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What Could Arbitrum's Recent $120 Million Airdrop to DAOs Mean?

The move is seen as a way for Arbitrum to incentivize and reward users for their participation in its ecosystem, and may indicate increased competition among Ethereum scaling solutions.

$ARB Airdrop to 125 DAOs

Arbitrum has begun distributing 113 million $ARB tokens among 125 Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO). At current prices, it's worth approximately $158.2 million.

Arbitrum has already transferred 100 million ARB tokens to the addresses of protocols eligible for the airdrop, according to data from Ethereum analytics firms such as Arkham, and Nansen.

Among the top recipients of the $ARB airdrop are SushiSwap, Uniswap, Dopex, Balancer, Radiant, GMX, and Treasure DAO. The highest allocations will go to Treasure DAO and GMX, each receiving around 8 million ARB tokens. Others in the list, such as Uniswap, Curve, Balancer, SushiSwap, and Dopex, will receive 3 million to 5 million ARB tokens. 

Additionally, 118 other protocols in the Arbitrum ecosystem will receive the ARB token airdrop. The Arbitrum team anticipates completing the distribution of the ARB token by the end of this week. 

Contributing to Arbitrum Ecosystem Growth 

Upon receiving the airdrop, DAOs will be free to distribute and utilize the ARB tokens in any way they deem appropriate. It is possible for protocols to reward users or introduce new incentives to encourage usage and liquidity. In a blog post, the Arbitrum team outlined that the primary goal of the airdrop was to localize community governance. 

There have been several protocols that have committed to using the funds to fuel ecosystem growth. PlutusDAO, for instance, intends to use the additional funds to strengthen the protocol.

On-chain data analyst Data Nerd believes that protocols with smaller market capitalizations would benefit most from the ARB incentives. The analyst predicted that smaller ecosystems and protocols like PlutusDAO, Vesta Finance, and Yin Finance would receive incentives significantly greater than their current market caps, thereby growing their ecosystems.

Nevertheless, some projects sold their tokens as soon as they received them. TridentDAO, a GameFi protocol on Arbitrum, sold $175,000 through three addresses, or half the amount it received. 

It is expected that the distribution of ARB tokens to DAOs in the Arbitrum ecosystem will fuel the ecosystem's growth and encourage the development of Decentralized Applications (dApps).

With the distribution of the $ARB token, it is expected that liquidity will increase, small market capitalization protocols will benefit, and the token's value could increase. 

In the last 14 days, the Arbitrum ($ARB) gained over 11.5%. $ARB is trading at $1.40, down 4.92% in 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap.

What is Arbitrum:

Arbitrum is an Ethereum layer-2 network that allows developers to build and deploy highly scalable smart contracts for a low cost. Arbitrum chain will enable developers to use Web3 apps, deploy smart contracts, etc., but transactions will be cheaper and faster. The flagship product for the team, Arbitrum Rollup, is an Optimistic roll-up protocol that inherits Ethereum-level security.

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