Coinbase Outage Stirs Intrigue: A Bull in Sheep’s Clothing?

While the latest crash on the exchange has spiked user apprehensions, not everyone appears to be bothered.

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  • Coinbase experienced a major outage, which caused a temporary shutdown of its services.
  • The exchange has assured users that assets remain safe.
  • Coinbase has announced the resumption of services across its platforms.

Coinbase, America’s largest crypto exchange, has been frequently thrust into the spotlight this year, marked by recurring service disruptions amid heightened market activity. With not one but two instances of user balance inconsistencies and withdrawal troubles, doubts about the exchanges have loomed large.

When the dust seemed to settle on its outage woes, Coinbase suffered another outage, again begging the question, why?

Why Is Coinbase Down?

In the early hours of Tuesday, May 14, 2024, Coinbase suffered a critical system-wide outage, rendering all its services inaccessible to users. The outage, which commenced around 4:00 UTC, disabled the exchange’s website and mobile platforms for nearly four hours, with users encountering a “503 Service Temporarily Unavailable” error message. 


The unexpected nature and severity of the outage raised concerns among users, which the exchange addressed by announcing that an investigation was underway to determine the root cause of the disruption.

Despite the frustration, some users view the Coinbase outage as a positive sign for the crypto market. X user Gordy Clayton suggested that the unexpected shutdown indicates a bullish signal for the industry, stating, “you know we are back.”

Clayton’s comments received widespread agreement from his followers, many of whom echoed his sentiment. But why is this so?

Coinbase Outage: A Bullish Signal?

Bull runs in the crypto market are often associated with service disruptions and sometimes crashes across exchange and trading platforms. This correlation stems from increased trading activity, heightened withdrawals, and price surges that can overwhelm exchange systems.


On February 28, Coinbase experienced a similar service crash earlier this year, citing an enormous surge in traffic and heightened activity. This crash coincided with the February-March crypto rally, which saw Bitcoin (BTC) and other crypto assets surge to new price highs.

While a surge in market activity does tick the boxes of bull run characteristics, there is no guarantee that the Coinbase outage was either “planned” or triggered by a surge in activity, making it challenging to chart a positive outlook.

On the Flipside

  • Despite Coinbase’s assurance that systems are fully recovered, several users still face withdrawal troubles.
  • Some users speculate that a Bitcoin whale sell-off triggered the Coinbase crash.
  • In March 2024, users reported withdrawal troubles and inefficient support service on Coinbase. 

Why This Matters

The frequency of outages on Coinbase undermines its credibility as a trading and exchange platform, and continued disruptions could severely damage its reputation, particularly given its size and the number of users it caters to.

Read more about Coinbase’s recent tweak of its USDC offerings:
Here’s How Coinbase Is Reforming Its USDC Pricing Policy

The crypto market and Bitcoin ETFs have set sights on flows recovery; read more:
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This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

Grace Abidemi

Grace Abidemi, a cryptocurrency reporter at DailyCoin, covers industry developments and trends. She previously worked as a freelance writer. With a Bachelor's degree in German Language and certifications in marketing and storytelling, Grace creates engaging content. When not working, she's in Nigeria, mastering cooking and canvas painting, and enjoys learning about different cultures and languages.