The world’s largest Bitcoin mining pool, BTC.com, has decided to expand their scope of operations by launching an Ethereum Mining Pool. Owned by Bitmain, BTC.com accounts for 16% of the Bitcoin network hashrate. BTC.com‘s new pool will support both Ethereum and Ethereum Classic giving miners more chances to gain profits. Bitmain is the world’s leading manufacturer in ASIC mining hardware.
Earlier this year, Bitmain released their first ASICs for mining Ethereum. Interestingly though, the new Ethereum mining pools will allow both CPU and GPU mining options. The Ethereum community has been debating a war on Ethash ASIC miners for a while now, and it will be interesting to see whether they take steps to combat this list the launch of the new pool.
Bitmain clearly does not worry about the community’s resistance nor does it worry about Ethereum’s transition to the Proof-of-Stake Consensus algorithm called Casper as it goes ahead with its hardware launch. The company has also been in the news recently for controversies surrounding its planned IPO.