South Korean games company Nexon: No takeover of Bithumb planned

Last week, it was claimed that Nexon was planning to buy the Bithumb crypto exchange. This is not true, however.

The major game company Nexon will not take over the leading South Korean crypto exchange Bithumb, as previously claimed in local media

In an email to Cointelegraph, a representative from Bitcoin Circuit said the company “has not invested in and does not intend to acquire Bithumb”. The email clarified that other claims were based on “a false report last week”. “We cannot comment on other companies’ investment plans,” added the representative.

The potential sale of the exchange should be planned since the end of August 2020

A preliminary bidding round is to take place in September. But the process, if any, is likely to be hampered by the current police investigation against Lee Jung Hoon , CEO of Bithumb Korea and Bithumb Holdings.

At the same time, a Bithumb executive is investigated into fraud. This also makes it difficult for the exchange to obtain a legally binding registration as a crypto company with the Korean authorities. A presumably planned IPO , as reported in June 2020, will also be difficult.

Despite at least two police raids on the exchange’s offices in connection with these investigations, the exchange is popular in the Korean crypto market and is currently the sixth largest platform in the industry worldwide by daily volume traded according to CoinMarketCap data .