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Kik Interactive CEO Ted Livingstonannounced nowadaysthat the company is shutting down Kik Messenger to heart of attention on its cryptocurrency Kinfolk, the target of a lawsuit filed by the Securities and Trade Commission. The corporate’s team shall be diminished to 19 folks, a low cost that can affect over 100 employees, because it specializes in changing extra Kinfolk users into traders.

“In situation of promoting a couple of of our Kinfolk into the little liquidity that exists nowadays, we made the resolution to heart of attention our most trendy resources on the few issues that matter most,” Livingston wrote in a blog put up, adding that the modifications will gash the company’s burn rate by 85%, enabling it to glean via the SEC trial.

Kinfolk launched two years ago,elevating practically $100 millionin its ICO, indubitably among thefirst held by a mainstream tech company.

But in June, the SECfiled a lawsuit in opposition to Kik Interactive, claiming the ICO modified into once unlawful, as phase of the Commission’s wider crackdown on companies it alleges are issuing securities illegally.

The SEC also claimed that the company’s administration had predicted Kik Messenger would paddle out of cash by 2017, when it started planning the open of Kinfolk. Kik Interactivehit relieve in a court docket filing final month, asserting that the SEC’s claims about its budget were “solely designed for misdirection, thereby prejudicing Kik and portraying it in a adverse gentle.”

One in every of the core issues within the lawsuit is whether or not or not or not Kinfolk is a security. The SEC alleges that it’s far and that the token sale violated securities laws. Kik Interactive denies Kinfolk is a security.

“After 18 months of working with the SEC your finest desire they gave us modified into once to both save Kinfolk a security or fight them in court docket. Turning staunch into a security would assassinate the usability of any cryptocurrency and dwelling a harmful precedent for the industry,” Livingston wrote in nowadays’s blog put up. “So with the SEC working to signify with regards to all cryptocurrencies as securities we made the resolution to step forward and fight.”

Livingston added that since Kinfolk isn’t on hand on most exchanges, it doesn’t depend upon speculative seek information from. In its put aside, Kinfolk is outmoded by “millions of folks in dozens of self reliant apps,” with extra than two million month-to-month spirited users and 600,000 month-to-month spirited spenders, he wrote. Kik Interactive’s aim now might perchance well be to raise these numbers.

To glean extra these that select Kinfolk to exercise the currency, Livingston stated the company will heart of attention on three issues: enabling the Kinfolk blockchain to crimson meat up one billion customers making a dozen transactions a day, with confirmation instances of decrease than a 2d; rising adoption and progress for builders who exercise Kinfolk in their apps; and constructing a mobile pockets that makes it more straightforward to select and exercise Kinfolk.