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    ICOs have taken a massive hit in 2018, but has their death had any effect on killing off the potential and promise of Ethereum?

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If 2017 was the year of the ICO, then 2018 was the year that this blockchain funding method met its match in the form of governments, regulators, and an awakening of the cryptocurrency community. The funding method has shown a boom and a bust in terms of money raised over the last 18 months or so.

While regulators and governments played their part in curbing the enthusiasm of ICOs, there were also other major problems with the fundraising method, including multiple scams, poor products and companies, as well as issues with the Ethereum blockchain that many ICOs built their tokens upon.

The question that many are asking now is: Will Ethereum see a fate similar to ICOs because of the ICO bust? Ethereum itself has not had a great year either, in terms of its growth and scalability, but as well as with its progression to what its potential could be.

With the boom of ICOs, many believed that Ethereum had found its killer app as it allowed for blockchain companies to build upon their platform, as well as run their ICOs, making Ethereum the major driving tool for ICOs.

But, with the decline in ICOs, and Ethereum’s own problems, there is concern that the ‘World Computer’ blockchain may be going the same way as ICOs.

ICO boom based on Ethereum

A look at a graph published by Bloomberg in October describes exactly how the ICO phenomenon has come and gone. Masses of capital were pushed into these companies for fundraising, with the majority of them being based on the Ethereum platform.

ICO boom based on Ethereum

ICOs were so popular because, at a time when speculators were starting to discover Bitcoin and the likes, they were also hearing about other companies that had tokens that could grow in value by 1,000s of percent. It was enticing for investors who would throw money at these ICOs.

However, regulators soon caught onto this fundraising phenomenon, and it caused a big handbrake as many companies were soon under the scope of agencies like the SEC in the US, or even finding themselves totally banned, like in China and Korea.

Not good for Ethereum

The turn around in fortune did not bode well for Ethereum either as the hype in ICOs was primarily predicated on the potential and promise of what a smart contract blockchain like Ethereum could do.

All these ICOs and companies showed that the power of blockchain could affect multiple sectors in today’s world, and it would be Ethereum that would drive it as their blockchain base.

Thus, when the ICO hype started to be curtailed, eyes were turned towards Ethereum in recognising some of its flaws in not seeing a lot of these projects taking off. The regulators certainly played their part in slowing the growth, but the blockchain itself also started to show some cracks.

Ethereum issues

Having lost a lot of interest and drive from ICOs, the Ethereum killer app in many respects and the blockchain lost a lot of traction. More so, it showed that it would not be able to handle a busy blockchain as its scaling was a problem.

The game of CryptoKitties, in December last year, proved that Ethereum needed an upgrade in scaling and its transaction speeds, but throughout the entire 2018, there has not been much progress made there.

Other competitors to Ethereum, such as as EOS, Stellar, Tron, Cardano and NEO, have also risen in the ranks and offer an alternative platform for dApps and blockchain projects to build upon.

Ethereum’s future

It is not all doom and gloom for Ethereum, though. While ICOs may have had their wings clipped, and inadvertently slowed the need and use of Ethereum, the blockchain itself is still striving to grow and improve.

In 2019, there is a lot of work that is being done to help change the way in which the transactions work as Ethereum moves from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake through the Casper upgrade.

Moreso, even in January there will be the Constantinople hard fork that will ready the blockchain for this upgrade to Casper.

So while ICOs have seemingly seen their end in 2018, 2019 should be a year of reconciliation and growth for Ethereum, devoid of the hype and undue pressure brought on by ICOs. If Ethereum can address its fundamental issues through Constantinople and Casper, there is no reason why Ethereum cannot be a leader in smart contracts going forward.

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Darryn Pollock is an award winning  journalist from Durban, South Africa. He picked up Vodacom’s Regional Sports Journalist Award in 2017 while expanding his Blockchain and cryptocurrency reach.  He is a contributor to Forbes, Cointelegraph, Binary District, and of course, U.Today. Darryn’s belief is that Blockchain technology will be the driving force of the next technological wave and it is the obligation of journalists and writers to tell its emerging story with integrity and pride.

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Despite the active expansion of the Ripple ecosystem and signing up over 300 new customers on RippleNet this year, the XRP price remains below $0.3.

At press-time, XRP is declining by 2.85 percent and is exchanging hands at $0.24.

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A win-or-bust XRP forecast

The community has been eager for the price to surge throughout 2019. On Wednesday, U.Today published a story with bullish forecasts regarding the price.

Today, a crypto trader @TheCryptHawk has shared a chart on his Twitter page. It shows a possibility of XRP surging to $0.56 in early December if the fractal depicted on the chart in in play.

If not, the trader says, the price may collapse to $0.17-$0.18 and then – down to $0.12.

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XRP below the $0.25 support

A short while ago, XRP dropped below the $0.25 support level, where the coin had not been in several months. This is happening despite the recent Swell conference, which was expected to push the coin’s price way upward.

The community was expecting a bull run, since last year in November, as many believe, Swell triggered it. As a result, in January 2018 XRP hit its all-time high of over nearly $4.

This year, the loyal XRP community expects a bull run every now and then but all those expectations are in vain so far. This seems strange to many, since Ripple has indeed expanded its network significantly and provided a lot of actual utility cases for XRP.

Optimists are buying on the dip while the price is low (same as many doing when the Bitcoin price drops), hoping to reap their profits later on when XRP skyrockets.

 

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Yuri is a journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future. ‘Hodls’ cryptocurrencies. Has written for several crypto media. Currently is a news writer at U.Today.

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