ICOs Raised 95% Less in January 2019 Than in Their Best Month, Data Shows

Omar Faridi
  • ICOs are not receiving as much capital as they did during the crypto bull market of 2017.
  • However, ICOs are still performing better than what they did January 2017.

Investments in initial coin offerings (ICOs) have dropped by nearly 95% according to data from cryptocurrency analytics firm Coinschedule.

In March 2018, ICOs raised over $5.8 billion, however Coinschedule reported the popular fundraising method attracted only $291 million in total investments during January 2019. Although ICOs have not generated as much capital as they did when blockchain project valuations were a lot higher, Coinschedule pointed out that ICOs still raised over 70% more funds last month than they did in January 2017.

When compared to the time period during which cryptoasset prices hit record-level highs in late 2017 and early 2018, the ICO market has slowed down considerably. Coinschedule’s data shows there were less than 50 ICOs launched in the first week of January 2019. Moreover, the ICO ecosystem received only $6 million in total investments from 424 different public token sales tracked by Coinschedule. Significantly, this is the smallest amount raised by ICOs since 2017.

$1.4 Billion Raised From ICOs In Q4 2018

As CryptoGlobe reported last week, ICOs netted 25% less in funding during Q4 2018 when compared to Q3 of the same year. This, according to data from ICOBench which also revealed in the same crypto market report that there were 594 ICOs completed in Q4 2018. During the previous quarter, 554 ICOs were successfully conducted (as they managed to reach their fundraising target).

Data from ICOBench revealed that $1.4 billion was raised by ICOs in Q4 2018, while Q3 of last year saw public token sales generate $1.8 billion - according to ICOBench.

As covered, a study conducted by Satis Group found that more than 80% of ICOs launched in 2017 were scams. However, the fraudulent token sales only managed to attract 11% of total investments made in ICO projects (during 2017). According to Satis Group’s report (published in July 2018), approximately 70% of the funds raised by ICOs went towards helping legitimate crypto and blockchain-related projects.

Security Token Offerings (STOs) Provide Regulated Investment Options

In December 2018, Jerry Ji Guo, a Chinese-American who previously worked a journalist for the New York Times, was charged for his alleged involvement in a $3.5 million ICO-related scam. Guo is now facing up to 20 years in prison as he was found guilty of orchestrating fraudulent schemes in which he stole large amounts of cryptocurrency from blockchain startups that had employed him as a consultant.

Due to the large number of scams orchestrated under the guise of ICOs and the lack of proper regulations for the crowdfunding method, many companies have introduced security token offerings (STOs). These are regulated token offerings that allow investors to acquire cryptoassets which are tied, or backed by, real-world assets such as stocks, debts, commodities, and real estate.

Samsung to Add Crypto-Powered Streaming Service to 75 Million Devices

Michael LaVere
  • Samsung is pre-installing the crypto-powered streaming service Theta.tv into all new Galaxy S20 smartphones.
  • Theta.tv allows users to earn and share crypto tokens through their gaming and esports-centered platform. 

Samsung is embedding the blockchain-powered Theta.tv streaming service into its line of Galaxy smartphones. 

According to a press release published May 19, Samsung has partnered with Theta.tv to bring the gaming and esports streaming service to its lineup of Galaxy smartphones. The streaming platform is powered by the Theta token and blockchain and will enable millions of Samsung phone users to have direct access to their gaming-centered content. 

The release claims the service will be embedded within the Samsung Daily interface that is pre-installed on all new Samsung S20 smartphones in the United States. In addition to the S20, the update will also be applied to the Galaxy S10, S9, Note 10 and Note 9, encompassing a userbase of more than 75 million devices worldwide. 

Mitch Liu, co-founder and CEO of Theta Labs, said in the release,

We believe this commercial product launch is a critical inflection point in the adoption of the Theta Network globally. Our groundbreaking approach to streaming is a perfect fit for Samsung’s worldwide user base. It’s a huge step toward our goal of making Theta a global infrastructure for video content and data delivery.

Theta.tv allows users to earn tokens, dubbed TFUEL, for watching and sharing streams on the platform. Users can also transfer tokens through the service or trade them on crypto exchanges.

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