Despite all the talk of increased regulation and looming lawsuits, ICOs seem immune. Many new tokens are struggling to trade above their ICO price on exchanges in the current bear market, but crowdsale allocations are still selling out. In February, ICOs raised $1 billion for the third month in a row. They’ll be sternly scrutinized in March, however, as the U.S. Congress prepares to discuss ICOs on March 14.
ICOs Are Making More Money Than Ever
Crowdsales are a lucrative business in 2018 – for the project teams at least, if not for their investors. In February, they raised $1.2 billion, down slightly from the $1.56 billion recorded the month before, placing them on a par with December’s total. It’s the third month in a row that the symbolic $1 billion threshold has been passed. As a result, ICOs in 2018 have already raised 50% of last year’s total. Tokendata’s latest report singles out three countries as having risen to prominence in the ICO space: the U.S., China, and Lithuania.
These countries have proven to be hotbeds of ICO activity. Of the billions raised this year, $788 million has come from projects based in the U.S., $265 million from China, and $249 million from Lithuania. (Switzerland, Europe’s crowdsale heartland, is fourth with $249 million). What’s notable about these figures is that investors based in the U.S. and China are largely excluded from participating in ICOs. As a consequence, the innovation is occurring within their borders, but the funds are coming from overseas.
The Crowdsales Keep Coming
For all the brouhaha surrounding ICOs right now, the majority aren’t as hilariously bad as Miroskii, led by its star designer “Ryan Gosling”. This week, European cryptocurrency broker Bitpanda announced it was getting in on the act with the launch of Pantos, a “multi-blockchain token system”. With its ICO scheduled to kick off in just 12 days, that doesn’t leave much time for investors to perform due diligence. Regardless of the merits of Bitpanda’s new project, there’s every chance it will reach its cap, just like February’s top performers, which eased past $1 billion with room to spare…