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ICO Analysis: PlayChip

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Given that the 2018 FIFA World Cup is currently unfolding, PlayChip couldn’t have picked a better time for its PlayChip ICO. PlayChip, whose key distributional partner is PlayUp and whose brand ambassador is Aussie cricket star Brett Lee, is looking to decentralize and further incentivize the global sports betting market, which according to the company’s white paper is a $3 trillion annual opportunity.

The PlayChip management team is looking to address a couple of key issues in the sports-betting industry:

  • “Payment lag and transactional security”

PlayChip finds the current system for redeeming winnings in the sports-betting industry to be arduous at best. They point to the several hoops that must be jumped through before the user can actually access their winnings. Incidentally, similar delays can be found in the cryptocurrency market amid time-consuming know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) standards that are necessary to combat fraud.

  • “Confines of global sports market”

Sports-betting market participants operate within the borders of their jurisdiction. PlayChip attributes this to a focus on local competition and the lack of a universal payment system, one that PlayChip believes their decentralized token is the solution to. They point out in the white paper that PlayChip can be “redeemed in local fiat currency or other cryptocurrencies,” which removes the jurisdictional hurdles that are currently in place, local regulations notwithstanding.

Ecosystem

The PlayChip ecosystem, which is fueled by the PlayChip (PLA) token, is comprised of fantasy sports and licensed online gambling establishments as well as a PlayWallet that’s scheduled to be launched in November 2018. PlayChip has partnered with PlayXchange, which links to the PlayWallet and gives users the ability to trade the PlayChip token. PlayXchange also backs the PlayChip Foundation, which is designed to manage the excess token supply.

There are other exchange partnerships in the works, too.

Token

PlayChip is a blockchain-agnostic utility token that fuels the PlayChip ecosystem. They point to the inefficiencies of the Ethereum blockchain, which led to the development of their own proprietary blockchain dubbed PlayChain. The white paper states:

“Due to the high volume of transactions that can take place on DFS and betting websites, the technology around the PlayChip is required to be blockchain agnostic and scalable, allowing us to realize our ambition of becoming the universal gaming token. An internal network is required to handle the internal transactions of PlayChip’s distributed partners, which can number in thousands per minute.” – PlayChip White Paper

Users become PlayChip holders once they sign up, as they are rewarded with tokens as a sign-up bonus, according to the white paper. PlayChip has developed what it calls a rewards bucket that’s meant to drive demand for the tokens.

PlayChip has created a model in which early demand for the tokens will diminish the supply and lead to liquidity for the PlayChip token on cryptocurrency exchanges, though they maintain that the token is not designed for speculation.

The white paper says: “This is expected to create the scarcity to allow the market to determine the appropriate PlayChip price and create a gradual, but steady, upward pressure on the token value.”

While the public ICO hasn’t occurred yet, the PlayChip token is already fueling half-a-dozen centralized sports-betting platforms that also support off-chain payments. These platforms are fully functional and include PlayUp, Draftstars, TopBetta, ClassicBet, betting.club and Mad Bookie.

The value of the PlayChip token in these centralized environments is US$0.01.

Source: PlayChip White Paper

Team

The PlayChip management team boasts more than three decades of combined experience across interactive gaming and global online businesses including listings on the Australian Stock Exchange. With offices across Sydney, London, New York and Hong Kong, PlayUp employs more than three-dozen full-time staff.

Daniel Simic is the CEO.

Michael Costa is the CTO.

They’ve also engaged a seasoned team of advisors spanning the sports and blockchain arenas, which should serve them well. Major League Fantasy Founder Jesse Merl is among the advisors, as well as Echelon One Founder Luke Lombe and IT Consultant Stephane Savanah, among others.

Verdict

PlayChip has a certain appeal, one whose components sports betters are sure to appreciate, particularly those in the blockchain community. The more deals they can ink, the better their chances for creating a universal sports-betting token. The pre-ICO is currently unfolding, and the public crowdsale is only expected to be a two-day event in August. As a result, if you’re interested in this project, you will have to act quickly to be part of this ICO.

Risks

  • PlayChip says in its white paper: “Changes in the PlayChip valuation may influence the value of winnings and support growth of the PlayChip economy.” Considering the volatility that is inherent in the cryptocurrency market, the PlayChip valuation could indeed influence the value of the winnings in either direction — higher or lower. (-1)
  • Combining two industries whose very future is dependent on the jurisdictional regulation in place — sports betting and cryptocurrency trading — is a lot like playing with matches. It could either ignite a firestorm or go down in flames. PlayChip points to a recent decision in the U.S. that lets states legalize sports betting. While on the face of it this is a positive development for PlayChip, the ruling is in juxtaposition to the desires of the NFL. (-2.5)

Growth Opportunity

  • Recipient of the “Draper’s Hero Choice Award”, which is the namesake of billionaire venture capitalist and cryptocurrency advocate Tim Draper. The award, which was presented by the San Francisco Blockchain Economic Forum, reflects the ICO with the most promise. +3
  • A current user base of more than 500,000 across 70 countries. Playchip has also inked partnerships with the likes of Draftstars, ToppBetta, ClassicBet, MadBookie.com.au and PlayUp. $430 million in annual turnover. +4
  • Listings on the No. 9 cryptocurrency exchange based on trading volume HitBTC and LATOKEN, which is among the top 65 exchanges, scheduled for August 23. +3.5

Disposition

We arrive at a score of 7 out of 10 for the PlayChip ICO.

Investment Details

  • Token Type: Utility
  • Platform:  PlayChain, an off-chain internal platform that PlayChip’s partners are required to integrate
  • Symbol: PLA
  • Pre-ICO: June 1 – July 26
  • Public Token Sale: August 8-9
  • Token Supply: 50 billion
  • Tokens Available for Sale: 12.5 billion
  • Price: $0.01
  • Maximum Purchase: US$50,000
  • Payment Methods: USD, AUD, VISA/Mastercard, ETH and BTC
  • Jurisdictions Banned: Seemingly China, where PlayChip’s services are banned
  • Contact: ICO@PlayUp.com

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ICO Analysis: Ultrain

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Ultrain Technology Limited is a cloud computing and smart contract platform with a programmable tech-infrastructure and multiple add-on features. Ultrain will function as an infrastructure for scalable decentralized applications (dApps), as well as provide trusted computational services to multiple sectors, such as retail, shared economy, logistics, financial services, healthcare, and media/entertainment.

The company will use a new random trusted consensus framework allowing the network to use only 1% of computing power to mint new coins, freeing up the remaining 99% to be used by applications. Ultrain will provide computing power for network management, AI, user-friendly smart contracts, high-performance trust computation, and blockchain IoT services.

This business ecosystem is comprised of multiple business organizations separated into three sectors:

  • The Technology Sector: infrastructure services integrated based on public blockchain, AI, and IoT.
  • The Horizontal Services Sector: organizations that provide decentralized business services, including decentralized insurance, decentralized banks, decentralized loan services, etc.
  • The Vertical Application Sector: decentralized application services that can be implemented in numerous industries such as finance, retail, scientific research and development, manufacturing, logistics, entertainment, pharmaceutical biochemistry, food, real estate, education, agriculture, etc.

Consensus features of Ultrain:

  • Completely decentralized architecture
  • Ultra-large-scale network cluster
  • Multi-terminal support
  • High-performance computing
  • Decentralization design

Token

UGAS is the utility token that will be used within the Ultrain economic system. UGAS will be required to pay for the use of the computing power and third-party service components on Ultrain. Also, all participating nodes are required to mortgage UGAS. UTokens on Ultrain, similar to ERC20 tokens on Ethereum, will be issued by each dApps running on the network. dApps will choose their own consensus mechanisms and token metrics.

The project has already raised $20 million during a seed round, during which 10% of the token supply was sold. Five percent of token supply is allocated for private/public sale scheduled for Q4 2018. The overall breakdown is as follows:

  • 50% Mining
  • 15% Core Team
  • 10% Foundation/Ecology
  • 10% Private Sale (Already completed)
  • 10% Consultant & Community Building
  • 5% Future Private/Public Sale

Team

The Ultrain team is impressive, bringing extensive experience from powerhouse companies such as Alibaba, Google, IBM, and Ant Financial. Their experience includes IT, finance, blockchain, business, management, computer programming, & software development.

Team members include:

Rui Guo – Ultrain Co-founder & CEO. Former Technical Director for Alibaba Group. Former Senior Architect for IBM

Husen Wang – Ultrain Chief Cryptologist. Former Blockchain Cryptography Expert for Ant Financial. Former Project Collaborator for Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

Yufeng Shen – Ultrain Chief Architect. Former Senior Technical Expert for Alibaba Group. Former Senior Software Engineer for Google

Advisors include:

Dr. Keyu Jin – Tenured Professor at the London School of Economics. Board Member for the Richemont Group. Harvard University PhD

Luyu Yang – Co-founder of musical.ly. Former Product Management Director for eBaoTech Corporation. Co-Founder of Snowbird Consulting

Verdict

Using a completely decentralized public network with lower operating costs, higher operating efficiency, and innovations in cryptography, Ultrain aims to surpass traditional public blockchain platforms in performance and scalability with up to 20,000 tps. With a stellar team and strong financial backing, Ultrain could become a major player by 2019.

Risks

  • Even with an all-star team, competing with the likes of Ethereum, EOS, and NEO is no small task. -1
  • Token metrics are a major aspect which ico investors consider. Based on current information available, the total market cap valuation is $200 million which is rather high in the current market. -1
  • The hype factor for Ultrain, which carries weight in the current crypto market, isn’t considered high. However, it is currently growing and gaining momentum. -1

Growth Opportunity

  • Ultrain will release important R&D milestones and be the keynote speaker at SF Blockchain week in October to kick-start the developer community building for Ultrain. There are several products to be released: (1) Public testnet launching, (2) Permitted mainnet launching, (3) Zero knowledge proof demo, and (4) Multiple DApps demo on chain. +3
  • Unitopia lab, a Blockchain research lab of the well-known Chinese video game developer Electronic Soul, announced a strategic partnership with Ultrain. Together, they will aim to establish a presence in this new market and make Blockchain video games a household product. +3
  • DApps will be able to use their own consensus mechanism or choose PoW, PoS, DPoS, POA, and RPOS. +2
  • Ultrain has an extensive list of investing partners including Draper Dragon, FBG Capitol, KuCoin, and Bixon. +2

Disposition

While Ultrain hasn’t gotten as much attention as some hyped up ico’s, this could work out in favor of investors who see an opportunity of an excellent project that’s been flying under the radar. The team and advisors are solid, they have a partnership with Unitopia lab, and they have the backing of numerous VC firms. All things considered, Ultrain receives a 7 out of 10 rating.

Investment Details

  • Type: Utility
  • Symbol: UGAS
  • Price: 1 UGAS = $0.20 USD
  • Total Supply: 1,000,000,000 UGAS
  • Private Sale: 10% of tokens (Completed)
  • Future Private/Public Sales: 5% (Q4 2018)

For more information regarding Ultrain:

Website: http://www.ultrain.io
Telegram: https://t.me/ultrainchain
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UltrainB
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ultraincommunity/
Medium: https://medium.com/@ultrainchain

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ICO Analysis: Hedge

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When you buy your first cryptocurrency and start trading between pairs, usually you do in accordance with what you have heard from other people or your own research. Thinking that some project is truly good, you expect to make some gains. Yet it is always hard to have an estimation for “some gains”. Unexperienced traders usually get greedy, expecting more profit. This usually ends up with not taking profits and losing some of your investment. More experienced traders sometimes set prices to sell some or all of their tokens, taking profits and moving forward. This way of trading is basically predicting a price to sell cryptocurrencies: If you make a good prediction, then you sell at the peak. If not, either you are not able to sell as the price did not go up as much as you have predicted, or it keeps rising up which would be still a good trade.

Hedge is a platform allowing seasoned traders to sell their predictions. They create Blueprints with the predicted information in the form of a smart contract. They are required to stake HEDG tokens which can be seen as a measure of security, disincentivizing these investors’ spamming Blueprints. Platform users obtain these Blueprints in return for HEDG tokens.

A decentralized oracle then checks whether the prediction is true or false. If true, the predictor gets all staked coins. If not, the predictor loses his or her staked coins and the platform user gets his or her token back. Blueprint creators are ranked in terms of their success rates, streaks and so on. By checking creator’s rank, platform users can buy blueprints from more successful creators. Once you feel confident in your trading skills and predictions, you can create and sell Blueprints yourself on Hedge as well.

Yet a dispute over almost anything is possible. A platform user or a Blueprint creator can create a dispute about the result of his or her prediction. In this case, the disputer has to stake more coins and highly-ranked users decide whether the prediction is, in fact, true or false. If a person is false about his or her dispute, he loses these additionally staked coins as well. All this process, from the creation of a Blueprint to the dispute’s result, is conducted in a decentralized manner.

Token

HEDG tokens are used for the creation of Blueprints, buying these Blueprints and creating disputes. The staking mechanism, a quite common defense mechanism, ensures that spamming Blueprints is not financially viable for the attacker.

As tokens at any sale stage are sold $0.02, the ICO investor does not have much to worry regarding any huge bonus for private investors and so on. 90% of the hard-cap is already sold which is a good reason to think that the project has met interest to some acceptable degree and meeting the hard cap should not be hard.

The initial total supply of HEDG is 1 billion tokens with the following token distribution:

  1. 50% private and public tokens
  2. 10% seed round
  3. 20% team
  4. 12% partnerships and community
  5. 3% advisors
  6. 5% company

Team, partnership and community, and advisor tokens are locked for 36 months, 12 months and 12 months respectively. Once the lock-up period ends, tokens will be released in monthly installments.

There is no information on how the team is planning to use the token sale proceeds at the moment.

Team

CEO David Waslen: Prior to co-founding Chrysalis Capital Advisors Inc., Waslen was the director of finance at Handy, an application to book home services.

Allan Redman: Redman is a senior software developer at Siemens Canada. Before joining Siemens, he was a senior .Net developer at Schneider Electric.

Verdict

Below is a breakdown of the risks and growth potential of Hedge.

Risks

  • No advisors are listed as of September 15th. (-1)
  • In the absence of social media channels such as Reddit and Telegram, it is hard to gauge the community interest in the project. (-1)
  • A more complex prediction system instead of a true/false one could create more interest and diversity. (-1.5)

Growth Potential

  • The project has already met 90% of its hard cap in prior rounds and should not have trouble to hit the cap. (+2)
  • Prediction market cryptocurrency projects tend to do well in terms of return on investment. (+2)
  • Such a taking mechanism is a common, yet a good way to defend against spam attacks. (+1.5)
  • Low hard cap. (+1.5)

Disposition

Hedge is a very simple, yet elegant prediction market cryptocurrency project. It enables seasoned investors to sell their predictions and less experienced traders to buy them with HEDG tokens. Even the adoption of a small community is sufficient for the project to work, which is quite likely as it has already raised 90% of its hard cap, precisely $9,000,000. On the other hand, from the perspective of an ICO investor, it is hard to gauge any potential return on investment as the absence of social media channels makes it extremely hard to gauge the community interest in the project. Implemented staking mechanism defends the platform against spam attacks and gives platform users a reason to use tokens. Investors might think that a binary prediction system isn’t ideal vs. a more sophisticated one. Hedge receives a 3.5/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: HEDG
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: October 17th
  • Minimum Investment: Unspecified
  • Price: $0.02
  • Hard Cap: $10,000,000
  • Payments Accepted: Unspecified
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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The mortgage market is one of the biggest financial markets in the world. The market in the United States is around $10 trillion dollars, but the worldwide figure of $33 trillion is even more impressive. Yet getting a mortgage is not easy as risk-averse institutions do not have business with many viable candidates. Even if institutions at a smaller scale and private lenders want to get their piece of the pie, they are having a hard time to find a place in the market and meet entry barriers.

Block66 is a mortgage blockchain platform aiming to connect these two sides of lenders and borrowers. By using this platform, credible people whose applications are denied by the mainstream mortgage market now can borrow funds from lenders. It should be also noted that a mortgage application takes forty to forty-five days in the United States and the most of this period is spent on bureaucratic issues. At the end of this period, many people’s applications are rejected, and their precious time is just wasted.

But now thanks to smart contracts and the blockchain technology, this inefficient and stressful process of loaning and borrowing money can be conducted in a way much easier and faster. Having no access to any bank account or geographical boundaries is not an issue as long as you find a borrower or a lender, depending on which side of the trade you are. Any document can be automatically checked, thus no bureaucratic baggage. Truly Block66, the world’s first blockchain enabled mortgage lending network, can do it all in a highly transparent and efficient way.

Token

The Block66 platform uses two different tokens. The first one, Block66 Token (B66), is the main currency of the network. The second one, Block66 Network Tokens (BNET), is produced by B66 tokens, quite similar to NEO-GAS pair. BNET tokens shall be used for actions which take place in the network such as covering third-party KYC costs and modifying the proof of loan tokens. This currency generation mechanism brings another incentive to hold B66 tokens. As no currency other than BNET can be used for these actions, we can say that BNET is the fuel of the Block66 platform. Any BNET used for in-platform actions will be burned, thus decreasing the supply and increasing the demand per token.

The ICO investor should note that in the pre-sale round still going on, contributors are offered a discount of 33%, making the price $0.07 per token.

The initial total supply of B66 is 300,000,000 tokens with the following token distribution:

  1. 9% advisors and bug bounty
  2. 40% reserve
  3. 16.6% presale
  4. 34.4% main sale

The team is planning to use the token sale proceeds as follows.

  1. 15% operations
  2. 30% business development
  3. 40% engineering
  4. 15% marketing

Team

CEO John Markham: Markham is a mortgage agent at Mortgage Intelligence, a mortgage broker company located in Ontario, Canada.

Vishal Karangutkar: Prior to joining Block66 as a solidity developer, Karanguthar has worked as a principal engineer at Fidelity Investments and as a senior system engineer at Merrill Lynch.

Advisors

Shingo Lavine: Lavine is the founder and CEO at Ethos.

Hakim Thompson: Thompson was the vice-president at Goldman Sachs’ Mortgages & Structured Products division before joining Behalf, an alternative financial provider for small to medium-sized businesses, as the director of finance.

Rob Beswick: Beswick is the chief commercial officer at Virgin Mobile.

Maurice Herlihy: Herlihy is a professor of computer science at Brown University and an advisor to Ethos and Algorand.

Partners

Bounty0x: Bounty0x is a blockchain platform built on the 0x protocol, allowing people and companies to run bounty programs.

Civic: Civic is a blockchain project which creates tools for identity protection and control.

Verdict

Below is a breakdown of the risks and growth potential of Block66.

Risks

  • MVP will be launched Q1’ 2019. (-1.5)
  • Cryptocurrencies’ volatility is quite a big problem for lending platforms. (-1.5)

Growth Potential

  • Due to the money lending market’s unrealistic standards and unfair restrictions, so many people’s demands are rejected. Once projects like Block66 earn these people’s trust, this area will be definitely a hot one. (+2)
  • The presence of team members experienced in mortgage and real estate markets. (+2)
  • Fair token metrics. (+2)

Disposition

The mortgage market is one of the biggest financial markets in the world, but due to institutional lenders’ risk-averseness, many credible people and small companies are not able to get a loan even if there are smaller institutions and private lenders out there willing to make loans. Block66 is the first mortgage-focused lending and borrowing cryptocurrency project, aiming to break down this wall between these two sides. Although it is pretty much established between the cryptocurrency community that lending platforms provide an important use-case, the expected success is not met so far. Block66 has a fair shot at relative success by having team members experienced in mortgage loans and real estate. Yet, since MVP will not be released until next year, it is too early to tell. Block66 receives a 3/10.

Investment Details

  • Type: ERC20 – Utility
  • Symbol: B66
  • Platform: Ethereum
  • Crowdsale: Unspecified
  • Minimum Investment: Unspecified
  • Price: $0.10
  • Hard Cap: $12,285,000
  • Payments Accepted: Unspecified
  • Restricted from Participating: Unspecified

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