Huobi’s decision follows similar announcements by Bitmain, social network Steemit, and ConsenSys. As bitcoin fell 70% in value this year and nearly $500 billion has been wiped from over 2,000 cryptocurrencies, the industry is facing deep changes and exchanges like Huobi are bearing the brunt of the fall.
Huobi is reportedly “optimising staffing” by dismissing a number of employees. However, similarly to Bitmain, it declined to provide any specific numbers relating to the layoffs. At the moment, according to the SCMP, the firm employs over a thousand people, and its spokesperson maintains it is still hiring new employees “for its core businesses and emerging markets.”