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World’s First Lightning Network (LN) based Decentralized Bitcoin Exchange, ‘Sparkswap’ Goes Live With Beta Version


Sparkswap, the world’s first Lightning Network (LN) based Decentralized Exchange (DEX) went live with its beta version on Monday, 8th April 2019.

SparkSwap is an ambitious Cryptocurrency Exchange that is both decentralized and also world’s first Exchange built on the Lightning Network (LN). The private keys of the Sparkswap Exchange Wallets are held with the users itself providing protection from exchange related issues.

Terry Griffith, Sparkswap Founder announced that

Sparkswap, the first cryptocurrency exchange built on Lightning Network Atomic Swaps is live for trading on MainNet in its Public Beta.

Nevertheless, trading will be limited during the beta launch, and only BTC/LTC trading pair will be active as the developers perform would need the incubation time to assess the real-time operations.

Exchange of the Future

Lightning Network Atomic Swaps is the core technology upon which the Exchange operates. The Lightning Network (LN) on Bitcoin (BTC) will be used to facilitate the cross-blockchain swaps and transactions along with Sparkswap’s DEX software. Together they are both fast and reliable.

“At no point can either Sparkswap or your counterparty deprive you of your assets — the trades either complete or they do not,” Sparkswap Founder Trey Griffith told Bitcoin Magazine. “We are also a venue for trading, not an over-the-counter service like ShapeShift, so users are trading with each other.”

Griffith also noted that:

“Our focus is on making cryptocurrency trading fast enough for professional users without sacrificing Bitcoin support and self-custody,”

Snapshot of the Sparkswap Exchange

However, the user interface of the exchange resembles the DOS window currently, which might cause a hindrance in its mainstream adoption.

The platform was initiated sixteen months ago, soon after the Lightning Network development started on Bitcoin (BTC). The Exchange also stands as a testimony of the development of the Lightning Network (LN). While the founder agreed that ‘Lightning Network is not a finished product’ yet, but even now it offers a plethora of applications like cross-chain swaps.

Moreover, the Startup also raised $3.5 million in the initial seed round from Initialized Capital, Pantera Capital, Foundation Capital, and Y Combinator. Pantera Capital is an investment firm and hedge fund operating exclusively on Bitcoin, other digital currencies and companies in the space.

Do you think that the exchange will gain mainstream soon like the Binance Exchange? Please share your views with us.

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