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Are Arkham airdrop recipients still waiting for ‘intel’?

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Days after receiving ARKM, many participants cashed in on the token. However, sleuths think it’s their season to shine.

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  • A total of 93.96% recipients have let go of the ARKM token, including liquidity providers and market makers.
  • ARKM’s value rose as bounty offers popped up on the platform.

After allocating 30 million ARKM tokens as rewards, 55,570 wallets have claimed the airdrop distributed by Arkham Intelligence, the blockchain intelligence firm. For those unaccustomed, Arkham Intelligence is a newly-launched analytics platform, which focuses on tracking suspicious activity and token exchange.

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Whistleblower season?

Developed as an “intel-to-earn” platform, Arkham announced its launch on 10 July as the first on-chain intelligence exchange platform.

According to the project, its motive to develop the platform was born out of the demand of the growing number of on-chain sleuths. For context, sleuths are similar to whistleblowers who report and/or expose wrongdoings in the ecosystem.

Arkham also mentioned that an increasing number of this cohort drove it to create the platform so sleuths can monetize their skills.

But before the final deployment, Arkham had offered to reward beta testers of the platform with ARKM, its ERC-20 native token. Five days after the platform’s official launch, it distributed ARKM tokens in varying numbers to the participants.

Also, those who committed some Binance Coin [BNB] via the exchange launchpad also got allocated some tokens. But what are the beneficiaries of the ARKM airdrop doing with the token?

Receivers quickly let go of ARKM

According to Dune Analytics, the 55,750 wallets mentioned above have claimed 89.91% of the entire allocation. This amounts to $22.46 million. But a large part of the total rewards have been sold.

This was proven by the ARKM airdrop address balance. As of 18 July, the total balance of these addresses was higher than 30 million. But as of this writing, the balance had shrunk to three million ARKM tokens.

ARKM airdrop address balance

Source: Dune Analytics

Furthermore, Wintermute Trading was one of the largest recipients of the ARKM airdrop. According to on-chain platform Spot On Chain, Wintermute received 15 million ARKM.

Out of this, the market maker sent 6 million to Binance. It also sent 2 million ARKM to Bybit and redeemed the token for Tether [USDT]. Like Wintermute, liquidity provider GSR Markets also got its own share.

However, the airdrop allocated to GSR was five million more than Wintermute. But like the latter, GSR Market also sent some of the tokens into Binance and Bybit.

Only 6.3% trust the rise to $0.68

Tom Wan, research analyst at ETP provider 21co, also revealed some happenings with the airdrop distribution. 

A noteworthy part of his tweet was that only 6.3% of the recipients had held on to their original balance. Additionally, 50 wallets —a 0.1% size, increased their ARKM holdings.

Despite the selling pressure that hit ARKM, its initial Exchange Offering (IEO) of $0.50, its market price increased to $0.75 on July 19. This was followed by a retracement to $0.68. 

And according to Santiment, the on-chain volume had also increased by 5224% to 248.09 million, showing that the token has been involved in a lot of transactions.

ARKM price and Arkham volume

Source: Santiment

At press time, ARKM’s market cap had fallen to $681.10 million. A look at the Arkham Intelligence intel section also showed that activity had picked up with offers of several bounties already in place.

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However, the platform launch did not come with its own controversy. For instance, some users on Twitter accused Arkham of preferential treatment in granting access to early users.

At the same time, on-chain sleuths including Starknet pseudonymous delegate Smartec Vitalik opined that Arkhem Intel was great for the community. 


Victor Olanrewaju is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. Settled in Lagos, his fascination with blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency market arose out of his love of freedom and everything free. As a Nigerian, Victor understands the impact unfounded financial restrictions have on a population. He sees Bitcoin and cryptos as a way to circumvent these obstacles, as a tool for value creation despite all the setbacks. A graduate in Physics, Victor previously worked as a Senior Marketer at Melange Technologies. Before that, he dealt with crypto-marketers on a regular basis in his capacity as Copywriter at Ventrix Media. At AMBCrypto, Victor’s focus is on assessing the real effectiveness of both on-chain and off-chain developments on a project and its community sentiment.
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