Crypto firms say thousands of digital currencies will collapse

With much more than 19,000 virtual currencies in existence, the cryptocurrency field has likened the existing condition of the market to the early many years of the online. Marketplace players mentioned however that most of these cash will collapse.

Nurphoto | Getty Images

Several cryptocurrency marketplace players have informed CNBC that thousands of electronic tokens are very likely to collapse though the variety of blockchains in existence will also slide about the coming a long time.

There are additional than 19,000 cryptocurrencies in existence and dozens of blockchain platforms that exist. A blockchain platform, this sort of as Ethereum, is the fundamental technological know-how that numerous of these various cryptocurrencies are constructed on.

The recent collapse of so-identified as algorithmic stablecoin terraUSD and its associated digital token luna, which sent shockwaves by means of the sector, has thrust a spotlight on the hundreds of cryptocurrencies in existence and no matter if they will all endure.

“A single of the outcomes of what we have seen very last 7 days with the Terra situation is we’re at the stage wherever mainly there are much too quite a few blockchains out there, also several tokens. And that’s puzzling people. And that is also bringing some dangers for the consumers,” Bertrand Perez, CEO of the World wide web3 Basis, advised CNBC at the Globe Financial Forum in Davos, Switzerland, previous week.

“Like at the beginning of the world-wide-web, you were getting heaps of dotcom companies and tons of them had been cons, and were being not bringing any value and all that received cleared. And now we have incredibly useful and legit corporations.”

Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of cross-border blockchain payments company Ripple, said there is most likely to be “scores” of cryptocurrencies that remain in the long term.

“I feel there’s a issue about irrespective of whether or not we want 19,000 new currencies now. In the fiat entire world, there’s perhaps 180 currencies,” Garlinghouse stated.

Guggenheim Chief Investment Officer Scott Minerd additional additional pessimism final week when he stated that most crypto is “junk” but that bitcoin and ethereum would endure.

The comments from the business arrive as the cryptocurrency market place continues to really feel stress. Bitcoin is off far more than 50% from its report superior it strike in November, with several other digital tokens sharply reduce from their all-time highs.

Lots of distinctive blockchain platforms from Ethereum to Solana are vying for a management place in the sector. But Brett Harrison, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange FTX U.S., stated the hundreds now in existence will not all endure.

“When you feel about the blockchains … there in all probability won’t be hundreds of distinct blockchains in 10 a long time, I consider there’ll be a couple of clear winners for unique varieties of programs,” Harrison stated.

“And we’ll see the market place … form that out over time,” he extra.

 Follow CNBC International on Twitter and Fb