ICOs Investment on the Rise
CoinSchedule reported that over $9.5 billion has been invested into ICOs in just the first 6 months of 2018, already topping last year’s numbers. CoinSchedule attributed this rise in funding to large projects such as Telegram and Petro. The pre-sales of these 2 tokens raised over $2.44 billion collectively, accounting for 25% of total ICO sales.
In a Bloomberg report Alex Michaelis, co-founder of popular ICO tracker, CoinSchedule, said that he still holds his hopes for the ICO sub-industry. He said in an email:
“The ICO market is still hot. EOS and Telegram have been big successful ICOs this year, albeit not a classic ICO in the sense that Telegram was closed to private investors only, and EOS has been trading in exchanges for a while, which influences the token price.”
Governmental bodies all across the world have begun regulating cryptocurrency related projects more and more, with ICOs being no exception. Earlier this month, a group of U.S. and Canadian regulatory bodies started to look into fraudulent coin offerings along with other cryptocurrency-related operations that were deemed to be scams.
As of last week, this group of governmental organizations has 60 investigations into a variety of questionable projects, with 35 of these 60 having legal action. This is just one case of negative governmental attitude towards the topic of these coin offerings.
In September 2017, China banned the sale of ICOs outright, with no exceptions made. But many ICO investors seem to be unfazed by these rising regulatory fears, with 2018’s numbers easily surpassing the levels seen in 2017.
The Largest ICO: Block.one’s EOS platform
Some projects have tried to counter governmental pressure by moving its operations to governments that are more accepting of cryptocurrencies, for example Estonia or Russia. Take the example of Block.one, the startup behind EOS, which is set to be the largest ICO ever, raising over $4 billion over the course of just 12 months.
Block.one is based in the Cayman Islands, a British territory that is accepting of the cryptocurrency and blockchain industries. Many of the small island nations, often British territories, are often subject to a lack of regulation in certain industries.
However, some critics believe that regulation in an innovative, yet volatile, industry is still necessary.
Earlier this week, Chinese Internet firm, Qihoo 360, found security flaws on the beta version of the EOS blockchain. Due to the fact that this announcement came just a few days before the official release of the EOS blockchain, EOS developers quickly fix it with a patch for this issue. According to a Block.one Twitter post, the team at EOS had the problem under control.
These aforementioned critics believe that there should be some regulation to what Block.one does with the $4 billion which was generated by the EOS token sale. In December of last year, Block.one tried to clear these worries by stating that $1 billion worth of funds would be invested in companies using the EOS blockchain.
But where does that leave the other $3 billion? For now, Block.one has kept this issue behind closed doors, but many hopeful for the success of the EOS platform believe that these funds will only be used to better the project.