By Anna Irrera and Tom Wilson
LONDON (Reuters) – Proprietary trading firm Jump Trading has made an equity investment in Chiliz, the blockchain company that issues tokens associated with various sports teams, the companies told Reuters on Tuesday.
The investment amount was not disclosed.
Malta-based Chiliz is known for powering a platform called Socios.com which offers tokens to soccer fans, enabling them to participate in polls hosted by the clubs, or receive rewards and promotions. Some of the tokens are listed on cryptocurrency exchange Binance and some Korean exchanges.
The company also issues a cryptocurrency called Chiliz that is used to buy the so-called fan tokens.
Chiliz has soared more than 2100% to around $0.41 since the start of the year, with interest in the coin as well as the company’s fan tokens growing this year amid a wider rally in cryptocurrency prices.
Chicago-based Jump Trading has been active in cryptocurrencies for several years. It has been market making – providing bid and ask quotes and liquidity – for tokens issued by Chiliz since early 2021, the companies said.
(Reporting by Anna Irrera and Tom Wilson; editing by Jason Neely)