A press release confirmed a pre-sale for vetted public investors, which will nonetheless be subject to tight controls.
Telegram, which has not provided an official statement on the move, became the focus of international attention last year when it held a private initial coin offering (ICO) for Gram, which raised $1.7 billion for its Telegram Open Network (TON) project.
A message from an unofficial TON channel on Telegram wrote that Liquid could be attempting to catch on to the hype surrounding the as-of-yet unreleased token, and that investors should wait for official information from Telegram.
After Telegram’s ICO, it was thought no public phase would follow, but the largest gram holder organization, Gram Asia, will now reportedly offer an undisclosed number before a full sale in October, according to the release.
“We share the vision for a more secure and open value transfer system in order to enable the mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies,” Liquid CEO, Mike Kayamori, commented in the press release. He added:
“The TON Blockchain infrastructure can help enhance Telegram's current capabilities as a peer to peer network of value, with the launch of their cryptocurrency light wallets for Telegram's highly engaged user base."
According to the press release, Grams can be purchased in USD and USDC, and the tokens will be delivered to investors when the official launch will reportedly take place in October. A raft of countries’ citizens are, however, excluded for regulatory reasons.
Telegram has not responded to a request for comment by press time.