Starknet's STRK Jumps After Developer StarkWare Agrees to Delay Token Unlocks

StarkWare, the developer behind the Ethereum layer-2 blockchain Starknet, had come under heavy criticism for the unlocking schedule for its new STRK tokens.

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  • Starknet's STRK token jumped as much as 10% over $2 on Thursday after developer firm StarkWare agreed to change the unlocking schedule after community backlash.
  • Some 0.64% of the 10 billion tokens initially minted will unlock on April 15, instead of the planned 13.4% (1.34 billion tokens), according to StarkWare's emailed statement.

Starknet's STRK token jumped as much as 10% Thursday after developer firm StarkWare agreed to drastically reduce the number of tokens allocated to the team that are scheduled to unlock in April, following heavy criticism from the community.

The statement came after the Ethereum layer-2 project this week airdropped more than 700 million tokens to early users, contributors and other targeted groups, with the additional disclosures that developers and investors might be able to start sell much of their own allocations as early as next month. The market capitalization of the tokens, based on the circulating supply, currently stands around $1.44 billion.

"After listening to feedback from ecosystem friends and collaborators, we are changing the lockup schedule for StarkWare's early contributors and investors to make it more gradual," according to an emailed statement. StarkWare is the primary developer behind Starknet, a layer-2 blockchain atop Ethereum.

Under the new schedule, 0.64% of the 10 billion tokens initially minted will unlock on April 15, instead of the planned 13.4% (1.34 billion tokens), according to the statement.

"The gradual unlock will continue at a pace of 0.64% (64 million tokens) monthly until March 15, 2025, after which it will change to 1.27% (127 million tokens) monthly for the next 24 months until March 15, 2027," StarkWare said.

"Under the new unlock plan, 580 million tokens held by early contributors and investors will be unlocked by the end of 2024, as opposed to 2 billion of those tokens under the previous schedule," according to StarkWare. "1.4 billion additional tokens will be gradually unlocked by the end of 2025, another 1.5 billion will be unlocked by the end of 2026 and 380 million will be unlocked by March 15, 2027."

Starknet, developed by developer firm StarkWare, is a layer-2 network that makes use of zero-knowledge cryptography, allowing decentralized applications operating on top of it to scale the Ethereum blockchain. It does this by bundling transactions off-chain into a proof that is submitted to Ethereum, which in turn is supposed to process the transaction faster and lower fees for computing them.

Starknet's token unlocking schedule for the development team and early investors came under criticism from market observers. STRK started trading at $5 earlier this week, then quickly fell. At press time, the token was changing hands at $2.

Starknet's STRK price on Feb. 22 (CoinDesk)
Starknet's STRK price on Feb. 22 (CoinDesk)

Edited by Bradley Keoun.


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