Bitcoin Turns Positive, Bitcoin Gold Plunges 65% on Trading Debut
Investing.com – Bitcoin turned positive on Wednesday a day after a split in its blockchain created a rival an offshoot coin called bitcoin gold.
On the U.S.-based Bitfinex exchange, bitcoin rose to $5,519.8, up $9.9, or 0.18% but remained well below its recent peak of $6,190.
Bitcoin struggled to hold onto gains following the fork of its blockchain, which created a new rival cryptocurrency bitcoin gold.
The newly minted digital currency, however, suffered a slump on its official trading debut, falling more 65% to around $133 amid a lack of support from the community including well-known cryptocurrrency wallets – a software program where cryptocoins are stored.
“At this time, Coinbase cannot support Bitcoin Gold because its developers have not made the code available to the public for review,” Coinbase, the largest online wallet for cryptocurrencies noted in a blog post.
The fork in Bitcoin comes amid concerns over mining monopolies present in the Bitcoin network. Proponents of bitcoin gold believe, however, that the application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC) resistant cryptocurrency will decentralize the Bitcoin network, lowering the possibility of mining monopolies.
“Bitcoin Gold is the brainchild of Jack Liao and is launching as a hard fork of Bitcoin”, said prominent Bitcoin developer Jimmy Song. “The idea [of Bitcoin gold] is to give mining back to the users who can start using CPUs and GPUs to mine.”
The rapid of adoption of application-specific integrated circuits, or ASICs, computer chip cards capable of mining bitcoin 50 times faster than traditional video graphics cards – and are considerably more expensive – has led to concentration of bitcoin miners.
The top six mining pools by global processing power are Chinese, making up more than two-thirds of computational power or hashrate on the bitcoin network, according to blockchain.info.
The emergence of a rival bitcoin gold has failed to weigh on demand for bitcoin cash so far, which rose 0.68% to $324.58.
Ethereum, the second largest cryptocurrencies by market cap, added 0.11% to $296.64.
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