Kin is a decentralized cryptocurrency token issued on Ethereum, an open-source public blockchain. It was created by Kik Interactive in September 2017 in a token distribution event, raising over $98 million from 10,000 participants. The purpose of the token is to facilitate value transfers in digital services such as gaming applications and social media, and will initially be launched on the Kik messenger to leverage the application's 15 million monthly active users.
In early 2017, Kik CEO Ted Livingston announced that the company would be launching a cryptocurrency. This move marked a pivot in Kik's strategy, a response to difficulties faced from competing with larger social networks such as Facebook.
On September 7, 2017, only days before the Kin TDE, Kik announced that Canadian citizens would be barred from participating, citing weak guidance from the Ontario Securities Commission for the decision. This partly suppressed participation in the TDE, with only $98 million raised of the $125 million goal.
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