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Bitmain’s overproduction of ASIC miners led to lower mining profits, claims miner




Bitmain's overproduction of ASIC miners led to falling mining profits, claims miner
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Bitmain and other crypto companies suffered massive losses during the bear market. However, Bitmain’s effect on Bitcoin’s price, performance, and its decentralization was discovered to be more than what was previously anticipated.

James McAvity, a Bitcoin enthusiast and miner, posted a series of tweets explaining how Bitmain’s overproduction of ASIC miners ultimately affected the coin’s miners.

Source: Twitter | James McAvity

When the Bitcoin frenzy reached its peak in 2017, so did the price. This resulted in the relentless production of Bitmain’s famed, top of the line, ASIC miners, that came to be used by most of the miners.

McAvity also pointed out the increase in Bitcoin mining’s electricity usage from 2017 to 2019. The electricity usage at the start of 2017 was around ~$250,000, which later surged exponentially to $4,000,000 a day [McAvity assumed 75 watts/TH]. The graphs attached below show the same correlation,

Source: Twitter | James McAvity

Source: Twitter | James McAvity

Bitmain controlled massive amounts of the hash rate for Bitcoin, at one point in the past. However, decisions taken by the company resulted in its dominance over Bitcoin mining weakening. According to some reports, Bitmain even sold most of their crypto holdings to survive the crypto winter that enveloped the coin market.

In a subsequent thread, McAvity tweeted,

“BITMAIN is the gift that keeps on giving.
Not only did they (in)voluntarily give up their position as the leading mining manufacturer, fostering greater decentralization.. but they also flooded the market with ASICs, sentencing their customers to waning profitability.”

As a result of the above, McAvity suggested that Bitcoins so purchased, would be from a “distressed miner” who would have to sell those BTCs to keep the mining farm alive. Most Bitcoin enthusiasts attributed the drop in BTC’s price from $6,000 to $3,000, to a reallocation of hash power by Bitmain during the hash wars.

McAvity tweeted,

“Look at the drop from $6400 BTC to $3300, at the time that was 10c KW/H breakeven to ~5c. Hashrate got crushed as high OPEX production got REKT. I predict we would drop to 20mm TH/s if the halving happens today, cutting network-wide miner electrical OPEX by 60%.”

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Bitcoin’s [BTC] dump may have triggered migration of BTCs worth hundreds of millions




Bitcoin's [BTC] dump may have triggered migration of BTCs worth hundreds of millions
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Bitcoin dropped by 3.55% over 3 hours, an approximate drop of $200, causing many altcoins to dip by more than 8%. Although it might be a coincidence, thousands of Bitcoins started to migrate from wallets to exchanges, wallets to wallets, and exchanges to wallets.

Whale Alert, a Twitter user, pointed out the same in his tweets. A total of  25,000 BTC were sent in under 20 minutes, in multiples of 5000 BTC each, in a wallet to wallet transaction. Two of these transfers were initiated from an unknown wallet [3BYv2L9zCFYpvRQXakqkVWa7JyRw6Q9ZAm] to two other unknown wallets [3PWNGS2357TnjRX7FpewqR3e3qsWwpFrJH, 3CAF6ZjtJKaHiJixViXncTRwG3N5ss9vn4].

These 5 transfers were worth approximately $140 million. The third transfer took place from multiple wallets to a single wallet [3HuUiXmKN3beQSoM97kWjK1fesWWJvKvaZ].

Additionally, there were two massive transactions that took place two hours after the drop; the first transaction involved 14,999 BTC, while the second involved 11,000 BTC.

The former transaction was sent from two wallets to a single wallet [3GaB3nRWA1PLc3XQkkbpVtFwYYZEuMxD4i], which is the balance of the wallet. The latter transaction was similar to the one mentioned above, as the transaction originated from two wallets.

Another transaction containing 9,000 BTC was transferred from 357R3FeNmySYeHuRfyhFd6nMwzoLDdjfwV to 3NmHmQte2rP8pS54U3B8LPYQKkpG1pFF69. The sender has approximately 9,412 BTC after the transfer, while the recipient has 9,000 BTC.

All of the above transactions were worth approximately $332 million. The massive BTCs transferred could be due to the recent fall in the price. It can also be speculated that BTC whales were securing their profits earned from the shorts.

A Twitter user @Emperor_YZ commented,

“and who say the fee is high, just 30,360 sat ($1.67)🤔 for a $82.37 million transfer …”

Another user, @Omarin0, commented,

“It would have also been 1.67$ for a 1.67$ transfer. 100% fee. How nice”

@Emperor_YZ replied,

“wrong, you can use LN or other layer 2 apps to do small amount payments 😎 for BTC base layer, network security is always top priority, L2 is super cheap and can settle at base layer later”

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