Sparkpool, the world's second-largest mining pool based on Ethereum blockchain, is halting access for members in China following the ban on crypto-trading imposed by the country. In two days, by September 30, Sparkpool will be winding up all of its services from China. The company, based out of China's Hangzhou city, was founded in the beginning of 2018 and grew in the global market. For now, following China's decision of making crypto trading a punishable offense on 24 September, the market has been witnessing fluctuations.
As per news portal CryptoPotato.com, Sparkpool's decision to cease operations in China could lead to damages to Ethereum's hash rate — which is basically the measure of a crypto miner's performance considered crucial for the network's security.
The company backed its decision as a way to safeguard the crypto assets stored by Chinese users on its servers. Even though China has restricted trading of cryptocurrencies, the country has allowed crypto owners to hold on to digital assets for now.
In the coming days, Sparkpool will be reaching out to its Chinese users with information on the clearing and refunding rules.
Until recently, China was home to the world's largest number of Bitcoin miners. However, the government has been cracking down on it over the last couple of years, and now particularly seems to be focusing on the environmental impact of cryptocurrency.
The massive energy consumption required by mass-level crypto trading and its effects on greenhouse gas emissions has been concern-worthy for many nations including China, Russia, and Morocco among others.
Earlier in September, central American country El Salvador became the first in the world to legalise Bitcoin as a legal payment option.
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