Alameda-Backed Projects Oxygen (OXY) and (MAPS) Held Over 95% of Their Tokens on FTX

Solana ecosystem projects Oxygen (OXY) and (MAPS) revealed on Tuesday that they held over 95% of their overall token supplies on now-defunct exchange FTX.

In a blog post, the team behind Oxygen also said that while FTX had no equity investments in the companies, the bankrupt exchange held a “significant proportion” of OXY and MAPS. This is evident from the leaked FTX balance sheet, which shows that the exchange held millions of dollars in OXY, MAPS, and other illiquid tokens.

Oxygen said that it’s considering all options for how to protect its users and has “retained legal advisors to assist with this ongoing process.”

Oxygen and were heavily backed by Alameda Research, Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto trading firm that supposedly received customer funds from FTX to place risky bets. The firm led a $50 million investment round in in January 2021. The project was supposed to be a decentralized competitor to Google Maps.

A month later it led another round of investment but this time in decentralized broker Oxygen. The firm invested $40 million with the hopes of integrating the project into

Now both tokens are essentially worthless. OXY is down 99.5% from its all-time high of $4.16 and currently trades at $0.019, according to data from CoinGecko. MAPS is trading at $0.06, 97% down from its highs of $2.

Alameda, which had a close relationship with FTX, is also said to have been frontrunning FTX token listings, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. FTX would inform Alameda of upcoming new listings, which could’ve included OXY and MAPS. This was so it could amass huge amounts of tokens and sell them after the exchange listed them.

Both FTX and Alameda, together with FTX US and other 130 FTX Group companies, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last Friday. FTX has a $10 billion dollar hole in its balance sheet.

Multiple crypto companies, investors, and funds have recently revealed having been affected by the blowup of FTX. The full extent of the bankrupt exchange’s contagion is still unknown. Oxygen and held almost all of their token supply on FTX. This also suggests that there may be other projects that had similar token custody strategies.

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by Rue Abernai on 2022-11-16 17:00:09.

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