Cryptocurrency trading platform Bitfinex has recently announced the launch of EOSfinex, a decentralized exchange built on the EOSIO technology, in beta.
The new platform aims to facilitate peer-to-peer value exchanges and support high-volume blockchain-based trading.
EOSfinex will allow for a peer-to-peer network which will be entirely trustless, and that can be viewed by participants. To begin with, it will trade major pairs like ETH/USD, BTC/USD, and EOS/USD.
Paolo Ardoino, CTO of Bitfinex, said the company opted for the EOSIO tech because it supported high-speed transactions, particularly with high volume trading, which was, in their words: “a strong advantage for on-chain trading.”
“This is an important development for both Bitfinex and EOS, as EOSfinex will be a highly-scalable, performance-driven platform, focused on transparency and decentralization,” Paolo Ardoino said. “With features such as easy scalability and flexibility, EOSfinex will display how trustless on-chain exchange and high-performance can be the expected norm, and how these are vital for the blockchain industry as a whole.”
EOSIO is an open source blockchain protocol aimed at supporting industrial-scale apps. The company claims that its tech eliminates transaction fees and is capable of conducting millions of transactions per second.
Block.one, the company behind EOSIO, raised US$4 billion in a year-long token sale to fund the development of the platform. Following this token sale for the ERC20 EOS token on the Ethereum blockchain, EOS has been live on its own blockchain since June 14.
The announcement comes amidst controversies with Block.one. On Tuesday, it was revealed that some early employees and contractors had resigned from the Hong Kong company to start a new blockchain project.
Bitfinex, which is operated by iFinex, a company headquartered in Hong Kong and registered in the British Virgin Islands, has been at the center of recent scandals in the cryptocurrency space. Bitfinex is associated with Tether, a cryptocurrency which Tether Ltd. claims is pegged to the US dollar, with whom they share common shareholders and management. Critics have raised concerns about the relationship between the two companies with some suggesting that Tether may be creating value out of thin air.