Bitcoin (BTC) returned to $9,000 on May 13 as new data revealed just how much money miners are losing after the third halving.
Cryptocurrency market daily overview. Source: Coin360
BTC price stable despite big halving changes
Support above the $8,000 range has yet to appear following the halving, itself preceded by a flash drop in the Bitcoin price which momentarily hit the 200-day moving average around $8,200.
Bitcoin 1-day chart. Source: CoinMarketCap
“Volatility draining down on $BTC, which suits altcoins as some are showing strength,” Cointelegraph analyst Michaël van de Poppe summarized.
The road to fee-driven financial security
Meanwhile, the impact of the event on miners became clearer as data confirmed that on May 12, revenue dropped by around 47%.
From $17.16 million of block subsidies and transaction fees the day previously, Tuesday’s total was $8.95 million, figures from monitoring resource Blockchain reveal.
Bitcoin miner revenue 1-month chart. Source: Blockchain
Commenting on the changes, Mario Gibney, customer support lead at Blockstream, wrote on Twitter:
The first mining reward of #bitcoin’s 4th epoch is 7.16 BTC (6.25 block subsidy + 0.91 in fees). That means 12.7% is made up of transaction fees. An indication of the brave new world of fee-based security we’re venturing toward?
Consensus suggests that as time goes on, Bitcoin fees will have to rise to accommodate increased demand and the premium of verifiable secure financial transactions.
At present, fees as a percentage of payouts to miners are still far from the levels seen even at last year’s price highs of $13,800, as the overall number of transactions is lower.
Joseph Spezzano received a Masters Degree in computer science from The University of Massachusetts. Joseph has been working as a full-time blockchain programmer for the past 5 years. In his spare time, Joseph enjoys writing for CryptocurrencyInvestments.com and traveling.