The Merge forced miners to shift to alternative GPU mineable cryptocurrencies, a newly forked version or dump or sell their equipment at a low price.
Shift to alternative GPU mineable cryptocurrencies
One of the direct effects of the Merge includes miners turning to the Ethereum fork, Ethereum Classic (ETC), to keep utilizing their equipment. For instance, the blockchain fork’s hash rate increased the day after the Merge. The hash rate describes the computation power needed to approve a transaction on the blockchain through a proof-of-work consensus mechanism.
As Ethereum Classic blockchain still practices the PoW method for mining, Canada-based Hive blockchain (crypto mining giant) disclosed its plans to mine other proof-of-work cryptocurrencies like ETC, Dogecoin (DOGE) and Litecoin (LTC), among others. However, shifting to a