Bittrex Exchange Nixes RAID Token Sale at 11th Hour

Cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex reported it canceled an “initial exchange offering” (IEO) just hours ahead of it was established to launch.

The RAID Venture had prepared to elevate $6 million by means of the sale of a token referred to as XRD to the exchange’s customers. But Bittrex reported it referred to as off the sale after learning that the issuer’s strategic partnership with an e-gaming data analytics corporation OP.GG had been abruptly terminated.

That alliance “was a very important section of the RAID undertaking,” Bittrex reported in a assertion. “When Bittrex International turned conscious of this considerable event, we did not come to feel that it was in the greatest interest of our customers to shift ahead with the IEO.”

For its section RAID claimed that it, and not Bittrex, pulled the providing, stating:

“RAID Venture Workforce made a decision that it would not be ideal to carry on as scheduled on March 15 with Bittrex IEO due to the current variations. Consequently, after a dialogue with Bittrex, RAID Workforce arrived to a closing final decision to not carry on with IEO.”

RAID also reported it would difficulty refunds “as shortly as possible” to to buyers who participated in a earlier token sale, done by means of a system referred to as Cobak.

Conflicting statements

In a assertion on its web page, OP.GG instructed the partnership with RAID was hardly ever even a done deal, stating:

“OP.GG has stopped all opportunity small business discussions linked to RAID undertaking and there will be no economic and complex cooperation with RAID coin. In addition, OP.GG has no intention of developing any blockchain linked small business using RIOT Video games data. OP.GG will consider all possible authorized measures versus folks or businesses disseminating wrong info linked to this. [Emphasis added.]”

Even so, according to CCN, the founders of RAID, Cheonwoo Park and Taesung Kim, had been also detailed as the CEO and CSO of OP.GG on the RAID web page, which was inaccessible Friday morning.

The token was initially pitched as a measure to “give data ownership again to buyers using blockchain technology” using a match data ecosystem.  The undertaking was also going to use the token to produce new gaming-linked businesses these as match promoting, match data analysis and match distribution system.

Though substantially stays unclear about the marriage concerning OP.GG and RAID and why it unraveled, Bittrex reported the cancelation was the prudent move, concluding:

“Bittrex stays vigilant to make sure the integrity of our markets. … When we grow to be conscious of considerable occasions, we respond speedily to safeguard our buyers.”

Bittrex main strategy officer Kiran Raj graphic by way of CoinDesk archives