Major crypto exchange Huobi has come under the wrath of so-called “Crypto Winter” as its Australian subsidiary has subsumed under the global wing. Huobi Australia announced the take over via a Tweet on February 25th.

Explaining the sudden move by the crypto exchange, Huobi’s Australian arm noted on its Facebook page: “Please be informed that due to poor market conditions and associated recent staff redundancies here at Huobi Australia, all operations, including the management of our platform, social media channels and customer support will be managed by our team at Huobi Global headquarters starting 26th February 2019.”

Further elaborating the exchange’s future move in the Australian market, the post added: “We have decided not to explore adding a fiat on-ramp but rather will keep the exchange in its current coin-to-coin format. We have therefore decided to forgo our AUSTRAC registration as it is only required for fiat on-ramps.”

Dominant Bear Turned Out to be a Massive Issue

Huobi’s operational concerns in the slumped market were surfaced last December, as the exchange revealed that it was going to cut short “worst-performing employees” from its workforce rather than the pre-planned restructuring of the organization.

Huobi is not the only exchange or blockchain business to get affected by the plunging crypto prices as Chinese crypto mining hardware manufacturer Bitmain and Canadian crypto exchange Coinsquare were also forced to take similar steps in the recent months.

Will the Growth Sustain?

However, despite the slow down, Huobi Global has doubled its trading volume in 2018 compared to the recorded numbers in 2017. The Singapore-headquartered exchange’s CEO Leon Li also revealed that it has expanded significantly in 2018 and added hundreds of staffs as the headcount went from 400 in early 2018 to more than 1,300 in 2019.

Huobi also launched a digital asset derivative trading platform – Huobi Derivatives Market (Huobi DM) – last December and, as reported by Finance Magnates earlier, the trading volume in the platform touched $12 billion within a month surpassing $20 billion mark in next few days.

The cryptocurrency exchange also made its presence stronger in Russia with the opening of a new office and launching the Russian version of the platform last November.

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