BitMEX CEO Says ‘If You Want to Get Forked Up’, Check Out Their BTC/BCH Fork Monitor

On Monday (5 November 2018), BitMEX Research, the research arm of crypto derivatives exchange BitMEX, announced the launch of a new BTC/BCH soft/hard fork monitoring tool (available at ForkMonitor.info) that it has sponsored.

Here is how BitMEX Research announced this news on Twitter:

Shortly afterwards, Arthur Hayes, a co-founder and the CEO of BitMEX, tweeted "If you want to get forked up check this out", referring to the same blog post mentioned in BitMEX Research's tweet.

The BitMEX Research blog post says it sponsored the website ForkMonitor.info, and that the website was built with the help of Dutch Bitcoin enthusiast and software developer Sjors Provoost (@provoost on Twitter). 

BitMEX Research explains why this tool was created:

"While it appears that the economic majority will support Bitcoin ABC’s hardfork, there is significant uncertainty over how each client will behave and which chains they will follow. Therefore, BitMEX Research has sponsored this new website which has launched before the hardfork is due to occur. This will hopefully provide useful information to some stakeholders, as the events get underway next week."

The tool you will find at this website is called "Fork Monitor". This connects to " several different nodes, both Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash implementations." It can be used for "monitoring the situation during network upgrades (softforks or hardforks), as well as being potentially useful in helping to detect unintentional consensus bugs."

Currently, if you go to the "Bitcoin" tab, you will not find a lot of useful information:

Fork Monitor Screenshot 1.png

However, BitMEX Research says that after the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) upgrade (expected to take place on November 15th) has been completed, this part of the tool will receive more attention:

"After the Bitcoin Cash hardfork is complete, the website’s intention is to move some of the focus over to Bitcoin. The plan is to run more versions of Bitcoin Core (especially older versions), as well as independent implementations such as Bcoin, BTCD and Libbitcoin. This may be helpful in spotting any consensus bugs, such as the inflation bug CVE-2018-17144, which was discovered in September 2018."

The "Bitcoin Cash" provides quite a bit of information:

Fork Monitor Screenshot 2.png

BitMEX makes its feelings regarding which variant of Bitcoin Cash (i.e. Bitcoin ABC, Bitcoin SV, or Bitcoin Unlimited) it prefers quite clear with this tweet:

 

Featured Interface Image Courtesy of BitMEX

OKEx Was the Top Crypto Derivatives Exchange in September, Report Shows

Leading cryptocurrency exchange OKEx was the top crypto derivatives exchange in the month of September, trading a total of $90.3 billion in total. Huobi followed suit, trading $84 billion.

According to CryptoCompare’s September 2019 Exchange Review, the crypto trading platform represented 33.7% of the daily derivatives volumes, trading $3.08 billion per day. Behind OKEx was Huobi with $2.82 billion traded a day, followed by BitMEX’s $1.88 billion.

Cryptocurrency exchanges like Deribit and CryptoFacilities, which is FCA-regulated, represented only $334 million and $74 million a day, respectively.

Top derivatives exchangesSource: CryptoCompare Exchange Review

The report notes that the most traded derivatives product by trading volume was BitMEX’s perpetual BTC futures contract, as its total trading volume for the month was of $41.7 billion. Other top traded products were BTC futures contracts expiring on September 27, with Huobi’s contract seeing $23.3 billion traded, while OKEx saw $17.4 billion traded.

OKEx’s lead when it comes to cryptocurrency derivatives was likely derived by its offering. The cryptocurrency exchange has various futures contracts being offered on its website – not just for BTC but for other top cryptocurrencies like BCH, BSV, EOS, XRP, and TRX.

Similarly the cryptocurrency exchange, which earlier this year announced it’s working on developing global compliance standards for cryptocurrency exchanges through a Self-Regulated Organization (SRO), offers perpetual swaps for these cryptos.

As CryptoGlobe reported, CryptoCompare’s report for August found similar results when it came to OKEx. Despite a market-wide drop in terms of derivatives trading volumes, the cryptocurrency exchange managed to capture over one-third of the market in August.

CryptoCompare’s September 2019 Exchange Review also found that lower-rated cryptocurrency exchanges – according to its Exchange Benchmark Ratings – have been gaining market share in terms of spot volumes.

Per the report, exchanges with an “E” rating represented a total trading volume of $179 billion in September, after seeing an increase of over 30% from the prior month. Exchanges like OKEx, which is A-rated, represented a smaller piece of the pie, with only 14.3% of the market share.