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Tezos to Open $50 Million Venture Fund After Raising $232 Million

· August 14, 2017 · 4:00 pm

Tezos, the startup whose recent ICO raised $109 million in less than 15 hours and a total $232 million in just three days, has announced its plan to open a $50 million venture fund.


The $232 Million ICO

Tezos - The $232 Million ICO

With the recent hype surrounding ICOs, more and more startups are trying to raise money through token sales. This July, the U.S.-based startup launched its initial coin offering and was able to raise $232 million, which at this time is the second largest amount any ICO has raised, coming in just behind the Filecoin ICO, which managed to raise the record breaking $250 million.

The blockchain startup is offering what they describe as a “self-amending cryptographic ledger”, a decentralized platform for smart-contract verification and validation, which is primarily focused on banks, financial institutions, and corporations. Not content to rest on their recent laurels, Tezos have been focusing on the development of their own VC fund, which they announced in their August update.

The VC Fund

Tezos ICO

Usually, when start-ups raise huge amounts of funding, they primarily invest it in growth, research and development, or marketing initiatives. Tezos decided to take a slightly different approach for their funding distribution. According to an article by Crowdfund Insider, Tezos’ new $50 million VC fund will mainly focus on investing in startups and companies that use the Tezos platform. The remaining funds are being slowly diversified and invested in more traditional investment vehicles like stocks, bonds, and precious metals.

The idea of the venture capital fund is to drive more third-party development for the Tezos blockchain, and thus help grow the Tezos platform. The fund will also invest in projects that they feel will help promote general blockchain development. It is also worth noting that due to the blockchain split on August 1, in addition to the bitcoins that were raised through the ICO, the startup has also received the equivalent amount of BCH which they are planning to invest into various assets.

In their August update, the Tezos team had the following to say about their new venture capital fund:

We are extremely pleased to announce a commitment of $50 million in venture capital funding to companies looking to build on the Tezos platform. This capital will be partially deployed through venture capital partners to be announced, as well as through a direct venture arm. The innovation and growth of the ecosystem is the top priority of the Tezos Foundation.

Currently, the team is actively coding on the long-awaited platform that will power a new kind of smart contracts.

What are your thoughts on the new $50 million venture capital fund from Tezos? Do you think that it will help promote their platform? Let us know in the comments below!


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CashCow ICO Looks To Boost Indonesian Cattle Farmers’ Profits

· August 7, 2017 · 4:00 pm

Hong Kong based Bitcoin Entrepreneur James Bang announces CashCow ICO designed to increase Indonesian cattle farmers’ profits from the sale of their cows from 20% to 33%.


The South China Morning Post reported on Bitcoin entrepreneur and investor James Bangs’ desire to revolutionize the cattle financing model, specifically in Indonesia where the large population of farmers is unable to buy their cattle assets outright.

 Family Vacation To Indonesian Family Led To CashCow Idea

Family Vacation To Indonesian Family Led To CashCow Idea

James Bang first thought of the CashCow ICO during a trip to Indonesia with his family, where he observed that his Father-in-law had sold two cows for HK$27,300 (approximately $3489.82 US Dollars) to pay for the renovation of his kitchen.

Bang noted:

For another family, their motorcycle was old and they needed to upgrade. So they sold two or three cows to be able to afford a major purchase.

Cattle are then easily accounted for by representing them with tokens on a fully documented blockchain ledger, in this case, the Ethereum blockchain. However, most poorer Indonesian farmers do not directly own the full worth of their cows, which are financed for purchase by third party financiers. The farmers are liable for costs such as feed and veterinarian bills while the financier often takes the largest share of a cow’s final sale price, whether this be to another owner or directly to beef production facilities.

Airbnb for Cows

Airbnb for Cows

Discussing the impetus behind CashCow, Bang explained:

I was really inspired by Airbnb… I figured how can we apply this to the agricultural industry … There had to be a way these farmers could maximize their extra farm space.

While the South China Morning Post does not elaborate on this point, it is possible that farmers will be able to leverage their extra farming space by possibly accommodating investor cows. Bang hopes to raise US$15 million through the offering set for launch in October 2017, which will be used to fund the purchase of calves.

Higher Returns for Cattle Farmers

Bang said his goal is to give farmers higher returns when they sell their cattle, which he sets at 33 per cent, given the cost cutting afforded by the lack of third party accounting this is a reasonable increase in income for farmers currently only getting 20% of the cows’ final sale value.

Finally, Bang will also give investors 33 per cent from every cattle sale, with his start-up reinvesting the remaining third to purchase further cattle and build larger cow sheds.

Will this ICO be something you are interested in and is this the kind of ICO that you think Blockchain technology is ideal for? Let us know in the comments below.


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Po.et Partners With Blink To Automate Licensing Digital Content To Major Media Companies

· August 6, 2017 · 6:15 pm

The prominent blockchain-based digital asset management startup Po.et has announced its partnership with the global content studio Blink.


Proof of Existence 2.0

Po.et is a very young blockchain startup that aims solve multiple problems in the digital content industry. The Singapore and Los Angels-based project utilizes blockchain technology in order to create a platform that makes publishing, licensing and distribution of digital assets easier.

The Po.et platform would essentially use blockchain technology and smart contracts to eliminate the middle man and thus, allow content creators to directly sell their digital assets to publishers, without having to pay enormous transactions fees. It’s worth to note that Po.et’s platform includes a digital media licensing market, which would allow publishers to directly select digital assets that fit their territory.

Currently, the Po.et project is planning to host its initial coin offering with the help of Moscow-based startup, Zerion. Interested contributors can invest into the token sale with an invite code that can be obtained through the official po.et website.

Partnership with Blink

Po.et partners with Blink

In an official press release, Po.et announced that the international content studio Blink has partnered with the young startup to efficiently track licenses with the help of blockchain technology.  According to the press release, Blink’s customers include prominent corporations like Google, Airbnb, ESPN, and more. In the article, the CEO of Blink, Matthew Craig, stated following about the partnership:

The unwieldy process of managing licenses and copyright terms for the large volume of content produced by Blink is simply a fool’s errand – our clients want a better solution that creates transparency and accountability at every stage of licensing and our artists deserve it. This partnership is a critical step forward for licensing and will allow Blink to continue servicing the insatiable market for original content at scale,

Konstantin Richter, responsible for the Business Development of Po.et also added:

This partnership allows us at Po.et to envision a complete marketplace where freelancers can get hired, protect their work and get rewarded for it in a proactive manner. The Blink participation will help us to ensure we develop the right blockchain utilities to serve their needs,

With the use of blockchain technology and smart contracts, Po.et will be offering an extremely useful tool that will save publishers and content creators from a lot of “headaches”.

What are your thoughts on the Po.et and Blink partnership? Do you think that Po.et will become a successful platform? Let us know in the comments below!


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ICO Haven Sent Packing; Singapore follows SEC Lead to Regulate Securities-type Token Sales

· August 1, 2017 · 5:15 pm

Exactly one week ago, the SEC issued a report concluding that certain token sales could be considered securities, and hence were subject to regulation. Today, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) issued a similar statement, clarifying that, in some cases, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) were essentially equivalent to securities, and should fall under the same regulatory procedures.


I can’t help but feel slightly responsible. After all, just five days before the SEC report was published, I wrote an article describing many of the recent ICOs as tantamount to “buying shares in a stranger’s start-up.”

Oops!

SEC Issues Warning for ICO Organizers and Investors

Say What Now?

Sure, the SEC report was a direct response to the hack on the Ethereum side project, the DAO hub, almost a year ago… So I guess that can’t be my fault, but the timing is more than a little suspicious, wouldn’t you say?

Okay, the SEC focussed more on the risks to investors, and (quite rightly IMHO) ascertained this. If the token issued is promising to give investors a return (i.e. dividend), then it should fall under the realm of the SEC, and be subject to regulation. These rules are there to protect investors, so really it would be churlish of us to complain.

They also decided that they wouldn’t press charges at this point, but that future ICOs should be wary of where the often hazy line is drawn. Many token sales already prohibit U.S. citizens from participating for just this reason, so it’s not something we weren’t already aware of.

But Singapore? They Were Like… Totally Chill Man!

Well, yes and no. Singapore’s recent experiments with the tokenization of its currency were seen as an implicit embracing of all things crypto, with local authorities stating that they don’t consider digital tokens as securities. However, this is also the place where you can be fined $100,000 dollars and spend two years in jail for chewing gum.

The report is very clear and states:

The function of digital tokens has evolved beyond just being a virtual currency. […] Where digital tokens fall within the definition of securities in the SFA, issuers of such tokens would be required to lodge and register a prospectus with MAS prior to the offer of such tokens

So the Party’s Over?

No. Not by a long shot. Both the SEC and MAS reports specifically stop short of claiming that all cryptocurrency tokens and ICOs will fall within their remit. The MAS explicitly states that their “position of not regulating virtual currencies is similar to that of most jurisdictions.”

As would be expected, no specific definition is provided as far as what will or will not count as a security. But implicit in these reports is the assertion that this isn’t going to affect your Bitcoin, or your Ether, or your Just-doing-this-for-a-joke-Coin, whatever.

If a coin functions as a coin, then it should be fine. If a coin functions as a token for the purchase of service or product within an eventual eco-system, then that should also be fine.

If a coin is promising dividends based on a company’s profitability, then… yeah. If it sounds like a share in a stranger’s start-up…

But… but… but…

Let me repeat once again that these regulations are here to protect us, the investors.

Yes, our eyes may spin like a cartoon character’s until the pupils resemble dollar signs at the mere thought of that near-mythical level of profit that a friend of a friend down the pub told us about but we would all be sick to our stomachs to find out that the ICO we just plowed our hard-won life-savings into was just an elaborate Ponzi scheme after all.

To ignore the risk of one for the sake of the other would make us not investors. It would simply make us gamblers.

What do you think of the SEC and MAS’ recent reports? Will it have an impact on which ICOs you choose to invest in? Have you found yourself frozen out of an ICO because of where you live? Let us know in the comments below.


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Switzerland’s Private Banking Sector Offering Bitcoin as an Asset

· July 14, 2017 · 3:30 pm

Switzerland’s Falcon Private Bank has partnered with a local Bitcoin exchange giving the financial institution the opportunity to offer Bitcoins, as well as altcoins, to its customers through asset portfolios.


Falcon Private Bank

On Wednesday, Falcon Private Bank took major steps in a number of avenues within digital currency when it announced that it would be storing and trading Bitcoin within its asset infrastructure. Wealthy customers of the bank will now be able to branch out into digital currencies, allowing them to hold, buy and sell Bitcoin directly through the bank.

It is a move that many have expected to see for some time as slow moving financial institutions like banks and asset management finally come around to the idea of digital currency and the markets that they are building.

A Pioneering Nation

A Pioneering Nation

Switzerland has pioneered the way for digital currencies of late with its light touch in terms of regulations. Bitcoin-based businesses have been categorized under the same lenient laws that also control financial technologies, separate from the usual banking licensing and red tape.

Falcon bank received the green light from the regulators in the country, setting a new precedent for private banks. It is an important and ground breaking move as the hopes are that it will be successful enough to prompt other institutions across the globe to follow suit. The crypto asset-management market is a huge, untapped entity that could provide banks with a fresh and technologically advanced market.

Bitcoin Trading added to Falcon Private Bank

Moving with the Times

The partnership between Falcon and Bitcoin Suisse, the local digital currency exchange, is seen as a positive step for the bank’s customers as well as the institution itself as it works to resurrect its stuffy and traditional brand.

Arthur Vayloyan, Falcon’s global head of products and services, said in a statement:

We are proud to be the first-mover in the Swiss private banking area to provide blockchain asset management for our clients. Falcon is convinced that the time is right to enter this nascent market and it is our firm belief that this new product will fulfill our clients’ future needs.

Although Bitcoin and other digital currencies have seen a sharp downward turn since the highs of the $3000 Bitcoin, there is a belief held by these institutions and agencies that are entering the digital currency market that the rise will continue in the near future.

Would you be willing to make your trades with Bitcoin through a bank? Is it possible to have a bank involved in Bitcoin, or does that defeat the object? Let us know in the comments below.


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A2B Direct to Launch Blockchain Platform and Hold ICO

· July 12, 2017 · 3:00 pm

Logistics company A2B Direct, currently operating in Eastern Europe, announced the launch of its Ethereum-backed ICO. Beginning on July 12th, 2017, the campaign is scheduled to last for one month and seeks to raise between €500,000 to €3,000,000.


The platform was first introduced in late 2016 and became widely known as a “freight Uber.” The service provides direct interaction between freight forwarders and cargo owners, ensuring 24/7 communication with the driver, and taking care of all involved paperwork while getting rid of forwarding expenses.

A2B Direct

A2B Direct ICO

Unlike most companies that hold coin offerings, A2B Direct is not raising funds for the purpose of developing a solution. They already have a platform that is fully operational and already in use.  Instead, the ICO is raising funds to finance transferring the existing platform onto blockchain in order to cut expenses for international transportation and make business easier for both carriers and customers while allowing them to work with Fiat and cryptocurrencies at the same time.

The A2B tokens sold during the ICO will entitle investors to receive their share of the company’s profits similar to traditional shares, and the raised funds will be used for the expansion of the company in Western European and American markets.

How the ICO Funds Will Be Allocated

Depending on the total amount raised during the campaign, the company has rolled out several development strategies:

€500,000 – A2B Direct will focus on hiring Ethereum and blockchain developers to facilitate transferring the platform onto the blockchain.

€1,000,000 – As above plus A2B Direct will launch a European office and adapt its services to European standards.

€2,000,000 – As above plus A2B Direct will open several offices in Europe while adapting its services for the specific needs of a particular country.

€3,000,000 – As above plus A2B Direct will launch an American office.

In the event that the A2B Direct ICO fails to raise the minimum €500,000, all investors’ contributions will be refunded in full.

A2B Direct Logistics

How to Contribute to the ICO

The A2B Direct ICO will be accepting investments in Bitcoin, Ether, and Dash, and will require that users register a personal wallet to run all financial operations during the campaign and later receive dividends for the company’s further operation and progress.

The minimum contribution amount is set at $10 USD for which one may buy 100 A2B tokens, with 30,000,000 tokens issued overall. This amount accounts for 30% of the company’s assets. The tokens will be pegged to USD in order to link the growth of its exchange rate to the expansion of the company. The token price will depend on the number of vehicles subscribed to the platform, therefore their price will directly reflect the platform’s activity. Owners of A2B tokens will be entitled to use them as soon as they are received.

If A2B Direct sells between 2 and 19 percent of the issued tokens, investors will be entitled to 6% of annual dividends as calculated based on the number of tokens held by each investor individually. If the company sells more than 20 per cent of the tokens, the investors will be receiving 10% of the profits annually. Additionally, A2B will award bonuses to token holders as of 2018.

Further details about the A2B Direct project and the ICO model are available in the whitepaper.

What do you think of A2B Direct’s platform and ICO? Do you plan to participate? Let us know in the comments below.


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SkinCoin: a Blockchain Solution for the Video Game Skin Trade Economy

· June 30, 2017 · 2:00 pm

The new blockchain project SkinCoin aims to fix the problems plaguing the booming market of video game skin betting and trade.


The skins market is somewhat of a novelty concept even to many veteran online gamers. It has existed as a fairly marginal industry ever since video game skins first became available but when Steam’s skin market economy spilled into secondary platforms several years ago – and generating insane profits in the process – the industry grew exponentially.

For those who may not know, skins are modified textures of in-game objects. Users can buy, sell and trade skins and prices are primarily dependent on the skin’s  rarity. They don’t actually increase a player’s chances of winning but rather make his character look more distinct and visually appealing. For professional streamers and tournament players, vast skin collections are a very important asset that helps them shape unique and identifiable personalities.

Some rare skins used by pro players are in such high demand that they can be sold for thousands of dollars in online marketplaces.

Revolutionizing Video Game Skin Trading

Steam policies restrict how much real money you can pay for a game asset. It is for that very reason that third party skin trading platforms emerged in the first place. While many of these platforms are legitimate, the popularity and profitability of skin trading have given rise to scam sites as well. An unfortunate side effect of these scam sites is that their fraudulent activities are being blamed on Steam since Valve profits from every skin purchase even if it was arranged by a third party. 

According to a report by Bloomberg, skins market in 2016 was valued at close to $7.4 billion USD and that number only seems to be increasing. Even in the face of Valve’s half-hearted attempts to crack down on third-party trading platforms, the market is expected to grow as high as $22.6 billion USD by 2020.

SkinCoin projects

The demand for video game skins is very real, as is the need for a free and safe marketplace to meet players’ growing skin trading needs. SkinCoin aims to fill that need by providing gamers with bulletproof blockchain-grade security solutions and transparency, as well as a free and decentralized p2p skin trading platform.

According to Igor Solomatin, CEO of SkinCoin:

We plan to solve the issues of skin trade on all video game sites. SkinCoin will provide security to players’ in-game assets and protect skin trade platforms from Valve’s claims. Unlike fiat money, SkinCoin is not a means of payment according to legal definition in most countries. Third party sites will be able to process trade transactions with the help of SkinCoin and still perfectly conform to Steam policies.

SkinCoin is another example of how blockchain technology is providing solutions to emerging markets materializing out of previously untapped digital economies. Specifically, its architecture is ideal for loosely regulated, speculative virtual markets which have to remain free and decentralized but also safe and transparent for all participants.

SkinCoin ICO

In order to realize their goal of creating a free, decentralized marketplace for the exchange of skins for cryptocurrency, SkinCoin has launched its ICO to raise the necessary funds. The token sale began on June 21, 2017, and will run for exactly one month, ending on July 21, 2017. Their ultimate goal is to raise 100,000 ETH, with a minimum goal of 5,000 ETH. All funds derived from the ICO will be allocated as follows:

  • 60% to marketing
  • 20% to development
  • 20% to future scaling

SkinCoin’s whitepaper further breaks down their marketing funds allocation as shown below:

SkinCoin marketing budget

For more information about SkinCoin’s projects, you can visit their official website, SkinCoin.org. Details about their ongoing ICO can be found here.

Are you a gamer who buys, sells, and trades skins? Do you think the SkinCoin project will solve the issues plaguing the skin trade market? Let us know in the comments below.


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Cryptocurrency-Powered Game Platform ZENIgames Announces Official Launch

· June 4, 2017 · 10:00 am

The new online gaming platform ZENIgames offers gamers a chance to play games and win “Zennies” in the process.


Love online gaming and cryptocurrencies? Then this new gaming platform is just for you. The Bulgarian arcade game website ZENIgames.com has announced its official launch and is powered by “Zennies”, the platform’s own cryptocurrency. ZENIgames offers free-to-play online games and lets players earn Zennies in the process.

ZENIgames joins other companies such as Datcroft Games Ltd. and Ionomy Studios in integrating cryptocurrency into their games. While Bitcoin has already fostered a burgeoning online gambling industry, it has more recently attracted the attention of mobile game companies who wish to use it to further monetize their games.

The ZENIgames Platform

ZENIgames currently offers around 2000 flashed-based games, which work on regular Internet browsers as well as Android and iOS devices. The site offers the usual range of browser-based games, from basic puzzle and platform games to more involved 3D action games.

The games are user-submitted, so their quality tends to vary. Some games, such as Crash Drive 2, are multiplayer-enabled and highly polished. Others, such as Tile War, are clearly meant as amusing time-killers. However, a five-star rating system allows users to push the best games to the top of each game list.

Zenigames Crash Drive 2

Some games track player progress using cookies stored on the user’s machine. The site also includes leaderboards and a site-wide chat system, allowing users to communicate with each other in-game.

Nonetheless, some HTML5-based games will not work on the Chrome browser due to their need for the Unity Web Player plugin. This is not enabled on Chrome by default, as it’s considered a security risk by its developers (amongst its other stability issues). Users will either need to manually enable NPAPI plugins on Chrome, or play using one of the Unity-supported browsers.

Zennies, the Prize Tickets of the Future

The innovation ZENIgames offers is its own cryptocurrency, Zennies, which are currently worth around 0.00000135 Bitcoins (or about $0.0034). Its name is derived from the Japanese word for “coins” or “small change”. According to CryptoCompare, Zennies was launched on March 22, 2017 (likely during the development of the site). Like other cryptocurrencies, Zennies is completely decentralized with its own blockchain and community of developers.

CryptoCompare price index for ZENI

By registering with ZENIgames, users can play games to earn Zexperience points, which can then be converted into Zennies. These can be used on the website as payments for games and other In-App Purchases (IAP). The site also offers tools to help developers integrate Zennies into their own creations.

A Blockchain Gaming Network

Although Zennies can be traded across one or two exchanges, they currently appear to have limited use as payment for game prizes on their own platform. However, ZENIgames is built on the ZENI game distribution system, which allows other arcade sites to fetch ZENIarcade games.

The ZENIverse

Theoretically, this will allow Zennies to be used as a cross-platform payment system on other sites. Should it gain momentum, the ZENI game distribution system may evolve into a networked game system, where Zexperience can be traded to earn prizes across a network of games.

ZENIgames is currently in beta, so expect more developments on the platform to follow in due time.

Is gaming a good application for blockchain? Could Zennies gain momentum as a currency for online games? Let us know in the comments below!


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UK’s Most Popular Investment Platform to Offer Bitcoin

· June 1, 2017 · 8:30 am

UK’s most popular investment platform, Hargreaves Lansdown, will soon allow its clients to invest in Bitcoin.


Hargreaves Lansdown

Hargreaves Lansdown, the administer £70bn of investor money with 876,000 clients, has announced it will allow customers access to invest in Bitcoin.

“By adding self-service, online dealing, the team at Hargreaves Lansdown is providing UK investors with professional and quick access to bitcoin in the UK and greater Europe,”  Ryan Radloff, XBT’s head of investor relations told the Telegraph.

This follows the recent news that the American financial services corporation, Fidelity Investments, will soon allow their clients the ability to view their cryptocurrency holdings on the Coinbase website.

However, Hargreaves Lansdown, are using a fund offered by a Swedish company, XBT Provider, which is structured as an ETN or exchange-traded note. These funds are listed on the stock exchange meaning Bitcoin can be bought and sold as a share.

“The value of and any amount payable under the certificates will be strongly affected by the performance of Bitcoin and the US dollar/krona exchange rate,” XBT Provider explains. “As such an investment in the certificates is likely to be highly volatile and thus risky.”

In other words, British Bitcoin investors will be exposed to two areas of risk, not just the famous volatility of the cryptocurrency itself, but also to the US dollar/Swedish Krona exchange rate.

Clients Asked to Invest in Bitcoin

Danny Cox, head of communications at Lansdown noted that the decision to add Bitcoin as an investment option was driven in part by customer demand.

Cox:

We have seen a handful of clients asking for the ETN, so it’s not purely driven by a provider wanting to be listed.

This interest, although written off as a handful, demonstrates that the demand must surely have been significant among traditional investors for the company to include it.

Despite the potential risks, Bitcoin has (again) been outperforming every asset and fiat currency in 2017, and smart money is starting to pay attention. This is a major step for Bitcoin towards mainstream adoption and becoming a legitimate asset for traditional finance.

Is Bitcoin finally breaking into mainstream finance? Will other brokers follow suite? Let us know in the comments below!


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China’s Biggest Exchanges to Add Ethereum, Other Altcoins as Demand Surges

· May 29, 2017 · 7:00 am

As altcoins continue to gain popularity throughout the world, Bitcoin exchanges in China are also getting in on the action and listing alternative cryptocurrencies.


Huobi to Support Altcoins

As the moratorium on cryptocurrency withdrawals is expected to soon end in China, exchanges in the country seem to be turning their attention to alternative cryptocurrencies. Two days ago, one of the big three exchanges in China, Huobi, announced it will launch Ethereum trading on May 31.

The announcement reads:

We are excited to announce the CNY/ETH will be listed on our exchanges. Trading will start at 12:00 May 31st (GMT +8). ETH deposit and withdrawal is available from now on.

Today, Huobi released a list of altcoins that are to be added in the future according to the rank of the coin in said list. According to Huboi’s underlying model, Ethereum, Litecoin and Ripple are the highest ranking coins following Bitcoin, followed by Dash, Zcash and Dogecoin.

Online news service cnLedger tweeted:

The list was ranked using a model created by Huobi which factors in the coin’s strategy, marketing, activity, risk and technology to calculate the relevance of the coin.

The list and underlying model can be seen in Huobi’s official announcement.

BTCC to Get In On the Action as Well

Huobi isn’t the only Bitcoin exchange in China that is to list alternative cryptocurrencies.

After a two-week poll, in which over 190k votes by the cryptocurrency community were counted, Ethereum Classic will be listed in the BTCC exchange. Bobby Lee, CEO of BTCC tweeted:

Although the exchanges employed a completely different method in which Huobi used a model to rank cryptocurrencies and BTCC used a community poll, both exchanges are interested in opening the doors for the Chinese community to invest in  alternative cryptocurrencies.

Huobi and BTCC, however, are not the first exchanges in the country to list alternative cryptocurrencies. The China-based Yunbi exchange allows users to buy and sell cryptocurrencies like Etherem, Ethereum Classic, Zcash, QTUM, Bitshares, and others. BTC38 also offers a multitude of cryptocurrencies to be bought and sold for CNY. Lastly, CHBTC also lists Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, and Litecoin.

Crypto in Asia

Although less-known exchanges in the country offer altcoin trading, most Chinese users are only familiar with Bitcoin and Litecoin, given that most cryptocurrency investors use one of the big three exchanges in the country, BTCC, OKCoin and Huobi.

China plays a big part in the Bitcoin world, ranking in the top 3 countries by daily trading volume but other countries in the continent are becoming increasingly interested in cryptocurrencies and it’s not just Bitcoin and Litecoin.

Take Japan, for example, where the recent Bitcoin law has created an accentuated demand for cryptocurrencies, making the JPY the biggest Bitcoin pair in the world by trading volume and that’s not all. Other cryptocurrencies are also gaining traction in the country.

Co-Founder of IndieSquare and Community Director at the Counterparty Foundation, stated in a recent blog post:

First, one of the unique characteristics of the Japanese crypto space is that altcoins are very popular as a means of investment and some of them have very strong and dedicated communities; some even more active than the Bitcoin community itself in a way. Among them, two of the most popular altcoins in Japan are XRP(Ripple) and XEM(NEM).

In South Korea, Ethereum and Ethereum Classic are also extremely popular, even more so than Bitcoin whose daily trading volume is smaller than that of ETH or ETC.

With China adhering to the altcoin craze, could Asia become the capital for alternative cryptocurrencies?


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