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UpBit Under Investigation, Crypto (BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH) Market Dips

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The crypto market is in the RED. Completely Red! ladies and gentlemen. The total market capitalization of the entire crypto verse has dropped from $440 Billion to current levels of $389 Billion at the moment of writing this. This is within a time frame that is less than 24 hours. The loss is a huge 11.6% decrease in market capitalization in such a short time period. The big coins of Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC) and EOS (EOS) have not been spared.

BTC is down 8.33% and trading at levels of $8,578. Ethereum is also under $700 and trading at $682 after a decline of 10.63% in the last 24 hours. XRP is at $0.68 and down 15.15%. Bitcoin Cash is down 16.42% and trading at $1,384. EOS is down 17.7% and trading at $15.14. Litecoin has also not been spared with an 11.33% drop and trading at $139. Basically, most coins and tokens are bleeding between the ranges of 7% and 25%: with the latter being the case for Bitcoin Diamond (BCD).

So what exactly is going on?

News reaching GlobalCoinReport.com indicate that popular South Korean exchange, Upbit, has been raided by Officials over suspicions of orchestrating fraud.

In the report, investigators from the S. Korean Prosecution office of the Southern District of Seoul searched Upbit’s head office due to accusations of selling cryptocurrency to customers that it does not actually hold. The authorities have confiscated books and hard disks for further auditing that is expected to take days. This has, in turn, caused traders using the popular exchange, to withdraw their funds en masse in fear of their funds being locked up or not actually existing on the platform.

Looking at Upbit’s current daily trading volume on coinmarketcap.com, the exchange is doing $2.157 Billion in trade at the moment of writing this. The question now lies as to whether these are actual figures or doctored numbers by the team at Upbit. Only the auditors via the South Korean regulators will be able to answer this for us.

The prosecutors were quoted as saying the following with respect to the investigation:

“After the digital forensics investigation on the seizures [seized items] and confirming the illegal charges, we will decide whether and in what direction we will investigate further.”

The South Korean regulators have been carrying out investigations on exchanges in the country since March. This was after the Cyrpo-verse was bombarded by news of Chinese banning crypto trading and the South Korean regulators planning on doing the same during the same time period. It has truly been a tumultuous time with many Crypto traders hoping for a bounce in the markets once this issue at Upbit is cleared up in a timely manner.

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Is Bitcoin Esport Betting the next big thing in BTC Casinos?

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Ever since the creation of the first sport games, people started enjoying the betting process. As the sports grew more popular around the world, so did the betting community and other than the physical betting shops, online sportsbooks have also started to emerge. Around 5 years ago the crypto gambling industry also made strides to join the fun and Bitcoin Casino started pouring its resources into providing proper sportsbook experience for their communities of players. For several years the things were steady and the concept of Bitcoin Betting was growing exponentially. Although recent events have significantly halted the progress of sports and betting, the new alternative started gaining traction in the gambling world, and that alternative was the Esport Betting. 

How did Esport Betting become so popular?

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How to participate in Esport Betting?

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Bitcoin has already brought our world some of the most incredible innovation we have seen, but the best is yet to come. 

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AAX Crypto Exchange Announces Massive Growth Numbers in August

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As the crypto market continues to surge, new traders continue to enter the market on a daily basis.  One of the first questions that new traders have is where should they trade crypto.  While there are countless options for buying and selling digital assets, traders need to exercise extreme caution and perform due diligence to avoid scam exchanges as well as places that have limited or no volume.  While the main platforms such as Coinbase, Binance, and Bittrex will always have significant volume, their fees are known to be on the expensive side.  AAX, a next-generation cryptocurrency exchange with the lowest futures fees in the world, represents a compelling alternative that traders should consider.

Growth Announcement

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Institutional-Grade Exchange

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