Genesis, Huobi Resort to Staff Layoffs as Market Pressure Continues to Intensify: Reports

Between 2021 and 2022, the overall crypto sector lost over $2 trillion (roughly Rs. 1,65,74,700 crore).

Genesis, Huobi Resort to Staff Layoffs as Market Pressure Continues to Intensify: Reports

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The crypto industry will take some time to recover from the ongoing slump, analysts predict

  • Genesis has confirmed the layoff of 60 staffers
  • Huobi advisor Justin Sun has denied lay off reports
  • Clarity on Huobi’s situation remains awaited

Two crypto firms — Genesis and Huobi — have grabbed the attention of the crypto community, after reportedly decided to cut down on their respective work forces. Genesis is a crypto-lending platform whereas Huobi is a crypto exchange platform. The companies are evidently trying to cut the cost around their business operations in the midst of the ongoing market slump. The overall crypto market situation, that has remained stuck to the global valuation of within $820 billion (roughly Rs. 67,76,234 crore) for weeks now, failed to show any major improvement in the first week of 2023.

In the case of Huobi, its native HT token dropped by eleven percent in the last 24 hours and slipped by 30 percent in the last one month. As per a CoinDesk report, Huobi is terminating 20 percent of its work force. The affected staffers mare reportedly those who have refused to draw salaries in its HT native coin.

The company confirmed its decision hours after Justin Sun, the TRON founder-turned-advisor for the exchange last year,  denied that Huobi was looking to let go of its employees.

On Twitter people familiar with the matter claimed that the Seychelles-based crypto exchange is facing the impacts of a slumped market and has also closed internal communications.

Huobi is not the only company suffering amid rough market waves. The ongoing market slumphas also destabilised the position of Genesis, which is a New York, US-based crypto lending firm now mulling filing for bankruptcy.

The company in November, Genesis had asked for a loan of $1 billion (roughly Rs. 8,263 crore) from investors, after the downfall of the FTX crypto exchange.

To protect its business from going bankrupt for now, Genesis has laid off 30 percent of its work force, making for sixty people to keep its business afloat.

Between 2021 and 2022, the overall crypto sector lost over $2 trillion (roughly Rs. 1,65,74,700 crore). The Russia-Ukraine war, the recession that followed the COVID-19 pandemic, repeated hack attacks, and the collapse of promising crypto projects like LUNA and FTX slashed investor engagement in the sector.

The industry may take a while to recover from the ongoing crypto winter, industry analysts have predicted.

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Radhika Parashar
Radhika Parashar is a senior correspondent for Gadgets 360. She has been reporting on tech and telecom for the last three years now and will be focussing on writing about all things crypto. Besides this, she is a major sitcom nerd and often replies in Chandler Bing and Michael Scott references. For tips or queries you could reach out to her at More
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