KYC-Gated Smart Contract Access Control

ZetaChain Airdrops 17.4M ZETA to Contributors Using TokenTable by EthSign


Under the ethos of progressive decentralization, L1 blockchains conduct airdrops to distribute ownership of the network to their community. Ideally, community members who participate in the network — by deploying smart contracts, testing applications, helping with ecosystem growth, etc.— are rewarded proportionately to the value they create.

A well-executed airdrop is essential in bootstrapping decentralization and real usage of a blockchain protocol and is also a huge marketing opportunity. ZetaChain allocated a total of 31.5M ZETA (1.5% of 2.1B ZETA total supply) to this genesis mainnet airdrop, with rewards allocated to over 800,000 contributors to ZetaLabs’ testnet. (See full token distribution here).

To ensure regulatory compliance, ZetaChain required KYC and AML checks on contributors receiving an airdrop greater than 200 ZETA; additionally, they prevented airdrop claiming from OFAC sanctioned geographies.

Enter TokenTable

ZetaChain used EthSign’s TokenTable to conduct their KYC-gated airdrop on January 31st, 2024. The engagement entailed the development of a custom version of TokenTable that facilitated a compliant, streamlined airdrop for both ZETA recipients and the ZetaChain team.

The following TokenTable modules were used to facilitate the ZetaChain airdrop:

  • KYC-Gated Smart Contract Access: Integration of the reputable KYC/AML provider SumSub to verify the government identification and liveness of ~15,000 airdrop recipients. For these recipients, passing the KYC check is a smart-contract-enforced requirement to claim the airdrop.

  • Custom Claiming Interface: Development of a co-branded TokenTable interface that recipients are routed to from ZetaHub to claim their airdrop. Users connecting to this custom interface from OFAC-sanctioned geographies will be blocked.

Smart Contract Access Control via Sign Protocol

SIGN Attestation Protocol was implemented in parallel with SumSub to a) bind the airdrop recipient's wallet address to an their KYC verification status, and b) to port recipient addresses’ KYC verification status on-chain so that TokenTable’s Unlocker smart contract can validate it.

The airdrop claiming flow is as follows:

  1. Whitelisted wallets from non-sanctioned geographies are able to connect to

  2. Claimers can view how much ZETA they have available to claim, and any lockup terms.

  3. Conduct KYC verification via Sumsub by submitting their government ID.

  4. To bind their address and KYC verification, claimers must use SIGN Protocol to sign an attestation message that is a hash of their address and KYC status.

  5. The TokenTable Unlocker smart contract must validate the KYC attestation before enabling the associated wallet to claim its ZETA airdrop.

You can check out the SIGN Protocol attestation smart contract that is deployed on ZetaChain mainnet here!

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