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New Report Cites Multiple Causes for ICO Funding Slump in Q3

In a new report by ICORating, ICO funding succumbed to a significant nosedive in Q3, dropping to 48% of its Q2 levels in 2018.

ICORating specializes in evaluating companies with a planned ICO. Their analysis is described by the company as being thorough and objective, reviewing companies as potential investment objects. The report revealed that in Q3 of the 2018 fiscal year that only 4 percent of ICOs managed to get listed on cryptocurrency exchanges, and more than half of the ICO projects declared that they managed to raise just USD 100,000.

Compared to Q1 and Q2 this year which saw Telegram and EOS raise over a USD 1 billion, this last quarter trailed with only one really significant fundraiser raising big numbers, – which reached USD 70 million. However, The London Football Exchange (LFE) did manage to feature in this year’s top 10 fundraisers’ list within the first 3 quarters.

LFE launched a cryptocurrency to power an ecosystem of “inter-related components” made up of sports, media, entertainment, finance and a foundation earlier this year, allowing “fan-driven” football community the opportunity to take part in various club and fan experiences.

According to the ICORating analysis, there were many reasons for the poor performance in Q3; overall, was that traditional ICOs were showing little promise as the year was drawing to a close. One peculiar reason cited was an increasing lack of transparency from ICO teams which tended to make investors wary.

Regulation has long been an issue and is only beginning to receive the attention it needs this year from jurisdictions in order to boost investor confidence in the aftermath of various scams and ICO frauds. This was cited as a significant investment determiner as potential investors become more knowledgeable and careful before making financial decisions.

The ICORating report also cited “an overall market downtrend, lack of new ideas from project teams and the not-so-fast pace of actual blockchain implementation in the traditional market,” as responsible factors in the current funding slumps in ICO investments.

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Gibraltar Pro Football Team Paid in Crypto as “The Rock” Pushes Fintech Forward

Gibraltar is living up to its growing reputation as a European driving force in cryptocurrency adoption as a premier league football team shows a willingness to be paid in digital currency.

Gibraltar United’s owner Pablo Dana, who is an investor in the digital currency Quantacoin, hopes that the move will encourage foreign players who will easily be able to set up banking in Gibraltar, and suggests that it could also go some way to stamping out corruption in the game.

Dana is impressed with Gibraltar’s forward-thinking approach to cryptocurrency within its push to promote fintech on the island. He commented:

“It was the first [place that] regulated betting companies 20 years back when everyone was seeing them as horrible…They put compliance and anti-money laundering regulations and created a platform – they have the intelligence to do the same with cryptocurrencies.”

Introducing crypto payments for footballers would essentially be via the blockchain and free from taxes and charges, ending illegal payments to clubs or middlemen. In January, an amateur Turkish side, Harunustaspor, became the world’s first football team to complete a transfer using just cryptocurrency.

There are numerous advantages to integrating cryptocurrencies into sporting salary schemes, apart from reducing the frequency of cash-under-the-table deals as Italian-born Dana alludes to. Consequently, the London Football Exchange (LFE) is looking into token-based schemes. Head of partnerships for the LFE wants to create just such a community in order to “enable clubs to have a direct connection with fans in a frictionless marketplace”.

As a result, the LSE has announced agreements with two teams, Italian team Bari and Madrid based Alcobendas, whereby fans can buy into the clubs using cryptocurrency to gain some equity, as well as a say in the clubs’ future.

Gibraltar aims to lure new and existing fintech companies to its shores, following in the footsteps of other European countries such as Malta and Switzerland, both of which have seen the arrival of major cryptocurrency players Binance and Bitmain in recent months. A subsidiary of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX) is aiming to become one of the first licensed and regulated crypto exchanges operated by an EU stock exchange.

 

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