The Ethereum layer-2 network Blast announced a significant airdrop on June 26th. This airdrop will distribute a substantial portion of the network’s total token supply – a full 17% – to users who actively participated in the network’s growth.

Those who bridged assets, like Ether (ETH) or US Dollar Blast (USDB), to the Blast network will be eligible for a portion of the airdrop. Similarly, users who actively contributed to the success of decentralized applications (dApps) built on Blast will also be rewarded. The remaining 3% of the allocated tokens will be reserved by the Blur Foundation for future airdrop initiatives within their community.

This airdrop comes on the heels of similar events in the layer-2 space, with zkSync’s recent airdrop attracting significant participation. By rewarding early adopters, Blast aims to incentivize continued network usage and foster a strong community around the project.

The Blast network has experienced impressive growth since its launch in November, solidifying its position as the fourth-largest Ethereum layer-2 network. It boasts a total value locked (TVL) exceeding $2.9 billion, indicating the significant amount of digital assets entrusted to the network.

While some users have expressed concerns regarding potential vesting periods for the airdropped tokens, the overall response from the community has been positive. The airdrop is seen as a way to boost network participation and propel Blast’s growth trajectory.

This strategic move by Blast aligns with a broader trend within the blockchain industry, where projects leverage airdrops to incentivize user acquisition and foster community engagement. As the Blast network continues to evolve, it will be interesting to see how this airdrop shapes its future and attracts new users.