Mt. Gox moves $9.6B worth of Bitcoin. Are creditors finally being repaid?


Collapsed cryptocurrency exchange Mt. Gox moved $9.62 billion worth of Bitcoin into a new wallet, raising hopes among creditors.

The 141,686 Bitcoin (BTC) was consolidated into wallet “1Jbez” from several other cold wallets associated with Mt. Gox.

These transfers are seen as a potential indication that users who have been unable to access their funds since 2014, when Mt. Gox suspended trading and withdrawals, might finally be repaid.

The transfers represent the first on-chain movement of funds from the exchange in over five years and seem in line with Mt. Gox’s plans to repay creditors by the end of October 2024.

Mt. Gox wallet ‘”1Jbez” Source: CoinStats

The near $10 billion Bitcoin consolidation likely points to Mt. Gox’s plans to repay its users, according to Anndy Lian, intergovernmental blockchain expert and author of NFT: From Zero to Hero. Lian told cryptodirectories:

“This is the first movement of assets from Mt. Gox’s cold wallets in over five years and is likely part of the plan to distribute the assets back to creditors before the promised deadline of Oct. 31, 2024, in my humble opinion.”

However, the current deadline could face further delays, as it was set in September 2023 — a month before Mt. Gox was initially scheduled to repay the exchange’s creditors by Oct. 31, 2023.

Over $9.4 billion worth of Bitcoin is owed to some of Mt. Gox’s 127,000 creditors who have waited to get it back for over 10 years after the exchange collapsed in 2014 after multiple unnoticed hacks.

Mt. Gox was one of the earliest cryptocurrency exchanges, once facilitating more than 70% of all trades made within the blockchain ecosystem.

Following a major hack in 2011, the site collapsed in 2014; the fallout affected about 24,000 creditors and resulted in the loss of 850,000 BTC.

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Markets are pricing in a Mt. Gox repayment

Following the first batch of Mt. Gox transfers, Bitcoin price dipped 2% on May 28, to a daily low below $67,500, before recovering to just above $68,000, according to CoinMarketCap.

BTC/USDT, 4-hour chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

The BTC dip could be a sign of markets pricing in a potential repayment by Mt. Gox, according to Lian:

“The market has reacted to these movements with a slight bearish sentiment, as Bitcoin’s price dropped around 2.1% to as low as $67,505 after the transfer. This could be due to expectations of selling pressure from the creditors once they receive their repayments.”

Despite the slight price dip, Lian said that a potential repayment would resolve one of the most pressing, long-standing issues of the crypto industry.

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