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Number of ‘dead’ coins drop by 3x in 2022 compared to 2021 despite crypto crash

Number of 'dead' coins drop by 3x in 2022 compared to 2021 despite crypto crash

A new research has highlighted the number of cryptocurrencies that have failed to live up to the expectation since going live amid the prevailing 2022 bear market

In particular, about 951 cryptocurrencies listed on pricing site CoinGecko across 2022 have been declared ‘dead’ or ‘failed coins’, a new research published on November 29 indicates. 

In determining the dead coins, the study noted that it reviewed cryptocurrencies that may have been off the site due to a shortage in trading activity within the last two months. At the same time, the tokens were rendered dead after being deemed a scam or requests for deactivation. 

“The last bull market run that started in November 2020 saw a spike in cryptocurrencies listed, with more than 8000 cryptocurrencies listed in 2021. As of today, nearly 40% have been deactivated and delisted from CoinGecko,” the research said.

Number of dead coins chart. Source: CoinGecko

According to the study, the 2022 figure of dead coins represents a significant drop from 2021’s value of 3,322. Notably, over the last nine years, 2021 registered the highest number of dead coins amid the prevailing bull market

The rise of meme coins 

The research pointed out that the high number of dead coins in 2021 can be tied to the influx of meme coins into the market. Notably, most meme coins lacked significant value with anonymous developers alongside needing more significant commitment to developing them. 

Following the success of meme coins such as Dogecoin (DOGE) and Shiba Inu (SHIB), most entities attempted to replicate the success. Interestingly, the researchers noted that excluding the 2021 growth, the number of dead coins averaged 947 between 2018 to 2022.

Despite the 2022 bear market, a previous Finbold report indicated that more cryptocurrencies emerged hitting the 22,000 milestone on CoinMarketCap. 

Overall, crypto proponents have maintained that as the sector matures, the number of dead coins should increase. A consensus is that once the industry matures, assets with minimal utility will likely be wiped out.

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