War of words: OKX takes a subtle jab at Coinbase in new ad campaign

It comes after Coinbase launched a campaign on March 9 called “It’s time to update the system.”

OKX’s message came at the end of a 60-second video campaign launched May 9 that takes aim at the so-called “broken ways” of the centralized financial system.

Crypto exchange OKX has seemingly called out rival exchange Coinbase in a new global ad campaign that argues “the system doesn’t need an update, it needs a rewrite.” 

While the video doesn’t reference Coinbase directly, it does appear to take a subtle dig at the exchange with its tagline.

Coinbase’s campaign argued while American financial institutions are an “essential part” of the traditional finance system – they still rely on outdated technology to serve their customers. Coinbase argued that crypto is the answer to this problem.

OKX appears to take Coinbase’s idea a step further, arguing the decentralized nature of Web3 means consumers don’t even need to be involved with centralized players in the first place.

“There are two camps of thoughts. One side suggests we update existing systems to create a better world. The other believes we need a system re-write. Our new campaign is a nod to those who believe we need to re-write the system into Web3,” Haider Rafique, Chief Marketing Officer of OKX said in a statement.

OKX said the campaign was produced in collaboration with BBDO New York, its advertising agency.

Cointelegraph contacted OKX asking if the campaign was in response to the Coinbase campaign in March but did not receive an immediate response.

Related: OKX just sent $60M in USDT, MASK token to Alameda Research

The Seychelles-based crypto exchange recently signaled its intention to expand its crypto services to Australia, explaining in a March 29 statement that Australia would be a key growth market for the firm moving forward.

Rafique told Cointelegraph that the decision to expand “Down Under” was driven by Australians’ “huge appetite” for more crypto investment and trading products:

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