Beijing-based bitcoin exchange OKCoin has given away 10m yuan in bitcoin (worth about $1,598,390) as part of a promotional Chinese New Year ‘red envelope’ campaign.
Notably, the campaign saw “roughly half a million new users” sign up, according to the exchange.
The digital-only giveaway, which stems from the Chinese tradition of exchanging red envelopes containing money, was conducted through the WeChat messaging app account of the exchange’s OKLink multisig wallet and merchant services platform.
The exchange said: “Users who followed our OKLink site were able to send and receive red envelopes. The amount in each of the envelopes varied and were sent to those who signed up to follow our OKLink account on We Chat, consequently with the incentive to claim their red envelope by signing in to our OKLink wallets.”
“The level of engagement was one of the key indicators of this campaign’s success. Roughly half a million new users engaged, and within the first four hours of the campaign over 100,000 individuals were already receiving their red envelopes.”
The spokesperson continued to say that the amount of bitcoin included in the initiative was unmatched, making it “the largest red envelope campaign the Chinese market has been exposed to”.
OKCoin is planning an English-language version of its red envelope campaign for its international audience and will release a statement soon.
A similar initiative during the Chinese New Year’s celebrations was launched by the Melbourne Bitcoin Technology Centre (MBTC) and the Bitcoin Group, which gave away red envelopes containing bitcoin paper wallets in Melbourne’s Chinatown precinct.
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