South Korea’s ban on initial coin offerings (ICOs) could be reversed in the coming months, according to a new report.
SOUTH KOREA EXPECTED TO REVERSE ICO BAN
The Korea Times, a business-focused media company founded by Hankook Ilbo, one of South Korea’s largest newspapers, reported that the South Korean government will soon reverse its ban on initial coin offerings (ICO) and allow token sales under certain conditions.
In 2017, the government of South Korea banned domestic ICOs with immediate effect, leading to a widespread panic selling in the crypto market. The country’s citizen were also forbidden from investing in Korean ICOs.
This resulted in a number of blockchain startups to leave South Korea to cryptocurrency-friendly jurisdictions like Switzerland and Estonia.
A South Korean government official was quoted telling The Korea times:
The financial authorities have been talking to the country’s tax agency, justice ministry and other relevant government offices about a plan to allow ICOs in Korea when certain conditions are met.
The past few months have seen the South Korean government expressing two major concerns with regards to cryptocurrency, namely anonymity and taxation. Measures have already been put in place to prohibit and avoid anonymous accounts from cryptocurrency trading, a large share of which is conducted with the Won, South
Initiatives have also been taken with regards to the “Kimchi Premium,” termed due to the vast price differences between exchanges in South Korea and elsewhere. Foreigners have been banned from trading cryptocurrencies, in order to lower the premium as a result.
However, the South Korean government is still scratching its head on how to approach taxing the country’s booming cryptocurrency market without stifling innovation.
ICO REGULATION NEEDED FOR INDUSTRY TO GROW
The Korea Times also adds that the government is willing to allow ICOs and investors to participate in token sales if the government can access data on capital inflows from both individual investors and retail traders into the ICO market.
The source told The Korea Times:
Various scenarios such as the imposition of value-added tax, a capital gains tax, or both on trade; and the collection of corporate tax from local cryptocurrency exchanges, as well as the initiation of authorized exchanges with licenses are being discussed.
ICO regulation, which is far from being final, would allow for a new wave of investors in the cryptocurrency market, while also enabling companies and ICOs to operate under clearly defined rules without coming into conflict with existing regulations.
Cryptocurrencies and esports: reshaping modern gambling
Over the course of many centuries, gambling has proven to be very versatile and adaptive to innovations. Presently, it is going through the phase of transition from being reliant on brick-and-mortar casinos, with their limited capacity, regulatory issues, and inability to reach a broad audience, to running the operations solely on online platforms. The emergence of blockchain only incentivized the process of digitization of this industry.
Cryptocurrencies are the next evolutionary step for gambling
While Bitcoin, the first and the most influential cryptocurrency that still exerts total dominance over all other coins, wasn’t created to serve the needs of the gambling industry specifically, it paved the way for other representatives of this space.
Projects like TRON and EOS are fundamentally designed to disrupt the world of gambling by providing it with such tech solutions as provably fair algorithms for casino games, decentralized gambling applications, and, of course, cryptocurrencies to fuel these ecosystems.
But in order to apprehend the benefits of a symbiosis between cryptocurrencies and the industry of gambling, it is necessary to understand what is crypto, how it works, and what it can bring to the table.
A cryptocurrency is a type of digital asset with strong cryptography features at its core, designed to eliminate the need for a trusted third party, such as banks, to confirm and/or carry out the financial transactions. But what makes crypto and gambling go together like peanut butter and jelly is the nearly total anonymity of digital currencies, the promptness and cheapness of transactions, and the substantially enhanced security. While traditional casinos demand plenty of sensitive information from gamblers (i.e., banking details, real name, date of
These are the primary reasons why the industry is currently witnessing the emergence of all-for-crypto gambling platforms, such as 1xBit which accepts more than 30 cryptocurrencies, assures total anonymity through the provision of the one-click registration, effortless and low-cost deposits/withdrawals, and, of course, an abundance of casino games and sports betting opportunities.
1xBit places a particular emphasis on esports since this up-and-coming phenomenon represents another disruptive factor for the gambling industry that moves in parallel with the adoption of cryptocurrencies.
Esports make the grand entrance
For decades, video games have been considered as nothing more than a form of recreation. However, the rapid development of Internet technologies and the overall sophistication of online games, along with the acquisition of the global audience, had turned this form of activity into a fully-fledged sport.
Nowadays, world championships in such disciplines as Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and League of Legends draw millions of spectators from around the globe. The recognition of esports has reached such a level that the International Olympic Committee considers introducing esports to the official program of the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Such an unprecedented surge in popularity made esports one of the main destinations for tech-savvy online sports bettors who are well aware of the benefits that cryptocurrencies will bring to this space. The crypto-oriented platforms, particularly 1xBit, took on the task of being a meeting point for cryptocurrencies, esports, and betting. There is no doubt that this combination will shape the future of the gambling industry.
Japanese Publication Evaluates Term “Cryptographic Assets,” Investigating Opinions Of Investors
Japanese Publication Evaluates Term “Cryptographic Assets,” Investigating Opinions of Investors
In Japan, there have been many changes in the regulatory measures staked in favor of and against certain processes in the crypto world. Recently, the government chose to amend some of the information found in the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law and the Fund Settlement Act. The new changes tighten the reins on trading and the involvement of exchanges. One of the big changes involves the transition from the terms “virtual currency” or “digital currency” to be “cryptographic assets.” As such the amendments also state that the exchanges much have the funds to reimburse customers, in the event of a theft via cyber-attack, as stated in a report from Nikkei.
The registration system in Japan for crypto exchanges was first added to the regulations in April 2017 by the Financial Services Agency. The goal was to create regulations that govern cryptocurrency but hacking attacks and a lack of oversight of anti-money laundering protocols have spread out throughout the industry. The FSA had set up a meeting to discuss the creation of stricter regulations, due on March 18th, and they have been trying to engage the public in the discussion.
Obviously, one topic that should interest the public is the renaming of cryptocurrency to “cryptographic assets.” The use of the term “crypto assets” has been seen a lot in mainstream media at even at conferences. Even if the crypto industry does not expand from here, the terms need to be the same across the border to prevent confusion with fiat currency, like yen or the dollar.
Ethereum (ETH) Price Loses Its Gains by 7% while Dropping Back to $139
The market has been euphoric with greens with Ethereum yet again leading the market with over 11 percent gains. The 2nd largest cryptocurrency by market cap of $17.3 billion that has been changing hands at $164.96 with 24-hours gains of 11.63 percent lost 7 percent and went back to $139 in a matter of few hours. In the BTC market, it is down by 1.94 percent, as per the data provided by Coinmarketcap.
Ethereum Price chart, Source, Coinmarketcap
This time, the daily trading volume has taken a bigger spike than the last time as at press time it has been at $5.7 billion in comparison to last weekend’s $4.2 billion. Given the surge in price until a few hours back as well as the trading volume, the next week could have been seen bringing new greens. However, the red has made the entry.
Without reds, the next target has been $170, with $200 seems like the real possibility here as well. When Ethereum price first surged, it has been expected that $170 will be soon coming in as crypto trader, Moon Overlord had said at that time,
“$170 feels like a magnet to me.”
With Ethereum already crossing $160, the real fun has been expected to start
“First target here at $163 reached, watching this level closely for what type of reaction we have. Ideally would like to buy any dip from here targeting $190-200.”
With Ethereum Constantinople hard fork coming this week on Thursday, Ethereum could be seeing the green. However, as we reported earlier, fundamentally this upgrade is not a bullish event rather a bearish one given the fact that without this upgrade, the supply issuance of Ether would have been less than what would be after this hard fork but the narrative currently is bullish and that matters.
However, as crypto trader Squeeze has called out for a short, the dip came as other analysts have also been calling out for but only once Constantinople passes through.
In the current red market bitcoin is also seeing a dump but like any other bear market, altcoins are seeing an even more crash. Though the market is bearish right now, it would be interesting to see if Ethereum breaks the $150 level again to reach $200 and if will further register more gain or will pop and fizzle once we make through the next week.
Where do you think Ethereum will go from here? All the way to new lows from here or another rise is sure to come? Let us know what you think!