After close to a year of debates within its community, Sia has finally gone ahead with a hard fork to brick out Bitmain and Innosilicoin ASICs. Following the hard fork, only miners using Obelisk hardware will be able to mine on the blockchain.
PUSHING BACK ON BITMAIN AND INNOSILICON ASICS
Sia cofounder, David Vorick announced the news in a blog post on October 1st via the project’s Medium Account. According to Vorick:
Sia is forking today to reprimand the current ASIC monopoly for the damage it did to the Sia community, to make whole the supporters of Sia’s community ASIC project, and to send a clear message to all future Sia ASIC manufacturers: we will not tolerate an abusive ASIC monopoly.
The damage referenced by Vorick includes the moves made by Bitmain and Innosilicon regarding the manufacture of ASIC mining hardware. These actions reportedly disrupted the investments made by members of the Siacoin community.