ShapeShift Notifications

ShapeShift Now One of the Leading SegWit Adopters

Notes on Leaving the State of Washington

Today, ShapeShift joins some of the world’s most innovative blockchain technology companies in leaving the State of Washington.

ShapeShift and Tokens as Securities

Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a US-based financial regulator, has taken the position that a specific type of blockchain ledger entry, the Ethereum-based token known as The DAO Token (defunct since a code exploit was discovered over a year ago), should be considered a security – specifically an investment contract, as contemplated under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933. SEC also emphasized that it may consider other tokens to be securities, based on their specific properties.

ShapeShift, from its beginning, has been built to be the safest, fastest digital asset exchange on Earth.  We don’t just take consumer protection seriously: we created an entirely new model that doesn’t endanger users in the first place. ShapeShift was the first exchange to build this kind of technology.

Here is how we are handling this new regulation for customers residing in the United States. 

Important Bitcoin Hard Fork Information

UPDATE: Following a successful fork and sufficient network stability for Bitcoin Cash, we have added the token (BCH) to our list of tradable assets. Visit shapeshift.io to buy or sell BCH.

In preparation for the proposed Bitcoin Cash (aka BCH) fork set to occur on August 1st, ShapeShift would like to notify our customers regarding our handling of the event.

On July 31, ShapeShift will temporarily turn off all trading capabilities across the platform (web, mobile, and API). This means it will not be possible to buy or sell digital assets on ShapeShift.  Trading will remain turned off until we feel that a clear outcome of the fork has been determined. READ MORE

Notes on ShapeShift Preparing for BIP 91 (Segwit2x) Activation

The following post outlines the measures ShapeShift is taking once the BIP 91 Activation takes effect, around midnight Saturday (July 22, 2017)/ Sunday (July 23, 2017) morning EDT at earliest. Due to an abundance of caution regarding the activation of BIP 91 on Bitcoin, ShapeShift will temporarily remove all trading capabilities with Bitcoin on our exchange – and within our API offerings – in order to ensure the orphaning of blocks causes no major consensus issues. No deposits or withdrawals will be available at the time that this activation occurs until we feel that a clear outcome has been determined. HOWEVER, ShapeShift will continue to support all non-Bitcoin transactions. Read more to learn all details.

Details for Upcoming Second Ethereum Hard Fork (11.22.2016)

Please read our official statement regarding ShapeShift and the Ethereum hard fork, which will be occuring at approx. 6:30 am EST, Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

At approximately 6:30 am EST, Tuesday, November 22, 2016,  (block 2,675,000), the ETH network will undergo a hard fork in an attempt to resolve lingering network isseus. At the moment this seems to be an uncontentious change and things are expected to go smoothly.

Details for Upcoming Ethereum Hard Fork

Please read our official statement regarding ShapeShift and the Ethereum hard fork, which will be occuring at approximatly 9 am EST tomorrow, October 18, 2016.

At approximately 9 am Eastern (block 2463000), the ETH network will undergo a hard fork in an attempt to resolve the recent DDOS attacks on the ethereum protocol. At the moment this seems to be an uncontentious change and things are expected to go smoothly (see more on the Ethereum blog). 

Official Note on Ethereum from the ShapeShift Team (10/13/2016)

As some are aware, there have been ongoing malicious attacks on the Ethereum network over the past week or two. The attacks are changing and evolving, and as one vector is fixed, others are opened up. This struggle could continue for a while, unfortunately, though we’re confident Ethereum will emerge stronger. What this means for our users is this: Anyone doing an order with Ethereum (or Ethereum-based assets -- Reputation REP, Digix DGD and SingularDTV SNGLS) should expect considerable delays in their order processing. Generally, Ethereum-based transactions are simply taking hours (or even a day or two) to get into their first block.

Update on Ether Exchanges: ShapeShift now accepts contract payments!

ShapeShift.io can now officially accept smart contract payments for Ether through our system. After weeks of brainstorming with the ethereum team, developing and, testing we have a solution that lets us take contract payments. READ BELOW TO UNDERSTAND HOW THESE ORDERS WORK: 

ShapeShift Response to Lisk Announcement

UPDATE: This issue has been clarified and resolved. See the blog post HERE for details."

Official Statement on Lisk ICO:

ShapeShift is not hosting or managing the sale of Lisk (contrary to what has been reported).