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Airdrop Season's Main Event
Published on May 4, 2024
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THIS WEEK IN MARKETS
Crypto's Volatility Summer

📊 Bounce with it. Crypto markets were jostled about by macroeconomic factors this week, meanwhile the degens were basking in new tokens after the arrival of numerous high-profile airdrops! What happened in markets this week?

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WEEKLY RECAP
Airdrop Szn's Main Event

1️⃣ The Big Ones

Two of the largest airdrops ever, EigenLayer and Friend.tech, debuted this week. EigenLayer's Monday token launch details release largely disappointed users with plenty of quibbles over geo-blocking, governance, equity distribution, and non-transferrable tokens.

However, EigenLayer proved responsive to feedback, adjusting their plans to, among other things, give 100 EIGEN to all past protocol users. U.S. users, it's time to schedule your international travel!

Friend.tech, on the other hand, faced token claim issues and glitches with their new update. Users also had to interact with V2’s new features to claim most of their tokens, which proved difficult due to errors that hindered transactions going through. Yet, with FRIEND plummeting since launch, some have speculated it has already been oversold.

2️⃣ Bitcoin's Rebound

Bitcoin had a shaky bulk of the week, with U.S. spot BTC ETFs seeing a record $534M in outflows, dropping prices to ~$56K. However, as the week progressed, Bitcoin recovered sharply, nearing $63K after the FOMC meeting and recent employment data. The unexpected soft job data and higher unemployment stand as testaments to the rate hikes working, which could influence the Federal Reserve's next moves. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's new BTC and ETH ETFs debuted strongly, gathering $292M and surpassing some early expectations.

3️⃣ LayerZero Goes After Fake Users

This week, LayerZero's community welcomed the snapshot announcement for their upcoming airdrop. Adding intrigue, the team introduced a 'Sybil turn-in' program, offering individuals who self-report fake accounts 15% of their potential airdrop to combat fraud instead of zero if they get caught. Around 500 wallets have already turned themselves in.

4️⃣ ZKasino Team Member Arrested

ZKasino, an onchain casino that recently rugged its community but claimed innocence, already looks to be paying the price. On Friday, Dutch authorities arrested a team member and seized ~$12M of his assets, with many speculating that the team member was the project's founder.

5️⃣ CZ Skates with 4-Month Sentence

Changpeng Zhao, known as CZ, the former CEO of Binance, faced the music in a Seattle court, receiving a four-month prison sentence for money laundering charges. Initially facing 36 months, the final conviction showcased the positive reputation that CZ had built up over the years, with a judge specifically highlighting the volume of letters he had received pleading for a lenient sentence for Zhao. Seems like it worked.


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WEEKLY ROLLUP
EIGEN Token Launch

Restaking Summer's main event is starting.

Are you ready for the EIGEN drop? In this week's rollup, David & Ryan talk EigenLayer, CZ's light prison sentence and calling the crypto market's bottom.

Hear their thoughts 👇

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What We Published

📰 Articles:

Getting Started with EIGEN on Bankless
EigenLayer just announced EIGEN, here’s how to get ready for this highly anticipated stakedrop!
5 Reasons to Stay Bullish on Crypto on Bankless
Market sentiment may be turning, but don’t ignore the bullish signals.
Crypto’s Future is Asia on Bankless
With a U.S. regulatory onslaught, Asia could be this cycle’s growth monster.

📺 Shows:

1 Billion Users Onchain | Jesse Pollak of Base on Bankless
The blueprint Coinbase’s Base is using
$EIGEN Token Announcement With Sreeram Kannan and Robert Drost on Bankless
$EIGEN Token Announcement
Why ConsenSys is Suing the SEC | Joseph Lubin & Matt Corva on Bankless
The SEC wants to unplug Ethereum
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