UK based cloud mining and exchange, CEX.IO announced a temporary suspension of their cloud mining services this week, citing the recent drop in Bitcoin’s price and the increase in difficulty as the reason why.
Officially announcing the changes on their blog, the company explained that the current climate meant their service was not currently profitable. In the post,Chief information officer, Jeffrey Smith stated that the changes were only temporary, until energy and maintenance costs could be re negotiated
[blockquote]Suspension of CEX.IO cloud mining service is only a forced temporary measure, the result of cloud mining costs exceeding mining profit. Currently all cloud mining/maintenance costs are directed to the Hardware provider, hence, we are open for negotiations with additional mining hardware providers, who can offer favourable terms. And, as soon as we get an opportunity to upgrade mining hardware, or come to more efficient terms with energy suppliers, cloud mining process will be automatically resumed.[/blockquote]
Speaking to Inside Bitcoin and Coindesk, Smith stated that at current mining difficulty, the Bitcoin price would have to exceed $320 for the service to resume, adding that the company are currently actively looking for ways to resume the service and that they would implement the option for customers to continue cloud mining if they wished.