the Lightning Network.

Led by creator Burak Keceli, Ark Labs seeks to address the limitations of existing solutions while building upon the foundation laid by Lightning Network. The primary focus of Ark Labs is to provide scalable and low-cost Bitcoin payments, catering to the needs of users worldwide.

The core objectives of Ark Labs include the development of an open implementation of the Ark Protocol and the creation of user-friendly services. The company plans to introduce its first service later this year, aiming to revolutionize the landscape of Bitcoin payments.

Unlike the Lightning Network, which faces challenges such as the “inbound liquidity” problem, Ark Protocol offers a novel approach to off-chain payments. By leveraging service providers who offer 24-hour liquidity services for a fee, Ark eliminates the need for users to commit funds upfront to establish liquidity.

Ark’s off-chain payments utilize a unique unspent transaction output (UTXO) model, employing virtual unspent transaction outputs (VTXOs) to facilitate seamless and secure transactions. This model enables unidirectional, one-time-only payments, enhancing the efficiency and usability of Bitcoin payments.

While Keceli has transitioned to other endeavors, the protocol and Ark Labs remain committed to advancing the goals of improving Bitcoin’s payment infrastructure. With its innovative approach and ambitious objectives, Ark Labs emerges as a formidable contender in the realm of Bitcoin payments, poised to reshape the future of digital transactions.

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