Shiba Inu (SHIB) tokens faced a significant setback, witnessing a 9% decline over the past 24 hours.

This downturn came in the wake of bridging issues that plagued users following the anticipated launch of the Shibarium network late on Wednesday.

Amid heightened expectations, the network’s inauguration was marred by operational challenges that left transactions stalled for hours.

Blockchain data revealed that the Shibarium network encountered substantial bridging obstacles, resulting in transactions grinding to a halt for at least five hours at the time of writing.

Reports indicated that users attempted to transfer sizable amounts, including 954 ether (ETH) amounting to $1.7 million and $750,000 worth of bone (BONE), a crucial Shibarium governance token, into the network’s contract.

As users confronted these issues, an additional layer of concern emerged. Community members found themselves barred from sending messages on the Discord forum, a common platform for discussions.

Bridges, integral tools within the blockchain sphere, facilitate the transfer of tokens across different networks. While they play a pivotal role, their complexity renders them susceptible to vulnerabilities, highlighting the critical nature of their functionality within the crypto market.

The faltering launch of Shibarium stands in stark contrast to its intended role as a gateway to an innovative and cost-effective ecosystem.

Designed to position Shiba Inu as a substantial blockchain project, the network aimed to elevate the token’s standing beyond its memecoin origins since its issuance in August 2020.

Entering a bustling blockchain landscape, Shibarium joins an array of over 50 networks vying to attract users with promises of low fees and a strong focus on financial services and gaming applications.

The network’s utilization of BONE, SHIB, and LEASH tokens enhances its versatility for various blockchain-based applications, particularly those in the metaverse and gaming realms.