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Hash Wars: Battle Comes to an End as BSV Plans to Add Replay Protection

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It’s been less than two weeks since the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) hard fork and blockchain split that occurred on Nov. 15. Since then there’s been a lot of discussion concerning the hash war, with BSV and BCH miners acquiring blocks, gathering hashrate and accumulating proof of work. Now after 11 days, blockchain company Coingeek has announced that the BSV developers will apply replay protection to the BSV chain, essentially bringing the hash war to an end.

BSV Chain Plans to Implement Replay Protection

Bitcoin cash proponents have been watching the hash war take place between a bunch of mining pools from around the world. The hash battle has been happening since Nov. 15 and the debate between supporters of each chain has grown. Some individuals claim that the war is not over, even though lots of major exchanges have decided to list the ABC chain as Bitcoin Cash (BCH), as it’s the chain that has accumulated the most proof of work. But Craig Wright and his followers have stated multiple times in the past that the hash war would last for months, and even years, until one chain gave up.

Now on the 11th day of the split, Coingeek — the publication led by billionaire Calvin Ayre — has published a notice explaining that the BSV chain will add replay protection. Replay protection will allow people to send transactions on the BCH or BSV chains without worrying about transaction replays. To most BCH supporters, the hash battles have effectively become meaningless now that BSV is adding replay protection.

In an editorial published on Monday, Coingeek explained that it has consulted with the BSV development team about the reinforcement of blockchain stability measures.

“One aspect of stability is replay protection. Since ABC has not made this stability a priority, Bitcoin SV will do so in order to restore confidence to users and businesses on both chains,” Steve Shadders, technical director of the Bitcoin SV project, detailed. “This change will require the Bitcoin SV team to work with the Bitcoin ecosystem, and the timeline will be announced when there is adequate ecosystem readiness.”

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