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Line shuts down crypto exchange to focus on blockchain and LN token

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The Japanese messaging giant Line has chose to shut down its cryptocurrency exchange company inthemiddleof the continuous crypto winterseason.

Line-owned crypto exchange Bitfront formally revealed on Nov. 27 a strategy to totally close down the platform by March 2023.

According to the declaration, the closure was driven by the continued cryptocurrency bear market and other concerns in the crypto market.

Despite the exchange’s closure, Line will still continue to run its other blockchain endeavors, consistingof the Line blockchain community and Link (LN) token, the statement notes, mentioning:

“Despite our efforts to conquered the obstacles in this rapidly-evolving market, we have regretfully figuredout that we requirement to shut down Bitfront in order to continue growing the Line blockchain community and Link token economy.”

Bitfront likewise highlighted that the choice to close the exchange was made for the “best interest” of the Line environment and is unassociated to the continuous market scandal including the FTX exchange.

According to the statement, Bitfront will take a progressive technique to suspend its services, stopping signups and credit card payments on Nov.28 The platform then prepares to suspend extra deposits and interest payments of LN interest items and continue with the related LN withdrawals by mid-December.

By the end of December, Bitfront intends to stop all cryptocurrency and fiat deposits alongwith trading suspension and cancellation of open orders. Total suspension of withdrawals is arranged for March 31, 2023, while clients would be still able to claim their properties in various jurisdictions of the United States.

As formerly reported by Cointelegraph, Line introduced its proprietary crypto exchange in 2018 as a Singapore-based organization. Originally understood as BitBox, the business was rebranded to Bitfront and moved to the U.S. in February2020 The exchange hasactually been downscaling some of its operations in current years, suspending services in South Korea in August 2021.

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Despite being a smallersized crypto exchange, Bitfront has substantial trading volumes at the time of composing. According to information from CoinGecko, Bitfront’s day-to-day trading volume quantities to $55 million, with the exchange trading a overall of 5 cryptocurrencies, consistingof Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Link, Litecoin (LTC) and Tether (USDT).

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