Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Ren protocol warns users to unwrap tokens or risk losses as upgrade looms

The developers of bridging platform Ren have warned users to unwrap their tokens and bridge them back to their native chains “ASAP,” or risk losing them.

The team tweeted that mints on Ren will be disabled “shortly,” meaning that it will be impossible to deposit any assets onto the platform to bridge to other networks. In 30 days, “burns” (withdrawals) will also be disabled.

RenVM, the company behind the project, previously stated on Nov. 18 that it would be releasing a new version of the protocol, Ren 2.0, “in parallel” with the shutdown of the current one. This implied that the current bridged assets might still be usable after the shutdown of Ren 1.0.

However, this new announcement makes clear that current assets may not be usable in the newer version of the platform, so users may get these assets stuck in the platform if they don’t withdraw them soon.

Ren users have relied on it to bridge assets since 2017. But in February 2021, RenVM was acquired by Alameda Research. This led to a funding shortfall after Alameda filed for bankruptcy in November.

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In the Nov. 18 post, the team explained that they had decided to speed up the move to Ren 2.0 because of this funding shortfall.

The new announcement caused confusion on social media as some users wondered if the Ren token itself was in some kind of danger. One user asked, “If we hold tokens on cex do we need to do something?” and another worried, “I’m confused My REN token is in ledger dose the update effect me too?”

One frustrated Ren holder replied by asking the team to issue a clarification, stating that the announcement has led to “panic selling.”

The team has not replied to these individual tweets. But in the announcement thread, it did issue detailed instructions to users on how to check to see if they have bridged assets they need to withdraw.