Pi Cryptocurrency Value - The Future
On March 15, Pi Network reported that the number of its users rose to 33 million - almost three times more than it was in March 2021. However, it's impossible to determine Pi cryptocurrency value since it's still not trading on any exchange.
But is Pi the real crypto, and will there be any Pi cryptocurrency value?
Launched by business manager Vince McPhillip, anthropologist Chengdiao Fan, and Stanford grads Nicolas Kokkalis and Aurélien Schiltz, Pi Network was created to bring decentralized finance to anyone who owns a smartphone.
Instead of mining through a complicated algorithm, the security of Pi’s ledger is based on a setup where one user vouches for the reliability of another. However, the Pi Network doesn't act the same as other cryptocurrencies because it needs its users to secure the currency to mine coins. Furthermore, the network has to keep its constant growth so that users can refer it to others. Still, it's not clear what exactly the Pi cryptocurrency value is. Is it legit, or is there a possibility that the whole thing is a scam?
Is it Legit?
From the monetary point of view, the Pi Network is 100% legit since it doesn't require any investment for the user to be involved. However, it does require users' identity, meaning users' data. Some argue that it can be considered legit digital currency because if we look at Bitcoin in its early beginnings, its worth was $0, and it was considered a scam. On the other hand, some obvious Ponzi schemes were considered 'financial literacy'. The official website of the Pi Network says its aim is to make sure everyone is included in the crypto activity, stressing, however, that crypto mining is a complicated and lengthy process that has risks.
Pi Network, therefore, promises everyone will be able to mine Pi on their smartphone without the need for extra charging of the battery. Be it as it may, we are now witnessing numerous speculations on the future Pi network currency value. Since Pi still isn't trading live on any exchange, there is no exact data, and, therefore, it's hard to project the correct value.
Pi Network is constructed so it has various roles within its community. There are so-called 'Pioneers' – everyday users whose only obligation is to sign in to the application daily. Then we have 'Nodes', which refers to application users who run node software on their computer. Finally, we have 'Ambassadors', who bring other possible 'miners' to the Pi Network. The latter are the reason why some of the Pi opponents are comparing the Pi network with other multi-level marketing schemes.
When it all began, the project’s base mining rate stood at 1.6 π/hour – halving to 0.8 π after the community reached the number of 100,000. Then, there was a halving to 0.4 π/hour after onboarding one million users. The latest cut to 0.2 π/hour happened as the number of miners topped 10 million.
Back in May 2021, the Pi Network stated on Twitter that it had reached over 18 onboarded ‘Pioneers' and cheered to "mine at a higher rate while they can". Pi also held a so-called #BuildPi2gether Hackathon from June to September, where it gave an award of 100,000 Pi and $100,000 to the most promising business application projects. On May 19, Pi tweeted that it had reached 35 million engaged 'Pioneers' and its Twitter page has 1.2 million followers at the time of writing.
Is it Safe?
The Pi Network gained popularity all around the globe, especially in Southeast Asia. At the same time, some analysts argued the network lacked transparency and were projecting doubts regarding its legitimacy since access to their private keys is not something that users have.
Dang Minh Tuan, a blockchain expert at the Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology, Hanoi, claims Pi Network is not transparent enough since it alone has "a smartphone app and servers to keep them running," adding, "so why don't developers release its source code for the community to review?" Another reason that made people suspicious was the fact that the application has adverts. This could mean that Pi is selling users' data to advertising companies and, therefore, is monetizing users who downloaded the app. Apart from personal data that includes full name, phone number, and Facebook username, Tuan claims Pi Network could have stolen all other data a user has on their phone, including credit card numbers.
What Will Pi Network Be Worth in the Future?
On December 29, 2021, Pi Network launched its mainnet. This is the official third phase of its deployment arrangement. Immediately after it was deployed, the network warned that anyone "impersonating Pi Network or its founders to conduct a sale or listing is illegal, unauthorized and fake".
Because the actual value of Pi Network is hard to predict, some argue that the project itself might be a scam. There are some forecasts of a single Pi becoming worth somewhere between $10 and $100. Still, there is zero evidence to back it up. Therefore, since we are at the year's half – we'll be cautious and say Pi will still hover around $0 in 2022.
In order for someone to legitimately trade the coin, they need to go with the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) or crowdfunding sale to secure assets. However, Pi Network stated it would not run any of those, but rather lean on its users' referral network. This means there is still no legit possibility to trade Pi coins or make a valid Pi Network price prediction for the years to come.
##How Much Will Pi Be Worth in the Next Few Years?
Before we say anything, let's just reiterate that any Pi coin price prediction has to be taken with caution since there is no reliable info to support it.
According to CoinMarketCap, Pi Network has its own red flag saying: “Pi Network has faced its fair share of controversy recently. Please do your own research before investing”. Some websites had predicted $0.0211516743 for 2025 and $0.0319333504 for 2028. However, all the data was erased at the time of writing.
Author: Teuta Franjkovic
A sincere writer with a strong will to share knowledge on all things blockchain, crypto, metaverse and DeFi. Starting out as a writer with Cosmopolitan, Teuta has risen through the ranks of business journalism, editing newspapers and websites within the fintech industry for over 15 years. She holds a double MA in Public Politics and Entrepreneurship.