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Can Fantom’s $6.5 Million Push Revolutionize the Meme Coin Market?

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In Brief

  • Fantom unveils a plan for safer meme coin launches, addressing concerns about market volatility and investor risks.
  • The initiative includes a framework for ethical launches, emphasizing community involvement and token distribution.
  • The meme coin sector still has lingering issues, including racist & offensive projects, "pump & dump", and exit scams.
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At a recent event in Sydney, Michael Kong, CEO of Fantom Foundation, unveiled an ambitious $6.5 million initiative to revolutionize the meme coin sector. This announcement at the MemeGlobal event on April 30 marks a significant pivot towards safer and more structured meme coin launches within the crypto industry.

The initiative will provide a 10 million Fantom prize pool to support teams that adhere to the foundation’s rigorous guidelines for launching meme coins.

Fantom Aims for a “Safe and Fair” Meme Coin Environment

Kong further explained what he described as “safer meme coins.” He shared his vision of a successful meme coin project as one that ensures a democratic token distribution. This helps to avoid concentration in the hands of a few large investors, which can lead to price manipulation and reduced market fairness.

Furthermore, he also elaborated on the strategic importance of these ventures for customer acquisition and growth.

“For us as a chain, our interest is to grow the chain as much as possible and that comes down to customer acquisition,” Kong stated.

Read more: 7 Hot Meme Coins and Altcoins that are Trending in 2024

Michael Kong's Speech at MemeGlobal.
Michael Kong’s Speech at MemeGlobal. Source: X/FantomFDN

Kong’s ideas align with the strategic vision of Andre Cronje, the Fantom network’s founder.

Cronje earlier articulated a commitment to creating a safer environment for communities and investors in the meme coin space. In a detailed blog post, Cronje invited creators to propose new meme coin projects.

He emphasizes the need for ethical content and substantial community involvement in these initiatives. This also includes a comprehensive vetting process by Cronje himself. Therefore, it will ensure that all projects are free from offensive content and do not reference real individuals or existing projects.

Cronje’s framework for meme coin launches is designed to instill fairness and security from the outset. The foundation will lock about 85% of the tokens from each project in a Fantom/token liquidity pool (LP). Moreover, it will secure and manage them with multisig technology.

Fantom’s entry into the meme coin market is timely. Similar initiatives have spurred significant growth in other blockchain ecosystems, such as Solana. On April 15, Solana saw a surge in decentralized exchange (DEX) activities, with trading volume exceeding the $1 billion mark.

However, the meme coin arena has its challenges. The recent history of the Solana network serves as a cautionary tale, as the abandonment of meme coin projects led to substantial financial losses for investors. A recent report uncovered that 12 Solana-based meme coin projects were abandoned, resulting in a staggering $26.7 million loss.

Read more: 11 Best Solana Meme Coins to Watch in 2024

Moreover, the presence of tokens with offensive and racist themes has hurt the community, intensified scrutiny, and calls for stricter oversight. This surge in problematic tokens has raised significant concerns about the ethical and operational standards within the meme coin space.

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Lynn Wang is a seasoned journalist at BeInCrypto, covering a wide range of topics, including tokenized real-world assets (RWA), tokenization, artificial intelligence (AI), regulatory enforcement, and investments in the crypto industry. Previously, she led a team of content creators and journalists for BeInCrypto Indonesia, focusing on the adoption of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology in the region, as well as regulatory developments. Prior to that, at Value Magazine, she covered...
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