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Founded 2011
Headquarters USA
Key People Charlie Lee
Employees 15-25
Twitter @satoshilite
LinkedIn Profile
Website Litecoin home

Litecoin (LTC) is one of the major cryptocurrency alternatives to bitcoin, sometimes called an altcoin. It is not to be confused with Litecoin Cash (LCC), a cryptocurrency which, despite borrowing Litecoin's name and promising returns for existing Litecoin holders on its website, is not affiliated with Litecoin.[1]


Litecoin was created in 2011 by Charlie Lee, a former employee of both Google and Coinbase.[2][3] Litecoin was designed to run on a Scrypt-based mining system, in an effort to prevent miners with expensive, high-end equipment from gaining a significant advantage over other miners. This was to prevent a hardware "arms race" similar to the one happening among bitcoin miners.[4][5]

In July 2018, the Litecoin Foundation announced that it had acquired a 9.9 percent stake in Germany's WEG Bank AG in exchange for helping the bank develop cryptocurrency payment methods for its customers. This payment method is also being developed with TokenPay, a blockchain developer.[6] When news of the deal broke, Litecoin's price briefly spiked above $81.[7]

Litecoin Cash (LCC)

In February 2018, the crypto company Litecoin Cash (LCC) was announced as a fork, or offshoot token, of Litecoin. Charlie Lee has firmly stated that this alleged fork is not genuine, and that Litecoin is not affiliated with Litecoin Cash in any way. He also issued a warning to investors that they could potentially "lose everything" by investing in LCC, implying that it is likely a scam.[8][9]