LINE’s cryptocurrency exchange based in the U.S., BITFRONT, has announced closure on Monday to shift its focus to developing LINE’s blockchain ecosystem.

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Fast facts

  • BITFRONT claimed its decision to shut down the platform wasn’t related to “certain exchanges that have been accused of misconduct.”
  • The crypto exchange originally launched as BITBOX in 2018 in Singapore, before rebranding to BITFRONT in its move to the U.S. in 2020.
  • BITFRONT is operated by Tokyo-based internet company LINE Corporation and its blockchain subsidiary, LVC Corporation.
  • LINE is a subsidiary of Z Holdings, which is owned by Japanese conglomerate SoftBank and South Korean internet firm Naver.
  • BITFRONT suspended new signups and credit card payments on Monday and trading will be halted on December 30.
  • Customers can make withdrawals until Mar. 31, 2023.

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