The Autonomous Research (a fintech analysis firm) reported that crypto listings suppliers set a cost of a list an ICO on a known crypto exchange anywhere between $1 – $3 million. The providers of the infrastructure have realised that there’s money can be made when it passes to creating ways to liquidity. The request and entry charge on the Nasdaq Capital Market, for a listing of up to 15 million shares costs as little as $55,000 with annual payments approximately the same amount to stay listed.
Tokens become more advantageous if buyers know they can trade them readily, meaning the success of an ICO often leads to receiving the listing on an exchange.
According to the authors` point of view, startups are overfunding their projects in order to cover these astronomical fees. That’s the reason of why some firms are gaining 10 times more in funding compared to companies that have used more traditional ways. Blockchain startups have already grown more than $3 billion in ICOs this year, in comparison with about $270 million in venture capital rounds, lending further trust to the demands made in the report.
The exchanges executing these ICOs have gotten proceeds. In 2017, Coinbase is reported to have made a $1 billion in profits and Binance $850 million. Business advisers also take a cut, somewhere approximately 5 percent of the total sum. Nowadays, over 98% of cryptocurrency exchange trading take place on centralized exchange networks (Binance, Bitfinex, Okex and Upbit).
But there is hope. Such decentralized exchanges as Bisq suggest analogous services that centralized exchanges offer at a share of the price, but are still in the early stages of development. So, one cannot expect the astronomical fees to disappear very soon.