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Bitcoin Ordinals Fees Witness 24% Dip Amidst Bearish Pressure on Prices

In a recent twist on the world’s premier cryptocurrency network, Bitcoin Ordinals, which allows users to inscribe items onto the smallest BTC unit, has seen a notable decline in daily fees. Data from August 22 reveals a sharp 24% drop in total daily fees generated, plummeting from approximately $95,000 to $72,000. This downturn parallels the broader performance of Bitcoin’s prices, which have faced downward pressure in the last two weeks, including a substantial crash last week that pushed the coin toward the $25,000 mark.

Dune Analytics, a platform specializing in tracking on-chain activities across various blockchains, including Bitcoin, reports that the average daily fees from Bitcoin Ordinals slipped to $71,709 on August 21 from $94,910 on August 14. This reduction in activity and fees follows a prolonged consolidation period during which Bitcoin Ordinals activity and BTC prices exhibited minimal movement in early August.

A direct correlation can be observed between the slump in Bitcoin prices and the minting of ordinals. The future trajectory of ordinal minting remains uncertain in light of the BTC price action. As of August 22, over 26 million inscriptions have been minted, generating $50 million in fees for miners.

Bitcoin Ordinals protocol enables users to inscribe items, like images or texts, onto the smallest BTC unit—Satoshis—adding them to transaction blocks. Miners, in turn, verify these blocks, earning fees as they do. Unlike Ethereum, Bitcoin relies on a proof-of-work consensus, where miners contribute to security and decentralization. These miners are crucial for ensuring the security of inscribed items, and the protocol ensures that blocks remain full, thereby allowing miners to secure higher fees.

On-chain data underscores that a significant portion of inscribed items are text-based. Generally, lighter items incur lower fees, while those inscribing larger items pay higher fees. This dynamic affects the pace at which Bitcoin blocks fill up. As more users choose to inscribe larger items, blocks will reach capacity more quickly, compelling those who seek to prioritize their transactions to pay more in transaction fees.

Bitcoin’s current state remains under bearish pressure. The continuity of Ordinals’ activity and the minting of “NFTs” on the network, as witnessed in the first half of 2023, is uncertain. Historical trends suggest that declining asset prices often impact on-chain activity, as evidenced by decreased Total Value Locked (TVL) in decentralized finance (DeFi) and the NFT scene. As the market evolves, all eyes are on Bitcoin’s performance and how it shapes the dynamics of its unique Ordinals ecosystem.


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