The Ethereum Killer Is Already Here – And Its Name Is Binance

By July 7, 2019Altcoins
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Where others have failed to dethrone Ethereum with innovation, has Binance found a way to 'un-crypto' ETH by strangling its trading pairs? | Source: Shutterstock

Quietly, subtly, and without contest, Ethereum is currently under a sustained attack that has been ongoing for months.

Long considered the king of the dApps, Ethereum is the one that other blockchain platforms seek to dethrone in their own attempts at ascension. Hence the well-known term – Ethereum Killer – which is often self-applied by ambitious crypto projects looking to punch above their weight.

While those punches have thus far failed to land, it looks like Ethereum is now being assaulted on a completely different front by an unexpected foe: Binance.

The Binance cryptocurrency exchange now apparently refuses to list new tokens against ETH on its platform, and in some cases has even removed ETH trading pairs. That’s while Binance Chain continues to entice Ethereum-based projects to migrate to its blockchain – with the promise of an exchange listing they would never otherwise have had.

Is Binance quietly trying to make Ethereum an “un-crypto?” Let’s review the available evidence.

Binance Goes Cold on Ethereum

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Binance seems to be hitting Ethereum where it hurts: altcoin trading. | Source: REUTERS / Darrin Zammit Lupi

The Binance official announcement blog details new coin listings going back the previous several months. During that time, many new coins have been added to the Binance exchange. Some of those were launched on Binance Chain, and others moved there from Ethereum.

The earliest example we have is the listing of Ontology Gas (ONG) on February 15th. As per the announcement, ONG/BNB, ONG/BTC, and ONG/USDT trading pairs were launched.

The next coin listing came on March 23rd, when Celer Token (CELR) – a Binance Launchpad project – was listed on the exchange. Once again, we have CELR/BNB, CELR/BTC, and CELR/USDT trading pairs.

Just bear in mind at this point that Ethereum is the second most traded cryptocurrency (excluding Tether) in the world, and has been for a very long time.

Next, we have the listing of Cosmos (ATOM) on April 28th, where again the token is launched with the same BNB, BTC, and USDT trading pairs. Still no sign of Ethereum as we wade through more recent listings up to the present.

Out With the ETH, in With the New

All this time, all these new listings, and still no sign of Ethereum. Being the second most traded cryptocurrency in the world, why wouldn’t an exchange want a piece of all those ETH trading fees?

Yet not only has Binance declined to entertain ETH trading for newly listed coins, but it’s also even gone so far as to remove it as an option. On May 20th, Red Pulse Phoenix (PHX) (formerly of the NEO platform) migrated to Binance Chain and immediately had its PHX/ETH pair removed.

When PHX was rather gaudily rebranded into Red Pulse Phoenix Binance (PHB), it was relaunched with new trading pairs, as per this announcement:

“Additionally, Binance will open trading for PHB/BNB, PHB/BTC, PHB/USDC, PHB/TUSD and PHB/PAX trading pairs at 2019/05/24 04:00 (UTC). Once trading opens, the previous PHX/BNB, PHX/BTC and PHX/ETH trading pairs will be removed and delisted.”

All of this comes six months after the ETH ticker that sits atop the Binance trading page was removed, and replaced with the label, “ALTS” – denoting altcoins in general.

War Games

Despite evidently giving Ethereum the cold shoulder, Binance founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) denies any ill-will on his part. CZ has stated publicly that he wishes to see Binance and Ethereum “grow together.”

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