EOS Again Ranked #1 Cryptocurrency by Chinese Government

The Chinese government has once again named EOS the world’s top cryptocurrency in a ranking that prioritizes innovation and application over market capitalization. Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market cap and trading volume, jumped seven spots compared with June.

Crypto Market Ranking

China’s Center for Information Industry Development (CCID) has published the fourth edition of its Global Public Chain Technology Evaluation Index, which ranks dozens of cryptocurrencies on technology, application and innovation. EOS topped the list for the third consecutive edition despite concerns over the platform’s botched mainnet launch in June.

EOS’ strong performance likely reflects its scalability solutions. The platform’s proof-of-stake protocol is capable of processing a huge number of transactions when compared with leading blockchains bitcoin and Ethereum.

Like the previous edition, Ethereum was ranked second. NEO was bumped out of the top-three in favor of Komodo, which failed to crack the top-15 in June.

The top-ten are ranked as follows:

  1. EOS
  2. Ethereum
  3. Komodo
  4. Nebulas
  5. NEO
  6. Stellar
  7. Lisk
  8. GXChain
  9. Steem
  10. Bitcoin

The first version of the report, released in May, ranked Ethereum as the world’s top blockchain.

Bitcoin’s Rise

Although bitcoin did not perform particularly well in the first two CCID reports, it has risen through the rankings following a major structural shift in the cryptocurrency market. As Hacked previously reported, bitcoin’s dominance rate has risen more than 40% over the past three months. Bitcoin now accounts for more than 52% of the entire market capitalization for cryptocurrencies after hitting a high of 54.5% last week.

EOS and Ethereum have seen their market values plummet over the same period. Ether’s dramatic fall, which culminated in last week’s 14-month low, has raised alarm bells over the health of initial coin offerings (ICOs) in the wake of last year’s record funding amounts.

Bitcoin’s growing market share essentially means other digital assets will rise and fall on its whim. Although non-correlation with bitcoin is seen as necessary for a healthy, dynamic cryptocurrency market, recent price developments suggest investors are dropping more speculative bets for an asset with a proven track record. According to Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin, this will ultimately lead to a new era of ICOs with better protocols and more proven business models. This paradigm, known as “Tokens 2.0,” could materialize as early as next year.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Author:
Chief Editor to Hacked.com and Contributor to CCN.com, Sam Bourgi has spent the past nine years focused on economics, markets and cryptocurrencies. His work has been featured in and cited by some of the world's leading newscasts, including Barron's, CBOE and Forbes. Avid crypto watchers and those with a libertarian persuasion can follow him on twitter at @hsbourgi