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Blockchain giants pour investments into Bitcoin mining | Opinion

Opinion
Blockchain giants pour investments into Bitcoin mining | Opinion

Disclosure: The views and opinions expressed here belong solely to the author and do not represent the views and opinions of crypto.news’ editorial.

Over the past 14 years the Bitcoin mining market has undergone rapid development which continues today as well. The crypto industry of 2023 is witnessing a new trend where market giants are investing heavily in mining and the technological initiatives around this sector.

A recent example of this is Binance – in June one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges announced the launch of a subscription-based cloud mining service dedicated to mining Bitcoin. Tether, the largest stablecoin company, also revealed a mining project in Uruguay and a $1 billion investment in the Volcano Energy initiative. Even more interestingly, major Bitcoin miners Hut 8 Mining and U.S. Bitcoin Corp are set to merge to form one of the largest public miners in North America.

What could be driving this prominent trend? Based on my experience and knowledge of the mining market, I am going to outline the potential reasons in this article.

Bitcoin mining contributes to mass adoption

Initially mining was something that regular Bitcoin users could accomplish on their computers, but it didn’t take long for new methods of enhancing mining efficiency to come forward. In 2010 the crypto market saw graphics processing units (GPU) introduced, and the first set of ASIC devices followed in 2013. Both of these new technologies became widely popular as methods of optimizing and improving upon the mining process.

The emergence of new technologies has resulted in bolstering this industry and making it more competitive. Bitcoin mining has come a long way from its early days, and today there are entire farms and data centers dedicated to mining operations. To my mind, this shift reflects the natural evolution of the industry and the growing adoption of cryptocurrencies as a mainstream investment asset.

And as the market continued to grow, concerns regarding mining’s impact on the environment gained prominence. The energy-intensive nature of mining Bitcoin raised questions about its sustainability as a business venture, resulting in the need for innovations that would improve this situation.

To address these concerns, various initiatives were undertaken. As we can see from the current news agenda, major blockchain players are putting a lot of focus on things like more energy-efficient mining equipment and renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power. All of this is aimed at improving upon the mining process, making it more sustainable and environmentally-friendly.

These efforts and advancements underscored the growing recognition within the crypto community of the need to balance the industry’s expansion with environmental responsibility. And they are also contributing to the rapidly growing popularity of the crypto-mining field, since lowering its environmental impact can attract environmentally conscious investors who are concerned about the carbon footprint of their investments.

Lucrative rewards at stable rates  

Bitcoin mining can undeniably be a hard and expensive industry to enter. Not only do you want to find a good location with access to a lot of energy, but you will also require access to advanced hardware that comes with a hefty price tag. And that’s without bringing in the ongoing costs for maintenance and electricity that will also need to be taken into account when running a mining operation.

As a consequence of all this, the financial barriers associated with Bitcoin mining can be quite daunting, deterring many potential participants who either lack the necessary resources or are simply unwilling to take on considerable financial risks.

Yet for those who are willing to take these risks, Bitcoin mining can be a lucrative avenue to invest in due to its high return on investment (ROI). Recent estimations show that miners in 2023 are mining approximately $20 million worth of Bitcoin per day. This means that as long as you have access to efficient and continuously working mining equipment, it can be a great source of steady daily income.

One of the ways for miners to earn their income is by receiving rewards for verifying transactions on the blockchain. As the popularity of Bitcoin increases, so does the number of transactions performed with it. And, in turn, the value of the rewards gained by miners grows as well.

Not only that, but rewards are generated at regular intervals regardless of market conditions or fluctuations in Bitcoin’s price. This allows miners to have a degree of predictability in their income, making it easier to project returns and plan for future investments.

All in all, so long as you take time to properly plan your investments and long-term mining activities, this industry can offer ample opportunities for generating profit. Not only that, but the technological advancements and increasing efficiency of mining equipment that I touched on earlier have made it possible for some individuals or groups to start small-scale operations at a relatively lower cost than before.

Meaning for the industry in the long term

Global Bitcoin mining hashrate is almost 400EHs, and large-scale miners account for a significant share of it. This indicates that Bitcoin mining is becoming a more attractive venture than many other industries from a financial point of view. The mining market is also likely to see overall growth going forward as the technological innovations continue.

As a result, I believe more key players in the crypto space are likely to enter the mining industry as large-scale miners or offer mining-related services, as we have seen with the case of Binance.

In the long run, the hash rate will also increase. Besides, the difficulty of mining could rise as the number of active miners grows, thus increasing the competition for Bitcoin rewards.

As a personal observation, I believe this trend is a sign that the crypto-mining industry is maturing. Big players tend to be cautious of passing fads, but in this case crypto mining has already proven itself to not be one of those, so they are more willing to invest time and money into it.

Looking back to where crypto mining started in 2009, we can acknowledge that seeing crypto giants develop interest is part of the natural evolution of the mining industry. This space also offers excellent investment opportunities to investors looking for a high ROI and steady income. Above all, as miners look for new ways to achieve efficiency in mining, we’re set to see more technological advancements that will drive the growth of the crypto mining industry in the coming years.

Didar Bekbauov
Didar Bekbauov

Didar Bekbauov is the founder and CEO of Bitcoin Group mining company, Xive. He is an entrepreneur with ten years of leadership experience and a Bitcoin miner. Bekbauov has a strong financial background, attaining a UK Master’s degree in Financial Management. He also acts as a mentor at the Founder Institute startup accelerator program in Houston, Texas.