Bitcoin Store will support Ethereum Merge, a transition to Proof-of-Stake

09/06/2022, 01:22 PM

Bitcoin Store will support Ethereum Merge, a transition to Proof-of-Stake

The long-awaited Ethereum 2.0 is coming. Here is what it means for the ETH holders and how Bitcoin Store will support the process.

After years of delay, Ethereum will finally get the biggest software update. The update known as Ethereum Merge will help the Ethereum network make a transition to a more scalable and energy-efficient infrastructure.

The main Ethereum network will be replaced by a new Beacon Chain which will bring new features. The entire process is very technical, but you can read everything about it on the Ethereum foundation's official website: The Merge

What is Ethereum Merge and why it’s important?

To explain this upgrade easily, picture Ethereum as a Formula 1 car. The new Beacon Chain represents a new and more efficient engine than the current one (the current Ethereum chain). In this process, the old engine will be replaced mid-race. The new engine will save more fuel and it will be more environmentally friendly.

The timeline shows all the events that will occur before and after the Ethereum Merge takes place.
The timeline of the Ethereum Merge.

At the moment the Ethereum network is using a Proof-of-Work (PoW) consensus mechanism. Once the Beacon Chain replaces the current network, Ethereum will switch to Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus mechanism.

What is the difference between Proof-of-Work vs. Proof-of-Stake?

Every blockchain network uses a consensus mechanism. This is a “tool” that helps validate transactions and makes sure that the blockchain network operates seamlessly.

The consensus mechanism is important because replaces central institutions like banks or payment processors in validating information.

In decentralized projects, the consensus mechanism ensures that users don’t spend money they don’t have and that they act in an honest way.

Every blockchain network uses 2 types of consensus mechanisms:

  • Proof-of-Work (PoW)
  • Proof-of-Stake (PoS)

Proof-of-Work is the concept that came along with Bitcoin - the first cryptocurrency. This consensus mechanism verifies transactions and adds the new block to the existing blockchain. To do that requires user computers (also known as miners) to solve difficult cryptographic computations.

The user/miner who solves the cryptographic puzzle will be selected to process the transaction and add a new block to the blockchain. The miner will also receive a reward in a form of cryptocurrency for all the work.

Many believe this mechanism is not fair because the users with stronger computers have a better shot at solving the puzzle.

Additionally, this method consumes a lot of energy. For example, Ethereum PoW consumes the same amount of energy on a yearly basis as some world countries.

The alternative mechanism is Proof-of-Stake.

It is similar to Proof-of-Work, but it consumes less energy. In Proof-of-Work you must have a strong computer to be a validator. In PoS users who want to become validators and process transactions are randomly selected.

Instead of using computing power, the miner has to stake its own cryptocurrency in order to have a chance in verifying transactions

Once the miners get selected to verify the transaction and add a new block to the blockchain, they will receive some amount of cryptocurrency.

This is only if they confirm the accurate information. If the validators want to act in a fraudulent manner, they will lose the cryptocurrency they previously staked.

How will Bitcoin Store support The Merge?

Although there is not a fixed date yet, it is expected that the Ethereum Merge will take place in mid-September in two phases:

  • Phase 1 - Bellatrix upgrade that will happen on September 6th from 11:00 hours
  • Phase 2 - Paris upgrade that will happen on September 15th from 00:30 hours

*The exact date depends on the hashrate and the success of the final test merges.

Once the upgrade happens, the network could split into two different networks.

This is a process that is known as “Hard fork”.

If the fork happens there is a possibility that a new token will be created. In that case “ETH” ticker on Bitcoin Store will refer to the new Ethereum PoS chain.

Bitcoin Store will distribute the forked tokens according to a snapshot of the user’s balance on the Bitcoin Store Wallet.

Visual example of the Hard Fork process in the blockchain network.
Visual example of Hard Fork process in the blockchain network.

Withdrawals and deposits on the Ethereum network will be suspended a few hours before the Merge to ensure safety of funds. Once we’ve verified the PoS network is safe to use, we will enable deposits and withdrawals again.

We will pay close attention to the updates coming from the Ethereum foundation, and we will update you frequently about all the changes that may occur.

ETH and ERC-20 tokens deposits and withdrawals will be paused on:

06.09. during the Bellatrix upgrade

15.09. during the Paris upgrade

Please ensure that you leave enough time for ETH and ERC-20 tokens to be fully processed before the listed dates.

What will happen after the Ethereum Merge?

There are 2 possible scenarios:

Scenario 1

After a successful upgrade, the existing ETH will remain, which means there will be no new tokens. In this case, Bitcoin Store will immediately enable deposits and withdrawals of ETH and ERC-20 tokens.

Scenario 2

Ethereum will split into two networks through the for process which mean the new network will have a new token.

ETH ticker will be assigned to the new Proof-of-Stake network.

Bitcoin Store users will receive a new token on their wallet in a 1:1 ratio based on the snapshot the user had before the "Paris" upgrade.

The Bitcoin Store will carefully monitor all news from the Ethereum Foundation and will notify all users about the changes in a timely manner.

Bitcoin Store reserves the right to update the treatment of the chain split in a further announcement.

It is important to know:

Unprocessed ETH deposits, pending ETH withdrawals will not count towards the Bitcoin Store Wallet balance prior to the Paris upgrade.

How will Ethereum merge affect me as a Bitcoin Store user?

As a Bitcoin Store user, you don’t have to do anything. Your cryptocurrencies will remain safe and secure on your Bitcoin Store Wallet. All funds will transfer over after the Ethereum merge, and your ether cryptocurrency will still appear as ETH in your Bitcoin Store Wallet.

Please note that Bitcoin Store will temporarily pause ETH and ERC-20 token deposits and withdrawals until the merge is complete.

Bitcoin Store users should be wary of possible scam attempts. Scammers could potentially offer various opportunities to “buy ETH2” tokens or “transfer tokens to an unknown address in order to “complete the token upgrade”.

Bitcoin Store will never ask users to send funds in this manner.

Note: This announcement was updated on 02/09/2022. Bitcoin Store reserves the right in its sole discretion to amend or change or cancel this announcement at any time and for any reasons without prior notice.

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