Abra Prohibits Americans from Holding EOS and 4 Additional Altcoins

California-based crypto wallet service Abra will limit a few services for American clients beginning August. 

Abra will need to enforce a few framework adjustments due to continued regulatory uncertainty within the United States, a blog post published on July 25 stated. Eminently, American clients will not be able to hold a number of cryptocurrencies, including EOS.

Particularly, the platform will begin relocating its smart contract-based synthetic assets to a local hosted wallet arrangement, saying that those assets are defined on Abra as anything other than Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, and Ether.

This migration will have a direct impact on a few services for U.S. clients, including limitation from holding five cryptocurrencies. Specifically, Americans will not be qualified to hold QTUM, Bitcoin Gold (BTG), OmiseGO (OMG), EOS, and Status (SNT) after Aug. 29, 2019, Abra said. The firm further stated that any remaining balances in those assets after that date will be automatically converted to Bitcoin within the app.

As such, after Aug. 29, New York inhabitants will only be able to hold Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash on Abra, the company expressed. Moreover, Abra clients from New York will not be able to utilize ACH transfers, as well as wire or American express for deposits and withdrawals after Aug 29th, 2019. 

At the same time, the migration prepare is anticipated to be consistent for the larger part of U.S. clients and will permit clients to proceed managing operations with no interference. In any case, the method may cause a few operations to be inaccessible for a couple of minutes, the blog post elucidates. 

Recently, major crypto payments company Circle revealed the introduction of a new subsidiary in Bermuda to serve non-American clients of its trading platform Poloniex. Circle announced its plans to present new crypto services as a part of the expansion to Bermuda. However, many of those new services will not be accessible within the U.S., the company stated.