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Fan token firm Chiliz grows staff by 70% despite crypto winter

Fan token company Chiliz has continued to expand its workforce despite the ongoing bear market, reflecting a growing trend in the fan token sector.

The overall cryptocurrency market has seen a massive selloff in 2022, with the total market capitalization plummeting 60% since the beginning of the year. Some major crypto companies, including Coinbase and Gemini, had to cut their workforce by 10%–20% to maintain operations and continue serving their clients.

While a wide number of crypto businesses have faced challenges amid the cryptocurrency winter, the fan token industry appears to have shown some resilience.

Chiliz has increased the company’s headcount by over 70% this year as the firm continued to expand its global presence in 2022, Chiliz and Socios CEO Alexandre Dreyfus told Cointelegraph.

According to Dreyfus, Chiliz’s workforce now counts more than 300 full-time employees operating from the new offices opened this year in the cities of Miami, Switzerland, London, Milan and Sao Paulo. The firm has also been hiring new talent for offices in Madrid, Malta, Lyon and Istanbul.

“We’ve grown our team and our global presence very significantly,” Dreyfus said, adding that Chiliz has successfully survived the previous major crypto winter. “We have been through market conditions similar to this in the past,” he stated, noting that the firm was founded in 2018.

Chiliz’s hiring spree reflects a growing trend in the fan token industry in 2022. According to data from the industry data aggregator CryptoSlam, monthly volumes for global fan token sales surged about 200% since early 2022, reaching about $6.4 billion in September. In January, these volumes amounted to $2.2 billion.

Year-to-date monthly volumes of fan token global sales. Source: CryptoSlam

While fan tokens’ sales volumes have been on the rise, the trend has been quite the opposite for nonfungible tokens (NFTs), according to CryptoSlam data. Monthly volumes for global NFT sales shrunk by 88% from $4.8 billion in January to $550 million in September 2022, while trading volumes plummeted 98% since…

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