Bitcoin Cash Undergoes Hard Fork, Splitting Into Two New Chains

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In Brief
  • Bitcoin Cash has experienced another hard fork.

  • BCH successfully performed the hard fork according to previously estimated time.

  • The hard fork happened at block height 661,447.

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Bitcoin Cash (BCH), a spin-off of Bitcoin created in 2017, has undergone yet another split. Previously, in 2018, BCH split into Bitcoin Cash ABC and Bitcoin Cash SV.

The planned hard fork happened on Nov. 15, splitting the Bitcoin Cash network into two separate chains — Bitcoin Cash Node (BCHN) and Bitcoin Cash ABC (BCH ABC).

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BCH successfully performed the hard fork according to a previously estimated time. at block height 661,447, which was the last common block for BCH ABC and BCHN.

The fork happened as the Bitcoin Cash Node and the Bitcoin Cash ABC communities could not come to an agreement on what the future rules of the network should be. According to a Nov. 13 press release:

“Whereas both implementations agree on a novel mining algorithm, supporters of BCH ABC want a portion of the block reward (around 8 per cent) to be distributed to the developer team, which undoubtedly causes centralization to the development efforts similar to other projects.”

In the run-up to the hard fork, BCH holders sent an average of more than 154,000 coins per day to exchanges over the past week.

Earlier this month, a slew of major cryptocurrency exchanges and projects, including Binance, Huobi, and OKEx, pledged support for the then upcoming fork. Crypto exchange Kraken said it would support Bitcoin Cash Node if any BCH chain split occurs in November.

The exchange also stated that it would continue to use the “BCH” ticker for the non-developer fund implementation. It justifies its stance by referencing 70 per cent of the network signaling support for Bitcoin Cash Node versus less than 1 per cent for Bitcoin Cash ABC.

 

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Ana became a translator and reporter at Cointelegraph in mid-2017 and now runs the Feature Desk at BeInCrypto where she develops stories and manages a passionate team of writers. Not so enthused about market news, she is more inspired by technology and its impact on society. Prior to that, Ana worked as a business reporter at a major news publication in Moscow, and at the Russian Space Agency, tracking misappropriation of state resources for space exploration programs.

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