The Japanese messaging big Line has determined to close down its cryptocurrency trade enterprise amid the continuing crypto winter.

Line-owned crypto trade Bitfront formally announced on Nov. 27 a plan to utterly shut down the platform by March 2023.

In line with the assertion, the closure was pushed by the continued cryptocurrency bear market and different points within the crypto trade.

Regardless of the trade’s closure, Line will nonetheless proceed to run its different blockchain ventures, together with the Line blockchain ecosystem and Hyperlink (LN) token, the announcement notes, stating:

“Regardless of our efforts to beat the challenges on this rapidly-evolving trade, we now have regretfully decided that we have to shut down Bitfront to be able to proceed rising the Line blockchain ecosystem and Hyperlink token economic system.”

Bitfront additionally emphasised that the choice to shut the trade was made for the “finest curiosity” of the Line ecosystem and is unrelated to the continuing trade scandal involving the FTX exchange.

In line with the announcement, Bitfront will take a gradual strategy to droop its providers, stopping signups and bank card funds on Nov. 28. The platform then plans to droop further deposits and curiosity funds of LN curiosity merchandise and proceed with the associated LN withdrawals by mid-December.

By the tip of December, Bitfront goals to cease all cryptocurrency and fiat deposits alongside buying and selling suspension and cancellation of open orders. Whole suspension of withdrawals is scheduled for March 31, 2023, whereas clients can be nonetheless capable of declare their belongings in numerous jurisdictions of the US.

As beforehand reported by Cointelegraph, Line launched its proprietary crypto trade in 2018 as a Singapore-based enterprise. Originally known as BitBox, the corporate was rebranded to Bitfront and moved to the U.S. in February 2020. The trade has been downscaling a few of its operations lately, suspending providers in South Korea in August 2021.

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Regardless of being a smaller crypto trade, Bitfront has vital buying and selling volumes on the time of writing. In line with information from CoinGecko, Bitfront’s every day buying and selling quantity amounts to $55 million, with the trade buying and selling a complete of 5 cryptocurrencies, together with Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Hyperlink, Litecoin (LTC) and Tether (USDT).