The price of Arbitrum’s ARB governance token peaked at $11.6446 on the crypto exchange KuCoin following an airdrop of 1.1 billion ARB to 625,000 wallets.
The spot trading volume of ARB in the last 24 hours is $388 million. In addition to KuCoin, it is available on Bybit and Bitget.
Arbitrum Rollup Usage Spiked Before ARB Airdrop
At press time, the price of ARB was roughly $1.3100. It is expected to be volatile for most of March 23, 2023.
In anticipation of the upgrade, transaction activity on Arbitrum increased to a new record of $1,312,052 on March 22, 2023.
According to Henrystats’ Dune Analytics Dashboard, Arbitrum acquired almost half a million new users in two weeks, which took the user base to more than three million.
Earlier this month, the Arbitrum Foundation announced it would airdrop 10 billion ARB tokens to users who bridged funds onto Arbitrum One or Nova or engaged in transactions meeting or exceeding certain thresholds on each network.
Arbitrum’s One and Nova networks are optimistic rollups on Ethereum that bundle and compress transactions from a sequencer and post the information on the main chain as call data. Optimistic rollups assume all transactions are valid without computation. Challengers can use fraud proofs to question the validity of transactions.
ARB tokens enable holders to upgrade Arbitrum’s Nova and One network as the layer-two solution progresses toward greater decentralization. Arbitrum was founded by former White House CTO Ed Felten and two Princeton grad students.
Recipients include investors, DAOs on Arbitrum, Arbitrum’s DAO treasury, present and future team members, and individual wallets.
Notable Airdrops in 2023
Crypto projects like Arbitrum use airdrops to drive interest and incentivize users to invest in the platform.
Users providing liquidity to PancakeSwap V3, a decentralized exchange on the BNB Chain, started receiving $135,000 worth of the CAKE token from March 5, 2023. CAKE can be staked to earn rewards on PancakeSwap, amongst other things.
Also on BNB Chain is Space ID, a platform for registering, managing, and trading Web 3 identities. The project airdropped 47,600,00 ID tokens to early users who held a .bnb or .arb domain by 2 p.m. UTC on March 10, 2023.
Cross-chain tech aggregator Rubic will airdrop $45,000 worth of RBC, BOBA, & SIS tokens on April 2, 2023, to users who claim Galxe NFTs.
To qualify, users must follow the Rubic x Symbiosis x Boba NFT page, Boba, Rubic, and Symbiosis on Twitter, complete cross-chain swaps worth $10 to Boba ETH, and like and retweet the airdrop announcement.
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