Following Ethereum’s transition from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoW) roughly five different crypto assets were the main beneficiaries of Ethereum’s former hashrate. However, 24 hours after The Merge, anonymous developers launched an Ethereum PoW fork called ETHW and the fork has managed to garner 60.92 terahash per second (TH/s) of hashpower. However, ETHW has lost a considerable amount of fiat value, dropping 90.72% from the crypto asset’s all-time high (ATH). The newly launched coin has shed over 39% in value during the past 24 hours.
ETHW Chain Is Now Live, Exchanges Announce Support
Ethereum’s transition to PoS has bolstered Ethereum Classic’s hashrate and a small handful of other crypto assets that leverage the Ethash algorithm. The transition has also created a new PoW fork of Ethereum called ETHW, and in prior articles published by Bitcoin.com News, ETHW did not officially exist.
The blockchain is now operational and according to reports, the ETHW project had a few hiccups while starting the network. It was reported that the ETHW core developers mistakenly leveraged a Chain ID that’s tied to the Smart Bitcoin Cash Testnet.
So the new ETHPoW (ETHW) chain uses the same Chain ID as the “Smart Bitcoin Cash Testnet”. shortName “gon” as in “gone” like your coins in a replay attack?🤔Can’t make this stuff up and it just keeps getting better LMAO!!! 😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/1DFl4KyeO7
— Cascadia Coin (@cascadia_coin) September 15, 2022
The mistake caused observers to ridicule the project, but others said that it did not matter that the blockchain devs chose a Chain ID already in use. While the blockchain was in the midst of launch, the ETHW team has been announcing exchanges and mining pools that support the new fork.
💪 Trading begins NOW
⏳ Deposits & withdrawals start Sept 16 at approximately 15H30 UTC
$ETHW distribution has already started
— Kraken Exchange (@krakenfx) September 16, 2022
On Friday morning (ET), ETHW’s Twitter account tweeted about Huobi, Poolin, Kraken, Dex Screener, Bitrue, Kyber Network, and Math Wallet supporting the new ETHW asset. However, during the last day, the ETHW token has shed more than 39% in USD value and ETHW is down 90.72% from its ATH.
ETHW Loses Close to 40% in USD Value in 24 Hours, Chain Gathers Roughly 60 Terahash of Computational Power, Ethereum Classic Still Reigns PoW Champ
Out of more than 12,000 crypto assets in existence, ETHW’s market cap is ranked #2,666. Data shows on September 16, that ETHW has seen $113.38 million in global trade volume during the past 24 hours. It also tapped an all-time low 14 hours ago, as ETHW crashed to $9.04 per unit today. 24-hour trading range stats show ETHW has traded for prices between $9.04 to $23.33 on Friday. During the past hour, ETHW’s price has fluctuated between $11.94 per unit and $12.27 per unit.
The ETHW project has managed to gather roughly 60.92 TH/s of Ethash hashpower from The Merge. This means ETHW’s hashrate is only 26% of the size of Ethereum Classic’s hashrate at 232.51 terahash per second (TH/s). ETHW’s USD value only represents 36% of ethereum classic’s (ETC) U.S. dollar value when it used to be closer to parity, two days ago.
While ETHW is ranked #2,666, ETC is ranked #19 on September 16, and ETC has $1.46 billion in global trade volume during the past 24 hours. Today, there are two Ethereum-based PoW alternatives but ETC is the reigning champ by price and trade volume alongside the hashrate which is three times larger.
What do you think about ETHW’s recent price action and the 60 TH/s of hashrate the network has managed to gather since The Merge? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.