eToro Signs Sponsorship Deals with Seven Premier League Teams

A total of seven top U.K. football clubs have announced sponsorship deals with the digital currency exchange platform eToro. To highlight the benefits of cryptocurrency, the firm is settling the deals with the clubs in question using Bitcoin.

European Football Embraces Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology

Cryptocurrencies are moving into British sport.

Digital asset trading platform eToro has just announced sponsorship deals with seven Premier League football clubs. The clubs involved in the eToro deal are Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Brighton & Hove Albion, Cardiff City, Leicester City, and Newcastle United. Each one has tweeted news of the deal similar to that seen below:

The deals will allow the company much greater exposure through the use of in-stadium advertising boards and other marketing opportunities. As mentioned, they were all settled using the most popular digital currency, Bitcoin. The U.K. managing director of eToro spoke to the The Telegraph about the chosen method of payment:

“We’ve done a sponsorship deal, but rather than pay them in traditional pound notes we’ve paid them in Bitcoin… What they choose to do with that is entirely up to them.”

The Telegraph article even goes as far as to state that the top clubs in the U.K. will soon be paying their players using digital currencies. However, no sources were cited in connection with such a claim.

The head of partnerships at Newcastle United was excited about the new sponsorship deal. The club’s official blog posted Dale Aitchison’s statements earlier today:

“We are delighted to welcome eToro to our family of high-profile commercial partners… This is a leading player in an emerging industry and we are looking forward to exploring opportunities in cryptocurrency and technology together.”

Elsewhere, other football teams have shown interest in digital currencies. Here at NewsBTC, we have previously reported on Gibraltar United’s plans to pay part of their players wages in crypto next season. Their owner stated that many foreign players struggle to set up bank accounts and digital currencies help to streamline the payment process where traditional banking infrastructure is sometimes less supportive.

Blockchain-based systems are proving useful as more than just a payment method to football organisations though. Last week, news outlets reported on UEFA’s first implementation of a ticket distribution technique based on the technology. It is believed that such innovations can help to reduce incidents of fraud associated with match day tickets.

In other eToro news, the “social trading and multi asset brokerage company” has announced support for the digital currency IOTA. Along with the announcement, the firm published an article detailing exactly what IOTA is and how it differs from other blockchain-based digital assets. It reads:

“With multiple uses as an Internet of Things (IoT) platform and quite a bit of attention from the blockchain and cryptocurrency communities, IOTA presents an alluring trading and investing opportunity to some.”

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Nano (NANO) Now Accepted at the Bitcoin Superstore

On the 17th of August, Nano (NANO) became the 8th cryptocurrency supported by the Bitcoin Superstore. The full list of accepted cryptocurrencies is as follows:

  1. Bitcoin (BTC)
  2. Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
  3. Dash (DASH)
  4. Ethereum (ETH)
  5. Litecoin (LTC)
  6. Nano (NANO)
  7. Tron (TRX)
  8. XRP

Customers of the Bitcoin Superstore can buy items from retailers such as Amazon, Alibaba, John Lewis and any other online retailer who do not charge a membership fee. The team at the Bitcoin Superstore works behind the scene ensuring the purchases, shipping and deliveries go smoothly on all transactions. Orders are usually processed within 1 – 2 hours with tracking available for the user.

The Bitcoin Superstore does however charge a 2% fee of the order’s subtotal. The Bitcoin Superstore can ship within and to Australia, Canada, the U.K, the U.S and nearly every other country.

One Redditor who used the site using NANO had this to say about the whole experience:

Once I read the faq, the website was easy to use…BSS (Bitcoin Super Store) was the fastest/easiest way to make my PSN subscription active. I will use the website again, likely for smaller purchases during times when I cannot or do not wish to use USD. If my bank still hasn’t fixed my card by tomorrow then I will probably use the service to buy a another digital gift card code for a restaurant I’m going to tomorrow.

From his comments, we can tell that NANO proved to be an efficient option to using regular credit or debit cards.

Other NANO Developments

The team at Nano has provided the most recent developer update for the project. A summary of the update includes:

  1. Version 15/15.1 Being finalized – This version of the Nano Node is currently being finalized for release. This was after bugs were found from the Version 15.0. Users who already downloaded version 15.0 have nanocurrency/nano:V15.0 locally, which would need to be manually cleared. To avoid confusion, the team has changed the version number of the release to 15.1
  2. Community Stress test results – the Nano community had organized and carried out a stress test on the beta Network of Nano. The team thanked the community members who participated. The average transactions per second observed were between 70 and 90 over a thirty minute period
  3. Voice of Blockchain in Chicago – the team will be attending this event at the Navy Pier in Chicago this weekend
  4. Bitcoin Superstore supporting NANO – The team at NANO once again announced that the Bitcoin Superstore was now supporting NANO

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Bitcoin Cash Price Weekly Analysis: BCH/USD Holding Key Support at $540

Key Points

  • Bitcoin cash price recovered and moved above the $520 and $540 resistance levels against the US Dollar.
  • There is a major contracting triangle forming with support near $545 on the 4-hours chart of the BCH/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair has to stay above the $545 and $540 support levels to remain in an uptrend in the near term.

Bitcoin cash price failed to settle above $600 and declined against the US Dollar. BCH/USD is currently testing an important support area near $540.

Bitcoin Cash Price Support

After a major decline, bitcoin cash price found support near the $465 level against the US Dollar. The BCH/USD pair started a recovery and moved above the $500, $520, $540 and $580 resistance levels. There was even a spike above the $600 level. However, the price failed to settle above the $600 level and found sellers near the 100 simple moving average (4-hours). A high was formed at $613.7 and the price started declining.

It broke the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $468 low to $613 high. However, the price is now trading near a major support area at $540. The stated zone near $540-550 acted as a support earlier and it could prevent declines this time. There is also a major contracting triangle forming with support near $545 on the 4-hours chart of the BCH/USD pair. Moreover, the 50% Fib retracement level of the last wave from the $468 low to $613 high is near $540. Therefore, a break and close below the $540 support could push the price back in a bearish zone.

Bitcoin Cash Price Weekly Analysis BCH USD

Looking at the chart, BCH price is currently holding the $540 support. If it continues to hold, it could bounce back towards $600 and $620.

Looking at the technical indicators:

4-hours MACD – The MACD for BCH/USD is about to move back into the bearish zone.

4-hours RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is currently just near the 50 level.

Major Support Level – $540

Major Resistance Level – $600

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ETN vs. ETF: Which Is the Investor’s Dream?

The fact that an ETN from Stockholm is now targeting the U.S. market may sound like a win, but it’s a far cry from the big prize of an ETF

There has been a big push for investors to be able to buy Bitcoin without actually having to buy the digital currency. Products — such as futures — have entered the market and upon their arrival in early December last year, Bitcoin rallied toward $20,000.

However, the biggest prize on offer for investors — mainly of the institutionalised variety, who are still skeptical about owning Bitcoin — is an exchange-traded fund (ETF). There has been a push, through the SEC, to try and get a Bitcoin ETF in place for some time now, starting with the Winklevoss twins’ first attempt in March 2017.

Meanwhile, a product, called Bitcoin Tracker One, which has been trading on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange since 2015, offered what is known as an exchange-traded note (ETN), and this week, it was suddenly quoted in dollars.

The ETN is considered a ‘soft’ alternative to the Bitcoin ETF that many are chasing after, but even with this move to make it accessible to an audience in the United States, separate from their country’s regulations and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), there was not much movement in the market.

It seems that, even with the option to buy an ETN, U.S. investors — and the Wall Street money they can bring to Bitcoin — are not biting. There was no excitement in the market — a market notorious for taking news as a catalyst for up-and-down movements. This could have to do with the fact that this ETN is not an ETF, but it could also be the heavy bearish sentiment.

Why an ETN or an ETF?

These products, which allow to invest in Bitcoin with relative safety as investors do not own the actual commodity, have been highly praised by many, but they also have their detractors.

An ETF is a marketable security that tracks either an index of funds, a commodity or a basket of assets — and in this case, the asset is Bitcoin. So, what would happen, should the SEC allow a Bitcoin ETF, is that the fund would purchase an underlying amount of actual Bitcoin and distribute those funds into shares, which are then distributed to shareholders.

Thus, they make it far more comfortable and familiar for the institutional investor who has been using ETFs for other assets and commodities, and this might be why many think it could be a big entry point for a lot of money into the Bitcoin space.

An ETN, on the other hand — seen as a ‘soft’ ETF — is a debt instrument that is backed by its issuers, such as a bank, rather than a pool of assets. Often, they focus on esoteric strategies that don’t easily fit into a fund.

The interesting debate about whether these types of products are needed in the cryptocurrency ecosystem is often exaggerated by the broad and all-encompassing nature of the space. There are traders, blockchain engineers, get-rich-quick types, crypto-anarchists and cryptocurrency purists who are all operating around Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and all have their own beliefs.

Andreas Antonopoulos is quite against the idea of a Bitcoin ETF, stating:

“I am going to burst your bubble […] I know a lot of people want to see an ETF happen, because of ‘to the moon’ and Lambos and all of that. […] I still think it is going to happen, I just think it is a terrible idea. I am against ETFs. I think a Bitcoin ETF is going to be damaging to the ecosystem.”

Antonopoulos’ criticism is not that an ETF would cause prices to drop or investments to stop. In fact, he goes on to state:

“Everybody is so excited about ETFs, because what we have seen in other markets is [that] when an ETF becomes available — as we saw in gold — the price really increases dramatically, as suddenly that commodity becomes available to a lot more investors. And these investors pile on.”

While many see ETFs as the kickstart that the crypto markets need right now from a price point of view, Antonopoulos argues that the real dangers of the introduction of ETFs lie somewhere else:

“But, the other side of it is that there [are] always these claims that these commodities markets are heavily manipulated. And opening up these ETFs only increases the ability of institutionalized investors to manipulate the prices of commodities — not just on the markets where they are traded as an ETF, but also more broadly.”

Why this ETN is not a market-mover

Taking into consideration assertions that ETFs could skyrocket the price of a commodity as institutionalized investors pile into the market, it could seem strange that the announcement of this option — i.e., an ETN that is able to be traded with dollars — brought very little movement in the market.

One could assume that a smaller, ‘safer’ option to an ETF would be snapped up and popular for the institutionalized market, but perhaps these investors are holding out — or are still too bearish.

Jeff Kilburg, the founder and CEO of KKM Financial, explains that Bitcoin and its up-and-down volatility is going to continue until a decision is reached on ETFs and that even the ETN won’t have much say in it all.

“I think there will be continued volatility, but it really is contingent on this exchange-traded fund. […] These long-term, bullish buyers have to understand that people are going to have access globally to an exchange-traded product and, if that comes in — and we do get some absolute determination that it is coming short-term […] this fall — then I think the rally continues.”

Kilburg is clearly optimistic about the power an ETF would have on the market, and so is Bart Smith, the head of the digital assets division of the global investment market giant Susquehanna International Group, who says that the ETN has gained some traction, but is nowhere near as explosive as the possibility of an ETF.

“What you are seeing now is that we are right back to where we were. A month ago, we were talking about breaking out, but this is a bear market rally. Until we break to new highs, people are not buying.”

Smith follows in Kilburn’s reasoning that this ETN is not as big as a potential ETF would be:

“This is not as big as [it would be] if it was SEC regulated. An ETF in the U.S. — that was SEC registered — would have a much bigger effect. But, if there is something that is driving new money into the price of Bitcoin, then you would imagine it would raise it up.”

The ETF Holy Grail

With an ETN now available to U.S. investors — as well as futures trading possible through a number of institutionalized trading houses — Bitcoin is still not reaching new heights. There is a lot of hype and excitement about a possible ETF, as the SEC continues to mull over a number of applications for various Bitcoin ETFs.

While no one can predict the future of the price of Bitcoin and how it will react to the news of an ETF, the sentiment is strong from most that it will make a big difference. The feeling is that there is a mountain of money waiting to enter the Bitcoin space that is being held back by nontraditional methods of investing. If this barrier is broken down, is it possible Bitcoin will surpass $20,000 again?

CryptoOracle Co-Founder: Bitcoin Is Functionally Better Than Gold

“Some Gold Users Will Likely Switch To Bitcoin”

Gold is one of the most valuable metals on Earth, with humans finding value in such an element for thousands of years. Over the course of gold’s history, it became a great way for individuals and groups to store value across a variety of settings, countries, and eras. However, with the advent of the internet and the subsequent introduction of Bitcoin, some proponents of digital technologies believe that gold’s time as the primary global store of value might be up.

Bitcoin has long been likened to gold, with many analysts and industry on-lookers alike drawing connections between the inherent nature of the two assets. Some have even called this emerging asset “digital gold,” due to the similarities it shares with the “original” gold.

Yet, Lou Kerner, a co-founder and partner at CryptoOracle, has come out to vehemently state that Bitcoin actually may one-up gold in certain areas and qualities, while still complementing gold for its importance to human history. Speaking on CNBC’s crypto-focused “The Coin Rush” segment, Kerner stated:

Gold has emerged as the global store of value and it has held that position for literally a couple thousand years — that’s an awesome run. So we now we have something (Bitcoin) that we think may be functionally much much better (than gold). So we expect that over time — not in a day, not in a week, not even in 5 years, — for some of the people using gold as a store of value to switch to Bitcoin.

This statement highlights two interesting points about Bitcoin’s role as a form of “digital gold.” Firstly, that Bitcoin may be inherently better than gold. While the CryptoOracle executive did not mention any specific values/features, it can be assumed that he sees Bitcoin’s ease-of-use, immutability, digital nature, and more as a reason(s) why some would prefer to use it over gold.

Secondly, the fact that the foremost crypto may begin to eat at the market share that gold has carved out for itself over thousands of years. As reported by Ethereum World News, Gabor Gurbacs, the director of digital asset strategy at VanEck/MVIS, claims that Bitcoin could be worth upwards of $20,000 a piece if the asset can succeed as digital gold. Gurbacs explained his prediction, stating:

Investors do refer to Bitcoin as a form of digital gold and gold today has around $7 trillion outstanding. If you take, say, 5 to 10 percent — I’ll let everyone do the math — Bitcoin has upside. Bitcoin is used as digital gold today. It’s a de-risk asset. Basically if someone wants to outlay systematic risk, then one would go to access gold or digital gold.

Back to the aforementioned CryptoOracle co-founder, who closed off his segment on CNBC, comparing Bitcoin to the “so-called” junk bond, as both assets were not accepted upon their arrival. In the case of the junk bond(s), it took 40 years to become a normal tradable asset/contract on the market. As Kerner alludes to, for Bitcoin, it might be much of the same, as it may take years to convince those who are hesitant to change that cryptocurrencies (and blockchain) are the next big thing.

 

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Crypto Markets See Slight Slump, Ethereum Fails to Hold $300 Support

Crypto markets suffer a slight slump, Bitcoin, Ripple, Stellar and Monero struggle to hold weekly gains.

Saturday, August 18: crypto markets have seen another slump today, with some coins wavering following weekly gains, according to data from Coinmarketcap. Total market cap has dipped as low as $210 billion at press time.

Market visualization

Market visualization from Coin360

Bitcoin (BTC) is down 1.79 percent over the past 24 hours, trading at $6,396 at press time. With that, the top cryptocurrency has seen an intraday high of $6,562. The coin has lost around 13 percent over the past 30 days, while holding its weekly gains, according to Coinmarketcap.

Bitcoin 30 days price chart

Bitcoin 30 days price chart. Source: Cointelegraph Bitcoin Price Index

Ethereum (ETH) has failed to hold $300 support, trading at $291 at press time. The major altcoin has suffered a 3.74 percent loss over a 24 hour period, also having failed to keep momentum over the week with an 11 percent loss in the past 7 days.

Ethereum price chart

Ethereum price chart. Source: Cointelegraph Ethereum Price Index

Total market cap has taken a somewhat downward trend today, dipping as low as $208 billion. At press time, total market capitalization has seen modest growth, now amounting to $210 billion.

Intraday Total market capitalization chart

Intraday Total market capitalization chart. Source: Coinmarketcap

While total market cap is down, Bitcoin is holding its position in the crypto market, with its dominance standing at 52.27 percent at press time.

Ripple (XRP), the third biggest altcoin by market cap, has also taken a hit, down 6 percent on the day and currently trading at $0.31.

Ripple recently partnered with three crypto exchanges to develop its cross-border payments service xRapid, enabling a “healthy” ecosystem for  transactions between XRP and U.S. dollars, Mexican pesos, and Philippine pesos.

Ripple 7 days price chart

Ripple 7 days price chart. Source: Cointelegraph XRP Price Index

Stellar (XLM) and Monero (XMR), are also down 2.3 and 0.6 percent over the past 24 hours, respectively. Stellar is trading at $0.22, while Monero stands at $96.19 at press time.

Ethereum Classic (ETC), which was recently listed by major U.S. crypto exchange and wallet service Coinbase, has given up its eleventh position on the market to TRON (TRX), according to Coinmarketcap. Now ranking 12th, ETC is down 7.8 percent, currently trading at $13.09.

Decentralized Crypto Exchange AirSwap Launches OTC Market to ‘Unlock New World of Liquidity’

Decentralized exchange AirSwap is launching the framework for over-the-counter (OTC) trading product for mainnet rollout. In an update posted on its website, AirSwap said the new product would be available “exclusively to a private beta group.” Founded in 2017, AirSwap became known for offering frictionless peer-to-peer trades for ERC20 tokens to a group of primarily

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Porn Website Tube8 to Launch Blockchain Platform, Reward Views With Crypto Tokens

Adult entertainment site Tube8 is looking to reward viewers with crypto tokens on a blockchain-based platform developed by VIT.

Porn website Tube8 has revealed plans to create a blockchain-based platform for users to earn crypto tokens as they watch and interact with Tube8 videos, according to Hard Fork, August 17.

The adult entertainment streaming site and subsidiary of Pornhub announced a partnership with Vice Industry Token (VIT), which will develop a tokenize platform for Tube8’s 10 million users and 150 million monthly website visits. The new system will reportedly be implemented by the end of the year.

As Robin Turner, the spokesperson for Tube8, told Hard Fork, the platform will gives users the chance to “get paid to consume our free content,” rather than users “having to fork over money to consume content, which some sites require.” He goes on to state:

“Considering the popularity of cryptocurrency right now, it only made sense to pay [users] for watching, and interacting with, our videos. We value their attention and want to keep them coming back for more!”

According to Turner, Tube8 believes that this new user-engagement model that allows users to earn Vice Tokens — which essentially operate as utility tokens — will be “a paradigm shift in how people consume adult entertainment.” This strategy is designed to keep viewers on their site, as Turner explains to Hard Fork:

“Whereas before users would log in, watch a few videos and leave, VIT incentivizes them to create an account and interact with the content to generate Vice Tokens.”

As with many platforms, Tube8’s plans to tokenize could suffer from problems of scale. VIT is an ERC20 token based on the Ethereum blockchain, which presently can handle about 15 transactions per second. With the current number of daily visitors, the only way to tokenize the site without choking up the blockchain, would be to run the reward system on a centralized server.

VIT has already built up a list of other partners in the adult entertainment industry, including StormyDaniels.com — the pornstar who claims to have had an affair with U.S. President Donald Trump.

But as Cointelegraph recently reported, VIP is now engulfed in a heated dispute with perhaps the most recognizable name in the adult entertainment industry, Playboy. After Playboy accused Canadian firm Global Blockchain Technologies (BLOC) of fraud and breach of contract, VIT was caught in the crossfire. VIT’s CEO Stuart Duncan is now accusing Playboy of taking “the equivalent of millions of dollars,” according to an AVN report.

Crypto Market Sees 3% Pullback After A Short-Term Recovery

As Tuesday rolled around, many traders thought that the worst was yet to come for the market, with critics expecting Bitcoin to chip away at the $5,800 support as the week continued. For those who are unaware, the $5,800 level has been continually cited as a strong line of support, with analysts highlighting previous bounces around this price, along with an amassment of technical indicators.

But to the surprise of some, on Tuesday, the crypto market began a slow recovery of its recently-established year-to-date lows.

From $190 Billion To $220 Billion — The Market Recovery

The valuation of all cryptocurrencies recovered from a low of $190 billion to $220 billion within a three-day timespan, with this move restoring faith in an otherwise bearish market. A majority of cryptocurrencies saw strong gains throughout the past three to four days, with Bitcoin taking a cautious move from $5,950 to $6,600 that was backed by consistent volume.

But with this move, altcoins have seen an unexpected resurgence, with Bitcoin dominance taking a three percent dive even as the market continued upwards. As reported by Ethereum World News, cryptocurrencies like Nano (NANO), VeChain (VET), and Populous (PPT) all saw staggering gains of 30% or more, which was quickly attributed to the decreasing Bitcoin dominance figures. Traders saw their portfolios turn green overnight, and a slight sense of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) return to the minds of optimistic traders.

However, some industry leaders aren’t convinced that the bear market is over yet. Susquehanna’s head of digital assets, Bart Smith, recently claimed that this recovery, albeit relatively strong, could just be a “bear market rally.” This sentiment was doubled-down by Dan Nathan, a CNBC trader and Fast Money panelist, who also agreed with what Smith had to say.

While Arthur Hayes, the CEO of BitMEX, still expects Bitcoin to reach and establish a low of $5,000 before eventually continuing to new all-time highs. Moreover, some analysts expect that this is a “dead cat bounce,” where the price(s) of a publicly-traded asset sees a quick recovery after a downtrend, only to fall further at a later date.

“Too Much Of A Good Thing Is A Bad Thing”

Attesting to this bearish sentiment, on Saturday, traders were reminded of the age-old saying — “too much of a good thing is a bad thing” — as the market experienced a slight pullback after the aforementioned recovery.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin is currently down by 2%, with altcoins posting similar losses. It remains to be seen whether the market will continue to head lower in the near future, but according to the traders on CNBC Fast Money, the technicals on Bitcoin’s chart has begun to show signs of weakness. CNBC analyst David Seaburg stated:

“Look at just the charts, without any other knowledge, it looks like its going lower. The technical set-up right now for Bitcoin does not look promising in my eyes.”

Michał Mancewicz

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Uber’s Largest Shareholder SoftBank Denies Deal With Bitmain, Other Investments Uncertain

Japanese tech giant SoftBank denies alleged investment in crypto mining firm Bitmain, with Tencent yet to confirm and Bitmain refusing to comment.

An official from SoftBank has denied their involvement in the investment deal with Bitcoin (BTC) mining behemoth Bitmain that was reported last week by both crypto and mainstream media sources.

As previously reported, Bitmain had allegedly sealed a pre-Initial Public Offering (IPO) financing deal which had brought its valuation to $15 billion. Both Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent and Japan’s SoftBank — another tech giant whose 15 percent stake in Uber makes it the drive-hailing app’s largest shareholder — were purportedly involved.

After receiving an anonymous tip that Tencent and SoftBank were not actually involved in any deal with Bitmain, Cointelegraph reached out to SoftBank and Tencent for confirmation.

As a response to Cointelegraph’s request for information, Kenichi Yuasa of the Corporate Communication Office of SoftBank Group Corp. stated:

“Neither the SoftBank Group Corp. nor the SoftBank Vision Fund were in any way involved in the deal.”

Despite numerous requests for clarification, no one at Tencent has denied or confirmed the deal to Cointelegraph.

In response to a media request from Cointelegraph, Bitmain refused to comment on the matter.

The original story on SoftBank and Tencent’s participation in a deal with Bitmain was reported by Chinese publication QQ on August 4. In a Google Translated version of the article, QQ stated:

“The mainland officially completed the Pre-IPO round signing. This round of investors includes Tencent, Softbank [sic], and China Gold. The current round of financing is 1 billion US dollars, and the pre-investment valuation is 14 billion.”

After the story originally broke, there were no official confirmations or denials by either SoftBank or Tencent of their participation in an investment deal with Bitmain.

QQ’s report was picked up by mainstream media sources like Business Insider, which reported on August 14 that Bitmain had closed a “$1 billion funding round led by Chinese tech giant Tencent and Japan’s SoftBank,” linking their source as crypto media site CCN. Yahoo! Finance also reposted the story on Bitmain’s valuation from CCN, also linking to coverage of the matter from crypto news source CoinDesk.

As the media began reporting SoftBank and Tencent allegedly participated in a deal with Bitmain, bringing the company’s reported valuation to $15 billion, Blockstream CSO Samson Mow tweeted August 11 an image — reportedly from the Bitmain pre-IPO investor deck — showing the company allegedly had a large amount of Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

On August 12, Samson Mow also tweeted two images of Bitmain’s Q1 results, one in Chinese and one from Morgan Stanley, commenting:

“Why is Bitmain raising capital so fast & only showing Q1 results to pre-IPO investors? We’re well into Q3 now. The reason is Q2 was a disaster. Bitmain is sitting on a massive $1.24 billion USD in inventory & S9 prices dropped by ~85%! Q2 losses range in the $600-700 millions.”

In response to Mow’s tweets, Crypto Herpes Cat published a follow up on Medium, explaining several theories as to how Bitmain ended up with so much BCH — other than by selling BTC for BCH, as Mow purported — and what they are doing with their ASIC miners in a bear market, writing:

“How do you realize the value of this monolith crypto business and your holdings? You IPO and pass the bag on in one huge lumped stock offering and hope investors don’t realize all of your current assets are very, very illiquid.”

As early as June, Bitmain CEO Jihan Wu had hinted at the firm’s plans to launch its IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Chinese publication QQ — the same source that alleged both Tencent and SoftBank’s involvement in the recent financing deal — has recently suggested that the firm will be valued at $30 billion.

The seemingly refuted investments come after a year of reports that appeared to indicate Bitmain’s astonishing profitability.