BNB Chain to launch application-specific sidechains to reduce network strain

Quick Take

  • BNB Chain will launch sidechains to expand its network scalability, a spokesperson confirmed to The Block.
  • The sidechains will host decentralized applications compatible with BNB Chain.

BNB Chain, a Layer 1 blockchain founded by crypto exchange Binance, plans to introduce sidechains to cut the cost and increase the speed of transactions for resource intense applications such as gaming. 

The BNB Chain Application Sidechain (BAS) will let developers port data and assets from BNB Chain, reducing strain on the network’s limited transactional resources, a Binance spokesperson told The Block in a statement, without specifying when the sidechains will launch. These sidechains will also be application-specific, meaning individual sidechains will focus on specific use cases.

“The BAS is an infrastructure introduced to help developers and node operators build and run their own blockchain as their internal value system for a massive number of users while still maintaining a close connection with BNB Chain,”  the spokesperson said.