Gas costs on Polygon Network have spiked more than 10 fold to over 500 gwei. The main culprit of the congestion is an NFT game called Sunflower Farmers, which is now the largest “gas guzzler” on the network, consuming over 30% of the gas on Polygon in the past hour.
The flurry of activity has attracted validators trying to extract value from the situation. Block validators have been passing empty blocks which increases networking activity and results in higher gas fees paid to them by users. As seen in the graph above, the percentage of empty blocks has increased significantly to over 10%.