Switcheo, NEO’s First Decentralized Exchange, Lists 19 ERC20 Tokens

Colin Muller

Switcheo, a NEO-based decentralized exchange (DEX) launched earlier in the year, has added 19 popular Ethereum-based ERC20 tokens to its platform forming new trading pairs, the exchange recently announced on its Medium blog.

This news makes good on Switcheo’s earlier announcement that it would begin supporting ERC20 tokens, which CryptoGlobe reported on in September. The Singapore-based exchange now offers 44 exchange pairs in total, paired against NEO, GAS, its native SWTH token, and ETH tokens, according to data from CryptoCompare. The new listings follow on the launch of the inital Ethereum integration, only weeks ago, dubbed Callisto.

Although moving a respectable $2 million worth of daily volume back in April when the DEX first launched, Switcheo is now posting a paltry $82,000 in daily volume, perhaps reflecting the leaner times hitting the cryptoasset industry during 2018. Most of the tokens listed are on the newer/smaller side - but there are a couple of bigger names such as Kyber Network token (KNC), NEO itself, and the fairly new USD Circle (USDC) centralized stablecoin.

Switcheo does not have any know-your-customer (KYC) requirements. A rival ERC20 DEX, IDEX, was recently accused of implementing such policies, although there is apparently no evidence to support this accusation.

DEXs On Notice

The biggest bombshell in the DEX space as of late must be the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) prosecution of the creator of one of the oldest Ethereum DEXs, the no-frills EtherDelta exchange. The charge was operating an unregistered securities exchange, as some ERC20 tokens were considered such.

Zachary Coburn, the founder, settled and paid nearly $400,000 in fines to the SEC without admitting guilt, which was received by some as a controversially chilling message to DEXs.

A recent innovation concerning the DEX space is the Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC) project, which utilizes Kyber Network functionality to join bitcoin and Ethereum tokens in a smart contract so as to allow bitcoin to be traded on Ethereum-powered DEXs.

CryptoGlobe conducted an interview with KNC CEO Loi Luu last month, where he said WBTC would bring the “best of both worlds: bring the most popular cryptocurrency [BTC] to Ethereum and allow it to be programmable….”

Justin Sun Offering FCoin Users 1000 BTT to Join Poloniex

Michael LaVere
  • TRON Founder Justin Sun is offering 1000 BTT to former Fcoin users who switch to Poloniex.
  • Fcoin announced its sudden closure earlier in the week and inability to pay back $125 million in client funds. 

TRON Foundation founder and CEO Justin Sun has offered users of now-defunct crypto exchange FCoin 1000 BTT to migrate to Poloniex. 

On Monday Zhang Jian, founder of the Chinese crypto exchange Fcoin, shocked users by announcing that the platform was shutting down and would potentially be unable to pay the $125 million owed to clients. Zhang claimed that the decision was not the result of a hack or exit scam, despite community members pointing to the latter. 

Fcoin’s founder explained the exchange suffered from a series of internal data errors and complicated decision-making. 

The official statement reads, 

The biggest problem that FCoin currently faces is not the problem that the system cannot be restored, but the problem that the capital reserve cannot be paid by users. The internal problems and technical difficulties we face are the result of financial difficulties. It is expected that the scale of non-payment is between 7000-13000 BTC.

TRON’s Justin Sun took to Twitter in the aftermath of Fcoin announcement, expressing his condolence for Zhang and the clients affected by the exchange’s closing. He also announced a campaign to offer 1000 BTT ($0.50) to former Fcoin users who migrate to Poloniex. 

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