SUI IOU price spikes ahead of Airdrop, mainnet launch
Sui IOU price continued rising ahead of the project’s mainnet launch. According to CoinMarketCap, the token has jumped by more than 20% in the past 24 hours to $2.20. In all, the token has risen by over 23% in the past few days even as mainstream cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum retreated.
Sui mainnet launch ahead
Sui describes itself as a layer-1 platform that makes it possible for the developers to build decentralized applications (dApps). The blockchain has advanced features that has faster transaction costs, is elegant and easy to use, and has no defects in its design.
The biggest news this week will be the platform’s mainnet launch that is scheduled for Wednesday this week. This launch will come a few months after the network went through a few weeks of testing and validation.
Sui faces an uphill battle in the industry because of the competition in the sector. The biggest competition is from Ethereum, which has a stronger market share in the industry. It dominates other layer 1 networks like Avalanche, Solana, and Aptos among others.
Sui will also compete with other layer 2 networks like Optimism, Polygon, and Arbitrum. These layer-2 networks aim to improve the key challenges of Ethereum by boosting speeds and lowering transaction costs.
Justin Sun apology
The other important Sui news was an apology by Justin Sun, the founder of Tron and the de-factor CEO of Huobi, a leading exchange. In a statement, Sun said that he had agreed to refund $56 million to Binance after a token grab for the token.
In a statement on Monday, Changpeng Zhao of Binance said that he had warned Sun that the company would take action if he used the large amounts of SUI tokens from Binance Launchpool. He argued that Launchpool are meant as airdrops for retail investor not just a few whales.
Our team told Justin, if he uses any of these to grab the LaunchPool Sui token, we will "take action against it". SMH.
Binance LaunchPool are meant as air drops for our retail users, not just for a few whales.
On the bright side, blockchains are transparent… https://t.co/8Xs1oXjfVd
— CZ 🔶 BNB (@cz_binance) May 1, 2023
Therefore, focus among traders will be on how SUI will trade when the network’s mainnet launches and when the airdrop from Binance Launchpool happens. Like with most new tokens, I suspect that the SUI token price will pop on Wednesday and then pull back as insiders start taking some of their profits.