Flare (FLR) airdrops 15% of total supply to XRP holders before correcting by 76%

After a 2-year wait, the layer-1 Flare blockchain has finally followed through and sent its tokens to those who held XRP at the time of the snapshot.

The Flare (FLR) token airdrop started on Mon., Jan. 9, nearly two years after a snapshot of Ripple (XRP) holders took place on Dec. 12, 2020. The FLR airdrop was distributed at a ratio of 1.0073 FLR per 1 XRP and the initial distribution saw 15% of the total supply released to the community.

A total of 28.5 billion FLR were distributed based on this methodology and according to Flare’s tokenomics, 58.3% of the total genesis FLR supply will be distributed over 36 months.

Flare initial token distribution allocation. Source: Flare

What is Flare?

Flare is a Layer-1 blockchain with an oracle system aiming to boost interoperability amongst decentralized applications (DApps) and blockchains. While the token only recently launched, the protocol launched its mainnet on July 11, 2022. To date, the Flare mainnet has already processed over 70 million transactions with over 500,000 unique wallets.

Flare network block explorers. Source: Flare

FLR follows the path of most airdrops

According to data from CoinGecko, FLR token seemingly started trading on Jan. 9, at $0.05 amidst low liquidity on MeXC exchange. After the launch, the token soared to $0.15 as exchanges like Binance, OKX and Kraken started trading the airdropped token.

Shortly after the increased liquidity arrived from more centralized exchanges (CEX) FLR token price began to crash. At the time of writing, FLR price has pulled back by 76% to $0.02 and its 24-hour trading volume sits slightly below $50 million.

While the airdrop provided long-awaited FLR tokens at no cost to XRP holders, the outcome of immediate selling is routine for most airdrops. Proof of real success will be whether the network sees a sustained uptick in the use of its layer-1 and interoperable oracle use case.

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