BitQuick is the second largest P2P Bitcoin trading platform in the world by trading volume, and recently reported growth of over 6x this year. New York users will now be unable to buy or sell on the platform.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 11, 2015
This was a direct result of the extensive regulations introduced by the recent implementation of the BitLicense, as reported by CNN on July 18, 2015. The BitLicense imposes a $5,000 fee to all applicants, alongside various regulatory requirements that would need to be continually met.
BitQuick joins a continuing trend of Bitcoin companies to pull their services from New York. To better inform consumers of the situation at hand, New York customers are being redirected to PleaseProtectConsumers.org. ShapeShift.io was one of the first to take such action in June 15, 2015, followed shortly by GoCoin, according to their press release. On Saturday, the largest Bitcoin exchange for USD, BitFinex, also announced that they would be restricting access to their platform for New York customers.
“$5,000 for a new startup is a deep expense. When you’re talking about many companies who are in pre-seed stages, they don’t even stand a chance to try,” said BitQuick.co Founder Jad Mubaslat, “New York isn’t a problem now; we’ll have to wait for them to come around. But if other states followed suit, there would be a serious chokehold on innovation. Innovators would flee to unrestricted states or territories. Not to mention the state by state regulatory framework in place right now is a mess to begin with.”
BitQuick stated that the regulation is overbearing relative to the size of the Bitcoin industry, and indiscriminate towards small and large startups.