Let’s face it. Bitcoin is having a really bad time. Ripple’s XRP has been holding grounds nicely, but yeah, it joined the red party earlier this week; still, that would be safe to say it’s stayed ahead in the crypto wars as a whole.
Last December 17th Bitcoin went through the roof surpassing the 17k mark, but then the bears came home. Ever since then, the whole market has been going down dramatically (by more than 75% in total market capitalization), and Bitcoin has led the way down.
And that was nothing. On 14th of this month, there was a bearish run that is still going on, and it’s been nothing short of apocalyptic. As we write this article, Bitcoin is trading at $4,306 (down by 4.13% in the last 24 hours).
As things stand right now, everybody is losing. But some are losing a lot, and a handful of coins are holding their ground remarkably well. The one that’s been doing best under the recent conditions is XRP.
Let’s briefly review XRP’s recent performance. Most coins have been losing value for eleven months, even before last week’s debacle. Very few currencies were trading in the green before then. One was Ripple’s XRP.
Don’t get us wrong. Even XRP is losing right now, but it’s been trading in single red numbers while every other token in the market has been in double red numbers or worse. The point is this: given the context, XRP is doing very well, much better than Bitcoin. Why?
There are several reasons.
XRP is backed up by a series of strategic partnerships secured by Ripple, the private company that still owns most of the tokens. This is possible because that same company is working hard to create a full blockchain ecosystem centered about XRP and its many different use cases.
It is important to understand clearly: XRP has a full formal organization working on it, with talented and well-prepared people who actually get paid to do that. Communities support most other projects with varying degrees of commitment and enthusiasm.
Ripple, as a project, and XRP, as a coin came to life with a distinct purpose, and they’re pursuing it. Many cryptocurrencies are created experimentally or as a hobby by talented people that are fully capable of doing so.
This is a time in which it is essential not to confuse losses with failure. Remember, Amazon reported losses for several years in a row before it became the money-making machine that’s made Jeff Bezos one of the world’s wealthiest men. XRP is succeeding, and that’s prompted a series of passionate (if probably irrational) attacks from other projects.
The notorious Craig Wright (who’s claimed to be none other than Satoshi Nakamoto) has been going out of his way lately to attack XRP and to tell everybody (without trying to persuade or offer any proof, very much like his claim about being Satoshi) that XRP is a security and that it’s going to go down like a lead balloon. Is this because he can’t say Bitcoin is faster or losing less value or to have any real advantage over XRP in any practical way?
A big problem for Bitcoin is anarchism. It lacks any cogent leadership which has prompted a series of forks into other projects that use basically the same technology tweaked to achieve a particular effect. The problem is, those “new” coins are replicating Bitcoin to a great extent, so they’re diluting the original token’s value. And now, there is a hashing war between Bitcoin and one of its forks (Bitcoin Cash) which is not only taking value away from BTC but also draining computation power away.
In recent times, XRP has outperformed every other product in the market, Bitcoin included. It already left Ethereum behind concerning market and stands at number two spot for some time now. BTC’s market cap is still much more significant than XRP’s but if things keep going this way, do not be surprised if XRP ends up winning the crypto wars in years to come.
Source: global coin report