Genesis Mining (Genesis-Mining.com) is a very smooth operation in the sense that it doesn’t outright scam its clients, but it doesn’t actually let them profit either. To make it clear why this is indeed the case, let’s go through all the details in regards to what’s being dangled here and how the system works.
First of all, as said above, Genesis Mining doesn’t make any outrageous promises. It is a simple cloud-mining service, which essentially allows clients to rent mining hardware and to mine their own bitcoins and altcoins. To this end, Genesis Mining offers a number of contract-options, targeting various potential user-categories. There’s a Gold, a Platinum and a Diamond plan available for each crypto currency type they feature, in addition to a custom plan, which clients are free to configure themselves. The system is based on the cluelessness of the general public regarding the finer points of the bitcoin mining process, as well as on the massive hype the latest price-surge has induced way above and beyond the boundaries of the crypto currency community. Let’s just say for now that these contracts aren’t profitable.
According to Alexa.com, the Genesis Mining website is highly popular (global rank of 5,586 on July 2o17), especially in the US, but also in China, India, Brazil, Spain and Germany among other countries.
Again: while the operation doesn’t make any outrageous claims, and while the whole advertised setup seems valid indeed, let’s not forget that we’re looking at a cloud mining scheme. Given that 99.9% of such schemes are scams, it is safe to say that we’re not dealing with a particularly prestigious vert here.
The Genesis Mining website on the whole seems legit. They have an “About Us” section, where the entire team behind the operation is properly introduced. Marko Streng is the co-founder and CEO of Genesis Group. The other team members are Jakov Dolic, Marco Krohn and Stefan Schindler. Genesis Mining Ltd. is the name of the corporate entity behind the operation and it’s based it Hong Kong, at Chinachem Century Tower, 31/F, 178 Gloucester Road, Wanchai. The company has an Iceland-based subsidiary as well, based at Borgartuni 27, 105 Reykjavik, Iceland. They actually have mining equipment set up in Iceland, and they do indeed mine bitcoins there. The exact size of the mining operation is unknown, but they pay about EUR 1million per month for electricity, so it’s quite massive indeed.
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The operation has different mining farms set up for different crypto currencies and they’re boasting that the world’s largest Ether mining farm is theirs too. Genesis have apparently developed a specialized platform to monitor their mining operations, called Genesis Hive.
As mentioned above, it appears that the operation is indeed fully legit and that they do indeed mine digital currencies. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that Genesis Mining isn’t a scam in the sense that it tricks people and steals their money. As said above, the contracts that they feature are simply not profitable.
Let us take a closer look at these contracts. The Gold contract costs $30 and it gives buyers access to 200 GH/s mining. There are maintenance fees that come in on top of the $30.
The Platinum contract costs $350 and it offers mining at 2,500 GH/s. The Diamond deal costs $1,950 and it features 15,000 GH/s access. Maintenance fees apply to all the aforementioned contracts.
According to the alloscomp bitcoin calculator, with current difficulty and with the current (possibly massively inflated) price of bitcoin, at 200 GH/s, one could make some $0.20 per day, which would amount to $6 per month. At this rate – if all variables remained unchanged – it would take a Gold contract buyer at least 5 months to make ROI.
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Obviously though, the variables will change. Even right now, we’re in the beginning stages of a major BTC price drop, as the currency has apparently just embarked on another one of its bust cycles, following an unprecedented boom one. This fact alone can potentially completely ruin the above made calculations. We also need to add to that the ever increasing difficulty factor too, which has already factored just about everyone but specialized operators such as Genesis, out of the mining business.
The numbers add up in a similar manner for the other contract plans too, so it’s clear that even if one does reach profit territory through sheer luck and foolhardy perseverance, the profit amounts will be extremely minute. Given the massive volatility of the bitcoin price, it is therefore safe to assume that one is much better off just buying bitcoins for that same amount of money and holding on them until the price reaches a high enough level to justify selling them.
This might be the optimist’s take on the operation though. According to user feedback (and there’s plenty of it piled up at bitcointalk) there are more scammy maneuvers taking place at Genesis too. Users have complained that they managed to recover about half a BTC of a 2.6 BTC contract before the revenue-stream all but dried up.
Other bitcointalk posters have summed up the situation nicely: the investments made by buyers amount to little more than loans, where the amount of interest and actual return is decided by the person receiving the loan. It isn’t exactly a good business setup for the entity giving the loan.
Streng occasionally came out swinging in defense of his operation through various articles, summarily dismissed by the bitcointalk community as “puff pieces.” Indeed, all of Streng’s arguments have been logically taken to bits by the bitcointalkers, and thoroughly ridiculed too. Transparency is apparently not one of the strong points of the operation.
Reddit has seen some negative Genesis banter as well, though the discussions there are nowhere as enlightening as the bitcointalk thread on the operator.
Genesis Mining Review Conclusion
While it may not be a straight-up Ponzi scheme or money-stealing scam, Genesis Mining is a sort of scam nonetheless. Contracts only pay for a short while, and investors never really manage to recover their monies, much less make a profit. While there is actual mining being done, there’s no transparency and the stories of Genesis’ talking heads just don’t add up.
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