Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, is grappling with regulatory challenges in the United States and Europe. Recent reports reveal a significant decline in its market share from 62 per cent to 40 per cent in the spot trading sector by the end of 2023. This decline prompts a closer examination of Binance’s strategies and the emergence of rival exchanges.
According to a report by 0xScope, Binance has witnessed a notable setback, losing one-third of its market share over the past year. Analysts attribute this decline to Binance’s listing strategy, which has led to a downturn in the value of popular tokens shortly after being listed. Conversely, smaller exchanges like Upbit seized the opportunity, experiencing a substantial increase in their spot market share from 5 per cent to 15.3 per cent during the same period.
The 0xScope report dismisses the notion that website traffic and social media followers correlate with exchange market performance. Binance experienced a 5 per cent decrease in its official Twitter follower count despite a general increase in base value. In contrast, OKX observed a remarkable surge, with its official Twitter account’s real followers growing by over 200 per cent in the past year.
When considering all cryptocurrency trading volumes, including spot and futures markets, Binance’s market share stood at 51.2 per cent in October 2023. Despite maintaining a leading position, Binance faces increased competition from rivals such as OKX, Bybit, Bitget, and MEXC. Second-tier exchanges, including Bybit, Bitget, and MEXC, have collectively secured a market share of 42.3 per cent, narrowing the gap with Binance and OKX. Meanwhile, third-tier exchanges like Huobi, Kucoin, and Gate lag behind.
While Binance still commands nearly half of trading activity and exchange-based assets, its dominance has slightly declined over the past year. The report underscores that Binance’s market share erosion is not solely confined to trading volume metrics. Competitors like OKX and Coinbase have expanded their share in terms of overall funds and assets, contributing to a more balanced exchange landscape.
Despite the overall decline, Binance remains a dominant force in derivatives trading, holding around 50 per cent market share. However, OKX, Bybit, Bitget, and MEXC are rapidly gaining ground in this sector, collectively accounting for over 40 per cent of derivatives volume.