Bitcoin miners raked up $184M in fees in Q2, surpassing all of 2022

Crypto Market Booming

The crypto market is booming, as Bitcoin (BTC) miners made a whopping $184 million from transaction fees in the second quarter of 2023. This figure is more than double what they earned in the entire year of 2022, and it is the first quarter to have surpassed the $100 million mark since Q2 2021, according to a July 5 report from cryptocurrency analytics platform Coin Metrics.

Bitcoin miners receive transaction fees whenever a new block is validated, the amount of which is determined by the data volume and the user demand for block space. The surge in fees can be attributed to the recent price surge of Bitcoin and the emergence of BRC-20, a new token standard on Bitcoin introduced in March which uses Ordinals inscriptions to mint and transfer fungible tokens on the network.

Crypto Market in Q2

However, it is worth noting that transaction fees represented only 7.7% of the total $2.4 billion made by miners over the quarter. The remainder came in the form of Bitcoin block rewards, with miners currently being rewarded 6.25 BTC for solving each block. This is set to fall to 3.125 BTC after the network’s next halving cycle, expected to take place in May. Coin miners had other reasons to celebrate in the second quarter, according to the firm. In May, the Bitcoin mining industry “notched a win” with the Biden Administration’s proposed Digital Asset Mining Energy (DAME) tax being blocked.

The crypto market saw a surge in the second quarter as Bitcoin block rewards and transaction fees increased. Web 3.0 explained that miners earned a total of $2.4 billion during the quarter, with transaction fees making up 7.7%. The remainder of the earnings came from Bitcoin block rewards, with miners being rewarded 6.25 BTC for solving each block.

In addition, the crypto market saw a win as the Biden Administration blocked the proposed Digital Asset Mining Energy (DAME) tax in May. This was a victory for miners and the media network crypto industry as a whole.

Crypto miners had it good in the quarter, with “receding inflation pressures” translating to lower electricity prices for miners based in the United States, according to Coin Metrics. Coin and other crypto coins saw their hashrate reach new highs over the last 12 months, however, competition in the crypto market for mining fees is also intensifying, Coin Metrics explained.

The emergence of Web 3.0 and the proliferation of media networks in the crypto space have also made the market more competitive.

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