All About BTC, LTC, ETH mining as well as other alternative crypto currencies
Earlier this month Zeushash has stopped all Scrypt cloud mining contracts due to the maintenance fees exceeding the mined coins for a long period of time. Today the service has warned its user that the same can happen with their Bitcoin cloud mining contracts as well. This is a direct result from the low Bitcoin price that was observed lately along with the relatively high maintenance fees of the service. As per the contract terms the Bitcoin cloud mining contracts can be stopped if the fees are higher than the profit for a period of 10 days. If this happens, though not seeming that likely today as the Bitcoin price has been recovering a bit, it would essentially mean that the ZeusHash platform will not be offering anything to the tens of thousand customers it claims to have. ZeusHash still sells GHS cloud mining hashrate, though they are warning users not to purchase any hashrate for the moment. If they stop offering Bitcoin cloud mining after they stopped with Scrypt, then this would essentially mean that the service will have nothing to offer to its customers.
At the moment it seems that other cloud mining services may start having trouble with the profitability, so they either need to optimize their operations or there is a chance they may get out of business. Most of the cloud mining services offering “Lifetime” cloud mining contracts do come with a term that if the maintenance fees exceed the profit made from the mined coins these contracts can be terminated. So as a result the user interest in cloud mining services has decreased quite a bit lately, the same goes for the purchase of ASIC mining hardware and even building GPU mining farms. There is however a chance that this not so favorable situation at the moment may actually end up helping the whole crypto currency ecosystem by helping normalize things after the very rapid growth that we have observed in the past year… we’ll have to wait and see.
It seems that the Hashie cloud mining service is now back online and fully functioning, however the way they handled the recent problems they’ve had (apparently getting hacked and Bitcoins stolen) is far from good. The service is back online, but any Bitcoins you might have had in your wallet are no longer available and the service apparently is now offering new cheaper miners called Generation 2. It will however be very had to earn back the trust of the over 40 thousand users that the service claims to have, especially of the ones that did not have purchased AMHash cloud mining hashrate. Owners of AMHash cloud miners at Hashie can still move them to the AMHash platform, if they have not done so already. What the service has apparently done for people that have had Generation 1 miners as well as any Bitcoins in their wallets was to distribute them some Frostcoins that should result in bringing some dividends to users based on Generation 2 miner sales. We have already moved our AMHash hashrate to the AMHash platform, however our account did not get any Frostcoins for the Bitcoins we had in the wallet that are now gone. So we would currently recommend to avoid that service if you are interested in investing in cloud mining.
We have apparently reached the 10 consecutive day moment with the mined Litecoins being lower than what the maintenance fee for the Scrypt hashrate at the ZeusHash cloud mining service. The 10 day period has been extended with extra 5 days to see if the negative trend will chance, though this currently seems not very likely to happen with the exchange rate of LTC still going down even though the network difficulty is fluctuating. After the extra 5 days end unless we see some improvement and the Scrypt cloud hashrate starts making profit again the mining hashrate will be taken offline, but the MHS that have been purchased will remain in the user’s accounts and the mining might be resumed again next year if SCrypt cloud mining becomes profitable again. Below is the quote of the announcement that ZeusHash has sent to the users of the service regarding the situation:
Dear miners, we are sorry to inform you the daily payouts of your MHS contracts have been lower than maintenance fees for 10 consecutive days. As we negotiated with our partners, we will wait for another 5 days to see if there’s any change in the current situation. If it continues for another 5 days, we have to shut down all the miners. But we won’t cancel your accounts and your MHS will be freezed there. We will try to introduce more advanced miners and MHS contracts in the coming New Year for more of your profits.