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Bitcoin Mining Revenues Drop to 19-Month Low, but There Is a Silver Lining

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  • 👷🏻‍♂️🖥️✊After raking up almost $1 bln in mining revenues back in January 2018, miners have to deal with much smaller numbers

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The total mining revenue fell to a 19-month low back in February, a recently published Diar report shows. However, the silver lining is that gross margins (the difference between revenue and the cost of equipment) increased to 39 percent in February.

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A steep decline

Bitcoin miners earned slightly more than $190 mln this February, which is a world of difference compared to the $516.6 mln they raked in last year. This January, miners managed to make $210 mln (compared to an eye-popping $951 mln in 2018).   

Firing up the latest ASICs

The aforementioned report also shows that the flagship Bitmain Antminer S15 generates more return than the previous-generation Antminer S9. The Bitcoin network is currently powered by bleeding-edge equipment.   

A spending spree  

As Bitcoin’s 2020 halving is looming, it is clear that only the strongest ASIC will provide the required amount of hashing power. With miner margins shifting back into growth, large mining operations will fork out top dollar to stay above the fray.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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Gamblers Are Driving Force Behind dApps Growth: 2019 H1 DappReview Report         

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Sun, 07/14/2019 - 15:00
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The recently published report by DappReview encompasses everything related to the growth of decentralized applications (dApps) in the first half of 2019. When it comes to the most popular category of dApps, gambling ones appear to be in the lead by a big margin.

Upping the ante

The “Casino” category has the biggest chunk of the pie with 606 newly created dApps. For comparison, there are only 398 gaming dApps, which occupy second spot. “High-risk” dApps are trailing behind the gaming ones with 358 newly created apps.  

DappReview explains that the main reason behind their popularity is that they are relatively cheap and easy to create, but, nonetheless, they generate great returns for their developers. 

On top of that, there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of risk-loving crypto enthusiasts. 

dApps are doing just fine

Overall, the report points out that rapid growth has become a new trend in the dApps department. More than 1,114 dApps have been already created this year. Tron boasts the biggest amount of newly created dApps while Ethereum and EOS come in second and third places respectively.

Notably, only one percent of users tried more than ten dApps, but they are responsible for the lion’s share of the total transactions on each of the aforementioned networks.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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