Startup Band Protocol Launches BTC Binary Options DApp on Ethereum

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Decentralized data governance startup Band Protocol launched its fully decentralized binary options trading app BitSwing on Ethereum’s (ETH) mainnet. 

Band Protocol — which closed a $3 million seed round led by Sequoia Capital India this February — announced the launch of BitSwing ahead of its ETH mainnet roll out on Sept. 30.

Binary options on BTC/USD

With BitSwing traders are able to take long or short positions on the Bitcoin (BTC)/USD market  within a one-minute time frame.

As with traditional binary options, traders can purchase a call option contract, betting on an increase in the BTC/USD spot market price one minute later, or a put option that bets on a decrease.

A correct prediction enables a trader to double their staked ETH, should it be false — lose all their staked tokens.

Blockchain oracle

BitSwing is Band Protocol’s first decentralized application (dApp) mainnet integration, making use of the protocol’s layer-2 decentralized oracle solution to provide real-time data feeds for the BTC/USD markets.

As Cointelegraph explained, a blockchain oracle is a system that provides the necessary external data — i.e. the variables to be evaluated — to trigger the execution of a smart contract when the original terms of the contract are met.

Band Protocol estimates that with the dApp’s launch, data providers and stakers will start benefiting from accrued query fees at a rate of over $300,000 per annum.

The estimate is based on a two-week spotlighting of BitSwing prior to its launch that generated $12,000 in ETH from data query fees.

Band Protocol’s Binance IEO

Earlier this month, Band Protocol conducted an initial exchange offering (IEO) on Binance Launchpad — the same platform that hosted high-profile Bittorrent token sale earlier this year. 

Bittorrent’s token was notably one of the six Launchpad IEO tokens to be delisted from Binance as part of a wider-ranging delisting of thirty trading pairs this week.