Today marks a special day: The first day that newcomer international Bitcoin exchange OKCoin.com has had a higher daily Bitcoin…
OKCoin.com is the international arm of OKCoin; OKCoin also runs OKCoin.cn, a Chinese Bitcoin exchange that also has high volume CNY/BTC trading but does not charge fees (the Chinese norm). Whether or not OKCoin's lead in 24-hour Bitcoin volume will persist until tomorrow is anybody's guess. However, it is likely that OKCoin.com's new Maker/Taker fee schedule can explain the shift in market share.
ChangPeng "CZ" Zhao, OKCoin's Chief Technology Officer gave his thoughts with CCN on OKCoin.com's big day:
Honestly, we never know exactly what attracts the volume to our site. We have a few guesses. We just launched the Maker-Taker fee model. Now the volume contributor gets paid to trade on our exchange. This obviously will attract volume to OKCoin. But our volumes have been on a steady increase even before that. OKCoin.com just came out of Beta a week ago. We have increased our marketing push since then. That helps too. Overall, we simply focus on making the products better. And the users (and volume) will follow.
OKCoin's recent moves have definitely had positive effects on the exchange's liquidity. OKCoin has been rising in popularity and use, starting in China, and now all over the world ever since their $10 million USD funding round earlier this year. They have even engaged with the Bitcoin community in an "Ask Us Anything (AUA)" posted to the Bitcoin subreddit. OKCoin has worked closely with fellow Chinese Bitcoin exchanges, BTC China and Huobi, to represent the still-young Chinese Bitcoin community. The trio sent a well-worded letter to Superintendent Lawsky in late August that reminded the New York Department of Financial Services of the far-reaching consequences of their attempted regulation. In August, OKCoin passed a Bitcoin Proof of Reserves audit conducted by Stefan Thomas in the same manner as previous Bitcoin exchange Proof of Reserves/Proof of Solvency tests. OKCoin set a new record by demonstrating control of 104.86% of the bitcoins necessary to meet all known bitcoin obligations.
OKCoin announced USD trading on OKCoin.com and put CNY trading on OKCoin.cn, earlier this year. For over a month, OKCoin.com was in beta, and only recently started operating at full speed. OKCoin.com is registered in Singapore, instead of from within China, in order to avoid potential regulation from China. The .cn and .com websites serve different portions of the community, with the .com website offering futures trading and the .cn website offering p2p lending. Bitcoin exchanges are continually increasing the amount and structure of their services to best provide for the Bitcoin community, which is worldwide.
OKCoin image from OKCoin.com; other images from Shutterstock.
Last modified (UTC): September 25, 2014 10:23 AM