Yield farmers and DeFi token aficionados certainly had a merry Christmas thanks to 1inch, a relatively young and unknown token that in a matter of hours surpassed many other cryptocurrencies’ performance in the top 100 of cryptocurrencies with the largest market capitalization.
1inch is a decentralized exchange aggregator that sources liquidity from various exchanges, making it possible to use its smart contract to spread a single transaction across multiple decentralized exchanges.
The protocol is governed by a DAO. 1inch has been in development since 2019 and has received funding from Binance Labs, Galaxy Digital, Greenfield One, Libertus Capital, Dragonfly Capital, FTX, IOSG, LAUNCHub Ventures, and Divergence Ventures.
Still, it wasn’t until Christmas of 2020 that it started to ring the bell for serious traders and crypto enthusiasts. The reason? a 1000% spike after being listed in Binance.
1inch: From ‘Meh’ to ‘Moon’ in Just 1 Hour
During the Christmas of 2020, Binance surprised the community with the announcement of support for 1inch. The tweet received more than 700 likes in a few hours, spreading through many corners all over Crypto Twitter.
When the token trading started, it went up by 1200%: from $0.2 to $2.60, and the daily trading volume exceeded $ 106 million. This rise of more than 1000% was undoubtedly the topic of conversation for DeFi fans during Christmas.
Even CZ himself was surprised, tweeting an amusing pun:
Damn, that looks a bit longer than 1Inch…@1inchExchange 👏 pic.twitter.com/o1NRAFnhhc
— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) December 25, 2020
After this major spike, the token experienced a correction, dropping to a low of $2.2 before a new rebound up to $2.9. After this, the token had another sharp drop all the way down to $1.8, where it seems to have found some stability, trading sideways between that level and $2.5 as key resistance.
Merry Christmas: DeFi Style
The 1inch team has been busy. Along with the listing, the protocol also airdropped tokens to all those traders who had used the platform before September 15th.
The airdrop was served to all those who had used the platform to make at least 4 trades or had traded at least $20. This gave a total of 55200 eligible addresses to claim the free 1inch tokens.
And while all of those users had yet another reason to thank Santa, one in particular should be dancing and singing carols right now, as they received 9,749,686,003 tokens worth $27.5 million at the maximum price of $2.8 per token.
The address 0xa0f75491720835b36edC92D06DDc468D201e9b73 which received such a large christmas present, is owned by a trader with strong activity on DeFi platforms such as Uniswap, Sushiswap, and some experimentation with NFTs.
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