ApeCoin and the story behind becoming ‘most traded’ among Ethereum whales
Last week, Yuga Labs announced ApeCoin, a token used for future gaming and entertainment applications. Upon its launch, 1 billion ApeCoins were released through an airdrop. Within a day, it had a trading volume of over $9.2 billion, according to CoinMarketCap.
Soon after, however, questions surrounding its tokenomics surfaced, providing significant opportunities to bad actors.
Will this matter?
Well, not for these dominant Ethereum whales.
At press time, APE was ranked the fourth-most purchased token in the top 10 with an average purchase amount of $41,833. In addition, two of the giant Ethereum whales snagged a considerable number of APE a couple of days back.
The first address bought 300,000 APE (worth $3.3 million at current prices) on 21 March. At the time, the transaction was worth $4.2 million, so the whale faced a loss. The second transaction was conducted by the whale ranked 20th in the Ethereum ecosystem, with the same also buying the same number of APEs on the same date.
In addition, the token enjoyed some love after getting listed on major cryptocurrency exchanges Coinbase and Binance. Elsewhere, Time Magazine’s web3 community initiative TIMEPieces tweeted on 20 March that the news magazine would start accepting ApeCoin as a form of payment for its digital subscriptions “in the coming weeks.”
— TIMEPiecesᵍᵐ ⏰ (@timepieces) March 20, 2022