Hive vs. Steem

Can a blockchain be bought?

Quick history: What is Steem, Steemit, and STEEM?

To comprehend what’s going on with Steem, you first need to understand its history and the convoluted relationship between Steem and Steemit.

The drama began in February 2020

In February 2020, TRON founder Justin Sun bought the Steemit company and took control of its large stake of STEEM tokens, which provided a great deal of power in Steem’s governance model.

Shortly after the acquisition, witnesses of the Steem blockchain executed a temporary softfork that nullified Justin Sun’s voting power. In response, Binance, Huobi, and Poloniex (which is partially owned by Sun) aligned with Sun and used their customers’ STEEM tokens to overthrow the community-elected witnesses and vote to reverse the softfork.

The move was seen as a “hostile takeover” by the community. Key employees of Steemit quit in protest, while Binance and Huobi retracted their votes amid heavy backlash. The community’s anger was compouned when Binance users found they were unable to withdraw their STEEM tokens because they were temporary locked for the voting process. However, it was too late, because Sun had already restored access to his funds.

In March 2020, disillusioned members of the Steemit community created Hive, a hardfork of the Steem blockchain. Hive distributed HIVE tokens to all STEEM holders except for Sun and supporters of the corporate takeover of the Steem blockchain.

Steemit began to censor posts about Hive from the website and API, resulting in more outrage. The active censorship accelerated the community exodus to Hive, with many Steem users unstaking and selling their STEEM tokens.

On May 20, Justin Sun put forth a new hardfork named “New Steem”, unprecedentedly seizing over $6 million worth of STEEM from users who opposed Sun’s takeover. Both sides have threatened legal action.

Binance first criticized the hardfork, but on May 24 its CEO announced that Binance has synced with the New Steem network, citing that other exchanges did the same and because their users otherwise wouldn’t be able to withdraw STEEM tokens.

As of writing, HIVE is currently ranked higher than STEEM by market cap.

Ethereum scaling

More scaling solutions are coming to Ethereum

After three years of development, a public mainnet beta of the OMG network (formerly OmiseGO) has launched.

The OMG network is a non-custodial “layer 2” scaling solution for the Ethereum blockchain that uses a variation of the Plasma scaling technology called More Viable Plasma (MoreVP).

The Ethereum mainnet has its transaction throughput currently capped at approximately 12 transactions per second, often resulting in network congestion. OMG promises to enable peer-to-peer transactions of ETH and ECR20 tokens with a high throughput of thousands of transactions per second.

The OMG network groups transactions together and sends them via a set of Ethereum smart contracts, reducing transactions costs by two-thirds.

The custodial crypto exchange Bitfinex announced that it will integrate USDT, the largest centralized stablecoin, onto the OMG Network, because it allows more efficient arbitrage trading between exchanges by reducing confirmation times and fees.

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