Bitcoin Miners Revenue Hits Historic High Amid High Fees and Launch of Runes Protocol

Bitcoin Miners Revenue Hits Historic High Amid High Fees and Launch of Runes Protocol
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On April 20th, 2024, the daily revenue of Bitcoin miners reached a new historic peak of $107.76 million. This significant milestone was reported by YCharts and coincided with the recent halving event in the Bitcoin network, alongside the release of the Runes protocol, which is being promoted by its developer Casey Rodarmor as akin to the Ordinals standard.

The release of the Runes protocol led to a surge in network activity, which in turn, resulted in a dramatic increase in the average transaction fee. Immediately after the halving, fees oscillated between $91 and $112, much higher than usual. Transaction fees are a critical source of income for Bitcoin miners and contrary to the expected decrease post-halving, revenues have actually increased.

This surge in miner income comes in the backdrop of the protocol launch, which has prompted higher fees. According to analysts, the miner's block reward continues to exceed 7 BTC due to these high transaction fees, an interesting fact given that the block reward was expected to decrease following the halving. The fees have indeed experienced a slight decrease since their peak, with the average transaction fee now around $34.8, yet this still represents a higher fee structure compared to the period before the halving.

The scenario was specifically highlighted by a cryptocurrency trader known as 300DollarMARA. According to their data, despite the halving, miners' income per block has remained robust, aligning closely with levels seen before the halving when the reward was still 6.25 BTC per block.

The economic dynamics of Bitcoin's network are evidently robust, continuing to offer lucrative opportunities for miners amidst high transaction fees and significant protocol developments. This event marks a significant chapter in the cryptocurrency's history, underscoring the evolving nature of its economic ecosystem influenced by technological advancements and market dynamics.