Gaming Token Gala Stabilizes as Company Says Security Incident 'Contained'

Someone minted 5 billion GALA tokens and then sold them on decentralized exchange Uniswap.

AccessTimeIconMay 20, 2024 at 9:13 p.m. UTC
Updated May 21, 2024 at 1:58 a.m. UTC

The native token of crypto gaming project Gala Games (GALA) fell sharply Monday amid fears of a major transfer of over $200 million worth of GALA tokens that traders feared was a hack, and then recovered after the company said the security incident had been "contained and the impacted wallet has been frozen."

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  • On Monday, an unknown party minted 5 billion Gala tokens and proceeded to sell them on decentralized exchange Uniswap, according to blockchain explorers.

    Gala Games representatives had not previously announced the activity nor did they offer a quick explanation in the project's Discord server, spurring fears that the mass mint and sell was a hack.

    Eric Schiermeyer, Gala Games' CEO who also goes by the handle Benefactor, said in a post on X that the company "identified the compromise and within 45 minutes we secured and removed unauthorized access to the $GALA contract."

    "It's important to note our ETH contract for $GALA is secure and under the protection of a multi-sig wallet. It was never compromised," he wrote. "It's important to note our ETH contract for $GALA is secure and under the protection of a multi-sig wallet. It was never compromised."

    Schiermeyer said the company has been in touch with the FBI, U.S. Department of Justice, and a "network of international authorities."

    GALA's price sank as low as $0.039 in the aftermath, down 19% from the day's high set just over an hour earlier. It has since recovered, and stabilized at $0.042, according to CoinGecko data.

    UPDATE (May 21, 01:56 UTC): Updates story with a statement from Gala Games, Eric Schiermeyer. Updates price.

    Edited by Nick Baker.

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