Shortly after SolChicks’ IDO launch on Solana’s Raydium, users have reported slow transaction processes and network issues on the blockchain. According to the users, transactions now take several hours to process, which the team of developers later confirmed. 

The team swung into action to rectify the issue, but the date of complete network restoration is yet to be revealed, much to the dismay of Solana users. It isn’t the first or second time the blockchain network is experiencing this kind of issue this year.

Reasons For The Network Problems

Network congestion resulting from oversubscription is believed to be the main reason for Solana’s recent troubles. SolChicks, a popular play-to-earn NFT game based on Solana, launched its token sale on the Raydium – a layer2 network of the blockchain. The game features exciting characters that players can own and use to participate in the DeFi project.

Before the IDO announcement, the team behind the P2E and multiplayer game said that players must claim their SolChicks’ tokens before participating. This news created a massive hype around the game and eventually led to enormous traffic of users trying to gain passage to the game to claim the tokens from the dashboards.

Initially, SolChicks planned to launch its liquidity pool on the layer2 network, but the massive stir the token announcement caused Solana, the game team decided to postpone the launch. The postponement was rightfully planned, as transactions that followed up all ended up in failures. 

SolChicks stated that it received tens of thousands of claims and purchases from users, but the network didn’t have the suitable capacity to process everything. It led to the token dashboards, Raydium server, and the network crashing eventually. Even the SolScan – a type of software for loading the contract addresses crashed, according to Solana. 

The team, however, refused to take responsibility for the problem. According to a statement issued by the game team, network congestion is something that Solana has the power to solve. Instead, it took delight in the opportunity and called the launch a “record-breaking one.” Solana team has apologized to users for the inconvenience.

Solana And Its History Of Network Issues

Network congestion has become a common fault for Solana since the start of the year, and it seems it would be a continuous matter for a long time. Recently, a token launch on Raydium caused congestion issues, resulting in the slow down of Solana. Still, it was nothing compared to what the user experienced in September.

In September, the blockchain experienced 17 hours of a network outage due to a sudden spike in transaction volume. Solana further clarified that the massive transaction load had engulfed the process, causing the nodes to go off. After efforts to stabilize the network proved ineffectual, the engineers concluded to restart the system.