Thales Protocol

Novel on-chain, permissionless, and non-custodial Parimutuel Markets.

Martijn Dingeman Ardon
Feb 21, 2023

Fourstack is always looking for new products or verticals with a good fit on the blockchain. One such platform that has recently caught our attention is Thales, a decentralized prediction market built on the Ethereum blockchain. Thales offers a unique product-market fit, leveraging parimutuel betting to incentivize accurate predictions of future events. With its innovative approach and recent success in the sports betting market, Thales has the potential to be an interesting new investment opportunity.We will introduce Thales to evaluate its potential and make you understand it as a potential investment.

The platform's design is centered around parimutuel markets, which incentivizes accurate predictions by rewarding users with a share of the total pool of funds for each correct bet.

Parimutuel markets
A parimutuel market is a type of prediction market where all bets are pooled together, and the payout is determined based on the total amount of money in the pool and the number of winning bets. In other words, the payout is proportional to the amount of money bet on the winning outcome.

Parimutuel markets are commonly used in sports betting and horse racing, where the odds can change rapidly based on new information or market sentiment. Unlike traditional betting markets, where the odds are set by bookmakers, parimutuel markets are driven by the collective wisdom of the participants. This means that they are generally more accurate because they incentivize participants to make accurate predictions rather than simply following the crowd or trying to game the system. Second, parimutuel markets are generally more efficient because the odds are set by the market itself.

The parimutuel nature is also well suited to certain types of events, such as binary events where there are only two possible outcomes. For example, in a political election, a parimutuel market could be set up to bet on whether a candidate will win or lose. In this case, the total pool of bets would be divided among those who bet on the winning candidate, and the payout would be proportional to the amount of money bet on that candidate.

A quick scan
Recently, Thales has seen success with its partnership with This platform allows users to bet on sports non-custodial with tamperproof data delivered by Chainlink oracle networks. This partnership has enabled Thales to expand its reach beyond traditional prediction markets and tap into the growing sports betting market. This is a significant breakthrough for Thales, as it demonstrates the platform's versatility and ability to adapt to new use cases.

Thales is also taking a multi-chain approach, which means that it will be available on multiple blockchain platforms, including Ethereum, Optimism, Arbitrum, and others. This approach is significant because it allows Thales to avoid being a chain maximalist and ensures that it can reach a wide audience. It also increases the liquidity of the platform, which is critical for prediction markets.

Thales' multi-chain approach is not only beneficial for the platform but also for the wider prediction market ecosystem. By being available on multiple chains, Thales is helping to create a more diverse and competitive prediction market ecosystem. This will help to drive innovation and ensure that users have access to the best possible prediction market experience.

Thales also offers several benefits compared to traditional prediction markets. First, Thales is fully decentralized, which means that it is more resistant to censorship and manipulation. This is important because centralized prediction markets can be vulnerable to regulatory intervention or market manipulation.

The decentralized nature of Thales extends to its tokenomics design. The Thales token rewards users who hold it by allowing them to earn a share of the total fees generated on the platform when they stake their THALES tokens. This creates a financial incentive for users to hold and use the THALES token, which in turn helps to increase the liquidity of the platform. However, it's worth noting that the Thales token is currently centralized and bootstrapped, meaning that the team holds a significant portion of the tokens, which could impact the decentralization of the platform in the long term.

Challenges and Risks
There are also some potential challenges and risks associated with Thales. One of the main challenges is regulatory uncertainty. While decentralized prediction markets are more resistant to regulatory intervention, they are still subject to regulatory scrutiny in some jurisdictions. This could limit the adoption of Thales in certain markets.

Additionally, Thales is still a relatively small player in the prediction market space, and it faces competition from larger and more established players. While Thales offers some unique features, such as sports betting, it will need to continue to innovate and grow its user base since success ultimately depends on adoption.

Another main challenge that is facing Thales, is its fully decentralized nature. Users are required to have a crypto wallet in order to participate. While this is not an issue for tech-savvy users who are already familiar with cryptocurrency, it presents a significant barrier to entry for the average person who may not be familiar with the technology.

Finally, technical challenges are inevitable in the world of new decentralized products.  While Thales offers an innovative approach to predicting the outcomes of future events, the platform is still relatively new and untested . As the platform grows and evolves, it will need to address these challenges in order to ensure its long-term success.

The bottom line
Thales' parimutuel market is a fascinating and innovative concept that has been battle-tested and is now being rolled out into the sports industry. The sports vertical is a promising new area for decentralized prediction markets, offering open and easy access with just a crypto wallet, without the need for a passport or the risk of being frozen by a centralized provider.

Thales' unique tokenomic design, with its THALES token incentivizing users to hold and use the platform, adds an additional layer of liquidity and utility to the parimutuel market. Fourstack Capital is an active investor in Thales and will continue to monitor the platform's progress as it expands into new markets and verticals. With the potential for significant growth and innovation in the decentralized prediction market space, Thales is definitely a project worth keeping an eye on.