Bitcoin Cash Network Upgrade Introduces CashTokens, BCH Price Fluctuates
Developers Enable Creation of CashTokens with Enhanced Financial Accessibility
Tue, 16 May 2023, 14:05 pm UTC
On May 15, the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network underwent a significant upgrade that allowed developers to create tokens with similar attributes to BCH, known as "CashTokens." These tokens can be issued by any user on the network. The blockchain upgrade occurred at block height 792,771.
BCH developer Jason Dreyzehner stated that the upgrade supports CashTokens, which he considers a "tool for enhancing financial accessibility." Additionally, the upgrade introduces features such as multiparty vaults for future-proofing and technical enhancements for transaction validation.
CashTokens have a range of potential applications, including payment stablecoins, commodities, gift cards, and event tickets, according to Dreyzehner. He also noted that the underlying technology would enable sophisticated on-chain applications like decentralized exchanges (DEXs), security vaults, and bridged sidechains.
Following the update, the price of BCH experienced a surge on May 15, with tokens increasing from $113 to a peak of $121. However, this price spike was short-lived, as the value quickly returned to the $110 - $115 support line after the upgrade.
The Bitcoin Cash network's CashTokens upgrade coincides with the growing popularity of BRC-20 tokens. On May 9, BRC-20 tokens surpassed a market capitalization of $1 billion. This significant growth occurred just a few months after the creation of the Bitcoin token fungibility protocol and was driven by the expansion of tokens such as Pepecoin (PEPE), Meme (MEME), Ordi (ORDI), VMPX (VMPX), and Nals (NALS).
Despite the excitement surrounding this new development, the network faces some challenges. On May 10, CryptoQuant analyst Axel Adler reported that the Bitcoin network has experienced increased fees and a backlog of transactions due to the introduction of the new token standard.
While facing these challenges, Binance remains the leading crypto exchange in the world, despite the recent accusations from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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