[PoW Round-Up] Bitcoin mining difficulty expected to climb, institutional adoption goes on

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4 min readOct 21, 2022


BTC difficulty hit its biggest gain of 2022, adoption news from Mastercard, BNY Mellon and Google.

Learn about industry news, development updates, community happenings, and other aspects of the PoW world!

Mining industry


On 2022–10–10, the Bitcoin network saw its highest difficulty growth rate year to date, with a 13.55% increase.

According to the estimation based on the block time so far, the next difficulty adjustment should be upward for more than 5% as well. As more machines get back online in North America and new ASICs are being shipped, the current network hashrate is around 260 EH/s.

This results in a drop in mining revenues which is now staying at $0.07 per 1 TH/s, the same level as 2 years ago.

Etchash and Ethash coins

From the beginning of the month, the hashrate of ETC, ETHW, and ETHF hasn’t changed much. ETC stabilized at around 150 TH/s, while ETHW and ETHF hashrate declined slowly. Their hashrate scales at an approximate ratio of 10:1, similar to their ratio of prices.

Other GPU coins

GPU prices are declining after Ethereum mining ended, though Nvidia has removed the LHR limit on their products.

Affected by the bear market, GPU coin prices are still sluggish. The mining revenues for many GPUs are now bringing only negative returns concerning electricity costs. Miners are only mining preemptively and are expecting a comeback on the price level.

ERG hashrate made a significant climb at the beginning of October, while RVN hashrate has basically been stabilized.

Development and network


The BitcoinCore 24.0 release candidate 2 has been released, and now open to testing. Here is a testing guide.


Litecoin core dev shared progress in September related to light clients. The code for supporting retrieval of MWEB UTXOs for use by MWEB light clients is out for review. It was designed so that light clients can request UTXOs in batches, and verify that each batch is committed to by a recent block.


Horizen is closing in on the mainnet release of NFTs on TokenMint. For more check here.

Application and adoption


Mastercard is launching a program to let financial institutions offer cryptocurrency. Mastercard and Paxos will handle regulatory compliance and security.

America’s oldest bank, BNY Mellon announced it has added BTC and ETH as its custodial offerings.

Google partners with Coinbase to accept crypto payments for cloud services, it will start accepting crypto payments for cloud services early next year.


DCRDEX v0.5.3 has landed with Litecoin support. It allows atomic swaps with no exchange fees, and a full custody of their coins. Check more here.


Atomic Swaps are now supported on Hathor’s Headless Wallet. All Hathor assets are supported, so you can swap HTR, custom tokens and NFTs.


Bob Extension, the browser extension for the non-custodial Handshake wallet is back in the Chrome web store.

Community and more


The community celebrates Litecoin’s 11th anniversary! The Litecoin blockchain has been running for 11 years without any downtime.

The Litecoin Summit is around the corner in Vegas starting this Friday. The live stream is also available.


The community celebrated the 8th anniversary of the Verge Currency.

Ethereum Classic

ETC DAO is calling for the community to join and contribute to the open edition of “Mastering Ethereum Classic” book, modified on the open source work of “Mastering Ethereum”.


Dash’s latest monthly newsletter is out. In the last month, the highlights include a new wallet version on iOS, activation of Dash Core v18 and so on. The introduction of high-performance masternode is also included in this episode.


Decred September Journal has been released. Recapping highlights such as DCRDEX v0.5 public release, LTC trading pairs on dex.decred.org, Decred Lightning Network and more.


Digibyte has released their September update summarizing the news and milestones.


Kadena has released their September ecosystem report, view more in this thread.


Sia foundation has announced the Sia Foundation’s Grants Program. This is to fund research, development, developer tools, and anything in support of their mission of user-owned data while enriching the Sia ecosystem.


Conflux has announced the launch of their Incubation Program. It will provide early-stage teams with up to $100,000 in funding to launch their projects on Conflux Space.

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