Sweden-based bitcoin mining firm KnCMiner, a startup that has raised $32m in venture funding from investors including Accel and Creandum, has declared bankruptcy.
Once one of the industry’s fastest-growing mining firms, the bankruptcy filing and entrance into receivership marks a new and perhaps penultimate phase for KnC, which was founded in 2013 and has drawn fire in the past from bitcoin and digital currency ecosystem over its consumer-oriented mining products.
Earlier this month, a Swedish court ruled in favor of KnCMiner by effectively scuttling a lawsuit over the Titan, a hardware product designed to mine alternative cryptocurrencies.
However, in remarks, CEO Sam Cole denied any relationship between the bankruptcy filing and recent litigation involving the company’s mining hardware customers.
Cole claimed that the primary factor was the upcoming drop in the bitcoin transaction block reward subsidy, set to take place sometime in the middle of July.
Currently, when a miner successfully processes a block, they receive a reward of 25 freshly minted bitcoins. Once the halving takes place, the subsidy will drop to 12.5 BTC – an event that effectively cuts a miner’s bitcoin income by half.
Cole told CoinDesk:
“Effectively our cost of coin – how much