First Major Bitcoin Cash ICO Raises $30M in Record Time
On Oct. 8, 2018, the blockchain firm and mining pool Viabtc finished the first high-value initial coin offering (ICO) using the Wormhole protocol and Bitcoin Cash chain. According to exchange data, the Viabtc Token ICO raised US$3,700 per second capturing a total of $30 million in 2.2 hours.
Viabtc Launches Token Sale and Distribution Phases
The firm Viabtc had recently launched a new token called the Viabtc Token (VIAT) using the Wormhole protocol. The company refers to viat as a value-added service and privilege token that can be used as “gas” or a method of value transfer. When viat was issued on the Wormhole network a fixed supply of 2 billion tokens was set by the developers. On Monday Viabtc raised $30 million during the first major ICO issued on top of the Bitcoin Cash blockchain. Then on Oct. 9, Coinex users who trade the viat token will receive an airdrop from the firm’s stash of CET tokens.
Viat will be used for a process called ‘Duo mining’ which gives miners normal pool payouts but also an added payout of viat as well. The viat mining payouts will be released in four phases and will give miners extra incentives to join the pool. The mining pool says that users can invite friends to mine with Viabtc and with a referral link they can receive more payout rewards. Viat owners can also use the currency for discounts toward pool fees and “exclusive customer support.” The tokens will be able to purchase mining accessories, Viabtc souvenirs, and the company’s BTC transaction accelerator.
“[The] Viabtc Token can be used as ‘gas’ and value transfer tool,” explains the mining pool. “We will add more application and privileges to it so that its holders can participate in the planning of Viabtc operations, building and improving Viabtc ecosystem together with the Viabtc team.”
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Besides trading, viat will solely be used for Viabtc services only in order to bolster the firm within the blockchain industry. The Viabtc Token project is lead by the mining pool’s founder Haipo Yang, and the firm’s COO Huimin Ouyang. Viat will also be subject to a repurchasing plan and a burning process according to the viat ICO’s whitepaper.
“Viabtc will buy back and ‘burn’ viat with 20% of its quarterly revenue at the end of each quarter — This will reduce the total amount of viat steadily on a benign deflation model,” the whitepaper details.
The repurchase details will be announced timely and the ‘burning’ transactions are available for checking on the blockchain to ensure transparency.
Cryptocurrency companies who have created incentive-based tokens for certain services and privileges have done well over the last year. For instance, the trading platform Binance and it’s BNB token has managed to position itself at the top 14 highest market valuation out of 2,000+ digital currencies.
Viabtc’s exchange Coinex and its CET token also use these coins for incentives and CET is currently worth around $0.03. According to the trading platform’s data this Tuesday, viat is trading for $0.04 per coin and has over a million USDT in trade volume.
What do you think about the Viabtc Token (VIAT)? Do you think there will be more big ICOs using the Bitcoin Cash network? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Images via Shutterstock, Viabtc, and Coinex.
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