UPDATE (16th June 16:00 BST): Following the publication of this article, a spokesperson for the New York State Department of Financial Services told CoinDesk "miners and mining pools are exempt from the BitLicense".
BTC Guild is set to close at the end of June, months after previously announcing that it would shut down its long-running bitcoin mining pool.
Eleuthria noted that whether BTC Guild is based in New York "does not matter" and suggested that the pool could face significant legal liability regardless of its location because "the final regulations have enough gray area that BTC Guild is at risk".
The post explained:
BTC Guild will cease operating after 30th June, with withdrawals available until 30th September.
The mining pool – a collective of miners who share their hashing power to compete for blocks as a group – has reduced its minimum withdrawal amount to 0.0001 BTC, with no transaction fees required to remove money from the platform.
BitLicense, fraud risk blamed
In addition to the BitLicense finalization, the gradual decline in size of the pool relative to its costs and liabilities was cited as a factor in the closure decision.
The announcement pointed to the growing risk of fraud BTC Guild allegedly faces, with Eleuthria stating that "I have been growing concerned for some time now about attempts to defraud pools."
"When the pool was 20-30% of the network, the amount of funds at risk was slightly higher, but the ability for the pool to recover from that loss was present," Eleuthria wrote. "At 3% of the network, the pool would not be able to recover from such a loss."
In its last announcement, BTC Guild floated the possibility of a sale in order to continue operating. According to the latest post, any idea of a sale was abandoned due to the perceived risk of fraud, as well as "personal attachment" to the pool on the part of its staff.
"The risk of users being cheated or stolen from as a result of transferring pool ownership is not something I am willing to accept," Eleuthria wrote, reiterating that the decision to shut down is in part an effort to protect users from fraud.
Eleuthria went on to thank the community for its support of BTC Guild, which began operating in 2011, writing: