US shutdowns lead to global decline in Bitcoin ATMs

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For the first time since July 2023, the number of active Bitcoin ATMs worldwide has decreased.

The United States and Canada represent 91.4% of the total Bitcoin (BTC) ATM network, each hosting 31,089 (82.6%) and 2,909 (7.7%) machines, respectively.

Distribution of crypto ATMs installed in various countries and on continents. Source: Coin ATM Radar

Countries worldwide significantly contributed to the month-on-month increase in Bitcoin ATMs throughout 2024, nearly reclaiming the 38,000 mark lost in January 2023.

Number of Bitcoin machines installed over time globally. Source: Coin ATM Radar

However, the 10-month-long global crypto ATM growth streak broke after over 300 ATMs went offline in May 2024. As of May 21, the U.S. market lost 302 Bitcoin ATMs during the month, while 28 machines went offline in Canada.

However, new Bitcoin ATMs in Australia, Switzerland and Europe have reduced the net decline in crypto ATMs to 280 at the time of publication.

Net change of cryptocurrency machines number installed and removed monthly in the United States. Source: Coin ATM Radar

Law enforcement agencies in the U.S. actively pursue and shut down Bitcoin ATMs frequently used for extortion and scams. However, the reasons behind the recent sharp decline in their numbers remain unclear.

Australia hosts the third-largest network of active Bitcoin ATMs after the U.S. and Canada, with 1,041 (2.8%) machines.

Read Cointelegraph’s crypto guide to learn more about using Bitcoin ATMs.

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Bitcoin Depot, the biggest ATM operator in the U.S., recorded steady earnings in 2024. There was no correlation between its revenues and the price of Bitcoin historically, the firm stated in its 10-K annual report filed on April 15.

Bitcoin price (from January 2022 to January 2024). Source: CoinGecko

“Based on our own user surveys, a majority of our users use our products and services for non-speculative purposes, including money transfers, international remittances, and online purchases, among others,” Bitcoin Depot wrote.

According to the ATM operator, the lack of correlation between Bitcoin Depot’s revenues and the BTC price is partly due to the nature of the services provided.

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