Initially, Bitmain, arguably the most influential mining equipment manufacturer in the industry and the operator of the largest mining pool Antpool, introduced Bitcoin ABC as a contingency plan against Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) 148.
Because BIP 148 entailed a user-activated soft fork to activate the Bitcoin Development team’s transaction malleability fix Segregated Witness (SegWit) which essentially removed the authority of miners over the bitcoin network, the mining community agreed on a contingency plan in case BIP 91 or BIP 141 will not be agreed upon.
However, as the deadline for the hard fork became closer, the mining community came to a consensus to activate BIP 91 and activate SegWit in order to prevent a chain split. The short-term plan of the mining community was to activate SegWit and pursue SegWit2x and increase the bitcoin block size to 2 MB.
The timing of Bitcoin Cash seems off. Miners agreed to BIP 141. #bitcoin businesses, users and investors are on the same page. Why now?
— Joseph Young (@iamjosephyoung) 26 July 2017
Despite the finalization of SegWit activation via BIP 91 and BIP 141, ViaBTC abruptly announced that it plans to pursue the creation of Bitcoin Cash with an active development team. ViaBTC’s announcement also caught Bitmain, the initiator of the project, by surprise and the Bitmain development team was quick to respond that Bitcoin Cash was merely a contingency plan, nothing more.
Considering the contentious nature of Bitcoin Cash, leading bitcoin exchanges including Coinbase, Bitfinex and Bitstamp announced that they will only be supporting the main bitcoin blockchain. More to that, most exchanges do not even plan to support Bitcoin Cash as an altcoin.
“In the event of two separate blockchains after August 1, 2017 we will only support one version. We have no plans to support the Bitcoin Cash fork. We have made this decision because it is hard to predict how long the alternative version of bitcoin will survive and if Bitcoin Cash will have future market value,” said the Coinbase team.
Also, bitcoin users, traders and investors who wish to be credited with Bitcoin Cash upon the hard fork on August 1 should be aware that some exchanges will not support the distribution of Bitcoin Cash. For instance, Coinbase will not allow users to withdraw Bitcoin Cash via their trading platforms while some exchanges will sell Bitcoin Cash immediately after it is created and credit users with more bitcoin.
“This means if there are two separate digital currencies – bitcoin (BTC) and bitcoin cash (BCC) – customers with Bitcoin stored on Coinbase will only have access to the current version of bitcoin we support (BTC). Customers will not have access to, or be able to withdraw, bitcoin cash (BCC),” added Coinbase.
One of the leading bitcoin trading platforms that will allow users to withdraw an equal amount of Bitcoin Cash is Kraken, which will also support margin trading for Bitcoin Cash in the future.
Source: Old BitConnect website, was owned by another entity