We have all witnessed the SegWit war, haven’t we?
If you were part of the cryptosphere in 2020, you must have heard of the Bitcoin SegWit update.
If you were not, here is the backstory.
For those of you who don’t know what SegWit is? here is a simple explanation:
Consider Bitcoin blocks as wagons of a train which carry a new passenger and their luggage every 10 minutes. Now, you want to carry even more passengers in that same train car. To do this, you start sending the passenger’s luggage separately. Now there is more space on the wagon for more passengers.
So for every 1 MB Bitcoin block, that block carries a transaction and their witnesses (i.e. signatures) every 10 minutes. If we start sending the signatures separately, then more transactions would be able to happen in that 1 MB block.
And following Bitcoin’s suit, many altcoins have also embraced SegWit because they all understand that it is the right thing to do.
In short, many altcoins have now implemented SegWit as it also opens the doors for further off-chain scaling solutions such as Lightning Networks.
SegWit has many other benefits too, as elucidated here.
And in this article, we are going to discuss some notable altcoins that have activated SegWit on their blockchain.
Let’s get in…
5 Best Altcoins With SegWit Support
Well, it was created as a backup in case something went wrong with Bitcoin.
Vertcoin was created in 2014 with a focus on creating a peer to peer cryptocurrency that is decentralized. Hence, mining algorithms that were chosen to implement it were unusable with ASICs, making Vertcoin available for mass mining in a decentralized manner.
After Litecoin, Vertcoin followed the suit to become the next SegWit activated cryptocurrency and started testing for it. Finally, Vertcoin implemented SegWit on May 7, 2017, to enjoy benefits such as faster transactions and reduced fees on its network.
Later, the Vertcoin software was updated for new SegWit address formats such as shown below:
Digibyte, famously dubbed as a sleeping giant by its community, had also activated SegWit in 2017. It achieved the feat even before Vertcoin.
Digibyte also implemented SegWit after much deliberation and consensus from its community in April 2017.
Nav Coin is one of my favorite altcoins. It is an anonymous cryptocurrency that is privacy-centric proof of stake coin with dual blockchain. The project has been functional since 2014 based on Bitcoin’s core code.
It is not quite clear whether it has achieved that feat thus far, but one thing is clear that it is being rapidly developed to create a decentralized marketplace.
Also, it implemented SegWit to fix the transaction malleability considering it is a fork of the Bitcoin protocol. It became successful in implementing SegWit in the first quarter of 2017 around the same period when Litecoin implemented SegWit.
It is natural that many coins implemented SegWit following the example of Bitcoin and Litecoin because all these altcoins had forked from Bitcoin at one point or the other. That’s why they all carried flaws that were intrinsic to Bitcoin’s blockchain.
But in reality, they didn’t need to update their blockchains to SegWit because they were not facing scaling issues that Bitcoin was.
By doing so, they have set themselves up for future debates that might rage when their blockchain hits a scaling hiccup.
That’s all from my side in this article. I hope these insights help you stay on top of the crypto game.
Looking forward to your comments 🙂
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