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Data compiled by @MASTERBTCLTC shows the number of Litecoin transactions is just under 75% of that of the number of Bitcoin transactions.

“Litecoin transactions are 75% of the total bitcoin transactions. When will litecoin transactions flip bitcoin transactions? Sometime in 2021 I predict. 227k BTC vs 168k LTC transactions.”

More significantly, @MASTERBTCLTC suggests this could be the start of an uptrend leading to a flippening in transaction count sometime this year.

Source: @MASTERBTCLTC on Twitter.com

Considering wider factors, including the environmental argument against proof-of-work tokens, what can we deduce from this trend?

The Difference Between Litecoin and Bitcoin

Even though Litecoin is a Bitcoin fork, it differs in terms of its hashing algorithm, supply, and block transaction times.

Litecoin has a 2.5 minute block confirmation time versus 10 minutes for Bitcoin. This focus on speed and low transaction fees make it more suitable for microtransactions and point of sale payments.

Currently, average LTC transaction fees are coming in around $0.0104. In comparison, the average BTC transaction fee is $8.131.

However, the fundamental difference between the two lies in Litecoin’s use of the newer Scrypt Proof-of-Work (PoW) algorithm over Bitcoin’s SHA-256.

Cryptocurrency mining can happen using a CPU, GPU, or ASIC miner. ASIC miners can generate more hashes (tries) per second to match the target data string and “win” the block. Therefore ASIC miners have a distinct advantage over other mining methods.

But Scrypt was chosen by Litecoin developers because it is less responsive to ASIC mining. Although Scrypt ASIC miners have since come onto the market, a significant portion of Litecoin mining still occurs using CPUs and GPUs. This makes mining Litecoin more accessible for everyday people.

What’s Behind This Trend?

Much has been said about the environmental ...

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