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Crypto collapses in Coinmarketcap ranking: it’s clash

By Eleonora Spagnolo - 27 Dec 2021

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It’s a clash between the CEO of the exchange, Kris Marszalek, and Coinmarketcap, the platform that makes rankings in the cryptocurrency world. 

Coinmarketcap’s ranking that doesn’t convince

The reason for the contention is that has suddenly plummeted in Coinmarketcap’s exchange ranking: it is in 16th place. But if you take Coingecko, the other ranking platform of the cryptocurrency world, is second. In both cases, leading the ranking is Binance.

This difference in positions was commented on by CEO Kris Marszalek as follows:

“Merry Christmas to team @CoinMarketCap who a week after my response to their poorly worded tweet arbitrarily reduced our exchange ranking to 14th We are 2nd/3rd on @coingecko so you guys know where to look for real and market neutral data.”

The Baby Doge Coin team also responded to this tweet by pointing out that they had similar issues: Coinmarketcap refused to verify their supply, while on the contrary, on Coingecko, defined as a neutral source, they are ranked #218. In any case, writes Baby Doge, a decentralized version would be needed. 

The past

It all stems from the problems had by Coinmarketcap a few weeks ago that literally made the prices of many cryptocurrencies completely upside down with sudden astronomical rises. That had caused much hilarity on Twitter, where numerous users had joked that for a few moments, they felt like millionaires, when in fact, the market was not at all in such a volatile phase. 

Following the incident, an exchange of jokes started between Coinmarketcap and the Fintwit account about hiring a new programmer. The Coinmarketcap account retorted that Coinbase and, which had shown CMC’s inflated prices, should also do the same.’s CEO’s reply was lapidary:

“You don’t have to tell us anything — we are already working on removing

@CoinMarketCap’s unreliable price feed from our product.”

Coingecko’s response also followed:

According to’s CEO, it was probably this Twitter argument that triggered the exchange’s plummet in rankings on Coinmarketcap. 

Binance tops the Coinmarketcap and Coingecko rankings

Comparison of rankings

Coinmarketcap provides a ranking of the best exchanges that are evaluated based on an “exchange score” and not just trading volume. 

This exchange score is based on several factors:

  • Web Traffic Factor; 
  • Average Liquidity; 
  • Volume;
  • Confidence that the volume reported by an exchange is legitimate.

Each factor involves the assignment of a score from 0 to 10. Binance has a score of 9.9, while stops at 6.5, although it is not possible to see how this score is generated. 

Just today, following CEO Kris Marszalek’s tweet, Coinmarketcap in turn tweeted:

“In order to continue to provide accurate cryptocurrency data, we recently updated our exchange rankings as our algorithm identified wash trading from certain platforms.” is not mentioned, but the suspicion that it refers to this very exchange is there. 

On Coingecko, on the contrary, is listed in the second position. In this case, the Trust Score that determines the ranking is due to several factors such as:

  • web traffic;
  • liquidity and trading activity;
  • scalability;
  • API;
  • cybersecurity assessment;
  • team presence;
  • past incidents. 

Keeping all these indicators in mind, has a score of 10, just like Binance, which however has much higher trading volumes ($14 billion in 24 hours vs.’s $3 billion)

The Binance Factor

Actually, Coinmarketcap’s ranking had generated several controversies because Binance actually owns CMC. At the time of its acquisition, more than one person was not convinced of the goodness of the exchange ranking.

The CEO of Binance, Changpeng Zhao, answered directly to these controversies claiming that CMC was independent of Binance; nevertheless, CMC is part of the Binance ecosystem, so he would continue to tweet on Coinmarketcap. 

The fact remains that Coinmarketcap is far too centralized, and then maybe the Baby Doge Coin team is right when they say that we would need a decentralized ranking. 

Eleonora Spagnolo

Journalist passionate about the web and the digital world. She graduated with honours in Multimedia Publishing at the University La Sapienza in Rome and completed a master's degree in Web and Social Media Marketing.

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