Bitcoin price slides another 5% today as the civil war raging within Bitcoin Cash continues to impact cryptocurrency markets and altcoins taking hits topping 10 percent November 19.
Bitcoin Price Slides as Uncertainty Spreads
Data from Coinmarketcap showed a gloomy picture for altcoin investors at press time, the top twenty assets by market cap all in the red, pushing the entire cryptocurrency market cap down to under $175 billion USD, a yearly low.
With no end in sight for the infighting between rival Bitcoin Cash factions, an attempt to reverse last week’s losses on Friday ended in defeat for both Bitcoin (BTC) [coin_price] and altcoins, all major cryptocurrencies sustaining further drops after the weekend.
In the top twenty, those drops were led by Tezos (TEZ), which fell by close to 15 percent, followed Neo (NEO), Ethereum Classic (ETC) and Tron (TRON), all of which lost more than 12 percent in 24 hours.
Ether (ETH) [coin_price coin=ethereum], still lagging behind Ripple’s XRP token in the market cap listings, also hemorrhaged value, knocking off another 11 percent to hit $157 – its lowest price since July 2017.
Bitcoin appeared to avert similar problems, circling support around $5,200 on the back of a $300 fall Monday.
Cohen Decries Bitcoin Cash ‘Shitshow’
Meanwhile, exchanges have begun issuing official statements on how they intend to handle the fallout from BCH’s controversial hard fork.
The picture is a complex one, with no clear preference among market participants for Bitcoin Cash ABC or Bitcoin Cash SV, while both chains continue to vie for hashing power.
US-based exchanges Kraken and Bittrex have opted to support SV, while ABC’s major proponent in the form of Bitmain co-founder Jihan Wu has publicly stated he would sell his entire 1 million token allocation of SV holdings.
I am wondering when I can deposit my BSV token into exchange to sell.
— Jihan Wu (@JihanWu) November 17, 2018
While the BCH token [coin_price coin=bitcoin-cash] continues to trade at a moderate loss, commentators are preparing for more volatile events as the situation continues to unfold.
Bram Cohen, the BitTorrent creator who has become a regular voice on the cryptocurrency market, forecast the Bitcoin Cash hashrate war could not continue indefinitely and described it as a “shitshow.”
“The current status of Bitcoin Cash is fairly clear, but it isn’t sustainable,” he wrote on Twitter.
“It’s split into two separate things, both of which have comparable hash rate to what the whole thing had previously[.]”
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