Blockchain fundraising is the “killer app” according to Changpeng Zhao (CZ), CEO of major cryptocurrency exchange Binance, and more exchanges are dipping their toes into it. Among them are OKEx and Bittrex International: the former is preparing to launch a token launch platform, while the latter has announced its first Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) starting March 15th, 2019 at 10 am KST.
Andy Cheung, Head of Operations at cryptocurrency exchange OKEx, has announced on his Twitter profile that the company is going forward with a token launch platform, although he has not clarified when: “Many has asked if we’ll do a token launch platform. The answer is YES. We’ve prepared it for months. And now it is ready to launch,” Cheung wrote. OKEx was not available for an immediate comment.
Meanwhile, cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex is already starting to use its platform. The exchange will soon host an Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) on behalf of a project whose team is aiming to create a blockchain-powered game data ecosystem. The South Korean startup, known as RAID, has provided Bittrex with 17 billion of their native XRD tokens for the IEO. The IEO is open to authorized users and XRD tokens will be available for purchase for Bitcoin. The offering also marks the first IEO to be hosted on the Bittrex International Platform.
The Bittrex International Platform reminded many in the community of Binance’s Launchpad, a token launch platform, but CZ does not see a problem with that: “The race to see who lists first is overrated, and short term focused. Exchange users are very liquid. They move around all the time. We just focus on improving our products and services for the long run,” he replied to a Twitter user questioning his interest on listing the coin on Binance.