April 19, 2024
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Ethena Labs Airdrop Surpasses $450 Million Distribution

On April 2, the highly anticipated Ethena Labs airdrop went live, distributing a staggering $450 million in ENA tokens to eligible wallets. This airdrop, one of the greatest in recent times, drew passionate involvement from the crypto community worldwide.

According to on-chain data analyzed by Arkham Intelligence and corroborated in an April 2 X post, the largest recipient of this monumental airdrop was wallet 0xb56. This lucky wallet received a whopping 3.3 million Ethena tokens, valued at an impressive $1.96 million. The distribution of the full airdrop allocation was completed swiftly, with Ethena Labs announcing on an X post that it had been fully distributed by 7:17 am UTC on the same day.

Ethena Token’s Trading Debut and Market Performance

Following the airdrop, the Ethena coin immediately began trading. It was listed on numerous major centralized cryptocurrency exchanges, including Binance, Bybit, KuCoin, HTX, MEXC, and BitMart, beginning at 8:00 a.m. UTC. Despite the euphoria around its launch, the token dropped by more than 15% in the 24 hours leading up to 11:30 am UTC, trading at $0.5824. ENA is now the 110th largest cryptocurrency, with a market valuation of $836 million, according to CoinMarketCap data.

ENA/USDT, 15-minute chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Ethena Labs’ Remarkable Performance in DeFi

Prior to the airdrop, Ethena Labs had been making waves in the decentralized finance (DeFi) space. With the launch of its USDe synthetic dollar on the public mainnet, it quickly became the highest-earning decentralized application (DApp) in crypto. Offering investors an annual percentage yield (APY) of 67%, Ethena’s USDe attracted over 123,000 users, with a total value locked (TVL) of $1.6 billion.

Despite these successes, Ethena faced a moment of uncertainty when a fake, copycat ENA token was exploited for $290,000 worth of BNB on March 29. Fortunately, the genuine Ethena token remained unscathed by the incident, emphasizing the importance of vigilance in the ever-evolving crypto landscape.

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