Block.One has seemingly pulled one over regulators. | Source: Mark Van Scyoc via

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has brought down the hammer on crypto once again, announcing a $24 million penalty on blockchain company

Yesterday brought equal measures of hope and despair for the cryptocurrency market. A new rating system for cryptocurrency classification sprung up, looking to bolster self-regulation efforts; at the same time, the SEC pounced on EOS‘ creator and software developer,, for its supposedly unregistered ICO.

The company had tried to subvert the SEC’s security classification by merely avoiding registration. Nevertheless, according to Stephanie Avakian, Co-Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, this didn’t stop the SEC from stepping in.

“A number of US investors participated in’s ICO… Companies that offer or sell securities to US investors must comply with the securities laws, irrespective of the industry they operate in or the labels they place on the investment products they offer.” respond on SEC ruling share their statement | Source: Twitter

Within a statement of their own, neither admitted nor denied the SEC’s findings. Instead, they celebrated the fact that matter was settled, insinuating that the SEC would no longer be breathing down their necks.

“The settlement resolves all ongoing matters between and the SEC. The SEC has simultaneously granted an important waiver so that will not be subject to certain ongoing restrictions that would usually apply with settlements of this type.”

Chump’s Change for

EOS | Source:  Primakov via

According to the SEC press release, dug behind their humongous couch and drew out the fine, slapping it down on the agency’s desk without a second glance.

As mentioned by the regulatory body, during the EOS ICO, raised “the equivalent of several billion dollars.” In fact, that figure stands at approximately $4.1 billion; a fundraising effort that decimated any initial public offering (IPO) equivalent in the US that year. In comparison, the fine equates to a mere 0.58% of the firm’s ICO round. Funnily enough spent roughly $6 million more than the $24 million fine on a domain name, earlier this year.

Let’s Show Them How It’s Done

Yesterday also saw a new attempt at cryptocurrency self-regulation, with several exchanges and cryptocurrency-based financial firms banding together to create the Crypto Ratings Council (CRC).

The council, which includes the likes of Coinbase, and Kraken, conceived a rating system to clarify the security status of a cryptocurrency. The system utilizes a “scalable, points-based rating system,” with ranks 1 through 5 denoting the increasing probability that a token could be a security. The initiative was created to challenge the Howey Test, an antiquated method of security classification currently used by the SEC.

Bitcoin came out on top, receiving a rank of 1, making it very unlikely to be considered a security. One of the main reasons for the low categorization was the fact that bitcoin lacked a token sale or ICO.

Bitcoin's classification report
Bitcoin’s classification report as designated by the Crypto Ratings Council | Source: CRC


As for EOS’ classification, the CRC gave a fairly hefty 3.75, citing that the funds raised in the token offering surpassed what would be expected as “necessary for development.”

EOS rating
EOS’ classification report as designated by the Crypto Ratings Council | Source: CRC


While the newly devised system remains purely advisory, it signifies a positive step towards self-governance and legitimacy within the cryptocurrency sector.

This article was edited by Samburaj Das.

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