[GF: Phase 0 Proposal] Pika Protocol

Pika Protocol $OP Token Phase 0 Distribution Proposal

Project Name: Pika Protocol
Author Name: Ethan
Defillama TVL (at snapshot): $2,851,865
Transactons/day (at snapshot): 607
Tier: 3
Optimism native: Yes
Revisions to metrics used: N/A
Number of OP tokens to claim: 900,000
L2 Recipient Address: 0xA9Cd2563C2ccE7db8eDBe7aACDB0393c68151A28

Proposal for token distribution (under 1000 words):

Pika Protocol is one of the earliest Optimism native projects launched since December 2021. Pika Protocol has achieved close to $400m trading volume with over 10k unique user addresses for the past 3 months. It has brought a large number of users to Optimism and will continue to do so. Pika aims to distribute $OP governance fund tokens to not only grow its own user base, but also continue to drive the adoption of the Optimism ecosystem.

How will the tokens be distributed?

Tokens will be distributed to achieve these goals:

  • Traders acquisition
  • Liquidity incentives
  • Grants

Traders acquisition

Amount: 150,000 $OP(30% for early supporters and 70% for future traders)

Among the over 10,000 unique user addresses that have interacted with the protocol, the majority are traders. Close to $400,000,000 has been transacted on the platform so far, with the current daily transaction count of over 1000. As a perpetual swap exchange, Pika’s growth is largely defined by the number of traders on the platform.

To bring more new traders to Pika and Optimism, Pika will use the $OP token to provide rewards to previous traders as well as future traders. The reward will be distributed as trading fee rebate.

Liquidity Incentives

Amount: 600,000 $OP(20% for early supporters and 80% for future users)

Liquidity is the most important part of the Pika Protocol. The liquidity provider takes the opposite position of all traders on the platform. The liquidity vault pays for trader profits and receives trader losses. It also receives trading fees, interest and liquidation profit of trades.
Thousands of unique users have provided liquidity to Pika since its launch without any token incentives, and many of these are first-time Optimism users. Pika would not have such great adoption without the support from liquidity providers and will continue to be so moving forward. To further grow the trading volume and open interest of the platform, Pika needs to grow its liquidity by offering token incentives at the early stage. $OP tokens will be used to reward the previous liquidity providers(prioritize those with negative pnls) as well as future liquidity providers to bootstrap the Pika’s liquidity. It will allow Pika and Optimism to gain more TVL as well as traders.


Amount: 150,000 $OP(10% for early builders and 90% for future rewards)

The grants will be rewarded for integrations(projects built on top of Pika), bug bounties, toolings(i.e: Dune Analytics, Zapper), content creations. A number of volunteer community members have been building and creating with Pika for the past few months and with these grants, we look forward to having more people build with Pika.

How will this distribution incentivize usage and liquidity on Optimism?

A large number of liquidity providers and traders have used Pika since its launch without any token incentives, and many of these are first-time Optimism users. Distributing tokens to these early users of the ecosystem is benneficial to the long term user engagement Optimism.

The future LP and trader incentives will encourage a migration of liquidity from L1 and other chains to Optimism.

The grants enable more people to build on top of Pika and Optimism, helping Optimism become a rich ecosystem.

Why will the incentivized users and liquidity remain after incentives dry up?

Pika has been a protocol that works perfectly without any token incentives for the past few months since launch, and will remain so moving forward. Most of the trading fees collected is to incentivise the liquidity providers and most traders have very positive feedback after trading on Pika. The $OP incentives will act like a bootstrapping engine to attract many more 1st time Pika users and Optimism users, which are expected to stay with us for the long term.

Over what period of time will the tokens be distributed?

We will target distribution over 3 - 6 months.

How much will your project match in co-incentives?

Pika has not raised any fund so far. If Pika launches a token, it will allocate a good amount of tokens for future incentives.

(*Note of Change: the original proposal has 200,000 $OP allocated for liquidity backstop which requires converting OP to other assets, but after a further discussion with OP team, we are advised to remove the section to meet the legal requirement. The allocation has been distributed to the rest of the sections. Also, the original proposal stated the trader reward is prioritised to traders with loss, we removed this prioritisation after discussing with the Pika community. *)


I think using OP for a Liquidity Backstop could be okay as long as it remains a small portion of the total value of the Pika Liquidity Vault.

Adding a volatile asset to an insurance fund requires extreme caution, especially since this would be locked while the other assets in the vault can be withdrawn.

Now this kind of proposal gives me confidence in upcoming project in web3 space and in Pika overall.
This proposal is aligned with existing and as well as perspective users which will boost uses of OP ecosystem.

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Phase 0 ended on May 24 at 23:59:00 UTC.

I still don’t know what decision the Foundation will make regarding the protocols postponed out of time.

from what I know, they moved the deadline to 27th

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Do you have the link to the press release?

good, I will be waiting…

i just need to think about it more, can just say i am for it or against it. it needs more study. specially using op as a rebate of transaction fees.

Sounds good to me. OP incentives will be good for may first time users. A good way to attract them in and keep them using the protocol. There will be less dumping which will stabilise the OP price.

Any updates on this $OP distirbution?