By: Eliza Bennet
The Bitcoin mining industry is experiencing a considerable shift in its revenue structure as inscriptions are occupying an increasing share of miners' revenues. The change has been traced through an analysis of transaction fees, which recently exceeded the usual block reward of 6.25 BTC. Historically, miners' income is a blend of block rewards and transaction fees; however, fees associated with inscriptions have lately constituted about 30% of miners' total income, even dipping to 15% on December 24th. Inscriptions are becoming an essential revenue source for miners comparative to the core mining process itself.
The surge in inscriptions has caused overload on several blockchain networks, with some experiencing partial or complete outages. High-capacity networks such as Arbitrum, Avalanche, Cronos, zkSync, and TON have all faced downtime due to the spike in inscriptions. This significant change holds broad ramifications in understanding the dynamic growth of the Bitcoin mining industry, offering insights into possible future trends.
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