According to an announcement shared with Cointelegraph, BTSE has recently completed a private sale round featuring high-profile investors like major digital asset manager FBG Capital. Other investors included early stage investment firm Lemniscap, CMS Holdings, Taureon Capital, GBCI Ventures and BCB Blockchain, as BTSE CEO Jonathan Leong noted.
First-ever native exchange token sale based the Liquid Network sidechain
As reported, the upcoming token sale by BTSE will purportedly be the first-ever native exchange token sale based on a Bitcoin sidechain known as the Liquid Network. The Liquid Network is a federated sidechain for Bitcoin blockchain launched by blockchain infrastructure firm Blockstream in 2018. In contrast to public blockchains like the Bitcoin, a federated blockchain, also known as a consortium blockchain, is a permissioned blockchain that shares consensus process among a number of pre-selected sets of nodes.
According to the announcement, the token will be listed on the BTSE exchange within two hours of the completion of the public token sale. According to BTSE, a total of up to one million tokens will be distributed during the token sale, at the initial sale price of $2. While the maximum amount of tokens for a purchase is capped at 25,000 BTSE tokens, the minimum number is just a single token.
BTSE CEO notes that BTSE token supports “confidential transactions”
The BTSE token rolled out for trading on the BTSE Exchange’s multi-currency spot market which supports seven major cryptocurrencies and ten fiat currencies. The token is designed to boost the set of BTSE’s financial products in order to promote the adoption of digital assets, the firm said.
BTSE CEO Leong also outlined that BTSE token would serve as an upgrade to the privacy of assets while streamlining transaction speed. Leong said:
“We’ve chosen to launch BTSE’s exchange token on the Liquid Network because it facilitates fast transaction times allowing for rapid inter-exchange settlement and lower congestion. It also supports Confidential Transactions, an upgrade to the privacy of assets transacted on the sidechain.”
BTSE first revealed its plans for a Liquid Network-based token sale in late 2019. At the time, the firm was projecting to raise $50 million, selling tokens at $1 each. The exchange plans to spend the raised funds to further develop its platform and liquidity depth as well as to expand services into crypto lending and over-the-counter and mining markets.
In line with a major surge of Bitcoin futures trading volumes, BTSE’s futures markets increased more than six-fold this year, up from $40 million to $250 million in daily volume so far, the exchange noted.