EOS Exchange Coming Via Huobi Pool in Early 2019
Huobi Pool, the mining wing of the Huobi Group business group, is reportedly launching an EOS exchange in a few weeks’ time. The subsidiary, which already serves as an EOS super node, is now betting on advancing its position in the EOS ecosystem even further.
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EOS Exchange Expected Early 2019 After Huobi’s Busy 2018
On December 29th, Huobi Pool, Huobi Group’s mining subsidiary and the current top-ranked EOS block producer, announced plans to open up an EOS exchange by the end of 2019’s first quarter.
The exchange, which will be the inaugural exchange platform venture for Huobi Pool, will let users trade EOS as a base currency against a currently unspecified range of cryptocurrencies.
“Launching this EOS exchange is simply the next logical step in our support,” said Huobi Pool CEO Cao Fei, who noted the cultivation of the company’s super node status was “high on its list of priorities.”
The move caps off what has been an expansionary year for the pool’s parent business group, even amid the crypteconomy’s 2018 correction.
This past spring, Huobi announced it was eyeing offices in London after starting its pivot beyond from China late last year. Days after that declaration, the cryptocurrency group poached former OKEx CEO Chris Lee with a mind toward international growth.
I've officially joined Huobi group as secretary of the board of Directors & Vice president of International business development
— Chris Lee (@ChrisLEE_Crypto) May 21, 2018
Then, in the fall, Huobi expanded toward Russian language support and created a Chinese Communist Party liason committee — two unambiguous signs the group had further entrenchment in Russia and China in their sights.
However, the business group also quietly weathered scandal this year, as a document allegedly leaked internally from Huobi in September 2018 seemed to detail voter collusion among Chinese EOS block producers.
Into the Deep End With EOS
“[We’ve] seen strong demand to expand Huobi DM to other coin types as well,” Huobi Global CEO CEO Livio Weng said.
“Adding EOS contract service is part of our ongoing efforts to address customer demand.”
Accordingly, users of the platform are now able to take out shorts or longs on EOS, with the options going as high as 20-times leverage positions.
Whether other crypto derivatives plays follow suit into the EOS breach is an open question for now, but with growth being paramount in business, it seems likely for now.
What’s your take? Is it rather unsurprising that Huobi Pool is pursuing an EOS exchange? Let us know in the comments section below.
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