Basic Attention Token (BAT) aims to streamline and disrupt the online advertising industry by providing a blockchain-based solution to common web browsing issues.
Basic Attention Token (BAT) is the native token of the Brave browser and is used by advertisers to buy services and ad space in the Brave web browser. Combined with Brave, it makes up a decentralized blockchain-based digital advertising platform.
Through their central product, the Brave web browser, Basic Attention Token can provide a system that mutually benefits users, publishers, and advertisers.
The Brave web browser gives users greater control over their data while also allowing them to earn crypto rewards in the form of BAT, the project's utility token.
While the Brave browser went live in January 2016, BAT was launched as an ERC-20 token through an initial coin offering (ICO) in May 2017.
The ICO generated more than $35 million within 30 seconds, and the initial BAT price was around $0.036 per token. The primary purpose of Basic Attention Token is to serve as a unit of exchange within the Brave ecosystem.
The Brave web browser rewards users for watching ads and offers advertisers higher returns on their ad spends. Its primary aim is democratizing the attention economy by allowing users to choose privacy-preserving ads they would like to view and to reward them with BAT.
On the other hand, advertisers can show better-targeted ads for optimum engagement and reduce the losses that often occur due to ad fraud.
Brave browser and BAT work together efficiently to resolve inefficiencies and privacy violations witnessed in the digital advertising industry.
They eliminate the intermediaries, deliver higher privacy to the users, and facilitate the optimum economic value distribution amongst all ecosystem participants.
BAT is commonly exchanged between different entities in the Brave ecosystem, including content creators, publishers, end-users, and advertisers.
Brave has 16 million daily active users, 55 million monthly active users, 1.6 million verified content creators (accepting BAT), thousands of campaigns run by leading brands, and 10.6 million BAT wallets.
Some well-known participants in the Brave and BAT ecosystem are Verizon, OKX, Purple, BlockFi, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Vimeo, Gala Games, and Tap Network.
With Brave Wallet and Brave Swaps, the BAT team has brought decentralized finance (DeFi) to the BAT ecosystem. Its upcoming features include BAT utility for search engines, e-commerce, file sharing, and IPNS-verified content.
BAT can exist as an ERC-20 or SPL token on the Ethereum or Solana blockchain, respectively.
The platform is bridged across Ethereum and Solana blockchains and delivers utility to their ecosystems. In addition, BAT is a payment and rewards token on the Brave web browser and advertising platform.
The BAT Ad ecosystem has three main participants: advertisers, content creators (publishers), and end users.
The advertisers purchase ad space from the BAT ads network and pay with BAT tokens. They can either use tokens already held by them or buy them with fiat currency.
Seventy percent of the advertiser's total ad spend is utilized for rewarding users for their attention. There are no intermediaries involved. Hence, advertisers receive the maximum bang for every dollar spent.
Brave's anonymous accounting allows advertisers to correctly understand their ads' effectiveness without compromising on users' privacy at any time. Advertisers can run ad campaigns through a managed account or a self-serve platform.
Content creators or publishers can register with Basic Attention Token to receive BAT tokens for creating content that receives traffic and attention within the Brave web browser.
Because the Brave web browser tracks attention and engagement on active tabs, advertisers can better understand which publishers and content align more with their target audience.
Lastly, Brave browser employs a privacy-focused, on-device, and local machine-learning algorithm on the user's end. This algorithm allows for serving highly relevant ads to the end users based on their areas of interest, as gauged from their browsing behavior.
No browsing history or personal data ever leaves the end user's browser. Instead, the ads shown to users are derived from a pool of verified browsers. They are served either as system notifications or on the pages of publishers' websites.
The uniqueness of Basic Attention Token stems from the fact that combined with Brave browser, it is the first-ever reputed web browsing platform that pays users for their attention in a token that holds real value and can be freely traded in the market.
Furthermore, BAT sits at the center of an ecosystem that creates tremendous value for advertisers, publishers, and end users.
Another one of BAT's distinguishing features is that it can be used to tip users who may not be a part of the BAT ecosystem.
You can tip both unverified websites and individual Twitter users. These entities can then register with the Brave platform and collect any rewards they may have accumulated over time.
The BAT token has a maximum total supply of 1.5 billion tokens. The total supply of BAT is fully circulating, meaning that the token's emission schedule has finished, and BAT is entirely vested. Therefore, no new tokens will be entering the circulating supply.
The Basic Attention Token completed its token sale in May 2017. Through the initial token sale, the team successfully raised $35 million USD in funding.
A total of 1 billion BAT tokens were sold and released via a public ICO sale on May 31, 2017. In addition, three hundred million BAT were set aside for a User Growth Pool (UGP). This was to incentivize users to participate in the BAT ecosystem.
Finally, 200 million BAT were reserved for the development team.
In November 2021, the Brave Software team announced that the platform would integrate with the Solana blockchain. The integration was completed and reported via a Brave release in May 2022.
This was a significant step towards furthering interoperability and adoption of the Brave browser, especially considering many Solana users.
With this move, users of the Brave web browser can store SPL and SOL tokens in their Brave Wallets. As a part of this integration, BAT was also bridged onto the Solana network, thus making it an SPL token that can be easily used within the Solana ecosystem.
The Brave release gave a preview of some of the other plans of the development team vis-à-vis BAT-Solana integration. They plan to allow BAT holders to directly buy and sell NFTs on the biggest NFT-based Web3 ecosystem, Magic Eden, from their Brave wallets. The Brave wallet will also be compatible with Solana decentralized apps (DApps) on the desktop.
In November 2021, the team also announced the launch of the much-awaited Brave Wallet. In-built with the Brave browser, the wallet allows users to easily store, trade, and manage their crypto assets from a singular place.
Users can accomplish essential tasks through their Brave wallets, including sending and receiving cryptocurrencies and NFTs, viewing historical and live price charts, managing their crypto portfolio, and interacting with any EVM-based DApps.
Basic Attention Token was founded in 2015 by Brendan Eich and Brian Bondy, two highly distinguished people from the web browsing software industry.
Both had the idea of overhauling and revolutionizing the digital advertising industry. They wanted to rid it of problems like intermediaries and data malpractices that impacted everyone involved, including users, advertisers, and publishers.
The first version of Brave was introduced in January 2016, and BAT was launched next year in May 2017.
Brave Software is the parent company behind the Basic Attention Token and Brave Browser. Before his involvement with Brave, Eich was already a big name in the web browser industry.
Bondy is an accomplished software engineer who has been working as the CTO of Brave Software, Inc. since its inception.
Bondy has plenty of software engineering experience, particularly with Mozilla. In addition, he worked as a software development lead with Khan Academy and a software developer with Corel Corporation.
Bondy and Eich have combined software development experience exceeding half a century.
You can buy BAT from the OKX exchange. OKX offers BAT/USDT, BAT/USDC, and BAT/BTC trading pairs. Alternatively, you can convert your crypto to BAT.
Before you begin trading with OKX, you need to create an account. To buy BAT with your preferred fiat, click "Buy with card" under "Buy Crypto" on the top navigation bar. To trade BAT/USDT, BAT/USDC, or BAT/BTC trading pairs, click "Basic Trading" under "Trade." Under the same tab, click "Convert" to convert crypto to BAT.
Alternatively, visit our new OKX Crypto Calculator. Select BAT and the desired fiat that you would like to convert to view the estimated live conversion price.
BAT is an asset subject to the volatility expected in the crypto ecosystem, like other crypto assets. Whether BAT is a good investment for you or not depends on your risk tolerance and your investment goals.
At OKX, we advise you to research any cryptocurrency before investing objectively. Cryptocurrency is deemed a high-risk asset and prone to sharp price movements. Therefore, we ask that you only invest what you are willing to lose.
BAT can exist as an ERC-20 or an SPL token on the Ethereum or Solana blockchain. As an ERC-20 token, it inherits all the Ethereum blockchain's security features, transitioning from a Proof-of-Work (PoW) to a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus mechanism.
BAT existing as SPL tokens on the Solana blockchain are secured by the latter's combined PoS and Proof-of-History consensus model.