Overview & History
OKB is the native exchange token of OKEx that provides discounts on trading fees, access to the OK Jumpstart initial exchange offering (IEO) platform, and voting rights for tokens to be listed on the exchange. In the future, it will be used to pay transaction fees on the OKChain blockchain as well as decentralized exchange OKDEX.
OKEx is a Malta-based crypto exchange that launched in 2017 and released their native OKB token in March 2018.
What Is OKB (OKB)?
OKB is a cryptocurrency released by the OK Blockchain Foundation and Maltese crypto exchange, OKEx. The exchange is one of the largest in the world and currently ranks third in liquidity, fourth in trading volume, and provides a wide selection of trading pairs. OKEx is similar in many aspects to the cryptocurrency exchange giant Binance, but there are a few key differences. The OKEx platform has its own cloud mining service, and the company has a more focused reach in providing options trading for users. Meanwhile, Binance strives to offer a broad range of crypto services globally.
OKB is the OKEx utility token that enables users to access the crypto exchange's special features. The coin is used to calculate and pay trading fees, grant users access to voting and governance on the platform, and reward users for holding OKB.
OKEx has become a world-leading trading floor since its launch in 2017. The platform launched in the spring of 2017 and emerged as an offshoot from the original OKCoin platform (operating since 2013 in China). OKCoin now focuses on exchanging fiat for crypto, while OKEx focuses on crypto trading with a built-in API for algorithmic trading. The exchange also gives users access to a multi-currency wallet and functions for margin trading.
Who Are the Founders of OKB?
Jay Hao joined OKEx as CEO from the beginning, and he still holds the position. Hao has dedicated his career to technology and engineering. He has followed the blockchain industry for quite some time, with a focus on blockchain-based apps for video streaming and mobile gaming. Prior to joining OKEx, Hao had twenty years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He has developed a broad range of codecs: UVLED, ASIC, FPGA, and multimedia codecs and SOCs for multimedia processors. During this time, Hao accumulated impressive experience in product development and management.
Another key management team member is Mingxing “Star” Xu. He founded OKCoin in China in 2013 and has earned himself a big reputation in the industry. In 2017, Xu co-founded the separate OKEx exchange in Malta, which operates under a separate legal entity. Today Xu is the CEO of the OK Group.
What Makes OKB (OKB) Unique?
The OKB token plays an important role in the OKEx ecosystem. It allows users to receive up to a 40% discount on transactions (depending on the number of tokens a user has). The exchange divides users into two status groups: regular and VIP. Regular users are assigned a level according to their OKB stock, and VIP users get a level according to their trading volume. The commissions are updated daily, and users get a discount depending on their respective level.
Platform members can receive passive income if they have OKB tokens, and the token is involved in OKEx Earn (this project helps users earn on their assets). Another purpose of the OKB token is to allocate funds on the OKEx Jumpstart platform. Participation on Jumpstart is available only after registration on the site — then sales are made through MixTrust.
OKB is the native asset of the OKExChain (the OKEx blockchain). The OKB token is used on the chain to facilitate spot trading, derivatives trading, and the simultaneous development of several scalable applications. Additionally, a layered architecture reduces consensus times, improves scalability, and boosts security.
To add value to OKB and make the digital coin more attractive to holders, OKEx regularly burns tokens every three months and records the coin burn on the official website. For this procedure, OKEX uses 30% of the income from commissions fees. On top of that, welcome bonuses are provided to new users.