Hash Watch: 73% of Bitcoin Cash Blocks Mined With BCHN, Poloniex Launches Fork Futures

The Bitcoin Cash (BCH) upgrade is 21 days away and there’s a possibility the blockchain may bifurcate on November 15. On Sunday, October 25, statistics show that 731 out of the last 1,000 blocks have been mined using the BCHN full node software.

Bitcoin Cash proponents are patiently waiting for the next BCH upgrade that’s roughly three weeks away. News.Bitcoin.com reported on September 1, that due to the contentious Infrastructure Funding Proposal added to Bitcoin ABC’s codebase, the network may split.

23 days later our newsdesk explained around 61% of the blocks mined were BCHN. Fast forward to Sunday, October 25, as BCH proponents have noticed the percentage for BCHN has increased.

Currently, according to statistics stemming from the web portal Coin Dance, 73% or 731 blocks out of 1,000 were mined using BCHN. A great majority of prominent miners are signaling BCHN in their coinbase message parameters after finding a BCH block.

Hash Watch: 73% of Bitcoin Cash Blocks Mined With BCHN, Poloniex Launches Fork Futures
Statistics from the web portal Coin Dance on Sunday, October 25, 2020.

The Bitcoin Cash blocks historical summary on the Coin Dance web portal shows 24-hour stats at 73.6% at the time of publication.

Hash Watch: 73% of Bitcoin Cash Blocks Mined With BCHN, Poloniex Launches Fork Futures
Statistics from the web portal Coin Dance on Sunday, October 25, 2020.

Since our newsdesk’s end of September hash watch report, there’s been a couple of announcements from exchanges. On October 23, the popular Korean exchange Bithumb published contingency plans for the fork.

According to a loose translation of the statement, if there’s an “airdrop” and a “new chain,” “Bithumb will support it after securing stability.”

Furthermore, the trading platform Poloniex has revealed BCH futures markets for the upcoming fork.

Hash Watch: 73% of Bitcoin Cash Blocks Mined With BCHN, Poloniex Launches Fork Futures
(Left) BCHN and BCHA futures markets from Coinex. (Right) BCHN and BCHA futures markets from Poloniex. The screenshot of market prices shown was recorded on October 25, 2020, 21 days before the November 15 upgrade.

Poloniex has two markets paired against USDT which include the

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