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Line to adopt membership programs to boost LINK ecosystem

Alliance to be strengthened to attract various projects from outside

  • Shin Eun-dong
  • 2019-02-01 14:10:39
Line to adopt membership programs to boost LINK ecosystem
A screenshot of the LINK website

Naver’s subsidiary Line is to introduce membership programs for participants in the blockchain ecosystem based on LINK, its general-purpose coin.

In a Line meet-up held in southern Seoul Wednesday, Lee Hee-woo, CEO of Unblock, Line’s blockchain subsidiary, said his company would adopt pioneer membership programs for first movers who entered the Line ecosystem first.

The loyalty programs include providing LINK users with benefits like purchases of goods of limited edition and reception of private newsletters to boost communication with them.

Currently, LINK is traded exclusively via Bitbox, Line’s cryptocurrency exchange. LINK tokens began to be distributed Sept. 4 last year and 4,365,843 tokens, or 4.36% of the total, were traded as of Jan. 31.

Line to adopt membership programs to boost LINK ecosystem
Unblock CEO Lee Hee-woo speaks about Line’s membership programs at a meet-up in southern Seoul Wednesday. / Shin Eun-dong

Membership programs designed to secure loyal user base

The membership programs are divided into two broadly: a prestige club for ordinary token holders and an industry club for institutional investors including venture capitalists.

The prestige club is dedicated to 100 or so token holders having 5,000 LINK or more. Various benefits will be offered to inform them of LINK and the club will remain valid for six months. The selected people will receive 10% of LINK they retain in the relevant period via Bitcoin (BTC).

Ten or so institutional investors are expected to be chosen. Those chosen will get 20% of their LINK tokens via BTC and have priority in being Line’s partners. Applications for this program will be possible from Feb. 25 through March 31, with reputation and influence being the crucial factors.

“This year will be the first year the LINK ecosystem expands remarkably. We will set up a popular alliance by attracting a variety of projects from the outside,” said Kim Woo-suk who is leading the LINK tokenization team.

Looking forward to seeing soild DApp ecosystem

LINK is run on five decentralized applications (DApps) now. They are quiz service 4CAST, question and answer service Wizball, product review service Pasha, food review service Conomi and location service STEP.

LINK is usually utilized mostly in DApps and Line plans to make forays into such services as commerce, social media and games this year.

“LINK was offered to help connect all ecosystems as part of our single token strategies,” said Lee, adding that “participants in LINK-connected DApp services will be able to get relevant cryptos under our compensation policy.”

Line most active in Asia

Line is most active in four Asian countries: Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia. Its monthly active users (MAU) in these countries number 165 million. No doubt, Line’s huge user base is the source of the LINK-based blockchain platform.

According to a report released by Coinmetrics in the third quarter of last year, the combined MAU of Bitcoin, Ethereum, EOS and Tron remained at 950,000. Assuming that all Line users exploit the LINK platform, the figure would be 170 times the combined number. “Line ranked first in app downloads at Japan’s Google Play Store as of June last year. Line’s influence as a messenger service could be a harbinger of LINK’s capability,” a Line official said. /edshin@decenter.kr


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