SEC Terminates its Section 8(e) Examination and Riot Announces Board Changes

CASTLE ROCK, CO / ACCESSWIRE / October 23, 2018 / Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) (the "Company"), an industry leader in Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency mining today announced the termination of the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") Examination previously reported by the Company earlier this year and changes to its Board of Directors (the "Board").

Termination of Securities and Exchange Commission Examination

The Company announced today that it has received written notification from the SEC that the SEC has terminated its examination under Section 8(e) of certain of the Company's registration statements, which the Company had previously announced earlier this year. The previously disclosed separate SEC investigation associated with the subpoena received April 9, 2018 is still ongoing, and the Company has been cooperating with the SEC in that investigation.

Changes to Board of Directors

The Company today also announced the appointment of Mr. Benjamin Yi to the Board, where he will serve as chairman of the Company's Audit Committee and chairman of the Investment and Strategy Committee. The Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Yi, who is a CFA charter holder and holds a Master of Finance degree from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, to the Board, as he brings over a decade of dedicated financial markets experience to the Company, and will leverage his expertise in capital markets and corporate development to continue to drive the growth of the Company. Mr. Yi previously served as an independent director of PetroMaroc Corporation plc, as a member of the board and as a member of the Audit Committee of Android Industries, LLC, and as an independent director and member of the Audit Committee of Woulfe Mining Corporation where he also served as the chairman of the Audit Committee for a period of time.

The Company today notes the resignation of Mr. Andrew Kaplan from the Board and his resignation from his position as chairman of the Investment and Strategy Committee and as chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, effective as of October 22, 2018. Mr. Kaplan's resignation from the Board is by mutual agreement between Mr. Kaplan and the Company and is not due to any disagreement with the Company.

About Riot Blockchain

Riot Blockchain is focused on building, operating, and supporting blockchain technologies. Its primary operations consist of cryptocurrency mining, targeted development of exchange and mining pool platforms, along with other investments within the sector. For more information, visit

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