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Cryptocurrencies are sometimes AirDropped, i.e. the blockchain project distributes free tokens to participants.


The criteria for participation often reflects the motivation for the blockchain project to so AirDrop tokens. With some cryptocurrencies, e.g. Stellar Lumens and OmiseGo, AirDrops require proof of eligible cryptocurrency ownership at a particular time (“snapshot”) of the blockchain project’s choosing. Ethereum and Bitcoin are most often used to fulfil the “snapshot” criteria.

Other, often smaller, AirDrops require social media promotion or contacting a member of their team on a forum. This type of AirDrop has gained popularity since October 2017 wherein a form is normally sufficient to receive free tokens. The primary motivation hereunder is marketing.


Blockchain projects offer free tokens via AirDrops for the following major reasons:

  1. ICO / token awareness generation which leads to price appreciation via the endowment effect (people ascribe more value to their possessions);
  2. Community creation of token owners which diversifies token ownership; and
  3. Solidifying claim to a token name and / or concept through coin listing recognition.

Free Money

While some may believe AirDrops to be worthless this is simply untrue. Byteball distributed AirDrops to Bitcoin holders every month – the price of Byteball soared past $900 per Byteball in mid-July 2017. Similarly, OmiseGo AirDropped free OMG tokens to Ethereum holders – the price of OMG tokens surged past $11 in September 2017. Most recently, eBTC AirDropped 2500 eBTC tokens per participant – on the first day, its price rose to $0.80 per token; representing a $2000 gain for AirDrop holders.

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