What is an ICO?

An ICO (Initial Coin Offering) is a new crowdsale concept in the cryptocurrency and Blockchain industries.
It’s important to understand, what is special about them, what is the difference between ICO and other coins.

  • Initial Coin Offering

    • ICO is a form of crowdfunding, used by startups. Imagine a team of developers who are working on a new promising project. They might need to raise money from public, so they create their own cryptocurrency. Those who want to support the project, would buy the rights of token possession during the initial crowdsale phase. As a result, the project gets the capital to fund development, and the audience members get their tokens’ shares.
    • What is an IOU?
      It’s very important to understand that during the initial phase new coins don’t exist yet, people are buying IOU (“i owe you”) – not the coins themselves, but the obligations. As soon as fundraising phase is over, IOUs are being transformed into usual tokens.
  • How can I deposit ICO coins or sell them?

    ICO coins basically don’t exist until the issue date. There’s no blockchain for them. That’s why it’s not possible to perform transactions, send coins somewhere – for example, deposit your HitBTC account with them.

    Until the moment the tokens are released, only verified market makers and ICO communities, who chose our site for primary placement, are able to deposit ICO to HitBTC.

  • What exactly does HitBTC provide then?

    Check out the “ICO” tab in the “Instruments” section on our exchange. You are able to buy IOU directly from us and store them on your HitBTC account. As soon as tokens are released, you’ll be able to trade, deposit/withdraw them – it’s exactly the same deal as with every other coin.

  • Why it’s convenient to participate in ICO on HitBTC?

    You don’t need to spend time looking for new promising ICOs and figuring out how to join them – the most interesting tools are already here. You don’t even need to leave HitBTC – our familiar interfaces are here for you, participating in ICO feels exactly the same as buying any other coin.
    As tokens are released, you are the first to trade them right here, on HitBTC, which also is great.

There’s a whole set of ICO coins listed on HitBTC. 
SNM, CVC, SNT, BNT and a lot more, and there will be more!
The next post in our blog we will tell you about new ICO projects!

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Why should advanced traders choose HitBTC with its new API 2.0?

Dear traders,

Meet the alpha version of our new API. The platform’s dependable API provides an easy integration, is extremely stable and will satisfy the needs of algorithmic traders.

New API is designed specifically for advanced traders and has already received a lot of positive feedback. Our exchange strives to keep on improving!

Please note: the earlier version of the API will keep on working and would not be deactivated as long as at least one customer uses it.

We have improved the technology and added following enhancements:

  • Authorization is faster and easier
  • Volumes are displayed in natural terms of currency, no lots anymore
  • Error codes are standardized
  • Unambiguous and uniform representation of data throughout the API
  • Advanced mechanism  for new order creation
  • The possibility to obtain status of trades via the REST interface

Sounds exciting?

Check out what we also already provide:

  • Our API supports all functions provided by the exchange
  • 3 types of protocols: REST, WebSocket, FIX provide an opportunity for individually select the functionality you need to trade and collect market data
    • The REST protocol provides you with the opportunity to receive (simultaneously and everywhere) market data, perform trading operations and manage funds (deposits, transfers, payments)
    • The high-speed WebSocket protocol allows you receive and send data at the same time, ideally suited for high-frequency commerce: the speed of tasks depends only on network delays (less than one millisecond), you can receive real-time messages
    • The FIX API is designed specifically for advanced traders to migrate from popular fiat exchanges, using all their professional tools, Persistence included
  • API has been updated with TSL secure encryption
  • All products are pre-tested by a team of experts


What traders value about us

  • Possibility to generate multiple addresses for each currency
  • Opportunity to create all kind of orders through the API: limit, market, stop, stop limit
  • Client can choose between multiple time-in-force options
  • Client order ID can be assigned and customized for each order which allows to request the status of the trade
  • HitBTC API provides the opportunity to manage your transactions and check out error messages that could occur on order creation
  • Support team operates around the clock, ready to solve any issues

Try new API

Happy trading!

Let’s meet new coins

Dear traders,

We have recently listed a whole lot of new coins on HitBTC. Isn’t that exciting? Behind every coin there’s a team of people who have a fresh idea or a new vision of something common, and it’s never been easier to express your trust in this ideas. Just by trading. We are extremely glad to provide you with this kind of opportunity.

Know your coin!


TaaS (TAAS). This project is designed to reduce the risks and barriers of investing in the blockchain space. TaaS introduces new Token-as-a-Service business model, allowing investors to subscribe to the fund’s income stream.

Know more and go trading


Pluton (PLU). It takes time to adopt new technologies. Merchants who accept payments in cryptocurrency are scarce. Pluton project aims to eliminate this problem with a new way of payment!

Know more and go trading


Lunyr (LUN). This is a decentralized world knowledge base which rewards users with app tokens for peer-reviewing and contributing information. The goal is to become starting point of the internet for finding reliable, accurate information.

Know more and go trading


Matchpool (GUP). A platform that creates human connections. Anyone is able to create their own community ‘pool’ for free and invite new members to the pool. Rewards are provided!

Know more and go trading


TokenCard (TKN). It’s a physical debit TokenCard, which connects your Contract Wallet to a debit card network — enabling online payments, PoS transactions and ATM withdrawals.

Know more and go trading


Wings (WINGS). The idea behind WINGS is to provide a decentralized project facilitation platform that provides a friendly experience for both project creators and those interested in supporting them. The whole set of cool features is included: smart contracts setup, project governance, engagement, crowdfunding and more!

Know more and go trading


Xaurum (XAUR). The “golden blockchain”: Xaurum value is based on gold and exchangeable for it.

Know more and go trading


iExec RLC (RLC). Distributed cloud computing! iEx.ec aims at providing distributed applications running on the blockchain a scalable, secure and easy access to the services, the data-sets and the computing resources they need.

Know more and go trading


Swarm City (SWT). Swarm City is an open network of different hives/teams, each with its specific focus and approach. All hives have one or two people who take responsibility for that specific part of our great city.

Know more and go trading


DigixDAO refunds ETC coins to DGD holders

Dear Traders,

Those of you who hold DigixGlobal tokens (DGD), are entitled to ETC coins, which were formed on Ethereum main blockchain before the hardfork. DigixDAO project had recently announced global refund of these coins.

And we are glad to cooperate with DigixDAO and offer you an easy way to get this ETC redemption!

How will it look like for you and what should you expect exactly?

  1. You deposit DGD on your HitBTC main account;
  2. As soon as Ethereum chain reaches the block #3800000, a snapshot is being taken;
  3. And after the snapshot you receive your ETC! For every 100 DGD you’ll receive ~23.25 ETC. 

For those who are curious and wish to know how this works:

  1. Special Ethereum-based token DGDR will be created and assigned to DGD holders. 1 DGDR = 1 DGD. DGD holders receive DGDR on top of their current balances, so after the redemption process completion they will have both DGD and ETC on accounts.
  2. DGDR will be converted to ETC with the conversion rate about 23.255 ETC per 100 DGDR.
  3. All DGD holders will be credited by ETC in accordance with their balances at snapshot time. Snapshot will be taken for all the DGD holders’ accounts on Ethereum Main Chain at the block number of #3,800,000.

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Please note that we will have to stop all operations with DGD at May, 30th 13:00 UTC to safely handle users’ DGD tokens before the snapshot.

Make acquaintance with Digix’s materials for further reference:


ICO trading on HitBTC: what is it and why it’s exciting?

Dear traders,

Blockchain technology is truly amazing. There are so many ways to use it for new purposes! We are terrified to introduce today a new functionality on HitBTC, which provides you with a possibility to engage in a growth of new projects.


A little bit of an introduction. Independent developers, who create their own projects, often recourse to crowdfunding as a source of financial support. Here’s the most obvious way to do it: create a website, describe the idea and organise fundraising. It’s simple, but participants aren’t receiving neither the whole set of benefits, nor the flexibility and protection.

The more advanced way to start crowdsale is to create a new cryptocurrency. And those who would like to provide support, will purchase new coins, obtaining a share in a promising project. That type of coin is called ICO.


From now on you’re able to participate in ICO market right here on HitBTC! How is it?


  • Safe. We are dealing with all technical details, including purchasing new coins from their developers, filling the order book, etc. ICO trading for you is as easy and safe, as usual trading on HitBTC.
  • Convenient. Clear and familiar HitBTC interfaces are here for you.
  • Simple. You don’t have to spend your time monitoring new ICOs and filling the registration forms – we search the market and pick the most fruity instruments for you.
  • Fun, because you’re able not only to buy new coins, but trade them immediately right here!


Check out the ICO tab in the “Instruments” section. There already are 3 ICOs waiting for you to believe in them:


DCT (Bitcoitalk threadhttps://http://decent.ch/)

ZRC (Bitcointalk thread, https://www.ziftrcoin.com)

BOS (Bitcointalk threadhttps://boscoin.io)


And there will be more.

Happy trading!

Introducing more new coins

We have added several new exchange instruments recently. Why not learn a bit more about them?

Coins, meet our respectable HitBTC traders. Traders, meet new coins and their authors!


Gnosis (GNO). Gnosis project is aimed to create easy to use prediction market, based on the blockchain. On that market any kind of forecast can be valuable. Learn more.


ICONOMI (ICN). It’s expected to be the first digital assets management platform to support all 4 types of crypto assets. Which are: Bitcoin, altcoins, application tokens and Digital Asset Arrays. Sounds intriguing? Learn more.


WeTrust (TRST). This is the collaborative insurance platform. Its mission is to get rid of “trusted 3rd parties”, who are represented by banks and insurance companies. Learn more.


Augur (REP). It’s an Ethereum-based decentralized prediction market that leverages the wisdom of the crowds to create a search engine for the future. Augur allows users to create their markets for specific questions they may have. Learn more.


SingularDTV (SNGLS). A first transparent database of rights and rights owners for film and television. The project tends to empower creators by giving them back control over their creative output. Learn more.


DigixGlobal (DGD). They aim to provide tokenisation the physical assets through their own “Proof of Asset” protocol. The life cycle of a physical asset (gold bar, for example) is being stored in the blockchain, allowing public verification of the asset’s existence without a centralised database. Learn more.

It’s amazing how blockchain can be used in a new unexpected ways, isn’t it?


One easy step to list your own coin on HitBTC

Dear traders,

It’s always been convenient and simple to trade on HitBTC, since we provide powerful tools, intelligent software and cutting-edge technologies.

And we are proud to tell you that trading your very own coins, creating a new trading instrument has also became simple.

How does one perform this? At first, obviously, it’s necessary to create the coin itself. It has to be an Ethereum-based token, compatible with ERC20 standard. Describe your project on its own website, introduce it to the world and to the HitBTC, by filling out this appliance form.

And that’s it. Within several days after applying your coin most likely will be listed on HitBTC, available for trading, deposit, withdrawal, waiting to be discussed and demanded – if you manage to provide fellow traders with an promising instrument!

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LISK issues and our measures

Dear traders,

LISK network is experiencing some issues lately. Wallets are operating unreliably and require quite a lot of resources for maintenance. These issues result in poor user experience.

It is sensible to expect these troubles to be resolved in the nearest future, as LISK engineers will release new version of the wallet. But until this time we have to take measures.

We have temporarily disabled LSK deposits and withdrawals. Of course, LSK is available for trading. As soon as we make sure LSK network operates normally and reliably, full functionality of this market is going to be restored. Stay tuned!

New coins and other major updates

Dear traders,

We are glad to announce a bunch of major updates:

  • MaidSafe and Synereo coins are here!

MaidSafe (MAID) and Synereo (AMP) coins are gaining popularity fast. Both of them are developed by organisations who strive to create totally decentralized networks and provide unique features. Maidsafe builds safe and anonymous network for file storage, and Synereo creates social network for sharing and monetizing your content. Make an acquaintance, and happy trading!

Trade MAID and AMP.

  • USDT is available

From now on you are able to credit your USD account and withdraw money without

verifying your account! This possibility is brought to you by using USDT (Tether) coin. 1 USDT is always equivalent to 1 USD. Check it out:

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Once you’ve chosen USD deposit/withdrawal, you have two options. You can initiate bank transfer (verification is required), or you can use your Tether wallet address to perform the desired operation.

Want to try?

  • New advanced toolbars

It’s now much easier to monitor major updates in the cryptocurrency world. Take a look. You are now supported with an overall view on the most valued, most increasing and decreasing markets. The data can also be filtered and arranged in an orderly way by currency, volume and price.

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Also the list of available markets is arranged in a much more convenient way!

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Happy trading!


Vote is over, here comes the update

Dear traders,

The vote finished recently, HitBTC engineers started implementing changes, and we have some important announcements to make.  


  • Your accounts are not credited with BTU anymore.

From now on you don’t receive BTU after BTC deposit. The only way to get BTU is to buy them on exchange. Considering that these BTU are not connected with real BTU (they are transformed into ETH tokens), replay attacks are not possible by their nature, and that’s why…


  • Bitcoin withdrawals are available!

It’s time to restore the full functionality of Bitcoin on HitBTC. From now on withdrawals are operating normally.


Please note that your BTU assets will be converted into Ethereum tokens within several days. You will be able to deposit, trade and withdraw them. Stay tuned!

Also we are negotiating with Bitcoin Unlimited project at the moment. Some details have to be talked over, and we are ready to proudly announce successful execution of our plan that you’ve voted for.