5- to six-figure-size airdrops have grow to be the brand new norm within the crypto sector, and a rising variety of analysts imagine there are extra to come back. In September, dYdX distributed a massive airdrop to early users, and final week, the Ethereum Name Service gave out roughly $17,000 to $30,000 in ENS tokens to platform customers. Anticipation of further “helicopter cash” has additionally led to a flurry of airdrop hunters searching for out the following large rating.
The mad sprint to interact with protocols and qualify for attainable token drops led to an uptick in exercise on Polygon, a well-liked layer-two platform, and MetaMask. Since final week, rumors that MetaMask could launch its personal token have been circulating, and that is mirrored within the elevated engagement on MetaMask Swap.
In response to information from Delphi Digital, exercise by means of MetaMask Swap “has seen an enormous utilization enhance in current days” because the rumors of a attainable airdrop are unfold by influencers like Chico Crypto and a spread of Crypto Twitter entities.
As proven within the graph above, the quantity of Ether (ETH) transacted by means of MetaMask Swap has seen a big enhance since late October, and the day by day energetic customers of MetaMask Swap on Polygon has surged from 2,000 on Nov. 6 to 9,000 on Nov. 12.
On account of the elevated swap quantity and the 0.875% payment that MetaMask takes from every swap, the protocol has amassed $200 million in income in 2021. This determine is spectacular, particularly in contrast with rivals like SushiSwap, which has earned $70 million year-to-date, and Curve, which pulled in $12 million.
Excessive Ethereum charges push airdrop hunters to Polygon
Excessive charges on the Ethereum community are the seemingly perpetrator behind the outsized bounce in customers on Polygon.
Proof of the pickup in exercise on Polygon can be discovered when trying on the common gasoline price of transactions on the community, which has been on the rise because the center of October when the community noticed a big enhance within the common transaction price.
In response to information from DappRadar, the 30-day common variety of transactions on MetaMask Swap has increased by 13.95% whereas the variety of energetic customers has risen 18.25%.
The historic exercise chart above additionally reveals a big spike in quantity on Nov. 11, proper as rumors a couple of potential airdrop had been broadly circulating on crypto social media channels.
Whether or not or not the spike in exercise will repay for these searching for an airdrop stays to be seen, and it’s attainable that MetaMask will make use of some measures to counteract these making an attempt to sport the system with Sybil assaults, just like what was seen with Ribbon Finance.
The current airdrop from ParaSwap offers a very good instance of a few of these “anti-airdrop hunter” countermeasures that might be taken to thwart these seeking to sport the system. The ParaSwap crew made certain that solely 1.5% of unique addresses that engaged with the protocol acquired the airdrop, a lot to the chagrin of airdrop hunters and sincere early customers of the platform.
For the time being, it isn’t confirmed whether or not or not the crew at MetaMask will launch its personal native token or whether or not an airdrop will happen. Which means all the steered strategies for interacting with the platform with the intention to obtain this rumored airdrop are nothing greater than hypothesis, for now.
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