A cryptocurrency primarily based on the favored Netflix docuseries Tiger King jumped in worth after being talked about by a crypto YouTuber.
Tiger King Coin, which claims to be the “official coin of the Tiger King,” was launched in Could this yr on the Ethereum blockchain.
At round 5:45 a.m. EDT on Monday morning the token was price about $0.000004, up greater than 68 p.c over the previous 24 hours.
The buying and selling quantity, or the overall worth of tokens traded prior to now 24 hours, was up greater than 280 p.c to round $235,000, CoinMarketCap data confirmed. The market cap of Tiger King Coin is unclear.
The token’s sudden rise got here a number of hours after cryptocurrency and Dogecoin YouTuber Matt Wallace tweeted about it on Sunday night time. Wallace has round 223,000 Twitter followers.
Wallace stated at 5:25 p.m. BST: “I really feel like Tiger King Coin goes to go loopy when season 2 of Tiger King Comes. I’m shopping for it up quick.”
He then went on to state that the token is considered one of his three largest cryptocurrency holdings. It’s unclear if the token’s rise in worth was immediately attributable to Wallace’s tweets.
The web site of Tiger King Coin claims the token has been “endorsed by the person himself,” referring to Joe Unique, the controversial zookeeper and focus of the Tiger King sequence.
Unique, whose actual identify is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced to 22 years in jail in 2020 on counts of animal abuse, together with capturing tigers, and murder-for-hire.
In April 2020 the Humane Society of the USA stated services like Unique’s had been “merciless.”
Newsweek has contacted Maldonado-Passage’s official Twitter account for remark.
Tiger King Coin states that Unique has acquired a share of the overall token provide, and that “each purchase will improve the worth of his bag.”
The token’s roadmap exhibits that builders had been aiming to launch a non-fungible token market in June 2021, although this does not seem to have materialized.
It isn’t unusual for seemingly obscure tokens to instantly leap in worth for causes reminiscent of high-profile assist.
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Tokens can sink in worth as shortly as they rise. Specialists have previously warned Newsweek in regards to the dangers and risks related to cryptocurrency buying and selling.
Final week, a cryptocurrency token known as Child Doge Coin jumped in worth after Elon Musk tweeted “Child Doge, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo”—although it’s unclear if he was referencing Child Doge Coin or simply Dogecoin, the favored meme token he’s identified to assist.
And in Could, Musk tweeted a photograph of an indication that spelled out the phrase “Starbase” in glowing letters, probably to spotlight a SpaceX rocket take a look at web site.
That tweet induced an apparently unrelated cryptocurrency sharing the identical identify to rocket in price from $0.005 to $0.2, although it quickly plummeted and returned to about $0.01.