Crypto analytics firm Glassnode tweeted that fees had topped $1 million in an hour: Following UniswapProtocol’s announcement of the $UNI token today, #Ethereum saw a massive surge in miner fees. Almost $1M USD in fees were spent in a single hour! These figures dwarf the daily revenue earned by miners during the late 2017 bull run, which peaked at a little over 1,000 ETH per hour.
The sky high fees are pushing ordinary users out of the system, and hurting the bottom line of major exchanges. U.S. crypto exchange Coinbase Pro announced earlier today that it will no longer cover network fees much to the disappointment of users.
Numerous other users reported transactions taking hours or failing. Miners are financially incentivized to process transactions with the highest fees first, resulting in a massive backlog of the transactions with lower fees. Further adding to the network bottleneck, each block has a limit on the amount of gas that can be included in it — reducing the number of transactions that can be confirmed in the block as fees increase.
The network congestion is driving users and developers to seek alternative solutions. Binance Smart Chain (BSC) has seen increased growth this week with Binance founder and CEO CZ boasting the platform hit 40% of Ethereum’s transaction volume on Tuesday this week.